In the late nineteenth century, Asa T. Soule, a native of Rochester, New York, made his fortune and reputation as the "Hop Bitters King" by peddling a patent medicine of Hop Bitters. Looking for a place to invest his newfound millions, Soule traveled west to Kansas. He initially invested in a scheme to build an irrigation ditch across western Kansas, but soon decided to invest in higher education. In 1886 Soule partially endowed a new Presbyterian college in Dodge City with $50,000 dollars, thus giving birth to Soule College.
After the school closed, the property was eventually purchased by St. Mary of the Plains College, which later also closed.
- Patterson's American education, Volume 2 by Homer L. Patterson, published 1905, American Educational Company (Chicago) pages 73-76
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