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William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas


ATCHISON COUNTY, Part 30

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES - BENTON TWP. (KEPLINGER - WILSON).

A. KEPLINGER, farmer, Section 23, P. O. Effingham. This popular gentleman is widely and well known as one of the substantial agriculturists of Atchison County. He is a native of Virginia, and was born in Jefferson County, August 28, 1816; was educated and reared in his native county, until he attained his eighteenth year, following farming in that county. At times was a resident of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois, coming to Kansas in 1863, locating where he now resides. Mr. K. is a genial and affable gentleman, public-spirited, and takes a live interest in the progress of Kansas.

S. A. KEPNER, J. P., farmer, Section 9, P. O. Effingham, is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Juniata County, March 19, 1836. His father, Samuel, and his mother, Hester, nee Walker, were natives of the Keystone state. S. A. was reared and educated in Pennsylvania. In 1857, when he came to Kansas, pre-empting a claim in Atchison County, he built a log house on the claim, and made Kansas his home until 1859, when he returned to Peoria County, Ill., where he had resided for a time previous to coming to Kansas. At the breaking out of the Rebellion, he entered the employ of the Piper & Sheffler Keystone Bridge Co., of Cincinnati, Ohio, who were doing Government work. He was at Mechanicsburg, Gettysburg, and other points; assisted in building the bridge at Harrisburg, Pa., which was so constructed as to drop a span, and prevent the Confederate forces from crossing, if required. After the war, he took up his abode again in Illinois, and resided until 1871, when he located permanently on his farm in Kansas, and has contributed an ample share toward developing the agricultural resources of Atchison County. In 1880, he was elected Justice of the Peace, and re-elected in 1882. Squire Kepner is one of the most popular citizens of Benton Township. He married in Smithville, Peoria County, Ill., in 1869, Miss Hannah M. Downing. They have had eight children - William, Luetta M., James W., Mary A., and Hester M.; three deceased - Matilda J., Edward D., and John Samuel.

GEORGE J. KETCH, farmer, P. O. Effingham, was born in Hardin County, Ohio, in 1846, and lived on the old homestead until 1863, when he enlisted in Company E, Fifty-Fourth Ohio Infantry, and was in the battles of Dalton, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Big Shanty, Jonesboro, Ga., Nickojack Creek, and both battles at Atlanta, in the first of which he was taken prisoner, July 22, 1864, but he escaped from the captors and rejoined the regiment the same day. With the exception of three months in the hospital, he was with his regiment in all engagements and skirmishes, and was discharged at Little Rock, Ark., August 22, 1865, when he returned to his native place, and in 1869 came to Kansas and settled in Kapioma Township, where but very few settlers' cabins were in sight. In 1869, he was married to Miss Amy J. Callahan a daughter of Col. C. C. Callahan, at Effingham, Kan. They have six children - Mary, Alva, Thomas, George W., Charles, Amy May. He has served as Constable, and held other minor offices.

JOEL M. KETCH, dealer in hardware, tinware, and groceries, Effingham, is a native of Ohio, and was born in Hancock County, January 11, 1851; was there reared and educated. In 1869, his father, Thomas Ketch, with his family, including Joel M., came to Kansas, locating in Atchison County, on Coal Creek, engaging in agricultural pursuits. Here the subject of this sketch resided six years. He then went to San Francisco, Cal., and traveled in the West for about a year, returning to Kansas and located in Osage County, engaging in agricultural pursuits, and for a time operated a stationary engine. Mr. Ketch is a natural mechanic, and a great reader of mechanical works. He is thoroughly conversant with all the improvements in the mechanical world, and keeps pace with the progress of time. In the spring of 1881, he established his present business in Effingham, which has proved a success in every particular. Mr. K. is a member of the Masonic Fraternity. He married in 1875, Miss Sophia Jewett, of Johnson County, Kan. By this union they have three children - Mary, Dow, and Amos.

W. H. LANDRUM, farmer, Section 35, P. O. Monrovia. This genial gentleman is a native of Indiana, and was born in Owen County, December 30, 1831. He was educated and resided in his native State until seventeen years of age, when he came to Buchanan County, Mo., with his parents, locating ten miles from St. Joe. Here he resided until 1855, when he came to Atchison County, and pre-empted a claim, where he now resides, being one of the first in this portion of the county. In 1856 he did some breaking, and continued to develop his farm until 1862, when he went to Mexico, residing for a short time. He continued to reside in Atchison County until 1872, when he removed to southern Kansas, residing two years, then returning to his home farm. His estate consists of 143 acres of choice land, in a high state of cultivation. Mr. L. is one of Kansas' most substantial and respectable farmers. He has been twice married, first in 1854, to Miss C. A. R. Brock; they had four children - one, Hiram, living; lost three; Laura died in Montgomery County, Kan.; was married, her name being Mrs. Eubanks; James E., and an infant. His second was Elizabeth Stone. They have two children, William A., and Ephraim E. He is closely identified with the Christian Church, and is clerk of the same for the Christian Society in his neighborhood.

JAMES E. LOGAN, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Effingham. This sterling gentleman is a native of Jefferson County, Ind., and was born March 17, 1836; was there reared and educated. When eighteen years of age, came to Hancock, Ill., where he resided fourteen years. In 1862, enlisted in Company H, One Hundred and Eighteenth Illinois. He was in the engagements around Vicksburg in 1863, and in that year was appointed Sergeant of Company H, and later recruited and organized Company I, of the One Hundred and Eighteenth, serving gallantly until the close of the Rebellion, when he was honorably discharged. Before organizing Company I, he had been discharged on account of disability. His last discharge specifies that it was on account of the Government not having any further use for him. In 1869, he came to Kansas, locating in Atchison County, where he has since been identified with the stock interests of this section. He was married in Illinois, to Miss Delia D. Sawyer. They have six children - Annie M., Emma D., Frank J., John T., Edwin R., and Mattie P.

FRANCIS LOOMIS, farmer, Section 14, P. O. Effingham, is a native of Connecticut and was born in Tolland County, July 23, 1808. His father, E. Loomis, Esq., was a native of Connecticut, and his mother, Lucretia Porter, was also. He is of English and Dutch ancestry. Mr. L. was reared and educated in his native State, his earlier days being spent in agricultural pursuits. For a considerable length of time, followed school-teaching. For seven years was engaged in merchandising in his native town, Coventry. In 1838, he came to Illinois, locating in Kewanee, where he operated a farm in connection with a real estate agency. For fourteen years was Justice of the Peace. During his career in that capacity, many of the now prominent statesman and leading legal luminaries of the Sucker State pleaded their first cases. In 1869, he came to Kansas, locating where he now resides, which is one of the desirable homes in the county. He was married September 24, 1834, to Miss Fannie Rose, of Connecticut. They have four children, Joseph R. (now in business at Bull City, Kan. ); lost three, Francis, Elizabeth and Herbert. The latter was killed October 7, 1873, in Atchison, being crushed between the cars. He was a clerk in the Central Branch R. R. shops, and a popular young man. Mrs. Loomis died December 14, 1873. Mr. Loomis is a prominent member of the Presbyterian Church.

J. E. McCORMICK, butcher, is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Clarion County November 7, 1850, and was there reared, educated and resided until 1878, when he came to Kansas, where he has since been a resident, with the exception of eighteen months spent in Colorado. He engaged in business in Effingham the spring of 1882. Mr. McC. is a clever and entertaining gentleman, and one of Effingham's most prominent citizens. In 1880, he married Miss E. A. Wallace, an estimable lady, of Benton Township, Atchison County.

J. F. MARTIN, physician and surgeon, was one of the first practitioners of the medical profession in Atchison County. He is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Bourbon County, September 29, 1828; when young, removed to Fayette County, where he was reared and educated. His father, James Martin, was a prominent farmer and stock-raiser in that part of Kentucky. His maternal ancestors were Laytons. The subject of this sketch graduated in the Transylvania Medical University in 1854, and afterwards took a course of lectures in St. Louis Medical University. The same year he came to northern Missouri, locating in DeKalb, Buchanan County, where he practiced medicine until 1856; came to Kansas, and took up his abode in Atchison which at that time was in its crude state. Dr. Martin had a large practice, his rides frequently extending into Doniphan and Brown counties. After a successful career of ten years, he returned to Decatur, Ill., in 1866, where he made his home for about seven years, when he again became a resident of Kansas, locating in Effingham. The doctor is thoroughly conversant with the early history of northeastern Kansas, and has been closely associated with its development. He was married in 1858, to Miss Caroline Jarvis of Plattesburg, Mo. Her death occurred in Effingham in 1877, leaving one son, Harris E., who resides in Effingham.

ROBERT NEILL, farmer, P. O. Effingham. This sterling agriculturalist is a native of the County Down, Ireland, and was born October 9, 1826. Was reared, educated and followed farming in his native county until 1850, when he came to America, locating in Indianapolis, Ind., where he resided three years, thence went to Wisconsin, where he resided for a few years, and in 1857 came to Kansas, taking up his abode in Leavenworth county. In August of that year, bought the claim which is now his home, and turned his attention to developing it, working on farms in the vicinity for several years. During the war he was in the State militia. He has been closely associated with the growth and development of Atchison County. He has been twice married, both times in Kansas. His first wife was Miss L. C. Hart, now deceased. His present wife was formerly Arretta Hundley.

JAMES NESBITT, lumber dealer, Effingham, was born in Stark County, Ohio, January 10, 1838; removed to Huron County, 1847; was there reared, educated and learned the carpenter's trade. On the 1st of June, 1861, he enlisted in Company D, Twenty-fifth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, at Columbus, Ohio. They were changed in April, 1862, to the Twelfth Ohio Independent Battery. He participated in many of the notable events of the war; was at the second battle of Bull Run, Nashville and others. While with the artillery, he held the position of Artificer. After serving there three years, entered the commissary department, continuing until the close of the war. After the war, came to Missouri, locating in Davis County; engaged in farming in connection with contracting and building. In the spring of 1872, came to Atchison, Kansas, and for nearly ten years was prominently identified with the building interests of that city, erecting a number of substantial and imposing edifices. In 1882, established his present business. Mr. N. is a well-informed gentleman, very affable, and a live business man. He is Past Master of the A. O. U. W., Atchison Lodge, No. 4. In 1866, Miss Elizabeth Doll, of Davis County, became his wife. They have by this union four children, Joseph, Florence, George and Charles.

P. J. O'MEARA, merchant, the pioneer merchant of Effingham, is the subject of this sketch. He is a native of Ireland, was born in the county of Tipperary, March 27, 1829. Came to the United States with his parents when two years of age, locating in Indiana, his father, Thomas O'Meara, being one of the first settlers of Miami County, locating near Peru. Here Mr. O'Meara received his education and passed his boyhood days in tilling the soil. During the American Rebellion he dealt largely in stock buying and selling to the Government. In 1865 came to Atchison, Kan., and embarked in the grocery trade on Commercial street between Third and Fourth streets, where he did business until Effingham was laid out as a town site, when he came to this point and built a stone building. He has done a large and well-paying business. Few citizens of Atchison County are more popularly known in their respective community than Mr. O'Meara. That he displayed considerable foresight in selecting Effingham as a trading point is fully demonstrated. He was married in 1846 to Miss Sissen Akright, of Huron, Ohio.

S. C. PAGE, physician and surgeon, is a native of Juniata County, Pa., and was born July 16, 1845. His father, Rev. Samuel Page, of the Seventh-Day Baptist denomination, was a native of that State. He is now a resident of California. The name of Dr. Page's maternal ancestors was Coffman; both paternal and maternal are of German origin. The name traces back in the old country to that of Bertsch, but has been changed by degrees until it has assumed that of Page. The subject of this sketch was reared in his native county, receiving the benefits of a good education in Juniata County, after which he took up the study of medicine. In 1867-68 attended Bellevue Hospital Medical College in New York. In the autumn of 1867 came to Kansas and took up his abode in Center township, Atchison County, five miles south of Effingham, and turned his attention to the cultivation of a fine farm, which he purchased. This he operated a few years, when he located in Effingham, and has since devoted his time entirely to the practice of his profession. The doctor took a course of lectures at the College of Physicians and Surgeons in St. Joseph, Mo., in 1879 and '80, graduating from that institution. He has been eminently successful as a practitioner, and has the confidence of the people in his ability. Dr. Page has been married twice, first in 1866 to Miss Louise Knose, now deceased. By this union he had no children. His present wife, formerly Mrs. Elizabeth Ingram, nee Burd, he married in 1868. By this union has five children - Oscar B., Ida Ella, Harvey B., Nancy L. and Presley.

ALBERT PHILLIPS, farmer, Section 9, P. O. Effingham. Among the early pioneers of Kansas may be numbered the subject of this sketch. He is a native of New York and was born at Fort Plain, Montgomery Co., N. Y., March 25, 1830. When he was young he removed with his father, Seth Phillips, to Berkshire County, Mass., where he was raised and educated. His mother's name was Phoebe Smith. His parents were natives of Massachusetts, his mother died while he was an infant, and he was brought up by his great uncle, Ebenezer Calkins, who resided on a farm near Hartsville, Berkshire Co., Mass. In October, 1851, he went to California with an uncle named Jared Phillips, and engaged in mining for two years, and then returned, landing in New York, October 8, 1853. He owned an interest in a mill in Hartsville, Mass., for two years, and sold out and came to Kansas with his uncle, William Phillips, in 1856. William Phillips was killed while in his own house by the border ruffians who were under the leadership of Frederick Emery, September 1, 1856. His uncle, Jared Phillips, was in the house at the same time and was shot in the left arm and side; his arm was amputated near the shoulder. He was afterward killed by the Indians in 1862, on his way to California. William and Jared Phillips were prominent Free-state men and hence were hated by all that wished to make Kansas a slave State. Mr. Albert Phillips was largely interested in agricultural pursuits in Leavenworth County, where he lived until 1870, when he came to Atchison County and settled on the farm four and a half miles south of Effingham, where he has since lived. Mr. Phillips is a gentleman who has had a wide experience in the western country, and is thoroughly conversant with the early history of Kansas; is a great reader, and is familiar with the current events of the day, and political issues. He has a fine farm and a pleasant home. He was married in 1857 to Miss Mary A. Curtiss, of New York. She is an estimable lady.

JESSE PICCOTT, farmer, P. O. Effingham, was born in Jefferson County, Ohio, in 1837, and brought up on a farm. In 1855 he moved to Cedar County, Iowa, and engaged in farming. In 1878 he moved to Kansas, and settled in Osage County. In 1879 moved to his present location, where he has a half section of land under cultivation, with good buildings and other improvements. In 1870 he became identified with the Greenback party, and is a prominent worker, and has been a member of every County, District, and State convention held in his State. In 1880 was a delegate to the National Convention held in Chicago, Ill., from this State. From 1871 to 1877 he was Deputy Grand Master of the Iowa State Grange, and was a prominent organizer of granges throughout that State. He was married in the fall of 1859 to Miss Sarah Waddle, of Cedar County, Iowa, and has seven children.

JACOB ROYER, farmer, P. O. Monrovia. Is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Center County, November 13, 1840. Was reared, educated and learned the blacksmith trade in his native county, following that vocation for a number of years. He sojourned temporarily for a time in Indiana, and in 1866 located on his present farm. Mr. Royer is one of Atchison County's most progressive agriculturalists and worthy citizens. He was married in Pennsylvania to Miss Mary McClain, of that State. They have two children - Emma and Samuel Decker.

WILLIAM SCOVILLE, farmer, P. O. Monrovia, is a native of New York, and was born in Jefferson County, September 20, 1820. Was educated and raised in his native State until 1843, when he came to Cook County, Ill., which was his home until 1865. His residence was in the town of Wheeling; for fifteen years he was Justice of the Peace and for three years was Deputy Sheriff of Cook County. During the war he was on the U. S. Detective force in Chicago. For upwards of twenty years Mr. S. was well known in the political circle of Cook County, and was recognized among the solid men of the times. In 1865 he came to Kansas, engaging in the lumber trade in Atchison, and was one of the leaders in that branch of trade for a number of years. A few years ago he became interested in a large tract of land where he now resides, and in the year 1880 became a resident thereon. Mr. S. is a gentleman of more than ordinary ability, is very familiar with the political history of the country, and an entertaining conversationalist. He was married in 1843 to Miss Lucinda Lasher. They have a family of four - E. J., Orland C., Freeman and Giles. Orland C., son of William Scoville was born in Cook County, Ill., February 4, 1846. Was there raised and resided until 1864. He enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and Thirty-second Illinois, being appointed Sergeant; served eight months. In 1865 came West, being for four years in California. For several years he has been following agricultural pursuits in Atchison County. He was married in 1873 to Miss Virginia Williams. They have one son - William.

ALONZO SPENCER, the restaurateur and dealer in fancy groceries, is a native of Connecticut, and was born in Windom County, August 28, 1830. Was reared, educated and learned the shoemaker's trade in his native State. In 1849 went to Pennsylvania and engaged in railroading on the Pennsylvania Central, and became proficient as a locomotive engineer, continuing with that company for five years. He then located in Indiana, and engaged in boot and shoe trade, being identified in that capacity for several years. After a temporary sojourn in Illinois he came to Kansas in 1870, locating in Concordia, Cloud County, where he embarked in trade, continuing until 1875, when there was a disastrous failure of the crops throughout that section, owing to the grasshoppers. In that year, Mr. Spencer returned to Indiana and resided until 1879, when he again became a resident of Kansas, engaging in the restaurant business in Atchison. The spring of 1881, took up his abode in Effingham, and established present business. Mr. S. is the right man in the right place, and is thoroughly conversant with the details of his line. He is a genial gentleman, and has a good trade. He was married in 1862, to Miss Margaret Moore, an estimable lady. Her father was one of the pioneers of Cloud County, Kansas.

W. H. STEWART has been prominently identified with the educational advancement in Atchison County. He is a native of Washington County, Ohio; was born July 22, 1847. At an early age he removed to Guernsey County, with his parents, where he was reared and educated, receiving the benefits of the Fairview College at Fairview, Ohio. During the Rebellion, he responded to the call for 100-days men, serving that period. For two years he pursued the vocation of teaching, in Ohio. In 1868, he came to Kansas, and assumed the garb of teacher. In the spring of 1869, he engaged to teach the Monrovia school, and taught that year, and also the years 1870 and 1871, in Monrovia. He has been constantly teaching in Atchison County for fourteen years, during all this time in the immediate neighborhood of Monrovia. In the fall of 1862, the Republicans nominated him for County Superintendent, but the county giving a Democratic majority of 138, he was defeated by ninety votes. He was married January 20, 1870, to Miss Mary A. Eberty, of DuPage County, Ill. Her death occurred October 10, 1879, leaving four children - Charles Franklin, Laura Emma, John B., and Mattie Mabel. In connection with teaching, he manages a farm near Monrovia. His father, Mr. Charles Stewart, was one of the pioneers of Washington County, Ohio. His mother, Margaret Stewart (nee McCormick) was thrown from a horse and instantly killed, August 27, 1867, leaving a family of ten children.

C. C. STIVERS, physician and surgeon, is a native of Brown County, Ohio, and was born January 6, 1842; was there reared and educated, and took up the study of medicine under Dr. Pettigan, a prominent physician of Finn Castle, Brown County. When the Rebellion broke out Dr. Pettigan went into the Union ranks, and the subject of this sketch soon followed, enlisting in Company A, Sixtieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He participated in the second battle of Bull Run, Cross Keys, Port Royal and other notable engagements. Was honorably discharged at Fort McHenry, in 1863, on account of disability. After returning to Ohio, he applied himself to the study of his adopted profession, and took a course of lectures at the Miami University of Cincinnati, Ohio. In 1870, he came to Missouri, and located in Alpha, Grundy County, where he practiced medicine very successfully until 1877, when he came to Kansas, locating in Eden, where he continued to practice until April, 1881, when he took up his abode in Effingham. The Doctor has served a long and closely applied period in the medical profession, and is a very close student. In 1880, attended the Keokuk Medical College, and graduated from the institution. The Doctor is a brilliant conversationalist and interesting gentleman. He married in 1863, Miss Mattie Long, of Ohio. By this union they have three children - Charles C., Lewis E. and Viola. Lewis E. is engaged in the drug trade in Salem, Nebraska.

R. H. TALIAFERRO, farmer, P. O. Effingham; was born in Alabama, August 15, 1827; at an early age returned to Mississippi with his parents, locating in Copiah County, where he was raised and educated, following in that State the vocation of cotton planting. In 1868 he came to Kansas, taking up his abode where he now lives. Mr. T. has a fine farm, and is one of Atchison County's most substantial citizens. He is a Master Mason. He was married in the State of Mississippi, to Miss Melissa Brown. They have thirteen children - Sally, Edwin P., Mary, Fannie, R. H., A. B., C. A., Howard B., David, Melissa, Lucy, Robert Y. and S. C.

A. VAN WAGONER, farmer, P. O. Effingham; was born in Niagra County, N. Y., January 21, 1836, and was raised on a farm. From 1853 to 1855 attended Wilson Collegiate Institute. In 1856 taught school at Wilson, N. Y. In spring of 1857 he engaged in farming until 1862, when he went into mercantile business at Somerset, Niagra County, N. Y. In 1864 he sold out his business and returned to farming, and has since followed that pursuit. In 1871 he came to Kansas and settled in Kapioma Township. He was married in 1857, to Miss F. E. Wilson, of Somerset, N. Y., and has three children, viz: Charles, George M. and Sarah E. He is Clerk of the School Board in District No. 29.

JOHN S. WALL, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 25, P. O. Monrovia, was a very early settler in northeastern Kansas, and one of the substantial farmers of his township. He became a resident of the State in the spring of 1857, pre-empted a claim in Center Township, in the part which is now Benton Township. In 1858, he went to Pike's Peak, and for a time figured in the far West. In 1862, he tendered his services to the Union cause, enlisting in Company D, Thirteenth Kansas Volunteer Infantry; participated in the battles of Prairie Grove, Caine Hill, Fort Smith and others. Served three years, when he was honorably discharged, at Fort Leavenworth. Has since been engaged in farming in Atchison County. He is a genial and popular fellow citizen.

BENJAMIN WALLICK, farmer, Section 22, P. O. Effingham, one of the most prominent men in northeastern Kansas, is the subject of the sketch. He is a native of Ohio, and was born in Tuscarawas County, February 16, 1822; was educated and reared in the Buckeye State, his boyhood days being spent in tilling the soil; for a time followed agricultural pursuits in Indiana. The spring of 1860, came to Kansas, purchasing a large tract of land where he now resides. In the early part of the Rebellion, he was appointed enrolling officer in Atchison County, a very unenviable position to hold, as the county was about equally divided on the pro and con question. Mr. W., however, was a strong Union man and a Republican, and when he came to the State brought his politics with him, proposing to stand by them, let it cost what it might. In 1863, he was elected Sheriff, and re-elected in 1865. During his four years in that office, took thirty-seven prisoners to the penitentiary. There was undoubtedly more lawlessness in the State at that time than before or since. He has been identified with minor offices, educational interests, etc., and is a staunch advocate on the prohibition question. When Kansas is composed entirely of men like Ben Wallick, the millennium will have come. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. He was married in Ohio, to Miss Mary Fisher. They have eight children, B. F., E., M. E., Kate, John, George, Ada and Charlie.

SIMEON WALTERS, contractor and carpenter. Among the pioneer mechanics in Kansas, may be mentioned the subject of this sketch. He is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Richmond, Madison County, November 13, 1828; was there reared, educated and learned trade and resided until 1856, when he came to Kansas, locating in Atchison. He was one of the first carpenters there, and erected many of the early buildings that have since passed into oblivion. For over a quarter of a century Mr. Walters has been a contractor and builder, in Atchison County, and few people are more popularly and universally known. When Effingham was laid out, Mr. W. built the first house, a store for Mr. P. J. martin. Since then he has erected a large number of the fine buildings in Effingham. Mr. Walters is a public-spirited citizen, and has a host of friends in northeastern Kansas. He married in 1853. Miss Ann M. Barron, of Winchester, Ky. By this union they have had five children, one of whom is living, Sydney; lost four, James A., two by the name of Willie, and Bettie.

D. G. WILSON, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 34, P. O. Effingham. This prominent gentleman is a native of Ohio, and was born in Tuscarawas County, January 18, 1836. Was reared and educated in his native State, eventually coming to Illinois, locating in Bureau County, where he was a resident and closely identified with the agricultural interests of the county for fifteen years. In the spring of 1869, came to Kansas, taking up his abode where he now resides. He has large landed interests in the State, and is one of Atchison County's most substantial citizens. In 1874, he was the choice of the Republican party to represent Atchison County in the Legislature, and was in the extra session that year, which was called to take action in behalf of the grasshopper sufferers. He has held the office of Township Trustee, and other positions, during his sojourn in the county. During the Rebellion, Mr. W. enlisted twice, each time being rejected on account of disability, He was married in Illinois to Miss Appalona Maxwell. They have seven children, John W., Olive, Frank B., Emmet R., Eddie, Carrie and Albert H.

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