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


BUTLER COUNTY, Part 14

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OTHER TOWNS AND TOWNSHIPS.

There are in Butler County a number of other towns and villages, not very large as yet, it is true, but growing steadily in importance. Among these we may mention the town of Amador, in Clifford Township; Freedom, in Bloomington Township; Plum Grove, in Plum Grove Township; Pontiac, in Prospect Township, each of which has a population of several hundreds. Chelsea, in Chelsea Township, and Indianola in Bruno Township, are of similar size. Keighley, Haverhill and Lorena, on the St. Louis & San Francisco road, and Woodward, Dixon and Walnut on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, are but small stations yet, but have abundant opportunities for growth, which they will in time fully improve.

All of these country towns sustain good public schools, which are a credit to the county and the State. There are a number of country churches, too, which are well attended and sustained, and where the people are not able to build structures for religious services solely the congregations meet in the school houses.

The Baptist Church of Fairview Township was organized in 1870 with a membership of about thirty. Rev. C. G. Manley was the first pastor. Its present membership is 136. The first Sabbath school in this township was organized in 1871. Among the citizens who have taken a very active part in the organization of the church and Sunday school were Geo. Nye, H. H. Hulburt and J. M. Randall.

The Christian Church of Muddy Creek was organized in 1875 with a membership of thirty; its present membership is about sixth. The first pastor was Rev. E. E. Harvey. The services are held in schoolhouse No. 74.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES - BENTON TOWNSHIP.

W. A. AIKMAN, farmer and stock raiser, Section 12, P. O. Towanda, is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Laurel County, January 27, 1828. He was educated and resided in his native State until the autumn of 1871, when he came to Kansas, locating in Butler County. Mr. A. was married in Kentucky to Miss Martha A. Graves. They have four children - Granville P., and attorney of El Dorado, Kan., Christopher, John S., and Conrad A.

J. C. HENRIE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 21, and Postmaster at Benton, is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Columbia County, June 8, 1844. When three years of age he removed with his parents to Kane County, Ill., where he was educated and reared. In 1864 he enlisted in the One Hundred and Twenty- fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving until the close of the war. The greater portion of the time he was on detached service with a topographical engineer corps. The spring of 1872 Mr. H. came to Kansas, locating where he now resides and has been postmaster the most of the time since. He was married in Illinois to Miss Frances White. They have four children - Mary L., Joseph, Cullen and an infant. Mr. H. is a member of the G. A. R. - the W. H. L. Wallace post of El Dorado. He is extensively engaged in stock breeding, and in the horse line keeps Percheron, Norman and Hambletonians that are a credit to the county.

L. J. HERWIG, farmer and stock raiser, Section 34, P. O. Benton. This enterprising young gentleman is a native of Illinois, and was born in Woodford County August 30, 1857. He came to Butler County, Kan., the spring of 1880. He was married in Butler County to Miss Rebecca Davis, daughter of William Davis, Esq.

WILLIAM DAVIS, farmer and stock raiser, Section 3, P. O. Benton. The subject of the sketch is a native of Ohio, was born in Gallion County January 2, 1835. He was educated in his native State. For eight years he resided in Illinois, coming from there to Kansas in 1874. He was married in Ohio to Miss S. B. Pierce, of that State. They have three children - Rebecca, now Mrs. L. J. Herwig, Laura and Elott. Mr. D. is one of Butler County's progressive citizens.

W. A. McBRIDE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 18, P. O. Benton, is a native of Pennsylvania, and was born in Pittsburg, January 17, 1837. At an early age he removed to Jefferson County, Ind., where he enlisted in 1862 in the Fourth Indiana Cavalry, serving until the close of the war. He was at the battle of Chattanooga, Stone River and other noted events of the Rebellion. In 1870 he came to Butler County, locating where he now resides. Mr. McB. Was married in Jefferson County, Ind., to Miss Margaret Fenton, an estimable lady. They have six children by this union - Annie T., Jennie, Julia, Maud L., Ella and Charles.

REV. J. L. McCUNE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 14, P. O. Benton, is a native of Kentucky and was born October 30, 1830. At an early age he removed to Marshall County, Ill., where he was educated and reared. When young he became identified with the Christian Church, and for twenty years preached in Ilinois, seven years of the time in Washburn, Marshall Co. Since locating in Butler County a few years ago, he has taken an active part in furthering the cause of religion, being an elder of the Christian organization in Benton Township. He was married in Illinois to Miss Susan Black. They have five children - Belle, Sarah, Charles, Lewis and Leroy. Rev. Mr. McCune is one of the extensive stockmen and real estate owners of Benton Township.

I. W. MAPLE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 23, P. O. Benton, is a native of Ohio and was born in Guerusey County, December 22, 1829. At an early age he came to Peoria County, Ill., where he was educated and reared. For a few years he was a resident of Lucas County, Iowa, coming from there to Kansas in the spring of 1891. Has since been a resident of Butler County. Mr. M. has been on the School Board. Was Township Clerk and otherwise identified. During the war he volunteered his services, but was rejected on account of disability, enlisting twice in the Union army. He was married in Illinois to Miss Mahala Duffield. They have seven children - W. D., S. S., Rhua, Mary, Isaac H., Joseph A. and Minnie M.

A. H. MELROSE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 4, P. O. Palmyra. The spring of 1870 Mr. M. located where he now resides, being among the first. He had many trials the first few years, which he nobly endured and by untiring industry has placed himself among the substantial farmers of Benton Township. He planted and raised the first corn in his locality, and in other instances has displayed his enterprise as a leader. Mr. M. is a native of Scotland, and was born March 11, 1820, was reared and learned the millwright's trade in his native country. In 1841 came to America settling in West Virginia which was his home until coming to Kansas. He was married in Staunton, W. Va. To Miss Elizabeth C. Fisher. They have had ten children by this union - Isaac, John, Melvina, Albert, Alexander, William, Ida and Sheeley. Two deceased - Catherine and Charles. Mr. M. is an Ancient Odd Fellow.

R. F. MOORE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 10, P. O. Benton. This gentleman is a native of Indiana, and was born in Owen County, September 30, 1841. In 1845 removed to Illinois with parents, where he resided until 1855, when the family came to Kansas, locating in Douglas County, near Lawrence. Although but a boy, during the troubles of '56 the subject of this sketch took an active part. He was one of Captain Abbott's company of Free-state men, and participated in the Fort Titus and Lecompton difficulties. Was at Lawrence when the town was burnt. He served as Page one winter to the Lecompton Legislature, under Gov. Geary's administration, and was entrusted with many important errands by that gentleman. He was on the skirmish lines pretty constantly up to 1862, when he enlisted in Company B, of the Twelfth Kansas; participated in the Big Blue engagement, and was on the Red River expedition. He was a prisoner from the 14th of April until the 14th of December, being one of the doomed 216 that were held as hostages on account of the Alabama crew. During this time was in Tyler and other Texas prisons. In July, 1865, was honorably discharged from service and returned to Douglas County. The farm on which his father, Reuben P. Moore, located, is now the County Farm. The spring of 1870 Mr. Moore came to Butler County, locating where he now resides. He has been identified with the general prosperity of Benton Township, being one of its most active citizens. He was married in Fort Scott, Kas., to Miss Mary Black, an estimable lady. They have six children - Charles, James, Jessie, Thomas, George and Minnie. Politically, Mr. Moore is a Republican.

G. W. MOORE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 10, P. O. Benton. G. W. is a brother of R. M. of the preceding sketch and was one of the pioneers of Douglass County, Kan., his experience during the border troubles being similar to that of his brother. He served three years in Company B. Twelfth Kansas, being mustered out July 4th, 1865 at Little Rock. Mr. M. was born in Owen County, Ind., August 25, 1837. He was married in Douglas County, Kansas, to Miss Mary B. Moore. They have five children - Sherman F., Sarah M., Hattie, Annie and Ida. The spring of 1870 he became a resident of Butler County.

JAMES PARKS, stock raiser, Section 8, P. O. Benton. Classed among the most extensive stockmen in Butler County is the subject of this sketch. Mr. Parks located where he now resides in 1879, at which time he became a resident of Kansas. He makes a specialty of fine horses, keeping animals that will compare with any in the county. Mr. Parks is a native of Ireland, and was born September 25, 1840. At an early age became a resident of the United States, being a resident for a number of years of Logan County, Ill. During the late Rebellion he served three years in Company D, One Hundred and Sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in the capacity of principal musician. He was married in Illinois, to Miss Sarah McMahon. They have six children living - Francis S., Robert, Thomas H., Emma J., Curtis P. and Harry G. One dead - James E. The family is identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

MOSES WILLSON PRIEST, was born in Delaware County, Ohio, October 19, 1837, and when fifteen years of age moved to Kosciusko County Ind., which was his home for fifteen years. He was married August 20, 1859, to Miss Sarah M. Shaffee. Our subject purchased a small farm of eighty acres, on which he resided, raising stock and grain till the year 1867, when he sold out and moved to Illinois, where he bought a farm in Blackberry Township, Kane County; remained here until 1870, when he again sold out, and emigrated to Kansas, locating a homestead in Benton Township, Butler County, on the northeast of Section 24, Township 26, Range 3 east. He was among the first settlers in his township, there being only a few scattering families along the Whitewater and other smaller streams. Provisions were very high; the nearest railroad was eighty miles distant, at Emporia; Mr. Priest's means were limited, and he and his family endured bravely all the trials, sufferings and hardships incident to pioneer life. Upon his arrival here he built a small box house and began opening up his farm, which is now well improved. He has resided upon the same farm since 1870; owns three quarter sections of land, 480 acres, and some stock. Mr. Priest has six children - Luemma, Mary Ellen, Sarah, Malissa, George Henry, Edward and Albert Franklin.

E. K. ROBINSON, farmer and stock raiser, Section 10, P. O. Benton, was born near Sharpsburg, Ky., July 16, 1843. Was there educated, and in 1872 came to Butler County, Kan., where has since resided. He was married in Butler County, to Miss Mary A. Yowell, of Kentucky. They have two children - Trussell and Ellen.

E. W. ROLLINGS, farmer and stock raiser, Section 24, P. O. Towanda. In the spring of 1870, the subject of this sketch located where he now resides. Mr. R. is a native of Ohio, and was born in Muskingum County, March 27, 1837; lived fourteen years in Edgar County, Ill. In 1862 enlisted in the Seventh Illinois Cavalry, serving three years. He was married in Illinois to Miss Hannah E. Nichols. They have had fourteen children - eleven of whom are living - E. E., E. E., J. A., Ida, Charles, Elias, Winnie, Rosco, Don, Annie and Lewis. Mr. R. is one of Benton's substantial citizens.

L. C. SLUSSER, farmer and stock raiser, Section 9, P. O. Benton. Mr. S. was born in Darke County, Ohio, September 7, 1848; was reared in his native State. For three years was a resident of Logan County, Ill., where he was married to Miss Mattie E. Parks. He became a resident of Kansas in 1878, locating on present farm. Mr. S. is a fancier of fine stock, and was among the first to introduce fine grade horses in Benton Township. His stables are well supplied, and in horse flesh he keeps in progress with the country.

REV. T. G. STANSBERRY, farmer, P. O. Benton, Section 20, has been identified with the farming interest in Butler County for eleven years. Came to Kansas in 1871, and settled in Benton Township, and has resided in the same up to this date. Was born and raised in Buncombe Co., N. C. Was educated at Swannanoa College of that State. Emigrated to Missouri in 1837; lived there twenty-seven years. Was married in that State to Miss Sarah Crawford. Raised seven children - Martha, William, James D., Sarah, John R., Mary and Issabelle. Was ordained and set apart to the work of the ministry in Decatur, Presbytery of Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Has been regularly installed in different localities in Missouri, Illinois and Kansas. And in connection with his farming interest in Kansas he has organized and built up three congregations or churches in Butler County.

M. T. WALLACE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 20, P. O. Benton, is a native of Tennessee and was born March 29, 1821. In 1832, with parents removed to Platte County Mo., where he was educated and reared. At periods he was a resident of Marion County Iowa, Boone County, Mo., and Macoupin County, Ill., coming from the latter State to Kansas in 1870, locating on present farm the 9th of May. On the 15th of November, in that year, his cabin and all the household effects were destroyed by fire, besides lumber which he had drawn from Emporia to erect a comfortable residence. Mr. W. had a difficult time in making matters even the first few years. He is, and has been, one of the most active men in the county. Was Secretary and organized the school district, and got up the petition to organize the Benton Township. Was Township Trustee two years. Mr. W. has been twice married; first to Miss Emeranda Liggett of Platte County, Mo., now deceased. By this union has six children - James S., Nancy I., John W., Mary E., Malissa J. and Martha A. His present wife was formerly Miss Martha A. Crawford. They have four children living - Sarah L., Ella L., Emma A. and Ora D. Lost two. The family are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

LUCIEN WILKINS, farmer and stock raiser, Section 11, P. O. Towanda. The subject of this sketch was born in Allegany County, N. Y., April 12, 1838. When comparatively young came West, locating in Columbia County, Wis., where he enlisted during the rebellion in Company G, of the Second Wisconsin Infantry, serving three years. He was in Gen. Grant's campaign, and previous to that had participated in over fifteen engagements. When mustered out was Corporal and Acting-Sergeant in the Brigade Pioneer Corps, under Gen. Bragg. After the was Mr. W. removed to Minnesota, locating in Faribault County, where for several years he worked at his trade, that of plastering, being identified with the business interests of Wells and vicinity. In 1873 came to Butler County, locating on present farm. Since his arrival in Benton Township has done considerable at his trade. Mr. W. was married in Columbia County, Wis., to Miss Matilda Wilson. They have five children by this union - Frank, Lewis, James, Berenice and Freddie.

W. C. WILSON, farmer and stock raiser, Section 12, P. O. Towanda. This gentleman is a native of Wisconsin, and was born in Columbia County, May 17, 1852. In 1868 came to Kansas, settling in Miami County, which was his abiding place until 1875, when he came to Butler County, locating on present farm. Mr. W. is one of Benton Township's progressive citizens. He was married, in Kansas, to Miss Jennie McBride, of Illinois. They have one son - Lawrence.

FAIRVIEW TOWNSHIP.

RICHARD CHILDERS, farmer and stock raiser, Section 13, P. O. El Dorado, came to Butler County, Kan., locating where he now resides in the spring of 1872, being among the pioneers in this part of Fairview Township. Had all the early difficulties of the pioneers the first few years. Mr. Childers is one of the progressive farmers of the county. He is a native of the Territory of Iowa, and on April 16, 1835, at an early age removed with parents to Edgar County Ill., where he was educated, reared and was married to Miss Hannah Doing; by this union they have six children living - Rosetta J., Nancy L., Joshua R., George W., Almeda and Riley O. Six children deceased. Mr. Childers has been associated with the school interests of his district the most of life time since coming to the county.

E. B. COOK, farmer and stock raiser, Section 24, P. O. El Dorado, was born in Medina County, Ohio, February 26, 1846; spent his youthful days and was educated in that State. In the spring of 1870 emigrated to Kansas, settling where he now resides, being among the earliest in that part of the township. He did the first breaking in his locality, and for several years had serious drawbacks to contend with. He was married, in Ohio, to Miss Rosa J. Childers. By this union they have one daughter - Laura E.

S. A. COREY, farmer and stock raiser, Section 28, P. O. Towanda, came to Butler County, where he now resides, in the autumn of 1870. He hauled lumber for his first abode (which was not a very elaborate one) from Emporia. He and his wife had all the hardships to endure the first few years incidental to the settlement of the country. Mr. Corey is a native of New Brunswick and was born in 1830. For several years he was a resident of Massachusetts where he learned the stonemasons' trade and was married to Miss Amanda S. Cole, an estimable lady of Newburyport. They eventually came West, locating in Fulton County Ill., which was their home until they settled in Kansas. In 1862, Mr. Corey enlisted in the One Hundred and Third Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving in the Department of the Tennessee until the close of the war. He was in the Atlanta campaign at the battle of Mission Ridge and other engagements. At the battle of Atlanta he was slightly wounded. The children born to Mr. And Mrs. Corey, living, are four - Emma M., Edwin L., Lizzie E. and Stephen E.

H. B. HULBURT, farmer and stock raiser, Section 24, P. O. El Dorado, came to Butler County, locating where he now resides in the fall of 1870, being among the first to locate in that part. He had many serious drawbacks to contend with the first few years. Mr. H. took a live interest in the early religious and educational matters of his locality. He has served in the capacity of Treasurer of the School District, Justice of the Peace, and other offices. He was born in Medina County, Ohio. February 11, 1849. He was educated and reared in his native State, and was married to Miss L. A. Humphrey. They have three children - Nellie, Zachey and Charlie. The family are associated with the Baptist Church, of which Mr. Hulburt is a deacon.

H. H. HULBURT, farmer and stock raiser, Section 26, P. O. El Dorado. Is a native of Ohio, was born in Medina County, March 3, 1847; was educated and reared in the Buckeye State. Came Kansas, locating where he now resides, March 4, 1871. Was among the first to be associated with the school interests of the district, being the first Clerk. For several terms pursued the vocation of teaching in his and other districts. Mr. Hulburt was married in Ohio to Miss A. N. Foskett; by this union they have three children - Rollo, Grace and Chester.

J. W. KINNEY, farmer and stock raiser, Section 6, P. O. Cariboo, is a native of Ohio, and was born in Muskingum County. At an early age he removed to Edgar County, Ill., where he resided for a number of years. In 1861 he enlisted in Company E, Twelfth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving in the Department of the Tennessee, three years and six months. He was severely wounded at Atlanta. After the war he resided in Illinois, until coming to Kansas in 1876; for several years he resided in Barton and Stafford counties, coming to Butler County in 1879. Mr. K. was married in Illinois to Miss Sarah E. Shively, of that State; they have three children - Orville C., Rosa M. and Victor C. He is a member of the Masonic order and the G. A. R.

EZRA O. NYE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 22, P. O. El Dorado, was born in Portage County, Ohio, June 17, 1839; was principally reared in that county; moved to Ashtabula County in 1858, where he resided for several years. In 1862, he was a resident of Michigan, and in September, of that year, he enlisted in the Nineteenth Michigan Volunteer Infantry serving three years, principally in the Army of the Cumberland; he was with Sherman in his march to the sea; he was captured and remained in the hands of the enemy three weeks, serving nine days of the time in Libby Prison. Mr. N. was married in Ashtabula County, Ohio, to Miss M. A. Chilson, a native of that county; they have four children - Mary F., Linnie A., Parke N. and Ava L. In October, 1870, the family emigrated to Kansas, settling in Butler County. Few if any residents of the county have contributed more amply towards the development of Fairview Township than Mr. Nye and his estimable wife; they have been closely associated with all the early educational and religious movements; they labored under the usual drawbacks incident to the first settlers.

L. V. OLIN, farmer, Section 2, P. O. El Dorado, was born in Portage County, Ohio, March 3, 1846; was reared and resided in that State until coming to Kansas in 1871. L. V. Olin was among the early and representative citizen of Fairview Township. He was married in Ohio to Miss Julia Cannon; they have two children - Myrtle and William.

J. M. RANDALL, farmer and stock raiser, Section 15, P. O. El Dorado, was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, July 4, 1836. At the breaking out of the Rebellion he enlisted in the Twenty-First Ohio Volunteer Infantry. He was mustered in as Second Sergeant. After serving in the three months' call he re-enlisted and was elected First Lieutenant. After the battle of Shiloh he took command of a company and served through until January 19, 1865, when he was honorably discharged. Mr. R. came to Butler County in the fall of 1871, being among the first to settle on the prairie in that part and had all the drawbacks to encounter, which he overcame by untiring industry. He was married in Ohio in April, 1865, to Miss Hannah S Wood. They have one daughter, Mary May. Mr. R. is a member of the G. A. R.

M. E. RUTHERFORD, sheep raiser, Section 27, P. O. El Dorado, came to Butler County in 1881, engaging in sheep raising, in which industry he is the most extensive in Fairview Township, his flock at present numbering upward of 500 head. Mr. R. is a native of Ohio and was born in Meigs County, April 27, 1849. Was there educated, reared, and married Miss N. J. Halliday. By this union they have two children, Laude and Wade.

WILLIAM SNYDER, M. D. farmer, stock raiser and horticulturist, Section 3, P. O. Towanda, was born in Holmes County, Ohio, October 28, 1833, and was educated and reared in Ohio and Indiana. In 1861 he enlisted in the Sixty-seventh Ohio Volunteer Infantry, serving until January, 1865. He entered the service as Corporal and was discharged as Sergeant. During his term he took up the study of medicine at leisure time and on his return home took lectures at Rush Medical College, Chicago, and was admitted to practice. In 1871 he came to Kansas, locating on the Whitewater in Butler County, being the first regular practitioner in that part and was identified in that capacity for several years. He was held the office of Justice of the Peace and has been otherwise officially connected in the township. The doctor was married in Indiana to Miss Adaline Brackney. They have three children, Irving H., Mabel A. and Lula M. He is a member of the Masonic order.

ISAAC D. VARNER, farmer and stock raiser, Section 12, P. O. El Dorado, was born in Monroe County Ohio, March 8, 1834. When twenty-six years of age he emigrated to Linn County, Iowa, residing until the spring of 1871 when he located in Butler County, Kansas on his present farm. Mr. V. was one of the pioneers of the prairie and endured many of the hardships during his agricultural career in the State. He was married in Ohio to Miss Ruth Baker. They have eight children, Mary E., Dora A., Milton E., Matilda E., D. M., Ellis A. and Howard F.

GEN. G. F. WILES, stock raiser, P. O. El Dorado, is a native of Ohio, and was born in Muskingum County, April 4, 1826. Was educated and reared in his native State. At the breaking out of the rebellion tendered his service to the Union cause, taking an active part in organizing a company in Zanesville, which was enrolled in the Seventy-eighth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and on the 26th of October, 1861, was commissioned First Lieutenant. He soon attained considerable celebrity as a drill officer, and in May, 1862, was appointed Regimental Drill Officer, the same month promoted to Captain, and detailed by Gen. John A. Logan to take charge of an engineer corps. The 16th of May, 1863, was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel, and participated upon that day in the battle of Champion Hill, where he achieved additional credit for coolness and skill. He contributed amply toward the suppression of Vicksburg and other prominent strongholds. September 1, 1863, he became Colonel, and July, 1864, took charge of a brigade, serving in that capacity until the close; being breveted Brigadier-General for meritorious conduct in the field. The engagements which his regiment was authorized by Gen. W. T. Sherman, to display on their banner were as follows: Pittsburg Landing, Corinth, Boliver, Iuka, Thompson's Hill, Raymond, Jackson, Champion Hills, Busby Mountains, Atlanta, Jonesboro, Savannah and Pacotarigo. Was mustered out July 15, 1865. For fourteen years, dating from 1865, was prominently identified with the hardware interests of Zanesville, Ohio, coming to Kansas the spring of 1880. He is ranked among the leading stockmen of Southern Kansas, controlling, in company with Mr. C. W. Potevan, of Ohio, four sections of choice land on the Whitewater. Gen. Wiles is a typical gentleman, commanding in appearance, inclined to modesty, never seeking notoriety. Is firm in his views, liberal in judging, and when his mind is made up it does not change. He is a member of the K. of H. and I. O. O. F. The General's wife was formerly Miss J. H. Chapman, of Zanesville, Ohio. Mrs. W. is a lady of culture, whose graces of mind and heart endear her to all. They have had seven children born to them-Ellen A. (now Mrs. Mudge), Kate S., Laura M. (now Mr s. Goodenough), Ida M., Cora L., Lulu P., and Milton C.

A. L. WOOD, farmer and contractor, Section 30, P. O. El Dorado, is a native of New York, was born in Madison County, February 12, 1825. When sixteen years of age came West, locating in Northern Wisconsin. In 1861 he enlisted in Company H. Eighth Wisconsin, serving until the close of the Rebellion. At time of enlistment was Orderly Sergeant, and was promoted to Post Commander with the rank of Captain. After the war he located in Faribault County, Minn., residing until 1876, when he came to Kansas, taking up his abode in Butler County. Has been interested in the saw-mill business and for a while carried on a hard wood lumber yard in El Dorado. He does general contracting, besides carrying on a large farm. Mr. W. is one of the representative men of Fairview Township. He is a member of the G. A. R. In Wisconsin, was married to Miss Mary J. Perry; by this union they have nine children living-Amanda, Amos, Stephen, Frank, Emmett, Emma, Laura, Carl and Cora.

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