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


BUTLER COUNTY, Part 15

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MURDOCK TOWNSHIP.

DAVID ADAMS, farmer and stock raiser, Section 12, P. O. Murdock, is a native of New York, and was born in Saratoga County, January 13, 1829. He was educated and reared in the Empire State, following agricultural pursuits in early life. For several years he was a resident of Illinois, where he was married to Miss Sarah J. Waite. Their children are - Lovisa M. (wife of Oscar Moore), Lovina J., Eunice E. (wife of Edgar Moore), and Stephen Elmer. Mr. A. came to Kansas with his family, locating in Butler County, in the spring of 1873. He is one of Murdock Township's representative men.

LEANDER BAKER, farmer and stock raiser, Section 13, P. O. Murdock, came to Butler County, locating where he now resides, in July, 1868. During his sojourn in the State, he has encountered the freshets, droughts, grasshopper, and all the other drawbacks Kansas has been heir to. At times, the first few years, starvation came in close contact to himself and family. However, he has lived through, and by untiring industry, overcome all and is standing among the solid men of the county. Mr. B. is a native of Pennsylvania, and was in Susquehanna County, May 28, 1831. When twenty-five years of age, removed to Rock County. Wis., where he resided until the fall of 1866, when he returned to Pennsylvania; resided there two years, and then came to Kansas. He was married, in Wisconsin, to Miss Mary E. Harvey. By this union they have had five children, two of whom are living-Fred F. and Ettie A.

JAMES R. KELLEY, farmer and horse dealer, Section 1, P. O. El Dorado. Among the early settlers of Butler County, that was identified by its earliest development, none is more favorably known than the subject of this sketch. He located on the Whitewater in the spring of 1861, his father, William Kelley, taking a claim there at that time, residing on it up to the time of his death in 1863. J. R. spent much of his time at that early period in killing buffalos, which proved not only amusing but profitable. He enlisted in the one hundred days' call, and did good service in his immediate locality, where, with other troops, he was on duty. He had all the drawbacks to contend with that Kansas was heir to in the time of Indian troubles, droughts, grasshoppers, etc. For a number of years he has made a specialty of raising horses, in which he has had considerable success. Mr. K. is a native of Ohio, and was born in Delaware County, August 4, 1847. Previous to coming to Kansas, resided several years in Davis County, Mo. He has been twice married-both times in Kansas, first to Miss Louisa Vann. Her death occurred in 1876; by this union had two children - Walter and Nellie. His present wife was formerly Miss Mattie Hall.

OSCAR MOORE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 12, P. O. Murdock, is a native of Illinois, and was born in Kendall County, May 31, 1852. In 1858 his father, Reuben Moore, emigrated with his family to Douglass County, Kan., where they resided until 1868, when Butler County became their abiding place. The senior Moore is at present a resident of Chautauqua County, Kan. Mr. Moore was married in Butler County to Miss Lovisa Adams, daughter of David Adams, Esq. They have three children - Willie E., Sarah E. and Olived M.

R. E. MOORE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 12, P. O. Murdock, was born in Madison County, Iowa, July 3, 1854. Came to Kansas in 1859, with his parents, settling in Douglass County. In 1868 he came to Butler County. He was married in Kansas to Miss Eunice Adams of Butler County. Her death occurred January 13, 1883. Mr. Moore is a son of Reuben Moore, Esq.

CHARLES MORNHINWEG, farmer and stock raiser, Section 25, P. O. Murdock, was born in Baden Germany, May 16, 1833. Was reared, educated and learned the blacksmith trade in his native county. In 1854 he came to the United States, locating in Iowa, and carried on a blacksmith shop at Gosport, Marion County, for several years. In 1869 he came to Kansas, locating where he now resides. Upon coming to Kansas he built a shop, and for several years was the only blacksmith between El Dorado and Wichita. Mr. M. is one of the solid farmers of the county. He was married in Jefferson County, Iowa, to Miss Catherine Stam. They have eight children - Sophia, George, Carrie, Allen, Della, Effie, Carl and Nettie; two dead-David and Minnie. Mr. M. served in the German army seven months.

MILTON TOWNSHIP.

CHARLES BIRCH, horse dealer, Section 14, P. O. Plum Grove, is a native of England, and was born in Liverpool, October 4, 1854. Was educated and reared in his native country. He came to the United States the autumn of 1882, locating where he now resides. Mr. B. makes a speciality of breeding fine horses.

E. B. BRAINER, farmer and stock raiser, Section 22, P. O. Holden, came to Kansas in the spring of 1869, settled in Bourbon County, where for a time he pursued the vocation of school teaching. In the spring of 1871 he located in Butler County, on his present farm, where he was identified as an agriculturist until the autumn of 1875, when he was elected Treasurer for Butler County by the Republican party, and re-elected upon the expiration of his first term. He has also been identified with minor offices during his sojourn in the country, being County Commissioner and Township Trustee. Mr. B. was born in Susquehanna County, Pa., January 26, 1840. He was reared and educated in his native State, and in 1862 he enlisted in the One Hundred and Forty-first Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered in as Second Lieutenant of Company F. He participated in all of the general engagements in the Army of the Potomac; was three times slightly wounded; served until the close of the war, and was honorably discharged as Adjutant of his regiment. Mr. B. was married, in Kansas, to Miss Sarah Neiman, a native of Pennsylvania. They have three children - William P., George F., Howard and Ray.

H. L. DETALANTE, M. D., P. O. Holden, is a native of France, and was born March 22, 1809; was educated and reared in his native country, receiving the benefits of several years schooling in the medical colleges of Paris where he graduated. After attaining his majority, he came to New York City, where he resided five years, being closely associated with Gen. Van Rensselaer and his family. He eventually moved to Ohio, where he practiced his profession until he came to Butler County, Kan., in the spring of 1870. The doctor has been eminently successful, and stands at the head of his profession. He was married, in Ohio, to Miss Annie Gates. They have seven children - Josephine, Jerusha, Mary, Stephen, Emerson, Nathaniel and John. Mrs. D. died in Kansas a few years ago.

M. M. HOSS, stockman, Section 23, P. O. Cariboo, is a native of Indiana, and was born in Marion County, March 29, 1853; was educated and reared in his native State. Came to Kansas in 1871, locating in Topeka. His father, Prof. George W. Hoss, is and has been prominently associated with the educational interests of the State. In 1876, came to Butler County, where he has been identified with the stock business. He was married, in Kansas, to Miss Mary Baker. They have two children, Georgiana and Walter.

THOMAS J. POWELL, farmer and stock raiser, Section 12, P O. Plum Grove, is a native of Maryland, and was born in Worcester County, April 17, 1843. Was principally reared in Ohio and Illinois. In 1861 enlisted in the Forty-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, serving in the department of the Mississippi for four and one-half years, and was honorably discharged as First Lieutenant of Company A. The fall of 1869 came to Kansas, locating where he now resides, being among the pioneers in that part. He was married, in Illinois, to Miss Elizabeth Hart, of that State. By this union they have five children - Lucy, Lewis, Calley, Caroline and Royal.

JOHN ROWLAND, farmer and stock raiser, Section 36, P. O. Cariboo. He located in Marshall County, in 1855, near where Frankfort is now situated, and was identified with the early settlement of that section. From Marshall he came to Butler County in 1878, locating on his present homestead. Mr. Rowland is a native of Ohio, and was born in Harrison County, March 18, 1831, and was educated and reared in his native State and married Miss Charity C. Kauble. They have six children - Marian, Henry, Edmund, Nancy E., Martin V., and Elmer.

PLUM GROVE TOWNSHIP.

JOHN C. ADAMS, farmer and stock raiser, Section 19, P. O. Plum Grove. One of the early settlers of Butler County was Joseph Adams, Esq., father of John C., who located on the Whitewater in 1869, and was identified with the growth of the county up to the time of his death, in 1876. The subject of this sketch, John C. Adams, has been a resident of the homestead since 1866. He is native of Illinois, and was born in Pike County, March 3, 1845. He was married, in Kansas, to Miss Nancy Pitzer. They have six children - Loretta, Ethan, Margaret S., Amelia J., Lesa F., and Anthony.

CHARLES COPPINS, farmer and stock raiser, Section 26, P. O. El Dorado, is a native of England, and was born in Kent, March, 1829. In 1852 came to the United States, settling in New York, where he resided for a time, going from there to Michigan, and for several years was a resident of Lenawee County. Came to Butler County, Kan., the spring of 1871, being among the first settlers in this locality. He was married, in New York, to Miss Elizabeth Auther, an estimable lady. They have three children - Adelbert, Dora and Zelda. Mr. Coppins has been Trustee of the township, and identified with the school interests.

N. K. DUNCAN, farmer and stock raiser, Section 22, P. O. Ayr, is a native of Maine, and was born in Waldo County, December 29, 1831, was there educated, reared, and resided until the autumn of 1871, when he came to Kansas, settling in Butler County. Mr. Duncan has been largely identified with the agricultural and stock interests of this township. Officially has been associated with school matters; has been Justice of the Peace, and is at present Trustee of the township. He has been twice married; first, in Maine, to Miss Agnes M. Drinkwater, whose death occurred in Kansas. By this marriage has two children - Mabel A. and Alfonso W. His presen wife was formerly Mrs. Osborne, widow of W. L. Osborne, Esq., an early settler of Plum Grove Township. Of the Osborne children there are six-Ida, Willits, Herbert, Clinton, Susie, and Winnifred.

IRVIN HOWE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 2 P. O. Plum Grove, was born in Marshall County, W. Va., December 29, 1845. At an early age he removed to Iowa, living in Monroe County until the autumn of 1873, when he became a resident of Butler County, Kan. He was married, in Iowa, to Miss Rachel Daughterty. They have three children - George, Flora and Rose May. The family are identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. H. is extensively engaged in the stock business.

SILAS HULL, farmer and stock raiser, Section 34, P. O. Ayr, is a native of New York, and was born in Saint Lawrence County, October 28, 1835. Was principally reared in Pennsylvania, eventually coming to Illinois. In 1859 went to California, where he resided for several years. In June, 1870, he settled in Butler County, Kan., where he now resides. He was one of the pioneers in this locality, and among the first to break prairie in that part. Mr. Hull's estate embraces 320 acres. He is extensively engaged in stock raising. He was married in Illinois, to Miss C. E. Hull, of that State.

WILLIAM I. JOSEPH, farmer and stock raiser, Section 19, P. O. Plum Grove, is a native of West Virginia, and was born in Tyler County, February 14, 1835. Was educated and reared in his native State. The spring of 1871 came to Kansas, settling where he now resides. Mr. Joseph has been identified with the school interests of his district, and for several years has been Justice of the Peace. He was married, in West Virginia, to Miss L. A. Perkins. By this union they have four children - Flora, George, Alice and Rufus.

BENTON McGILL, farmer and stock raiser, Section 31, P. O. Cariboo, is a native of Ohio, and was born in Champaign County, September 27, 1840. He was educated and reared in his native State, coming from Ohio to Kansas in the fall of 1870, locating where he now resides. He was among the first settlers in that part, and few, if any, have contributed more amply towards he development of the township. He is numbered among the most extensive real estate owners and stockmen on the Whitewater. Mr. McGill was married, in Illinois, to Miss Sallie Arrowsmith, of Champaign County, Ohio. They have two children - Mima and Willie. The family are identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church.

W. H. RANDALL, stockman and farmer of Ayr, Section 22. His genial gentleman is a native of New York, and was born near Elmira, March 2, 1835. In 1862 he enlisted in the Twenty-ninth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, serving eleven months. After the war he came West, eventually, in 1870, locating in Butler County, where he now resides. For a few years he was connected with the mail service, contracting and operating routes. He was married, in New York, to Miss Mary E. Cain. Mrs. Randall is at the present time Postmistress of Ayr. They are both closely associated with the Presbyterian Church.

JOHN H. WHITE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 27, P. O. Ayr, is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Madison County, March 29, 1834. In 1845 he came to Buchanan County, Mo., with his parents, where he was educated and reared; came to Butler County, Kan., in the spring of 1874; has since been identified with the stock interests of Plum Grove Township. He has been closely associated with the religious sentiments of the community; is elder in the Cumberland Presbyterian Church - four mile congregation. He was married in Callaway County, Mo., to Miss Amelia A. Herron. By this union they have five children - James M., William S., Susan M., John W., and Ora M. Mrs. W. and Susan M. are also members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

CLIFFORD TOWNSHIP.

W. H. AVERY, farmer and stock raiser, Section 26, P. O. Plum Grove, was born in Hillsdale County, Mich., November 19, 1837. In 1860 he came to Kansas, locating in Lyon County, which was his home until 1862, when he returned to Michigan, and enlisted in the Eighteen Michigan Volunteer Infantry, doing duty in the Department of the Cumberland until the close of the war; returned to Lyon County, Kan., and resided there until 1868, when he came to Butler County. He was among the first to settle in Plum Grove Township and had all the drawbacks of the pioneer to contend with. Few men have been more closely identified with the school and other interests of the township than Mr. Avery. He has held the office of Justice of the Peace and Trustee of the Township for several terms and took an active part in organizing the districts. For several years he has been a reporter for the State Agricultural Board. He was married in 1860 to Miss Maria Hall, of Calhoun County, Mich., an estimable lady. They have two children - Ulysses Sherman and Hattie.

T. A. BAXTER, farmer and stock raiser, Section 6, P. O. Burns, Maron Co., was born in Rutherford County, N. C., Feb. 22, 1832; was reared and educated in his native State after which he, with other members of the family, removed to Arkansas, where he resided for twenty years in Independence County. He is a brother to ex-Gov. Baxter, of Arkansas, a gentleman favorably and prominently known in the Southwest. During the war he assisted in organizing five companies. He was in command of Company A, during their term of six months in the service. He was appointed United States tax collector during the war in which capacity he acted for considerable time. In the spring of 1872 he came to Kansas, locating where he now resides, being among the first in that vicinity. For a few years he had many drawbacks to contend with, which were incident to all the pioneers. Mr. Baxter has been twice married, first to Miss Charity Patten, of North Carolina, now deceased. By this union he has one son, William E. He was married in Arkansas to Miss P. Turner. They have three children - Susan T., Ella J., and George P. Mr. Baxter is a member of the Masonic Order.

C. F. BRUNN, farmer and stock raiser, Section 7, P. O. urns, Marion Co., was born in Prussia, Germany, May 22, 1843; came to the United States when eleven years of age, his parents locating in Indiana, where C. F. was educated and reared. In 1864 he enlisted in Company E, Seventeenth Indiana Mounted Infantry, serving until the close of the war, and assisting in running down Jeff Davis, being discharged at Macon, Ga. For several years the subject of this sketch followed various pursuits; for a time was engaged in handling dairy goods and agricultural implements, with headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, and other Western cities. In 1873 he came to Kansas settling on his present farm. Mr. Brunn is one of the solid men of the county. He was married in Kansas to Miss Julia Mosher.

J. A. CLIFFORD, stockman, Section 16, P. O. Amador, one of the stockmen in Southern Kansas, is the subject of this sketch. He is a native of New York, and was born in Genesee County, September 6, 1832; was educated and reared in the Empire State, and for several years was a resident of Will County, Ill., came from there to Kansas in June, 1871, locating where he now resides, I Butler County. Plum Grove Township at that time extended to the county line. Upon the organization of the new township, it was named Clifford in honor of Mr. J. A. Clifford. He has contributed amply toward the stock interests of the county. His farm is one of the most desirable, being naturally adapted for the business. Has corrals, barns and outbuildings well arranged. He combines the practical with the theoretical and has been eminently successful. Mrs. Clifford was formerly Miss Mary Munson, of Illinois, where they were married. They have four children - Samuel R., Hattie S., Ollie and Aura.

I. V. DAVIS, M. D. and farmer, Section 22, P. O. Amador, is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Lewis County, May 23, 1840. Was educated and reared in his native State, taking up the study of medicine at an early age. He took a course of lectures in the Cincinnati Medical College and afterward attended the Pennsylvania Medical College at Philadelphia, from which he graduated. In 1868 came to Kansas, settling in Butler County. He was the pioneer physician in the locality of Plum Grove and for a number of years his practice extended far into Chase and Marion counties. A few years ago he retired from active practice owing his health. The doctor has been prominently associated with the school interests of the neighborhood, besides being Township Trustee and otherwise officially connected. He has been twice married, his first wife, whom he married in Kansas, also died here, her name was Miss I. A. Dean. His present wife as formerly Miss Minnie M. Smith. They have three children by this union, Leona M., Minnie A., and have lost one, Chauncy I. By his first marriage he had two children, who are deceased. During the war he served seven months in the Thirtieth Michigan Infantry, enlisting at Fort Scott, Kas. He is a member of the I. O. O. F., and the A. H. T. A.

D. J. LOBDELL, farmer and stock raiser, Section 34, P. O. Plum Grove. Deserving of mention among the pioneers is the subject of this sketch. He is a native of New York and was born in Clinton County, October 20, 1840. In the fall of 1857 came to Kansas, taking up his abode in Miami County. Was identified with the development of that county, which was his home for several years. During the war he served in the Fifteenth Kansas. Was mustered in Orderly and held all the positions up to the rank of First Lieutenant, continuing in the service up to the close. In 1870 came to Butler County, locating at Plum Grove, where for a few years he was engaged in mercantile pursuits. Mr. L. was married in Kansas to Miss Roxanna Gooding. They have four children, Charles E., Ada, Fred and Murtle. Charles E. is an attorney of El Dorado.

LINCOLN TOWNSHIP.

P. J. HAWES, farmer and stock raiser, Section 23, P. O. Dixon, is a native of Kentucky and was born in Shelby Co, March 26, 1818. In 1835 he removed to Logan Co, IL where he resided until coming to Butler County, Kan., in 1876. During his sojourn in Illinois was prominently identified in Logan County, holding the offices of County Treasurer and County Assessor. From 1871 to 1875 represented his district in the Legislature of the State. Politically Mr. Hawes is of Republican views. He was married in Illinois to Miss Julia Bowles. By this union they have eight children living, Jesse A., Isabella R., May C., Charles W., Louisa F., Joseph A., Nannie M. and Marian C.

W. H. HOOVER, station agent, and Postmaster Dixon, came to Kansas n October, 1878, locating where he now resides. Besides attending to his duties as agent of he A., T. & S. F. R. R. and the Dixon postoffice, he cultivates a fine farm which he owns on Section 26. Mr. H. is a native of Indiana, and was born in Miami Co. Ohio, in 1833. He was a resident of Fulton County, Ind., for several years, coming from there to Kansas. He was married in Indiana to Miss Mary A. Russell. They have six children - Romania, Laura B., Meissa E., Harvey H., Vida J. and Della.

J. C. RILEY, Sr., farmer, Section 22, P. O. Dixon, is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Washington County, May 10, 1829. He was there educated, reared, and married to Miss Susan Crawford. They have three children: J. C. Jr., Mollie and Susie. Mrs. Riley's death occurred in Kentucky. Mr. R. is now living with his third wife, the second being deceased also. His present wife was formerly Miss Mattie A. Scoggan. In 1871 the family emigrated to Kansas, settling in the southern part of Butler County. Located permanently where they now reside in 1878. Mr. Riley makes a specialty of the stock trade.

J. C. RILEY, Jr., farmer and stock raiser, Section 23, P. O. Dixon, was born in Marion County, Ky., in 1853, was there a resident until 1871, when, with his father, J. C. Sr., came to Kansas, and settled in the south part of Butler County. H took up his present abode in 1878. Mr. Riley is one of Butler County's most practical farmers and progressive citizens. He has been a member of the School Board for a number of years, and otherwise identified with educational interests. He was married in Kansas to Miss Lula Cox, a lady who is a native of Tennessee. They have one daughter, Eva M.

J. M. RHOADS, farmer, Section 26, P. O. Dixon. This prominent farmer and stockman is a native of Illinois, and was born in Jersey County, April 13, 1857. He was educated and reared in his native State, coming to Kansas and locating where he now resides in the spring of 1878. He was married in Illinois to Miss Mary Snow. They have one child. Mr. Rhoads' estate comprises 240 acres.

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