KANSAS COLLECTION BOOKS

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


BUTLER COUNTY, Part 17

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BLOOMINGTON TOWNSHIP.

J. G. BLUE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 10, P. O. Augusta, is a native of Ohio; was born in Ross County, February 22, 1824. Was reared and educated in Champaign County. For several resided in Illinois, where during the war he enlisted in the Eighty-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, being mustered into the Thirty-second, in which he served nine months. In 1866 he came to Kansas, locating in Leavenworth County, where he followed farming until 1876, when he became a resident of Butler County. Mr. B. was married in Ohio to Miss Adaline Helmer. They have three children - Herbert L., Mary Ellen B. and Lettie.

G. C. WIRTH, farmer and stock raiser, Section 9, P. O Augusta, is a native of Germany, and was born October 26, 1841. At an early age came to America, being in New York, Indiana and Missouri; came to Kansas, settling in Kickapoo, April, 1855. He soon after entered the Government employ, serving in various capacities for a number of years, part of the time as cook. During the war was with the army as teamster. For a time was located in the Cherokee Nation. In 1869 came to Butler County, being one of the first in the locality where he now resides. Mr. W. is one of the solid farmers and representative men of the county. He has been Township Trustee four terms, and held other local offices. He was married, in Butler County, to Miss Cordella Ollinger. They have three children - Walter, Carrie and Willie.

N. M. A. WITHROW, farmer and stock raiser, Section 17, P. O. Augusta, is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Marion County February 21, 1824. He was reared, educated and resided in his native State until coming to Kansas in 1869. Mr. W. was one of the pioneers of Bloomington Township, and has been prominently associated with its growth and development. Mr. Withrow was married in Kentucky to Miss Mary A Yowell. They have three children - Sarah T., J. K. and Phoebe A.

WALNUT TOWNSHIP.

E. A. CEASE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 21, P. O. Augusta, is a native of Virginia, and was born in Augusta County, October 7, 1847. He was reared and educated in his native State, and came to Kansas in 1868, being among the pioneers of Walnut Township. For a number of years Mr. C. has been interested in the stock trade, and identified with the general progress of the county. During the war Mr. C. served two years in the Confederate army in the Twentieth Virginia Cavalry. He was married in Kansas to Miss Nannie J. Brooks. They have one son, Forrest Lee.

A. M. FROST, farmer and stock raiser, Section 18, P. O. Augusta, is a native of Wisconsin, and was born in Iowa County, August 9, 1849. He was educated and resided in his native State until 1873 when he came to Kansas, settling on his present farm. Mr. F. is a progressive agriculturist. He was married in Iowa to Miss Mary J. Hurst of that State. They have two children - Lula P. and F.

A. HARTENBOWER, farmer and stock raiser, Section 29, P. O. Douglass, was born in Putnam County, Ill., February 8, 1832. He was a resident of the Sucker State continually until he came to Kansas in the spring of 1872, when he settled in Butler County. Mr. H. is numbered among the substantial agriculturists of the county. He was married in Illinois to Miss Mary E. Allen, a native of Putnam County. They have nine children - -Mina F., Mamie M., Annie B., Mattie M., Allen W., John E., William A., Edith L., and Jeremiah J. Mr. H. is a member of the I. O. O. F.

CLARK HASKIN, farmer and stock raiser, Section 20, P. O. Augusta, was born in Rutland County, Vt., July 7, 1831. In the spring of 1857 he came to Kansas, settling in Madison (now Lyon) County on a claim. Here he resided a few years, and in 1860, owing to the unsettled condition of affairs, removed to Van Buren County, Iowa. In 1862 he enlisted in the Third Iowa Cavalry, serving I the department of the Southwest until the close of the war. For two years he resided in Missouri, and in 1871 with family again came to Kansas, locating where he now resides. On returning to the State Mr. H. was in meager circumstances, but has been eminently successful in stock raising and farming. Before coming to the State in 1857 he had traveled through the Southern States, and for a time was in Wisconsin, where, in 1855, at Muscoda he was married to Miss Almira Purdy of that State. By this union they have five children - Charles E., Lyda A., Frank M., Willie D. and Herman H.

REV. W. W. JARED, P. O. Augusta, is a native of Tennessee, and was born in Putnam County, July 1, 1849; was reared in his native State; receiving a theological education, under the auspices of the Methodist Episcopal Church South. He came to Kansas in 1870, and took an active part in organizing the Methodist Episcopal Church South Society in Walnut Township. After a few years he went to Texas, returning to Butler County in 1881; has since been identified with the Walnut circuit. His first labors in the county were on the Walnut circuit.

G. W. LONG, farmer and stock raiser, Section 27, P. O. Augusta. Among the early settlers of Walnut Township was Mr. George Long, wife and family. They located there the spring of 1867, and have since been associated with its general improvements. They were the prime movers in organizing the Fairview Methodist Episcopal Church South Society, which is now in a flourishing condition. G. W., son of George Long, is a native of Indiana, and was born in Switzerland County, November 11, 1844. The spring of 1857 with parents came to Kansas settling temporarily in Jackson County, afterwards in Morris County, coming from there to Butler. He was married in Butler County to Miss Martha Haines, a native of Tennessee. They have two children - Gertrude and Charles O.

G. A. METCALF, farmer and stock raiser, Section 30, P. O. Augusta. This enterprising farmer is a native of England and was born in Lancashire, September 5, 1846. When young came to the United States with his parents, locating in Iowa County, Wis., where he was educated and reared. In 1864, he enlisted in the Seventh Illinois Cavalry, serving until the close of the war. In 1870 removed to Franklin County, Iowa, where he was engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1878, when he became a resident of Butler County, Kan. He was married in Wisconsin to Miss Liddie Frost; they have four children - Mary E., Dora, Florence, and Ira.

W. M. PIERSON, farmer and stock raiser, Section 30, P. O. Douglass, is a native of Morrow County, Ohio; was born October 21, 1843; was educated and reared in his native State. During the war served thirteen months in the Twenty-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in the Department of the Tennessee. After the war he located in Iowa County, Iowa, where he was engaged in farming until July, 1870, when he emigrated to Kansas, settling where he now resides. Mr. P. was among the first settlers in this part of Walnut Township, and has figured substantially with the progress. He was married in Iowa to Miss Ella J. Lewis. They have four children - Eva R., Gaillen M., Carrier E., and Mary A.

T. R. PURCELL, farmer and stock raiser, Section 33, P. O. Augusta, is a native of Tennessee, and was born in Hawkins County, March 4, 1844. Was educated and reared in his native State. During the Rebellion he gave his service to the Union cause, enlisting in the First Tennessee, under command of James P. Brownlow, serving two years and nine months; in 1870 Mr. P. came to Kansas, locating where he now resides; was among the early ones of that part; he was married in Kansas to Miss Alice U. Groomer; he was married a second time to Miss L. Matthews. He has three children, Nettie A., Josie E., and Mary E. He is a member of the Masonic order.

WILLIAM J. SNODGRASS, farmer and sheep raiser, Section 35, P. O. Augusta, is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Rock Castle County, October 16, 1835. Was educated and reared in his native State. In 1870 came to Kansas, locating where he now resides, being among the early settlers in that part. Mr. S. was identified with the early school interests of the district. He was married in Kentucky to Miss Sarah F. Yowell; they have had twelve children - William C., Florence Y., Robert Lee, Emma, Annie J., Georgia A., Sarah E., Cora E., Andrew, Larken H., John S., and Minnie. They lost one son, James, the second oldest. Mr. S. is a member of the Masonic Order.

JAMES YOWELL, farmer and stock raiser, Section 26, P. O. Augusta, is a native of Kentucky; was born in Marion County, November 27, 1812; was educated and reared in his native State. In 1871, located permanently in Butler County, Kas.; had been to the State several times previous to this. Mr. Yowell was married in Kentucky, to Miss Rhoda Tucker. They have five children - Sarah Frances, Florence, Norman W., Alice and J. D. Mr. Yowell is one of Butler County's progressive citizens.

PLEASANT TOWNSHIP.

CAPT. H. A. BILLOW, farmer and stock raiser, Section 30, P. O. Rose Hill, is a native of Pennsylvania; was born in Cumberland County, January 30, 1842; was educated and reared in his native State. May 6, 1861, enlisted and was mustered in as bugler of Company C, Fourth United States Cavalry. Of twenty-one battles and engagements participated in, were Wilson's Creek, Perryville, Stone River and Shelbyville. Was twice wounded, one being a severe one on the scalp. A portion of the time was Sergeant Major. Was honorably discharged at Colleoka, Miss., at the expiration of three years. On May 23, 1864, re-enlisted in Company H. Fifth United States Cavalry, as a private. Was soon promoted to Sergeant, and for one year carried the colors for the First Division, from which position he was discharged as First Sergeant, and promoted to Second Lieutenant of Company I, Sixth United States Cavalry. March 1, 1867, was breveted Captain, serving in that capacity until October 8, 1869, when he was honorably discharged at Fort Ridgeley. During his last term in the service participated in fourteen engagements, among which were Winchester, Cedar Creek, Gordonville and Appomatox Court House. There are but few, if any, who contributed more towards suppressing the Rebellion than Captain Billow. On retiring from the army, located in Martin County, Minn., which was his home until the spring of 1871, when he became a resident of Butler County, Kas., settling two miles north of where he now resides. Since 1878 has been on Section 30. The Captain is a member of the G. A. R. and Post Commander of the Post at Augusta. He is a stanch Republican and a genial gentleman. He was married in Pennsylvania to Miss B. E. Garber. They have one daughter - Minnie.

DAVID B. MEEKER, stockman, Section 34, P. O. Rose Hill. One of the representative stockmen and agriculturist of Pleasant Township, is Mr. Meeker, who in 1878 located in Butler County. He is a native of Illinois. Was born in Macon County, August 22, 1857. Was educated and reared in his native State. He was married, in Miss Mary E. Cooley, of Butler County.

THOMAS B. SPURRIER, farmer and stock raiser, Section 28, P. O. Rose Hill. One of the most progressive an enterprising agriculturists of Pleasant Township is Mr. Spurrier. He became identified with the early development of southern Kansas, locating his present farm in 1871, remaining on the same about eight months. In 1877 with family returned taking up their abode permanently. Mr. S. "hails" from Lansing, Iowa, where for a number of years, he was extensively engaged in contracting and plastering. While a resident of that city was prominently associated officially at different periods. During the Rebellion he was one of the Iowa volunteer soldiers who contributed amply in defense of the Union cause. Since his advent in the State has improved a desirable farm.

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