KANSAS COLLECTION BOOKS

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


DONIPHAN COUNTY, Part 11

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES (FARROW - WAKEFIELD).

DR. W. H. FARROW, physician and surgeon, came to Kansas in November 1875, and located in the city of Atchison, where he followed the profession until 1877, when he removed to Iowa Point where he lived until 1880, when he removed to White Cloud where he has lived since and practiced his profession in partnership with Dr. W. H. Lewis since. He is a member of White Cloud Lodge No. 78, A. F. & A. M., and of White Cloud Lodge No. 6, I. O. O. F. He was in the last war as a member of Company G, Twentieth Regiment, Virginia Confederate Cavalry, and enlisted May 12, 1862, at Powell's Mountain. He participated in the battles of second Bull Run, Antietam, Port Republic, Kearnstown, Antietam second, and numerous other engagements. He was wounded in an engagement at Droup Mountain and taken prisoner February 6, 1865, and then taken to the Athenaeum Prison, Wheeling, West Virginia, and from there removed to Camp Chase, Ohio, where he was released by the United States authorities June 13, 1865. Dr. Farrow was born in Parkersburg, W. Va., November 20, 1844, and lived in his native place until his sixteenth year when he entered the Confederate Army. After the close of the war he returned to Catlettsburg, Ky., where he remained a short time and then travelled (sic) extensively over the United States and finally settled in Kentucky, where he married. He commenced reading medicine in Memphis, Tenn., under the direction of Dr. Grant, an eminent practitioner of that city. He remained in the office of his preceptor nearly two years, and then attended lectures at the Cincinnati, Ohio, Medical College, but did not graduate. Commenced the practice of his profession in Cynthiana, Ky. He followed his profession in this city four years and then removed to Flemingsburg, Fleming County, Ky., where he lived three years, and from there removed to Kansas. Dr. Farrow was married March 21, 1867, at Cynthiana, Ky., to Miss Elizabeth V. Wolf, a native of Virginia. They have five children whose names are Susan E., Hattie Willimetta, Mollie H., Allie and Dora. Dr. Farrow enjoys an extensive and lucrative practice and is honored and esteemed by all who have the pleasure of his acquaintance.

A. FROST & CO., dealers in pine and native lumber, began business November 1, 1881, carrying a stock of $6,000 of pine and native lumber, doing a large wholesale business in the latter. Alonzo Frost, of the above firm, was born in Portland, Me., September 17, 1849, residing there until about fourteen years of age, when his parents removed to Oxford County, Me., and afterward want away from home and in January, 1871, he reached White Cloud. The first work done by him there was sawing half a cord of wood, for which he received 75 cents. He next obtained work on the grade at the schoolhouse, and then in the brick yard. He there handled all the brick, as offbearer, of which the schoolhouse is built. After that building was completed he visited his home in Maine, remaining a few months; then returned to White Cloud and ran the engine at Palmer& Orton's saw-mill one season. He then clerked in a store three years, and was four years as pilot and master of the ferry-boat at White Cloud. He was married in White Cloud, October 15, 1877, to Miss Mary R. Price. The have two children - Albert Wilbur and Charles R. He is a member of the White Cloud Lodge, No. 78, A. F. & A. M., occupying all the chairs but three in that lodge; was the first Dictator of Amity Lodge, No. 2267, K. of H., and the first representative to the Grand Lodge.

WILLIAM VAUGHN GORDON, farmer, came to Kansas in September, 1865, locating near White Cloud, where he has since lived. He took part in the late war as a member of Co. G, One Hundred and Thirteenth Illinois Infantry, and enlisted in this regiment March 4, 1864, at Springfield, Ill. Subsequently his regiment was consolidated with the One Hundred and Twentieth Regiment Illinois Infantry, in which he served till the 10th of September, 1865, when he was discharged at Memphis, Tenn. He participated in the battles of Memphis, Tenn., Guntown, Miss., where he was wounded, Ripley, Miss., Eastport., Tenn., and other engagements and skirmishes. In the winter of 1868 and '69 he was in the Indian Territory, and took part in the battle of Washita, where the notorious Chief, Black Kettle, was killed. He was also in the five days' fighting along the Cimarron River. He was one of the five men that fought two hundred Indians in the Sand Hills south of the Canadian River, in the Indian Territory, three of the five men being wounded and he narrowly escaped, a rifle hall passing through his hat. He was born in Warren County, Ohio, April 12, 1846, and lived in his native State until his eighth year, when his parents removed to McLean County, near Bloomington, Ill, where they lived until they came to Kansas. He was married near Sciola, Montgomery County, Iowa, January 9, 1878, to Miss Mary M. Whitney, a native of Kansas. They have three children - Scott Irving, Elda May and Mary Alta. Mr. Gordon has a fine farm of eighty acres of rolling prairie, all enclosed; fifty acres are in cultivation and the balance consists of timber, mostly walnut, elm, hickory and oak. He has on his farm a small orchard which covers about two acres and contains one hundred and twenty-five apple and peach trees. He has an abundance of small fruits. There is plenty of pure sweet water on his farm. The improvements consist of a new frame dwelling house, barn, and other outbuildings.

REV. JAMES L. GRIGSBY, Pastor of the Associated Methodist Episcopal Churches at White Cloud and Highland, came to Kansas in October, 1880, locating at Independence, Montgomery County, where he had charge of Allen Chapel one year. He then removed from Independence to White Cloud, where has (sic) since resided. He is a member of White Cloud Lodge, No. 2088, G. U. O. F.; Friendship Lodge, No. 11 A. F. & A. M. (U. D.); of the Advocates of Justice of North America, and Knights of Labor. He participated in the war of the Rebellion as a member of Company A, One Hundred and Fifty-Second Regiment United States Infantry, and was enlisted in Monrona, Ohio, September 21, 1864, and was mustered out of the United States service June 1, 1865, at Washington, D. C. He took part in the battles of Nashville, Tenn., December 24, 25 and 26, 1864; the battle of Columbia, Tenn., January 8, 1865; Decatur, Ala., February 2, 1865, and other battles and skirmishes. Mr. Grigsby was born in Athens, Ala., August 22, 1849,. and lived in his native place until his sixth year, when his parents removed to Huron County, Ohio, where he lived fifteen years, and from there removed to Chicago, from whence he came to Kansas. He attended Oberlin College, Ohio, two terms, and completed his course of education at Wilberforce University, Ohio. He entered the ministry in 1879, and has been preaching since. Mr. Grigsby was married in Chicago, November 22, 1876, to Miss Anna Albert, a native of the Indian Territory.

JOHN GRUMLEY, boot and shoe maker, came to Kansas in the spring of 1857, and located near Fanning, Doniphan County, where he lived two years, and from there came to White Cloud, where he has since resided and carried on business. He was in the last war as a member of Company D, Third Battalion Missouri Volunteers, and enlisted in the fall of 1861 in Holt County, Mo. He served six months, and was mustered out of service at St. Joe, Mo. He was in an engagement in Bee Creek, Mo. He was born in Brook County, Va., January 29, 1813, and lived in his native state until his sixteenth year. He then went to Pittsburgh, Pa., where he lived eighteen months, and was learning his trade. He then traveled extensively over the United States until the year 1837, when he located in Washington, Pa., where he lived three years. From there he removed to Wheeling, W. Va., where he lived four years and carried on his business. From Wheeling he went to Platteville, Wis., where he lived fifteen years, and was mostly engaged in shoemaking. While residing in Wisconsin he made a trip to California, where he remained one and a half years, and was engaged in mining. From Wisconsin he came to Kansas. Mr. Grumley has been married twice. The first marriage was solemnized in Cannonsburg, Pa., in October, 1836, to Miss Julia Ann Saunders, a native of New York State. He had seven children by this marriage, whose names are: Lydia A., Edward C. Thomas M., Julia E., John L., Harriet Louisa, and Lucy Jane. The second marriage took place in Oregon, Mo., in December, 1875, to Mrs. Jane Wakeland, a native of England. There has been no issue by this marriage.

JOHN LEWIS GRUMLEY, boot and shoe maker, came to Kansas in the spring of 1857, and located near Fanning, where he lived two years, and from there removed to White Cloud, where he has lived since. He was born in Platteville, Grant Co., Wis., December 11, 1852, and lived there until his fifth year, when his parents removed to Kansas.

JOHN GUBTAIL, gun and blacksmith, came to Kansas in the spring of 1869, and located in White Cloud, living there about two years, and then removed to Holt County, Mo.. where he lived three years. From Missouri he returned to Kansas, locating at Iowa Point, where he lived two years and carried on business. From Iowa Point he returned to White Cloud, where he has since resided. He was in the army during the War of the Rebellion, as a Corporal of Company B, One Hundred and Thirteenth Illinois Infantry, and enlisted August 9, 1862, at Kankakee City, Ill. He took part in the battles of Walnut Hills, near Vicksburg, Arkansas Post, Grand Gulf, Black River, Gun Town, and numerous other engagements, and was mustered out of the service July 1, 1865, in Chicago. He was born in Springfield, Clark Co., Ohio, September 1, 1842. In his third year his parents removed to Iroquois County, Ill., where they lived thirteen years, and from there moved to Kankakee City, Ill., where they lived eight years. From there Mr. Gubtail entered the United States Army. After the close of the war he returned to Iroquois County, Ill., where he remained until he came to Kansas. He has been married twice. The first marriage took place in Kankakee City, Ill., in the year 1867, to Miss Rebecca Dans, a native of Illinois. She died eight months after her marriage. The second marriage took place in 1870, in Holt County, Mo., to Miss Julia E. Grumley, a native of Wisconsin. They have three children living - Ira C., Thomas M., and Lewis E.

H. H. HINES, dealer in groceries, provisions, etc., has been in business at White Cloud the past nine years, carries a general line of groceries, provisions etc., amounting to $4,000, and does a business of about $30,000 per annum, and employs three clerks. He has also a bakery and restaurant adjoining his grocery store. He was born in Woodfield, Monroe Co., Ohio, March 14, 1838. When he was five years old his parents moved to Southern Indiana, where he resided until nineteen years of age; he then went to Mason County, Ill., where he remained until the breaking out of the war. He enlisted, in 1861, in Company H, Twenty-seventh Illinois Infantry, as Sergeant, serving three years, and when becoming disabled by a fracture of his ankle, he went into the Quartermaster's Department, where he remained until the winter of 1866. He then returned to Mason County, Ill., holding the office of Deputy County Clerk for several months. In August, 1866, he came to Kansas, obtaining employment as a clerk in the store of Bailey & Noyes, one season; he then took charge of a store at Highland for the same firm. When this store was sold he returned to White Cloud, remaining with the firm until they quit business, having been with them seven years. He then engaged in business for himself. He acts with the Republican party, of whose principles he is a strong supporter, and takes an active interest in politics. He has frequently been a delegate to County Conventions. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and K. Of H. Lodges, at White Cloud. He was married in Doniphan County, Kan., April 11, 1879. To Miss Mollie C. Conklin.

B. B. IDOL, farmer, came to Kansas in October, 1856, and located near White Cloud, where, with the exception of seven years spent in the Territories, he has lived since. He is a member of White Cloud Lodge, No. 78, A. F. & A. M., and of White Cloud Lodge, No 6, I. O. of O. F. Mr. Idol was born in Davidson County, N. C., May 24, 1838, and lived in his native State until he came to Kansas. After moving to Kansas, he left April 29, 1861, on a journey to the Territories west of the Rocky Mountains. He successively visited Washington, Idaho, Oregon, and Montana Territories, and was engaged while there in mining, prospecting and freighting. He returned from the latter Territory to Kansas via the Missouri River. He was marred in Doniphan County June 9, 1878, to Miss H. F. Finley, a native of Kansas. They have one child, a daughter, Vera. Mr. Idol has a fine farm of 160 acres, upland, all enclosed with substantial fences, and all in cultivation. His orchard covers five acres, and contains about 400 bearing apple, 500 peach, and 50 pear, plum and cherry trees. He has a small vineyard of 200 vines, the grapes of which he sells in the White Cloud markets. He has a new, comfortable, and roomy dwelling house, a new barn and other outbuildings. He devotes his attention to raising grain, fine hogs and cattle.

THOMAS FRANCIS KENNEY, of the firm of Burkhalter & Kenney, dealers in groceries, musical instruments, sheet music, confectionery, fine cigars, tobacco, etc., etc., came to Kansas January 1, 1874, and located in White Cloud, where he has since resided and carried on business. He is a member of White Cloud Lodge, No. 6, I. O. O. F. Mr. Kenney was born in Warren, Ill., July 26, 1858, and lived in his native place until his sixteenth year, and then removed to St. Joseph, Mo., where he remained but a short time, and then removed to Lawson, Ray County, in the same State, where he lived two years and then returned to St. Joseph, where he lived until he came to Kansas. Since he lived in Kansas he has been engaged in the wood business, and in railroading in the vicinity of White Cloud. He joined the enterprising and growing firm of which he is a member, December 5, 1881. His firm is doing and deserves a large trade.

JAMES KIRLIN, farmer, came to Kansas April 16, 1880, and located at White Cloud, where he has since lived. He is a member of the Roman Catholic Church. He was born in County Tyrone, Ireland, in December, 1827, and lived there until he came to America, and settled in White Cloud. He was married in County Derry, April 27, 1852, to Miss Hannah McHugh, a native of County Tyrone, Ireland. They have four children living, whose names are Bridget, Margaret, James and William. Mr. Kirlin has a farm of 160 acres, rolling prairie, which he has improved the past year. The farm is all enclosed with a substantial fence. He devotes his attention to raising grain and hogs. He has plenty of good water on his farm, the Hayes-Kirlin branch running through it.

W. E. LEWIS. M. D., was born in Delaware County, Pa., September 1, 1850, living there until 1870, when he came to Kansas, locating at Highland, and graduating at the Highland University. He then began the study of medicine, being one year under a preceptor, and taking a two years' course of lectures at Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, graduating there. He afterwards went to Northern Illinois, with the intention of teaching there, but learning there was an opening at White Cloud, he went there, entering into partnership with Dr. Farrow, in 1880. He is a member of the Regular State Medical Association, and of the District Medical Society of Northwestern Missouri. He married in Jackson County, Mo., near Pleasant Hill, April 2, 1879, Miss Margaret J. Adams, who was born in Indiana. They have one child, Nellie. Dr. L. takes great interest in church matters, is a leading member of the Congregational Church, and superintendent of the Sabbath school at White Cloud. He is also a member of White Cloud Lodge, No. 6, I. O. O. F. and of Amity Lodge, No. 2267, K. of H., at White Cloud.

JAMES F. MITCHELL, station agent and operator at White Cloud, on the B.& M. R. R,. the A. & N. Division, came to Kansas March 14, 1878, and located in Cherokee County, where he was employed as station agent on the St. Louis & San Francisco R. R. From there he removed to Greenwood County, where he lived two years, and was in the employ of the same company. From there he removed to St. Clair, Mo., remaining there until May 28, 1882, when he removed to Gage County, Neb., where he was in the employ of the B. & M. R. R. as station agent, and then came to White Cloud. He is a member of Charleston, Kan., Lodge, No. 161, I. O. O. F., and a member of the White Cloud Cornet Band. He was born November 19, 1854, in Shelby County, Mo., where he lived until his twenty-second year, and from there removed to Macon, Mo., where be lived until 1878, and from there came to Kansas. He was married January 23, 1881, at Smithfield, Mo., to Miss Sadie E. Lewis, a native of Nodaway County, Mo.; they have one daughter, Jewel. Mr. Mitchell is also express agent at White Cloud, stands high in the confidence of the company he serves, and is regarded as very proficient in his duties.

LEWIS I. MOORE, clerk, came to Kansas in the spring of 1873, locating at Hiawatha, where he was engaged in learning the printer's trade in the Dispatch office. He remained in Hiawatha one year, and from there removed to Oregon, Mo., where he resided until 1879, when he went to Canyon City, and Leadville, Col. He spent one year in Colorado, and then returned to his home in Missouri, where he resided until March, 1882, when he removed to White Cloud and accepted a position in the large mercantile establishment of D. M. Emerson, where he is at present engaged. Mr. Moore was born in Oregon, Holt Co., Mo., March 30, 1862, and lived in his native place until 1869, when his parents removed to Long Island, N. Y. They remained there two years and then returned to Missouri. Mr. Moore has received a classical education, having received his instruction at the Northwestern Normal School, in Oregon, Mo. While living in this State he was Deputy Sheriff of Holt County, which position he held one term. He is a young man of correct business habits, and is respected and esteemed by his associates in the large mercantile establishment with which he is connected.

DANIEL RUSSELL, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. White Cloud, came to Kansas in January, 1863, and located in Nemaha County, where he lived two years, and then removed to Brown County, where he lived fourteen years. From Brown County he removed to his farm in Iowa Township, Doniphan County, where he has lived since. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and of Highland Lodge, No. 11, A. F. & A. M. During the last war he was the personal attendant of Col. Thomas Mack, of the Thirty- Third Regiment of Iowa Infantry. He held this position for one year, and was present at a number of battles and skirmishes. Mr. Russell was born in Orange, N. C., in September, 1841, and lived in his native State until his ninth year, when his master removed to Saline County, Ark. He lived in Arkansas sixteen years, and from there came to Kansas. He was married in Brown County, September 6, 1867, to Mrs. Catherine Jarns, a native of Harrison County, Ky. They have ten children living, viz: Annie M., John S., William Henry, Daniel Bascom, Douglas Greene, James Wiley, Walter Boyd, Bertha Wallace, Sabina Elizabeth, Susan Catherine. Mr. Russell was born a slave, but by his industry and economy he has now become the proud possessor of a choice farm in Doniphan County of 140 acres. It is all enclosed and all under cultivation. He has a small orchard which covers about three acres and contains about 100 apple, thirty-five peach and cherry trees. He devotes his attention to raising corn, fine hogs, cattle and sheep. The improvements on his farm consist of a comfortable house and convenient farm buildings.

C. W. SHREVE, druggist, came to Kansas in the spring of 1858, locating at White Cloud, where he has since resided and carried on business. He is leader of the White Cloud Cornet Band; Clerk of School District No. 43, Doniphan County; has been Notary Public for the past twelve years; United States Commissioner since June 10, 1871; and has been a member of the City Council of White Cloud for the last ten years. He is a member of the Society of Friends. He is also a member of White Cloud Lodge, No. 78, A. F.& A. M., and of White Cloud Lodge, No. 6, I. O. O. F. Capt. Shreve was born in Deerfield, Portage Co., Ohio, January 31, 1833, and lived in his native place until his seventeenth year, when his parents removed to Massillon, Stark Co., Ohio, where he lived until the spring of 1856, and from there came to Kansas, locating at White Cloud two years later. That Capt. Shreve possesses the esteem and confidence of his fellow-townsmen is evinced by the offices they have elected him to, and the length of time he has held them. He is an able and conscientious druggist, scrupulous and exact in all his dealings, and has and deserves a good trade.

A. J. SINCLAIR, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. White Cloud, came to Kansas in July, 1866, locating in Miami County, where he lived twelve years, and then removed to Iowa Township, Doniphan County, where he has since resided. He was Justice of the Peace for two terms while living in Miami County. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, having joined Macon (Ill.) Lodge, No. 5, in 1846. At present he is affiliated with White Cloud Lodge, No. 78. He was born in Botetourt County, Va., in September, 1819. and lived in his native State until his tenth year, when his mother (his father having died in Virginia) removed to Sangamon County, Ill., where they removed to Macon County, Ill., where Mr. Sinclair lived until 1865, when he started "overland" for Kansas, reaching this State in 1866. While Mr. S. resided in Illinois he formed the acquaintance of Abraham Lincoln, subsequently President of the United States, and was engaged at one time with him and John Hanks in flat-boating on the Sangamon River. Mr. S. distinctly remembers the "hard winter" experienced by the residents of Macon County in 1830-31, when few, if any, had any bread to eat. His description of their sufferings is vivid and thrilling. Mr. Sinclair was married in Macon, Ill., April 30, 1846, to Miss Delilah Abrams, a native of Illinois. They have had eight children, seven of whom are living: Isaac S., Amanda J. (married to William Perkins, a farmer residing near White Cloud), Julia F. (married to Robert Hodge, a farmer living near White Cloud), John H. (married to Emma Tesh, a native of North Carolina), Laura (married to Mr. Frank Underwood, a resident of White Cloud), Emma (married to John Noble, a farmer, a resident of Doniphan County), and Reuben S. The last two children named have developed a remarkable talent for music, and are skillful performers on the piano, organ and violin. Esquire Sinclair has a choice farm of eighty acres, mostly bottom land, all enclosed and all under cultivation. It is remarkably fertile, and presents a good prospect for a phenomenal yield of corn this year. His orchard contains fifty bearing apple trees, some of them fairly breaking down with the fruit with which they are at present overburdened. He has an abundance of pure, cool water on his farm, a fine spring rising near his house, and thence meandering through the farm. He devotes his attention chiefly to raising grain, vegetables and stock. The improvements on his farm consist of a fine roomy mansion-house, large barn and other out-buildings. Mr. Sinclair is an ardent Republican and a firm friend of the temperance movement now agitating the State of Kansas.

I. S. SINCLAIR, Constable of Iowa Township, came to Kansas in August, 1866, locating in Miami County, where he resided until 1876, when he removed to White Cloud, where he has lived since. He has been Constable of Iowa Township two terms. He is also City Marshal and Street Commissioner of the city of White Cloud. He is a member of White Cloud Lodge No. 78, A. F. & A. M., and White Cloud Lodge No. 6, I. O. of O. F. During the Indian outbreak in this State in 1868, he entered the United States Army as a member of Company L, Nineteenth Kansas Cavalry. He enlisted at Paola, October 24, 1868, served six months on the plains of Colorado and New Mexico, and was mustered out at Fort Hayes, April 19, 1869. While a member of this command he was engaged in a number of engagements and skirmishes. Mr. Sinclair was born in Macon, Ill., August 12, 1847, and lived in his native State until he came to Kansas. He was married May 4, 1876, in White Cloud, to Miss Nannie J. Abrams, a native of Illinois. They have one daughter - Minnie.

DANIEL TODD, farmer, P. O. White Cloud, came to Kansas, March 28, 1854, locating in Leavenworth, where he lived about two months, and from there removed to near White Cloud, where he lived three months, when he was, with his entire family, consisting of six persons, kidnapped and sold into slavery. They were first taken to Howard County, Mo., where they were held in bondage one year. A short time subsequently Mr. Todd's wife and one child were sent to Macon County, Tenn., where they were held in slavery nearly four years, when they were restored to freedom by President Lincoln's Emancipation Proclamation. Mr. Todd escaped from those who kidnapped him at the time his wife and child were taken to Tennessee, and joined the United States army, becoming a member of Company D, First Missouri Militia. He enlisted in September, 1861, in Mexico, Mo., served eighteen months, and was discharged for disability incurred while in the service, in March 1863, at Pilot Knob, Mo. After his discharge from the army, he gathered together those of his children that he could find and removed to White Cloud where he was subsequently joined by his wife and one child, and where he has ever since lived. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church in White Cloud. He was born in Washington County, Va., in 1816, and lived there until his twelfth year, when his master removed to Boone County, Mo. Mr. T. lived altogether, twenty-six years in the State of Missouri, and then came to Kansas. He was married in Platte County, Mo., May 20, 1853, to Priscilla Dorsey, a native of Macon Co., Ky. They have four children living - Scott Clay, Sophronia, Lucetta, and Emeline. Also have two grandchildren living with them - George Mason and Charles True. Though starting late in life and without a dollar, Mr. Todd has now become by hard work and economy the happy owner of eighty acres of fine upland, which is all enclosed, and has about fifty-eight acres under cultivation, the balance being pasture and timber land. His orchard covers two acres, and contains fifty apple, six hundred peach, and fifty cherry and pear trees. His vineyard covers half an acre and has three hundred vines. The improvements on his farm consist of a comfortable frame dwelling house, good barn, and other outbuildings.

FRANK TRAGO, engineer on the A. & M. Div. of the B. & M. R. R., was born in Jackson County, Ohio, December 14, 1854, and followed various occupations until 1874. At that time he became fireman on the M. & C. R. R., in Ohio, which he followed three years. He became engineer on the same road and served in that capacity until 1880, when he came west to Plattsmouth, Neb., where he obtained a position on the A. & N. Div. of the B. & M. R. R., and has since been in there employ. Mr. Trago has been concerned in several railroad accidents, but has thus far fortunately escaped unhurt. He is a gentleman who thoroughly understands his business as an engineer, and is always very cautious in the avoidance of any danger.

JOHN H. UTT, retired, was born in Scioto County, Ohio, July 11, 1814, living there until 1831, when his parents moved to Illinois, stopping during the winter at Alton. The following spring they moved to Jersey County, then the southern portion of Greene County, Ill., locating about five miles southwest of Jerseyville. The subject of this sketch there married, in 1839, Miss Priscilla Spaulding. In 1843 he moved to Holt County, Mo., where be engaged in farming. During the Mexican war he enlisted in Company A, Oregon Battalion Missouri Volunteers. His command was sent West to establish lines of forts to Oregon, and soon after establishing Fort Kearney the war closed. The battalion was disbanded in November, 1848. Mr. Utt then returned home, remaining until the spring of 1849, when he crossed the plains to California, arriving in September and remaining until June, 1850. He was there engaged chiefly in mining and trading. He then returned to Holt County, Mo., and resided until 1856, when, with other parties, he took up claims at the present site of White Cloud; the following year became one of a town company of thirty who purchased the land and laid out the town of White Cloud. He, in 1858, and Enoch Spaulding, completed the City Hotel, and Mr. U. was the first proprietor. He built the saw- mill in the same year and as since done much to build up the town. In 1864 his wife died, leaving five children - Len Harrison, Melvina, Emily J., John E., and Dora. He afterward married Miss Bessie Hurd. They have one child - Vera Lee. Mr. U. is a Republican, and has always taken an active interest in politics, and has been closely identified with many public measures. He has twice held the office of County Judge of Doniphan County. He has twice engaged in mercantile business, and has devoted his attention chiefly to land. He is the present Town Proprietor of White Cloud. Also took a prominent part in the A. & C. R. R., being one of the first owners on completing the road into Nebraska.

JOSEPHUS UTT, commercial traveler, came to Kansas in the year 1853, and first located on Wolf River, Wolf River Township, Doniphan County, where he lived three years. He was then engaged for one year as a teacher for the Iowa Indians on the Iowa Reservation. He is a member of the I. O. of O. F. Mr. Utt participated in the war of the Rebellion as First Lieutenant of Company K, Fourteenth Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, and enlisted at White Cloud, Doniphan County, and was discharged at Fort Smith, Ark. He was born May 15, 1830, in Scioto County, Ohio, where he lived until the age of one year, when his parents removed to Alton, Ill. From there they removed to Buchanan County, Mo., and from there Mr. Utt came to Kansas. He was at Marshal's, on the Big Blue, when the news was received of the purchase from the Indians of the lands which now coin p rise the States of Kansas and Nebraska. During most of his life he has been engaged in the mercantile business. Mr. Utt's present residence is White Cloud, Doniphan County. He is married and has five children. His wife's name was Rachael (sic) Ann McKinney. The children are - Jennie J., R. L., D. V., T. J., and Joe Emma.

R. S. WAKEFIELD, contractor and builder, was born in Newport, Sullivan Co., N. H., December 30, 1828, living there until fourteen years of age, when his father moved to Essex County, N. Y. He there learned the trade of carpenter and builder, remaining until about twenty-two years of age. He then went to Kenosha, Wis., remaining about one year, then to Neenah, Wis., remaining one year. He then took a trip through Minnesota, locating at Galena, Ill., in 1852. He there married, January 29, 1855, Miss Frances H. Ramsten. They have one child - Charles Herbert. In May, 1857, he moved to White Cloud, establishing himself in his present business. He built nearly all the first buildings put up at White Cloud, and has since built many others, among them being nearly all the best buildings in the town, including the schoolhouse, etc. He has also done a large amount of work in Hiawatha and the surrounding country. During the war he was a member of the State Militia. He is a member of the Masonic Order and the I. O. O. F. of White Cloud.

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