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


DOUGLAS COUNTY, Part 38

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LAPEER.

Lapeer is situated in the southwest part of the county, near the headwaters of Rock Creek, on gently undulating prairie. The first settlements were made in the vicinity of 1855, by George Shobert, Peter Dodder, James Baker and Samuel Hays. The town was so named after a town of the same name in Michigan.

The first child born here was Eli Baker, November 2, 1856; the first marriage was that of B. L. Oldham, to Miss Elvira Baker, in the year 1857, and the first death that of an unknown many in 1859.

The first school was taught in 1862, in a log cabin by Miss Anna Harber. The first schoolhouse was built in 1864, and located on Section 29, Township 14, Range 18. In August, 1864, Rev. A. C. Still preached the first sermon in this schoolhouse.

The post office was established in 1856, and named Marion, S. Briniman being appointed first Postmaster. A store was opened in 1856, by Henry Briniman, by the side of the old Santa Fe road in the town of Marion. A grist mill was built in the winter of 1862-63, by Henry Hyatt.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES - MARION TOWNSHIP.

J. H. BACHELOR, farmer, Section 17, P. O. Lapeer, was born in Tennessee September 27, 1833; moved, when a child, to Shelby County Ill., and from there to Franklin County, Mo.; came to Kansas in 1855, settled in Leavenworth County, and three years later, came to Marion Township and purchased a farm of 190 acres, which he has improved, erecting a substantial stone residence in 1873, at a cost of $1,500. During all the border troubles, Mr. Bachelor was never disturbed by either side, which he attributes to the fact of his keeping a close mouth, although loyal and true, believing in the right and justice of freedom. He was married in Leavenworth County, December 25, 1855, to Miss Margaret Plummer, by whom he has had eleven children - John F., Emma, Flora, Benjamin, William H., Mattie M. R., Maggie I. M., Charles, Grace M., Eva and Elizabeth - the two last named are dead. Mr. Bachelor was called into service during the Price raid, and participated in the battle of the Blue.

C. J. BLISS, farmer, Section 25, P. O. Echo, was born in Niagara County, N. Y., February 22, 1841. He learned the trade of a blacksmith in Milford, Mich., and afterward worked in Pontiac and Detroit, Mich. Mr. Bliss has been twice married, first in Venango County, Penn., January 10, 1867, to Miss Cora French, who died in 1871; second, in Missouri, January 9, 1876, to Miss Mary Brown, daughter of Mason Brown, Esq. They have six children - Fred W., Harry L., Eva, Charles, Annie and an infant. Mr. Bliss came to Kansas in 1877, and settled in Marion Township, where he owns a farm of ninety acres, which is well improved, and also carries on a blacksmith shop in connection with the farm.

HON. ELIJAH S. BORLAND, farmer, Section 12, P. O. Twin Mound, born in Orange County, N. Y., January 3, 1831, son of Thomas Borland and Anna McDowell. He grew to manhood in his native town, engaged on a farm. In 1859, he came to the State and settled in Osage County, and was elected Sheriff of Osage County in 1860. In 1877, he moved to Marion Township, where he still resides; owns 400 acres, eighty in Marion and 320 in Osage County. He enlisted in the spring of 1862, in Company I, Eleventh Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, for three years, and was in the following engagements: Prairie Grove, Gaines' Mill and Little Blue; here he was severely wounded in the groin, and was honorably discharged September 21, 1865. Mr. Borland was married in Osage County, Kan., July 3, 1868, to Miss Maria, daughter of John Warner, Esq. His children are - Wesley P., Louis H., Elijah S., Jr., Thomas F. and Bertha L. Mr. Borland is a member of a lodge of I. O. O. F.

JOHN BRUNK, farmer, Section 10, P. O. Globe, born in Roanoke County, Va., April 4, 1847, where he grew to manhood, receiving a good common school education. He was united in marriage in his native county, August 31, 1873, to Miss Sarah A. Hicks, by whom he has three children - Dewey E., William H. and Benjamin L. He came to the State in 1877, and settled in Marion Township, where he owns eighty acres, all under improvement. Mrs. Brunk is a member of the German Baptist Church.

JOHN T. CARPENTER, M. D., Section 4, P. O. Twin Mound, born in Lafayette County, Mo., October 30, 1838, son of Charles N. and Jane (Gregg) Carpenter. He was educated at the Masonic College, Lexington, Mo., and graduated from the University of Louisville, Ky., Medical Department, class of 1865, since which time he has had a good practice in Buchanan County, Mo., Johnson, Leavenworth and Douglas Counties, Kan. He came to this State in 1879, and recently purchased a small farm near Twin Mound, which he rents. In addition to his medical profession, he is engaged in the grocery and drug business. He first commenced the study of medicine under Dr. Thomas Beaumont, of Weston, Mo., in the year 1864. He was united in marriage, in Clay County, Mo., April 5, 1866, to Miss Louisa A., daughter of Uriel Cave and Susan Rice. They have two children - Lillie M., born September 22, 1872; Mary F., born January 8, 1874. The Doctor is a member of the Baptist Church and of the I. O. O. F.

JOSEPH W. CHRISTIAN, farmer, Section 4, P. O. Clinton, came to the State in the summer of 1865; settled in Marion Township, where he owns a splendid farm of 280 acres, under a high state of cultivation. He built a fine residence in 1881, costing $2,000. Mr. Christian descended from David Christian and Mary Broombaugh, and his grandparents were Joseph Christian and Nancy Williams, and was born in Miami County, Ohio, July 20, 1845. Mr. Christian was married in Clinton, Kan., February 4, 1869, to Miss Mary E., daughter of James B. Morris, Esq. They have three children - Leroy C., Charles E and Adelbert W. Mr. Christian is an Odd Fellow.

JOHN C. CLARK, farmer, Section 14, P. O. Centropolis, was born in McDonough County, Ill., April 29, 1838; moved with parents the same year to Andrew County, Mo., where he remained eleven years, and then moved to Dallas County, Iowa, where he resided until he came to Kansas in 1854, and settled in Franklin County. In March, he purchased 346 acres in Marion Township, and has since resided there. Mr. Clark was married in Nodaway County, Mo., July 3, 1859, to Eliza Bates, who died February 19, 1862. He was again married in Douglas County, October 8, 1865, to Elvira Baker, who died October 6, 1875, in California. He was married in Douglas County, March 11, 1877, to Nancy J., daughter of Thomas McConnell. He has six children - Nancy A., Dorinda J., Charles H., John T., Josephine and Katie. He has lost three children by death.

ROBERT S. DODDER, farmer, Section 31, P. O. Lapeer, was born in Oakland County, Mich., August 14, 1851; came with his father to Kansas in 1859, and located in Marion Township; owns 160 acres, besides working his mother's farm; married in Genesee County, Mich., June 28, 1879, Miss Sarah E., daughter of John Reed. They have three children - Edward W., Charles O. and Flora B. Mr. Dodder is a member of the Acacia Lodge, No. 9, A., F. & A. M., of Lawrence. His father pre-empted the land on which he now resides. His father died February 7, 1875.

SILAS DODDER, farmer, Section 1, P. O. Lapeer, was born in Addison, Oakland Co., Mich., May 1, 1845; came to the State with his father in 1861; settled in Marion Township. Mr. Dodder owns 225 acres, all fenced, and about sixty acres under the plow, the balance in grass and pasture. During the Price raid, Mr. Dodder was called out in the State militia, and participated in the battle of the Blue. He was united in marriage to Miss Mary J. Bailey, October 9, 1869. They have six children, viz., Hattie A., Homer R., Vera B,, Mary E., Pearl and Silas C. Mrs. Dodder is a member of the Methodist Church.

MRS. SARAH FISHBURN, farmer, Section 15, P. O. Centropolis, born in Botetourt County, Va., May 14, 1832. She was the daughter of Daniel Kessler, and was married March 26, 1850, to Alfred Fishburn, Esq., who died April 30, 1877. They came to Kansas in 1863, and settled in Marion Township, where they owned 370 acres of land, and have since resided. Since the death of her husband, Mrs. Fishburn has carried on the farm, with the aid of her sons. She has eight children - Susan A., John W., Mary C., Henry H., George A., Ezra, Annie and Frank. She is a member of the German Baptist church.

SAMUEL FISHER, farmer, Section 10, P. O. Bond, born in Stark County, Ohio, February 24, 1840, son of Michel Fisher and Christina Sands. He lived in his native county until he was eighteen years of age, and then moved to Indiana, but did not remain there long, as, in 1860, he came to Kansas, and settled in Marion Township, where he owns eighty acres of improved land, under a high state of cultivation. He enlisted in 1862, in Second Battalion Missouri Volunteers, for one year; served his time out, and then re-enlisted in 1863, in Company A, Ninth Regiment Kansas Volunteers, and after faithful service for over two years, was honorably discharged August, 1865. Mr. Fisher was married in Lawrence, Kan., November 17, 1867, to Miss Lucretia A., daughter of Erin Davis, Esq., and to them have been born six children, viz., Mary E., Rachel C., De Witt C., Milton W., John C. and Arthur G.

B. F. GARRETT, farmer, Section 15, P. O. Centropolis, born in Pike county, Ill., May 2, 1835. He received a good education at the Illinois College in Jacksonville. Mr. Garrett enlisted in 1861, in Company K, Second Regiment Illinois Cavalry, with rank of Lieutenant, and was promoted to Captain in 1864. He participated in the following engagements: Fort Henry, Fort Donelson, Vicksburg, Iuka, Corinth, Bollivar (sic), Mansfield, Holly Springs, and many skirmishes. He was wounded twice at Mansfield and Holly Springs, and was honorably discharged May 25, 1865. Mr. Garrett was married in Pike County, Ill., June 6, 1857, to Miss Annie E., daughter of Jeremiah Adams, Esq. They have four children - Annie J., John M., Robert S. and Marshall. Mr. Garrett came to Kansas in 1877; settled in Marion Township, where he owns a farm containing 388 acres, 220 of which are under the plow. Mr. Garrett is a Master Mason.

HON. SAMUEL A. HALDERMAN, farmer, Section 9, P. O. Clinton, was born in Butler County, Penn., April 10, 1836, where he grew to manhood, being educated in the common schools and in Sunbury Academy. He is the seventh child of Samuel Halderman and Margaret Kolmyer, having six brothers and six sisters. Mr. Halderman was married in Venango County, Penn., April 3, 1860, to Miss Emily B., daughter of Amos Dotterer, Esq. Six bright children have been born of them - Minnie, Jennie, Samuel W., Edwin C., Margaret A. and Charles A. Mr. Halderman came to this State in 1868, and settled in Marion Township on a farm. He owns 170 acres, under good improvement; 100 acres are now under the plow, and the farm is well stocked. Mr. Halderman was elected to the Legislature, and honorably represented his district in the session of 1875-76. Mr. and Mrs. Halderman are active members of the Presbyterian Church in Clinton, and he is one of the Elders of the church.

JOHN KELLEY, Jr., farmer, Section 31, P. O. Lapeer, born in Clark County, Ind., July 20, 1841, where he lived until 1858, when he came to Kansas and settled in Marion Township. He owns a farm of 138 acres, all improved. He enlisted August 20, 1862, in Company E, Twelfth Regiment Kansas Volunteer Infantry, served faithfully until the close of the war, and was discharged July 20, 1865, having been in the battle of Jenkins Ferry, and numerous skirmishes. He was married, in Marion Township, February 7, 1872, to Miss Marion M. Worthy. They have one child - Morris.

G. O. McKUNE, farmer, Section 4, P. O. Globe, came to the State in 1859; settled in Ottawa, where he lived two years, and then moved to Marion Township, on a farm containing eighty acres, where he still resides. He was born in Lanesboro, Penn., February 23, 1843; moved to Bureau County, Ill, in 1852, where he remained seven years. He enlisted September 13, 1861, in Company A, Ninth Regiment Kansas Cavalry; on duty most of the time, guarding army trains; was honorably discharged November 9, 1864. He was united in marriage at Lawrence, September 14, 1865, to Miss Eliza, daughter of John Kelley, Esq. They have seven children - Charles E., Lotta E., John F., Guy E., Olive, Edward and Mary T. Mr. McKune has been Constable for two years in his township.

HON. M. McMILLEN, farmer, Section 14, P. O. Centropolis, born in North Collins, Erie County, N. Y., March 9, 1829, and was educated at the Springfield Academy, N. Y. He came to the State in 1870, and settled in Lawrence in 1872. He purchased a large farm, containing 440 acres, in Marion township, and has since resided there. He was elected to the Legislature in 1877, and again in 1879, and represented Douglas County, with honor to himself and constituents. Mr. McMillen was married in Gowanda, N. Y., January, 1853, to Miss Mary A., daughter of William McMillen, Esq. They have six children living, viz., Florence E., Cora I., Kenewith E., Hugh C., Eva B. and Grant. Mrs. McMillen died February 15, 1878.

JOHN C. METSKER, farmer, Section 11, Town 14, Range 18, P. O. Bond, was born in Morrison's Cove, Blair County, Penn, September 18, 1826, where he lived until seven years of age, when he removed with his parents to Henry County, Ind., and there remained until he came to Kansas in 1859, and settled in Marion Township, where he owns 2,000 acres, 700 of which are under the plow, and the balance is used for meadow and pasture. It is the purpose of Mr. Metsker to divided this land among his children, who are now married and settled on this large tract of land. Mr. Metsker was married in Wayne County, Ind., to Miss Christina, daughter of Jacob Ulrich, Esq. They have five children - Martin W., Mary A., Elizabeth J., Sarah E. and Henry C. Mr. and Mrs. Metsker are members of the German Baptist church, and he is one of the Deacons.

MARTIN W. METSKER, farmer, Section 15, P. O. Bond. The subject of this sketch is a son of John C. Metsker and Christina Ulrich, and was born in Henry County, Ind., May 30, 1850. He came to Kansas in the fall of 1859 with his father, and settled in Marion Township. He owns 560 acres, on which he keeps 16 horses, 108 head of cattle and 80 hogs. Although a young man, he already ranks among the first farmers of the county. Mr. M. was married in Clinton Township, Kan., January 2, 1873, to Miss Mary E., daughter of James Shoup, Esq. They have four interesting children - Sarah E., John F., Jesse D. and Otto W. Mr. and Mrs. M. are members of the German Baptist Church.

PHILLIP METSKER, farmer, Section 13, P. O. Echo, born in Morrison's Cove, Blair Co., Penn, July 28, 1824. At the age of nine years, he removed with his parents to Henry County, Ind., where he remained until 1860, engaged in farming. He came to Kansas in 1860, and settled in Marion Township, where he owns a fine farm of 517 acres - 350 of which are under the plow and the balance in timber and pasture. In 1870, he erected a fine house at a cost of $3,000. The large quantity of fruit of every variety, the large outbuildings, the fine fences on this farm, show him to be a most excellent farmer. Mr. Metsker was married in Henry County, Ind., December 27, 1846, to Miss Catherine Replong, who died in 1852. He was again married in Indiana October 28, 1854, to Miss Barbara Longenacker, who still survives. They have nine children, viz.: Samuel, Sarah J., Lucinnda, Benjamin F., Jacob M., John L., Joseph M., Andrew E. and Elizabeth; two of these - Jacob M. and Elizabeth - are dead. Mr. and Mrs. Metsker are members of the German Baptist Church.

ISAAC E. MEYER, farmer, Section 1, P. O. Globe, was born in Bethel, Lebanon Co., Penn., August 22, 1846, where he lived until eighteen years of age, and then moved to Ohio, where he remained about three years. Came to the State in August, 1868, and purchased 161 acres in Marion Township, where he has since resided. He was married in Lebanon, Penn., September 18, 1875, to Miss Rebecca Shepler, by whom he has two children - Katie M. and Anna M. Mr. M. is a prosperous farmer.

THOMAS B. PRICE, farmer, Section 3, P. O. Globe, was born in Hart County, Ky., September 17, 1827, where he grew to manhood. He lived some time in Illinois, where, in Carlinville, he was united in marriage December 1, 1853, and settled in Marion Township. Owns eighty acres of choice land, which is under a good state of cultivation. Mr. P. served in the State militia, and participated in the battles of the Blue, in repelling Sterling Price. He was again united in marriage October 26, 1878, to Miss Clara J. Rittenhender, of Ottawa, Franklin Co., Kan. He has eight children - Marinda, Columbus, Mary F., Frank, William, Charles, Laura and Cora J. Four of these are married - Marinda, Frank, Columbus and Mary F.

IRA O. RARICK, farmer, Section 16, P. O. Globe, came to this State in 1866, settling in Douglas County; moved on to his farm in Marion Township in 1872. He owns eighty acres, which have been well improved. He was born in Darke County, Ohio, December 23, 1845. In 1851, he moved with his parents to Jay County, Ind. Was educated in the high school of Garden Grove, Iowa, and engaged in school teaching for about two years; but farming has been his principal business. Mr. Rarick was married in Osceola, Clark Co., Iowa, August 22, 1869, to Miss Sarah A., daughter of George Roberts, Esq. Mrs. R. is a lady of culture and possesses decided literary talent. They are members of the Christian Church.

J. J. RARICK, farmer, Section 16, P. O. Centropolis, was born in Darke County, Ohio, May 2, 1837. Was educated at Farmer's Academy, Jay County, Ind. He was engaged in teaching for six years before the war. When the war broke out, his patriotism led him to enlist in April, 1861, in the call for three months' men, in Company K, Eleventh Regiment Ohio Volunteers. After serving his time out, he re-enlisted in Company E, Sixty-ninth Regiment Ohio Volunteers. Was promoted to Captain in 1863; participated in the following engagements: Stone River, Gallatin, Lookout Mountain, Chickamauga, Kenesaw Mountain, Peach Run Creek, Jonesboro, Atlanta, and marched with Sherman to the sea. Besides the above battles, he was in many skirmishes, and was honorably discharged in March, 1865. He was married in Leavenworth, July 19, 1865, to Miss Minnie E., daughter of John Hilton, Esq., of Clark County, Iowa. They have two children - Edith H. and Carl S. Mr. R. came to this State in 1865, and settled in Lawrence and moved to Marion Township in 1870, where he owns 120 acres of finely improved land. Mr. and Mrs. R. are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

ABRAM SMITH, farmer, Section 35, P. O. Globe, came to the State, April, 1855; settled in Jefferson County, and the following year moved to Marion Township, where he yet resides on a farm of 120 acres which he has improved; was born in Licking County, Ohio, January 16, 1831. He moved to Fulton County, Ill., 1849, where he engaged in farming up to the time he came to the State. He enlisted July, 1862, in Company E, Twelfth Regiment Kansas Volunteers; was discharged April 9, 1863; was commissioned Second Lieutenant, Company A, Eleventh United States Colored Regiment, 1863, and discharged April 1, 1865. He was married in Douglas County, June 7, 1860, to Sarah E., daughter of John Kelly. They have five children living - William H., Eliza J., John E., Cora B. and Herman, and have lost four children.

JOHN SMITH, farmer, Section 9, P. O. Globe, was born in England, March 3, 1850; came to the United States, with his parents, in 1853; settled in Griggsville, Ill.; moved to Kansas in 1878; owns a farm of eighty acres in Marion Township, on which he resides. He was married in Douglas County, February 24, 1881, to Miss Marinda Thompson. They have one child - Chester I.

E. M. SNYDER, farmer, Section 8, P. O. Twin Mound, was born in Switzerland February 15, 1844; came to the United States in 1851; settled in Ohio, where he remained six years; afterward to Polk County, Iowa, where he remained five years, and in May, 1862, came to Kansas, and settled in Tonganoxie, Leavenworth County. He also lived a short time in Eudora, and in 1882 moved to Marion Township, where he owns 320 acres improved. Enlisted in the spring of 1865, in Company E, Tenth Regiment Kansas Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged in August, 1865. He was married in Eudora, Kan., December 25, 1866, to Miss Aba, daughter of James Apley, Esq. They have six children - Emma, Clara, Charles, Edward, Frank and Isabella. Mr. S. is a son of Christian Snyder and Anna Winply.

H. R. SOXMAN, farmer, Section 25, P. O. Echo, was born in Armstrong County, Penn., August 26, 1843, where he grew to manhood. He enlisted in July, 1861, in Company D, Sixty-second Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, for three years or during the war, and was in the following engagements: Yorktown, Hanover, C. H., Mechanicsville, Gaines' Mill, Malvern Hill, second Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Chancellorsville and Gettysburg. Here he was wounded in the right thigh, and was afterward transferred to Company D, Eleventh Veteran Reserve Corps, and was honorably discharged in July, 1864. He came to Kansas in September, 1865; settled in Marion Township, where he yet resides, owning a farm of 215 acres. Mr. S. was married in Douglas County, March 25, 1869, to Miss Elizabeth, daughter of Abram Rothrock, who was the last man shot in the Quantrill raid on Lawrence. They have three children - George M., Clara B. and Ray. Mr. and Mrs. Soxman are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

MICHEL SPEALMAN, farmer, Section 17, P. O. Appanoose, was born in Blair County, Penn., April 15, 1830; moved to Whitley County, Ind., in 1854. He was married in Newry, Penn., August 7, 1854, to Miss Mary Bunn. He has three children - David, Jacob and Leonard. He came to the State in 1864, and settled in Valley Falls, and three years later moved to Douglas County, and settled in Marion Township, where he owns a farm of eighty acres. His wife is a member of the German Baptist Church.

HENRY WEBBER, farmer, farmer, Section 15, P. O. Bond, was born in England October 2, 1828, where he remained until 1849, when he came to the United States and settled in Detroit, Mich., and entered upon the profession of a musician. Leaving Detroit, he went to Tuscola County, Mich., and became a farmer. He was united in marriage in Sebewaing Mich., June 24, 1854, to Miss Mary E., daughter of Reuben Dodge, Esq. She died December 25, 1873. He was again united in marriage in Marion, Kan., October 25, 1875, to Mrs. Lucy M., widow of Garrett Cole, and sister of his first wife. As the fruits of these marriages, there have been born to him six children - Frederick H., Sarah E., Victoria A., Albert A., Rosella M. and Charles W. Mr. Webber came to Kansas in the spring of 1858, and settled in Marion Township, where he has since resided. He owns a fine farm containing 180 acres, 120 of which are under the plow. He raises forty acres of corn, sixty acres of wheat, ten acres of oats, and ten acres of millet, etc. He has on the farm nine horses, twenty cattle and fifteen hogs. There are also on his farm good buildings, etc.

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