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


ELK COUNTY, Part 11

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UNION CENTER TOWNSHIP.

S. J. BASCOM, stock-dealer. P. O. Western Park, was born in Orwell, Vt., in 1846. When he became of age he was employed for a term of two years by the United States Sanitary Commission, Washington, D. C., after which he returned home for a short visit and then migrated West, reaching Howard County, Kansas, March 3, 1868. At that time there were but three white families in the county. He then located a claim on Section 9, Township 29, Range 9, on the Elk River, the nearest railroad point at that time being a distance of 125 miles; the nearest mill being seventy-five miles; the nearest post office twenty-five miles. The subject of this sketch was identified with the first church organization in the county, of which he was a charter member. He helped to organize the first Sunday school, the same being held in his cabin. He helped to build the first schoolhouse in the County, and has always taken an active part in all public matters, which would be a benefit to the county and to the people. He is one of the principal stock-men of this township, his fine farm of 440 acres being well adapted for the business - stock-raising - as the place is well watered by Elk River, with plenty of timber for shelter, and plenty of grazing land. The improvements of the place consist of 100 acres under cultivation, a fine orchard of ten acres, and good buildings. Mr. Bascom is an enterprising man, and has been very successful in his business. In 1870, he was united in marriage to Miss Olive J. Longley, of Washington, D. C. They have three children - Herbert J., Abbie E., and Edith M.

HON. K. H. BARACKMAN, farmer, P. O. Union Center, was born in Crawford County, Penn., in 1833, but was raised in Ohio, in Monroe and Washington Counties; in 1861, enlisted in the first call for three years' men in the Seventh West Virginia Volunteer Infantry, serving three years; was sergeant in Company D. In 1865 migrated to Illinois, and remained there two years; in 1867 located in Jasper County, Mo., where he engaged in blacksmithing. In 1874 he migrated to Kansas, locating in Howard County, and bought a farm on Section 6, Township 30, Range 10, and has 420 acres on the Elk River; has the place all fenced, and 120 acres in cultivation, about ten acres of orchard, and has put up a good frame house, a good frame barn; has twenty-five acres of timber, making the best stock farm in this part of the County. Mr. B. is extensively engaged in raising stock, handles from fifty to one hundred head of cattle, besides horses and hogs, of which he is noted for raising among the best in the country. In 1874 and 1875, served as Representative in the State Legislature. Was married in 1856, in Monroe County, Ohio, to Miss Mary Battim; they have six children - John P., J. B., Thomas A., James A., W. S. and Fred C.; is a member of E. M. Stanton Post, No. 23, G. A. R., and of Howard Lodge, No. 34, I. O. O. F. Mr. Barackman is a warm friend of the temperance cause, and has devoted a good deal of time and money during the past twenty years to the cause.

COL. E. COLYER, farmer, P. O. Union Center, was born in Albion, Ill., in 1832, and was raised on a farm until 1857, when he started on a western tour, reaching Omaha, Neb., in May of the same year; thence to Burt County and took a claim on the Missouri River, and built the first saw mill in the county; remained there until June, l859, when he took a trip down the river to St. Joseph, Mo., in a skiff; from St. Joseph he returned to his old home in Illinois, and engaged in farming, remaining there until May, 1861, when the rebellion awoke his patriotic spirit, and he entered the army. He enlisted as a private in the Eighteenth Regiment Illinois Infantry, Col. Lawlers, May 4, 1861; was transferred to the Thirty-eighth Illinois, September following, as Second Lieutenant; was at the battle of Frederickstown; Was with Gen. Steele from Pilot Knob to Jacksonport, Ark. He was transferred to Pope's Division of the Army of the Mississippi; participated in the siege of Corinth, Miss.; then was in the campaign from White Mountain to Nashville; was in Carlin's Brigade, which suffered such terrible lose at the battle of Murfreesboro. In June, 1863, he took part in the Middle Tennessee campaign, and next in the battle of Chickamauga, where he received a slight wound in the wrist from a charge of grape, recapturing a battery; on the 20th day of September, he was knocked down by the bursting of a shell at his face which has permanently injured his hearing; at this time he was promoted to First Lieutenant. He was at the siege of Chattanooga and the battle of Lookout Mountain; his regiment was veteranized, February 29, 1864, when he was elected Major and went home on a furlough; rejoined his command in May, near Resaca, Ga. From there he participated in the campaign around Atlanta to the close at the battle of Jonesboro; he was for twenty-six days and nights under continuous fire from the enemy; from thence he marched to Pulaski, Tenn.; was in the battles of Franklin and Nashville; was commissioned Lieutenant Colonel; then in the chase after Hood to Huntsville, Ala., where he received his commission as Colonel of the Thirty-eighth; from that point they marched to the Strawberry Plains, East Tenn., over the great Smoky range up the French Broad River to Asheville, N C., where he fought the Rebel Gen. Vance, on the 8th and 9th of April, 1865. He was soon after ordered to Texas and was placed in command of the post of Victoria. During part of this period he was also sub- district commander, having two adjutants at different headquarters, besides being President of a military commission to try civilians, and a member of a court martial to try Col. Barry for selling cotton. Col. Colyer was mustered out in April, 1866. He then settled in Carthage, Mo., and engaged in the drug business, which he carried on four years, and then migrated to Kansas, locating on Section 32, Township 29, Range 10, Howard County, and in company with his brother put up a mill on the Elk River. He followed this business until 1876; since then he has devoted his whole attention to farming. In May, 1864, he was married to Miss Eliza Newport, of Albion, Ill. They have six children - Edward E., Frederick W., Lena E. Mary F., Frank E. and Annie B. The Colonel and his wife are members of the Christian Church.

W. L. CRAIG, farmer, P. O. Western Park, was born in Clermont County, Ohio, in 1846; in 1857, emigrated to Iowa, and after remaining there a few months settled in Bates County, Mo. In 1862, came to Kansas, locating in Bourbon County. In August, 1863, enlisted in the Fourteenth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, serving until August 19, 1865; returning home he engaged in farming, remaining there until the fall of 1869; he then located in Howard County among the first settlers, and took a claim on Section 16, Town 29, Range 9, and at that time 150 miles from a railroad point; he has a fine farm of 360 acres on the Elk River, 240 acres fenced, 100 in cultivation, 30 acres of timber, 8 acres in orchard, with good house, stables; is engaged in raising stock, his farm being well adapted to the business; has sixty-five head of cattle besides other stock. He was married in 1866, at Mapleton, Kan., to Miss Hessong, of that place. They have seven children - Lydia L., Mary E., Charles F., Estella M., Eliza J., Ora M. and Minnie A. He is a member of E. M. Stanton Post, No. 23, G. A. R.

JOSEPH DOLAN, farmer, P. O. Howard, was born in Pickaway County, Ohio, in 1850, and when but twelve years of age enlisted in the Seventy-third Ohio Infantry, and served eighteen months; was wounded at Franklin, Va., in 1862; re-enlisted in the fall of 1863, and served until August, 1864. The subject of this sketch is said to be the youngest volunteer in the late rebellion, and was in the following heavy battles of Bull Pasture Mountain, Forts Cross Keyes and Republic, Second Bull Run, Antietam, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, Atlanta and many lighter engagements. In 1870, Mr. Dolan migrated to Kansas and located on a claim in Howard County in Section 21, Town 29, Range 10, on the East Branch of Rock Creek, at that time sixty miles from a railroad; has made the following improvements on the place: put fifty acres in cultivation; fenced the whole place; planted five acres of orchard; put up a $700 house, stables and other buildings, and is engaged in raising stock. He is a member of E. M. Stanton Post, No. 23, G. A. R., and present Junior Vice Commander of the same.

JOHN R. DUNLAP, farmer, P. O. Howard, was born in Fayette County, Penn., in 1840, but was raised in Greene and Washington Counties. At the age of nineteen, he learned the tanner's trade, which he followed until the breaking-out of the war, when he enlisted in the First Pennsylvania Cavalry in August of that year, and served thirty-seven months. He was severely wounded near Warrington,Va., in 1863. After receiving his discharge, he returned home, but on account of this wound was obliged to discontinue his former business, and took a trip West, reaching Kansas in the spring of 1872, and being pleased with the climate, he located a claim on Section 14, Town 29, Range 9; after remaining there seven years, he bought a large stock farm on Sections 17, 18 and 19, consisting of 708 acres, situated on Rock Creek. He at once engaged in stock-raising. He has improved a portion of the place by planting an orchard, putting 105 acres under cultivation, and has fenced the entire place, and makes a specialty of raising cattle. He has been very successful in his business since locating in Kansas. He was married in 1864 to Miss Lavenia Faddis, of Pennsylvania. They have six children - William, Charles, Mary F., Mead, Clara and Andrew. He is a member of the E. M. Stanton Post, No. 23, G. A. R.

D. M. ELLIS, farmer, P. O. Howard, was born in Hancock County, Indiana, 1843. When two years of age, his parents settled in Mercer County, Ill., and he remained there with them until 1854, migrating from there to Iowa, locating in Poweshiek County, remaining there until 1868; thence to Missouri, and at the end of two years, migrated to Kansas, locating in Howard County. At the time of his settlement here, was fifty miles from a railroad, and there were no improvements in this part of the County. His claim lays in Section 25, Town 30, Range 9, on Mound Branch Creek. His farm consists of 480 acres, 240 of which are fenced, 180 in cultivation, 5 acres of orchard; has put up good frame house, 16x24, and has been engaged in stock- raising for some time, and although he came here without any money, has by hard work and economy secured a fine farm. The subject of this sketch served three years in Sixty-fifth Illinois Infantry; was married, 1868, to Miss Miller, of Missouri; they have eight children, viz.: John M., Brent, Herman L., Effie, Addie M., Mintie, Ruby, Belle.

WILD CAT TOWNSHIP.

G. R. AMES, stock-raiser, P. O. Moline, was born in Wayne County, Penn., February 28, 1823. Was raised there until 1845, when he settled in New Jersey, when he engaged in farming. In 1855, migrated to Winnebago County, Ill., and engaged in farming; thence to Coles County, remaining there until 1869, when he engaged in buying and shipping stock in Bureau County, doing an extensive business. At the end of two years, sold out and came to Kansas, and located in Howard County, now Elk; was among the pioneers of the county, and when he took his claim in Wild Cat Township was forty miles from market, drawing his lumber sixty miles to build with; has 320 acres in Section 35, Town 31, Range 10; has 120 acres under the plow; forty acres of pasture; the whole place fenced; has planted a fine orchard of 250 apple, 1,500 peach trees, besides cherries, plums, grapes and small fruits; is extensively engaged in stock- raising, and has done a good deal of shipping since 1875; served as Treasurer of his township one term; was married, 1845, to Miss C. J. McLain, of Wayne County, Penn.; they were blessed with four children, viz., Henry V., Joseph S., John E. and George R., Jr.; was married again in 1852 in Coles County, Ill., to Miss Ellen C. Hoots; they have one son, Edwin E. Served four years and four months in the Tenth Illinois Cavalry and was taken prisoner at the battle of Clark's Mills. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and for many years was a member of the I. O. O. F.

MAJ. J. F. CHAPMAN, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Moline, was born in Macoupin County, Ill., in 1826. In 1846, he enlisted in the Fourth Illinois Infantry, Company E, and served nearly a year in the Mexican war; was at the battle of Vera Cruz. After returning from the army, he engaged in farming until 1852, and from that time until 1860, was engaged in lumbering at Stanton, Ill.; took a trip to California in 1850, and was engaged in mining a short time. In 1860, he sold his mill and lumbering interests. In 1862, he raised a company at Stanton for the One Hundred and Twenty-second Illinois Infantry, which he organized; and was elected Major of the same, and served until July, 1865. He was in the department of the Tennessee, and Sixteenth Army Corps under Gen. A. J. Smith; was in the battle of Parker's Cross Roads, Nashville and Mobile, and some forty other engagements. After coming out of the army, he followed farming until 1870, when he sold out and emigrated to Kansas, locating in Howard County, took a claim on Section 28, Town 31, Range 10, on which he has remained ever since; he has added 160 acres, making a farm of 320 acres, and is now raising stock. His place is well improved, with good buildings, plenty of water, timber and a fine orchard of 140 bearing apple trees and 500 peach trees, and small fruits of all kinds. he has one of the best walnut and maple groves in the county. He was elected County Surveyor in 1876, serving two terms in Elk County after the county was divided; in 1879, he became identified with the Moline Town Company, and has been identified with the company continuously since. He was married in 1847 to Mrs. Joanna Sparks, of Illinois. They have eight children living - Nancy M., Quincy M., Jesse A., Thomas, L. H., Richard, James L. and Schuyler E. He is a member of the E. M. Stanton Post, No. 23, G. A. R., of Hope Lodge, No. 155, A., F. & A. M. and Howard Chapter, No. 49.

C. E. GILMAN, farmer, P. O. Moline, was born in Cook County, Ill., in 1848; was raised in Dallas County, Iowa, living there until July, 1865, when he went to Cass County, Mo., where he engaged in farming, and in 1871 he emigrated to Kansas and took a claim on Section 4, Town 31, Range 10. This place is well watered by Wild Cat Creek, with some timber along its banks. He has eighty acres under the plow, and has a hedge nearly around the farm. He has a fine apple and peach orchard; has 3,000 maple and cottonwood trees; good frame house 14x24, wing 12x14; is engaged in stock-raising and is doing well. He is a good citizen and neighbor. He was married, in 1868, to Miss Mary Devaney, of Cass County, Mo. They have five children - John, Cora, Mary, Hattie and Benjamin.

FRANCIS GILMAN, farmer, P. O. Moline, was born in Lake County, Ind., in 1841. In 1850, he emigrated to Dallas County, Iowa, and in 1861 enlisted in the Second Iowa Battery, serving four years. He was wounded at the battle of Tupelo, Miss., and was captured and taken to Mobile, and from there to Cahaba, and from there to Macon, Ga., and was then taken to Andersonville, where he remained from February 1, 1865, until April. After coming out of the army he returned to Iowa. In 1868, he migrated to Kansas, locating in Neosho County, remaining there two years. In 1870, he came to Elk County, then Howard, and took a claim on Section 3, Town 31, Range 10. The place is well watered by Wild Cat Creek. He was one of the first settlers, and put up the first house on Wild Cat Creek; this was for a time the only house where they could hold religious services. He was sixty miles from market. His place is well fenced with hedge, has plenty of water, ten acres of timber, two acres of forest trees, a good apple and peach orchard and a large variety of small fruits. His farm is located about half a mile from Moline; he is raising cattle and hogs, and is doing well; was the first Justice of the Peace in Wild Cat Township. He was married in 1859 to Miss Dillon, of Dallas County, Iowa. They have seven children - Blanche, J. E. (sic., no comma) Harry, George, Kitty, Maggie and Nelson. He is a member of the E. M. Stanton Post No. 23, G. A. R., of Elk Falls Lodge, No. 126, A., F. & A. M., and of Moline Lodge, No. 87, A. O. U. W.

H. E. HITCHINGS, farmer and fruit grower, P. O. Moline, was born in Jackson County, Mich., in 1842; was raised there until 1856, when he emigrated to Montgomery County, Ill., remained there until 1871; when he settled in Kansas, locating in Elk County (then Howard), and took a claim on Section 20, Township 31, Range 10. Was one of the pioneers of Wild Cat Township; was forty-five miles from a railroad point, and it was several years before there was any market nearer. Has improved his place by breaking fifty acres and planting forest and fruit trees; has one of he finest maple groves in the township; makes a specialty of raising fruit for market, his place being well adapted for the purpose, and only two miles from market. Mr. Hitchings raises the most fruit in this part of the county, and is of the best quality, commanding the highest prices in the market; besides this is quite extensively engaged in stock-raising, being one of the most enterprising men of the county. In 1872, was united in marriage with Miss Phidelia Ashmore, daughter of Judge Ashmore, of Elk County. They have six children, viz.: Maud A., Ellen E., Joseph M., Richard N., John P. and Annie L. Is a member of Moline Literary Society

JOHN HULL, stock-raiser, P. O. Moline, was born in Augusta County, Va., 1839. In 1854, emigrated to Vigo County, Ind., with his parents, where he remained until 1864, when he enlisted in the Third United States Cavalry, serving three years. After coming out of the army, remained in Vigo County two years, coming to Kansas in 1869, and stopped in Coffey County until December, 1870; then came to Elk County, and took a claim in Section 26, Wild Cat Township, improved the place, putting out three acres of fruit, a fine grove of forest trees, a hedge around the place, and broke about sixty acres; put up a house 18x24, and commenced raising stock. In 1882, came to Moline, where he had four blocks, and fitted up some fine feed yards, and has gone into hog raising extensively, and is making a specialty of hogs. In 1869, he was married to Miss H. A. Funkhouser, of Vigo County, Ind. They have two children, viz.: Amy V. and Calvin R. Is a member of E. M. Stanton Post, No. 23, G. A. R., and of Moline Lodge, No. 87, A. O. U. W.

DAVID HULL, farmer, P. O. Moline, was born in Augusta County, Va., in 1830. In 1853, he emigrated to Vigo County, Ind., remaining there until 1870, when he came to Kansas, locating in Elk County, then Howard, and took a claim on Section 26, Township 31, Range 10; there were no improvements then, and he was forty-five miles from market, and had to go there for all of his supplies. He has about one-half of his place under plow and the balance he uses for pasture. He has a nice grove which he planted and a good orchard. He is engaged in raising stock, and has done well since he located in Kansas. He was married in 1863. in Vigo County, Ind., to Miss Mary F. Gripps, of that county. They were blessed with two children - Manetta J. and Mary S. Mrs. Hull died in July, 1866.

W. J. W. KENNEDY, sheep-raiser, P. O. Moline, was born in Ireland, 1848, emigrated to America with his parents in 1850, locating in Clermont County, Ohio, remaining there until 1860, when they settled in Clay County, Ind., remaining there the most of the time until 1876; then to Wayne County, remaining there until the spring of 1880. Was a miller and millwright by trade, and followed this business while in Indiana and Ohio; in 1880, came to Kansas, locating in Elk County, and bought a farm on Section 8, Township 31, Range 10, and went to sheep-raising; started with 195 head, which have increased 500 head in two years; the wool clip has been three and one-half pounds per head, and with the price of sheep now and the increase, has made already on the investment 150 per cent, which he thinks is a good showing for any country. Mr. Kennedy attends strictly to his business, and understands the details thoroughly, which a man must do to insure success in wool growing. Was married in 1877, to Miss Sarah J. Porter, of Jefferson County, Ill. They had one child - William P. August 10, 1878, Mrs. Kennedy, died, and in 1879, was married to Miss Margaret M. Porter, of the same county. They have one daughter - Mary E. Mr. Kennedy is a member of the Christian Church.

E. W. KEISER, farmer, P. O. Moline, born at Sutton, N. H., 1836. In 1839, his parents, moved to the Province of Quebec, remaining there until 1849; thence to Lowell, Mass. remaining there until 1853, and while there learned the machinist's trade. Thence to Minnesota, locating in Wabasha County, and located a claim there. In 1851, went to Wisconsin and took a course at Madison University, finishing in the fall of 1838. Thence to Illinois, and was engaged in teaching until 1873, when he emigrated to Kansas, and located a claim in Howard County (now Elk), on Section 31, Township 31, Range 10. Was among the early settlers in the township. Has improved his farm, putting 100 acres in cultivation, the whole place fenced; planted four acres of orchard; besides this he has taught from eight to nine months' school each year since his residence in the State, has also worked in the stock business, and has sold the present season $1,300 worth. Was married in 1858, to Miss Abbie E. Lord, of Wisconsin. Was married again in 1873 to Miss A. Adams, of Illinois. They have four children, viz.: Mary, Annie. George and Elizabeth. Mr. Keiser has worked up an enviable reputation as a No. 1 teacher.

J. A. LEWIS, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Moline, was born in Fleming County, Ky., in 1836. When seventeen years of age, he settled in McLain County, Illinois, remaining there ten years. Coming from there to Kansas in 1865 and locating in Jefferson County, where he remained until 1870, when he came to Elk County (then Howard), and located a claim in Section 35, Town 31, Range 10. Was among the early settlers in this county. Was forty miles from market and only one house in sight. During the past nine years, the county has been settled, and his place is only four miles from market. He has a fine place, with living water, eighty-six acres under cultivation, the whole place fenced, a fine grove of maples, two acres of fruit, apples, peaches, cherries, and a variety of small fruits, berries, etc. Is raising stock and has been doing well. Was married, in 1859, to Miss Wilson. They have five children, viz, William, Charles, Lura, Joseph and George.

JAMES MARTIN, farmer, P. O. Moline, was born in Ireland, in 1832. Emigrated to America in 1855, locating in Missouri, and lived there and in Illinois until 1869, when he came to Kansas, locating in Howard County, south of the present town site of Howard; then went onto Grouse Creek; then came to Wild Cat Township and took a claim on Section 9, Town 31, Range 10. The place is watered by Wild Cat Creek, which furnishes plenty of water for stock. He has 329 acres, with 160 acres hedged and seventy acres under the plow. Has 150 apple trees, a large peach orchard, a fine grove, forty acres of pasture, a variety of small fruits, cherries, pears, grapes, etc. Has a good frame house and is extensively engaged in farming and stock-raising. In 1874, he was united in marriage with Miss A. Baker, of Howard County, a pleasant lady and good housekeeper. They have two children living - John and Mary Belle. He is a member of Elk Falls Lodge, No. 126, A., F. & A. M.

R. L. STURGES, stock-raiser, P. O. Moline, was born in Macoupin County, Ill., in 1845, and was raised there, engaging in the stock business with his father. In 1875, they went to Texas, where they engaged in stock-raising, remaining there about eighteen months, then drove a herd of 125 head of Texas cows and calves to Kansas, and at once began stock-dealing and raising on an extensive scale. Bought 480 acres in Section 21, Town 30, Range 10, his father buying 160 acres in the same section. They have increased their stock and now handle from 300 to 400 head per annum. Also increased the quality so that in 1881 made a shipment of 225 head of steers, which sold at $80 per head. His father has an interest in the stock, but the young man has the management of the business. As he is a thorough business man and a good financier, he has been very successful during the short time he has been here. In 1879, when the L., L. & G. R. R. was built through the county, he became identified with some other gentlemen and organized the Town Company of Moline, and purchased the town site; has been a director all the time since and for the past two years has been President of the company. Being a wide awake, thorough-going man, he has been a help in building up Moline and has the confidence of all, as whatever he takes hold of is sure of being a success. In 1879, he was united in marriage with Miss Maggie Kinney. They have one son - David. Mr. Stoges (sic) is a member of the Masonic order.

C. F. WlLSON, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Moline, was born in Monroe County, Tenn., in 1832. Was raised there and engaged in farming until 1877. Served four years in the Fifty-ninth Tennessee Infantry. In 1877, migrated to Kansas and bought a farm on Section 18, Town 30, Range 10, Elk County. His place lies on the Wild Cat Creek, consisting of 240 acres, eight acres timber, 100 acres under the plow, 100 apple trees, 300 peach trees and a variety of small fruits and grapes, a fine new house, 26x30, good stables and the place nicely fenced. Has a good stock farm and is raising from twenty to twenty-five head of cattle and fifty to sixty head of hogs annually. He was married, in 1872, to Miss McCling. They had two children, viz., John Logan and Nancy J. Was married again in 1877, to Miss Adelia Carloch, of Missouri. They have three children - Onie C., Mary Luelo and Charley C. Is a member of the Masonic Order.

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