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


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JOHN P. BERRY, farmer, Section 18, P. O. Newton, own eighty acres, forty in cultivation; all enclosed with post and barb-wire fence, with dwelling and barn. Was born in Ohio, August 22, 1836, and came to Indiana in 1865 and from there to Kansas in 1876, and located here. Was married in 1852, to Miss Mary E. Simmons. Has one child -- Lina, who was married to Dennis Roberts who lost his life in a collision on the Denver & Rio Grande R. R. in October, 1880. Mr. Berry was a soldier in the Mexican War in Company A., Eleventh Regiment Ohio Regular Infantry, and was with Gen. Scott in the campaign from Vera Cruz to the City of Mexico.

JOHN EILERT, farmer, Section 11, P. O. Newton, owns 320 acres here and 160 on Section 8; about 200 acres under cultivation. Has a fine frame dwelling, 16 x 22, with an L 16 x 16 and kitchen 10 x16 and portico in front and porch in back; cost $900. Barn 22 x 36 and granary 12 x 40 and stock to eat the surplus grain raised on the farm. He was born in Germany, August 30, 1837, and came to the United States with his parents when only nine years of age, settling in Morgan County, Ill., where he was married in 1858, to Miss Olive Melotte, who died, leaving three children -- Mary, Fanny and Belle. In 1862 he enlisted in Company A., One Hundred and First Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, for three years, or during the war and served in the Twentieth Army Corps under Gen. Hooker and in the Atlanta campaign, from Lookout Mountain until the battle of Peach Tree Creek and Atlanta on the 23rd of July, 1864, where he was wounded and sent to the hospital and was mustered out June 19, 1865, and returned to his home in Illinois, where he was married a second time in 1873 to Miss Augusta Snow. They have three children -- Charley, Estella and Walter. In 1879 he came to Kansas and located on his present farm. He belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic and is Treasurer of the School Board.

WILLIAM A. GEORGE, farmer, section 7, P. O. Newton, rents and farms 160 acres, owned by his father, Robert W. George, who is an extensive land owner and lives one mile north and a native of Crab Orchard, Ky. He came to Kansas in March, 1882 and bought several farms in this vicinity, his son William occupying one of them. He has ten horses and ten head of cattle. He was born in Kentucky, October 22, 1841, and went to Illinois with his parents when only nine years of age. He was married March 20, 1862, to Miss Mary J. Journigan. They have seven children -- Lizzie, Ella, James, Gertrude, Frank, Ollie and Edna. He came to Kansas, March 15, 1882, and located on his present place.

H. F. GORDINIER, farmer, section 18, P. O. Newton, owns 160 acres, 100 in cultivation, all enclosed with hedge and hedge cross fences in a fine state of cultivation with a good frame dwelling and stables and fine orchard; has three horses, twenty-four head of cattle and thirty hogs. He came to Kansas in June, 1871, and located here. He was born in Indiana, August 28, 1844, and lived there until the breaking out of the war, when he enlisted in 1862 in Company A., Seventy-third Regiment Indiana Volunteers and was under Rosecrans and Sherman in Tennessee and was taken with the measles and was not with his regiment a good part of the time, during which time his regiment was captured under Gen. Straight and was mustered out in June, 1865. In 1867 he removed to Iowa and came from there to Kansas. He was married June 17, 1874, to Miss Esther Feroe. They have three children -- Ella., William G., and Ethel Lynn.

PHILLIP LANDER, stock raiser and president of the Farmers' and Merchants' Bank, Newton, Kan., Section 28, P. O. Newton owns 1040 acres, about one-fourth in cultivation, the rest in grass and pasture for grazing; has one section in a body fenced with iron post and barbed wire; has a fine frame dwelling 22x 30, two stories; barn 22 x 44; large corn crib, implement sheds, etc., makes stock raising a speciality, and all full bred and high grade; has at present ninety-four head of fine stock; rents his farm land. He was born in Germany, May 21, 1841, and came to the United states with his mother (his father having died when he was four years old) in 1853, and located in Ohio, and in 1862 enlisted in Company B, Thirty-fifth Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was in the battle of Perryville, after which he was detached as Clerk in the Quartermaster Department, and served there until mustered out in 1864. He was then employed again in the same department in Chattanooga and Nashville and Fort Lyon, Colorado until 1867, when he went into the stock business in Colorado, where he remained until coming to Kansas in the spring of 1880, locating on present farm. Was married November 26, 1874, to Miss Laura Jack. They have three children -- John, Phillip and Gertrude. He is a Mason, Township Treasurer and Clerk of School Board. While in Colorado, he was County Commissioner for five years.

O. P. LINEAWEAVER, farmer, Section 4, P. O. Newton, owns 320 acres, 165 in cultivation, all enclosed with hedge fence and good orchard of all kinds of fruit; his place is finely improved. He has a fine frame dwelling 14 x 25, two stories, with L 16 x 20, one story and addition 10 x 12 one story; barn 28 x 28 and granary 12 x 20; has six horses, thirty head of cattle and sixteen hogs. Came to Kansas in 1871 and located on present farm. He was born in Pennsylvania, October 30, 1829, and for twenty years before coming to Kansas lived in Illinois and Iowa, coming from the latter State to Kansas. He was married March 15, 1853, to Miss Elizabeth Broad. They have two daughters -- Alice, married to E. P. Libbey and living on an adjoining farm and Ida, married to the Rev. I. N. Bicourt, of the South Kansas Conference Methodist Episcopal Church. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and Clerk of School Board. Mr. Lineaweaver had three brothers in the service, two of whom lost their lives in battle.

WILLIAM M. LOCH, farmer, Section 11, P. O. Newton, owns eighty acres, all in fine cultivation with small orchard of fruits of all kinds, good frame dwelling, costing $500 dollars and corn crib and stable; has three horses, two cows and ten hogs. He was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, July 5, 1830, and moved to Indiana when a child, with his parents where he lived until 1861, when he enlisted in Company F, Thirty-ninth Regiment Indiana Volunteer Infantry, which was afterward changed to the Eighth Cavalry, and served with his command in the department of Tennessee. his first fight was at Shiloh and was in most of the engagements of his command; was at Stone River, and in the Atlanta campaign but was taken sick and sent back from Atlanta and mustered out in the fall of 1864, and same fall moved to Iowa and came from there to Kansas in 1877, locating on present farm. Was married September 14, 1866, to Miss Susan Martin. They have two children -- Marietta and Sarah E. Is a member of the G. A. R.

CAPT. WALTER NEWTON, farmer, section 30, P. O. Newton, owns eighty acres of land, orchard consisting of 140 apple and 700 peach trees, besides an abundance of small fruits, with a good farm dwelling 16 x 24, one and a half story, stable for six horses and corn crib and granary combined 10 x 26. His wheat average for 1882 was twenty-six bushels to the acre and oats fifty-five and a good corn crop. He came to Kansas in the fall of 1878 and located here. He was born in Fulton County, Ill., where he resided when he entered the service in April, 1861, in Company E., Seventeenth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, for three years; was mustered in the service at Peoria; first went to Alton, Ill., and drilled until the 18th of July; was ordered to North Missouri, from there to Birds Point; there his regiment went across into Kentucky and built Fort Holt, Ky., His first engagement was at Fredericktown, Mo., where his regiment routed Jeff. Thompson; was under Gen. Grant in his campaign s from Fort Donelson to the capture of Vicksburg; was with Gen. Sherman in his raid though Meridian, Mississippi, and was mustered out in June, 1864. After being mustered out was in the Government employ at Johnsonville, Tenn., when Forest attacked the place and was armed and in command of fifty carpenters with the garrison, prevented him from crossing the river, and was at Nashville, at the time of Hood's raid and saw Hood get badly whipped. He entered the army again, February 4, 1865, as captain of Company B, One Hundred and Forty-eighth Regiment, Illinois Volunteers and was sent to Tennessee, and put in charge of the Block House, on the Nashville & Chattanooga Railroad, between Mantanden and the Alabama State line at Nashville, Tenn. He was wounded in the shoulder at Fort Donelson. During the war he was in thirty-six battles and skirmishes. He was married May 23, 1867, to Miss Harriet L. Reeves. They have one child -- Lillie J. Mr. Newton came to Kansas, originally in 1857, and located near Lawrence, at Blandon's Bridge, on the Wakarusa River, where he had an acquaintance, by the name of John Jones, shot by the border ruffians. they met him at the bridge, and ordered him to surrender, which he refused to do, as he was armed and ready for fight. They parlayed with him and finally passed on, but as soon as he turned to go, they shot him in the back, killing him. Participated in the controversies that finally made Kansas a free State.

EDWARD L. PARKER, Section 8, Richland Township, P. O. Newton, owns 160 acres, 100 under cultivation, three acres in orchard, and a nice vineyard bearing, and small fruits and eight acres of cultivated timber; has seven horses, sixty-five head of cattle and thirty hogs. He was born in Ohio, in 1842, and moved to Iowa with his parents in 1854, and lived there until 1861, when he came to Kansas, landing at Fort Leavenworth, and entered the service as a Corporal, in Company B., Sixth Kansas Cavalry, and with his command saw service in Kansas, Arkansas, Missouri and Indian Nation. Participated in a great number of skirmishes; at Mazzard, was wounded, stripped, and left for dead; was mustered out November 18, 1864, after which he remained in Johnson County, Kan., for two years, then returned to Iowa, and was married May 10, 1868, to Miss Amanda V. Truscott; in November, 1870, they came to Kansas and located on the present farm in April, 1871, being one of among the first settlers of Richland Township. They have three children -- John E., Hugh T. and Sarah S. Is a member of the Baptist Church, and of the G. A. R. Three of his great grandfathers were officers in the Revolutionary War, one of them from the siege of Boston to the surrender of Yorktown. His grandfather was Captain in the war of 1812; he also had a great uncle killed at the battle of Bunker Hill; his father, who now resides in Iowa, was Captain of Company M, Fifth regiment, Kansas Cavalry, making four generations of soldiers in an unbroken line.

ATKINSON H. RICH, farmer, Section 14, P. O. Newton, own 400 acres, 380 enclosed in hedge and 280 acres in cultivation. Has nearly five miles of hedge on his place with a fine orchard of all kinds of fruit, and two acres of cultivated timber, frame dwelling 14 x 20 with L 14 x 14, one and a half stories high. Barn 26 x 46, corn crib 20 x 32. His wheat in 1882 averaged twenty-one bushels to the acre, and for the past nine years it has averaged eleven bushels to the acre; oats twenty-five bushels this year, and for the past nine years has averaged twenty-seven bushels. He has seven horses, thirty-three head of cattle and keeps about fifty hogs on average. He was born in Pennsylvania, near Philadelphia, May 28, 1843, where he lived until coming to Kansas. In 1863, he enlisted in Company B, Third Battalion Pennsylvania Volunteer Cavalry, and was sent to Gettysburg, but was not in the engagement, but in hearing and was mustered out the same fall. In January, 1866, he was married to Louisa Smith, and in the spring of 1874 came to Kansas and located on his present farm. He is a member of the Society of Friends.

HON A. G. RICHARDSON, farmer, Section 12, Township 24 south, Range 2 east, P. O. Newton, owns in his own right 840 acres, and controls 1,400 acres for others, 640 acres in Butler County, and the balance in Harvey County, all enclosed with hedge and about 600 acres in cultivation. Has dwelling 26 x 30 with addition 14 x 16, all two stories; barn 32 x 40, with orchard of five acres. He has also a number of tenant dwellings on his place as it is principally farmed by tenants. His wheat in 1882 averaged from twenty-three to thirty bushels per acre, according to machine measure. He is emphatically a farmer, but trades in stock of all kinds, having quite an amount on his farm at the present time, also 1,000 head of fine sheep. He came to Kansas in March, 1870, and is the oldest present resident of Richland Township. The first child born in the county was on his place. Mr. Richardson was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, May 1, 1830; when ten years of age his parents removed to La Harpe, Hancock Co. Ill., where he remained until 1855, when he went to Keokuk, Iowa, and engaged in the general trading business. He handled lumber, groceries, stock, real estate, money loaning, etc., where he remained until 1863, when he went to Little Rock, Ark., and remained there one year and then went to Alabama in 1865 and bought a plantation, and went to raising cotton, where he was appointed Sheriff of Wilcox County by Gen. Swaine, the military Governor of the State, and took an active part in politics in the campaign of 1868 and was elected a member of the State Legislature; but the feeling against Northern men was so strong and his life was so frequently threatened, that he left there in 1870 and came to Kansas, locating on his present farm. He was married March 21, 1877, to Miss Eliza W. Anderson. They have two children -- Rufus G., and Robert A. When Harvey County was organized Mr. Richardson was appointed by the Governor one of the original County Commissioners to reorganize the County and held the position until 1874, when he was elected to represent Harvey County in the State Legislature. He is now County Commissioner, elected in 1881. The first religious services held in Harvey County were held at Mr. Richardson's house and conducted by the Rev. Mr. Roberts, of Butler County, and the first Sunday school was organized in his house, May, 1871.

JOHN G. SANDBACH, farmer, Section 8, P. O. Newton, owns eighty acres, all in cultivation, all enclosed with hedge, also cross hedges, with seven horses, two mules, cows and hogs. Born in St. Louis, Mo., and when a child moved to Illinois, and lived there until 1862, when he enlisted in Company D, One Hundred and Seventeenth Illinois Infantry, and participated in the siege of Vicksburg, Port Hudson, Tupelo, Miss., Holly Springs, etc., then went with A. J. Smith in the Red River campaign and was in the Sabine Cross Roads engagement and from there to Nashville, Tenn., where he was wounded and mustered out August 19, 1865. He was married in 1869 to Miss Emma Bates. They have one child -- Albert. Mr. Sandbach came to Kansas March 15, 1882, and located on present farm.

THOMAS R. SMITH, farmer, Section 10, P. O. Newton, owns 320 acres, 240 in cultivation; 240 enclosed in hedge fence, with good orchard, dwelling and stabling; has 6 horses, 5 cows and 10 hogs. His father, Ross Smith, was born in Bucks County, Pa., June 5, 1797, of a Quaker family who trace their origin back to the days of William Penn; he was married April 27, 1827, to Mary B. Lownes, of an ancient English Quaker family, who trace their family back to the fifteenth century. His parents moved to Illinois in 1846, and from there to Kansas in the fall of 1870, where his father died April 3, 1880. He has his mother and one sister with him here. Mr. Smith enlisted in 1862 in Company A, One Hundred and Twenty-ninth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and was with his command in the Armies of the Tennessee and Cumberland, in all their campaigns and battles and was in the Atlanta Campaign until the battle of Pumpkinvine Creek, where he was wounded and permanently disabled and after a recovery, was on detached service and mustered out May 18, 1865. Is a Mason and a member of the G. A. R., also Justice of the Peace, which position he has held for four years. Mr. Smith is a bachelor.

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