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


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This little village is pleasantly situated on the Delaware River, about three miles northwest of Perry. The population is about seventy. The village is made up of a saw and grist mill, a store, one church, and a postoffice.

C. L. Thompson began the erection of his mill in 1865. The place then took the name of Thompson's Mill. The mill was rebuilt and thoroughly refitted in 1874. It is now one of the largest and best flouring mills in the county.

The postoffice was established in 1878, called Thompsonville, and C. T. Tolles was appointed Postmaster.


CALVIN ADAMS, farmer, Section 14, P. O. Perry, was born in Wilkes County, N. C., September 18, 1818. At about the age of fifteen, his father moved to Missouri and settled near where Warrensburg now stands. In 1854 he came to Kansas, locating near Lawrence. Being among the first settlers in that part, he had many drawbacks to contend with. He has done his part towards developing Kansas. In 1867 he located where he now resides. He was married in 1838 to Miss Kate Granger, a native of Sumner County, Tenn., born September 25, 1817. They have had nine children - David, Benjamin, Mary, James, William, Andrew; and lost three - Martha, Henry, and Alice.

WASHINGTON ADAMS, farmer, Section 17, P. O. Thompsonville, is a native of Missouri, and was born in Howard County, November 18, 1828. His father, William Adams, was a native of North Carolina, and his mother, Annie Todd, was a native of Kentucky. Washington lived for a number of years in DeKalb County, Mo., engaged in agricultural pursuits, and from there came to Kansas, locating south of where he now resides, on the half-breed Kaw land, in 1859. Six years later he removed onto his present farm. He was married in Missouri, to Miss Louisiana Garrett. they have three children - Serena, Emily N., and Zereida. Mr. Adams is one among the sterling citizens of Kentucky Township.

H. BETTYS, farmer, Section 32, P. O. Thompsonville, was born in Canada West, March 32, 1833, parents American. The subject of this sketch became a resident of the United States at an early age, when he learned the carpenter's trade. In 1858 he came to Kansas, locating in Morris County. In 1860 went to Colorado. In the fall of 1860 went to Texas, where he was drafted in the Confederate Army. After serving two years, deserted; went to Old Mexico; from thence whet to New Orleans; joined the Union Army; was mustered out of service at Mobile, Ala., on the 7th day of June, 1865, in pursuance of General Order No. 77, A. G. O., War Department. He returned to Kansas, and in 1866, located where he now resides. Was married in 1872 to Mrs. Ellen Johnson. They have one son by this union, Frank. They went to Oregon in 1878, but returned to Kansas in the same year.

A. B BROWN, farmer, P. O. Perry, is a native of Ohio, and was born in Butier County, November 19, 1851; was there educated; his early days were spent in agricultural pursuit. In 1873 he came to Kansas, locating a few miles north of Perry where he farmed for a time. His present farm, adjoining the site of Perry, is pleasantly and desirably situated. Mr. Brown was married in Kansas, to Miss Mollie Shuster. They have two children - Ursie and Walter.

VAL BROWN, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 8, P. O. Thompsonville, is a native of Ohio, and was born in Butler County, April 11, 1823, and was reared to manhood and educated in his native State, where he followed agricultural pursuits. In 1868 he came to Kansas, locating where he now resides. He has been one of the most successful agriculturalists in the county. In 1872 he was elected by the Republican party as a representative and while in that capacity acquitted himself creditably to himself and the satisfaction of his constituents. Was re-elected in 1873, and was in the extra session of 1874 - the great famine of locust plague. He was married in 1844, to Miss Olive Willey, of Ohio. They have eight children - Aurelia, M. N., L. E., R. F., B. F., J. B., M. and Wade. Mr. Brown is a master mason. He has done considerable during his sojourn in Kentucky Township towards the advancement of its educational and religious interests.

P. FITZPATRICK, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 4, P. O. Thompsonville. This well-known fellow citizen is a native of Ireland, and was born in the County Clare., March 20, 1819. When he attained his twentieth year (1839), came to the United States, locating in Louisville, Ky., where he engaged in contracting and was largely interested in developing the railroad interests of that State, and resided for sixteen years. he then immigrated to Minnesota, taking up his abode near Caledonia, being one of the pioneers of Houston County. At that time Minnesota was sparsely settled and owing to the long and severe winters, the residents had many obstacles to contend with. While a resident there he was identified as a politician, being Justice of the Peace and otherwise officially represented in the county. In 1862, he determined to seek a more congenial clime, and as a result of this move, came to Kansas, locating where he now resides, in 1863. Mr. F. is one among the public-spirited citizens of his township, and has done much towards furthering the interests of education. For several years has held the office of Justice of the Peace, in which capacity he is still acting. He was married in Louisville, Ky., to Miss Johanna Buckley, an estimable lady. They have five children - Catherine A., Johanna F., Thomas L., Ellen J., and Mary E. Mr. Fitzpatrick and family are members of the Catholic Church.

A. A. HASTON, postmaster, merchant and station agent, Newman, is a native of Missouri, and was born in Howard County, May 6, 1825, was there educated. He was identified with the early development of Western Missouri and Eastern Kansas, and settled in Leavenworth in 1864, where he engaged as a trader in horses and cattle for the Government for a few years. He came to Newman the time the town was laid out, was the first one who opened a store there in company with his partner, Mr. Newman, and has since been a resident. He is a clever gentleman and eminently popular in the neighborhood. He was married to Miss Mary F. Newman, a native of Kentucky. They have four children - Lizzie, Lucy, Thomas and Henry.

CHRISTOPHER HEBBE, farmer, Section 1, P. O. Perry, is a native of Germany, and was born in Prussia, December 13, 1828; was there educated and learned the blacksmith's trade. In 1854, came to America. For a time remained in New York, after which he came to Milwaukee, Wis., working at his trade a while, when he went to Chicago, and for about two years was in the employ of the Union, afterwards Union & American Car Works. In 1857, came to Kansas, locating on the Kaw River, at Rising Sun, in Jefferson County; here he built a shop and did the first blacksmithing at that point. Mr. Hebbe, although a strong Free-state man, did not parade his opinion, nevertheless the opposition party gave him considerable trouble. On his arrival at Rising Sun, when asked if he was Democratic or Republican he answered that he was a Dutchman. Becoming dissatisfied with Rising Sun, the spring of 1869, he removed his shop to a point now adjoining Medina, where he rented a small amount of land and commenced farming in connection. Two years later he removed to where he now resides, following blacksmithing for several years. He has been eminently successful in Kansas, and now owns 369 acres of choice land. He was married in Milwaukee, Wis. to Miss Sophia M. Weis, of Saxony, Germany. They have nine children living - John O., William C., Carl F., Mary S., Albert J., Esther L., George H., Frank T., and Emma O. They lost one daughter, Paulina, the first born. The family are identified with the Lutheran Church.

J. M. JAMES, liveryman, Perry, is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Carter County, October 11, 1846. When ten years of age came to Missouri with his parents, locating in Jackson County, where he resided until they came to Kansas, in 1897, living for a time in Atchison County, after which came to Jefferson. Has been in the livery business for several years. In 1872 Miss Jan Presto became his wife. By this union they have three children - Will T., Tilda M., and Jeremiah.

W. R. JAMES, proprietor of James House, Perry, is a native of Carter County, Ky.,, and was born December 1, 1819. Was reared in his native State. On the 28th of March, 1857, with his family, located in Jackson County, Mo., where they lived until 1867, when they came to Kansas, locating in Atchison County. In 1868, took up his abode four miles north of Perry, and has made his home in that part since, being for several years in the hotel business. He was married in Kentucky to Miss Martha Moore. They have six children - Mary, Martha, John, Jerome M., William H., and Eph.

J. F. JONES, farmer, Section 21, Kansas; half-breed Kaw Indian lands reserve, P. O. Perry, was born in Montgomery County, Ky., November 27, 1820, where he was educated. In 1851 he came to Missouri, locating in Buchanan County, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1867, when he became a resident of Kansas on his present farm. Mr. Jones is one of Jefferson County's most solid citizens. He was married in Kentucky to Mrs. Nancy McCormick, of that State. They have five children - William T., Matthew F., Caroline, Celia and Sallie.

GEORGE D. KING, teacher, Perry, was born in Lawrence County, Ill., June 22, 1833; was there partially reared and educated. At an early removed to Arkansas, locating on White River, where he resided a number of years. In 1865 came to Kansas, taking up his abode in Oskaloosa for a time, after which he came to Perry. Himself and wife taught the first regular district school in the village, and have since been considerably identified with the educational interests of the State. For several terms Mr. King has taught in Pond's Commercial College in Topeka. For some time he has given his attention to the insurance business. Mrs. King's maiden name was Frances Stark; she is a native of Illinois, and was married in 1864. They have one daughter, Ida.

TOM KIRBY, Perry, is a native of Ohio, and was born in Wyandotte County, December 21, 1840; was there raised and educated. Came to Kansas in 1857, locating for a time at Indian Mill, now Thompsonville. He taught the first school at Newman, and pursued that vocation mainly until 1861, when he enlisted in the Ninth Kansas; was one year on the Potomac; served four years and was honorably discharged. After the war located in Jefferson, which has since been his home, with the exception of two years in Joplin, Mo. He is well known in commercial circles, having been principally engaged in business. Mr. Kirby saw much of the growth of Kansas, and is quite conversant with the early troubles. He was elected by the Republican party in 1869 to the office of Treasurer of Jefferson County. In 1869 he was married to Miss Sophia Kirby. The have three children - George, Miner and Walter.

WILLIAM LEACH, proprietor of the Perry flour mill, is a native of England, and was born in Bury, near Manchester, March 22, 1831. When six months of age came to America with parents, who settled at Taunton, Mass. In 1855, came to Illinois, locating at Geneseo, where he learned the miller's trade and resided for seventeen years, farming ten years of the time. He next went to Iowa, locating at Stuart, bringing a mill with him from Illinois, which was soon after burned out, and he built a second one. Came to Kansas in 1878, locating in Labette County. He built a mill at Belle Plaine, Sumner County, which he operated for a time, and the spring of 1881 came to Perry, where he established his present business. He is thoroughly skilled in the milling business, and does a large business. He was married in Massachusetts to Miss Annie H. Blake. They have five children - Frank A., Ernest, Willard, Annie and Edith.

THOMAS LEE, blacksmith and wagon-maker, Perry, was born in Bradford County, Pa., April 5, 1857. He was educated and leaned his trade in the town of Bradford. In 1877 he came to Kansas, residing for a short time in Lawrence when he came to Perry. He has a large and solid trade, and is popular as a gentleman, no less than as a blacksmith.

J. R. MARTIN, Postmaster and merchant, Perry. THis favorably known gentleman is moved to Huntington County, Ind., where he was educated. In 1858, he came to Kansas, locating near Fort Scott, where he resided until the breaking out of the Rebellion, when he started to return to Indiana. Arriving at Springfield, Ill., he enlisted in Company E., Twenty-fourth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. This was in June, 1861. He was in the Department of the Cumberland, and the headquarters First Division Fourteenth Corps. He was wounded, after which he was put on detached service for a time. Was Orderly for Gen. Garfield at Chickamanga. Served through until the 28th of July, 1864, when he was honorably discharged. After sojourning for a time in Indiana, in the winter of 1866 he came to Kansas, and located north of Perry, where for a number of years he followed agricultural pursuits. In 1881 he engaged in merchandising. In January, 1882, was appointed Postmaster. He was married in 1865, to Miss N. Smith, of Huntington County, Ind., formerly of Warren County, Ohio. Mr. Martin is a member of the I. O. O. F. Has been secretary of his lodge for nearly twelve years.

L. E. MERRITT, Perry, editor and publisher of the Kaw Valley Chief. Perry, is a native of Illinois, and was born in Atlanta November 8, 1856. When about sixteen years of age he moved with his parent to Janesville, Wis., where he learned his profession as a compositor in the office of the Rock County Recorder. In 1878, he came to Kansas, locating in St. Mary's. In March, 1879, in company with his brother A. H., he established the Pottawatomie Chief, has since been known as the Kaw Valley Chief. In 1881, the subject of this sketch became sole proprietor. the Chief is independent in politics, cuts close for items, and is appreciated by a large number o patrons. Mr. Merritt was married in 1880, to Miss K. B. Stark, of Perry, Kansas. They have one daughter - Ella.

S. MICHAEL, farmer, No. 21. Delaware Reserve, P. O. Perry, was born in Buchanan County, Mo., April 6, 1840. His father was among the first settlers of the Platte Purchase. Mr. Michael resided in his native county until 1858, when he came to Kansas, and his interest in this State dates from that time. February 1, 1862, he enlisted in Company B, Twenty-sixth Missouri Volunteer Infantry. Participated in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, and other notable events. Was honorably discharged March 26, 1865. Returned to Kansas, locating where he now resides. He was married in Buchanan County, Mo., to Miss Sarah C. Bretz. They have four children - Mary L., Maud A., Annie and William F.

D. T. MITCHELL, attorney, Perry, is a native of Kentucky, and was born in Maxon County, April 8, 1832. Was there educated and reared to manhood. He took up the study of law, which he mastered and has followed as a profession for a number of years. In December, 1856, he located at Lecompton, Kansas, and opened a real estate office in connection with his law practice. He was prominently identified until the autumn of 1880, when he took up his abode in Perry. Politically, Mr. Mitchell is a Democrat. In 1865-66, was County Attorney of Douglas County. For a time was publisher of the Standard at Lawrence. He is a gentleman of liberal views, and thoroughly conversant with early Kansas. He was married in 1862, to Miss A. M. Garrett. They have five children - Mary, William, Rose C., David and John.

PROF. J. H. QUEEN, principal of the Perry schools and identified with the educational interests of Jefferson County, is a native of Indiana, and was born in Bartholomew County, July 25, 1853. When four years of age he emigrated to Iowa with his parents, locating in Jasper County, where he worked on a farm during the summer and attended school during the winter. He learned the trade of harness making in Earlham, Iowa, which he pursued for a time. In the spring of 1871 he came to Jefferson County, and for ten years has been one of the leading teachers here. In the fall of 1879, by request, he took the principalship of the Perry schools, in which position he is now. He has attained considerable local celebrity as a writer on education affairs, always being fearless and outspoken, and has written many interesting articles for the columns of the Oskaloosa Independent. He was married in the spring of 1880, in Lawrence, Kan., by the chancellor of the State University, to Miss Alice Thompson, of Mount Pleasant, Iowa, who also is one of the foremost teachers in Jefferson County.

AUGUST RAHN, farmer, Section 1, P. O. Perry, was born in Hessian Germany, August 27, 1830. Resided in his native country until 1850, when he came to America, locating in Chicago, Ill., where he followed the milling business for several years. In 1857 he came to Kansas, locating in Douglas County, where he resided twelve years, being engaged principally in milling at Lawrence. From there he came to his present abode. During the war he was in the Government employ in Arkansas, Missouri and the Southwest. Mr. R. is one of the leading stockmen in Kentucky Township, and has made a success in farming by untiring industry. He was married in Lawrence, in 1858, to Miss Eva C .Miller. They have three children - Elizabeth, Ameila and Harriet.

DAVID SAMPLE, farmer, Sec. 19, P. O. Perry. Few citizens there are in Jefferson County who have not heard of David Sample, he being one of the oldest settlers in the county. He was born in Princeton, Indiana, May 2, 1833. Came to Jasper County, Mo., at an early age with his parents, where he was educated. For three years was a resident of Platte County, Mo., in March, 1855, locating on the farm he still occupies. Here he built a cabin, and roughed it through for a number of years, during the difficulties of the border which made it unwholesome for about all the residents. During the war, Mr. Sample belonging to the State militia. He was married in Missouri to Miss Nancy Oley. They have ten children: Lucinda, John W., Mary, Martha, James, Rebecca, William, Katie, David, Jr., and Frederick. Two are deceased.

N. J. STARK, lumber dealer, Perry. This genial gentleman is a native of Massachusetts, and was born in Franklin County August 17, 1817. At an early age his parents emigrated to New York, locating on a farm in Erie County, where N. J. spent his earlier days in tilling the soil. His father, Jediah Stark, was a New Englander. In 1845 the subject of this sketch came West, locating in Michigan. The country at that period was in its crude state, and Mr. Stark took an active part in furthering and advancing its best interests. He was identified with the commercial interests of the State until 1863, when he came to Kansas, locating in Perry. For several years was engaged in the grocery trade in connection with other business. Since 1879 he has been in the lumber trade, has been for some time Justice of the Peace, and has held other offices. Mr. Stark's death occurred in Michigan. His present wife was formerly Miss Harriett Van Gilder, of Jackson County, Mich. Mr. Stark is a member of the Masonic Order.

PATRICK SUPPLE, farmer, No. 15, Delaware Reserve, P. O. Newman. A native of Ireland, and was born in the County Meath in 1825. Resided in his native county until 1849, when he came to the United States, locating in Frankfort, Ky. After residing in Kentucky a few years, came to Kansas City, Mo., where he remained three years, and on the 7th of March, 1860, located where he now resides. He built a log cabin, which for compactness was not a success, consequently in stormy weather the family was favored with more fresh air than was congenial with good health. Mr. Supple had all the drawbacks to contend with incidental to the first settlers of a new country. For a few years he was a resident of Pottawatomie County, living near St. Mary's Mission. He was married in Frankfort, Ky., to Miss Mary O'Brien. By this union they have had six children - James, William, Annie, Mary, and Catherine; lost one, Julia, died when eight years of age. The family belongs to the Catholic Church.

D. SURBER, M. D., Perry. Was born in Indiana March 30, 1829. At an early ate removed to Ohio, where he was educated, and took up the study of medicine. After attending several courses of lectures at the Cincinnati Medical College, he engaged in practicing for a number of years before graduating, which was in 1865. In 1854 came to Iowa, locating at Winterset, where he pursued his profession until 1867, when Perry became his home. He had, however, located in Kansas temporarily, in 1857, in Clinton. He is the present Mayor (1882) of Perry. Is a member of the I. O. O. F.; charter member of the Perry Lodge. He was married in 1858 to Miss E. J. Stuart, of Winterset, Iowa. They have three children - Cassius Clay, Gertrude, and Charles H.

C. L. THOMPSON, miller, Thompsonville. From this gentleman Thompsonville received it present name. The mill site to the pioneers of Jefferson County was familiarly known as Indian Mills. Mr. Thompson is a native of Massachusetts, and was born in Worcester County June 27, 1832. Was there educated, and learned the miller's trade. In 1857 he came to Kansas, locating in Lawrence; engaged in freighting an other pursuits. From 1865 to 1868 he operated a saw mill at Williamstown, from which point he came to what is always in demand. He also operates a saw-mill, turning out quantities of hard lumber. He is an enterprising citizen, and justly merits the success he has had. He married in 1854 Miss Ann Muirhead, of Lubec, Me. They have two children living - Maud M. and Una Belle. Also a young lady whom they raised, by the name of Anna M. Esson.

C. T. TOLLES, Postmaster and merchant, Thompsonville, is a native of Vermont, and was born in Windsor County January 19, 1847; was there raised and educated. Early in life he pursued the vocation of a drug-clerk, and for a time clerked in active business for several years, and came from there to Thompsonville, which at that time had no postoffice, and was secured through his efforts. He is also notary public, and is engaged in merchandizing. He was married in 1876 to Miss N. E. Fay, of Massachusetts. They have two children - Leon F. and John C. The father of Mr. Tolles, John C., and his mother, Elizabeth Chase, were natives of Vermont, and of English extraction.

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