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Aubry Township was organized by the County Commissioners May 11, 1858. Previously to this time a large number of settlers had taken claims in this part of the county, the first of whom was Wm. H. Brady, who selected his claim February 22, 1857.
The town of Aubry was surveyed and the Town Company organized in March, 1858. The company was composed of A. J. Gabbart, President; Greenbury Trekle, Secretary; Wm. H. Brady and Felix Franklin.
The first school district was organized in the summer of 1858; a school-house, 20X24, was erected, and the first school taught by Sylvester Mann. Rev. Mr. Duval preached the first sermon in February, 1858, in A. J. Gabbart's house. The first church organized was of the Christian denomination, in May, 1859, by Rev. A. Clark.
The first marriage was that of Samuel Medell to Miss Nancy Middleton, in September, 1858. The first birth was that of a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Sylvester Mann, in 1859, and the first death, in the township, was that of a son of A. Purley, in September, 1859.
The township of Aubry was a bloody battle ground during the border troubles and during the war. Five newly arrived citizens, who went out one evening to gather honey, promising their wives to return early, were murdered by Quantrill's men, and the place of their burial is not known. Greenbury Trekle, a Mr. Whittaker, Washington Tullis, _____ Ellis and John Cody, all were killed by border ruffians, the latter treacherously murdered by one pre- tending to be a reformed rebel, and wearing the Union uniform at the time. Greenbury Trekle's father, seeing Quantrill's force passing into Kansas from Missouri, informed the commandant at Aubry that a raid into Kansas was on foot, which warning, had it been promptly acted upon, might have prevented the sacking of Lawrence. For sounding this note of alarm, old Mr. Trekle lost his life. On January 31, 1864, Norman Sampson was murdered by Dan Vaugh's men, who were dressed in the Union blue, and who professed to be Union soldiers.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES - AUBRY TOWNSHIP.
MALRY CAVE, farmer, P. O. Aubry, was born in Boone County, Ky., November 27, 1819, and reared in Clay County, Mo.; here he farmed, and also learned the trade of harnessmaker, and was for one year engaged in traveling in the fur trade through the various Territories. In 1858 he came to Kansas, located in Aubry and engaged in farming, but only remained a short time, returning to Clay County, Mo. He gave his attention to the harness business for several years, after which he located on his present farm, which consists of 160 acres of land, all well improved. Mr. Cave was one of the organizers of the township of Aubry. He was married in Clay County, Mo., February 8, 1848 to Charlotte A. Tillery. They have seven children - David T., Wm. S., Uriel, Thomas A., Leonidas, Malry, Jr., and Mary.
CHAS. G. CASE, farmer, P. O. Aubry, was born in Montgomery County, Ky., September 11, 1835, where he was reared on a farm. In 1857 he removed to Cass County, Mo., and in May, 1858, came to Kansas and located on his present farm in the year following. He has 240 acres of land, all improved, and is quite extensively engaged in cattle raising; also has a small but fine orchard. Mr. Case held the office of Justice of the Peace at this place for about ten years. He was married in Bath County, Ky., in February, 1857, to Annie Spencer. They have nine children - Eutopia, Eveline, Harriet B., Marcus L., Maggie, Mary, Annie, Ida and Sarah.
PHILIP CONBOY, farmer, P. O. Aubry, was born in Ireland in 1833, emigrated to America in the spring of 1851, and was generally employed for three years in the city of New York; then for four years engaged in teaming in Dixon, Lee County, Ill. In 1857 he removed to Westport, Mo., where he followed farming. He came to Kansas in 1866, and located on his present farm. He is now the largest land owner in the county; has in all 1,120 acres of land, and is largely engaged in breeding blooded cattle and hogs. Mr. Conboy was married in New York in February, 1854, to Sarah McCargle. They have nine children - Andrew, Mary J., Arthur, Maggie, Thomas, Sadie, Kate, Ellen and Philip.
TILLMAN EVERETT, farmer, P. O. Morse Station, was born in Kentucky in 1817, and reared in Clay County, Mo. Was for some years employed in teaching school, and for five years engaged in mercantile business in Missouri. He came to Kansas in the spring of 1869 and located on his present farm, which consists of 160 acres, in a high state of cultivation. Mr. Everett was married in Davis County, Mo., in 1842, to Mary Spencer. They have a family of eight children.
JAMES LISLE, farmer, P. O. Spring Hill, was born in Holmes County, Ohio. March, 1862, he enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Second Ohio Infantry, and served five months. He re-enlisted May 4, 1864, in Company A, One Hundred and Sixty-sixth Ohio Infantry, serving 132 days. In the fall of 1865 he came to Kansas, and for two and one-half years followed farming and carpenter work in Spring Hill, then farmed in Miami County for about nine years. In March 1877, he located on his present farm in Aubry. He has 160 acres, all well improved, also considerable property at Spring Hill. Mr. L. has for the past four years been Clerk of the District School Board. He was married in Olathe, December 15, 1868, to Sarah M. Meek. The have six children - Minnie Pearl, Luna M. Ettie, Annie S., Matilda M. and Bertha A. His oldest daughter, Minnie Pearl, is an accomplished plager sic on the organ. She is thirteen years old.
HON. JOHN H. LUSHER, farmer, P. O. Aubry, was born in Switzerland in September, 1825, and reared on a farm. Emigrated to America in 1845. Resided in the city of New York one year, then in Orleans County, where he learned the cooper trade, and followed it for six years. Engaged in farming in Iowa and Illinois. In 1858 he settled in Cass County, Mo., and gave his attention to farming. In 1861 he came to Kansas and located on his present farm. He has now 400 acres of land, and is extensively engaged in breeding cattle and hogs. His place is one of the best improved in the county, has fine hedges and orchards. Mr. L. was for eight years Notary Public, and six years Justice of the Peace. In 1871 he was elected to the State Legislature and served one term. He was married in Orleans County, N. Y. January, 1849, to Miss E. C. Torry. They have four children - Rudolph O., Wallace D., Lewis W., and John R.
WILLIAM MARKS MOON, farmer, P. O. Aubry, was born in Medina county, Ohio, January 30, 1849. In 1855 his parents emigrated to Grundy County, Ill., where the subject of our sketch was reared on a farm. In 1868 he came to Johnson County, Kan., located in Aubry, and has since given his attention to farming and raising stock. His farm consists of 215 acres, 165 of which are under cultivation. Mr. Moon was married in Aubry in June, 1871, to Ella Turner, a native of Ohio. They have three children - Florence E., Roland, and Lena M.
DANIEL H. RYAN, farmer, P. O. Aubry, was born in Canada, January 6th, 1832. When seven years old his parents immigrated to Monroe County, N. Y. In the spring of 1858 he enlisted in Company I, Fifth United States Infantry, from which he was discharged in 1863. He then crossed the plains from Atchison, Mo., to Denver, Col., and farmed in that neighborhood. In 1866 he came to Kansas and located on his present farm. He owns 220 acres, the greater part of which are under cultivation, fifty-five being in pasture and two acres in orchard.
THOMAS S. SLAUGHTER, farmer, P. O. Aubry, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, April 1st, 1832. He learned the printing business and carried on the Lancaster Gazette for three years. In June, 1855 he went to St. Paul, Minn., where he engaged in the real estate business, and laid out the towns of Cambridge and Anoka, and in 1860, in company with Gov. Marshall, of Minnesota, established the St. Paul Press. In August, 1862, he enlisted in Company I, Sixth Minnesota Volunteer Infantry, and having assisted in raising the same, was elected captain, and served three years. In June, 1867, he came to Kansas, and located on his present farm, which consists of 240 acres of land, 130 of which are under cultivation. His principal business is stock-raising. Mr. Slaughter was married at Lancaster, Ohio, June 10, 1855, to Maria Louisa McAboy. They have five children - Robert F., Thomas S. Jr., Flora, Minnie, and Chase D.
SAMUEL SLUSHER, farmer, P. O. Aubry, was born in Putnam County, Ind., December 1, 1838, and reared in Floyd County, Va. On October 1, 1861, he enlisted in Company D, Fifty-fourth Virginia Infantry and when mustered out three years later, held the rank of First Lieutenant. After the war he gave his attention to farming in Hendricks County, Ind. In the fall of 1867, he came to Kansas and located on his present farm. He has 180 acres of land, and is quite extensively engaged in breeding live stock, making a specialty of hogs. Mr. Slusher was married August 21, 1873, in Butler County, Kan., to Susan Van Huss. They have a family of three children - John H., Dellie M., and Anna E.
ENOCH F. THOMPSON, dealer in live stock, Aubry, was born in Adams County, Ill., in 1836, and reared on a farm. He came to Kansas, April 5, 1858, and located on his present farm, and pre-empting 160 acres; he has now 720 acres and is one of the most extensive farmers in the county. He is also largely engaged in raising blooded cattle and hogs. His land is all well improved, and on his place he has a fine artificial forest, and large orchards of various fruits. Mr. T. was a member of the board of organizers of Aubry Township. Has held various local offices, and during the war he served in Company I, Second Kansas State Militia. He was married in Aubry, May 15, 1864, to Monimia Watts; they have four children - Howard F., Elijah D., Laura M., and Florelia A.
JOSIAH WATTS, farmer, P. O. Aubry, was born in St. Charles County, Mo., January 18, 1824. He is a son of Anthony B. Watts, and a descendant of Daniel Boone. He was reared on a farm, and for some five years also taught school. In 1849, he crossed the plains to California, where he remained two years; returning east he engaged at New Santa Fe, Jackson County, Mo. Mr. Watts came to Kansas, May 9, 1858, and pre-empted 160 acres of land, on which he now resides. He has now 480 acres of land, of which 400 are under cultivation. He was married at New Santa Fe, Mo., June 8, 1854, to Sarah J. Mann; they have six children - Banaugh, Samuel, Bolivar, Adah Loo and Dillard.
A. M. YOUNG, merchant, Aubry, was born in Kentucky, April 24, 1824. In 1835 he emigrated to Lewis County, Mo., and was employed in farming until 1850, when he crossed the plains to California, where he remained for five years engaged in mining. In 1857, he came to Kansas; locating at Paola, he engaged in mercantile business. In the following spring he came to Johnson County, and followed the general merchandise business, at Spring Hill, until 1865, after which he came to Aubrey sic, and has since been engaged in mercantile business at this place. Since 1865, he has held the Postmastership of the place, and has been Treasurer of the Township for some fifteen years. He was married in Lewis County, Mo., in 1857, to Elizabeth Hamilton; they have six children - Lizzie, Eliza, Maurice, Minnie. Mattie, and Lulu.