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


LINN COUNTY, Part 7

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES (FISHER - WILSON).

T. FISHER, farmer, Section 30, P. O. Mound City, born in Fayette County, Penn., October 22, 1824; soon after (sic) learned the blacksmith's trade, which he pursued in his native State for four years; he then removed to the iron districts of Ohio, where he was employed at his trade about fifteen years. In 1859 he came to Kansas, pre-empted his present place, returned to Ohio and remained until 1866, and then returned to Kansas and began improving his estate. Married in Fayette County, Penn., to Miss Jane Brownfield, a native of Pennsylvania; they have three children - William B., Sarah J. and Isaac T.

JEFF FLEMING, farmer, Section 20, P. O. Hall Ridge, was born in Bath County, Ky., October 8, 1820. He moved with his parents to Shelby County, Ind., at an early day, and was there raised and educated. He soon after engaged in farming, which he pursued until 1855, when he removed to Polk County, Iowa, remaining there until 1857, when he located in Andrew County, Mo., where he engaged in farming until 1859, when he came to Kansas and settled in Linn County, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits. He represented his district in the Legislature in 1864, served as County Commissioner in 1870, and in 1877 was qualified as Sergeant-at-Arms at Topeka. He was married in Shelby County, Ind., September 25, 1845, to Mary Kenedy, of Pennsylvania. She was born May 26, 1825. They have six children - William V., Robert, Margaret E., Mary, George L. and Inda.

JOHN W. FLORA, retired, was born in Washington County, Md., December 6, 1834, where he was raised and educated. In 1856, removed to Ogle County, Ill., where he followed agricultural pursuits until 1859. In 1860, he located in Linn County, Kan. In 1861, he enlisted in the Third Kansas Infantry. Was wounded at Prairie Grove, and was discharged in 1863 as Sergeant. He returned to Linn County and engaged in farming and stock-raising. In 1870, he was elected County Commissioner, serving three years, and in 1875 was elected to the position of County Clerk, where he served four years. He was married in Mound City, Kan., February 22, 1880, to C. D. Worden, of Linn County, Kan. They have one child, John D.

EPHRAIM HAHN, farmer, Section 34, P. O. Mound City, was born in Perry County, Mo., June 4, 1826. Was raised and educated in his native State. He soon after engaged in farming, following this occupation until 1859, when he came to Kansas and settled in Linn County on his present place of 300 acres, where he has since followed agricultural pursuits. He was married in Perry County, Mo., in September, 1848, to Priscilla Bollinger, of Missouri. They have eight children - William A., James M., Sarah E., John C., Mary J., Malinda (sic) S., Lillie B. and Austin L.

HENRY HALL, farmer, P. O. Mound City, was born in Northumberland, England, December 2, 1846, where he was reared and educated, after which he engaged in farming, which he pursued until 1879, when he came to the United States and settled in Linn County, Kan., where he is engaged in agricultural pursuits and raising fine stock. His estate consists of 168 acres of fine farming land. He was married in Northumberland, England, April 21, 1869, to Ann Younger, of England. They have two children - Mary and Elizabeth.

S. L. IVES, Postmaster, was born in Pennsylvania, September 11, 1836, and was taken by his parents to Cuyahoga County, Ohio, where he remained until five years of age, when his parents moved to Winnebago County, Ill., where he was raised and educated, after which he learned the carpenter's trade, which he pursued until 1862, when he enlisted in Company D, One Hundred and Twelfth Regiment Illinois Infantry, as a private; soon after was promoted to Third Sergeant; was wounded in 1863, at Dutton's Hill, Ky., and was discharged in 1864. During the same year he came to Kansas and settled in Linn County, where he engaged in farming until 1869, when he located in Mound City, Kan., and opened a book and stationery store. Was soon after appointed Postmaster, which position he still holds. He has married three times; first, in 1860, to Alice Rigby, who died in 1871; second, to Mary Sheets, of Illinois, who died in 1873, and third, to Justina Ham, in Linn County, Kan., January 1, 1879. He has five children - Ellsworth J., Gordon G., Norman J., Sanford M. and Roscoe.

J. B. JOHNSON, druggist, was born in Richmond County, N. Y., May 31, 1821. He was raised and educated in his native State, after which he located in Logan County, Ill., where he engaged in agricultural pursuits for two years; he then removed to Kane County, Ill., where he farmed until 1850, when he emigrated to California, and was engaged in mining until 1857, when he returned to Illinois, remaining there two years. He then returned to California, where he remained three years, returning to Illinois, thence to Kansas in 1863, and located at Mound City, where his time is occupied in the drug trade.

GEORGE W. JONES, County Superintendent, born in Madison County, Ind., September 6, 1849, where he was reared and educated, after which he was employed as teacher in the district schools of Madison County, Ind., until 1871. He then removed to Kansas and located near Fort Scott, taught school one term, removed to Linn County, and in 1875 became Principal of the Mound City schools, which position he held until 1879, when he resigned to accept his present position. Married in Linn County, Kan., October 10, 1875, to Columbia E. Smith, of Missouri. She was born April 17, 1855, and died December 11, 1882. They have three children - Clarence F., George H. and Claude A.

W. L. KELLER, farmer, P. O. Mound City, was born in Augusta County, Va., April 26, 1823. Was reared and educated in his native State, after which he learned the cooper's trade, which he followed until 1851, when he moved to Jones County, Iowa, when he engaged in farming and working at his trade until 1859, when he came to Kansas and first settled in Douglas County, where he remained for a year, when he came to Linn County, and located on his present place of 160 acres, where he is engaged in agricultural pursuits and working at his trade at odd times. Married in August County, Va., in 1848, Margaret C. Myers, of Virginia. They have seven children - John L., Charles N., Theodore M., Martin L., Alvin M., Mary T. and Rosa V.

ROBERT KINCAID, merchant, was born in Mahoning County, Ohio, December 12, 1836, where he was reared and educated, after which he learned the carpenter's trade, which he pursued in Ohio a short time, when he removed to Roseville, Warren County, Ill., where he worked at his trade until 1857, when he came to Kansas and settled in Linn County, where his time was occupied in building until 1860, when he emigrated to Colorado, where he engaged in mining for three years with satisfactory results. he then returned to Kansas and located at Mound City, where he engaged in the mercantile business in connection with his present business. He is largely interested in real estate, also in the banking house of Hood & Kincaid. He has been twice married, first to Irne (sic) Phillips, of Illinois, who died in 1868. By this union he has one child, Gracie. He married the second time, Emma Adams, of Michigan, who died at Battle Creek, Michigan, January 20, 1880, leaving one child - Ernest.

DR. R. P. McDONALD, born in Davis County, Ky., July 29, 1835, where he was reared and educated. In 1856, he attended the Louisville Medical College for one term, when he located at Owensboro, Ky., and began practice, remaining there until 1880. He attended Bennett Medical College at Chicago; graduating there he came to Kansas, and first located in Lyon County, where he practiced for two years. He then removed to Burlington, Coffey County, Kan., where he engaged in his profession until June, 1882, when he located at Mound City. he served in the late rebellion in Company B, Twenty-second Regiment Indiana Cavalry. Soon after promoted First Lieutenant; served in that rank until the close of the war. Married in Owensboro, Ky., April 23, 1865, Sarah E. Robinson, of Kentucky. They have one child - Annie E.

J. H. MADDEN, County Clerk, born in Scott County, Ill., September 1, 1841. He was raised and educated in his native State. Soon after enlisted in Company K, Fourteenth Regiment IllinoIs Infantry, and was discharged in 1864. He came to Kansas in 1865, and settled in Linn County, on his present place of 160 acres, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1869, when he represented Linn County in the Legislature. He was elected to his present position in 1881.

JAMES OSBORN, farmer, P. O. Mound City, born in North Carolina, February 8, 1804. When young, was taken by parents to Barren County, Ky., remaining there a short time, removed to Crawford County, Ind., where he lived for sometime, and acquired a common school education. He located in Vermillion County, Ill., where he remained five or six years, assisting his father on a farm. He then settled in Champaign County, Ill., where he purchased a farm; remained there for some time; removed to Bates County, Mo., where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until 1854, when he came to Kansas, and settled in Linn County, on his present place of ninety-three acres, being the first settler in Linn County. he has been twice married, first, in Edgar County, Ill., to Ann Sowder. She died in Bates County, Mo. By this marriage, they have three children - Mary A., Adelaide and Phillip. He married the second time, in Bates County, Mo., Mrs. Mary Knapp, of Ohio. They have three children - Lewis F., Byron W. and Martha S.

WILLIAM PARK, farmer, Section 14, P. O. Mound City, born in Madison County, Ky., May 19, 1810, where he was reared and educated; after which he engaged in farming until 1837, when he moved to Randolph County, Mo., and engaged in agricultural pursuits for seventeen years. In 1854, he settled on Section 11, coming to Kansas and locating in Linn County on his present place of 200 acres, in 1856, where he is engaged in farming and stock-raising. He has served as Justice of the Peace for many years; married in Madison County, Ky., February 9, 1830, Elizabeth McNally, a native of Tennessee. They have nine children - D., Franklin, Martha, Susanna A., Nancy H., Louisa E., Lucinda, John R., William H. and Sarah J.

J. RHODES, farmer, Section 13, P. O. Mound City, born in Essex County, N. J., March 6, 1811; moved with parents in an early day to Wyoming County, Penn., where he was reared and educated; soon after employed as clerk in merchandise, which he pursued for some time. In 1835, located at West Stockbridge, Mass., where he engaged in mercantile pursuits until 1840, when he moved to Northumberland, Wyoming County, Penn., where he continued merchandising three years. he then removed to the country and engaged in farming and milling for thirteen years, and in 1867 located at Tunkhannock, Penn., where he began anew merchandising, which he pursued until 1870, when he came to Kansas and settled in Linn County. in 1877, was appointed County Commissioner, and was elected to that position the following fall, having served three years. married at Austerlitz, N. Y., December 10, 1835, Pauline E. Blinn, of New York. They have five children - Mary A., John B., Sarah M., Aaron B. and Pauline E.

T. E. SMITH, farmer, P. O. Mound City, born in Bucks County, Penn., January 4, 1827, where he was raised and educated; soon after engaged in farming until 1857, when he came to Kansas and located at Mound City; purchased an interest in the Mound City Mills, where his attention was given until 1865. Disposing of his interest, he engaged in the hardware trade, which he pursued until 1871, when he became proprietor of the Mound City Mills, conducting the business until 1882, sold out and began anew farming. His estate consists of 225 acres conveniently located to Mound City. He was married in Bucks County, Penn., in February, 1853, to Miss Rebecca Betts, who is a native of Pennsylvania; they have seven children - T. Elliott, Jesse B., Howard T., Mary B., Susanna C., Walter T. and Margaret.

THOMAS J. SMITH, hardware, born in Bucks County, Penn., December 14, 1838. He was raised and educated in his native State, after which he learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed until 1861, when he enlisted in Company C, One Hundred and Fourth Regiment Pennsylvania Infantry, and was wounded at Fair Oaks, Va., May 31, 1862. He was discharged from service in 1864, when he returned to Bucks County, Penn., remaining there a short time, removed to Long Branch where he pursued his trade for some time; he then located in New York City, engaged in his occupation for three years, when he removed to Doylestown, Penn., when he engaged in contracting and building for ten years. In 1879 he came to Kansas and settled in Mound City, where he worked at his trade for three years, when he engaged in his present business, married in Lambertville, N. J., April 14, 1869, to Mary C. Price, of Pennsylvania; they have three children -Washington I., Laura and Warren M. WILLIAM L. SMITH, farmer, Section 33, P. O. Hall Ridge, was born in Cape Girardeau, Mo., February 18, 1823, where he was reared and educated; soon after located in Perry Mo., and engaged in farming until 1866, when he came to Kansas and settled in Linn County on his present place of 200 acres, where he is engaged in farming and stock-raising. He was married first in Perry County, Mo., in 1846, to Elizabeth Cline, who died April 7, 1856; by this marriage they had three children - James M., Julia E. and Columbia. He was also married the second time in Perry County, Mo., in 1859, to Elizabeth Cochran they have nine children - Mary J., Elmer E., Elliott U., Joseph L., Ollie E., Alma M., Cirilda, William L. and Elbert.

LOVILO SWIFT, register of deeds, born in Cattaraugus County, N. Y., March 12, 1834. When young was taken by parents to Clermont County, Ohio, where he remained until 1846, when he removed to Fountain, Ind., where he received his education. He then located in Vermillion County, Ill., where he engaged in farming until 1861, when he enlisted in Company I, Thirty-fifth Regiment Illinois Infantry, and was wounded in 1862, at the battle of Pea Ridge. He was discharged in 1864, when he returned to Vermillion County, Ill., where he remained until 1866. He then came to Kansas, and settled in Linn County, on his farm of 160 acres, where his time was occupied for two years in farming. He then located at Mound City, and engaged in mercantile pursuits for eight years. He was elected Register of Deeds in 1879. Married in Vermillion County, Ill., May 4, 1865, Miss Ellen Newlin, of Illinois. They have six children - Jennie, Jessie, Gertie, Kelly, Nellie and Eugene.

DR. J. H. TREGO, proprietor of abstract books, was born in Bucks County, Penn., May 9, 1823, where he was raised and received his education. In 1843, he emigrated to Mercer County, Ill., where he farmed for three years, after which he began the study of medicine, reading for some time. He returned to Pennsylvania, and graduated at the Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia, in 1849. He then located in Mercer County, Ill., where he practiced medicine until 1857, when he came to Kansas and located at Mound City, where he engaged at saw milling for sometime, and made the lumber and shingles for the first buildings erected in the town. In 1861, he enlisted in Company D, Fifth Regiment Kansas Cavalry, as First Lieutenant. He resigned in 1862, and accepted a position in the quartermaster's department, where he served until the close of the war, when he returned to Mound City and engaged in various pursuits until 1866, when he was appointed County Treasurer, to fill a vacancy. He was married in Mercer County, Ill., August 22, 1850, to Miss Alice Manington, of Illinois. They have nine children -Kate L., Eleanor, Helen W., Rebecca W., Sophia M., M. Louis, Satie (sic), Octie and Martha.

W. A. TRIGG, Probate Judge, was born in Harrison County, Ky., April 13, 1840. In April, 1848, he was taken by his parents to Van Buren County, Iowa, where he was raised and educated, having finished his studies at Bentonsport Academy in 1859, after which he engaged in teaching school until 1865. He then located at Bonaparte, Iowa, where he was employed in the manufacture of woolen goods, etc., until 1870. He was then employed as a school teacher until 1878, when he came to Kansas and settled in Linn County, where he is engaged in farming. In 1880 he was elected Probate Judge of Linn County, and re-elected in 1882. He was married at Bonaparte, Iowa, August 19, 1861, to Miss Mary E. Ware, daughter of Rev. T. C. Ware. She was born in Van Buren County, Iowa, December 14, 1842. They have four children living -Ellsworth, Clarence J., Freddie C. and Anna S., and two, Alice M. and Mary E., dead.

J. R. VAN ZANDT, merchant, born in Oakland County, Michigan, November 27, 1836, was raised and educated in his native State. In 1858, removed to Bates County, Mo., and for three years was employed as a teacher. In 1861, moved to Linn County, Kan., and in August enlisted in Company D, Sixth Kansas Cavalry. Discharged in July, 1862, owing to disability. He then returned to Linn County, and followed agricultural pursuits for some time. He was elected County Clerk November 8, 1864, to fill a vacancy, and re-elected November, 1865, and served out the term January, 1868. He was Registrar of Deeds in 1864 and 1865, Clerk of the District Court in 1865 and 1866, and County Clerk in 1864-65-66-67. In 1873 he was elected to the Legislature from Linn County, and declined a re-election to that position. he was associated in the hardware and implement business at Mound City and Pleasanton, with D. F. Park seven years, and about six years at Wichita, Kan. In the fall of 1882, he engaged to conduct the branch wholesale implement house of Furst & Bradley Manufacturing Co. of Chicago. He was married in Linn County, Kan., January 29, 1863, to Miss Mary J. Scott, of Ohio. They have three children - William G., Albert and Mary R.

O. P. WATSON, merchant, was born in Otsego County, N. Y., July 7, 1833, where he was raised and educated; soon after learned the carpenter's trade, which he pursued until 1857, when he came to Kansas and settled in Linn County on a farm, where he farmed and worked at his trade until 1865, when he located at Mound City and engaged in mercantile pursuits. Mr. Watson has been identified with the city offices for many years, having held the position of Mayor and Councilman. He married in Otsego County, N. Y., March 13, 1855, Colista A. Swift, who is a native of New York. They have one child - Frank G.

DR. B. W. WILSON, physician, born in Guernsey County, Ohio, April 25, 1825, where he was reared and educated. In 1844, he located at Pagetown, Morrow County, Ohio, where he studied medicine for three years. He then removed to Newton, Union County, Ohio, where he began the practice of his profession and remained there until 1857, and then located at Caledonia, Marion County, Ohio, until 1864, when he removed to Center Point, Linn County, Iowa. Practiced there until 1867, when he came to Kansas and settled in Mound City, where he continues his profession. In 1882, he was elected to represent his district in the Legislature. He has been twice married, first in 1864, to Hester Gaites, of Pennsylvania. By this union they have three children - Josephine, Viola J. and Hallis B. Married the second time in Linn County, Iowa, Mary E. Disman, of Virginia. They have two children - Decata J. and Ella N. The Doctor is strong in the cause of temperance, and has never indulged in any intoxicating liquors.

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