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


MCPHERSON COUNTY, Part 8

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LONE TREE TOWNSHIP.

CHRISTIAN W. BRUBAKER, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. McPherson, Section 17; has 1,200 acres of fine land. In 1882, he raised 13,000 bushels of wheat, an average of thirty bushels per acre. He came to his place December 13, 1875; moved his family February 20, 1876. He was born in Rapho Township, Lancaster Co., Pa., August 4, 1837, and was raised on a farm in his native place until 1871, when he moved to Edgar County, Ill., where he farmed until he came to Kansas. Married September 17, 1861, to Miss Martha M. Brubaker, of East Hempfield, Lancaster Co., Pa. They have two children - Abram L., and Elizabeth. Wife died February 21, 1866. Was again married December 5, 1868, to Miss Polly Lehman, of Launtenderry, Lebanon Co., Pa. They have three children - Miles, Aaron and Martha. Wife died February 20, 1875. Again married January 1, 1876, to Miss Catherine Wheeland, of Pennsylvania. They are members of the German Baptist Church.

J. J. COLBY, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Galva, northeast quarter, Section 3, Township 20, Range 2, west. He has 166.95 acres of land, with 110 acres under cultivation. In 1882, he raised 1,000 bushels of wheat. He came to his homestead March 27, 1872, built a sod house 10X16 feet, and lived in that rude structure four years. He then erected a good frame dwelling. He held the office of Postmaster two years, soon after coming to this place. His market in 1872 was Newton, thirty-one miles south. Buffalo, deer and antelope dotted the prairies in vast numbers, and furnished their only meat for some time. He was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, October 1, 1832; was raised a sailor and followed the great lakes for twenty-five years, beginning as a man before the mast and ending a sailor's life as mate, of 'Fountain City' propeller. Enlisted in the spring of 1864 in the Second Ohio Light Artillery, and was Wagon Master of his command. He was mustered out in August, 1865. Married January 17, 1860, to Miss Sarah J. Whiton, of Kingsville, Ashtabula Co., Ohio. They have five children - Jennie Z., Madison J., Bertha J., married to Mr. Frank Robb, of Galva; Mary A., and Edwin W.

JOSEPH FINKLE, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Galva, Section 4. He came to this place in March 1872. His nearest market was then Newton, thirty miles southeast. His nearest neighbor lived three miles away. His nearest grist-mill was Salina, forth miles north. Buffalo, deer and antelope dotted the plains thickly. Mr. F. now owns 500 acres of fine land, all cultivated. In 1882, he raised 10,000 bushels of wheat. He was born in Columbia County, N. Y., November 19, 1825, and was raised on a farm; went to Michigan in 1853, and farmed there until he came to Kansas in 1872. He was married, in 1847, to Miss Mary A. Wheeler, a native of Connecticut. They have nine children - Norman, Watson, Arthur, (married and living near on farms), Cordelia (married Mr. John Small, who is a farmer near by), Perry and Judson (who live at home, but work their own land, of which they have eighty acres each, adjoining their father's). Alice (married Mr. Frank Morse, and lives on a farm in Empire Township), Charles and Cora E. (at home). He is a member of the Christian Church and deacon of the same.

GEORGE HARROUFF, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. McPherson, Section 18. He has 240 acres of land, all cultivated. In 1882, he raised 2,200 bushels wheat, an average yield of twenty-four bushels per acre. He came to his place January 22, 1873. He was born in Elizabethtown, Lancaster Co, Pa., October 12, 1848, and was raised on a farm; parents moved to Macon County, Ill., in 1852, where he was brought up and lived until he immigrated to Kansas.

JEFFERSON HOLMES, farmer and stock raiser, Section 26, P. O. Farms, has 320 acres of very fine land, 190 of which are cultivated. He located on his place in April, 1871, where he has since been engaged in farming and stock-raising. He was appointed Postmaster of Farms Postoffice July 20, 1877, and has since held the office. He opened a stock of general merchandise in August of the same year, of about $150 worth. He now carries an average stock of $2,000. He has been a member of the School Board for the past six years. In 1882 he raised 2,750 bushels of wheat, an average of twenty-seven bushels to the acre. He was born in Tompkins County, N. Y., October 24, 1831, and was raised on a farm and in a grist-mill. He worked in the mills at Ann Arbor and Scio, Mich., for several years. He has lived in Burlington, Iowa, and various other places, where he has been engaged in milling and farming. He married, in 1851, Miss Hannah Culy, of Washtenaw County, Mich. He was born and married under the same roof. They have six children - Thomas J., married; Francis D., George B., William T., Edward E. and Clara Lillian. He is a member of the Progressive Brethren Church.

THOMAS J. HOLMES, farmer and stock raiser, Section 14, P. O. Farms. He came to his place in April, 1875; came to the township with his parents in April, 1871. He has 160 acres of very fine land, 140 of which are cultivated. In 1882 he raised 2,626 bushels of wheat, an average of twenty-five bushels to the acre. He was born in Webster, Mich., May 2, 1853; was reared on a farm and lived in his native place until 1856, when he moved with his parents to Burlington, Iowa, where he lived until he came to Kansas. He was married February 24, 1879, to Miss Martha J. Caldwell, of Rolla County, West Va. They have two children - Art Wendell and Rena.

F. J. MAXWELL, farmer and stock raiser, Section 15, P. O. Lone Tree, has 160 acres of land, 140 acres of which are under cultivation. In 1882 he raised 2,300 bushels of wheat. He came to his land in the fall of 1873. He was born in Hamilton County, Ill., February 28, 1840; was raised on a farm near Carrollton, Greene County, Ill. He is a followed of the Lord. He was married in 1871 to Miss Rebecca H. Cooper, of Carrollton, Greene County, Ill. They have three children - Alice, Edgar and Walter. He is superintendent of the Empire Union Sabbath-school, of Lone Tree Township.

THOMAS M. MIDDLESWART, farmer and stock raiser, Section 11, P. O. Galva, has 160 acres of fine land, 131 (?) are cultivated. He came to this place May 1, 1872. In 1882 he raised 2,855 bushels of wheat, an average of twenty-one bushels to the acre. He was born in Mason County, Ky., February 28, 1828. He was raised a farmer, and his parents went to Brown County, Ohio, in 1830, where he was raised and educated. He moved to Carrollton, Greene County, Ill., in 1867, where he farmed until he came to Kansas. Enlisted September 22, 1864, in the Fourth Ohio Independent Company Cavalry; participated in General Sherman's march to the sea; was mustered out at Washington, D. C., May 27, 1865; discharged at Camp Denison, June 5, 1865. Was married in 1853 to Miss Rebecca J. Gillespie, of Brown County, Ohio. They have four children - Joseph N., Rebecca F., William McKee and James D. S. Rebecca married Mr. George Evans, of Lone Tree Township. Mr. Middleswart is a member of James A. G. McPherson Post No. 87, G. A. R.; also the A. H. T. A. of Empire. He is a Republican.

JAMES H. RICHARDSON, farmer, P. O. Lone Tree. He has a pre-emption in the northwest quarter and a soldier homestead in the southeast quarter of Section 14; a timber claim in the northwest quarter of Section 24; railroad land in the southwest quarter and south half of the south half of the northwest quarter of Section 13; and school land in the south half of the southwest quarter of Section 36, all in Township 20, Range 2 west, Lone Tree Township, amounting to 760 acres, 580 of which are cultivated. On his timber claim there are seventeen acres of timber, consisting of walnut, catalpa, oak, hickory, coffee bean and butternut. He has five acres of orchard on his homestead farm, consisting of nearly all varieties of fruits, and a row of cottonwood trees on it on each side of the 200 rods of Crooked Creek, four feet apart. The homestead and railroad land have the creek on them, and to have the timber claim attached, consisting then of 520 acres, is the making of a first-class grain and stock farm. He came to his claim in the latter part of June, 1872. He was born in Allegheny City, Allegheny Co., Pa., April 30, 1831. Was raised in Temperanceville, now the Thirty-sixth ward of Pittsburgh, Pa. Enlisted on or about the 13th of July, 1861, in Company C, Tenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry; participated in many battles and skirmishes, and was mustered out at Little Rock, Ark., the 15th of August, 1865; was paid off at Davenport, Iowa, August 30, 1865. The following are the battles and skirmishes he participated in: Ambuscaded at Charleston, Mo., New Madrid, skirmish before Corinth, Iuka, Corinth, siege of Vicksburg, Savannah; to the shoulders in water, Columbia, Bentonville. He was a Corporal. He is a member of the James B. McPherson Post No. 87, G. A. R. and the I. O. O. F.

J. L. SIETZ, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. McPherson, Section 6. He came to Kansas in February, 1872, locating on his place; has 160 acres of land, 130 of which are under cultivation. He raised 1,800 bushels of wheat in 1882, being an average of thirty-three bushels to the acre. He has served as Township Trustee and Treasurer for four years. He was born in Cumberland County, Pa., April 16, 1847. He was raised on a farm, enlisted January 24, 1864, in Company K, Fifty-fifth Illinois Volunteer Infantry; participated in the battles of Lookout Mountain and Stone River. He was Orderly Sergeant of the company and was mustered out September 20, 1865. He afterward followed farming in Decatur, Macon Co., Ill., until he came to Kansas. He now deals largely in real estate, farms, etc. Was married February 1, 1870, to Miss Margaret Wintrode, who was born in Fulton, Stark Co., Ohio, March 18, 1845. The have five children - Adelbert W., Leora B., Cleo Colfax, Hattie P. and Fred L. He is a member of the Masonic order and Republican in politics.

T. B. SPEECE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 6, P. O. McPherson; has 160 acres of land with 120 cultivated. He came to his place in September, 1873; has served as Township Treasurer, etc. He was born in Jasper County, Mo., January 16, 1846. His parents moved to Shelby County, Ohio, the same year, where he was brought up and lived until 1857, when he moved to Logan County, Ill., and from thence to Macon County, making farming his business. He enlisted August 2, 1862, in Company C, One Hundred and Sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and participated in Forest's raid through Tennessee, Vicksburg, Miss., Black River campaign, Helena, Ark., and Little Rock. Was discharged May 4, 1864, for disability contracted while in the service. He is a member of the James B. McPherson Post No. 87, G. A. R., and Masonic order of McPherson. He married in the fall of 1867 Miss Sarah Jammerson, a native of Illinois. They have four children - Edgar G., Milton, Mattie and Jessie. He is a Republican in politics.

EATHAN A. STOOKEY, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. McPherson, Section 8. He came to his place in April, 1871. Has 160 acres of fine land with about 135 acres cultivated. In 1882 he raised 3,000 bushels of wheat, an average of twenty-five bushels per acre. He was born in Ross County, Ohio, October 16, 1839 and raised on a farm. Move to Tippecanoe County, Ind., 1868, where he farmed three years; thence came to Kansas. Married in 1858 to Miss Mahala Bryant, of Ross County, Ohio. They have five children - Jennie, married to Mr. John Davis, now of Mechanicsville, Ind., John A., Clara E., Ida L. and Mary B. He is a member of Dunkard Church and the School Board.

EDWARD SWANDER, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. McPherson, Section 7. Has 160 acres of land, 100 of which are cultivated. In 1882 he raised 400 bushels of wheat. He was School Treasurer in 1874, 1875 and 1876, and elected County Commissioner in the fall of 1880. He was born in Shelby County, Ohio, November 7, 1838; moved to Macon County, Ill., in 1865. Has always followed farming. Married, in 1860, Miss Elizabeth Bennett, of Shelby County, Ohio. They have seven children - Ella F., David A., Maggie, Emm (?), Alfred H., Lydia M. and James Hayes. He is a Republican in politics.

BYRON WILLIAMS, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. McPherson, Section 7. He cam to his place in March, 1872. He has 160 acres of fine land, with 100 acres cultivated. In 1882 he raised 1,050 bushels of wheat, an average of twenty-three bushels per acre. He was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, September 10, 1842; lived there on a farm until 1868, when he moved to Tama County, Iowa, and farmed until he came to Kansas. Married, in 1870, Miss Laura McGee, a native of Iowa. They have two children - Judie H. and Clara H. They are members of the Baptist Church. He is a Republican in politics.

KING CITY TOWNSHIP.

DANIEL D. CARPENTER, farmer and stock raiser, carpenter and joiner, P. O. McPherson, owns 160 acres on Section 9, northeast quarter, eighty of which are under cultivation. He came to this place June 14, 1871. His family came the October following. He has been engaged in farming and stock raising, and working at building. He was born in Smithville, Chenango Co., N. Y., March 1, 1836; was raised a cooper and farmer. Enlisted August 14, 1861, on Company A, Thirty-third Illinois Volunteer Infantry. Served until discharged for disability, contracted while in service, in April, 1863. He was married July 3, 1865, to Miss Sarah A. Gray, a native of Concord, Erie Co., Pa. He and his wife are members of the Baptist Church, of which he was clerk for the first six years after the organization. They have four children - Adelbert L., Mary K., Stella L. and Franklin A. He is a member of the James B. McPherson Post, No. 87, G. A. R., and the I. O. O. F. of McPherson. He was elected the first Justice of the Peace, and service two terms, of King City Township. In 1882 he raised 1,000 bushels of wheat, and average of thirty bushels per acre.

JOHN U. FELLOWS, P. O. King City, farmer, stock raiser, Government store-keeper and United States Gauger since 1880, for the Fourth Division of the District of Kansas. He was Secretary of t he Ashtabula Colony from Ohio. He came to this place in the spring of 1871, southeast quarter Section 22; has 160 acres of fine land, 140 of which is cultivated. He erected the first board residence on his land in the spring of 1871, that being the first on homestead land of the kind in that part of McPherson County. He was born in Greenbush, opposite Albany, N. Y., May 6, 1843. His parents moved with their family to Ashtabula County, Ohio, in 1851, where he was raised and educated. He enlisted May 1, 1861, in Company B, Twenty-third Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and participated in all the battles of his command, and was discharged October 8, 1863, for disability contracted in the service. He afterward attended school and clerked until he came to Kansas. He was married in 1866, to Miss Cynthia J. Marr, of Ashtabula County, Ohio. They have one son - Charles W. Mr. Fellows is a member of James B. McPherson Post, No. 87 G. A. R.

JOSEPH GAMBLE, P. O. King City, came to this place in the spring of 1877, locating for his father, on Section 25. His father, David Gamble, came soon after an supplied the means for purchasing and improving the farm, which he now owns. It consists of 480 acres of land, 160 of which are under cultivation. They raised 200 bushels of wheat in 1882, an average of twenty-five bushels per acre. David Gamble was born in Indiana County, Pa., in 1811. His wife's maiden name was Elizabeth Huntley, a native of Canada. There were two sons - Joseph and Lemuel W. deceased. Joseph was born in Canada, in 1837, and was raised on a farm, emigrating to Michigan with his parents when a small boy.

J. A. GARDNER, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. McPherson, Section 1, southwest quarter, 160 acres, 100 of which is cultivated. He came to Empire Township in spring of 1873, and opened a farm and began stock-raising, which he has since followed. Was born in East Fairfield, Columbiana Co., Ohio, 1845; was raised on a farm. Enlisted August 4, 1861, in Company G, Fourth Iowa Cavalry; participated in all battles of his command; wounded in the battle of Guntown, Miss., June, 1864; mustered out in September, 1865. Married in December, 1869, to Miss Mattie F. Stone, of Decatur County, Iowa. They have two sons and two daughters - Freddie J., Bernie M., Myrtle E. and George R. The eldest was born in Decatur County, Iowa, and the others in King City Township, Kansas. He is a member of James B. McPherson Post, No. 87, G. A. R. His wife is a member of Christian Church. He has served as Township Trustee, U. S. Enumerator, census 1880, in his District, Police Judge a short time, while he lived in McPherson, Kan.

D. B. HOISINGTON, farmer and stock raiser, was born in Little Sodus, Wayne Co., N. Y., May 1, 1818. He was raised a blacksmith. Came to Kansas, in 1871, and located on Section 12, Range 3, west, King City Township. Enlisted in 1861, in the Eleventh New York Light Artillery. Was mustered out before Petersburg Camp, in the field, October 20, 1864. He was married July 4, 1840, to Miss Hannah C. Miller, of Onondaga County, N. Y. They have two daughters and one son, E. H., born in Port Byron, N. Y., September 30, 1843, married in Ashtabula, Ohio, November 23, 1859, to Ammi H. Loomis; Julia, born in Ashtabula, Ohio, August 29, 1848, married in McPherson County, Kan., June 3, 1873, to Milton Williams; Nathan L., born in Ashtabula, Ohio, June 17, 1855. Mr. Hoisington joined the Good Templars Society in Ashtabula, in 1864, and at the same place in 1865, became an Odd Fellow, to which order he has belonged ever since. In 1876, was one of the charter members of the McPherson County, Kansas, Lodge, of which he is still a working member.

JOHN D. MORGAN, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. McPherson, Section 15. He came to his present place in fall of 1871, was a member of the Ashtabula Colony from Ohio. He owns eighty acres of land, forty of which is cultivated. Born in Erie County, N. Y., October 21, 1846, and raised a farmer. Moved to Crawford County, Pa., in 1858, thence to Belvidere, Ill., 1866, followed arming, milling and lumbering. Went to Green Lake County, Wis., in 1866, and farmed until he came to Kansas. Married in 1880, to Mrs. Ella I. (Dodge) Bentley, of Franklin County, Mass. She was born July 12, 1847. She was married in 1865, to Mr. John J. Bentley of Princeton, Green Lake Co., Wis. Mr. Bently (sic) died in 1877. They had two children, Freddie H. Bently (sic) and Atta Elenora Bently (sic)

HENRY OLIVANT, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. McPherson, Section 32. He owns 480 acres of fine land, 200 of which is cultivated. He raised 700 bushels of wheat in 1882, or and average of twenty-five bushels to the acre. He came to this place in July, 1871. He was born in England in 1833, and came to America, in February, 1868, locating in Troy, N. Y., where he followed the trade of machinist for some time. He then went to Hoosac Tunnel, Mass., and became the foreman of the machine shops for a time. He then became machinist for the Walter A. Wood Manufacturing Company of Hoosack Falls (sic) N. Y., until he came to Kansas. He is now general foreman in the A. T. & S. F. R. R. shops at Nickerson, Kan., and has 150 men under his supervision. He was married November 7, 1852, to Miss Sarah A. Clayton, a native of England. They have four children, George, Harry, Anna and Eliza. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. of England.

BERNHARD REICHERT, farmer and stock raiser, Section 13, northwest quarter, P. O. Kings City, owns 160 acres, eighty-five of which is cultivated. He came to this place June 1, 1871, moved his family on November, of the same year and has farmed since. He has served as Township Treasurer and Trustee. He was born in Germany, in 1838, and came to America in 1852, locating in Ashtabula County, Ohio, where he farmed, worked in the planing mill factories, etc. Enlisted March 27, 1861, in Company I, Nineteenth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Soon re-enlisted in Battery C, First Ohio Light Artillery. He participated in all the battles of his command, and was mustered out June 15, 1865. He was married in 1867, to Mrs. E. J. Jones, a native of Kentucky. They have two children, Emanuel C. and Catharine M. He is a member of the James B. McPherson Post, No. 87, G. A. R., and Cornucopia Grange, No. 1358. He was brought up a Lutheran Protestant. In 1882, he raised 671 bushels of wheat, an average of twenty-five bushels to the acre.

J. S. VANDEUSEN, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. McPherson, Section 21. He came to his place in May, 1878, since which he has followed farming, stock raising and teaching. He was born in Saratoga Co., N. Y., February 2, 1837, and was raised on a farm and has nearly always followed that business. He was educated in Jonesville Academy in his native county, New York. He lived in that county until twenty-one years old, when he moved to Leland, LaSalle Co., Ill., in the spring of 1858, since which time he has followed teaching - past twenty years. He has ably filled several town offices. Was married in the summer of 1859, to Miss Addie A. Holbrook, of Green County, N. Y. They have nine children - Mary A., Sarah L., Charles H., Lorena E., William R., George P., Frederick B., Ada May and Leaonard A. He is a member of A. F. & A. M., of his native place, a Democrat in politics.

DANIEL C. WEDDLE, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Kings City. He first came to Kansas in September, 1872, remained in Harvey County until May, 1873, when he located on his present place, Section 26. He has 120 acres of land, 100 of which are cultivated. He has also 160 acres on Section 22, all cultivated. In 1882 he raised 5,972 bushels of wheat. He deals largely in live stock and cattle. Has served as Deputy Sheriff of Buchanan County, Mo. He was born in Jackson County, Ind., March 29, 1847, and was raised on a farm. Settled in Buchanan County, Mo. in 1867, where he farmed and raised stock, and from there came to Kansas. Enlisted January 30, 1863, in Company F, One-Hundred and Forty-fifth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and participated in all the battles of his command, and was mustered out December 22, 1866. Was married in 1869, to Miss Dianna Nettles, of Arkansas. He is a member of the James B. McPherson Post No., 87, G. A. R. Is a Republican in politics.

WILLIAM WEST, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. McPherson, Section 10, northeast quarter. He has 820 acres of fine land, 360 of which are cultivated, all in the above township. Also 160 acres in Lone Tree Township, all cultivated. In 1882 he raised 3,000 bushels of wheat, an average of twenty-four bushels per acre. He located on his homestead in the spring of 1871. He kept hotel in King City eighteen months, then moved to McPherson and erected a house by the latter name. This was the first hotel in the place, which Mr. W. kept about three years. He was born in Ashtabula County, Ohio, February 18, 1835, and was raised on a farm. Enlisted in August, 1861, in Company F, Second Ohio Cavalry, served in all actions of his command, until wounded, February 17, 1862, and was discharged in the spring of 1862. He was married in 1858, to Miss Cornelia Bennell, of Seneca County, N. Y. They have one daughter, Susie E. Wife died in June, 1882. He was again married, September 17, 1882. He is a member of James B. McPherson Post No. 87. He has served as Justice of the Peace. He is a distiller by trade; now owns a distillery at the defunct King City, with a capacity of a twelve-bushel house. He manufactures from rye and corn, pure sourmash whiskey. It cost $4,000. He employs five men in the business.

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