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


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WILLIAM P. JOHNSON, farmer, Section 22, P. O. Erie, native of Dearborn County, Ind., born in 1811. He was engaged in Decatur County for fifty years as blacksmith and plow manufacturer, and from Indiana he came to Kansas with his family in 1873, locating in Walnut Grove Township, where they bought 160 acres of Mr. Shelbarger and another of J. Wright, on Sections 28 and 22. The hard times of the first years have been more than set off by the success of the good ones, in 1882 raising forty bushels of corn to one acre. They have now 135 acres in cultivation, and handle considerable stock. In 1880 Mr. Johnson sold off the stock, and leaving the farm in his son's hands he moved to Erie, where, in 1883, March 18th, he married Mrs. Gott, a widow. In his old family he has twelve children, five girls and seven boys.

WILLIAM JOHNSON, farmer, Section 13, P. O. Osage Mission, is a native of Jackson County, Ohio, born February 11, 1834; he was raised and educated on the farm. In the year 1855, he married Miss Wynn, in Pike County, Ohio. When the war broke out, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Ninety-fourth Volunteer Infantry, Company H, from Ohio. He returned to Ohio after being mustered out, but soon emigrated to Iowa, remaining there one year, when he returned to Ohio. On April 21, 1868, he moved to Kansas, and is one of the earliest settlers of this section. He located on what is now known as the Joe Simmons farm. At that time, wild game was abundant, also Indians; both, however, soon disappeared. June 21, 1868, he moved to his present farm, which he now has fenced and improved. Mr. Johnson has made farming a success, though he began life on the small sum of $25. He is very progressive, having adopted the latest and most improved methods of farming. In 1882,some of his land produced sixty bushels of corn to the acre, and other crops in proportion. They have ten children - seven girls and three boys.

A. W. LYMAN, farmer, Section 5, P. O. Walnut, native of Stark County, Ohio, born in 1836. In 1837, his parents moved to Illinois; he was raised a farmer, and came to Kansas in 1868, in August, coming from Benton County in wagon; he came near being flooded in crossing Hickory Creek. He located on his present farm, living in a cabin with thatched roof, until building the box-house. He employed his time freighting, until the farm would support the family; he then farmed until 1877, then going to Illinois; he staid until after his mother's death, which occurred in December 6, 1881; returning to his home in Kansas in 1882, having rented the farm meanwhile to others, his son-in-law taking charge of it is 1881. They are now farming it together; Mr. Lyman giving his attention to improving his stock. While in Illinois, he married Miss Chapin. They had two children - one a daughter, living, and one deceased. Their daughter is married to J. N. Hendricks. August 5, 1862, he enlisted in the Seventy-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Company A, and returned home August 5, 1865. Mr. Lyman is a member of the United Brethren Church, and was a member of the Land League.

GEORGE McCLOSKEY, farmer, Section 28, P. O. Walnut, is a native of Ireland, born in 1830. He emigrated to America in 1850, working at farm work in Massachusetts and Illinois. In 1862, he enlisted in the Ninety-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Company B, serving under Gen. Kilpatrick, and with Gen. Sherman on his march to the sea; he was wounded in Georgia, and mustered out in 1865; returning, he went to Iowa, and in 1867, in the month of August, he came to Neosho County with a drove of sheep, in company with Dr. Copeland and Mr. Ingham. He bought his claim of his brother-in-law, J. Rafferty; the Indians were still here, though very friendly. Mr. McCloskey the first winter got out rails for fencing and lumber for his cabin, and raised a crop of sod corn the first year, prospering and improving steadily since, though he lost his crop of corn in 1874; that year he fed his horses wheat; he is raising grain and stock, the latter he is grading in Short-horn. In 1868, Mr. McCloskey married Miss Rafferty. They had six children, three deceased and three alive. he built his residence in 1870, and barn and other improvements in 1881. They are members of the Catholic Church of Osage Mission.

J. D. MALSBURY, farmer, Section 22, P. O. Erie, is a native of Grant County, Ind., and was born December 10, 1842; here he was raised on a farm, and in 1863, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Eighteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Company K, afterward in the One Hundred and Thirty-eighth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, Company F. When his term expired, he enlisted in the One Hundred and Fifty-third Volunteer Infantry, Company F, and was discharged an Orderly, and was injured in the hip. He returned home, and was married in 1866. Came to Kansas in 1868, in emigrant wagons, and had for company Charles Bruner. They bought their claim of W. Preston, and Mr. Bruner moved away in 1874. Mr. M. entered the claim in 1871, having now 160 acres, ninety of which is cultivated; raising grain and stock in the years 1874 and 1881, he had almost enough to feed through with in 1882, raising good crops. When he came to the State, he had but little money, and after remaining a few weeks at Erie, he sold and traded his team he drove to Kansas, for the claim, which is now well improved. Mr. M. married Miss M. C. Coble. They have no children. He has been Township Treasurer for six years. Mr. and Mrs. Malsbury are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

J. M. MYERS, farmer, Section 12, P. O. Osage Mission. Native of Stark County, Ohio, born June 8, 1847. He remained on the farm until he was twenty-one years of age, then learned the carpenter's trade and starting West he stopped in Missouri until 1870. In the spring he arrived at Osage Mission and took or bought a claim of Edward Kerns. He worked at his trade until the spring of 1872. Having married he moved on to the farm, then in almost its primitive state, living in the building now used as a stable. He has now about 200 acres under cultivation, and in 1882 raised corn that averaged fifty bushels to the acre, and has a good promise for wheat in 1883. In 1871 Mr. Myers married Miss Shidler. They have three girls and three children deceased.

MRS. MARY J. OLIPHANT, relict of T. B. Oliphant, farmer, Section 25, P. O. Osage Mission. He was a native of Tennessee, Mrs. O. of Missouri. In 1863 they were married and he as well as three brothers served in the State militia. His health was ruined so he sought a more congenial clime, coming to Kansas in March 7, 1866, Mr. J. Thomson, David Fowler, Joseph and John Oliphant with himself making the party. Mr. O. took a claim that is now the homestead, and settled on it in 1877. Mr. Oliphant died leaving his widow with two boys, Charles and William, and two girls, Emma B. and Luella M. While living he took an active part in public matters and served as Township Treasurer. The boys now carry on the farm under their mother's supervision, reporting good crops and general prosperity.

JAMES PARKER, farmer, Section 5, P. O. Walnut, native of Cincinnati, Ohio, born in 1822. Mr. Parker was the first settler in this part of Flat Rock Creek, coming to his present location in September, 1865. If it had not been his fixed determination to make himself a home he would have returned to the East, for he lost his first crop and his family were in want. He went to Uniontown to Mr. Foster, getting a job of freighting goods from Kansas City down. This he took out in provisions for his family before starting himself, making the first wagon track across the broad prairies. He sees in 1883 well defined roads and substantial buildings on every side, and by hard work now has a fine home and well improved farm, raising grain and stock. Mr. Parker has been married twice, the last time in 1880 to Miss Lookingbill. By the first he had three boys and two girls.

J. V. POISETT, farmer, Section 13, P. O. Osage Mission, native of Fulton County, Ill., born in 1845. He came to Kansas May 1, 1868, locating in Neosho County, on the present farm. He came in company with H. Dougherty, bringing but little with them. Their money was soon gone, so Mr. Poisett went to freighting from Kansas City to Osage Mission, and when the Land League was formed to give the settlers their land he worked in unison and paid his amount to that purpose, deeding his farm in 1877. He had settled on it and was improving, now having 100 acres fenced, with an orchard of apple and peachtrees, with some vines. He reports fine crops for 1882. In 1878 Mr. Poisett married Miss Smith, a daughter of T. Smith, a pioneer of Lecompton. They have three children, two boys and one girl, two deceased.

JOHN F. PRESTON, farmer, Section 24, P. O. Osage Mission. Native of Washington County, Pa., born in 1844. He was raised and educated on the farm and in 1877 left Pennsylvania for the West, locating in Neosho County, stopping at Osage Mission till he had selected his farm, buying 160 acres of Mr. Moody. They moved on it in the month of March, 1878. Taking the land with but little improvement he has a fine residence and well fenced farm. Giving his attention to grain, last year he raised corn that went fifty bushels to an acre, and wheat that averaged twenty-six. While in Pennsylvania he married Miss Gilmore. They have five children, two girls and three boys.

MARY RAFFERTY, Section 32, P. O. Osage Mission. Native of County Moynahan, Ireland. Born in 1830. She, with her parents, came to America in 1845, locating in New York, afterwards they removed to Vermont, finally returning to New York, where she married Mr. Rafferty, and in 1859 came to Kansas, locating in Bourbon county, Franklin Township, and while here he was in the State Militia under Capt. Morris, and passed through all the perils of the border warfare, coming to Neosho County in 1867. They took a claim, as did her mother, and built the first cabin on this part of Flat Rock Creek, forming a strong friendship with the Osage tribes of Indians who visited them after they had left this reservation. On December 25, 1868, Mr. R. died; his widow afterwards married a Mr. Duffey, but after their separation assumed her former name of Rafferty. They had six children. Her son John now farms the land.

N. REISCHMANN, farmer, Section 2, P. O. Veitsburg, is a native of Bavaria, Germany, born in 1828, and in 1847 came to America, landing in New York. He went to Ohio. In June, 1868, he came to Kansas in company with Peter Dosch, locating on his present farm. He was reduced to extremities by losing his horses by Texas fever that came up the valley to his farm. He worked with oxen, trading for horses, then getting a start. He has been doing well since. There are few that have as good a farm as he. Mr. R. married Miss Dosch in 1852, and they have nine children, seven boys and two girls. They are members of the Catholic Church.

H. S. ROMP, farmer, Section 34, P. O. Osage Mission; native of Ohio. Born in 1822. Raised and educated in his native State, learning the trade of cabinet maker. Going to Iowa he farmed there till 1865, when he came to Kansas. Located on his present home, buying of Mr. Brewer for $150. There were but few settlers here at that time; his neighbors were McNally and Herod. His farm was entirely wild; the first furrow was turned by him. He now has 100 acres under cultivation. He brought cows with him, but sold them on getting here to the settlers. He has now a well improved farm, and in 1877 built his present residence. The crops of 1882 were the best he had raised. Mr. Romp married Miss Sutter of Ohio. They have five boys and four girls; only two of the boys at home.

N. SALRIN, farmer, Section 22, one mile southwest of Walnut. Is a native of France. Born in 1843. In 1869 he came to Kansas, locating five miles east of Osage Mission. In 1875 sold his claim and bought his present farm, then slightly improved. He now has a well improved farm, a neat residence and barn. He is raising grain, cattle and hogs. Mr. Salrin served during the war, three years in the Fifteenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, two years in the United States Navy, in the Mississippi and Gulf Squadrons. Was slightly wounded at Stone River and again at Missionary Ridge. In 1866 he returned home to his parents living in Ohio. In 1868 Mr. Salrin married Miss Regina Hiser. They have three girls and one boy.

WILLIAM SHANABARGER, farmer, Section 9, P. O. Erie, native of Ohio, born in 1835. He was raised to farming and learned also the carpenter trade. He lived in Indiana, and from there came to Kansas on account of his wife's health, in 1870, buying his claim of Mr. Graves for $200, commencing with 160 acres; he has now 240 acres, eighty acres now in cultivation, rest in pasture. He believes the wealth of Kansas is in her native grasses; farming in grain, and stock, he handles cattle and sheep. The farm is now well fenced and improved. Although he thinks 1875 was the best year for corn, in 1882 he raised forty bushels of corn per acre. Mr. Shanabarger married Miss Suethern. They have four girls. He was exempt from service during the War of the Rebellion, but fought hard for his land in the Osage ceded land fight. They are members of the United Brethren Church.

ALFRED SHIDLER, farmer, Section 6, P. O. Osage Mission, native of Columbiana County, Ohio, born in 1848. In 1868, July 1, he came to Kansas in company with his brother John, taking claims in Neosho County, and engaged at any work that had money in it. The next spring the rest of the family came out. The brothers, Harvey, John and Alfred put up a saw-mill on the Neosho River, two miles south of Erie, and sawed out lumber for fencing and building, then sold the mill and went to farming. Mr. Shidler then married and commenced improving the claim, having now a good farm of pasture and cultivated ground, well fenced, farming in grain and stock. He is the only one here now, his father having returned, aged seventy-three. In 1870 Mr. Shidler married Miss Kennedy. They have three boys and two girls. Mr. S. is a member of the Methodist Episcopal congregation here, being a steward and trustee. He was clerk of Walnut Grove Township in 1882.

DENNIS SIMMONS, farmer, Section 1, P. O. Osage Mission, native of Vigo County, Ind., born in 1847, March 14. In company with four other families, he started West in 1868. When they got to Papinsville, Mo., three of them went to Miami County, and he and his brother Malachi came to Neosho County, locating on adjoining claims, and helping each other in their trials. Dennis had but just married when he started for Kansas, but the young couple made up their minds to establish a home, so they met all privations bravely, his wife getting lost when after a load of rails in the timber, for she worked out of doors and in. They now have a good home, putting up the present dwelling in 1877, and stone barn in 1880. He is farming in stock and grain, his fertile acres yielding fifty bushels of corn to the acre, which he feeds to his hogs and cattle. In 1868 Mr. Simmons married Miss Lidick. They have four children, two boys and two girls.

HENRY SIMMONS, farmer, Section 5, P. O. Walnut, native of Canada West, born in 1833. The early part of his life was spent in the pineries of Canada and Michigan. In 1870, February 11, he bought his claim of 160 acres of William Chapin, paying $200. There was a cabin on it and eighteen acres broken. When he first landed in Neosho County, he and family stayed with H. F. Cory, then moving to their new home. He traded his horses for oxen and went to breaking sod. Since coming to the State he has never failed in a single crop. He lost his first wife in Michigan and married again, and she died November 13, 1882, leaving him with six children, five boys and one girl. Mr. Simmons is raising grain on 120 acres of his farm and has the rest in pasture and meadow, with a good orchard and five half miles (sic) of hedge fencing.

B. C. SMITH, farmer, Section 7, P. O. Osage Mission, native of Illinois, born in 1843. His father, William D., was a native of Kentucky, but moved to Illinois, where B. C. was born. His training was that of a farmer, so when he came West he followed the business. In company with his father and two brothers he arrived in Neosho County, Kan., in 1869, November 6, where they all took claims and went to work making homes for themselves. In 1869 B. C. built his house, and in 1870 married Miss Martin. He now has a fine farm of 120 acres, which this year produced sixty bushels of corn on an average to the acre. His father died January, 1883. Mr. Smith has three boys and two girls.

G. C. SMITH, farmer, Section 9, P. O. Walnut, native of Vernon County, Mo., born in 1842. He came from Benton County, Mo., in 1868, with P. W. Hentzen, in wagons, to Neosho County, where they located, Mr. Smith taking a claim in the valley on Section 33, which he afterwards traded for Sam Hill's place, he and Hentzen then buying out the land and orchards, so that both could build on the hill. He then commenced improving, planting shade trees, and orchards, now having the finest orchard in the Township. He is farming in grain, raising fifty bushels of corn to the acre, and in the last three years has made and sold 3,000 pounds of butter, churning with the old dasherchurn. Mr. Smith married Miss Summers. They have three girls and two boys, and belong to the Adventist Church, having a congregation of some fifteen members.

M. STANLEY, farmer, Section 25, P. O. Osage Mission, native of Davidson County, Tenn., born in 1828. In 1857, he moved to Illinois, farming there till 1863, when he moved to Polk County, Mo.; while there he was in great danger from guerrillas and joined the State Militia; he afterwards moved to Illinois, where he remained until 1868, coming to Kansas, October 7th, of that year and locating on Section 22, here he bought a claim of a German named Lang, and went to farming. He had visited Kansas in 1857, stopping at Fort Scott, about the time the place was sacked, but left, going back to Missouri; this time in 1868, he came to stay and after farming his first claim he sold, and has since been trading around, always doing well. For a time, from 1877 to 1879, he was in the mercantile business in Osage Mission, then in real estate and hotel in Walnut; in 1882, he moved onto his present farm which he is now improving, carrying on a grain and stock farm, giving his attention to grading up his cattle with Short-horns. In 1872, Mr. Stanley lost his wife, formerly Miss Warren. They had five boys and five girls, four of them deceased.

SAMUEL STEWART, farmer, Section 6, P. O. Osage Mission, is a native of County Leeds, Canada, born in 1841, came to Kansas in 1869, bringing some cattle with him. In company with Mr. William Campbell, he took a claim and in 1870,went to Missouri, where he remained until 1874, when he returned to his claim, there giving his attention to improving the same, building, fencing and cultivating, farming in grain and stock, raising fine crops and grading his cattle with the Durham blood, and his horses with Kentucky Whipstock. In 1870, he married Miss Campbell. They have three girls and one boy. Mr. Stewart was Township Clerk, in 1880 and 1881; was Township Trustee in 1882, and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has strong religious convictions and inclines to the creed as laid down by the German Philosopher Swedenborg.

W. H. TALLMAN, farmer, Section 23, P. O. Osage Mission, native of Ohio, born in 1819. He moved to Iowa, in 1855, remaining there until 1860, when he went to Illinois, engaged in farming until 1868, when in a wagon, he came to Kansas and stopped at Osage Mission, soon afterward buying a claim of Daniel Hill, in the neighborhood of his old Illinois friends, Zimmerman Teas, and Bozzler. He did not get his land deeded until 1874, on account of the Osage ceded land trouble, but went on improving and raised good crops; relating many anecdotes of the early settlers and his struggles. In 1881 the corn crop failed and he had to buy grain for his stock that season, but in 1882, more than made up his loss. In 1845, Mr. Tallman married Miss Hill; they had two daughters, both now married. His father was a Virginian, and lived to the advanced age of ninety-two and died in Iowa.

THOMAS THORNBURG, farmer, Section 3, P. O. Walnut, native of Ohio, born in 1828. He was raised in Indiana, where he farmed some and went into the lumber business at which he broke up and came to Kansas in 1874, buying his claim of 160 acres of W. W. Willet, having now sixty-five acres in cultivation and good orchard. he has raised fair crops, getting only one-half crop in 1881, but raising as high as twenty-four bushels of wheat to an acre, the last season, that of 1882, forty bushels in corn to an acre. He handles stock, also having twenty-eight head of cattle on hand now. Mr. Thornburg married Miss Calwell of New York. They have two boys and two girls. The family belong to the Methodist Episcopal Church, He is a member of the Masonic Lodge and belongs to the I. O. O. F.

O. A. TISDEL, farmer, Section 8, P. O. Walnut, is a native of Ohio, born in 1827. While in his native State his father, P. A., was farming and engaged in the hotel business. From Ohio they moved to Michigan, and in 1841 to Illinois, following the same line of operations. In 1878 the family consisting of O. A., his step-mother, and his father, came to Kansas, and bought their farm of 320 acres, of G. Fowler. At once began improving it, putting up fences and good farm buildings. Now has 100 acres in pasture and the balance cultivated, renting part. O. A. farms the other part. He is not married. His father is now eighty-one years of age.

C. W. TREDWAY (sic), farmer, Section 12, P. O. Osage Mission, native of Ohio, born in 1841. He was raised a farmer, but when the war broke out he enlisted in the First Minnesota volunteer Infantry, Company C; returning to Ohio, he went to Illinois in 1864, and in 1868 came in wagon to Kansas, with his brother, both taking claims, Mr. Treadway camping out in his wagon until the cabin was built. Although not able to get a deed for the farm, he continued to improve it, and deeded it in 1876. He has under cultivation 135 acres, all fenced. he is farming in grain and stock, producing sixty-two bushels of corn on an acre, and twenty-nine bushels of wheat. In 1880 he built a fine residence, and moved from his old cabin home, the first cabin built on that ridge. Mr. Treadway married in 1868, and they have five children - two boys and three girls. He is a trustee and one of the building committee of the Methodist Episcopal Church, put up in 1877. Their first preacher was Rev. Stewart.

T. B. TREADWAY, farmer, Section 6, P. O. Osage Mission, native of Ohio, born in 1836, July 5th. In his father's family there were eleven boys and four girls. His parents now live in Cowley County, Kan. In 1864 T. B. enlisted in One Hundred and Fifty-fifth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Company F, and returned home at the close of the war, and in 1869 he came to Kansas, in company with his brother Aaron, locating on his present farm. He entered his land in 1877, and now has a well improved farm, cultivating forty acres, having 120 in pasture, handling stock and raising fine horses - Clyde and Morgan. When the Land League was organized he became a member, and in 1858 married Miss Slaughter. They have six children - four boys and two girls. Mr. Treadway is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and has been serving the public in Township offices.

C. S. TURNER, farmer, Section 21, P. O. Walnut, native of Loudon County, Va., born in 1819, August 2. He left Virginia in 1834 for Ohio. Here he was living when the war broke out, and he enlisted in the Ninetieth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company B; taken prisoner at Stone River, he was confined in Libby Prison; returning home in 1865, June 23, farming then in Benton County, Ohio; afterward he went to Illinois, but in 1870 came in wagons with his family to Kansas, buying his claim of Mr. Walton. He is now farming in grain and stock, succeeding well every year, having short crops in '74 and '81. In Ohio he married Miss Crow. They had nine children - four girls and two boys, alive. Mr. Turner is member of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Walnut, and has held township office.

J. C. TUCKER, farmer, Section 3, P. O. Walnut, a native of Illinois, was born in 1844. In 1862 he enlisted in the Ninety-sixth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Company K, at Warren, Illinois. Served under Col. Champion and Capt. Townsend. He was mustered out in 1865 at Michigan City, Ind., where he married and moved to Kansas, coming to Laporte in company with D. J. Coburn, F. Hulse, D. Hagor and H. Blue. He is now the only one of the party left here. Taking a claim of Cole Bros., he had for years nothing but bad luck. The grasshoppers destroyed his crop, in 1871 he had a horse stolen, in 1874 he lost a crop, in 1873 he lost his wife, and in 1877 his mother died. His second wife was Miss Ash.

ANTHONY ZIMMERMAN, farmer, Section 11, P. O. Osage Mission, native of Bavaria, Germany, was born in 1839. His parents immigrated to America in 1841, locating in Ross County, Ohio, where he was raised. In 1854 he moved to Illinois, living in McDonough County. Here, in 1861, he married Miss Teas. In 1867 he came to Kansas in company with Mr. Basler and Giggs and families. They camped on Lightning Creek and the heads of the families then went to Crawfordville (now Girard), Crawford County, but not finding land to suit took horses and went to Erie, Neosho County, meeting P. Walters here he showed them the claims they have since occupied. Mr. Zimmerman at once erected a 16x20 box-house, and for a time lived on corn cake, having no improvements to commence with. He has now ninety-five acres under cultivation, pasture, meadow and fine orchard. Mr. Zimmerman has been Supervisor here, and has a family of four boys and one girl.

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