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


RICE COUNTY, Part 5

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BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES - ATLANTA TOWNSHIP (LASLEY - WORKMAN).

A. M. LASLEY, attorney-at-law, located in Lyons in the practice of law March 1, 1880. Was City Attorney in 1881. Born in Meigs County, Ohio, in 1854, raised in the latter county until sixteen years old, family then moved to Wayne County, Ill. He studied law in Springfield, Ill., in law office of Orendorff & Creighton (successors to Abraham Lincoln), where he remained until June, 1877, when he was admitted to the bar of practice of Supreme Court of Illinois. Began his profession at Fairfield, Ill., and there continued until he emigrated to Kansas. Admitted to the bar of practice in Rice County in June, 1880, where he has since practiced his profession. Married in 1878, to Miss Susan Borah, of Wayne County, Ill. They have one son, Frank E. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. of Lyons.

T. J. LYON, dealer in real estate, loans money and does collecting for other parties, etc. He came to Atlanta, Kan., now Lyons, February 24, 1876, and bought the land where the city of Lyons now stands, laid out the town in June, 1876, and donated the ground for a court house square and the public school grounds and various business lots in the new city. The place was therefore justly named after him. It now contains 700 inhabitants. Mr. Lyons (sic) was born in Peoria County, Ill., June 7, 1856; raised, educated and lived in his native county until he came to Kansas. He was married in 1875, to Miss Murilla Bridson, of the same county. They have two children, Frank and Freddy. Mr. Lyon is a member of the Kansas Benevolent Society and a member of the Town Council.

WESLEY McCABE, farmer and stock raiser, Section 4, Township 19, Range 7, P. O. Lyons. He came to his place in October, 1878. Has 480 acres of fine agricultural and grazing lands, 250 of which is cultivated. In 1882, he raised 1,800 bushels of wheat, an average of 26 bushels per acre. Corn average 35 bushels per acre. He has fed and sold 100 head of hogs during the past year. Keeps 50 head of fine graded cattle. he was born in Burlington County, N. J., October 9, 1829. Parents moved to Miami County, Ohio, in 1830, where he was raised on a farm. Moved to Henderson County, Ill., in April, 1865, and farmed four years, thence to Madison County, Iowa, and farmed until he came to Kansas. Married in 1857, to Miss Mary Jane Badgely, of Warren County, Ohio. They have ten children - (Anna deceased), Mary Bell, George E., James M., Sarah M., Harry E., Agnes A., Charles W., Maude L., Laura E. and Bertha G. He and his wife are members of the Presbyterian Church. He has served as Township Treasurer and School Director since he came to Rice County, Kan.

B. F. MARKS, proprietor livery, sale and feed stable, and farmer. He first came to Rice County, Kan., in the fall of 1871. He has followed farming and freighting, owns a farm of 160 acres, all cultivated, on Section 6, Township 19, Range 8. Opened livery business in fall of 1882; keeps a fine lot of livery. He was Deputy Sheriff of Rice County, and Marshall of Lyons two years. Born in Wood County, Ohio, August 28, 1841; family moved to LaGrange County, Ind., when he was a small boy, where they lived until 1854, thence went to Geneseo, Ill., thence to Warren County, Iowa, 1856; to Paola Kan., 1869, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until locating in Rice County. Enlisted July 10, 1861, in Company G, Tenth Iowa Volunteer Infantry; participated in all battles in his command tow years, and discharged on account of disability contracted in service. He is a member of Kit Carson Post, No. 20, G. A. R. Married 1864, to Miss M. C. Simpson, of Indiana. They have five children - Almond F., Dora, Inez, Indice and Press.

W. C. MASTEN, clerk of the Citizen's Bank of Lyons, came to Rice County in February, 1873; located on a farm in the northeast quarter of Section 10, Township 21, Range 8; farmed until the fall of 1881. He was born in Livonia, Livingston Co., N. Y., in 1840. He was raised in the village of his nativity. He enlisted August 9, 1862, in Company C, One Hundred and Thirty-sixth New York Volunteer Infantry. Participated in the battles of his command at Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain and Knob Hill. He served a greater share of the time in office of Adjutant General. Was mustered out June 20, 1865. He was afterwards cashier of the wholesale and retail dry goods house of Burns & Smith, Detroit, Mich., two years; moved to Missouri, in 1868, and farmed four years; thence to Kansas, where he turned his attention to farming, making a specialty of broom corn, meeting unusual success, etc. He married in 1868, Miss J. A. Lee, of Oakwood, Mich. They have one son - Charles G. Mr. M. is a member of the Masonic order, etc.

O. S. MORROW, firm of Bell & Morrow, came to Rice County in March, 1878, and engaged in farming until he became interested in the drug business alone, in August, 1880. Became a partner in the above firm February 1, 1882. Was born in Harrison County, Ohio, February 12, 1851. Lived there until fifteen years old, when in fall of 1866 parents moved to Cass County, Mo., where he was raised a farmer. He clerked in a wholesale and retail grocery house, Bloomington, Ill., some time, and finally came to Kansas. Married November 28, 1878, to Miss Lizzie M. Jeffers, a native of West Virginia. They have tow children - Kate G. and an infant son, Carlton. Mr. Morrow is a member Presbyterian Church, and a good business financier.

DANIEL S. MYERS, of the firm of Myers & Bell, loan, land and insurance agents, came to Rice County, Kan., in the spring of 1878, farmed one year, thence moved to Lyons, in October, 1879. He was born in Ashland County, Ohio, in 1837, and was raised on a farm. He went to Hillsdale County, Mich., in 1866. Followed merchandising at St. Charles, in Madison County, Iowa, three years; thence to Greenfield, Adair County, and followed the same business until he came to Kansas. He was married January 13, 1881, to Miss Sadie E. Noland, a native of Ohio. They have one daughter, not yet named. He has two children by a former marriage - Alfaretta, married to Mr. W. B. Bargett, and Francis A. Mr. M. is a member of the Masonic order of Lyons. He is Police Judge of Lyons. The firm are Agents for the Kansas Protective Union Insurance Company, District Agents for the Phoenix Insurance Company, and agent for ten fire insurance companies and two life insurance companies.

W. T. NICHOLAS, real estate, loan and insurance agent, also agent for Union Pacific Railroad lands, came to Emporia in February, 1870, where for a year he clerked in a drug store, and in March, 1871, came to Atlanta, Rice County. In June, of the same year, he became engaged in the hardware business, in company with another party, bringing the first stock of hardware to Rice County, at Atlanta, the original county seat. In September, 1871, he was elected County Clerk; since, by re-election, has held the office until 1882. Held the office of Register of Deeds for some time. When Mr. N. came to Rice County the country was a wild prairie; buffalo and other game were numerous, which afforded the only meat for a number of years. Mr. N. was born in Central England, in 1844; came with his parents to America in 1856; located in Chautauqua County, N. Y., where he was raised. He married in January, 1873, Miss A. J. Griffith, of Portsmouth, Ohio. He is a member of the Masonic order, and the I. O. O. F.

J. E. PERDUE, County Treasurer, came to the county in August, 1870, where he engaged in the cattle business and farming until 1880. He was elected County Treasurer of Rice County in the fall of 1880 and re-elected in the fall of 1882. He has served as County Commissioner of Rice County for three years. He was born in Ray County, Mo., near Camden, October 20, 1835; lived there until seventeen years old when he emigrated to Douglas County, Oregon, and farmed ten years. He dealt there in live stock from 1863 to 1869, thence went to Texas and engaged in the cattle business, driving stock to Kansas, and selling, etc., etc. He married in 1871, Miss Minerva Ogle, of Douglas County, Oregon. They have three children - Pearley, Laurel and Ira V. He was among the first permanent settler of Rice County, having settled on his claim in November, 1870.

WILLIAM POOL, farmer and stock raiser, Section 2, P. O. Lyons, has 160 acres of land, 100 cultivated. He came to his place June 20, 1874. The county then was very thinly populated and Mr. P. and family have seen considerable of pioneer life. He was born in Belmont County, Ohio, April 11, 1821. Emigrated to Missouri in 1842, settling in Gentry County on a farm, where he followed farming and carpenter work until he moved with his family to Kansas. When in Missouri he served in State Militia during the Rebellion in the capacity of Orderly Sergeant and Commissary; mustered out in 1865. Married in 1841 to Miss Cynthia Huggins, of his native place. They have six children - Samuel M., Wesley, Susan A., Cynthia, Abe L. and A. T. Sherman Pool. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Has served as Township Trustee, etc.

R. W. QUADE, dealer in all kinds of grain at Lyons, Chase, and Mitchell, Rice County, from July 10 to December 28, 1882, he has bought and shipped 600 car loads of grain He does a general commission business.

CHARLES M. RAWLINGS, County Clerk, came to Sterling in 1876, where he became interested in the grocery business, and afterward in the land and loan business, until elected County Clerk in the fall of 1881. He moved to Lyons soon after and took charge of the office. He was born in Quakertown, Bucks Co., Pa., in 1842. His parents went to Bureau County, Ill., in 1850, in which state he was raised on a farm. Went to Livingston County, Ill., in 1854, and lived until 1862, and enlisted in Company B, One Hundred and Twenty-ninth Illinois Volunteer Infantry; participated in all the battles of his command and was captured near Goldsboro, N. C. in 1865; confined in Salisbury, N. C., until May 1, 1865. Was mustered out July 6, 1865, as a drummer boy. Went to Nashville, Tenn., in 1866, and became operator and agent for Nashville and Chattanooga Railroad until 1868, thence to Illinois; in the same capacity for the Chicago and Afton Railroad until he came to Kansas. In 1883 was elected Mayor of the City of Lyons by almost a unanimous vote, there being only four votes against him. He was married in 1868, to Miss Emma L. Ford, a native of Ohio. They have three children - Lou E., Willie A. and Frank E. He is a member of the Masonic order, I. O. O. F., K. of H., Meade Post, No. 14, G. A. R. and Lyons Cornet Band.

DR. E. E. RICHARDSON, physician and surgeon, came to Howard City, Elk Co., Kan., in 1874, and practiced medicine until 1876, when he located in Lyons, Rice County. He was born in Louisville, Ky., in 1838. Parents moved to Keokuk, Iowa, when he was a small boy. The family lived in various counties of Iowa. He began the study of medicine at the age of nineteen years. Began the practice of medicine in Missouri. Married, in 1877, to Sarah Gallagher, of Richland County, Ill. His wife is also a medical practitioner, having practiced medicine since 1868. They have four children - Walter E., Bartley A., Lemuel D., and James B. Dr. Richardson also has five children by a former marage (sic) - Sarah E., Alma J., George T., Harry M. and Mertle I. He is a member of I. O. O. F. and Topeka Eclectic Medical Association.

FRANK J. ROLFS, dealer in all kinds of fresh and salt meats, opened his market in 1880. He came to Topeka, Kansas, in 1872, and followed market business for some time, thence came to Rice County, and farmed until 1880. He has 160 acres of land in Section 22, 120 acres of which is cultivated. He was born in Germany, January 25, 1853, came to America in 1867, locating in Madison County, Ill., and farmed until he came to Kansas. He married April 3, 1879, to Miss Lizzie Briner, born November 14, 1860, came to America, in 1867, a native of Switzerland; they have had three children - Lena Elizabeth born March 31, 1880, died August 30, 1880, Frank Albert, born Mary (sic) 2, 1881, Arthur Henry, born March 10, 1883. He is a member of the I. O. O. F. and is an active trader of Lyons.

T. B. ROWLAND, dealer in general line of drugs, medicines, liquors and druggists' sundries. He began the drug trade in Lyons, 1879, and carries an average stock of $1,200, under the firm name of T. B. Rowland & Co. He was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, 1850, lived in native city until 1875, then practiced dentistry in Meadville, Pa., four years. He was educated in native place in Pharmacy. Married February 6, 1880, to Miss Emma A. Ruth, of Sommerville, Ill. They have one daughter - Virginia A. Mr. R. is a member of Masonic order of Cincinnati, Ohio.

CYRUS W. SHUMWAY, farmer and stock raiser, Section 20, Township 19, Range 8, P. O. Lyons, came to Rice County, Kansas, March 22, 1871, with the first settlers of the county. There was only one board shanty in the county at that time. He now has 640 acres of land, 260 of which is cultivated; in 1882, there were 3,000 bushels of corn raised on his place. He makes a specialty of stock-raising and now has about 110 head of cattle. He was born and educated in Sciota County, Ohio. Born October 9, 1848. He made teaching his profession in his native State. After coming to Kansas, he was School Examiner or assistant to the County Superintendent four years. He has served as Township Trustee six terms; has been a member of the School Board several years. Was married in January, 1870, to Miss Emma Farney, of his native county, Ohio. They have six children - Reuben H., Viola, Minnie A., Flora M., Emma and Charlie. He is a Republican in politics and is one of the rising substantial men of Rice County.

C. W. SILVER, firm of Hillman & Silver, dealers in general merchandise, opened trade in 1880. They now occupy rooms 25x100 feet in the new White & Butler brick block, on north side of the Court House square; employ five men in the business, and carry an average stock of $20,000. Mr. Silver came to Sterling, Kansas, 1878, where for a year was principal of the school, then served an unexpired term of superintending schools for Rice County. He then became connected with the railroad, contracting a number of months, thence went Lyous (sic), where he became a member of the above firm. Was born in Warren County, Ohio, 1852, parents moved to Champaign County, Ill., 1855, where he was raised, there graduated from Illinois State Industrial University, in 1873. Went to Germany same year, where he became a member of Haile University, graduating in agricultural chemistry, in 1874; returned to Chicago and engaged in newspaper reporting and teaching the languages, etc. Was married January 1, 1877, to Miss Mary A. Gurr, of River Park, Cook Co., Ill. They have one son - Walter J. Mr. S. is a member of the Masonic order of Lyons, Kan.

S. J. SMITH, Clerk of the District Court, came to Rice County in 1874, locating on a homestead six miles northwest of Lyons, where he has since farmed. He owns 160 acres of land on Section 4, Victoria Township, 130 acres of which are cultivated. He was elected to his present position in the fall of 1880; re-elected in the fall of 1882. He was born in Mansfield, Richland Co., Ohio, September 17, 1835; was raised in his native State; attended the Oberlin College, of Ohio, two years. In 1857, he went to Peoria, Ill., where he followed teaching for nine years. He enlisted, in August 1862, in Company E, Seventy-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry; was promoted to First Lieutenant of his company, and participated in all the battles of his command. He was mustered out at Mobile, Ala., in July, 1865. Afterward lived in Peoria, Ill., until he came to Kansas. He was married, in 1861, to Miss Lucy A. Gardner, of the latter city. They have six children - Charles J., Edward, Ella M., Frank J., Ransom T. and Lotta Belle. He is a member of the I. O. O. F.; also Kit Carson Post, No. 20, G. A. R.

A. D. SWISHER came to Rice County, Kan., January, 1879; located on a farm, and followed agricultural pursuits. He was born in York County, Pa., in 1838. Lived in native place until 1862, when he went to Henderson County, Ill., and followed farming and carpenter trade ten years, thence to Mills County, Iowa, and followed the latter business until he came to Kansas. Was married, in 1860, to Miss Catharine M. McDonald, of York County, Pa. They have two children - John M. (born March 2, 1862) and Zaidee V. L. (born September 25, 1864.) He and family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, of Lyons.

MESSRS. F. G. SUTTON & SWISHER, dealers in lumber, lime, coal, hair and building material of all kinds. They are successors to Clark & Swisher. Opened trade in 1879. Carry an average stock of $6,000.

H. C. TAYLOR, Postmaster, came to Atlanta Township, Rice County, June 16, 1871, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits until he was appointed Postmaster, April 7, 1879. Born in Miami County, Ohio, in 1849, and raised in his native place. Graduated from Piqua High School. Has made painting a profession for a number of years. Is a member of the Masonic order of Lyons. Was married, in 1871, to Miss Josephine R. Jay, of Miami County, Ohio. They have four sons - Charles F., Samuel J., Roy R. and Melvin H.

DR. N. F. TERRY, physician and surgeon, came to Lyons in 1876, where he has since continued the practice of medicine. He was born in Des Moines County, Iowa, October 3, 1852; family moved to Henry County, Iowa, in 1855, where he was raised. He graduated in 1873, from the Iowa Wesleyan University at Mount Pleasant; graduated from the Miami Medical College, of Cincinnati, Ohio, in the spring of 1876; began the practice of medicine in Linn County, Iowa, the same year, where he continued until coming to Kansas. HE was married, February 3, 1881, to Miss Leora Hibler, of St. Louis, Mo. He is a member of the Kansas State Medical Society and Central Kansas Medical Society. He has served as City Treasurer of Lyons one term.

A. S. THOMSON, dealer in a general line of drugs, medicines, paints, oils and druggists' sundries. He opened trade in Lyons in the fall of 1879. Was out of the business from January 1, 1881, until June, 1882, when he again opened trade. Carries an average stock of $2,500. He first came to Rice County in March, 1879, locating on a farm, and followed that business a short time. Born in Jefferson County, Ohio, in 1844; lived there until 1854, and moved to Henderson County, Ill., where he was raised. He enlisted 28th August, 1861, in Company E, Tenth Regiment Illinois Volunteer Infantry; served about a year; discharged on account of disability contracted in service. He was educated at Monmouth College, Ill. Married in the fall of 1867, to Miss Rachel McMillan, of Henderson County, Ill. They have three children - Maggie E., Freddie R. and Mamie L. He is at present the Deputy County Clerk and Deputy District Clerk of Court for Rice County.

T. J. WARD, of the firm of T. J. Ward & Co., dealers in hardware, nails and stoves and manufacturers of tinware, who opened trade September 1, 1882, with a stock of $2,500, is a tinner by trade. He was born in Hampshire County, W. Va., in 1837. The family moved to Missouri in 1845, and to Illinois in 1846, locating at Decatur, Ill., in 1850, where in 1854, he went at the tinners' trade, worked in various places. Enlisted in Company C, One Hundred and Sixteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in August, 1862. Was captured near Jackson, Miss., in July, 1863, and held a prisoner eight months; otherwise participated in all the battles of his command. Was mustered out in July, 1865. He was married, in 1865, to Miss Julia E. Waldo, of Merdosia, Ill. They have now three children - Charles F., Grace M. and Daniel W. He was in the hardware business at Falls City, Neb., and at Indianola, Iowa. Came to Lyons in January, 1879; engaged in manufacturing tinware, later was a member of the hardware firm of Dinsmore & Co.

GEORGE H. WEBSTER, of the firm of Edwards, Fair & Webster, dealers in a general lien of hardware and farm implements, opened trade January 1, 1882. The store building was erected in 1879, the size of which is 25x100 feet, two stories high, at a cost of $3,000. They employ five men in the business and carry a general stock of from $15,000 to $20,000. Mr. Webster first came to Kansas, January 1, 1882, locating at Lyons, where he has since been engaged in the present business. He was born in Utica, N. Y., 1850; he was raised in Oneida County, N. Y.; was educated in the law profession and graduated from Clinton College, N. Y., in 1871. He entered the law office of Spriggs & Matthews, of Utica, N. Y., and was admitted to the bar of the Supreme Court of New York, in 1879. He was married in 1873, to Miss France G. Wright, of Rochester, same State. They have two children - Grace M. and J. Carlton. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity.

HARVEY WIGGINS, farmer and stock raiser, Section 12, P. O. Lyons, has 160 acres of land, seventy of which is under cultivation. He located on his place in March, 1875. Saw hard times for several years; many settlers leaving the country, but the majority of whom returned after a lapse of two years to find the country greatly improved. He was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, November 3, 1849. Was raised on a farm, and lived in native country until he came to Kansas. Married 1872, to Miss Isabella Sturtz, of Muskingum County, Ohio. They have three children - Ada J., Mary E. and Jesse E. He is a Republican in politics.

HENRY WILBER, farmer and stock raiser, Section 16, P. O. Lyons, has 160 aces, 100 of which is cultivated. He located on his farm in 1879. He was born in North New Salem, Mass., March 28, 1835. Lived in his native place until nineteen years old, at which age he went to California and engaged in the umber and milling business seven years, when he returned to New Hampshire and Massachusetts, and engaged in farming until he came to Kansas. He was married in 1867, to Miss Althea Bassett, of Worchester, Mass. They have one son - Frederic Augustus. Mr. Wilber and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He has a fine farm in the midst of a rich agricultural district.

W. H. WOLFE, attorney, notary, land, loan and insurance agent, located at Lyons, Kan., April 2, 1879, and began the practice of law. Was elected Justice of the Peace in February, 1882. He was born in Floyd County, Ind., March 24, 1842, where he lived until fourteen years of age. Removed to Marion County, Iowa, October, 1857. Enlisted July 4, 1861, in Company E, Eight Iowa Infantry Veteran Volunteer, and was discharged April 20, 1866. Entered the Central University of Iowa at Pella, in December, 1866, where he graduated in the class of 1875. Was married November30, 1876, to Miss C. A. Stem, of Pella, Iowa. He belongs to the Masonic order, and stands high among those who know him for his integrity and business character.

J. W. WORKMAN, farmer and stock raiser, Section 2, Township 19, Range 7 west, P. O. Lyons. He came to his place in March, 1877. In 1882, he raised 2,500 bushels of wheat, an average of thirty-five to forty-five bushels per acre. He was born in Coshocton County, Ohio, May 15, 1851, and was raised in that county. Married in 1872, to Miss Mahala Baker, of Muskingum County, Ohio. They have five children - Nancy, Joseph D., George H., Johnson N. and Willis C. He is one of the active farmers of Rice County. Has a fine grade of Durham cattle, and has one of the finest farms in Rice County.

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