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


RICE COUNTY, Part 7

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RAYMOND.

Raymond is a station eleven miles southwest of Sterling. Its name was in honor of Emmaus Raymond, one of the Directors of the A., T. & S. Fe R. R. Company. This place is somewhat too near the thriving town of Sterling, on the east; the busy, active junction station of Ellinwood, six miles over in Barton County, and is in rather close proximity to Lyons and Chase, to grow rapidly, yet it is steadily gaining in wealth and population. The surrounding country is very well improved, and the cultivated farms are quite productive.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES.

WILLIAM C. BURDEN, M. D., physician and surgeon and dealer in a general line of drugs and medicines, opened trade in January, 1882. He first came to Raymond, Kansas, in February, 1879, locating in the latter place in the practice of his profession in May, 1879. He was born in Carlisle, Nicholas Co., Ky., October 6, 1851, where he lived until 1861. Family then moved to Mt. Olivet, Ky., where they lived until 1865,, but made his headquarters in the latter village until he came to Kansas. Began reading medicine in 1873, under Dr. R. Wells, of Mt. Olivet, Ky. He attended several courses of lectures at the Medical University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, in 1874-5. Graduated from the College of Physicians and Surgeons at Keokuk, Iowa, in 1877. Began the practice of medicine at Mt. Olivet, Ky. Married, in 1879, Miss Fannie Kane, of the latter place, a native of Neville, Ohio. They have one son - James Willis. He is a member of the Masonic order, I. O. O. F., and Royal Arch Masons. He is the present Township Trustee of Raymond Township.

G. F. MILLER, dealer in general merchandise, grain and stock, opened trade in 1875. It was the first store opened in the village, and first carried a stock of $1,500 and employed no extra men. He now carries a stock of $5,000 and employs two men besides is own help. He also has a similar store at Chase, where he carries a stock of $4,000, under the firm name of G. F. Miller & CO. He first came to Raymond, Kansas, in 1874. He was born in Pittsylvania County, Va., June 20, 1846. He was raised there and lived on a farm until 1870. He has been engaged in the mercantile business in various sections of the country in Missouri and Texas. Enlisted in 1864 in Company E, Sixth Virginia Cavalry. Participated in all the battles of his command. He was married, in 1873, to Miss Annie Turner, of Easton, Mo. They have four children - Jennie, Robert E., George F. and Fannie F. He is a member of the Masonic order and Baptists Church. Elected County Commissioner of Rice County in the fall of 1881.

PETER SMITH, Postmaster and dealer in grain and cattle, has a stock ranch. He first came to Rice County in the spring of 1874 and settled at Raymond, where he engaged in merchandising until 1879, when he sold out and engaged in the grain and stock business. He became Postmaster of Raymond in 1875. He was born on Shetland Islands, Scotland, August 17, 1841. Came to America in 1869, located in Canada, since which time he has followed various occupations, and emigrated from time to time until he finally reached Kansas. He was married in 1872 to Miss Elizabeth R. Bruce, a native of Scotland. They have three children - Jessie C., Maggie P. and Robert B. He and his family are members of the Presbyterian Church.

MISCELLANEOUS.

LEVI BRANCH, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Chase, Section 24, Township 18, Range 10, Eureka Township. He came to his place July 16, 1877. Has 160 acres land, 100 of which is cultivated. In 1882 he raised 600 bushels wheat, an average of thirty bushels per acre, 1,100 bushels of corn, an average of twenty-two bushels per acre. He was born in Meigs County, Ohio, January 3, 1843; family moved to Wayne County, Ill., 1853, where he was raised on a farm. Enlisted January 1, 1864, Company M, Fifth Illinois Cavalry. Was taken prisoner in a skirmish near Collierville, Tenn., but paroled very soon; he participated in all actions of his command. Mustered out 27th of October, 1865. He returned home and followed agricultural pursuits. Moved in 1876 to Mower County, Minn., farmed a year and came to Kansas. Married in 1864 to Miss Clarinda Phillips, of Monroe County, Ohio; they have one daughter - Ida E. Mr. Branch and wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He is a Greenbacker in politics.

JOHN B. CALDWELL, farmer, Section 11, Township 20, Range 9, Center Township, P. O. Lyons, has 160 acres of fine land. He came to this place in company with his parents November 23, 1876, and lived with his parents on the southeast quarter of Section 2, Township 20, Range 9, at which place he resides yet. He and his parents were born in Marshall County, W. Va. He was born in Marshall County, W. Va., November 20, 1859, and raised on a farm. He lived in his native place until he came to Kansas. He married February 18, 1880, Miss Nancy C. Wright, a native of Hamilton County, Ind.; they have one daughter - Cora M. He and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church at the present.

P. V. GERMAN, farmer and stock raiser, Section 18, Washington Township, P. O. Little River, came to Marion County, Kan., in April, 1872; farmed three years; then, in April, 1882, moved to his present place. He was born in Canada, February 27, 1841; raised in his native country and educated at Albert College, Bellville City, Canada; graduated in 1861. He followed farming in the latter country and working at carpenter trade. Married in 1867 to Miss Mary McCamou, a native of Canada; the have three sons - David H., Robert C. and Ray C. He is a member and active worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He will soon locate on Section 26, Township 22, Range 7 west, Washington Township.

GEORGE W. MARKLE, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Lyons, Section 11, Township 20, Range 9 west. He came to his place in Center Township March 1, 1875, and has since followed agricultural pursuits and stock raising. In 1882 he raised 2,000 bushels wheat, which averaged 37 bushels per acre. On one acre particularly there was 54 1/4 bushels wheat. His corn averaged 30 bushels per acre. He has 160 acres land, 100 of which is in cultivation. Was born in Madison County, Ind., April 6, 1840; was raised on a farm and lived in his native State until he came to Kansas. Married, 1860, to Miss Mary M. Brown, of same county and State; they have seven children - Forella, Milton M., Hiram C., William H., Ida May, Friend P. and Joseph F. They are members of the Christian Church. He has served in several township offices. Is a Democrat in politics and a wide-awake farmer.

S. P. MONROE, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Allegan, Section 18, Township 19, Range 9, west, Farmer Township. He came to Rice County, Kan., in October, 1873; made his location in the following Mach, and has since followed agricultural pursuits. He has 320 acres of land, 240 of which is cultivated; forty-two acres timber. In 1882 he raised 2,050 bushels of wheat, making an average of twenty- eight bushels per acre, 1,500 bushels of corn, an average of twenty-five bushels per acre. He was born in Barren County, Southern Kentucky July 18, 1829, and was raised on a farm in that county. Went to Macon County, Ill., in 1852, and followed farming until he came to Kansas. Married in 1853, to Miss Elizabeth Wright, of same county, Kentucky, who was raised in Sangamon County, Ill. They have five children - Jonathan S., married and farming near by; James W., married, and also a farmer of Rice County; Ida J., married to William Saint, a farmer close by; Charles E. and Mary E. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. In 1878 he raised forty-two bushels of wheat per acre and the products were heavy all over Rice County that year. He has served as Township Treasurer the past four years and a member of the School Board the past six years.

JOHN B. MOORE, farmer, P. O. Chase, Section 32, Township 18, Range 9, Eureka Township, came to his place in the fall of 1872. Has 160 acres of land, 120 of which is cultivated. He was born in Fulton County, Ohio, December 8, 1845, and was raised on a farm. His parents moved to Illinois when he was a small boy, and settled at Peoria, where he lived until eighteen years old, and followed agricultural pursuits until he came to Kansas. Married February, 1871, to Miss Sarah E. Mann, of Lawn Ridge, Peoria Co., Ill. They have five children - Max I., Leo W., Joseph E., Owen H. and Catherine. They are members of the Congregational Church of Chase. He has served in several township offices. Is a Republican in politics.

NORMAN REED, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 20, P. O. Lyons, has 160 acres of land in Washington Township, 130 of which is cultivated; also has eighty acres in Section 30. He come (sic) to his place in the fall of 1870. His nearest neighbor lived four miles away. Nearest railroad market was Ellsworth, thirty miles away. Buffalo and other wild game dotted the plains in all directions, and the skillful pioneers found plenty of native game with which they graced their tables for several years, that affording the only meat food. There were 700 Indians made him a call at one time. He was born in Peoria County, Ill., in 1833 and lived on a farm in his native county until he came to Kansas. Married in 1862, to Miss Candis Smith. They have six children - Delia A., William P., Edward N., Ross, Clara and Nellie, also Alfred G. and Bennie E. by a former marriage. He has been a Justice of the Peace for several years and a member of the School Board since the organization of the district.

O. Y. SMITH, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Allegan, Section 32, Township 18, Range 9 west, in Eureka Township, came to his place in the fall of 1872. He succeeded in establishing a postoffice in 1873, naming it Eugenia, and was Postmaster six years, that being the first postoffice established away from the railroad in Rice County. He has 400 acres of land, 280 of which are cultivated. In 1882, he raised 2,400 bushels of wheat, being an average of 20 bushels per acre; corn only averaged 13 bushels per acre. He erected his house in the fall of 1872, bringing the brick for chimney from Illinois. He was born in Chenango County, N. Y., April 30, 1834; lived in native county until 1844, and family moved to Peoria County, Ill., in which county and Stark County he was raised on a farm, and lived until he came to Kansas. Married, in 1874, to Mrs. Julia (Brewster) Squier, of Cleveland, Ohio, who was born November 26, 1842. They have one son - Allen P. Smith. By a former marriage, Mr. Smith had two children - Florence M. and Eva L. Smith, and by a former marriage Mrs. Smith had two children - Edith M. and Nettie E. Squier. He and his wife are members of the Congregational Church of Chase. He is a Township Treasurer of Eureka Township.

JOHN SWISHER, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Chase, Section 31, Township 18, Range 9 west, in Eureka Township. He came to his place in September, 1878. Owns 503 acres of land, 300 of which are cultivated. In 1882, he raised 3,800 bushels of wheat and 1,800 bushels of corn. He was born in Bartholomew County, Ind., September 25, 1835. Was raised in Warren County, Ind., and lived there until he came to Kansas, following agricultural pursuits. Married, in 1859, to Miss Clarissa J. Crow, of Warren County, Ind. They have four children - Frank E., Lenore, Martha J. and William A. Member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and wife also. He has served as Township Treasurer, an is a Republican in politics.

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