KANSAS COLLECTION BOOKS

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


SALINE COUNTY, Part 10

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MISCELLANEOUS BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES (BALDWIN - KINGMAN).

N. C. BALDWIN, farmer, Section 9, Greeley Township, P. O. Salina, was born in Scott County, Ind., March 7, 1842. He was raised and educated in his native State. In 1861, enlisted in Company B. Forty-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged in 1864. After the war he returned to Scott County, Ind., and made farming his occupation in that State until 1876, when he came west and settled in Saline County, Kan., and is one of the representative agriculturists of this county. Married in Scott County, Ind., August 13, 1870, to Miss Isabella Miller, a native of Scott County, Ind., born June 12, 1852. They have two children by this union-William E. and Escodora. Mr. B. is a strong Republican.

O. P. BARRITT, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 6, Township 13, range 2 west, Cambria Township, P. O. Salina, settled on his present home in the fall of 1870; owns 640 acres of land in company with his son, David C. they have about 150 acres cultivated. Their school district was not formed when they first located, and no improvements near them. He was born in Williamstown, Berkshire Co., Mass., February 20, 1813. Being raised on a farm he has made that his occupation. Moved to Bennington, Vt., in the spring of 1845, and lived there until 1867; thence to Elyria, Ohio, until he came to Kansas. Has been Township Treasurer one year. Married May 1, 1844, to Miss Anna M. Curtis, of Lanesboro, Mass. They had two children - Florence and David C. Florence is now married to Mr. D. W. Dow. Mrs Barritt died in May, 1864. He was again married in October, 1874, to Mrs. Clarina A. Dawson (Polly). They have two children - Lula A. and Oliver P.

M. T. BASSSETT, farmer, Section 19, Walnut Township, P. O. Salina, was born in Andes, Delaware Co., N. Y., August 19, 1834. When quite young he was taken by his parents to Branch County Mich., where he was reared and educated. After completing his studies he learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed for five years. In 1857 he came to Kansas and engaged in various pursuits, until the breaking out of the Rebellion, when he enlisted in Company B. Second Colorado Cavalry. Was discharged at Leavenworth, Kas., in December 1864. For two years he was engaged in trade with the Indians. Came to this county in 1866, and is the owner of 500 acres of fine farm land. He was married in this county, February 1, 1872, to Miss Jane Irwin, who was born in Jefferson County, Tenn., October 14, 1847. They have one child - Louie E. Mr. Bassett is a Democrat.

B. S. BEAN, farmer and stock-raiser, Elm Creek Township, P. O. Salina, first located one mile north of Salina, Kas., on a homestead. November 3, 1860; farmed until 1870; sold out and bought a stock farm of 170 acres in the northwestern part of Saline County, where he engaged extensively in the stock business until the spring of 1879, when he moved on his present place, west one-half of Section 20, Township 13, Range 3. He now owns 320 acres of fine farming land, 220 of which is cultivated. Mr. B. has served on his School Board for years. He was a member of the Kansas State Militia during rebel Gen. Price's threatened raid, and during the Indian troubles of 1864 and '65. He was married December 6, 1860, to Miss Sarah M. Morrison, of Ohio. They were the first couple married in Saline County. Mrs. B. is a daughter of Rev. A. A. Morrison, now of Salina. They have four children - Margaret A., Nancy E., Mary Jane, and Willie Lincoln. They are members of the Presbyterian Church. Eliza is now married to Mr. John A. Mayo. When Mr. Bean first came to Saline County they were obliged to go into a stockade several times at Salina for protection from the lawless Indians, and the whole country was a complete wilderness.

J. BENFIELD, farmer, Section 12, Greeley Township, P. O. Salina, was born in Leigh County, Pa., September 29, 1826. He was taken by his parents to Crawford, Pa., where he was reared and educated. Soon after learned the carpenter's trade, which he followed principally for twenty-five years. In 1849 moved to Adams County, Ill., where he was engaged at his trade and farming for about twenty-one years. He came to Kansas in 1870, and settled in this county, and is engaged in agricultural pursuits. His landed estate contains 560 acres, conveniently located to Salina. Married in Adams County, Ill., in January 1852, to Miss Lucinda Vandertep. She was born in Canada, in 1830. By this union they have six children - George W., Robert W., Mark, John, Oliver G., Jonas P., and Forence M., deceased. Mr B. is a Republican.

S. J. BERG, farmer, Section 15, Walnut Township, P. O. Salina, was born in Cambria County, Pa., September 8, 1848. He received a liberal education in his native country. After completing his studies, was engaged in the milling business until 1874, when he came to Kansas, and was employed as carpenter for the K. P. R. R. for two years, after which he moved to Salina, and was a coal merchant for some time. In 1878 moved to his present home, where he is engaged in agricultural pursuits. His farm consists of 158 acres. Married in Salina, in this county, December 30, 1878, to Miss Sue A. Dill. She was born in Blair County, Pa., in 1850. By this marriage they have two children - Mary E. and Ruby L. Mr. Berg is a Republican.

A. P. COLLINS, farmer, Section 36, Solomon Township, P. O. Solomon City, was born in Seneca County, Ohio, October 20, 1835. He received the foundation of his education in Seneca and Delaware counties, and graduated in 1860 at the Ohio Wesleyan University with honors. In 1861 enlisted in Company L. Twelfth Michigan Infantry as a private. In 1862 promoted First Lieutenant, and in 1864 was transferred to Gen. C. C. Andrews' staff, where he served until February 7, 1865. He was engaged at the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, Helena and Little Rock, and was honorably discharged in 1865. During the same year located at Natchez, Miss., and was engaged in merchandising for two years. In 1867 came to Kansas and settled in Saline County. His landed estate consists of 950 acres of fine farming land. He was married in Dickinson County, this State, March 26, 1868, to Miss Sarah E. Blair, a native of Des Moines County, Iowa, born January 8, 1850. They have five children - Oliver E., Sarah E., Albert W., Frank N. and Loretta M. Mr. C. has been County Superintendent for four years, and was a member of the Legislature of this district, 1883.

S. W. COLLINS, farmer, Section 2, Solomon Township, P. O. Solomon City, was born in Seneca County, Ohio, December 10, 1837, where he was educated. Soon after engaged in sawmilling near Tiffin, Ohio, which he pursued for four years. In 1864 enlisted in Company K. Twenty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and was discharged in August, 1865, then returned to his native county, where he engaged in agricultural pursuits for some time. In 1868 came to Kansas and settled on his present farm of 675 acres, conveniently located near Solomon City, on which there are large gypsum beds, from which land plaster and plaster of Paris are made, and which eventually will be very valuable. He was married in Seneca County, Ohio, October 3, 1867, to Miss Sophronia A. Boyd, a native of Ohio, born in Seneca County, Ohio, March 8, 1845. By this marriage they have four children - Laura A., Lena E., Herbert B and John R. Mr. C. is a Republican.

JAMES COLEMAN, farmer, Section 10, Gypsum Township, P. O. Pliny, born in Oxford, England, December 25, 1820, where he was reared and educated. In 1849 he embarked for South America, where he purchased a trading vessel, and where he remained for fifteen years, trading on the south, east and western coast of Africa. Was with Livingston during the year 1849. In 1866 came to the United States and located in Chicago, Ill., for about three years, engaged in various pursuits. He came to Kansas in 1869, and settled in Saline County on his present place of 160 acres, where he is engaged in farming. He was married in Saline County, Kansas, April 14, 1880, to Miss Kate McCollum. She was born in Butler County, Penn., in 1837.

S. P. DONMYER, dealer in general merchandise, grain of all kinds, farmer and stock-raiser, New Cambria. He first located in New Cambria in spring 1872. He was the first man to open a store, and the only one. The postoffice is also kept in his store. He erected a grain elevator in 1874, at a cost of $4,000, capacity of which is 15,000 bushels. He carries a stock of general merchandise of about $2,000. He erected a fine cut stone building 43x50 feet, twenty-six feet high, two stories and basement, at a cost of $4,000. He owns about 1,200 acres of land within a radius of six or seven miles, 800 acres of which is cultivated. He was born in Johnstown, Cambria Co., Pa., January 13, 1832. Raised on a farm. Lived in his native State until coming to Kansas. Married, in 1856, to Miss Susan J. Coby, of latter county. They have six children - Sarah, Rebecca, Lizzie, Simeon E., Harry S. and Julius Vincent.

J. A. FISHER, farmer, Section 16, Solomon Township, P. O. Salina, born in Blair, Blair Co., Pa., July 1, 1852; was educated in his native State. He early formed a taste for farming and has followed it as a vocation from his youth. He came to Kansas in 1878 and settled in this county and is engaged in agricultural pursuits. His estate consists of 160 acres. He was married in Huntingdon County, Pa., March 11, 1875, to Miss Alma J. Waite, a native of Pennsylvania; born July 22, 1855. By this union they have two children; Howard D. and Lucy B. Mr. Fisher is identified with the Republican party.

BENJAMIN W. GARDNER, farmer, Elm Creek Township, P. O. Salina, was born in South Kingston, R. I., January 4, 1827. He worked on a farm until 1849, then went to California and followed mining. He remained there till 1851, then returned to Rhode Island. After a few years went to Michigan; engaged in farming and lumbering, working part of the time in a saw mill. In 1858 he came to Kansas, stopping in the vicinity of Junction City till 1861. He then went to Colorado; engaged in mining for about five months, then returned to Junction City, Kansas, and remained in that vicinity till 1863. In the spring of that year he married Miss Martha A. Hunter of Indiana. In June, 1863, he went to Saline County, and made a claim on the Saline River, seven miles northwest of Salina, now district No. 7. His nearest neighbor lived four miles east. He made some improvements, and in the spring of 1864 he and two others, who had also made claims near him, moved their families. Their principal meat for a few years was buffalo, of which there were numbers on the hills near his claim. On the 16th of June, 1864, fear of the hostile Indians compelled him to take his wife and the wives of his two neighbors, who were absent, to Abilene, twenty miles distant, by night. There was so much danger, that in August he moved to Junction City and rented a house, and remained till winter. Here his son William was born. He then moved back to Saline County, and lived four miles east of his claim for about a year, then returned to his claim. In 1868 his wife died, and in February, 1870, he married Catherine Ross, a native of Indiana. He has one son - William H. Mr. Gardner has been lame in both legs for ten years, caused by working in cold water in California.

S. S. GODFREY, farmer, Section 20, Walnut Township, P. O. Berwick, born in Washtenaw County, Mich., Sept. 23, 1834. Was taken by his parents in his youth to Oakland County, Mich., where he completed his studies at the State Normal School. He made farming his occupation in his native State. In 1866 came to Kansas and settled in Walnut Township. He has a farm of 640 acres, of first-class land. Has held the office of Justice of the Peace for quite a while. Married in Livingston County, Mich., December 25, 1857, Miss Endocia C. Hammond, a native of Livingston Co., Mich., born March 10, 1839. They have eight children; Hiram H., Hattie E., Carrie K., Pheba A., George F., Amos W., Champlin R. and Warren. Mr. Godfrey is a strong Republican.

DENNIS HARKINS, farmer, Section 15, Eureka Township, P. O. Bridge, born in Ireland, August 5, 1837. He was educated in his native county. In 1851 moved to Yorkshire, England, where he remained for two years, engaged in various pursuits. He came to America in 1853 and first settled in Lawrence Mass., where he worked in a hat factory for some time. He then moved to California where he engaged in farming and mining for eight years. In 1864 enlisted in Company C. Fourteenth Regiment New York Cavalry, and was discharged in 1865. He came to Kansas in 1866 and settled in Saline County, where he is engaged in agricultural pursuits. Mr. Harkins is a Republican.

JNO. HARMON, farmer Section 2, Cambria Township, P. O. New Cambria; born in Warren County, Ind., March 13,'28, where he was reared and educated. Farming has always been his occupation. In 1853, he immigrated to Wayne County, Iowa, where he lived for two years. He then moved to Mercer County, Mo., where he remained for five years; thence to Kansas, in 1860, and settled in Dickinson County, where he farmed for some time. He moved to this county in 1865, and settled on his present home. He was married in Mercer County, Mo., October 15, 1854, to Miss Matilda M. Hunter, a native of Scotland, born in the town of Grenock, August 3, 1830. They have one child - John W.

GEORGE W. HIXSON, farmer, Section 30, Solomon Township, P. O. Salina, was born in Ross County, Ohio, February 28, 1844. Moved with his parents to Chillicothe, Peoria Co., Ill., in December, 1884, where he was raised and educated. Blacksmithing was his occupation until September 27, 1861, when he enlisted in Company M., Eleventh Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, under Col. Robert G. Ingersoll. He took an active part in the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Lexington, Tennessee, Parker's Cross Roads and many others. Was mustered out in October, 1865. After the war he returned to Illinois and settled in Marshall County, and engaged in farming for four years. He then moved to Stark County, where he remained until February 2, 1874, when he came west and settled in this State. His farm contains 160 acres. He was married in Marshall County, Ill., September 29, 1869, to Miss S. A. Seelye, a native of Berkshire county, Mass.; born December 8, 1843. They have one child - George E., born October 13, 1870. Mr. Hixson is identified with the Republican party.

OMER HOWERTON, farmer, Section 1, Solomon Township, P. O. Solomon City, was born in Manchester, Dearborn Co., Ind., June 8, 1835, where he was educated. He began life as a boatman on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, which he followed for some time. In 1861, he enlisted in Company D. Third Indiana Volunteer Cavalry; was soon after promoted to Commissary Sergeant of the same company, and was discharged November 18, 1863, at Baltimore, Md., by reason of disability. He soon returned to his native county and engaged in farming for two years, when he moved into Lawrenceburgh, Ind., and engaged in merchandising for five years. In 1871, he came to Kansas, and first settled in Abilene, Dickinson County, where he was a merchant for a short time, thence to Saline County, and is engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was married in Dearborn County, Ind., April 14, 1864, to Miss Mary E. Burk, a native of Dearborn County, born November 30, 1836. By this union, they have two children - Eugene B., and Alice M.

DANIEL HUMBARGER, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. New Cambria, Cambria Township, came to Saline County in the fall of 1857. His father took up some land, but the family were obliged to leave on account of Indian troubles, going to Salina Block House erected for protection of pioneers of the then wilderness. The above gentleman assisted to erect it. He recollects of ten persons being killed by the Indians. He spent most of his time on the plains of Kansas and Arkansas for five years during the early troubles. Many times he was obliged to travel nights to get to places of safety from the Indians. He located on his present farm in the spring of 1865; took the land in 1863. He has followed farming and stock raising since. He is located on Section 33, Township 13, Range 2 west, owning 200 acres of land, 150 of which is cultivated. Born in Richland County, Ohio, February 27, 1840. He served as Second Lieutenant of Company B. State Volunteer Militia of Kansas, during Price's threatened raid and Indian troubles of 1864-65. Married in 1863 to Miss Annie Glersch, of Washington County, Wis. They have five children - Peter, Solomon, Mary, Andrew and Leon.

PETER HUMBARGER, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Salina, Section 13, Township 13, Range 3 west. Mr. Humbarger owns 800 acres fine land, 440 of which is cultivated; he makes a specialty of wheat, cattle and hogs. He came to Saline County, Kan., in July, 1865. There were only five settlers in his school district when he located; he resides in District No. 11 and has a fine location with plenty of young cultivated timber all about his home. Born in Perry County, Ohio, November 26, 1829, lived in his native State until 1851, being raised on a farm. Spent four and a half years in California in mining, millwrighting and carpenter work, then returned to his native place and followed farming; moved to Fayette County, in northeast Iowa, in 1856, and farmed until coming to Kansas. He was married in 1856 to Miss Susan Staats, of Ohio; they have five children - John, Thurston, George W., Lovina D. and Henry.

WILLIAM JUKES, farmer, Section 32, Greeley Township, P. O. Salina, was born in Jackson County, Ill., December 3, 1853, where he received the benefits of the common schools of his native county until 1868, when he came to Kansas and completed his studies at Salina. He has a farm of 160 acres and is engaged in agricultural pursuits. He was married in Salina, this county, December, 13, 1879, to Miss Ella M. Ritter, a native of Minnesota, born, May, 24, 1859; they have one child - Mabel O.

C. A. KINGMAN, farmer, Section 13, Eureka Township, P. O. Bridge. Born in Taxewell County, Ill., June 4, 1837; he was educated in his native State. In 1859 immigrated to California and engaged in mining for about seven years with satisfactory results. In 1866 returned to his native State, where he remained for two years engaged in farming. Came to Kansas in 1869 and settled in Saline County; farming was his occupation until 1875 when he moved to Salina and was a merchant of that city until 1879. He then moved to his present home and is engaged in agricultural pursuits. Married in Butte County, California, to Miss Ellen G. Thompson, born in Monroe County, N. Y., July 15, 1842; they have four children - Irene, Charles M., Edward and Lucy E.

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