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


SEDGWICK COUNTY, Part 21

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CLEARWATER.

This pretty little village was platted in 1872. It is quite off the line of railway communication, and has not grown very much. It is in Ninnescah Township, on the banks of the Ninnescah River, one of the most beautiful streams in Southern Kansas. Clearwater has a postoffice, two general stores, and a blacksmith shop. It has a good class of settlers in and surrounding the village.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES - NINNESCAH TOWNSHIP.

ALFRED N. BLACKMAN, farmer, Section 35, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Kentucky in 1842; is a son of L. V. and Sophia Allen Blackman. Was married in 1881, to Mrs. Alice E. Hammers, daughter of Harvey and Laura Carrington. Came to Kansas in 1877, and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 320 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Was in the War of the Rebellion, enlisting in 1862, in the Seventy-seventh Regiment Illinois Volunteers, Company C. He participated in the siege of Vicksburg, Jackson, Miss., and was on the Red River expedition, Sabine Cross Roads, Mobile, Spanish Fort, Blakely and other engagements, seventeen in all. Was wounded at Vicksburg. He was injured in a transfer boat going from New Orleans to the mouth of Mobile Bay, by falling through a hatchway, and was disabled from this injury for four months. Was mustered out in July, 1865.

J. M. BOYD, farmer, Section 31, P. O. Beverly, was born in North Carolina, in 1836; is a son of Thomas and Margaret (Smith) Boyd. Was married in 1882, to Miss Christiana Beaton, daughter of Peter and Mary Beaton. Came to Kansas in 1872, and located on the farm where he now lives. Owns 160 acres of land, and is engaged in farming. Was elected Constable in 1874. Was Postmaster at Little River, N. C. He moved from North Carolina to Missouri; came from Missouri to Kansas. Is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

J. E. BUNCE, farmer and blacksmith, P. O. Clearwater was born in Scotland in 1833; is a son of Richard and Annis (Low) Bunce. Was married in 1856, to Miss Elizabeth McCaughey. Has four children - Laura, Huldah, Emma and Stanley W. Bunce. His wife died in 1868. Was married in 1870, to Miss Adaline Little. Has four children - Charles, Addie, Arthur and Cecil Bunce. Came to Kansas in 1877, and located at Augusta, Butler County, and engaged in blacksmithing; remained two years, then moved to Wichita, and engaged in millwrighting. In 1882, moved to Clearwater, Ninnescah Township, and engaged in blacksmithing and farming. Owns 160 acres of land. He was in the War of the Rebellion, enlisting in 1861, in the Thirty-ninth Regiment Iowa Volunteers, Company B. Was in the battle of Parker's Cross Roads, and was wounded in that engagement, and was in Jackson Hospital for fifteen months. He was then appointed Regimental Blacksmith; served in that capacity until 1864, when he was discharged from the service on, account of his wounds. He was Deputy Sheriff in Warren County, Iowa, for two years before coming to Kansas.

JOSEPH H. BURSON, farmer, Sections 28 and 29, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Marshall County, Ill., in 1852, son of Edward and Sarah Elliott Burson. Was married in 1876, to Miss Ella Moore, daughter of Andrew D and Susan Kaler Moore. Has one child - Arthur E. Burson. Came to Kansas in 1876, located on the farm where he now resides, engaged in farming and stock raising. Was elected Justice of the Peace in 1880. Is a member of the Baptist Church and superintendent of the Sunday school, has held that position for four years. Is a member of the Masonic Fraternity A., F. & A. M.

WORTH CHAMBERS, farmer, Section 10, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Jefferson County, Ind., in 1848, son of Ahimaaz and Jane Patton Chambers; single; came to Kansas, in November 1872, located at Leavenworth, in 1873, located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land; engaged in farming; has served as Constable for Ninnescah Township for three years. Is a member of the School Board and has been Treasurer for two years. Is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & A. M., Pawnee Lodge, Ill., No. 675.

JOSEPH T. HAMMERS, farmer, Section 36, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Greene County, Pa., in 1814, is a son of Joseph and Elizabeth Hanna Hammers. Was married in 1836 to Miss Phoebe T. Evans, daughter of George and Lydia Evans. Has four children - George E., Joseph B., Phoebe and Benjamin Hammers. Came to Kansas in 1874, purchased the farm he now owns and located his family on the farm in 1875. Came from Illinois to Kansas. Owns 1,180 acres of land, in company with his sons; has been a cattle drover and shipper for fifty years. At the age of sixty-eight years drove a herd of cattle from Texas, through the Indian Territory to Kansas. Was colonel of a regiment of Pennsylvania Militia for seven years. Is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & M., and a Royal Arch Mason. Is a member of the Baptist Church; has held the office of deacon on the church for twenty years. At the time of his coming to Kansas there was no Baptist Church south of the Arkansas River in Sedgwick or Harper counties; now there is an association of twenty churches.

THOMAS K. KIMEL, farmer, Section 8, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Ohio, in 1831, son of Henry and Ann M. Hurst Kimel. Was married, in 1859, to Miss Rebecca Mounts, daughter of William and Martha Mounts. Has nine children - William E., Martha G., Jonathan M., Harvey O., Thos. K., Mary R, Abbie M., Samuel and Temperance Kimel. Came to Kansas in 1873, located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 480 acres of land; engaged in farming and stock raising; moved from Ohio to Illinois, in 1840; remained there until coming to Kansas.

W. G. McGOVNEY, farmer, Section 2, P. O. Ruby, was born in Ohio, in 1847, is a son of James and Eliza Holmes McGovney. Was married, in 1873, to Miss Rebecca J. Parker, daughter of John Parker. Has one child - Clara F. McGovney. Came to Kansas in 1872, located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Is a member of the United Presbyterian Church.

LEVI McLAUGHLIN, farmer, Section 18, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Mercer County, Penn., in 1821, and is a son of Henry and Jane Latta McLaughlin. Was married, in 1856, to Miss Mary M. Moore, daughter of George and Margaret Ewing Moore, natives of Pennsylvania. He has eleven children - Florence A., Amelia J., Thaddeus G., Elizabeth, Margaret M., Josiah B., Thorwaldson, William, Minnie, Laura and James. He came to Kansas in 1874 and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & A. M., Wichita Lodge, No. 99. He is Justice of the Peace and has held that office for three years. He was Justice of the Peace in Illinois, also Constable and Deputy Sheriff for eight years in Illinois.

THOS. J. MACREDIE, farmer, Sections 26. 27 and 23, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Scotland in 1843, and is a son of Samuel and Janet Jaap Macredie. Was married, in 1872, to Miss Janet Jamieson, daughter of James and Tudhope Jamieson. He has three children - Samuel T., James J. and Agnes R. Came to Kansas in August, 1870, and located on the farm where he now resides. He owns 240 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. He was one of the organizers of the township, and was elected Trustee at the first election held in the township in the fall of 1870; has held that office for four terms since that time and holds the office of Treasurer at this time; has held that office for three years. He is a member of the School Board and has served in that capacity for nine years. Is a member of the Presbyterian Church, being deacon and clerk of the same.

WILLIS P. MANION, farmer, Section 25, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Hart County, Ky., in 1847, and is a son of Geo. W. and Mary Pratt Manion; single. He came to Kansas in 1879, located on Section 9, remained one year, then located on the farm where he now resides. He owns eighty acres of land, and is engaged in farming. In July, 1882, he took a contract for carrying the mail from Clearwater, Ohio Center, Waco, Haysville to Wichita; making three trips per week; contract remaining until July, 1886. He was elected Constable of Ninnescah Township in 1882 and re-elected in 1883. He enlisted in the regular United States Army in September, 1866, and was discharged same year for disability. Is a member of the Baptist Church. He left Kentucky at the age of seven years for New Albany, Ind., and remained there fourteen years; he then went to Greene County, Ind., remained there two years, then went to Martin County, Ind.; he remained there eight years, then moved to Illinois, remained two years and then came to Kansas.

S. R. MOORE, farmer, Section 5, P. O. Clearwater, was born in New Castle, Pa., in 1819, and is a son of John and Nancy Burk Moore. Was married, in 1845, to Miss Elizabeth McKinley, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth McKinley. He has four children - Joseph M., Fidelia M., John P. Hale and Rose. His wife died in 1855. He was married, in 1856, to Mrs. Margaret A. McLaughlin Morford, daughter of Henry and Jane Lotta McLaughlin. He has five children, viz.: Jessie A., Lizzie B., Louie, Albert T. and A. Lincoln. He came to Kansas in 1874 and located on the farm where he now lives. Owns 250 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Was in the War of the Rebellion. He enlisted, in 1862, in the One Hundred and Second Regiment Illinois Volunteers, Company E, and was in the battles and engagements of his command. Was discharged in January, 1863, for disability. He was Justice of the Peace in Illinois for fourteen years, and is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & A. M.

J. P. MORRISON, farmer, Section 1, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Pennsylvania in 1841, and is a son of Thomas and Elizabeth Parshall Morrison. He was married, in 1867, to Miss Louisa McLaughlin, daughter of Henry and Louisa McLaughlin. He has three children - Harry, Ira and Charlie. Came to Kansas in 1872 and located on the farm where he now resides. He owns 160 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Was in the War of the Rebellion. He enlisted, in 1862, in the One Hundred and Second Regiment Illinois Volunteers, Company E, and was in the battle of Resaca, Ga. He was wounded in that engagement on the 14th day of May, 1864, and was in the hospital until August, 1865, when he was mustered out with his regiment; was then unable to walk without the aid of crutches. Is a pensioner and still experiences much trouble with his wound.

GEORGE L. MUNN, hardware dealer and farmer, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Medina County, Ohio, in 1854, and is a son of E. D. and Sarah J. Meede Munn. Was married in 1877, to Miss Viola F. Churchill, daughter of O. S. and Sarah Van Auken Churchill. Came to Kansas in 1879, located at Wichita Township on a farm, remained two years and then moved to Wichita, and engaged as tinner for G. N. Byers; remained there one and a half years then located in Ninnescah Township, where he now resides. Owns a farm of seventy acres, and a store 20x40 feet, two stories, and keeps a general assortment of hardware and queensware; the business has increased 100 per cent since it s establishment; is a member of the Baptist Church.

MOSES PARKER, farmer, Section 31, and clergyman, P. O. Beverly, was born in Ireland, in 1826. Is a son of John and Margaret McBridge Parker. Was married in 1858, to Miss Mary Shuck, daughter of William and Elizabeth Sappenfield Shuck. Has eight children - Anna C., Margaret E., John W., Robert L., Elmer E., Ira E., Elmira M., and Charles L. Parker. Came to Kansas in 1876, located on a farm, where he now resides. Owns 480 acres of land. Is engaged in farming and stock raising. Commenced the work of the ministry in 1858; was ordained as pastor of the Huron Baptist Church, in Iowa. Remained pastor for seven years, then went to Carlisle to assist in erecting a church building. Was pastor of the church until the completion of the building. Was appointed missionary for the American Baptist Publication Society, supported by the Burlington and Keokuk Associations. Was engaged in that work for two years, then took the pastorate of two churches in Woodford County, Ill. Remained five years, then removed to Des Moines County, Iowa, remained four years, then moved to Kansas. Since coming to Kansas, has been instrumental in organizing five Baptist Churches. Is Postmaster of Beverly P. O. Has held the office for two years.

C. C. PHILLIPS, farmer, Section 9, P. O. Clearwater, was born near Rutland, Vt., in 1829; is a son of Joseph M. and Lydia Davis Phillips. Was married in 1853, to Miss Elizabeth Lutton, daughter of Jacob and Ruth Hazen Lutton. Has had nine children - Relief, Joseph Odley, William, Bessie, Mary, Charles, George and Every Phillips; came to Kansas in 1869, located in Riley County; remained one year, then returned to Illinois. In 1874, came from Illinois to Kansas, and located on the farm where he now resides; owns 240 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Was Democratic candidate for the Kansas Legislature in 1876.

WILLIAM ROSS, farmer, Section 28, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Scotland, in 1830. Is a son of Andrew and Elizabeth McGregor Ross. Was married in 1855, to Miss Janet Macredie, daughter of Samuel and Janet Jaap Macredie. Has six children - Andrew, Janet, Elizabeth J., Agnes B., Sarah M., and Maggie M. Ross. Came to Kansas in August, 1870, locating on the farm where he now resides. Owns 320 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. His family was the first settled in what is now Ninnescah Township, was one of the organizers of the town. Has been Justice of the Peace for four years. Was elected Representative of the Ninety-third District to the Kansas Legislature in 1876. Represented his District in the Legislature in 1877 and 1878. Is Justice of the Peace at the present time (third time) for two years more.

W. H. STAFFORD, farmer, Section 34, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Fountain County, Ind., in 1842; is a son of James and Fanny Savage Stafford. Was married in 1882, to Miss Emma A. Boyd, daughter of Thomas and Martha Smith Boyd. Came to Kansas in 1870, located on the farm where he now lives. Owns 490 acres of land, and is engaged in farming. Was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1862, in the Seventy-second Regiment Indiana Volunteers, Company H. Was in the engagements of his command; was discharged in February, 1863, for disability; re-enlisted in August, 1863, in the One Hundred and Sixteenth Regiment Indiana Volunteers, Company C; enlisted for six months' service; his Regiment was in pursuit of Gen. Morgan. After eight months service, was mustered out in March, 1864. Is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & A. M. Moved from Indiana to Gila, Illinois, and remained two years, engaged in shipping grain. Came from Illinois to Kansas.

C. SUMMERS, farmer, Sections 4 and 27, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Virginia, in 1819. Is a son of Samuel and Anna Hall Summers. Was married in 1847 to Miss Agnes J. Tinsley, by whom he had five children - James F., Nancie E., Sallie, Elisha B. and Lucy J. who died in 1880, aged twenty-nine. His wife died in 1861. He was again married in 1861 to Miss Mary J. Bacon, daughter of Samuel and Mary E. Edoys Bacon. They have one child, Ida M. Summers. Came to Kansas in 1868, locating at Atchison. Remained for two years, engaged in railroading. In 1870 located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Came from Virginia to Kansas in 1868; was Justice of the Peace six years in Virginia. Was one of the organizers of Ninnescah Township. Was elected Trustee in the spring of 1873. Made the first assessment after the organization of the town. Is a member of the Baptist Church and trustee of the same. Is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & A. M., Wichita Lodge, No. 99.

JAMES M. TRACY, farmer and merchant, Section 26, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Sacket's Harbor, N. Y., in 1846. Is a son of James H. and Elmina (Wheat) Tracy. Was married in 1875 to Miss Laura E. Davis, daughter of John and Margaret (Adams) Davis. Has two children - Clifton H. and John Tracy. Came to Kansas in 1871; located on the farm where he now resides. Engaged in farming one year, and then engaged as salesman for A. G. Dunscomb, who located a store on the Chisholm cattle trail, at the crossing of the Ninnescah. Remained until 1874, when Mr. Dunscomb moved his store to West Wichita. After one year he moved to Wichita, continuing as salesman until 1878, when he returned to his farm in Ninnescah, and commenced improvements and engaged in farming and cattle raising, and also commenced merchandising. In 1882 formed a partnership with G. N. Byers, firm name Tracy & Byers. Owns 320 acres of land and also carries on a general merchandising business. Business increased from $6,000 the first year, to $60,000 in 1882. Enlisted in 1867 in the New York Militia. Was Regimental Quartermaster. Served in that capacity until he came West. Was appointed Postmaster at Clearwater in 1878. Has held the office since that time.

GEORGE N. BYERS was born in Hagerstown, Md., in 1851; is a son of John and Ann M. (Weys) Byers. Was married in 1873 to Miss S. M. Gorin, daughter of Gladdin and Mary C. (Webber) Gorin. Has two children - Gladdin G. and Mary W. Byers. Came to Kansas in 1878. Located at Wichita. Engaged in the hardware business, located at No. 95 Douglas avenue. Continued the business until 1882, when he sold to George G. Matthews. In the same year located in Ninnescah Township and formed a partnership with James M. Tracy, firm of Tracy & Byers; engaged in farming and merchandising. Is a member of the Warwick Lodge, No. 44, K. of P., and of the Wichita Lodge of the Knights of Honor.

ALBERT H. WOOD, harnessmaker, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Ohio, in 1848; son of Thomas and Evaline (Hardy) Wood. Was married in 1881 to Miss Margaret I. Pigg, daughter of Joshua C. and Eliza (McAdams) Pigg. Came to Kansas in 1881; located at Wichita. Engaged in harness making. Remained fifteen months, then moved to Clearwater, Ninnescah Township, where he is now engaged in the harness business. Enlisted in 1878 in the Illinois State Militia, Hilliard Rifles, Company G. Served two years. Came from Illinois to Kansas.

CHARLES W. WOOD, farmer, Section 23, P. O. Clearwater, was born in Highland County, Ohio, in 1840; is a son of Thomas and Evaline (Hardy) Wood. Was married in 1871 to Miss Virginia A. Armstrong, daughter of Wesley and Martha (Sawrey) Armstrong. Has four children - Ralph E. Pearl, Effie and Carl Wood. Came to Kansas in 1873. Located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 158 acres of land; engaged in farming. Was in the War of the Rebellion. Enlisted in 1861 in the Twenty-second Regiment Illinois Volunteers, Company D. Was in the battles of Belmont, Mo., Corinth, Stone River, Chickamauga, Kennesaw Mountain. Was with Gen. Sherman's command in his march to Atlanta, and at the taking of Atlanta, Franklin, Nashville, and other engagements of his command. In November, 1862, was discharged by reason of re-enlisting in the regular army in the Fourth Cavalry, Company K. Was wounded in the charge at Middleton, Tenn; was in hospital one month. Was mustered out in November, 1865. Has been Trustee of Ninnescah Township for three years, and Town Clerk. Has been member of the School Board for nine years. Is Justice of the Peace; has held that office for three years. Is a member of the Presbyterian Church, and elder of the church. Is member of the Garfield Post, No. 25, G. A. R.

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