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


SEDGWICK COUNTY, Part 23

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MOUNT HOPE.

The growing village of Mount Hope is situated in Greeley Township in the northwestern corner of the county. It has two stores of general merchandise, one agricultural implements store, and one blacksmith shop - Thomas H. Candall and S. C. Thomas, proprietors.

BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES - GREELEY TOWNSHIP.

F. M. ANDERSON, farmer, Section 18, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Illinois in 1841, son of John and Anna Breckinridge Anderson. Was married in 1862 to Miss Lenora Moore, daughter of John and Margaret Moore. Has six children - Rosalia A., Mary A., Geneva E., Julian, Eleanor J., and Ora A. Came to Kansas in 1871, located on the farm on which he now resides; owns 160 acres of land; engaged in farming and stock raising; was in the War of the Rebellion, enlisted in 1861 in the Thirty-ninth Illinois, Company C. Was in the battle of Winchester and other engagements of his command; was discharged in 1862 for disability, is a member and steward of the Methodist Episcopal Church and of the Garfield Post, No. 25, G. A. R. Was elected Constable in 1874; has served on the School Board for seven years.

L. W. BAIRD, farmer, Section 34, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Brown County, Ohio in 1840. Is a son of James and Martha Bower Baird. Was married, in 1868, to Miss Margaret Kirkpatrick, daughter of Finney and Nancy Bratton Kirkpatrick. Has five children - Arthur L., Robert K., Frederick C., Martha R. and James M. Baird. Came to Kansas in 1871, located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 240 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted, in 1861, in the Seventieth Regiment, Ohio Volunteers, Company A. Was in the battles of Shiloh, Vicksburg, Mission Ridge, Resaca, Atlanta, Fort McAllister and other engagements of his command. Was wounded at Shiloh, and was laid up from April until September. Was mustered out in 1865. Veteraned in January, 1864. Is a member of the Congregational Church and Trustee of the same, and a member of the Old Settlers' Association of Sedgwick County. Was elected Treasurer in 1869, re-elected in 1881. Has served on the School Board ten years.

JOHN S. BECKWITH, farmer, Section 2, P. O. Fayette, was born in Canada in 1850. Is a son of Arunah and Sarah E. Beckwith, whose maiden name was S. E. Sills. Mr. Beckwith was married to Mrs. Sue E. Flower, daughter of Frank and Maria (Webster) Dale, who has one daughter by her first marriage - Florence M. Flower. Mr. Beckwith came to Kansas in 1871, locating 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, enlisting in 1861 in the Eighth Illinois Cavalry, Company K. Was in the battles of Antietam, Second Bull Run, Wilderness, and other engagements. Was one of the first settlers in Greeley Township.

JOHN C. BROWN, farmer, Section 30, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Ohio, in 1840, son of G. W. and Eleanor Bayne Brown. Was married in 1882, to Miss Rosa Kuikweid; came to Kansas in 1870, located on the farm on which he now resides in 1871; owns 160 acres of land, engaged in farming; was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1862, in the Seventh Ohio Cavalry, Company E; was in the engagements of Knoxville, Atlanta, Nashville and other engagements of his command; was mustered out in 1865.

WILLIAM C. BROWN, farmer, Section 30, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Ohio, in 1844; is a son of G. W. and Eleanor Bayne Brown; was married in 1867, to Miss Melissa Kirkpatrick, daughter of Finney and Nancy Bratton Kirkpatrick; has three children, Mabel C., Lola E. and George F. He came to Kansas in 1871, located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising; has a very find farm under a high state of cultivation and good outbuildings; has taken much pains in setting out trees and shrubbery; has a very fine cedar hedge about his yard, giving it a beautiful and attractive appearance. His farm is known as Cedar Farm. Was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1864, in the One Hundred and Sixty-second Regiment Ohio Volunteers, Company K; was mustered out in 1864, re-enlisted in January, 1865, in One Hundred and Ninety-third Regiment Ohio Volunteers, Company G; was mustered out in August 1865; is a member of the Christian Church and is a deacon; is a Director of the School Board.

WILLIAM J. COLLIER, farmer, Section 22, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Chautauqua County, N. Y., in 1841; is a son of George and Susan Haskell Collier. He was married in 1863, to Miss Mary A. Austin, who died, and he was again married in 1875, to Lucretia L. Pierce, daughter of John L. and Sarah A. Lansing Pierce. They have three children, G. N., F. H. and Elizabeth Collier. Came to Kansas in 1866 and located in Emporia; remained five years, then moved to Sedgwick County and located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. He was among the first settlers of the township, and was its second Trustee, and was again appointed to the same office in 1882; is a member of the School Board and has served for six years; is a member of the Congregational Church and deacon and clerk. The Congregational Church was the first one organized in the township. Rev. Samuel Dilley preached the first sermon in 1874. The first Sunday school was organized the same year. Much hardship was experienced by the subject of this sketch in the early settlement of the township, living for a time principally upon buffalo meat; had to go forty miles to mill and pay fifteen cents for grinding. In the fall of 1874 had to pay $1 per bushel for seed wheat and pay 100 per cent interest for money to make the purchase.

WILLIAM A. DAILY, farmer, Section 20, and real estate dealer, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Indiana, in 1846, is a son of Samuel G. and Julia Morgan Daily. Was married in 1865, to Miss Maria E. Craig; has five children, Sidney, Oliver W., Jesse, Alva and Carrie M.; has buried two children. Came to Kansas in 1871, located on the farm on which he now resides; owns 720 acres of land, rents the cultivated land; is engaged in the real estate business at Mount Hope and Burrton, Harvey County, in partnership with J. E. Howard; is local agent for the A. T. & S. F. R. R.; is Notary Public and Justice of the Peace; was elected in 1872 and has held that office from that time; was one of the early settlers of Greeley Township; is a member of the Christian Church; was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1862, in the Seventy-seventh Missouri Militia, served for eleven months. From the Seventy-seventh Regiment ten men from each company were detailed for special service, known as the 107, as they were organized by General Order No. 107. Served four months, then enlisted in the Forty-third Missouri, Company B; was in the engagements of his command; was mustered out in 1865.

A. M. DURAND, farmer, Section 2, P. O. Mount Hope was born in Belmont County, Ohio in 1823, is a son of Merit K. and Julia A. Mix Durand, was married in 1847 to Miss Harriet C. Elliott, she died in 1856; was married in 1857 to Miss Amanda M. Moreland daughter of Moses and Mary M. Jordan, has three children - Ornah L., Charlie G. and Maggie E. His wife died in May 1874; came to Kansas in 1871; located on the farm where he now resides engaged in farming and stock raising; is a member of the Masonic Fraternity A., F. & A. M. and a Royal Arch; was in the rebellion, enlisted in 1861 in the Fiftieth Regiment Indiana Volunteers, Company A, enlisted as a private, was mustered as Hospital Steward, promoted to Assistant Surgeon, served in the capacity until the close of the war, was mustered out in 1865. Resumed the practice of medicine after the close of the war and continued until 1871, when he came to Kansas, continued his practice in this State for eight years. Has since then devoted his time to farming.

WILLIAM H. DWIGHT, M. D., physician and farmer, Section 16, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Michigan, in 1852. Is a son of Harrison and Harriet (Corydon) Dwight, was married to Miss Frances A. Graves, daughter of Webster and Betsy Marah Graves, has one child - Lottie B. Dwight, came to Kansas in 1879, located on the farm where he now resides, owns eighty acres of land; was educated at Syracuse, N. Y., graduated from the Medical College at that city in 1876; commenced the practice of his profession the same year in Eaton, Madison Co. N. Y., continued his practice until coming to Kansas. Now has an extensive practice in Greeley and adjoining townships, is a descendant of the Dwights of Yale College, is a member of the Masonic Fraternity A., F. & A. M.

GILES HARDEN, farmer, Section 34, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Richland County, Ohio, in 1830. Is a son of Hosea and Sarah (Kellog) Harden, was married to Miss Danah W. McGoogan Brink, daughter of Cornelius and Hannah Dodley Brink; has six children - George, Hannah, Sarah, Elizabeth, Charles and Frederick. Came to Kansas in 1871, located near Wichita, remaining two years, in 1873, he 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 Congregational Church and of the Masonic Fraternity A., F. & A. M.; was Postmaster of Fayette, for seven years.

JAMES W. HINSDALE, farmer, Section 24, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Monroe County, Mich. in 1843, son of Willis and Hannah Dutton Hinsdale; was married in 1867 to Miss Lucretia Lumbart, Jabez and Eliza Olmsead Lumbart, has four children - Nellie, George, Mary and Henry; came to Kansas in 1870, located on the farm where he now resides; owns 120 acres of land, engaged in farming; was in the war of the Rebellion, enlisted in 1861 in the Fourth Regiment, Michigan Volunteers, Company A., was in the battle of first Bull Run, Malvern Hill, second Bull Run, Gaines Hill, Antietam, Fredricksburg, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and other engagements of his command; was wounded in the engagement of Malvern Hill, was in the hospital six weeks, was wounded at old Grover Church, was laid up three weeks; at Mine received three gun shot wounds, was wounded the 25th of March, was unable to leave his bed until the 17th day of July; was mustered out in 1865.

W. O. HUSS, farmer, Section 14, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Ohio, in 1846. Son of John and Margaret Hampshire Huss. Was married in 1867, to Miss Flora Irwin, daughter of John and Amanda Calkins Irwin. Has two children, Aldo M. and Ivy O. Came to Kansas in 1871, and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land on the bank of the Arkansas River. Engaged in farming and stock raising. Was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1864 in the Twenty-second Regiment Iowa Volunteers, Company G. Was in the Berryville, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, and other engagements of his command. Was mustered out in 1865. Was the third settler of the township. Ivy O. Huss, daughter of the subject of this sketch, was the first child born in Greeley Township. Mr. Huss brought the first native cows into Greeley, from Iowa, there being none but Texas cattle in the country in those days.

JAMES D. McATEE, physician and surgeon, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Logan County, Ky., in 1844. Son of Charie W. and Mary E. Breshere McAtee. Was married to Miss Nellie Frayna, daughter of Richard and Anna I. Iven Frayna. Has one child, Frank F. Came to Kansas in the spring of 1874, and located in Burrton (sic), Harvey County, where he was engaged in the practice of his profession six years, during which time he visited Europe; spent some time in travel upon the Continent. Removed from Harvey to Sedgwick County; located at Mount Hope, where he is now engaged in practice. Is a graduate of the Louisville Medical College. Is a member of the Christian Church, and of the Masonic Fraternity A., F. & A. M.

SAMUEL MAXWELL, farmer, Section 20, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Ohio in 1833. Son of Thomas and Elizabeth Vanderman Maxwell. Was married October 30, 1861, to Miss Emma C. McFarland, daughter of George and Mary A. Cornelus McFarland. Has five children, George A., James H., W. G., Mary B. and Clarence P. Maxwell. Came to Kansas in 1872, and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land, and is engaged in farming. Was in the War of the Rebellion. Owns 160 acres of land, and is engaged in farming. Was in the War of the Rebellion. Enlisted in 1863 in the One Hundred and Twenty-ninth Regiment Ohio Volunteers, Company G. Was detailed in Hospital service, where he remained until the expiration of his term of service. Was mustered out in 1864. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Was the first Director of School District No. 44, and served six years. Was one of the organizers of the township.

A. J. MORELAND, farmer, Section 22, Township 25, Range 3 west, P. O. Mount Hope. Was born in Washington County, Pa., in 1831. Is a son of Moses and Mary M. Moreland. Was married in 1862 to Miss Missouri A. Ross, daughter of John and Martha Ross. Has five children, M. W., Mary O., Howard R., Ivy D. and Ada B. Subject came to Kansas in 1869, from Brownstown, Ind. Located in Douglas County, and remained two years, engaged in carpenter work, then moved to Sedgwick County, and located on his present farm. Owns 80 acres of land, and is engaged in farming. Was in the United States service, engaged in the Construction Corps. Was discharged for disability in June, 1864. Has been Township Clerk, is a member of the School Board. The first year he had to go sixty-five miles to mill, and give one-third of the grist for grinding.

W. B. OGDEN, farmer, Section 34, P. O. Fayette, was born in Jefferson County, Iowa, in 1847; is a son of Nathaniel and Mahala (Cassida) Ogden. Was married in 1878, to Miss Barbara J. Eckard, daughter of Conrad and Henrietta (Weaver) Eckard. Has three children - Mary W., Ina K. and J. Nettie. He came to Kansas in 1871, and located on the farm where he now resides, engaging in farming and horticulture. Has a fine orchard of peaches, pears and apple trees and a variety of small fruit. He was one of the organizers of Greeley Township.

WALTER S. PRATT, farmer, Section 2, P. O. Fayette, was born in Illinois in 1848; is a son of Enoch and Amandah (Magaw) Pratt. Was married in 1868, to Miss Olive E. Lockwood, daughter of John and Mary M. (Finch) Lockwood. Has five children - Loren E., Carrie A., Ella M., Edith A. and Frank C. Pratt. Came to Kansas in 1871, and located on the farm where he now resides. He owns 300 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Was in the War of the Rebellion, enlisting in the One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Regiment Illinois Volunteers, Company G, and served six months. Was mustered out the fall of the same year. He was the seventh settler of the township; was clerk of the first election in the township. In the fall of 1872, was elected Constable at that election. He has been Township Clerk for four terms. Is a member of the School Board; has served five years. Is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & A. M.

THOMAS H. RANDALL, merchant and farmer, Section 20, P. O. Mt. Hope, was born in Ohio, in 1840; is a son of Daniel H. and Julia A. (Fink) Randall. Was married in 1865, to Miss Mattie J. Porter, daughter of Benjamin and Eliza A. (Martin) Porter. They have five children - Levi C., Pearl M., Leornah B., Clara E. and Annie. Came to Kansas in 1871, and located in Osage County. After one year moved to Greeley Township, Sedgwick County, and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 490 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising, and is also engaged in merchandising. He carries a full line of hardware and farming implements. Is Postmaster of Mt. Hope postoffice, and has held that appointment for nine years. The mails were first carried by voluntary service, the neighbors taking turns in carrying it. A flour sack was used for a mail bag. He was in the war of 1861, in the Forty-fourth Regiment Ohio Volunteers Company F. Was transferred to the Eighth Ohio Cavalry, Company F. Was in the battles of Lewisburg, Charleston, Knoxville, Lynchburg, and Beverly; was wounded at the last named engagement, and was laid up for four months. He was mustered out in August, 1865. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and of the I. O. O. F., and of Garfield Post, No. 25, G. A. R.

HARRY ROBERTS, farmer, Section 8, P. O. Mt. Hope, was born in Wheeling, W. Va., in 1843; son of Joseph and Martha (Hughes) Roberts. Was married in March, 1868, to Miss Louise Marlow, daughter of John and Sarah (Armstrong) Marlow. Has one child - Miflin D. Came to Kansas in 1876, and located at Olathe, and subsequently removed to Sedgwick County, and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 107 acres of bottom land on the Arkansas River. He rents his farm and is engaged in educational interest, and has been a teacher for a number of years, and also engaged in the book business. He was in the War of the Rebellion, enlisting in 1864, in the One Hundred and Seventieth Ohio Volunteer Company G. He was in the battles of his command, and was mustered out in 1865. Is a member of the Friends. Is Trustee of Greeley Township; was elected in 1882. He was educated at the McNeeley Normal School at Hopesdale, Ohio, graduating in mathematics in class of 1867. Commenced teaching in 1868.

JOHN C. SEVY, Christian clergyman and farmer, Section 30, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Genesee County, N. Y., in 1828. He is a son of Joseph and Sallie (Drake) Sevy. Was married, in 1850, to Mrs. Mary E. Swallow, daughter of Henry and Eliza Robey. Has three children - Marshall, Alice and Mattie. Came to Kansas in 1876. Located in Stafford County, where he remained for five years, engaged in farming and work of the ministry; subsequently moved to Sedgwick County, and purchased the farm where he now resides; owns eighty acres, which he rents; was educated in Illinois; commenced the ministry in 1856. His first pastorate was in Appanoose County, Iowa; was ordained and called to the pastorate of the Walnut City Christian Church; held the pastoral relations with that church for eighteen years; during that time was pastor of sixteen other churches; on coming to Kansas, was engaged in missionary work for seven months; was in the Saline District on the K. P. R. R., embracing nine counties; took the pastorate of Mount Hope Church in June, 1881; is the pastor of six churches, the appointments of two coming in the middle of the week; during his ministry, for four years, averaged 300 miles travel per month; has organized fourteen churches; been instrumental in building eleven churches; has baptized 1,650 converts, of whom 160 have been in Kansas. Mount Hope Church was organized in 1876, with twenty members. In 1881, the number was increased to forty, and now numbers eighty; has a Sunday school of an average attendance of sixty-five. The school was organized in 1879; is called Evergreen School; has been well supplied with Sunday school literature, and use the national series of lesson leaves. The subject of this sketch was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted, in 1864, in Thirteenth Regiment Iowa Volunteers Company F; was in the engagements of his command; was mustered out in 1865; is a member of the G. A. R.

C. C. SWEETLAND, farmer, Section 32, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Fulton County, Ohio, in 1850; son of Rial and Harriet S. (Aldrich) Sweetland; was married, in 1873, to Miss Sarah E. Ellis, daughter of John and Cordelia (Harden Ellis; has one child - Lillian; came to Kansas in 1873; located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land; engaged in farming and stock raising; was Trustee of Greeley township one term.

C. C. THOMAS, merchant and farmer, Section 17, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Virginia in 1849; son of Garland and Emma (Kirby) Thomas; was married, in 1872, to Miss Susan Porter, daughter of Benjamin and Eliza (Martin) Porter; has two children - Clauda C. and Maud; came to Kansas in 1878; located on the farm where he now resides; established a store of general merchandise the same year; business has increased about 700 per cent from its establishment; owns 160 acres of land which he rents; store located on the farm, which is at Mount Hope. Is a member of the School Board and Treasurer of the district. Is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & A. M., Friendship Lodge, No. 222.

N. L. WATSON, farmer, Section 34, P. O. Fayette, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1817, son of Joseph and Jane (McCormick) Watson, was married in 1859, to Miss Mary E. Dale, daughter of Frank and Maria (Webster) Dale, has four children - Katie E., Charles S., Robert D. and Ella M. Mr. Watson buried one child, Frank J., in 1870. He came to Kansas in 1871, 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, the Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & A. M., and of the I. O. O. F. Settled in Greeley Township one year before its organization. Was one of the organizers of the township. Was elected Justice of the Peace at the first election, and held the office for two years. Re-elected in 1879, and served two years, and was again elected in 1882. Has been a member of the School Board for four years.

JAMES W. WHITBECK, farmer, Section 31, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Monroe County, N. Y., in 1839, son of W. A. and Maria (Fosmire) Whitbeck, single, came to Kansas in 1871, and located on Section 32, Greeley Township, and remained on that farm until 1882, engaged in farming and stock raising, when he sold his farm for $3,000. Was Treasurer of Greeley Township for two terms. Was one of the earliest settlers of the township.

JAMES H. WHITBECK, farmer, Section 31, P. O. Mount Hope, was born in Monroe County, N. Y., in 1846, is a son of John P. and Adeline (Clark) Whitbeck, was married, in 1877, to Miss Mary Shafer, daughter of Casper and Gertrude (Brown) Shafer. Has one child, Marion. Came to Kansas in 1872, and located in Reno County, and remained one year; then spent five years in Michigan and New York State; then returned to Kansas, and located on the farm where he now resides, engaged in farming and stock raising. Has been Clerk and Treasurer of the School Board. Is a member of the Masonic fraternity, A., F. & A. M.

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