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


SEDGWICK COUNTY, Part 27

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WACO TOWNSHIP.

J. J. P. BALCH, farmer, Section 9, P. O. Wichita, was born in Indiana, in 1816, son of Amos P. And Martha Leach Balch. Was married in 1840, to Miss Elizabeth Nicholson, daughter of Joseph and Ann Nicholson; has eight children, Martha A., Harriet C., John, Joseph, Jennie, Ruth, Stephen and Lizzie. His wife died in February, 1858; was married in June, 1858, to Miss Serena Morrison, daughter of S. W. and Sarah Morrison; has two children from last marriage, Sada and Maggie Bach. Came to Kansas in 1864; located in Johnson County and engaged in farming. In 1876 moved to Sedgwick County and located on the farm where he now resides; owns 110 acres of land; has a fine orchard of ten acres, consisting of apple, peach, pear, cherry and plum trees, and a variety of small fruits; is a member of the Presbyterian Church.

ENOS BARRETT, farmer, Section 7, P. O. Wichita, was born in Ohio, 1832, is the son of John and Jane Cree Barrett. He was married in 1869, to Mrs. Purslane Harvey Barrow, daughter of George and Charity Randolph Barrow; has five children, Virginia, John A., William F., Iva M. and Olive. Mrs. Barrett had two children by a former marriage, Susannah and Minnie F. Harvey. Came to Kansas in 1870, located on the farm where he now resides; was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in August, 1861, in the Eleventh Regiment Wisconsin Volunteers, Company D; was at the siege of Vicksburg and the battles of his command; was transferred to the One Hundred and Eighteenth Battalion, Invalid Corps and to the Veteran Reserve Corps, Twentieth Regiment, and sent to the mouth of the Potomac to guard prisoners; was mustered out in September, 1864; was elected Constable in the first election ever held in Waco Township; was the first director in School District 15; is a member of the Old Settlers' Association.

ALBERT B. CARTWRIGHT, farmer, Section 23, P. O. Wichita, was born in Sangamon County, Ill., in 1855 - son of V. C. and Cynthelia Cartwright; was married in 1878, to Miss Lillie McCormick, daughter of Nicholas and Rachael McCormick; has two children - Charles and Jessie. Mr. Cartwright came to Kansas in 1874; located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land; engaged in farming and stock-raising; has been Treasurer of Waco Township one term.

T. B. CARTWRIGHT, farmer, Section 22, P. O. Wichita; was born in Sangamon County, Ill., in 1844, son of V. C. And Cynthelia Cartwright; was married in 1866, to Miss Mary G. Cloud, daughter of Newton and Elizabeth Cloud; has five children - Maud, Claud N., Madge E., Oliver V. and Arthur T. Mr. Cartwright came to Kansas in 1872; located on Section 30, Salem Township; for eight years engaged in farming; in 1880, moved to Waco Township, and located on the farm where he now resides; owns seventy-five acres of land.

V. C. CARTWRIGHT, farmer, Section 22, P. O. Wichita, was born in Kentucky, in 1821 - son of Peter and Frances Gaines Cartwright; was married in 1841 to Miss Cynthelia Scott, daughter of Dallas and Sarah Scott; has eight children - Sarah F. J., Thomas B., Carrie E., Hattie J., Charles A., Albert B., Minnie P. and Walter L. Mr. Cartwright came to Kansas in 1874, located on the farm where he now resides, and engaged in farming and stock-raising. Owns 310 acres of land. Came from Illinois to Kansas. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

J. B. CARROLL, Baptist clergyman and farmer, Section 16, P. O. Wichita, was born in Jersey County, Ill., in 1839 - son of Richard V. and Mary A. Degeer Carroll; was married in 1861, to Miss Caroline A. Slifer, daughter of David and Margaret Slifer; has five children - Mary A., Idella, Margaret, John B. and William B. Mr. Carroll came to Kansas in 1875, from Illinois, located on the farm where he now resides; owns 320 acres of land; engaged in farming and stock-raising; was educated at Bunker Hill, Ill.; his first pastorate, Clear Creek Baptist Church, Afton Township; has held that pastorate from that time, and is also pastor of the Mount Zion Baptist Church, Eagle Township, and of the first Baptist Church of Kingman County, and the Fidelity Baptist Church, Sedgwick County, and a charge at Starwins. As the result of his labor in the ministry, has organized six Baptist Churches and baptized about one hundred converts.

JAMES H. COLLEY, farmer, Section 25, P. O. Wichita, was born in Sciota County, Ohio, in 1843; son of Robert and Emeline Hurt Colley; was married in 1869, to Miss Phoebe Moore, daughter of Richard and Rebecca Moore; has five children - Laura, Maud, Lelia, Emma and Walter. Mr. Colley came to Kansas in 1865, located in Shawnee County, and engaged in coal-mining; remained two years; in 1867 engaged with William Greiffinstein at his trading-post, on the Cow Skin Creek, eight miles from where Wichita now is. He remained at this post for two years, then moved to Wichita and engaged in farming. In 1872, located in Waco Township, where no (sic) now resides; was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1862, in the Ninety-first Ohio Regiment, Company F; was in the battles of Lynchburg, Winchester, July 19 and 24, and September 19, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, and other engagements of his command; was mustered out in 1865.

S. D. HAZEN, farmer, Section 21, P. O. Wichita, was born in Portage County, Ohio, in 1849. Son of Simon J. and Sarah Cogan Hazen. Was married in 1873 to Miss Charlotte O'Mealey, daughter of William and Julia O'Mealey. Has one child, Clyde Hazen. Came to Kansas in 1876, and located on the farm where he now resides. Was in the War of the Rebellion. Enlisted in 1864 in the One Hundred and Eighty-second Regiment Ohio Volunteers, Company K. Was in the engagements of his command, and was mustered out in August, 1865. Was 14 years and 11 months old when he enlisted.

PATRICK MARTIN, farmer, Section 8, P. O. Wichita, was born in Ireland in 1830; son of James and Bridget Cassidy Martin. Was married in 1863 to Miss Eliza M. Winmaster, daughter of Conrad and Elizabeth Snyder Winmaster, natives of Germany. Has eight children, Owen J., Mary E., Edward P., Kate E., Birtha M., Nellie J., Annie J. and Thomas F. Came to Kansas in 1870, 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 military service in Ohio. Enlisted in the State Militia of Ohio in 1861, for one hundred days' service, and was mustered out at the expiration of the time. Was in the employ of the United States in the Indian Territory in 1872-3, as night watchman, guarding the Commissary Department, is a member of the Old settlers' Association.

JAMES R. MEAD, farmer, Sections 15 and 16, P. O. Wichita. He was born in New Haven, Vt., in 1837, son of Enoch and Mary E. James Mead. He was married in 1837 to Miss Agnes Bascome. They have three children living, James L., Lizzie A. and Mary E. His wife died in Butler County, Kansas, in 1869, and he was married again in 1873 to Miss Lucy Inman. He came to Kansas in 1859, and located at Burlingame. In the fall of 1859 he went on the plains, engaged in hunting and fur dealing. In the winter of the same year he commenced trading with the Indians. He established a trading post on the Saline River, 15 miles northwest of the point where Salina now is. Remained there until 1863, when he located at Towanda, Butler County and established a trading post at that place. Soon after there came from the Indian Nation 3,000 to 4,000 Indian refugees who located near his post. In 1864 the Government sent an agent among these Indians, who made his headquarters at Mr. Mead's post, and remained there until the close of the war, and the Indians returned to their nation. Mr. Mead remained at that post until 1869, he not only supplying the Indians at this point, but sent out expeditions among the wild Indians of the plains. His trade averaged about $30,000. In 1869 he located at Wichita, and entered 160 acres of land where the city now stands, he having established a trading post on the Little Arkansas River near Wichita in 1865. He continued the trade until 1873. Since that time he has been engaged in banking, stock raising and farming, and is now engaged in stock raising, farming and mining, in Gunnison County, Colorado. He owns 1,000 acres of bottom land, mostly in Waco Township, Sedgwick County. His residence in Wichita is one of the largest and most beautiful in the city. During his life on the plains he was frequently employed by the United States Government in making treaties with the Indians. He was elected to the House of Representatives from Butler County in 1865. In 1868 he was elected State Senator from the District comprising Morris, Chase, Marion and Butler counties. He was Chairman on the Committee of Ways and Means of the Kansas Legislature for two years, and was Chairman of the Board of County commissioners in Butler County. Was State Delegate to the convention that nominated Gov. Thomas Carney and Gov. James M. Harvey. He was one of the organizers of the Wichita and Southwestern R. R.; was the first President of the Company, and one of the Directors for a number of years. He was one of the individuals who contributed and built the first bridge across the Arkansas at Wichita. The bridge was built in 1872, and is still standing. The first bell in the Arkansas Valley was purchased by him at St. Louis, and donated to the Public School at Wichita. He donated lots to the churches of the different denominations and to the Public Schools. The grounds occupied by the Railroad company for their buildings and side tracks for one half mile from Douglas to Centre avenues, was donated by him. He is a member and vice-president of the Academy of Science of the State of Kansas. His family are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mr. Mead's parents moved to Davenport, Iowa, in 1838, where they now reside. His father is a graduate of Yale College and is a Presbyterian clergyman. His mother is a graduate of Mount Holyoke Seminary.

JOHN MENDENHALL, farmer, Section 24, P. O. Wichita, was born in Ohio, in 1839; is a son of William and Susan (Caswell) Mendenhall; was married, in 1862, to Miss Emily Gerard, daughter of Isaac and Mary M. (Wyckel) Gerard. Has four children - John A., Lewis O., Alice M. and Adelbert G. Mendenhall. Came to Kansas in 1870, and located in Payne Township, on a farm, and remained two years; then located on a farm in Butler County; remained two years. In 1874, located on the farm where he now resides. Was one of the organizers of Payne Township; built the first house in the township. Was the first Trustee; was Trustee two terms in Benton Township, Butler County. Was elected Trustee in Waco Township, in 1882, and re-elected in 1883. Owns 160 acres of land, is engaged in general farming.

JAMES MENEFEE, farmer, Section 35, P. O. Wichita, was born in Virginia, in 1834; son of Phillip and Catharine (Pendleton) Menefee; was married in 1867, to Miss Minerva Farmer, daughter of Lewis and Nancy (Wilbern) Farmer. Has four children - Charles, Oren, Lewis and Smith. Mr. Menefee came to Kansas in 1871, and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land. Came from Iowa to Kansas. Has an orchard of five acres, containing 725 fruit trees, consisting of apples, peaches, pears and cherries, and a variety of small fruit. Is a member of the School Board, and of the Old Settlers' Association.

GEORGE E. MORGAN, farmer, Section 10, P. O. Wichita, was born in Huron County, Ohio, in 1838, son of John and Cornella (Bissell) Morgan, was married in 1860, to Miss Eliza Pond, daughter of Daniel and Clarissa Pond. Has two children - Clara and Luther Morgan. Came to Kansas in 1873, and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 140 acres of land. Was in the War of the Rebellion. Enlisted in 1863, in Hoffman's Battalion; afterwards changed to the One Hundred and Twenty-eight Regiment Ohio Volunteers, Company C; the Regiment was detailed for guard duty on Johnson's Island, guarding prisoners; was mustered out in 1865. Is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F & A. M., Wichita Lodge No. 99.

T. J. OWENS, farmer, Section 9, P. O. Wichita, was born in Ohio, in 1846, son of Henry and Ella Owens, was married in 1871, to Miss Mandana Snow, daughter of Levi and Jane Snow. Has two children - Charles and Fred. Mr. Owens came to Kansas in 1870, and located on the farm where he now resides. Was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1863, in the Ninth Iowa Cavalry, Company H.; was in the engagements of his command. Was mustered out in February, 1866. Is a member of the Old Settlers' Association.

A. C. PEASE, farmer, Section 31, P. O. Ruby, was born in Waldo County, Maine, in 1817, son of Palatiah and Nancy (Butler) Pease, was married in 1842, to Miss Marilla A. Halsey, daughter of David and Eunice (Collins) Halsey. Came to Kansas in 1872, and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 157 acres of land, and is engaged in general farming. Came from Illinois to Kansas, and was one of the first settlers in the township; there were no settlers south and west of him, nearer than seven miles. Mr. Pease is a member of the Baptist Church.

HENRY SCARTH, farmer, Sections 26 and 25, P. O. Wichita, was born in Morgan County, Ill., in 1842. Son of Robert and Margaret Sanderson Scarth. Was married in 1863 to Miss Hannah York, daughter of John P. and Mary York. Has six children, William H., Emma, George B., Laura B., Herbert and Hary (sic) Scarth. Came to Kansas in 1875 and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 336 acres of land. Engaged in farming and stock raising. Was Clerk of Waco Township one term.

SAMUEL N. SHOEMAKER, farmer, Section 30, P. O. Haysville, was born in Fairfield County, Ohio, in 1839. Son of Jacob and Susannah Nicodemus Shoemaker. Was married in 1862 to Miss Leah Hoffman, daughter of George and Adeline Lehman Hoffman, born in Franklin County, Pa., in 1841. Has nine children, John B., Martha A., Emma C., Jacob C., George O., William H., Sarah E., Mary B., and James A. Benjamin F. Shoemaker died in 1876, aged seven years and eleven months. Came to Kansas in 1878 and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 399 acres of land. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

WILLIAM SIMPSON, farmer, Sections 9 and 16, P. O. Wichita. He was born in England in 1829. Son of Robert and Sarah Swift Simpson. He was married in 1852 to Miss Elizabeth Gilden, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth Lamb Gilden. They have four children, Mary A., George W., Kate N. and John C. Mr. Simpson came to Kansas in 1870 and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns ninety-seven acres of land. Is a member of the School Board. Has been Treasurer of the school district for the last ten years. He was Town Treasurer for one term and was Town Trustee and Assessor for two terms. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church and of the Old Settlers' Association.

STEPHEN SLADE, farmer, Sections 31, 24, and 25, P. O. Haysville, was born born (sic) in England in 1838. Son of George and Catherine Vincent Slade. Was married in 1882 to Miss Agnes H. Keller, daughter of W. and Isabelle Keller. Came to Kansas in 1870 and located on the farm where he now resides. Has an orchard of 125 apple, 500 peach trees and a variety of small fruit. After three years spent on his farm he returned to Illinois and for three years was employed in charge of the Reform School farm at Pontiac, and then returned to Kansas, and again located on his farm. Is a landscape gardener by trade. Prior to coming to Kansas was employed in the St. Louis House of Refuge in managing the grounds. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

JOHN SPRINGOB, farmer, Section 7, P. O. Wichita, was born in Prussia in 1833. Son of Everat and Martrasa Springob. Was married in 1864 to Miss Mary A. Shulte, daughter of Peter and Mary E. Shulte. Has seven children, Joseph, John, Peter, Alfred, Kate, Lizzie, and Josephine Springob. Came to Kansas in 1868 and located in Pottawatomie County, engaged in farming and working at his trade of stone mason. Remained two years. In 1870 moved to Sedgwick County and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 240 acres of land. Engaged in farming and stock raising. Is a member of the Catholic Church. Is a member of the School Board and has served in that capacity for seven years.

JEROME TURLEY, farmer, Section 10, P. O. Wichita, was born in Illinois in 1849; son of George W. and Susan (Taylor) Turley; was married, in 1872, to Miss Bathsheeba Douglas, daughter of John and Agnes J. (Cheatem) Douglas; has four children - Iola, Vivalley, Elvia and Iva M. Turley; came to Kansas in 1876; located on the farm where he now resides; owns 640 acres of land; engaged in general farming and stock raising. Is a member of the Christian Church, and an earnest temperance man.

M. D. WEMPLE, farmer, Section 25, P. O. Wichita, was born in Rock County, Wis., in 1849; son of Peter D. and Eliza (Davis) Wemple. He was married, in 1874, to Miss Lizzie O'Dell, daughter of William D. and Elizabeth (Foster) O'Dell. They have three children - Stephen H., Agnes E. and Cora D. Mr. Wemple came to Kansas in 1869. In January, 1870, located on the farm where he now resides. He owns 120 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. He was the third settler in Waco Township, and made his filing in the fall of 1870; came from Wisconsin. He was engaged in railroading for two years previous to coming to Kansas. His brother, J. H. Wemple, came to Kansas with him. They, in company, engaged in stock raising and on the cattle drive. In June, 1870, a man known as Curley Walker, at the head of a band of desperadoes, stole from them seventy-six head of cattle and one horse and drove them across the country to Fort Dodge. Mr. J. H. Wemple was at that time at Sand Springs, near Salina, where they also had a herd of cattle. On hearing of the depredation, started in pursuit. When he reached a point four miles from Fort Dodge, Walker heard of his approach and started on horseback to meet him. On his approach, he was recognized by Mr. Wemple, and as he dismounted, was ordered by him to hold up his hands, upon which he drew two revolvers and commenced firing. Mr. Wemple returned the fire, and the fight continued until twelve shots had been fired, when Walker fell dead, with three bullets through his body. Mr. Wemple proceeded at once to Fort Dodge and gave himself up to the military authorities, but they refused to accept him, claiming that he had done a public service in ridding the country of one of the worst desperadoes. Then went to Fort Hays, gave himself up, and demanded a trial, but with the same result as at Fort Dodge. They raised a purse of $500 for him at Fort Hays, claiming he was a public benefactor. The purse he refused, but succeeded in recovering his stolen stock.

S. WYCKOFF, farmer, P. O. Wichita; born in Ohio in 1837; son of Samuel Wyckoff and Elizabeth (Cooper) Wyckoff; married, in 1857, Miss Letitia Remy, and has ten children - Samuel; Elizabeth, Mary, John, Millberg, Cora, Jane, Rena B., Rawson and an infant; came to Kansas in 1871; located six miles southwest from Wichita in the town of Waco; has been engaged in farming from that time; was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted, in 1862, in the Twentieth Regiment Ohio Volunteers, Company B; was in the battles of Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Lookout Mountain, Resaca and other engagements of his command; was wounded at Stone River and taken prisoner, and wounded at the engagement of Kenesaw Mountain; was mustered out of service in 1862. Is a Justice of the Peace in Waco Township.

JEROME B. YORK, farmer, Section 15 and 11, P. O. Wichita, was born in Scott County, Ill., in 1843, son of William K. Phoebe Lyons York. Was married in 1870, to Miss Elizabeth Bowman, daughter of John and Eliza Bowman. Has four children - Minnie, Mary, Grace and Robert. Mr. York came to Kansas, in 1871, located on the farm where he now resides; owns 640 acres of land, engaged in farming and stock raising; has an orchard of 3,000 trees, consisting of apple, peach, pear and cherry trees, and a variety of small fruit. Was in the War of the Rebellion, enlisted in 1862, in the One Hundred and Sixteenth Regiment Illinois Volunteers Company H; was transferred in 1864, to Battery H, First Illinois Light Artillery, served in that until he was mustered out. Was in the siege of Vicksburgh (sic), Arkansas Post, Mission Ridge, Resaca, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, July 22, and 28th, and August 31, Savannah, Ga., Fort McAlister, Columbia, S. C., Goldsboro, N. C., and other engagements of this command; was mustered out in 186?. Has been County Commissioner of Sedgwick County, for two terms. Is a member of the I. O. O. F., Wichita Lodge, No. 93.

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