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


SEDGWICK COUNTY, Part 31

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JAMES P. BARNETT, farmer, Section 8, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Ross County, Ohio, in 1838. He is a son of Isaac and Lucetta Meeker Barnett. He was married in 1865 to Miss Sarah E. Swift; has one child - Ernest S. Barnett; 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. He was in the township one year before its organization. He is a member of the School Board and has served nine years. Was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1862 in the One Hundred and Sixteenth Regiment Illinois Volunteers, Company G. And was in the battles of Arkansas Post and the siege of Vicksburg, and all of the engagements of General Sherman's march to Atlanta, Resaca, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, July 22 and 28, Jonesboro, Fort McAllister, Bentonville and other engagements of his command. He was mustered out in 1865, entered the service as Orderly. He served two years, then received commission as First Lieutenant, and held that commission until the close of the war. He was acting adjutant for one year. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & A. M.

WILLIAM BECKER, farmer, Section 27, P. O. Wichita, was born in Northumberland County, Pa., in 1813, is a son of John and Elizabeth Dinrick Becker; was married in 1842 to Miss Rebecca Peters daughter of John and Margaret Garton Peters; and has three children - Sarah E., John J. and C. P. Becker. He came to Kansas in 1871, located in Anderson County and remained one year. In 1872 he located on the farm where he now resides. He and sons own 320 acres of land and are engaged in farming and stock raising; settled in the township before its organization and was one of the organizers of the school district. He and son J. J. built the first schoolhouse, and Sarah E. Burris, nee Becker, taught the first school in the district, using part of her home for a school room, and using the same room for the first Sunday school, which was organized in 1872. Has been a member of the School Board for three years, and also is a member of the Old Settlers' Association of Sedgwick County.

R. S. BELL, farmer, Section 8, Township 26 south, Range 2 west, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Tippecanoe County, Ind., in 1836. Is a son of Peter F. and Sara Bowman Bell. Was married in 1865 to Miss Sue R. Dychus, daughter of B. F. and Rosanna Dychus; has three children - Frankie G., Carl S. and Sarah E. Bell. He came to Kansas in 1871 and located in Park City, remained one season, then located on the farm where he now resides. He owns 160 acres of land and is engaged in farming, was Town Clerk one term, has been a member of the School Board for eight years, was in the war of the Rebellion, enlisted in 1861 in the Forty-first Regiment Illinois Volunteers, Company A, was in the battle of Shiloh, Fort Donelson, Corinth, Siege of Vicksburg, Hatchie River, Jackson, General Bank's campaign up the Red River, under General Smith, and other engagements of his command. He was wounded at Jackson and at White River, Miss., was in the hospital three months, was mustered out in August, 1864, entered the service as private, promoted to Second Lieutenant in 1862 and received commission as First Lieutenant in 1863, held that commission, commanding his company until mustered out. He is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, A. F. & A. M., Wichita Lodge No. 88, and also of the Old Settlers' Association of Sedgwick County.

ELLEROY BOONE, farmer, Section 11, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Cortland County, N. Y., in 1817. He is a son of James and Patience Terry Boone. Was married in 1835, to Miss Betsy Ann Greenman. They have two children, Martin and Matilda Boone. His wife died in March, 1842; married again in the fall of 1842, to Miss Catherine Elizabeth DeLong. They have seven children, Ella Maryett, Daniel, Embury, Elizabeth, Margaret, James and Alice Boone. He came to Kansas in 1872, located on the farm where he now resides. He owns 320 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising; was one of the organizers of Union Township; has been a member of the School Board, served two terms.

S. R. BOWMAN, farmer, Section 31, P. O. Wichita, was born in Rensselaer County, N. Y., in 1826. He is a son of Elisha and Eunice Condon Bowman. Was married in 1851, to Miss Sarah E. Price, daughter of Joseph and Mary Price; has four children, Charles R., John A., Mary E. and Milton S. Bowman. He came to Kansas in 1871, located on the farm where he now resides. He owns 154 acres of land and is engaged in farming; has been a member of the School Board for two years; was in the Mexican War; mustered in, in 1846, at St. Louis, Mo., as teamster; was mustered out in the fall of 1848, in Texas.

JAMES R. BROWN, farmer, Section 28, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Ireland, in 1842. He is a son of William and Nancy Brown. Was married in 1874, to Miss Ada M. Winters, daughter of William and Letitla Winters; has four children, Carrie, Willie, Elta and Mollie Brown. He came to Kansas in the spring of 1870 and located on the farm where he now resides. He owns 160 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Mr. Brown, in company with six others, all disabled from the late war, made the first settlement in the township, in March, 1870. The company were known as the Soldier Boys. He was one of the organizers of the township; was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1861, in the Eleventh Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, Company D. He was in the battles of second Bull Run, Gettysburgh (sic), Chancellorsville, Wilderness, Hatcher's Run, Five Forks and other engagements of his command. He was wounded in the second Bull Run; was in the hospital two months, then joined his regiment; was wounded at Petersburgh by a gunshot in the right fore arm, which resulted in its amputat on (sic) above the elbow. He was in the hospital six months, then joined his regiment. He entered the service as private, was promoted to First Sergeant and received commission as Second Lieutenant soon after joining his regiment, after losing his arm. Was promoted to First Lieutenant in December, 1864; held that commission until the close of the war. He veteraned in 1863; was mustered out of service in July, 1865.

J. O. CROCKER, farmer, Section 15, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Orange County, Vt., in 1820; son of James D. and Achsah Ladd Crocker. Was married in 1847, to Miss Sarah N. Mason, daughter of Leonard and Sallie B. Morse Mason; has seven children, Ellen M, W. H., J. H., H. L., C. O., N. M. and J. D. Crocker. He came to Kansas in 1877 and located on the farm where he now resides. He owns 240 acres of land; engaged in farming and stock raising; was elected Trustee of Union Township in 1877, and has been re-elected every year from that time. He was in the Vermont State Militia form 1841 to 1844.

WILLIAM H. CROCKER, farmer, Section 14, P. O. Eldridge, was born in La Salle County, Ill., in 1850, son of J. O. and S. M. Mason Crocker. He was married in 1881, to Miss Katie Tapp, daughter of Elijah and Rachel Dennis Tapp; has two children, Otis R. and Mabel Crocker. He came to Kansas in 1871 and located on the farm where he now lives. He owns 160 acres of land; engaged in farming and stock raising. He was in the township one year before its organization and was one of the organizers of the township.

F. M. DOFFLEMYRE, farmer, Section 14, P. O. Wichita, was born in Van Buren County, Iowa, in 1843, is a son of Noah and Lucinda Peters Dofflemyre; was married in 1872 to Miss Nancy J. Stodghill, daughter of Christopher and Rachael Swope Stodghill; has three children - Bertie, Charles and Ida Dofflemyre. Came to Kansas in 1874, located in Union Township, Sedgwick County in 1876, located on the farm where he now resides, owns 159 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising, was in the War of the Rebellion, enlisted in 1862 in the Thirty-sixth Regiment, Iowa Volnnteer (sic), Company D., was in the battles of Helena, Little Rock, Little Missouri River, Marks Hill, and other engagements of his command; was taken prisoner, held at Tyler, Texas, for ten months, was promoted to third Sergeant; held that position until the close of the war; was mustered out in September, 1865, was elected Representative from the Ninetieth District in 1880, served in the Legislature in the session of 1881; is a member of the Garfield, Post, No. 25, G. A. R.

S. A. GILBREATH, farmer, Section 6, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Washington County, Ind., in 1837, is a son of John and Mary Hoke Gilbreath, was married in 1873, to Miss Addie Henson, daughter of Gillum and Lucinda Henson; has one child - Carl C. Gilbreath. Came to Kansas in 1870, located on the farm where he now resides owns 154 acres of land. Was in the war of the rebellion, enlisted in 1862, in the Sixty-Fifth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Company B.; was in the battles of Franklin, Nashville and the Georgia Campaign, and other engagements of his command; was mustered out in June, 1865.

JOSEPH HILGER, farmer, Section 31, P. O. Germania, was born in Germany in 1849, is a son of Matthias and Agnes Hilger; was married in 1878 to Miss Dora Bunk, daughter of John and Hannah Bunk; has three children - Matthias, John and Theodore Hilger. Came to Kansas in 1870, located in Atchison County, remained two years; then located on the farm where he now resides; owns 192 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising; is a member of the St. Mark Catholic Church; was one of the first settlers in the southern part of the township; is a member of the School Board, has served in the capacity nine years; was one of the organizers of School District No. 82.

HENRY C. HOKE, farmer, Section 1, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Washington County, Ind., in 1830, is a son of James and Mary Ann McClure Hoke; was married in 1874 to Miss Mattie Henson, daughter of Gillum and Lucinda Henson; has two children - Mabel and Artie Hoke. Came to Kansas in 1870, located on the farm where he now resides, owns 161 acres of land; was in the War of the Rebellion, enlisted in 1861 in the Twenty-eighth Regiment, First Indiana Cavalry, Company A., was in the battles of Fredericktown, Helena, Little Rock, Pine Bluff and other engagements of his command; was mustered out in September, 1864; ;is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

R. W. HURT, farmer and Baptist clergyman, Section 29, P. O. Wichita, was born in Wayne County, Ky., in 1841; is a son of Thomas and Martha Deering Hurt; was married in 1863, to Miss E. B. Agee, daughter of William and Maria Madden Agee; has five children - Ida V., Mary L., Martha L., Otto F. and H. Moody. Mr. Hurt came to Kansas in 1878, located on the farm where he now resides, owns 140 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising; commenced the work of the ministry in 1882 - his first pastorate the Liberty Baptist Church in Waco Township, which position he still retains. Was instrumental in organizing the Fidelity Baptist Church in Union Township. Was in the war of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1861, in the First Kentucky Cavalry, Company C; was in the engagements of his command; was discharged in 1862, for disability. Is a member of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & A. M., and of the I. O. O. F.; is an earnest temperance man and worker.

C. F. HYDE, farmer, Section 4, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Lake County, Ohio, in 1837; is a son of Charles and Fanny Fletcher Hyde; was married in 1872, to Miss Altera Stephens, daughter of Charles and Cynth Stephens; has three children - Cora, Arthur and Charles H. Hyde. Came to Kansas in 1871. Located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 685 acres of land, 270 of which are under cultivation, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising; was appointed Postmaster of Eldridge, at the establishment of that office, May, 1872; still holds the appointment. Established a grocery store in 1872. Has been engaged in merchandising, from that time, in connection with farming. Now carries a general stock of merchandising. Postoffice and store located northwest corner of the northeast quarter of Section 4; was in the war of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1862, in the One Hundred and Twenty-seventh Regiment Illinois Volunteers, Company I; was in the battles of Arkansas Post, Vicksburg - first and second charge, and in other engagements of his command; was in the hospital four months; was mustered out in 1865. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

W. B. LINGO, farmer, Section 29, P. O. Wichita, was born in Rockingham County, N. C., in 1832; is a son of Reeves and Dolly Lingo; was married in 1871, to Miss Mary Noble, daughter of Peter and Martha Noble; has five children - Ida, Sarah, William, James and Katie Lingo. Came to Kansas in 1872; located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land; engaged in farming; was in the war of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1862, in the First Arkansas Cavalry, Company D; was in the battles of Prairie Grove, Van Buren, Fayetteville, Keetsville, Cane Hill, and other engagements of this command, sixteen in all. Was mustered out in 1865; was wounded at Prairie Grove by a blow on the head; was taken prisoner - held for forty days, and then exchanged. Is a member of the Baptist Church and of the Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & A. M.

HENRY H. LOUDENSLAGER, farmer, Sections 17 and 18, P. O. Wichita, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1841. Is a son of Samuel and Hettie Row Loudenslager. Was married in (sic), Emma B., Ada M., Cora E., Hettie C. and Cline S. Loudenslager. Came to Kansas in 1871; (sic) 1863, to Miss Susan B. Smith, of Jacob F. and Catharine Smith. Has five children - (sic) located on the farm where he now resides; owns 210 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock-raising. Was in the war of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1863, in the Thirty-fourth Regiment Pennsylvania Volunteers, Company K; served three months, and was mustered out in the fall of 1863. Is a member of the Congregational Church and Deacon of the Church. Is a member of the School Board, and has served nine years.

JOSEPH LOUDENSLAGER, farmer, Section 18, P. O. Wichita, was born in Pennsylvania in 1844; is a son of Samuel and Hettie Row Loudenslager. Was married in 1883, to Miss Sarah Packard, daughter of Henry and Catharine Packard. Came to Kansas in 1870; located in Doniphan County; remained one year, and in 1871 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; treasurer of the same. Is a member of the Old Settlers' Association of Sedgwick County.

WASHINGTON LUMBART, farmer, Section 32, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Ohio in 1846; son of Jabez and Eliza Olmsted Lumbart. Was married in 1868, to Miss Louisa Augest, daughter of John and Lucinda Augest. Has five children - Ella, Willie, Alice, Laura and Ida Lumbart. Came to Kansas in 1870; located on Section 30, Union Township; engaged in farming and blacksmithing; in 1878 located on the farm where he now resides; owns eighty acres of very choice land, and what stock his farm will accommodate. What time he can spare from his farm duties engages in blacksmithing. Was one of the first settlers in what is now Greeley Township; his cabin was the second one built in that township. His father, Jabez Lumbart, was the first settler in Greeley; was a native of New York; has a family of eight children. Came to Kansas in 1870, and with a true pioneer spirit pushed beyond the borders of settlement, and elected his claim for his future home on a beautiful piece of bottom land near the banks of the Arkansas River, where he still resides.

S. MAINE, farmer, Section 1, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Ohio in 1835; is a son of Dantel and Susan Bales Maine. Was married in 1868, to Miss Nancy Atkinson, daughter of John W. and Maria Kayser Atkinson. Has four children - Charles W., Lettie B., Bertie and Eva. Lettie was born on March 11, 1871; the first child born in the township.

THOMAS MARTIN, farmer, Section 26, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Ireland in 1843; is a son of Edward and Nancy Martin. Was married in 1877, to Miss Ruth Van Volkinburg, daughter of Henry and Margaret Van Volkinburg. Came to Kansas in 1870; located on Section 28; remained for six years, and then removed to the farm where he now resides; owns 220 acres of land; was one of the seven soldier boys who made the first settlement in the township. Was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1861 in the Fifth United States Cavalry, Company G; was in the siege of Yorktown, battles of Williamsburgh, Hanover Court House, Seven Days' Fight on the Peninsula, Antietam, Fredericksburgh, Chancellorsville, Mine Run, Kelly's Ford, Wilderness, Spottsylvania and other engagements of his command; was taken prisoner at Stony Creek, Va.; was held at Andersonville for six months; was afflicted with the scurvy and nearly starved; was unable to walk for three months after his release; was taken from prison to Annapolis; remained until his term of service expired; was unable to leave the hospital for six months; was mustered out in March, 1865. Enlisted in April, 1865, in the Seventh Regiment United States Veteran Volunteers, Company A, Hancock's Corps; served one year; was mustered out in 1866.

JAMES MANAMEE, farmer, Section 32, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Pennsylvania, in 1845; son of William and Catherine Manamee. Was married in 1872, to Miss Belle Bunton, daughter of Joel and Elizabeth Bunton. Came to Kansas in 1870, from Maine; was one of the seven that made the first settlement in the township known as the "Soldier Boys." Has been Constable two years. Was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1861, in the Ninety-seventh Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteers, Company K. Was in the battles of Bermuda Hundred, Fort Wagoner, Petersburgh, Coal Harbor, Bombardment of Fort Sumter and Port Royal, and other engagements of his command; was wounded at Petersburgh on the 18th of July, 1864, from a gun shot in the right elbow, the ball passing through the elbow into his side, which resulted in the amputation of the right arm near the shoulder; was in hospital one year; was mustered out at the close of the war, in June, 1865; veteraned in February, 1863; was mustered out at Central Park, New York City. Mr. and Mrs. Manamee were married on the 27th day of December, 1871, the first marriage in the township. Joe Bunton, father of Mrs. Manamee, died on the 6th day of June, 1871, the first death in Greeley Township.

C. H. MILLER, farmer, Section 18, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Syracuse, N. Y., in 1847. Is a son of John and Helen (Manchester) Miller. Was married in 1876, to Miss Lizzie Boone, daughter of Elroy and Elizabeth (DeLong) Boone. Has two children - Bertie L. and James H. Miller. Came to Kansas in 1871, from Illinois, and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 240 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Was one of the first settlers in the township, settled here one year before its organization. Was elected Constable at the first election. Is a member of the School Board; has served two years. Is a member of the Old Settlers' Association, of Sedgwick County.

HENRY PACKARD, farmer, Section 10, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Ohio, in 1820; is a son of Henry and Anna Packard. Was married in 1848, to Miss Sarah Conwan. His wife died in 1852, and he was married in 1853, to Miss Margaret Ferrel. Has one child - Charlotte Packard. His wife died in 1856, and he was married in 1857, to Miss Catharine Jones, daughter of John and Margaret (Watkins) Jones. Came to Kansas in 1871, located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 480 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Has been a member of the School Board for six years. Was in the township one year before its organization.

JOSEPH REGAN, farmer, Section 22, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Ireland, in 1833; is a son of William and Anna (Miles) Regan. Was married in 1853, to Miss Catharine Cormen. Has three children - John, Thomas and Mary Regan. His wife died in 1869. Was married in 1874, to Miss Ellen Jones, daughter of John and Margaret Jones. Has four children - William, Isaac, Catharine and Bartholomew Regan. Came to Kansas in 1870. Was one of the seven soldier boys who made the first settlement. Located on Section 32 remained six years, then moved to the farm where he now resides. Was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1864, in the Sixty-fifth Regiment New York Volunteers, Company B. Was in the battles of Bolvar Heights, Winchester, Fisher's Hill, Cedar Creek, and other engagements of his command. Was wounded in the right hand, the ball passing through the wrist, which resulted in the loss of a portion of his hand. Was in the hospital until the close of the war, was then taken to the Soldier's Home, where he remained for five years; his hand not healing, he was unable to work. John Jones, father of Mrs. Regan, was born in Virginia, in 1804; was a son of Thomas and Mary Jones. Was married in 1825, to Miss Margaret Watkins. Has seven children - Levi, Catharine, Thomas, Eliza, Elmer, Ellen and Caroline. Came to Kansas in 1871, located on the farm he now owns. His wife died in 1853. His son, Isaac, was killed in the war.

W. H. REYNOLDS, farmer, Section 14, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Ohio, in 1841. Is a son of John and Lucinda Wilson Reynolds. Was married in 1869, to Miss Ellen M. Crocker, daughter of J. O. and S. M. Crocker. Has four children - Charles F., Ellen M., Ethel L. and James L. Reynolds. Has buried two children. Came to Kansas in 1871. Located on the farm where he now resides; owns 160 acres of land. Was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in February, 1865, in the One Hundred and Fifty-third Regiment Illinois Volunteers, Company E. Was in the engagements of his command; was mustered out in the fall of 1865. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and of the School Board; has served six years. Was one of the organizers of Union Township.

LEWIS RHODES, farmer, Section 18, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Illinois, in 1849. Is a son of Hugh and Julia Rhodes. Was married in 1874, to Miss Frances Imbler, daughter of Samuel and Christena Imbler. Has four children - Julia E., Gail V., Royl H. (sic) and Roby C. Rhodes. Came to Kansas in 1870, located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 254 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Was one of the first settlers in the township; settled there about two years before its organization. Is a member of the Congregational Church, and Deacon and Trustee of the same. He, in connection with his brother, H. F. Rhodes, organized the first Sunday school in the township, March, 1871. The first place of meeting was at H. F. Rhodes' house. The June following Mr. H. P. Pate furnished poles and brush to build a shed for a place of meeting, the neighbors joining in and building it. In that shed was preached the first sermon by Rev. Mr. Adams. The Sunday school has been maintained from that time, Mr. Rhodes having been identified with is interest from the start. He was one of the organizers of the first Methodist Episcopal Class, and remained connected with it until the establishment of the Congregational Church.

SMITH RILEY, farmer, Section 22, P. O. Wichita, was born in Columbia County, Pa., in 1819. Is a son of John and Jane Watson Riley. Was married in 1849 to Miss Orpha Cook. Has four children - Joseph P., Morris E., Charles W. and Leroy Riley. Wife died in 1865, and he was married in 1866, to Mrs Lydia Burres. Has two children - Ella and John Riley. Came to Kansas in 1871; located on the farm he now owns; has 160 acres of land; engaged in farming. Was one of the organizers of the township. The first election was held at his house. Was elected Justice of the Peace in 1873; held the office about three years. Was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted in 1816, in the Eighty-second Ohio Volunteer, Company B. Was in the battles of McDowell, Buzzard's Roost, Resaca, Nashville, and other engagements of his command. Was discharged in 1863, for disability. Re-enlisted in the fall of the same year, in the Nineteenth Ohio Independent Battery Light Artillery. Was mustered out in June, 1865. Is a member of the Congregational Church, of the Garfield Post, No. 25, G. A. R., and of the Old Settlers' Association of Sedgwick County. Organized School District No. 13; was member of the Board for eight years.

JOHN RUSSELL, farmer, Section 23, P. O. Wichita, was born in Scotland, in 1818, son of William and Ann (Dunlap) Russell, came to the United States in 1838. Was married in 1841, to Miss Jane Allen, daughter of Walter and Jenet Allen. Has nine children - James E., Anna D., Mary, Andrew J., Samuel T., John W., Sheridan, William H. and Eliza Russell. Came to Kansas in 1863, and located in Osage County and remained six years, engaged in farming; then located in Wilson County, remaining four years. In 1873, 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; enlisted in 1861, in the Forty-fourth Regular Illinois Volunteer, Company C., and was mustered as Captain. Held that commission until July, 1862. Was in the battles of Pea Ridge, Perryville, Stone River, Mission Ridge, and all the engagements of the Atlanta campaign, Franklin, Nashville and others, twenty-two in all. Was wounded at Chickamauga, on the 20th of September, 1863. Was in the hospital sixty days, then joined his regiment. His right arm is partly paralyzed from the effect of his wound. Was mustered out in 1865. Was elected Representative of the State Legislature, from the Ninetieth District, in 1882. Served in the session of 1883. Is a member of the Masonic fraternity, A., F. & A. M., and of the Garfield Post, No. 25, G. A. R. Presbyterian in sentiment.

BURGESS RUTLEDGE, farmer, Section 34, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Tennessee, in 1835, son of David and Ann (Harris) Rutledge; was married in 1858, to Miss Mary E. Grimes. Has two children - Missouri Ann and Maria J. Rutledge. Was married, in 1863, to Miss Maria Simmons, daughter of William and Sarah (Sanders) Simmons. Has two children - Jessie and Maggie. Mr. Rutledge came to Kansas in 1870, and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Was in the township one year before its organization. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

SILAS RUTLEDGE, farmer, Section 34, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Charlotte, Dickson Co., Tenn., in 1837; is a son of David and Ann (Harris) Rutledge; was married, in 1861, to Miss Maria Huffman. His wife died in 1864. Married in 1866, to Mrs. Martha L. Brannen. His second wife died in 1867, and he was married, in 1868, to Miss Olive P. Smith, daughter of Bowen and Lucinda (Wing) Smith; came to Kansas in 1870, and located on the farm where he now resides; owns 400 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising; has 163 acres under cultivation; was in the War of the Rebellion; enlisted, in 1862, in the One Hundred and Fifteenth Regular Illinois Volunteers, Company E; was in the battles of Chickamauga, Resaca, Nashville, and other engagements of his command; was wounded at Resaca in May, 1864; was in the hospital five months; was mustered out in 1865; has been Treasurer of Union Township for four years; member of the School Board three years; is a member of the Old Settlers' Association of Sedgwick County.

REV. B. SCHMIEHAUSEN, Catholic priest, P. O. St. Mark's, was born in Freckenhorst, Westphalia, Germany, in 1856; son of Herman and Lucia (Hauveldap) Schmiehausen; was educated in classical studies in the Prussian Gymnasium of Warrensdorf; studied philosophy and theology at the Academy of Munster, and studied theology in the American College of Louvain, Belgium; was ordained priest at Roermond, Holland, in 1881; came to the United States in the fall of the same year, and located at St. Marks. His first pastorate was St. Mark's Church. St. Mark's Catholic Church was built in 1875, 16x26 feet; since enlarged in form of a cross to 16x66 feet; has a seating capacity of 250. St. Mark's Catholic School has an attendance of about sixty scholars. His charge includes Kingman County, St. Joseph's Church in Reno County, and St. John's Church in Sedgwick County. He is building a Catholic Church at Waterloo, Kingman County.

JOSIAH SCOTT, farmer, Section 16, P. O. Wichita, was born in Greene Co., Pa., in 1821, and is a son of Abraham and Mary Ann Keisinger Scott. Was married in 1842 to Miss Rebecca Morris. His wife died in 1846. Was married in 1846 to Miss Alice Hedges. Has one child. His second wife died in 1855. Was married in 1858 to Miss Catharine Dodson. Has four children - Leroy W., Morris B., Eliza E. and Sarah J. Scott. His wife died in 1870. Came to Kansas in the fall of 1870, and in April 1871, located on Section 21, 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. Was one of the organizers of Pleasant View School District. Was a member of the Building Committee that built the first school house in the district. Is a member of the Old Settlers' Association of Sedgwick County.

W. F. STEVENS, farmer, Section 1, P. O. Eldridge; was born in Ohio Co., Ky., in 1834. Is a son of Charles W. and Polly Wallace Stevens. Was married in 1854 to Miss Sarah E. Ward. Has three children - Priscillia A., Martha L., and Samuel M. Stevens. His wife died in 1871, and he was married in 1872, to Miss Dorcas A. Imbler. By this union there was one child - Guy V. Stevens. His second wife died in 1877, and he was married in 1880, to Miss Amanda M. Tyler, daughter of Thomas J. and Nancy R. Roy Tyler. Has one child - Henry A. Stevens. Came to Kansas in 1870, and located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 336 acres of land, and is engaged in farming. Has 160 acres under cultivation. Was in the township one and a half years before its organization. He was the first man married in the township, and in his family occurred the first death. Has been a member of the School Board for five years. Was in the War of the Rebellion. Enlisted in 1862 in the Sixty-fifth Regiment Indiana Volunteers, Company B. Was in the battles of Bluntsville, Walker's Ford, Bean's Station, Dandridge, Delton, Resaca, Dallas, Kenesaw Mountain, Siege of Atlanta, Franklin, Nashville and Town Creek. Was color bearer through the Georgia Campaign, and Sergeant, in which capacity he served until the close of the war. Was mustered out in July, 1865. Is a member of the Baptist Church, Masonic Fraternity, A., F. & A. M., Wichita Lodge, No. 99, and of the Old Settlers' Association of Sedgwick County.

JAMES V. SMITH, Section 2, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Maine, in 1838. Is a son of Bowen and Lucinda Wing Smith. Was married in 1867, to Miss Hannah Swift, daughter of Stephen A. and Sarah Scott Swift. Has three children - Walter, Alvina and Louise Smith. Came to Kansas in 1870, located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 400 acres of land, and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Has 1,100 sheep; built the first frame house in the township; raised the first peaches and the first sweet potatoes; has been a member of the School Board; belongs to a religious sect called Positivists.

ROYAL H. TUCKER, farmer, Section 1, Union Township, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Erie County, Ohio, in 1841. Is a son of Newton T. and Martha C. Tucker. Came to Kansas in 1869, and located at Winfield, where he spent several years at carpentering and wagon making. He was married in 1877, to Mrs. Maryetta E. Brown, daughter of Elleroy and Elizabeth Boone. Mrs. Tucker was born in New York, in 1849. Was married in Illinois, in 1866, to John Brown. Has two children - Mary L., and Charles L. Brown. Mr. Brown came with his family to Kansas, in 1870, and located on the farm where Mr. Tucker now resides. Mr. Brown was in the War of the Rebellion, and received injuries from which he never recovered, but died from their effects in 1875. After Mr. Tucker's marriage, he moved to Kingman County, and located on a farm there, where he remained for three years, then removed to Sedgwick County, and located on his farm, which consists of 160 acres of land. He has made a success of farming here, his crops being uniformly good. He has two children - Olive A. and Ella E. Tucker. Has a pleasant home, surrounded by all that makes farm life enjoyable. He was in the army during the late war; enlisted in 1862, in the One Hundred and First Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Company B. Third Brigade, Third Division, Fourth Army Corps, attached to the Army of the Cumberland. Was in the battles of Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga, Mission Ridge, Resaca, Kenesaw Mountain, Atlanta, and many other engagements; was wounded in front of Stone River, by a gun shot through the left foot; was in the hospital three months. Is a member of the Congregational Church.

CHARLES E. TUPPER, farmer, Section 32, P. O. Eldridge, was born in Iowa County, Mich., in 1842, son of Myron and Milissa Maine Tupper. Was married in 1860, to Miss Orange Lumbert, daughter of Jabez and Eliza Lumbert. Has five children - Calvin, Cora, Dora, Violet and Rosetta Tupper. Came to Kansas in 1871, located on the farm where he now resides. Owns 160 acres of land. Located in the township one year before its organization. Is a member of the School Board; has served three years. Was in the war of the Rebellion. Enlisted in 1864 in the Ninth Regiment Michigan Volunteers, Company H. Was mustered out at the close of the war, in 1865.

W. B. WILLIAMS, farmer, Sections 35 and 36, P. O. Wichita, was born in Gallatin, Sumner Co., Tenn., in 1827; is a son of Lemuel and Harriet E. (Ogburn) Williams. Was married in 1849 to Miss Elizabeth Duncan, daughter of Charles and Charity (Gard) Duncan. Has five children - John B., James C., Loretta, Emma and W. H. Williams. Came to Kansas in 1867 and located in Pottawatomie County. Remained three years, then located on Section 26, Kechi Township, Sedgwick County. Remained seven years, then sold his farm and located in Park Township. Remained until 1882, when he sold his farm and located in Union Township. Owns 288 acres of land and is engaged in farming and stock raising. Is a member of the Masonic fraternity, A., F. & A. M., Wichita Lodge, No. 99, and of the Knights of Honor, No. 527. Is a member of the Old Settlers' Association of Sedgwick County. Settled in Kechi Township at the time of its organization. Was Justice of the Peace in that township for two years, and Director on the School Board. Was Justice of the Peace in Park Township for four years. Was one of the organizers of the first agricultural association of the county. Was one of the directors that located the fair grounds of the Sedgwick County Agricultural and Mechanical and Stock Growers Association. Has served nine years. Is one of the commissioners of appraisal of the St. Louis, Ft. Scott & Wichita R. R., appointed to secure the right of way for that company. Was a member of the jury in Judge Campbell's court, in which seven cattle and horse thieves were convicted and sent to the State prison, it being the first criminal conviction in the county in 1871.

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