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


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THOMAS L. ROSS, farmer, P. O. Rossville, came to his present location from Topeka in April, 1882. Owns Sections 23 and 24, Township 10, Range 12, in Shawnee and Pottawatomie counties. Has 500 acres under cultivation, fenced with good substantial board and wire fence. Had 285 acres of wheat in 1882, which yielded 6,000 bushels, 137 acres yielded 600 bushels. Had 190 acres of corn, five head of horses. Size of house eighty-four feet long; center part 16x24, one and a half story, rat-proof wood house and cellar; nine rooms in the house. Has cisterns, waste-pipes, and everything complete about his house. Frame barn, 30x60 feet, sixteen foot posts. Lofts will hold about forty tons of hay. Came to Kansas in August, 1873, first locating at Beloit, Solomon City, and has been in the real estate and insurance business in Topeka since 1870. Was born in Cincinnati, Ohio, in November, 1824. Removed from there to Northern Indiana, and resided in La Porte, Porter and Henry counties, and Berrien, Cass and Van Buren counties, Mich. Was married in December, 1845, at Valparaiso, Ind. to Miss Lydia T. Hatch, a native of Medina County, Ohio. They have three children: Alice, now Mrs. Drummond of Topeka; William J., a telegraph operator at the Board of Trade in Chicago, and Charles E., with his father. The family are members of First Presbyterian Church of Topeka. Mr. Ross is a member of Buchanan Lodge No. 74, A. F. & A. M., Buchanan, Mich. Mr. Ross was for years the leading real estate dealer of Topeka and the State, and in 1881 his land sales amounted to $1,000,000. He came to the State with only $1, and has by diligence and integrity acquired a competence. Mr. Ross has always been identified with the Republican party.

O. LEROY SEDGWICK, agent for the sale of Pottawatomie Lands and abstractor, came to Kansas in 1870 and located in St. Mary's as sole agent for Pottawatomie Railroad and Indian lands. Remained in St. Mary's until 1878 and came to Rossville with the removal of his central office to this place. Has been very successful in business and has by constant and assiduous effort made Rossville the center of Pottawatomie land market. Mr. Sedgwick has a most complete set of abstract books, embracing the original Indian allotment roll, from Government records and a complete abstract record of all original Indian titles, situated in Shawnee, Pottawatomie, Wabaunsee, and Jackson counties, so that the title any tract of land may be readily traced through all of its transfers to the final grantor, insuring the purchaser an accurate abstract of title. Mr. S. conducted the Kansas Valley Times from the date of its establishment at St. Mary's in 1874, and after its removal to Rossville in 1878 until its final sale, June 15, 1882, when the outfit was removed to Topeka. He was editor and proprietor of this journal and its success is attested by the testimony of the leading citizens of Rossville. Mr. S. was also engaged in banking a few years in St. Mary's. He was born in Brooklyn, N. Y., February 19, 1847; remained in his native city until twenty-three years of age; did business in New York City in dry goods importing. Erected his present handsome residence in 1880 at a cost of $4,000 and his commodious office in 1882 at a cost of $1,500. Had also a well arranged barn, containing two good teams and carriages for the convenience of parties desiring to look at land. Has also windmill and pump with hose attached, to be used in case of fire or for irrigating purposes. He was married December 23, 1868, at New York City, Miss Mary A. Chadsey, a daughter of A. J. Chadsey, a prominent physician of that city. Is a member of Rossville Lodge, No. 75, A. O. U. W. and Topeka Lodge No. 787, K. of H.

PETER SHEARER, general store, Main street, came to Kansas in the winter of 1878, locating in Rossville; commenced present business in January, 1881. Business will average $10,000 per year; keeps one clerk. Before entering mercantile business engaged in his trade, that of a carpenter. Was born in Perry County, Pa., September 16, 1836, where he remained until fifteen years of age, and removed to Cumberland County, Pa., remaining five years farming, and went to Richland County, Ohio, and remained one year, and moved to Stephenson County, Ill., where he remained several years and learned his trade, was in Henry County, Ill., and from there went to Canada, finally returning to Pennsylvania, and removed from there to Michigan, from whence he came to Kansas; was married January 10, 1866, in Canada, five miles from Trenton, to Miss Madora Ackley, a native of Canada. His father located here in February, 1877, and bought 120 acres of land, three miles west of Rossville, died April 30, 1878, and Mr. Shearer was administrator of his father's estate. Is a member of Rossville Lodge, No. 75, A. O. U. W. and financier of that lodge. Is a member of the Democratic party.

A. C. SHERMAN, postmaster and dealer in hardware, implements and grain, Main street. Senior member of the firm of Sherman Bros. Came to Kansas in 1870 and laid off the present town of Rossville. Came to Topeka in March, 1870, and speculated in real estate and stock business until 1875. He built the first hotel in town in 1871; in the same year built his present commodious residence south of town, also built his store building. He owns 200 lots in the town. He opened a grocery in 1872. Ran it for two years and closing out went into the hardware trade in April, 1881. In May of the same year W. C. Sherman entered the firm and it has since continued under the style of Sherman Bros. They carry a stock of $10,000, and the trade will average $30,000 a year. The grain trade will reach $100,000 a year. He buys grain at Belvue and trades in car lots on the road and ships to Kansas City. Mr. Sherman was appointed postmaster and took charge of the office January 17, 1880. He was elected County Commissioner in the fall of 1878 and held that position for three years. He enlisted in the army August 16, 1861, being only fifteen years of age, in Company E, Eighteenth Indiana as a private. He was with his command in the engagements at Pea Ridge, Ark., and the capture of Fort Esperanza, Tex., was mustered out at Indianola, Tex., December 31, 1863. Immediately re-enlisted as a veteran in the re-organization of his old regiment, and participated in the battle of Baton Rouge, La. He was with Sheridan in the campaign of the Shenandoah valley. At the battle of Winchester the regiment lost 87 men out of 365 and Mr. Sherman came out unhurt. He was in the charge against Vicksburg and in the siege of that city, and of Petersburg under Gen. Grant. He was with Sherman's command at Atlanta and Savannah, Ga. He was mustered out at Darien, Ga., and took passage on the steamer Homeward Bound and was wrecked on the Florida coast, but was rescued and finally reached Indianapolis, where he was mustered out December 22, 1865. Mr. Sherman was the youngest man in the regiment, never was wounded and was in the hospital but a week during his long service in the army. He was in the rear of Vicksburg 64 days and nights without relief. He was born at Mt. Pleasant, Martin Co., Ind., March 20, 1846. Remained his native county until enlisting in the army. On his return from the army, he went to Washington, Davis Co., Ind., and attended the Waveland Collegiate Institute for one year. Mr. Sherman was married October 16, 1866, at Waveland, Ind., to Miss Lou Fisher, of that place, and as a result of this marriage has three children: Alice M., Adraien F. and Daisy. He removed to a farm, remained one year and then moved back to Park County, remained two years and returned to Washington Ind., and engaged in wholesale and retail dry goods trade which he continued for one year. His health failing he came to Kansas. When Mr. Sherman came to Topeka, it was the terminus of the Santa Fe route. Mr. Sherman is a member of Hesperian Lodge No. 111, A. F. & A. M. and Topeka Chapter No. 5, and Commandery No. 5 K. T. of Topeka. He is also a member of Lincoln Post, G. A. R. No. 1, Topeka. Is an active and earnest member of the Republican party, having imbibed the principles of that organization when quite young, his father being a prominent anti-slavery worker and orator in Indiana; a member of the Know-Nothing and Whig parties and at one time a member of the State Senate. The senior Mr. Sherman was a cousin of the distinguished United States Senator and General Sherman. Mr. Sherman has participated in many State conventions in Kansas, and was a delegate to the Wichita congressional convention in 1876. It nominated Hon. Tom Ryan as a member of Congress. Mr. Sherman's eldest daughter is attending Bethany College, Topeka.

REV. C. P. SLADE owns 83 acres three miles southwest of Rossville, and also owns 80 acres in Pottawatomie County, five miles from Olesburg. He has 45 acres in corn, 10 acres wheat and seven acres oats, orchard of 200 trees, 15 head of cattle, nine head of horses and colts. Came to Pottawatomie County in 1868 and resided there twelve years and came to present location in March, 1881. He was born in Greene County, Ohio, October 8, 1835, and moved to Fountain County, Ind. Worked in his father's woolen mill until 17 years of age. Mr. Slade was married September 8, 1862, at Warren, Ind., to Miss Mary M. Castle, a native of that place. They have two children: William C. and Jennie T. He is a regular ordained minister of the Christian church. Assisted to organize the first Free Will Baptist church in Pottawatomie County, Kansas, and was the minister of that denomination for five years. He finished his education at Troy high school in Ohio. Was the first volunteer from Fountain county, enlisting in the army April 16, 1861, in Company A, Tenth Indiana, Capt. Cris Miller, in three months service; re-enlisted in the Sixteenth Indiana, June 13, 1862. He was taken prisoner at Richmond, Ky., by Kirby Smith; was exchanged in November, 1862. Was at Vicksburg, Chickasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Port Gibson, Champion Hill, Big Black, Jackson, Miss. on the Red River campaign. Was promoted First Lieutenant at New Orleans, April 20, 1865, and mustered out July 20 of the same year, at Indianapolis. Was Justice of the Peace at Shannon Township, Pottawatomie County, two years. Has always been identified with the Republican party.

M. M. STANDLEY, farmer, P. O. Kingsville, 300 acres under his control. In 1882 had 145 acres of corn, twenty-five oats, twenty millet. Has had charge of Mr. Wilson's business since 1874. Came to Kansas, March 6, 1866, first locating in Jefferson County, and came to his present place in 1874. Was born in Carroll Co., Ind., June 9, 1841, remained there until 1862, engaged in farming. Enlisted October 6, 1862, in the twenty-fourth Indiana Battery. Was engaged on Cumberland River in pursuit of Morgan. Was in the first Battery of Burnside's Army to cross the Cumberland Mountains. Was at the sieges of Knoxville and Nashville and in pursuit of Longstreet's Army. Was at the siege of Atlanta and in the battle of Resaca. In the battle of Macon, Georgia, forty-seven men and two commissioned officers were captured. The Battery marched over 4,000 miles during the war. Mr. Standley took party in seventeen battles in all, and was mustered out August 3, 1865, at Indianapolis. Was promoted to First Corporal in the Marobo fight with John Morgan, July 2, 1863. Returned to Logansport, Indiana and was married February 11, 1866, to Miss Charlotte Moon, a native of Ohio, and has five children - Maranda, Allen, Ida, Bert and Cora.

JOHN STOYELL, agent and telegraph operator, U. P. R. R. Came to Kansas in the fall of 1872 and located at Wyandotte and there learned telegraphy and the railroad business. Came to Rossville, in December, 1873. He was born in Cayuga County, N. Y., July 25, 1842, and remained there until 21 years of age, farming with his father. Enlisted in the army in the fall of 1863, Company L, Ninth New York Heavy Artillery, as a private. Shortly afterward was promoted to Sergeant. Was in Sheridan's command in the army of the Shenandoah and was at Richmond and Petersburg in the campaign of 1864 and 1865. Was at the battle of Cedar Creek. Was transferred in the summer of 1865 to the Second Heavy Artillery on the consolidation of the two regiments, and was promoted to Lieutenant. Was at the battle of Cold Harbor. Was mustered out in October, 1865, at New York City; remained a short time in New York, and came west stopping in Kansas City and Davis County, Mo., farming for about seven years and railroading. He was married in 1872, at Kansas City, to Miss Hattie Dougherty, a native of Virginia. He has always been identified with the Republican party.

BENNETT SWEARINGEN, farmer, P. O. Rossville. Has eighty acres, all under cultivation. Has an orchard of 200 peach and sixty apple trees. In 1882 cultivated thirty-seven acres of corn, eleven acres of wheat, yielding 252 bushels, eight acres of oats, yielding 264 bushels; five acres of rye, yielding ninety-one bushels. Has twelve head of cattle, and twenty-one hogs. Mr. S. came to Kansas in 1866, locating in 1868 at his present place. Lived in Neosho County nearly two years. Was born in Meigs County, Ohio, February 4, 1842. When ten years old he removed to Fulton County, Illinois, and remained two years, then removed to McDonough County, and farmed until coming to Kansas. He enlisted in October, 1861, at Bushnell, Illinois, in Company F, Fifty-fifth Illinois, as private. Was at the battles of Shiloh, Corinth, Vicksburg, Chattanooga, and the Atlanta campaign. Went through with Sherman in his famous march to the sea, and was at Savannah and Atlanta. Was wounded at Shiloh and Atlanta. Was in the hospital about four weeks. Was promoted to Corporal October 1, 1864, and to Sergeant in June, 1865. He was mustered out in August, 1865, at Little Rock, Arkansas, and finally discharged August 27, 1865, at Chicago. Was married November 2, 1866, at Iola, Allen Co., Kas., to Miss Mary J. Startup, a native of Ohio. They have three children - Hattie E., Edna and Anna S. Mr. S. is a member of the Christian Church; was Township Trustee for five years. He is an active Republican and has been a delegate to several Representative and County conventions.

C. W. TALMADGE, bookkeeper, corresponding clerk and abstractor for O. Le Roy Sedgwick. Came to Rossville in February, 1880, from Baldwinsville, New York. He is local correspondent of the Kansas Valley Times, and was local editor of that paper for two years in Rossville. He was born in Baldwinsville, Onondaga Co., N. Y., October 5, 1856, and remained in his native State until coming to Kansas. He attended school until 20 years of age. He took a course of study embracing three years at Syracuse University fitting himself for an architect, when completing his studies he went into a flouring mill at Le Roy, New York, where he remained two years. He was married December 23, 1880, to Miss Jennie Maxwell, daughter of S. B. Maxwell, Esq., of Rossville. Mr. Talmadge is a member of Council Grove Lodge, No. 6, A. O. U. W., of Council Grove, Kansas and is a Select Knight of that Order; also Councilman of the city of Rossville.

MELVILLE F. TATMAN, of the firm of Hartzell & Tatman, druggists, Main street. Came to the State in 1863, locating in Jefferson County, engaged in drug store and farming. Went to Mercer County, Missouri, and remained about one and a half years, and came to Rossville in May, 1877. Clerked for Kerr & Higginbotham about one year and then went into partnership with Mr. Hartzell in present business, the only drug store in the town. They did about $6,000 worth of business in 1881, and will run near that in 1882. He was born in Putnam County, Indiana, September 11, 1842. Remained in his native county, until he was five years old, and went with his parents to Mercer County, Missouri. Remained there about ten years, attending school, and moved to Platt County, remaining about four years farming, and removed to Clay County, remaining until coming to Kansas. He learned the drug business in Jefferson County. Was married at Rossville, April 13, 1880, to Miss Zura Estes, a native of Iowa. Mr. Tatman is a member of the Baptist Church, and is a Democrat.

ISAAC B. TROSTEL, farmer, P. O. Rossville. Owns eighty acres on Section 31, and has seventeen acres of timber on the Kaw River. Has sixty-four acres under cultivation, balance used for corral purposes. Is in school district No. 65. Has forty acres in corn, twelve acres in oats. The main part of the house is 16x22, six rooms in all with kitchen and cellar under all. House cost $1,000. The barn, 28x32 feet, built in 1875, costing $500, has a capacity for twelve horses and six tons of hay. Corn crib is 8x48 feet; will hold 1,460 bushels. Shop 16x20 feet, used for farm implements. He has 160 fruit trees, consisting of pears, apples and cherries, all bearing; had forty bushels of apples in 1881; 100 grapes bearing. Has ornamental and evergreen trees. Has a patent diamond wire fence in front of yard; yard set in bluegrass. Has forty forest trees consisting of box elder, maple, poplar and walnut. Has eighty-two head of cattle, four work horses and ponies, three colts. Orchard is set to blue grass. Came to Kansas March 2, 1877, and located on his present farm, from Perry County, Pa., where he was born May 20, 1843, and remained there until coming West. Enlisted in first three months' service, Company C, Thirteenth Pennsylvania Volunteers. Did guard duty on the Maryland line. Re-enlisted in Company G, One Hundred and Thirty-third Infantry nine months' men. Went to Washington and was sent to Virginia in front of Bull Run and was in the battles of Antietam, Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville. Was mustered out at Harrisburg, May 27, 1863, and again enlisted in Company A, Twentieth Pennsylvania Cavalry, six months' men. Went into Western Virginia under Gen. Winecook. Was raiding and skirmishing in Virginia, cutting off supply trains and railroads. Had one hard skirmish at Greenfield Furnace, thirteen men were captured and four killed. Was mustered out in January, 1864, at Harrisburg, Pa. Re-enlisted in the Seventh Battalion, 100 day volunteers, and did provost duty in the State. In nine months' service was promoted to Second Corporal. In cavalry was Commissary Sergeant. In 100 day service went in as first duty Sergeant and was promoted to Adjutant of battalion. Was wounded in the right arm at Fredericksburg. Was finally mustered out in 1865, at Harrisburg, Pa., and returned to Perry County. Was appointed Overseer of the poor in his native county in April, 1868, and held the position for six years. Was married December 6, 1870, at Loysville, Perry County, Pa., to Mrs. Sarah Bistline, who had three children - Florence S., Elizabeth, who died in October, 1876 in Pennsylvania, aged eleven years, and Katie May. Mrs. Trostel died October 24, 1881, at her home near Rossville, aged forty-two years and seven months. He was a member of Blaine Lodge No. 706, I. O. O. F., Blaine, Pa. Is a member of the Presbyterian Church and has always been an active and ardent Republican.

FRANK VAN VLECK, farmer, P. O. Rossville, Section 9, Township 10, Range 13. Owns eighty acres, seventy under fence and improved. Has thirty-five acres corn, twenty acres wheat, will average twenty bushels per acre. House 16x24 feet. Came to Kansas in the fall of 1878, from Grundy County, Ill. He was born in Steuben County, near Addison, N. Y., October 2, 1855. When quite young moved to Grundy County, Ill., and remained until coming to Kansas. He was married April 8, 1880, at Topeka, to Miss Olive Kirkpatrick, a native of Indiana. They have one child - Arthur. He was a member of the Gardner Lodge, No. 515, of Gardner, Ill., I. O. O. F. Has always been a Republican.

REV. W. D. WARD, pastor of the Presbyterian Church, was born in Shelby County, Ill., November 11, 1860. At the age of five years he removed with his parents to Clay County, Ind., where he remained until the commencement of his collegiate course. He is a graduate of Wabash College, Crawfordsville, Ind., of the class of 1881, and a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity. In May, 1882, Mr. Ward assumed temporary charge of the Rossville church, his pastorate including also the Presbyterian Church of Silver Lake. He is now completing his educational course at Lane Theological Seminary, Cincinnati, Ohio.

WILLIAM WAX, P. O. Rossville. Owns 150 acres on the farm of John Parr, three miles southwest of Rossville. Has twenty-six acres of small grain, balance corn. Came to Kansas in August, 1878, first locating two miles west of where he now is, from Mason County, Ill. He was born in Juniata County, Pa., July 8, 1849. Moved to Illinois when quite small; stayed but a short time and went to Perry County, Pa., where he remained until he was fifteen years old, when he enlisted in the Seventy-ninth Pennsylvania Volunteers and soon went into the Third Regular Cavalry. He was in New Mexico, Colorado, Texas and other western territories. Was mustered out June 24, 1868, at Fort Sumner, N. M. Returned to Pennsylvania, then came to Illinois and to Kansas. He was married February 3, 1880, at Topeka, to Miss Zelmina Heolot. They have two children - Joseph V. and Maud A. Mr. Wax has always been identified with the Republican party.

DANIEL WILT, farmer, P. O. Rossville. Owns 190 acres north of Rossville, 160 improved. In 1882 he had 100 acres of corn, twenty-two acres of wheat, seven acres of oats, five acres of millet, three acres of rye. Has five head of horses, twenty-five cattle, twenty-five hogs. Has a neat, substantial house, frame, twenty-eight feet square, two stores. Barn 22x24 with basement. Mr. Wilt came to Kansas in the fall of 1876. First farmed west of town and moved to his present farm in 1880 and has put all the improvements on since then. He came from Perry County, Pa. Was born in York County, Pa., near Harrisburg, October 10, 1835. Lived there until fourteen years of age and then went to Perry County, and learned the plasterer's trade. Worked at his trade there until coming to Kansas. Enlisted in the spring of 1865 in Company F, Two Hundred and eighth Pennsylvania Infantry. Was at Petersburg and Fort Steadman and in pursuit of Lee until captured. He was mustered out in May, 1865. Mr. Wilt was married in 1860 at Blaine, Perry County, Pa., to Miss Melinda J. Curren, a native of that county. They have nine children - John, Samuel, Mary, Reuben, Salome, Julia, Ray, Fannie and Irwin. Mr. Wilt was once a member of the I. O. O. F. and K. of P. Is a member of the Presbyterian Church and a Republican.

HENRY YORK, farmer, P. O. Rossville, 120 acres on Section 11, Township 11, Range 13; 100 acres under cultivation. In 1882 he had fifty-seven acres of corn, six and a half of wheat, three millet, thirteen oats and eleven and a half rye; land all under fence. House 24x32, story and a half; eight rooms and built in 1879, costing $1,200; barn 14x22, will hold five horses and two tons of hay; crib and granary 32x24 will hold 3,000 bushels in all; has fifteen head of cattle and three horses. Has an orchard of 180 apple trees and sixty cherries, all bearing. He came to Kansas in the spring of 1869, from Pekin, Ill. Was born in the Canton of Zurich, Switzerland, November 27, 1842. Remained there until twelve years of age and came to America with his parents who located in Cook County, Ill., where they remained one year, farming. They then moved to Macon County and remained about five years, engaged in farming, and then moved to Pekin, Tazewell County, where Mr. York learned the harness making trade. He enlisted in 1864, under the call for 100 day men in Company C, One Hundred and Thirty Ninth Illinois Volunteers. Did garrison duty at Cairo and some foraging and skirmishing in Kentucky. Was in the service six months and was mustered out at Peoria, Ill., in the fall of 1864. Returned to Pekin and finished his trade which he continued to work at until coming to Kansas, running a shop of his own the last two years before coming here. Was married in the spring of 1870, at Pekin, to Miss Emma Dumser, a native of Monroe, Mich., and they have five children - Charles, Henry, Mary, Emma and Lillie. He was once a member of the Grange, and a member of the School Board for two years. Mr. York owns a half interest in the "Champion Hedge Trimmer," a patent that is of practical utility, and is meeting with great success. He has the entire county of Shawnee, and a half interest in eleven of the northern tier counties bordering on Nebraska.

PETER H. ZICKEFOOSE, farmer, four and a half miles northeast of Rossville, on Section 1; owns 480 acres, 125 acres under cultivation. In 1882 had forty-five acres of wheat, will average twenty-two bushels per acre; fifty-five corn, five millet, twelve oats. Frame house 16x18, one story; has an orchard of 120 apple trees, forty cherry, 100 peach and eight pear trees. Came to Kansas in December, 1869, from West Virginia, first locating one mile east of Topeka a short time and moved seven miles west, remained one year and moved one mile west of Silver Lake, remaining five years; then moved two miles north of Rossville, remained four years and moved to his present farm in August, 1880. Was born in Highland County, W. Va., February 26, 1831. Remained in native county until the spring of 1847, following farming with his father, then moved to Richey County and remained until coming to Kansas. Was a member of the State Militia and had some trouble with the Confederates during the war on account of his loyal sentiments. Was Deputy Sheriff of Richey County during the war, and as the sheriff would not ride in the south part of the county, he performed that perilous duty and had frequent encounters with the Rebs; owned a very fleet mare and being acquainted with every foot of the ground and the mountain path, always managed to elude his pursuers. When Hammond and Jones' Confederate Command made their raids in the spring of 1863, Mr. Z. saved two of his father's horses by putting them in a smokehouse. Was married in September, 1855, in Greene County, Pa., to Miss Mary Hammer, a native of E. Va.; they have seven children living - Francis M., Samuel P., Pheba S., William H., Samson E. W., Otho R. and Sarah Etta - Asbury J. died near Rossville, February, 1879, aged seventeen years. Mr. Z. is a member of the United Brethren Church; is a Republican and his father was a Democrat, but now votes the Republican ticket.

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