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


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WALTER MATNEY, farmer, Section 28, P. O. Wakarusa, rents and farms eighty acres in this section from his father, and owns forty acres in Section 29; has three horses, twenty-three head of cattle and seventeen hogs. He was born on this farm, July 2, 1859, his father William Matney being one of the earliest settlers of this county, coming to Kansas and locating here in August, 1854. Was married April 11, 1880, to Miss S. A. Predy, they have one child - Virginia.

W. H. MILLS, country merchant and hotel keeper, P. O. Wakarusa, was born in Ohio in 1842, and moved to Illinois with his parents when eight years of age and came from Illinois to Kansas in 1869, locating here and making this his home since first engaged in breaking prairie and running a thrashing machine. In 1873 built his hotel, a two story house with basement, 22x40 feet with twelve rooms. also has a stable attached. Kept hotel and did a livery business, also bought and shipped grain. In March, 1882, bought a store building adjoining hotel, size of store 18x28, 1-1/2 story and is rapidly building up a good country trade. Average monthly sales to the present time about $1,000; has a good railroad trade and is fast running into a good country trade located on the road from Topeka to Carbondale, about twelve miles from Topeka and six miles from Carbondale, north and south, and from twelve to fifteen miles from any other store east and west. His hotel is also flourishing, being constantly full and largely transient. Was married in 1866 to Miss Zilpha Isenhower and has three children - Lewis, Frank and John. Enlisted as private in Company C, Forty-fourth Illinois Infantry in 1861, and served with his regiment in all its battles and campaigns; was at Pea Ridge, Corinth, Rienza, Stone River, Chickamaugua, Mission Ridge, Buzzard's Roost, Big Shanty, Kenasaw, Peachtree Creek, Jonesboro, Franklin, Nashville, etc., was promoted to First Lieutenant and Captain, and was mustered out November 15, 1865. Was wounded at Peachtree Creek. Is a Mason.

KATHERINE B. MOFFET, farmer, Section 5, P. O. Topeka, owns 40 acres, all under cultivation. Raises oats, corn and millet; also raises stock to feed the products of the farm. Has three horse and ten head of cattle. Came to Kansas with her husband Orlando Moffet, deceased, in the spring of 1855. Mr. Moffet was a native of New York State, born in 1818, and moved to Trumbull County, Ohio, with his parents when a child, and at the age of twenty-one moved to Iowa where he was united in marriage to Miss Katherine B. Bean, May 10, 1839, and lived there until coming to Kansas. They have six children - Margaret M., William H., Susannah, Isaiah B., Charles W. and Laura E., all members of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Mrs. M. has been a member of the church for over fifty years. Mr. Moffet died on his place February 11, 1875. On the account of the troubles and scarcity of provision, took her children, one only two weeks old, and went back to Iowa in September, 1856, returning to Kansas the following May. On her way she saw a number of houses burned, the result of the troubles between the different parties.

W. H. MOFFET, farmer, Section 16, P. O. Topeka, owns eighty acres here, eighty acres in Auburn Township, forty acres on Section 5, this township, and 160 acres in Mitchell County. Has eight horses and eighty-one head of cattle, forty-five hogs. He was born in Henry County, Iowa, January 6, 1842, and came from his native place with his parents in the spring of 1855, locating in Tescumseh Township and removing to Williamsport Township in the spring of 1860. He was married February 10, 1868, to Miss M. S. Beam, and located on his present place. They have three children - Josephine, Ella May and Lucina. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. Enlisted as a private in Company H, Eleventh Regiment, Kansas Cavalry, in September, 1862, and served with his regiment in Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas and Indian Territory. Was in the following engagements: Old Fort Wayne, Indian Territory, October 22, 1862; Cane Hill, Arkansas, November 28, 1862; Boston Mountains, Arkansas, December 6, 1862; Van Burn, Arkansas, December 28, 1862; Sinabar Hills, Missouri, August 14, and September 26, 1863; Lexington, Missouri, October 19, 1864; Little Blue, Missouri, October 21, 1864; Big Blue, Missouri, October 22, 1864; Westport, Missouri, October 23, 1864. Was wounded in the shoulder at Lexington, but continued in the campaign until Price was driven from Missouri. After the Missouri campaign his regiment was sent to the plains to guard posts and trains where twenty-five men of his company were killed by Indians. He was mustered out at Leavenworth, Kansas, September 13, 1865, on expiration of his term of service. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

OLINE P. NELSON, farmer, Section 35, P. O. Wakarusa. Rents and farms 160 acres, sixty-five acres in crops the rest in pasture and meadow, has at present two horses, eighteen head of cattle and fifteen hogs. Was born in Indiana in 1853, and came to Kansas with his parents in 1859, and located on first farm west, where his father still resides. Was married in March, 1881, to Miss Mary Summers, who is a native of Wisconsin. They are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

MILTON POLLARD, farmer, Section 34, P. O. Wakarusa, owns 274 acres, about ninety under cultivation and the balance in native meadow, pasture and timber, all enclosed; has a young orchard, good dwelling and barn; has two horses, seventy-five head of cattle and sixty hogs, besides some property in the city of Topeka. He was born in New Hampshire April 29, 1838; left his native State in 1856 and went to Chicago, where he remained four years and went from there to Colorado in 1860 where he was engaged in mining for several years. In 1866 engaged with his brother, H. Pollard, in stock raising in Pueblo County, Colorado; in 1877 he moved to northern Texas with their herd of 2,500 head of cattle; sold out in 1879 and came from there to Kansas, locating on his present farm. He was married in 1879 to Miss Zella Hopkins. They have one child - Milton C.

WM. T. PORTER, farmer, Section 21, P. O. Auburn, rents and farms 160 acres, seventy cultivated, balance in orchard, grass and meadow. Has four horses, fifty head of cattle, twenty hogs. Was born in Ohio in 1854 and came to Kansas with his parents, who own the farm he lives on, also the farm north. Was married in the spring of 1877 to Miss Ella Reynolds, whose father is a Baptist minister in Washington, D. C. Is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

J. E. PRATT, farmer and stock dealer, Section 25, P. O. Wakarusa. Owns 120 acres, all enclosed; about 105 in cultivation and the rest in pasture; has seven horses, forty-eight head of cattle and fifty hogs. Was born in the State of New York, March 8, 1833, and moved to Michigan in 1854 and came from there to Kansas in 1865, locating on this place, which is now in fine cultivation, with brick dwelling 16x30, with L 16x21, one and one-half stories. Barn, corn cribs and out buildings for stock. Was married in September, 1867, to Miss Jane Green; they have three boys - Lewis, Frank and George. Mr. Pratt enlisted as private in Company A, Twelfth Michigan Infantry in 1861 for three months; went with his regiment to Washington, D. C., when he was detailed on special duty and remained until the regiment was reorganized for three years and served as Wagon Master for one year, and then was detailed as Regimental Baker; was with his regiment in all its campaigns. Was at Shiloh, Vicksburg, Helena, and was mustered out at Jackson, Michigan, May, 1866.

THOMAS B. PRICE, farmer, Section 13, P. O. Pauline, rents and farms eighty acres, has sixty acres in crops and the rest in native meadow and pasture. Came to Kansas in March, 1882, and located on this place. Has two horses, ten head of cattle and six hogs. Was born in Missouri in 1858 and came from his native place to Kansas. He was married September 22, 1878, to Miss Ella Rush. They have two children - Lowe E. and Amanda L.

FILLMORE PURL, farmer, Section 30, P. O. Wakarusa; owns 200 acres, about 125 under cultivation, all enclosed, the rest in native meadow and pasture; has seven horses, eleven head of cattle, seventeen hogs; was born in Wayne County, Ind., July 23, 1851, and moved to Scott County, Ill., when a child, with his parents, and came from Illinois to Kansas in September, 1875, locating on this place; was married November 21, 1872, to Miss Katherine Casey; they have two children - Alice and Thomas; Mr. P. is superintendent of the Sabbath school in this district, and an enthusiastic worker.

JAMES ROBB & BRO., farmers and stock feeders, Section 25, P. O. Wakarusa, own 360 acres, about 165 acres cultivated, and the rest in pasture and native meadow, all enclosed and finely arranged for stock feeding; they have ten horses, seventy head of cattle and 165 hogs. James Robb, the elder brother, was born in Pennsylvania, November 6, 1852, and came from native place to Kansas, locating here in 1877; was married in July, 1879, to Miss Annie Jones; they have one child - Harry. John T. Robb was born November 13, 1856, and came to Kansas with his brother, and is associated with him in the business.

CAPT. PERRY TICE, farmer, Section 13, P. O. Wakarusa, owns 240 acres, about 160 under cultivation and the rest in native meadow and pasture; has nine horses, fifty head of cattle and five hogs; he was born in Lebanon County, Pa., May 26, 1821, and in boyhood moved with his parents into the valley of Virginia, near Middletown and spent twelve years there; his father then returning to Pennsylvania, from which place he came to Kansas in the fall of 1868, (sic) locating on his present farm. He was married February 9, 1843, to Miss Sarah C. Jones; they have seven children living - George M., Pluma S., Julia A., Martha M., Sarah E., Jerome K. and Hattie B. They are members of the Baptist Church; Mr. T. is an active and influential citizen of his locality, having represented this county in the State Legislature of 1869; is and has been a member of the School Board for the past twenty-one years, and Township Trustee at different times, in all eleven years. During the dark days of the Rebellion, Mr. Tice, with his command, Company H, of the Second Regiment Kansas Cavalry, State Militia, went to the borders and met and turned back the raid under Gen. Price, at the engagement at Locust Grove in Missouri.

J. D. VAWTER, farmer, Section 33, P. O. Waveland, owns about 3,000 acres in this State; 610 acres in a body on this farm all enclosed with stone fence; has 280 acres under cultivation, forty acres in timber and the rest in meadow and pasture. Was born in Kentucky in 1809, and moved to Illinois in 1847, and came from there to Kansas in 1868, locating on this farm. He was married in 1832 to Miss Sarah M. Foster; they have ten children - Benjamin F., John W., Henry C., Lucinda C., Louisa, Martha C., James E., Harriette, Sabrina C. and William J. He is a member of the Christian Church, also a Mason. His son, William J., who farms the place with his father, was born in Illinois, in 1858, and came to Kansas with his parents; he was married December 21, 1881, to Miss Lydia P. Yarrington; is a member of the Christian Church. They have had three daughters, all dead. The first, Nancy Tandy, died in Kentucky; the other two, Mary Ann and Sarah Jane died in Illinois; all lived from four to fifteen years.

PETER WELLHOUSE, farmer and stock dealer, Section 36, P. O. Wakarusa, owns 650 acres, 114 in Osage County; farms 270 acres, and the rest in native meadow and pasture, all enclosed; has a fine frame dwelling 16x28, with gable front 8x10, two stories high and L back 14x24, one story containing nine rooms; has good barn and sheds for stock and all necessary buildings for the successful handling of stock. Born in Ohio, December 30, 1841, and moved to Illinois in 1856 and came from there to Kansas in 1865, locating on present farm; was married in 1880, to Miss Mary Reed; they have one child - Callie L. Was appointed Township Trustee to fill a vacancy, and elected in 1881 to the same position. Mr. W. enlisted as a private in Company I, Forty-first Regiment, Illinois Volunteer Infantry, August, 1861, and was with his company and regiment in all their campaigns, battles, etc.; participating in the battles of Fort Donelson, Shiloh, Jackson, Miss., siege of Vicksburg and others, and was wounded at the battle of Jackson, Miss., and was mustered out in 1864, on expiration of his term of service. He makes a specialty of feeding and dealing in stock; has at this time six horses, fifty-three cattle and forty-five hogs.

DR. JESSE D. WOOD, physician and farmer, was born in Christian County, Ky., April 19, 1814. Was educated at the Hopkinsville Academy. Commenced the study of medicine with Dr. John A. Steele, March 10, 1844. Located for the practice of medicine at Fredonia, Caldwell Co., Ky., December 5, 1835. He was married to Minerva Jane Rice, of Fredonia, January 19, 1836. Removed to Montgomery County, Ill., October 20, 1842; to the Territory of Kansas, October 5, 1854, and located on the southeast quarter, Section 33, Township 13, Range 15, Shawnee County, December 18, 1854. His first professional call was at 1 o'clock A. M., December 22, 1854, to Mrs. L. T. Cook, near Auburn, a distance of five miles, having to ride bareback, and without any road. On this day Miss Mollie Cook, the first white female born in the bounds of Shawnee County, was born.
Dr. Wood was elected to the Council of the first Territorial (bogus) Legislature, May 22, 1855. Ousted with other Free-state members, by that Pro-slavery assembly, July 4, 1855. He enlisted in the United States service as Assistant-Surgeon of the Second Regiment, Kansas Colored Troops (afterwards numbered and known as the Eighty-third United States Colored Troops), November 1, 1863. After a variety of service, in hospital, medical purveyor and other detached duties, he was mustered out with his regiment at Camden, Ark., October 10, 1865. He has been in continuous practice of medicine forty-seven years, twenty-eight of them in Shawnee County, Kan., on the same farm, and with the same people.

MILTON S. YARRINGTON, farmer, Section 35, P. O. Wakarusa, owns 230 acres, all enclosed and cut into fields, with over five miles of hedge; about 120 acres under cultivation, and the balance timber, pasture and native meadow. He is too feeble to farm himself, but his farm is carried on by his sons-in-law. He was born in Oneida County, N. Y., March 21, 1826. When eight years of age his parents moved to the State of Michigan, where he remained until he came to Kansas, in the spring of 1860, and stopped the first year in Greenwood County with his father-in-law, John Potts, who was a native of Scotland, and came to the United States in 1852, and came to Kansas in 1860. In 1861, Mr. Y. located on his present farm, building his cabin on his place, and with the help of his wife and one horse, hauled the logs and put up the cabin, which is still standing. He was married in 1854 to Miss Mary Potts. They have five children - Hattie, Helen, Vernelia and Vercelia, twins, and Lydia. Mr. and Mrs. Yarrington, John Nelson and James Young and others organized the first Sunday-school in this locality, at Shawnee Centre schoolhouse. His wife acted as colporteur shortly after coming here, distributing the first Bibles and Testaments, sent out by the societies of the East. Is a member of the Baptist Church. Mr. Y. was a member of the School Board soon after the organization of the district until two years ago, and was Township Treasurer one year, and Justice of the Peace five terms.

JOHN H. YOUNG, farmer, Section 34, P. O. Waveland, owns 200 acres, all enclosed; 180 acres under cultivation and twenty acres in timber. He also owns 200 acres of land, all enclosed, in adjoining counties. He has two horses, two mules, five milch cows and 100 hogs. He was born in Johnson County, Ind., December 22, 1845, and moved to Missouri with his parents in 1855, and came to Kansas in 1857, and located with his father on an adjoining farm. He enlisted as a private in Company H, Fifteenth Kansas Cavalry, in September, 1863, and was on detached service, escorting mail on the plains a great portion of his term of service. Was also engaged in scouting and keeping Nevada Indians on their reservation, and was mustered out November, 1866, on general orders. After being mustered out spent six years with his parents, and then went to Pueblo, Col., and from there to western Texas, remaining there until June, 1882, when he returned to Kansas and bought his present farm.

CAPT. JOHN N. YOUNG, farmer, Section 4, P. O. Topeka, owns 157 acres, about one hundred acres under cultivation, and the rest in timber, pasture and native meadow. Has five horses and twenty-four head of cattle and twenty hogs. Capt. Young was born in the State of New York, May 22, 1807. In 1828 he moved to Cincinnati, Ohio, making that his home and following the river for seventeen years, two years as clerk and fifteen years as master of his boat. In 1832 he was in command of the steamer "Osage Valley," and loaded with Government supplies for the military posts on the Upper Missouri River, and went up with his boat as far as Omaha, being the third captain that had ever run his boat up that far up. During the war he was engaged in the Quartermaster's Department in freighting supplies to the army. His three sons were in the army. The second son, George Washington, was slain in the battle of Cedar Mountain, August 9, 1862. Albert N. was three years Chief Bugler in the Fourth Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, when the army was traveling through the South. After leaving the river he went to merchandising on the corner of Fifth and Walnut streets, Cincinnati, Ohio, in the tea business, and came from there to Kansas in March, 1873, locating on present farm. He was married August 12, 1832, to Miss Eliza M. Waters, youngest daughter of Jacob Waters, one of the pioneers of Cincinnati, Ohio, and born in Connecticut, and has five children living - Nelson W., who is a surveyor in San Diego, Cal.; Albert N., who was in the employ of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R. for a number of years, rising from a clerk to auditor of the road; he is now attending to his mining interests in New Mexico; Luther R., who is book-keeper in Richard & Co.'s hardware store, Kansas City, Mo.; Jennie W., married to H. Stewart, clerk in the office of the Santa Fe R. R.; Martha E., married to Hugh Knox, of Dayton, Ohio. Capt. Young is a member of I. O. O. F. The Captain has lived to see a great many changes. He was in Rochester, N. Y., when there were only two houses there; in Chicago, Ill., when there were only four houses; and where Kansas City now is there was only a mission building in the interest of the Catholic Church, and when he first came to St. Louis it had only five or six thousand inhabitants.

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