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


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GEORGE D. CARPENTER, farmer and stock-dealer, Section 28, P. O. Yates Center, came to Kansas in the fall of 1870, and located on a farm in Liberty Township, Woodson County, and has engaged in farming and dealing in stock ever since. He was elected Clerk of the District Court in 1874, and re-elected in 1876-78, serving three consecutive terms. He enlisted in Company D, Seventy-second Illinois Volunteer Infantry, July, 1862, and was mustered in as a private, was afterward commissioned Captain of Company C, Sixty-sixth United States Colored Infantry. He was in the Yazoo expedition, in the engagement at Ft. Pemberton, Grand Gulf, Champion Hills, Black River, and many others, including the siege of Vicksburg. He commanded the first Black River, Ark., expedition; one of the famous raids against Quantrell, and commanded the posts at Beloxi and Pass Christian after the close of the war, and was mustered out in the spring of 1866. He was born in Greene, Chenango Co., N. Y., July 6, 1838. He is the son of Samuel and Martha Carpenter; lived in his native county about fifteen years, and then moved to Binghamton, N. Y., and was educated in the Binghamton Academy, and Susquehanna Seminary; afterward moved to La Salle County, Ill., where he engaged in farming and teaching twelve years, then moved to Kansas. He was married in Seneca April 29, 1869, to Laura A. Scovel, daughter of Palmer and Mary Scovel. They have four children, viz.: Dora E., Mabel L., Edna and Jessie Carpenter. He is a worthy Mason and a member of the I. O. O. F. and K. of P.


RALPH T. JORDON, farmer, Section 30, P. O. Neosho Falls, was born in 1836, in York County, Me., where his father was a farmer, and where the subject of this sketch learned the trade of carpenter. March 1, 1863, he enlisted in Company K, Thirty-second Regiment Maine Volunteer Infantry, and participated with his regiment (which was afterward consolidated with the Thirty-first Maine) in the engagements at Petersburg, Poplar Grove, Hatchie's Run, etc., and was mustered out at Augusta, Me., in September, 1865. In 1866, he removed to Brooklyn, N. Y., and worked at his trade there until 1871, when he came to Kansas, locating upon 160 acres on above section, and although an upland farm, his grain average has been very good. He has an excellent frame residence, and a large orchard, which contains upward of 400 excellent assorted fruit trees. Although devoting his attention primarily to agriculture, Mr. Jordan sic has built several stores and residences in Woodson and adjoining counties, among the latter being that of G. W. Smith, Esq., of Greenwood County. Although a staunch Republican, he has never taken any very active part in politics.

JOHN B. PRUTZMAN, farmer, Section 10, P. O. Neosho Falls, came to Kansas in the fall of 1867, and located near where he now lives, and has been engaged in farming and raising stock ever since. He purchased the farm which he now cultivates, in the spring of 1880. He has been a member of the School Board nearly ever since he came to the State. He was Census Enumerator in 1880, and has served two terms as Township Trustee of Everett Township. He enlisted in Company B, Fiftieth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in the spring of 1863. He was in the engagements at Resaca, Calhoun Ferry, Altoona Mountain, and was severely wounded at the last named place, on the 5th of October, 1864, and remained in the hospital until the spring of 1865, and was then honorably discharged on account of disability. He was born in Fayette County, Penn., July 7, 1845. He is a son of James and Elizabeth Prutzman. His father was killed by an accident in December, 1848, and the next year he moved with his mother to Bridgewater, Penn., and three years later to Steubenville, Ohio; he afterward lived in Bridgewater one year; Zenia, Ohio, one year; and in Hancock County, Ill., from 1855 to until 1867, then emigrated to Kansas. He was married in Quincy, Ill., January 10, 1867, to Margaret W. McClintock, daughter of Alexander and Jane McClintock. They have had six children, four of whom are living, viz.: Ada E., Mary Maud, Ida Belle and Jesse Lincoln.


DAVID REYNOLDS, farmer and stock-raiser, P. O. Defiance, was born in Pittsburgh, Penn., January 29, 1820, and is the son of Harrison Perry Reynolds, born in Maryland and Rosanna (Moore) Reynolds, a native of Morgan County, Va. He came to Kansas in August, 1857, and located in Woodson County, and has remained ever since. He has served one or two terms as County Commissioner. He is one of the old veterans of the Mexican war, and also served three years and four months in the Ninth Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, as Commissary Sergeant during the late war, and has deported himself in every position which he has held, with credit and honor to himself and with fidelity to the country. Mr. Reynolds was married in Allegheny City of Crawford County, Penn., October 18, 1849, to Sarah Beers, daughter of Samuel and Elizabeth Beers. She is a native of Crawford County, Penn., and was raised in her native State. They have had five children--Rosannah Elizabeth Reynolds, born August 30, 1851, died March 27, 1853; Emeline Jane Reynolds, born March 28, 1853; Mary Adaline Reynolds, born February 3, 1855, died May 1, 1869; Malissa Ann Reynolds, born June 28, 1857; David Harrison Perry, born April 14, 1869. Mr. Reynolds and wife are highly respected for their intelligence, and universally esteemed for their many excellent traits of character.

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