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A short history.
The history of Iola began in 1859. After the location of the county seat at Humboldt, by the legislature of 1858, there was a great deal of dissatisfaction among the residents of the central and northern parts of the county, and a number of citizens selected the present site of Iola, with the intention of ultimately securing the county capital. On January 1, 1859, a large meeting was held at the Deer Creek schoolhouse. It was determined to organize a town company, which was immediately done, and a constitution was then adopted and officers elected. The officers of the company after due consideration of different points selected a site for the proposed town, about two miles (3 km) north of Cofachique, at the confluence of Elm Creek and the Neosho River. The site was owned in part by J.F. Colborn and W.H. Cochrane. The claims on two quarter-sections were bought, and were soon after surveyed into lots.
During 1859, two stores were established by Aaron Case and James Faulkner, who had moved their buildings and goods from the old town of Cofachique, and the first hotel was opened. The post office for the neighborhood had previously been at Cofachique, and Aaron Case was Postmaster, but in October 1859, the office was removed to Iola, Case still being Postmaster, though James Faulkner attended to it, as his deputy, until he was appointed to the office a short time after. In 1860, a number of buildings were erected, and the population increased to about 150. Two more stores were opened—a dry goods store, by D.B. Bayne, and a grocery, by J.M. Cowan.
There are about 200 Civil War soldiers at rest at Iola, and of course I have no room to record their information let a lone list them all, so I will only list a few. For those of you who had a civil war ancestor that lived in and around Iola and would like to know more about him can write me and I will help you find that ancestor.
Co. A, 90th OH. Infantry.
The Iola Register, Friday, Mar. 29, 1895, Died: Mar. 23, 1895.
Jacob Hiles, born Oct. 26, 1833 in the State of Ohio, married at the age of 21 to Miss Mary Jane Smith. To them were born seven children, five live to mourn the death of their father. He enlisted in Co. A, 90 R. Ohio. Served three years in defense of his country. Came to Kansas in 1879, departed this life in Iola Kansas March 23, 1895. Having accepted Christ as his Savior he died in the triumph of faith. The funeral took place from the First Baptist church, conducted by the writer and he was buried in the honors of the G. A. R. of the McCook Post. Thus one by one the old Soldiers are mustering to the roll call above. May the peace of God rest upon his family and friends.
M. F. KING:
George W. Zike.
Co. I, 6th KS. Cavalry.
William Cutler wrote the following about this gentleman:
GEORGE W. ZIKE, dealer in general groceries, was born in Morgan County, Ill., January 7, 1850. In December, 1859, his parents came to Kansas, locating in Elm Creek Township, Allen County, where the subject of this sketch assisted them on the farm. In the spring of 1864 he enlisted in Company I, Sixteenth Kansas Cavalry, and served nineteen months. Returning home he took up a homestead adjoining his parents' farm, and followed agricultural pursuits till the spring of 1880, when he sold his farm and moved to the city of Iola. In January, 1881, he engaged in grocery business. He carries a stock of about $1,000 and has quite a nice trade. Mr. Zike was married in Allen County, Kas., July 18, 1875, to Mary E. Swap. They has one son, Luther William.
Joel P. Hayes.
Co. H, 118th N. Y. Infantry.
Pages 527-528, from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p.,  leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.
JOEL P. HAYES.—One of the early settlers west of the Neosho river in Iola township and one in whom his community has the utmost confidence is Joel P. Hayes. Mr. Hayes came into Allen county in 1870 and owns the south-west quarter of section 35, township 24, range 17. McLean county, Illinois, was the home of Mr. Hayes prior to his advent to Kansas. He was a farmer near Lexington, that county, from 1865 to 1870 and disposed of his interests there and came west only to find a place where a man of small means could more easily and more quickly acquire a home. He had migrated to Illinois for the same reason but found land there, just after the war, beyond the reach of the poor man and this fact determined him, eventually, to make another move.
Mr. Hayes was born and reared in Clinton county, New York. His birth occurred March 6, 1840, and his education was of the country and common school sort. He was born on a farm and his father was Asa Hayes whose, origin is not certain but it is believed to have been Massachusetts. He was a veteran of the war of 1812 and fought in the battle of Lake Champlain near the site of which our subject was born. He married Laura Larkins who died in 1841 while her husband died in 1867 at the age of seventy-five years. Their children are: Hiram Hayes, of Whitewater, Wisconsin; Loyal Hayes, of Vermont; Christiana, deceased, wife of Luther Robinson, of Clinton county, New York; Harriet E., deceased, married Levi Stafford, of the same point; Loren and Enoch, deceased; Mary, wife of Stephen Alford, of Illinois: Charles, of Indiana; John Hayes, on the old homestead in New York, and Joel P., our subject.
At the age of twenty-two years Mr. Hayes began real life when he enlisted in Company H, One Hundred and Eighteenth New York Infantry. His colonels were, first Richard Keys and then George Nichols. The regiment was ordered to Fortress Monroe and was engaged at the battle of Bermuda Hundred. Mr. Hayes was in the heavy fighting at Cold Harbor and around Petersburg and with the Army of the Potomac to the end at Appomattox. Everyday of the time from June 3rd 1864 to January 1st, 1865, he was in some engagement or skirmish and was in front of the mine at Petersburg when it was exploded, with so little advantage to the Union forces. From January 1st to April 9th, 1865, Mr. Hayes was on detail at General Gibbons' headquarters. He was discharged at Richmond, Virginia, and was mustered out at Plattsburg, New York, in July after the surrender.
With a small sum of money Mr. Hayes went to McLean county, Illinois, and found a degree of prosperity there on the farm till 1870. He was married in McLean county in February, 1867, to Hannah J., a daughter of Henderson Crabb and Mary (Beech) Crabb. Mr. and Mrs. Hayes' children are: Luel, Herbert O. and Arza Clayton Mr. and Mrs. Hayes are members of the Methodist congregation in Piqua, Kansas. He was converted in early life and has found consolation in executing the will of the Master as laid down in the Scripture lessons. He is a firm believer in Providential control and supervision of the lives and destinies of men. On three occasions would his life have been sacrificed during the war, times when there seemed no possibility of preventing it, and but for the interposing hand of the Almighty he would have died around Petersburg. The elder Hayes' were followers of the faith of Wesley and their relations to their church were as those of our subject, both official and private. In public affairs the Hayes' are no less out-spoken than in matters of religion. They believe in a government, local or general, being honestly administered by its patriotic citizens. For the purpose of a political home our subject has allied himself with the Republican party and in its tenets and declarations he sees the future of our domestic institutions.
Co. C, 15th IA. Infantry.
The Iola Daily Register, Tuesday, October 21, 1919, Died: October 19, 1919.
Noah H. Griffis was born in Virginia, January 25, 1835. After a lingering illness of several years, during much of the time being confined to his room, he departed this life Sunday October 19 at 10:30 p. m. aged 75 years, 8 months and 24 days. He leaves a wife, Mrs. Susan B. Griffis, and two daughters, Mrs. Grace Booth and Mrs. Ella Booth, of California. The daughters were unable to be with their father in his last illness or to attend the funeral. At the age of ten years he moved with his parents to Licking county, Ohio, where he grew to manhood and later moved to the state of Iowa. At the outbreak of the civil war he volunteered with the Iowa troops enlisting December 28, 1961. He was promoted to Corporal May 1, 1862. Was wounded in the leg October 3, 1862 at Corinth, Miss. He was promoted to Sergeant April 16, 1863. At the close of the period of enlistment he was honorable discharged and reenlisted as a veteran and was finally mustered out July 21, 1865 at Louisville, Ken. He was united in marriage in 1863 to Miss Samantha Taylor. To them were born five children three of whom died in infancy. Upon the decrease of his wife he was married later, in June 1905, to Miss Susan B. Miles, at Manhattan, Kansas. About six years they moved to Iola where they have since resided. The deceased was a Baptist in faith and frequently in conversation prior to his death expressed his faith in Jesus Christ as his personal Savior and in that faith passed into the world beyond. The funeral was held Monday afternoon conducted by Rev. W. V. Burns of the First Methodist church and the body laid to rest in the Iola cemetery.
A short history.
Moran population was 562 people in 2000, there were about 224 homes.
George A. McAdam.
Co. G, 74th OH. Infantry.
The Moran Herald, Friday, May 13, 1910, Died: April 19, 1910.
George A. McAdam was born in eastern Ohio, in 1840, and grew to manhood on his father’s farm; at the age of 21 he enlisted in an Ohio regiment, in which he served three years, and then reenlisted in the United States engineer corps service till the end of the Civil war. In 1866 he was married to Jane Anderson and moved west settling in Johnson county, Kansas, near the town of Gardner, where he was a very successful farmer. In 1881 he came to Anderson county, buying what is now the Isaac Booher farm, where he lived till 1903, when he removed to Allen county, near Bayard. He died at the home of his daughter. Mrs. Fred Manley, at Mildred, on April 19, 1910-at the age of 70 years. Four sons—John, William, Andy and Henry—and four daughters—Mollie Yelton, Rena Byerly, Lizzie Manley and Alice Lamunyon, survive their father.
For many years George A. McAdam was a leading citizen of this township and was always found identified with any move that might tend to improve the town or country. In 1899 he was elected commissioner from the eastern district and served three years as such. It was during his term of office and due largely to his influence that the new court house of Anderson county was built. Since his removal to Allen county he has played an active part in the affairs of his neighborhood, and in 1908 was elected county commissioner of Allen county, which position he occupied at the time of his death.
Tobias Stout Kramer.
Co. I, 5th PA. Cavalry.
The Moran Herald, Friday, Nov. 13, 1919, Pg. 4, Died: Nov. 2, 1919.
Tobias Stout Kramer was born in Hagersville, Bucks County, Pa., April 5, 1840, and passed away November 2, 1919. Aged 79 years, 6 months and 21 days.
He was married to Louisa Johnson March 29, 1868 at Whitefield, Ill. where they resided at number of years, later coming to Iowa, but the past eighteen years have been spent in Thayer and Moran Kansas.
This union was blessed with four children, one of whom died in infancy. The three surviving children are Mrs. Mina Clopton, of Moran, Mrs. Pauline Oakes, of Oxford, Ia., and Florence Kramer. Three grandchildren Ruth and Teddie Clopton and Vivian Oakes.
Comparatively few these days live to celebrate their golden wedding anniversary which had been their heritage on March 29, 1918.
When the call came for volunteers in the late civil war Mr. Kramer willingly went to the front to fight for the union. One by one these comrades of the Grand Army of the Republic are fast passing away, but the memory of their heroic deeds will linger with the future generations.
Thus a long and useful life has come to a close surrounded by friends and loved ones, who will greatly miss the genial hospitality which was accorded here.
Sunset and evening bell And one clear call for me, And may there be no meaning at the
bar. When I put out to sea, Twilight and evening bell. And after that the dark. And may there be no sadness of fare well, When I embark. For though from out our bourne of
time and place The flood may bear me far I hope to meet my Pilot face to face When I have crossed the bar.
The funeral services were held at the home northwest of Moran, Wednesday at two o’clock, the sermon being delivered by Mrs. Charles H. Hutsoupiller, of Des Moines, Ia. a niece of the deceased. A duet was sung by Mrs. Charles H. Hill and Mrs. Will VanPeit. Other singers being Mrs. Howard Hardy and George Stout, Mrs. Frank Curley playing the accompaniments. The bearers were Messrs Spencer Davis, Charles Hill, Will VanPeit, John Young, Frank Curley and George Stout. Interment was made in the Moran cemetery.
Co. H, 47th ILL. Infantry.
The Moran Herald, Friday, Oct. 15, 1915, Pg. 3, Died: October 2, 1915.
Richard Bailey was born April 12, 1834, at Devonshire, England. He came to the United States in the spring of 1852 and lived in Monroe county, New York, for three and one-half years when he removed to Peoria county, Illinois, where he remained until the spring of 1884, when he came to Kansas where he has since lived. January 10, 1861, he united with the Baptist church at Kickapoo, Illinois. September 1, 1861, he was mustered into the forty-seventh regiment volunteers, company H, for three years, being discharged from service October 26, 1864. March 31, 1870 he was united in marriage with Mrs. Sara Torrington who died December 31, 1906. April 12, 1914 on his eighteth birthday he united with the Methodist church at Prairie Rose.
He leaves two step daughters, Mrs. Mary Ford and Mrs. Mattie Wood with two sisters and two brothers, ten grandchildren and thirty eight great grandchildren and to mourn his loss. He died at his home near Moran, Kans., October 2, 1915, aged 81 years, 5 months and 19 days. Brother Bailey was a good old man. His very congenial spirit throughout his many years of suffering was indeed remarkable. The simple trust in his Savior was indeed very beautiful. The community has lost one of its most faithful church workers. For several years his step-daughter Mrs. Mary Ford, has cared for him in his almost helplessness and the last months wholly invalidism. Our pen fails to do this noble woman in Israel justice for her untiring loyalty to her step-father during all these years of his helplessness. Her reward can not be paid in this life but in her starry crown may the angels of God place many a diadem.
She has taught us all one of the most beautiful lessons of the Master’s interpretation of the cup of cool water in the name of a disciple which will never lose its reward. Thus we hand a little bouquet to Mrs. Ford and may heaven grant her many happy years among us here and when the Father calls her from us we know it will be a triumphant entry to the beautiful world above.
Brother Bailey’s funeral services were conducted at his late home Sunday, October 3 at 1:30 p. m. the Rev. J. H. Oliver conducting the services. The body was laid to rest in the Moran cemetery by the side of his wife.
“Gone, but bye and bye we shall met again.”---J. H.
A short note.
Savonburg is a city in Allen County, Kansas, population was 91, in 2000.
John M. Randall.
Co. K, 10th W. VA. Infantry.
The Erie Record, Friday, Mar. 23, 1917, Pg. 1, Died: Mar. 17, 1917
WROTE HIS OWN OBITUARY
John M. Randall Pioneer and Soldier, Died Here Saturday.
The following obituary of the late John M. Randall was written by himself sometime ago. The only additions made are the date of his death, the fact that he is survived by his wife, and the last paragraph of this notice.
John M. Randall was born April 25, 1846, in Pleasant county, Va., and died at Erie, Kansas, March 17, 1917. He moved with his parents to Ritchie county, Va., when he was a year old, and resided there until February 21, 1862, when he enlisted in Company K, 10th West Virginia Infantry. He was wounded at Droop Mountain, West Virginia, November 6, 1863. After recovering from his injuries he was sent back to his regiment and on the day of General Sheridan’s famous ride, October 19, 1864, at Cedar Creek, Va., he was again wounded. He then lay in the hospitals at Baltimore and Philadelphia and was finally mustered out of the service at the hospital at Parkerburg, West Virginia on May 10, 1865.
The following September he moved with his parents to Edgar county, Ill., and October 24, 1866, he was united in marriage with Miss Eliza Elisbury at Bloomfield, Ill. To this union four children were born, one son and three daughters. One daughter, Laura B. died July 5, 1880. The other children who with their mother survive him are: Minnie H. wife of W. M. Franks of Kingman, Kan.; W. M. Randall of Fergon, Okla., and Myrtle, wife of E. M. Mock of Erie.
He came to Kansas in 1872 and took a claim one mile west of where the town of Savonburg is now located where he lived for twelve years. This place he sold and bought a claim in Grant township where he lived 11 years, or until 1895 when he again sold out and moved to Erie where he has since lived. He was converted when 21 years of age and united with the Methodist Episcopal church. He was also a member of the Erie Post G. A. R. He was elected Commander of the Post in 1907 and again in 1917 and was serving as Commander at the time, of his death. The testimony of his comrades is that he was a loyal member of the Post and an efficient commander. Funeral services were conducted
Tuesday afternoon at the home by Rev. H. H. Fowler, pastor of the M. E. church and burial was made at Erie cemetery.
James W. Cox.
Co. C, 33rd ILL. Infantry.
Linn County Republic, Friday, Mar. 7, 1913, Pg. 1, Vol. 29, No. 48.
James W. Cox was born January 10, 1844, in McLean county, Ill. His father was George W. Cox, son of William Cox, of Norway, Me, who traced their ancestors back to Wales.
J. W. the eldest of five children, was reared on his father’s farm. He attended school in the state of Maine and was a student at the State Normal, Ill. When the Civil War broke out he enlisted in Co. C, 33rd Illinois infantry, in 1861. His health became impaired through hardships incident to the service. A tubercular deposit in the apex of his right lung gave him an honorable discharge at St. Louis in 1863. He was then only 18 years of age.
About one year after this his mother died. There seems to have been a great tie of affection broken at her death. He became a church member at this time in life. His health regained, he returned to the State Normal, Ill, and secured an education as good as the curriculum of that time afforded. He taught school two years. September 5th, 1867, he was united in marriage at Bloomington, Illinois, to Mary E. Turpin. Four children, all living, were born to this union, Jennie Broady, L. Zanner, Viola Crozier of Covina, Calif., and Aura C. Curry. Two brothers and one sister survive him, Henry W. Cox and Chas. S. Cox, of Elsmore, Kansas and Mrs. Mary Bower Smith, of Stillwater, Okla.
After his marriage he lived on a farm for six years near Kappa, Ill. In 1874 he moved to Savonburg, Kansas, and engaged in farming and stockraising. In 1881 he represented his district in the state legislature. In 1882 he moved to Blue Mound, and with his brother, C. S., was engaged in the hardware business when the store was destroyed by fire in 1883. He then bought the farm five miles northwest of town, which he has since owned. He has made Blue Mound and vicinity his home for over 30 years.
About ten years ago, when his health became impaired he ceased his life long business activities and has been under a physician’s care here and elsewhere, most of the time since.
Seven years ago he realized the frailty of human life and spent much seriousness on things eternal. He then united with the Baptist church in Blue Mound and was a regular attendant at all religious services as long as his health permitted, which was until only the last few weeks. He has been a member of the National Military Home, Leavenworth, Kans., since 1909. Most of the last three years he has been a patient in the hospital ward. In the late fall 1912, his physical health was failing so fast that his physician decided to transfer him to the National Hospital in Washington, D. C., as there remained a chance to cure him, where the government requires the highest efficiency of its physicians and nurses. Six weeks were spent before it was determined his case was incurable. The last six weeks he failed rapidly with chronic heart and kidney trouble.
On February 17th, 1913, aged 69 years, 1 month, 6 days, his spirit ascended to the God who gave it, and to the mother, fifty years gone, he has answered, “I’ll be there.”
His remains were brought to Blue Mound, Saturday, February 22nd where funeral services were held at 2 o’clock that afternoon by Rev. Moles Ellsworth. Interment was made in the Pleasant View cemetery.