Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Three Kansas Heroes-W.W.-1.

Clarence M. Drumm, Second Lieutenant, Deceased.  28th., infantry at Cantigny, France, May 28, 1918, He bravely led his platoon, through shell and machine-gunfire, to it's objective, and fearlessly exposed himself by walking up and down his line to direct and encourage his men.  After making certain that they were well cared for and just before it was possable for him to think of himself he was kille.  Next of Kin, W. M. Drumm, Father, Bigelow, Kansas.

G. R. Evans, Private, compan H. 39th infantry, for extraordinary heroism in action in Bois deAigremont, France, July 15, 1918.  Private Evans, a runner, frequently exposed himself to heavy artillery fire in carring messages, for his battalion commander.  Home address, Thomas Evans, Father, route No.2., Lebo, Kansas.

Ludwig L. Everson, First Lieutenant deceased, 129th., Machine-Gun Battallon, for extraordinary heroism in action in the Argonna? forest, France, September 26, 1918.  Meeting with stubborn resistance from the enemy, he reorganised  scattered personnel from  other units, attached them to his platoon and continued to advance.  When mortally wounded, he refused all assistance, ordering his detachment forward.  Next of Kin, Mrs. Mabel Everson, Crestline Kansas.

Monday, December 26, 2011

Otis V. Dozer.

Otis V. Dozer, Sergeant, company F., 353rd., Infantry for extraordinary heroism in action in the Bois de Barrieourt, France, November 2, 1918. Sergeant Dozer fearlessly exposed himself in the face of machine-gun fire for the purpose of setting and example to the men of his company. He was wounded while advancing, but continued until exhausted. His coolness and courage resulted in the capture of three machine-guns and their crews. Home assress Emma, Dozer, Mother, General delivery, Cedaryale Kansas.

Birth: Oct. 1, 1893.
Death: Mar. 5, 1942.
Wife: Nellie Inez Dozer (1896 - 1976.)
Burial: Old Mission Cemetery, Wichita, Sedgwick County, Kansas.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Fighting Indians, Eighteenth Kansas Cavalry.

The Eighteenth consited of 358 officers and enlisted men, and was commanded by Major Horace L. More of Lawrence, and late Lieutenant Colonel of the fourth Arkansas Volunteer Cavalry.

The Eighteenth was organized July 15, 1867, mustered out November 15, 1867.  The regiment served four months, and met the Indian marauders in several sharp engagements, which always resulted to the disadvantage of the hostiles.  A number of men were killed and wounded in the Battalion, the loss in casualties being ten per cent.

The following men were killed or wounded or died from some other cause.

Company A.

Samuel L. Cochrane, Private, Residence Lawrence, Enlisted July 4, 1867, Mustered in July 13, 1867.  Killed in action at Stormy Hollow, September 14, 1867.

Edward W. Duncan, Private, Residence Topeka, Enlisted July 2, 1867, Mustered in July 13, 1867.  Died at Walnut Creek, July 25, 1867.

John Gilgis, Private, Residence Lawrence, Enlisted July 4, 1867, Mustered in July13, 1867.  Died at Walnut Creek, July 24, 1867.

John Harrell, Residence Lawrence, Enlisted July 8, 1867, Mustered in July 13, 1867.  Wounded in action, September 12, 1867, Mustered out with Regiment.

Charles G. Walton, Residence Lawrence, Enlisted July 5, 1867, Mustered in July 13, 1867.  Died at Commanche Hollow, July 23, 1867.

Company B.

Thomas Anderson, Private, Residence Junction City, Enlisted July 8, 1867, Mustered in July 13, 1867.  Killed in action at Beaver Creek, August 22, 1867.

Henry Corman, Private, Residence Junction City, Enlisted July 5, 1867, Mustered in July 13, 1867.  Died at Fort Harker, July 21, 1867.

Lamerlane Forrester, Private, Residence Louisville, Enlisted July 5, 1867, Mustered in July 13, 1867.  Wounded in action August 22, 1867, Mustered out with Regiment.

John L. Gloer, Private, Residence Junction City, Enlisted July 5, 1867, Mustered in July 13, 1867.  Died at Walnut Creek, July 26, 1867.

Joseph H. Gordon, Private, Residence Auburn, Enlisted July 5, 1867, Mustered in July 13, 1867.  Wounded in action August 22, 1867, Mustered out with Regiment.

William Hilly, Private, Residence Junction City, Enlisted July 8, 1867, Mustered in July 13, 1867.  Wounded in action August 22, 1867, Mustered out with Regiment.

Theophilus H. McCune, Private, Residence Topeka, Enlisted July 2, 1867, Mustered in July 15, 1867.  Died at Walnut Creek, July 26, 1867.

Company C.

Aaron S. Bulson, Private, Residence Garnett, Enlisted July 4, 1867., Mustereded in July 15, 1867.  Died at Walnut Creek, July 25, 1867.

Howell W. McKenney, Private, Residence Wyandotte, Enlisted July 6, 1867.  Died at Fort Harker, July 19, 1867.

Hiram D. Saunders, Private, Residence Ottawa, Enlisted July 6, 1867, Mustered in July 15, 1867.  Died at Fort Harker, July 19, 1867.

James Towell, Private, Residence Ottawa, Enlisted July 6, 1867, Mustered in July 15, 1867.  Died at Fort Hays, August 28, 1867.

James H. Warthen, Private, Residence Wyandotte, Enlisted July 6, 1867, Mustered in July 15, 1867.  Died at Fort Harker, July 19, 1867.

Company D.

Robert Branner, Private, Residence Fort Harker, Enlisted July 5, 1867, Mustered in July 15, 1867.  Died at Fort Harker, July 18, 1867.

Henry Cameron, Private, Residence Atchison, Enlisted July 6, 1867, Mustered in July 15, 1867.  Died at Fort Harker, July 24, 1867.

Augustus E. Colbrant, Private, Residence Leavenworth, Enlisted July 7, 1867, Mustered in July 15, 1867.  Died at Fort Harker, August 24, 1867.

Dennis Duffey, Private, Residence Leavenworth, Enlisted July 5, 1867, Mustered in July 15, 1867.  Died at Fort Harker, July 24, 1867.

William P. Maxwell, Private, Residence Olathe, Enlisted July 6, 1867, Mustered in July 15, 1867.  Died at Fort Harker, July 16, 1867.

Baily McYeigh, Private, Residence Olathe, Enlisted July 9, 1867, Mustered in July 15, 1867.  Died at Fort Harker, July 15, 1867.

William L. T. Rhodes, Private, Residence Atchison, Enlisted July 5, 1867, Mustered in July 15, 1867.  Died at Fort Larned, July 24, 1867.

James H. W. Swisher Private, Residence Leavenworth, Enlisted July  7, 1867, Mustered in July 15, 1867.   Died at Fort Larned, July 24, 1867.

Friday, December 23, 2011

Kansas Third & Fourth Cavalry.

The third and Fourth Kansas regiments were organized of mixed arms, enrolled in the summer of 1861, and reorganized and consolidated with other organizations in the spring of 1862.

Authors note.  All the following were killed, but what's sad no one seems to remember them.  I could not find any information on them.  It seems that no family recorded any information about them how sad.  If any one has information on them please drop my a line lets help keep their spirits  alive.

Kansas Third Cavalry.

William B. Hill, Priveate, Kansas 3rd., Cavalry, Co. B., Enlisted July 12, 1861, Mustered in same day.  Promoted Sergeant January 12, 1861.  Killed by the enemy in Cass, county Missouri, July 24, 1861.

Francis Miller, Private, 3rd., Kansas Cavalry Co. B., Residence Fort Scott, Enlisted September 1, 1861.  Killed in action Bates county, Missouri, September 15, 1861.

Samuel Schultz, Private, 3rd., Kansas Cavalry Co. B., Residence Aubrey, Killed by the enemy near Butler, Missouri, September 12, 1861.

Barclay Coppoc, First Lieutenant, 3rd., Kansas Cavalry Co. C., Enlisted July 30, 1861, Mustered in same day.  Killed by a fall off Platte river bridge in Missouri, September 3, 1861.

William M. Durno, Corporal, 3rd., Kansas Cavalry Co. G., Residence Osawatomie, Enlisted July 24, 1861, Promoted Corporal August 28, 1861.  Killed while scouting near Butler Missouri, December 14, 1861.

Joseph Emerick, First Sergeant, 3rd., Kansas Cavalry Co. I., Residence Lawrence, Enlisted July 24, 1861, Promoted First Sergeant July 24, 1861.  Killed in action at Drywood Missouri, September 2, 1861.

Peter Wylan, Private, 3rd., Kansas Cavalry CoI., Residence De Soto, Enlisted JUly 24, 1861, Mustered in same day.  Killed at Maple Creek, Missouri, October 25, 1861.

Jasper Wright, Private, 3rd., Kansas Cavalry Co. K., Residence Fort Lincoln, Enlisted September 28, 1861, Mustered in February 10, 1862.  Killed in action at Butler Missouri, December 14, 1862.

Francis G. Pickett, Private, 3rd., Kansas Cavalry, Co. B., Enlisted July 12, 1861, Mustered in same day.  Transferred to Co. F., 5th., Kansas Cavalry, date of consolidation.  Killed in action at Tumback Creek, Missouri, April 26, 1862.

Fourth Kansas Cavalry.

Simeon Pennington, Private, 4th., Kansas Cavalry Co. E., Enlisted July 21, 1861, Mustered in same day.  Killed in action at Drywood Missouri, September 22, 1861.

Thomas Welch, Private, 4th., Kansas Cavalry Co. I., Residence Quincy Ill., Enlisted August 8, 1861, Mustered in same day.  Killed by gunshot in Kansas City, Missouri, December 13, 1861.

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Mapleton Kansas.


The town of Mapleton is situated in the northern part of Bourbon County, about six miles west of Fulton. The site was located in May, 1857, by a company of New Englanders under the direction of William Hutchinson, Rev. Mr. Morton, B. B. Newton, J. C. Burnett, E. P. Higby, S. W. Cheever and D. Scott. The town site was located and laid off by this company, but not pre-empted or improved. After it was apparently abandoned, a new company, composed of Western men, and consisting of Ellis Greenfield, William Baker, S. O. Hinoe, (sic) A. Wilson, John Hawk, James Hoffnagle and M. E. Hudson, formed themselves into a company known as the Eldora Town Company, and pre-empted the same town site. The company was organized by the election of E. Greenfield, President; William Baker, Treasurer; James Hoffnagle, Secretary. Although the town was called Eldora for a time it was soon changed to Mapleton, the post office having been established by that name in 1857, with S. O. Hinoe (sic) Postmaster. The name was given from the beautiful and stately maples that shadowed the waters of Lost Creek on the north, the Osage on the south, and Possum Creek on the west of the town. The first store was started in the fall of 1858, by E. Greenfield, and consisted of a general stock. In 1859, a mill was built on the Osage River, south of the town, the company contributing toward its establishment. The mill was built and run by Mr. Jackson. It is still in operation, now a first-class custom mill with saw-mill attached.

After the completion of the Kansas City, Fort Scott & Gulf Road and the establishment of the village of Fulton, much of the trade and business of Mapleton was drawn to that point, but it is still sustained by a large and flourishing country trade. It has a fine school building 46x24, built of stone, two stories, well finished, with both rooms occupied for school purposes nine months of the year, and attended by about 114 pupils. The place now contains three general stores, a drug store, boot and shoe store, blacksmith shop, wagon shop and butcher shop. Mapleton Postmasters have been, S. O. Hinoe, (sic) whose office was at his farm residence; E. P. Higby, who was appointed by President Buchanan and has occupied the position since that time.

Push to Enlarge.

Jonathan Coleman Burnett (1825-1899). A lawyer from Morristown, Vermont he migrated, in the spring of 1857, to Leavenworth, Kansas. His arrival in the Kansas territory prompted him and seven other Vermonters to organize a "Vermont Colony". The group set out for southeast Kansas, in May of 1857, and founded the town of Mapleton in Bourbon County. The town never developed into a thriving community but Burnett remained in the area. As anti-slavery forces debated the future of the territory, Burnett was chosen as a delegate to the Wyandotte Convention from Bourbon, McGee and Dorn counties. After the convention he continued his career as a public servant by serving as a land office register and a member of the last territorial legislature. In 1861, Burnett was elected as a Republican to the Kansas Senate from the Ninth District of Bourbon County. Later in life he moved to Lawrence, Kansas to work as a director and land commissioner for the Leavenworth, Lawrence, & Galveston Railroad. On July 2, 1899, Jonathan Burnett died at the age of 74 in Wichita, Kansas and was buried in Lawrence, Kansas.

Mapleton Kansas 1878.

Mapleton, post office open on March 15, 1857 and closed some time in 1961.

Mapleton is in Timber Hill Township, Township 23S. and Range 23E.
To see a full size map of the township take this link.

People of Mapleton.

J. Amer, Section 25, Farmer, Stock Raiser & Dealer, from Will Co., Ill., came 1860.

M. E. Hudson, Section 35, Farmer, Stock Raiser, from Montgomery Co., Ind., came 1857.

J. B. Brittion, Section 27, Framer & Physician, from Halfax Va., came 1861.

E. P. Higby, Town, Merchant & Postmaster, from Essex Co., N. Y., came 1857.

John Cross, Town, Merchant, from Beaver Co., Pa., came 1862.

J. W. Bainum, Section 29, Farmer, Noble Co., Ohio, came 1858.

J. R. Myrick, Section 33, Pro. Flour, Saw & Grist Mill, from Henry Co., Tn., camr 1857.

Anson Camp, Section 33, Farmer, Stock Raiser, from Tioga Co., N. Y, came 1866.

William Chenoweth, Section 22, Framer, Stock Raiser, from Ross Co., Ohio, came 1867.

L. Hessong, Section 29, Farmer, Stock Raiser, from Richland Co., Ohio, came 1857.

George Barrett, Section 34, Farmer, Stock Raiser, from England, came 1858.

S. J. Brimhall, Section 23, Farmer & Teacher, from Clinton Co., N. Y., came 1864.

William Nesbitt, Town, Farmer, from Orleans Co., Vt., came 1865.

Note. The men I stated as being from N. Y., may be from North Virginia, it was hard to tell.

Business men of the town.

To see this page full size take this link.


WILLIAM BAKER, farmer, Section 24, P. O. Mapleton, native of Bourbon County, Ky., born in 1805, and when twenty-five years of age, or in 1830, he moved to Indiana; while there he was called to join a vigilance committee, and while a member, followed a horse-thief into what was the village of Chicago, shooting the thief there. In 1856, he came to Kansas and located on his farm. The first night on his landing, he was informed of the shooting of three men about claim troubles, and from that time to 1865, they were more or less disturbed. In 1859, they found it necessary to organize a vigilance committee, of which he was a member. In 1857, he had sold out and went to Kentucky, but returned to Kansas in a few months, and stood his ground through all of the perils that menaced person and property. In 1857 or 1868, he moved to his present home. He has 200 acres in his farm and reports good crops; he has gone into stock-raising, keeping the best of Durham blood and blooded horses. In 1830, he married Miss Inlow; they have two daughters--Phoebe E., who married Dr. C. R. Clark, and Mary J., who is the relict of M. E. Hudson; he died in 1882. Mr. Hudson was a pioneer, and stood the brunt of most of the troubles in early times. Being a man of more than average intelligence, he was prominent in this section up to the time of his death, having held the office of Grand Master of State Grange, and other offices of trust. He left three children.

J. B. BRITTON, physician and farmer, Section 27, P. O. Mapleton, is a native of Halifax County, Va., born in 1830. In 1850 he commenced the study of medicine and graduated from the University of Pennsylvania in 1852. Located in Winston, N. C., in 1854, where he practiced his profession up to the spring of 1858, when he returned to Virginia. In the fall of that year he left Virginia for the West, and was on his way to Washington, D. C., when the troops were conveyed to Harper's Ferry to guard John Brown, of Kansas. He located in St. Joseph, Mo., where he remained until June, 1861, when he received the appointment of United States Physician for the Osage Indians from the Indian Commissioner, Dr. Robertson, whose headquarters were then in St. Joseph. He proceeded to the Osage territory, as in August a treaty was to be confirmed between the United States, and the Osage tribe, but owing to the unlooked for magnitude of the Southern rebellion and the fact that a number of Osages were implicated in it, the Government deferred making a treaty at that time. He then returned to Fort Scott, where he remained a short time, when he located at Fort Lincoln, a fort established by Gen. James H. Lane, fifteen miles north of Fort Scott, for the better protection of the border tier counties in Kansas. Dr. Britton remained in practice there until the fall of 1862, during which time he was instrumental in establishing a post office at Fort Lincoln, and was appointed first Postmaster, which he held until September, 1862, when he removed to Mapleton to take the practice of Dr. S. O. Himor, who had been commissioned as a surgeon in a Wisconsin regiment, the regiment having been raised in his native State and at his former home. Dr. Britton lived in the village until 1867, and then located on his present farm, which is located three-quarters of a mile east of Mapleton, and is beautifully improved, containing 220 acres, with an abundance of water. He farms in the most improved style and consequently successfully. In 1858, he lost his first wife in Virginia, which induced him to go West. Was married again in 1864, and has a family of four sons. The eldest, Walter, is at Lawrence, attending the University of Kansas, from which he will graduate in the classical course in 1884. The other sons are at home.

JOHN CROSS, merchant, Mapleton, is a native of Beaver County, Pennsylvania, born in 1837. He was raised in the mercantile business, and tried farming for the first time on going to Missouri in 1859, locating in Dane County; but the life not suiting him, he came to Kansas in 1861, and entered the employ of Dr. Lyon, of Mapleton. In 1862, he clerked for D. L. Campbell, and for Hudson, Campbell & Co. in 1866, and he was with E. P. Higby till 1869, when he opened a store for himself, having a partner for a while George Darling, and since 1873 has been alone, carrying a complete assortment and doing a fair business. During the war, he was with the State militia at the battle of Wilson's Creek. In 1859, he married Miss Blackmore. They have three children. Mr. Cross has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1868, and is now Secretary of the lodge, which was established October 17, 1860.

WILLIAM D. DEEDS, farmer, Section 10, P. O. Mapleton, is a native of Madison County, Ill., born 1819. While in the State of Illinois he was engaged in farming, and for a number of years was in the lead mines of Georgia. Coming from that State, he arrived in the State of Kansas in November, 1857, at once locating on Section 10, buying 160 acres of John Pitkin. This farm was unimproved, having only seven acres in corn, Mr. Deeds building his own cabin. At this time there was peace among the people of this part of the State, but it was not lasting, for in 1859 there was a party of men who came to his cabin one night intending to take his life, but, as it unfortunately happened, his son-in-law, Benjamin Bishop, was in the adjoining cabin, and, not suspecting danger, went to the door of the cabin and was shot by some of the marauders. He died six days afterward. Mr. Deeds went to Fort Scott that night, and after hunting the parties with help he obtained there he went to Missouri. This was in 1859. Soon afterward, his wife was induced by these same parties to abandon their home and follow her husband. It was while living in Missouri and trading back and forth that he was accused of carrying dispatches to the rebels, and was imprisoned in the guard house at Fort Scott. He sees in this act an attempt to deprive him of character as a loyal citizen of the United States, but it miscarried, for he found a strong friend in the Government scout, Jeff Denton, who at once cleared him of all suspicion, and related how Mr. Deeds, at a great risk to himself, had preserved, not only his (the scout's) life, but the Government dispatches also, at his home in Missouri. These scenes are still vivid in the mind of this pioneer case although the actors have all disappeared from the country. Mr. Deeds returned to his farm in 1864, and took part in the closing action of the war in this State, that of Westport; since then he has given his whole attention to farming, succeeding in accumulating a competence, and being blessed with plentiful harvests has prospered, and now has some 320 acres of well-improved land, raising stock and corn. He has been married five times, living with his last wife since 1857, formerly Miss Lawhorn. They have eleven children; there were four by the former marriages. Two of his sons were in the Union army.

E. P. HIGBY, merchant, native of Essex County, N. Y.; born in 1831; he grew to manhood, having the ordinary advantages of the farm boy, and at the age of twenty-one, changed his course of life by entering a mercantile house in Burlington, Vt., that dealt in hardware. Here he applied himself for four years, and, in 1857, came to Kansas in company with Sheaver, Byington, and others. He located on Section 21, in Timber Hill Township, Bourbon County, and the same year laid out the village of Mapleton, being one of the Town Commissioners. In 1858, he opened a general merchandise business in company with S. O. Himoe (sic); in 1861, his partner entered the service as Surgeon of the Fifteenth Wisconsin; his brother, J. E. Himoe, (sic) entered the firm in 1863. M. Wilson took his place. Mr. Higby, however, has conducted the business since 1865, himself carrying a stock of $3,000, and doing a business of $6,000 a year, also carrying on a farm. In 1863, he married Miss Baldwin, daughter of S. D. Baldwin, of Neosho, Newton County, Mo. They have three children.

J. R. MYRICK, farmer and miller, Section 31, P. O. Mapleton; native of Henry County, Tenn., born in 1843. He came to Kansas with his father in 1857, and located on Section 32. He has three brothers. His father died in 1863. In the troubles of this section they took no part, their father was too old and the boys too young, so they were unmolested. His father was away from the State in 1858 and again in 1861, but then settled down. Mr. Myrick farmed until 1878, when he bought the Mapleton Flour and Saw Mills, running them since in connection with his farming. He is doing well. This season he has completed a fine residence and improved the mill greatly. In 1865, he married, and now has six children.

WILLIAM M. NESBITT, farmer and hotel proprietor, is a native of Greensboro Township, Orleans Co., Vt., born in 1832. In 1858 he first came to Kansas and located a claim in the northern part of the State, but was taken sick and returned to Vermont, where he remained until 1861, when he enlisted in the Fourth Vermont Volunteer Infantry and served until May 12, 1864. He had his left arm shattered by a musket-ball in the battle of Spottsylvania Court House. He was conveyed to Fredericksburg, where his arm was amputated at the shoulder. On the 21st he was moved to Alexandria, and July 1, taken to Brattleboro Hospital, Vermont, from there he returned home and as soon as he recovered reported to the same place. From there he got transferred to Burlington. While there he attended Bryant & Stratton's College. In 1865 he came to Kansas again, where he located on a farm in Linn County just north of Mapleton. In 1866 he started back to Vermont, but stopped in Iowa and taught school for awhile. In 1867 he returned to Kansas and married Miss Tout; she was a native of Indiana. He farmed here until 1877, when he moved to Mapleton and repaired his hotel, still owning the farm. In 1871 he was elected Clerk of Linn County, and served one term. They have four children--Mary A., Leafy J., Lizzie G. and Vina E.

JOHN REESE, farmer, Section 17, P. O. Mapleton, native of Lebanon County, Penn., born March 28, 1816. In his migration westward he stopped first in Ohio and then in Northwest Missouri, but not being able to procure a farm to suit him he came to Kansas and located on his present farm, taking a claim of 160 acres in 1859. When he came to the State he was a Democrat, but did not want to take any side or part in the troubles of this section; after losing a steer and a valuable horse, he concluded to save the rest of his property by joining the ruling party, and after doing so, was not molested. He served in the State Militia, and has prospered so in his farming industry that his farm of 160 acres has increased to 600. Since the year 1860 he has not wanted, raising good crops since. In 1857, he married Miss Burkholder. They have four children--two sons and two daughters. His wife died in March, 1881. Mr. Reese has been a member of the I. O. O. F. since 1852.

A. H. TANNER, farmer, Section 7, P. O. Mapleton, is a native of Huron County, Ohio, born in 1837; was raised in Lorain County and educated at Oberlin College, leaving there in 1855; coming to Kansas in 1856, with a party of other men, they met a small party of Missourians, who ordered them back, until meeting a larger force near the Nebraska line, they were compelled to return to Iowa. In March, 1857, he got to Lawrence and from there went to Linn County, where he located on a farm and took an active part in Free-State proceedings, being nominated as one of the delegates to frame the Wyandotte Constitution. He was the recipient of one of the hundred Sharpe's rifles that were sent to John Brown and distributed at that time, and was with Montgomery on numerous raids. He was in Fort Scott under his command when Mr. Little was killed, and in 1861 joined Col. Jennison's Sharpe's rifle corps, imperiling his life in many instance under that daring leader. In 1860, he took a trip to Colorado, returning in the fall of the same year, he went back to Ohio, in 1862, but came to Kansas again in 1865, where he has been since. In 1860, he located his farm of 160 acres on Section 7, in Bourbon County. It was not until within the last few years that he was able to make farming pay, but since then he has made giant strides, perfecting his seed corn in a manner peculiar to himself; has succeeded in raising over one hundred bushels per acre, and raising and handling 100 cattle a year and about 150 hogs. His farm is now 250 acres. In 1859, he married Miss Wilson, of Kalamazoo, Mich. He has two children by his first wife, and a son by the second. His eldest son is attending school in Topeka. Mr. Tanner has been a member of the Masonic fraternity since 1870. His father was a member for fifty-six years, and died at Newburg, Ohio, in 1879.

D. VAN BUSKIRK, farmer, Section 36, P. O. Mapleton, native of Appanoose County, Iowa, born in December, 1849; he was raised in Davis County, and thinks there is no place like this section of Iowa, for in 1869 he came to Kansas, going to Wichita, from there to the State of Texas, then to Missouri and back to Iowa. This same year, however, he took a claim in Chautauqua County, Kan., where he farmed until 1872, when he returned to Iowa, seeming to be able to breathe freer; but Kansas offering better opportunities for stock raising, he came to his present location in December, 1877, buying eighty acres and opening up a farm, clearing and improving; his crops are good. In 1877, he married, and has one child--a girl. Mr. Van Buskirk is a Greenbacker.

Sunday, December 18, 2011

Joseph Lockwood Rogers. Vermillion Ks.

Joseph Lockwood Rogers Home.
Push to Enlarge.

This is a photo of the Rogers house the date it was taken is unknown.  The rogers lived in Noble Township of Marshall county.  They lived about five miles North East of Vermillion on section 25, this section can be found on the county plat map, Noble Townspips 3&4 South, Range 10 East.
Notice the sign in the front yard it reads. "Pattons Sun Proof Paints-J. L. Rogers."

Joseph Lockwood Rogers.

Birth: 21 Jun 1858, Kinsdale, Ontario, Canada
Death: 21 Jun 1933, Vermillion, Marshall, Ks.

Father: Wilson Palmer ROGERS.
Mother: Mary Ann O'SULLIVAN.

Spouses: Myrtilla WYCKOFF, Marriage: 31 Dec 1884.
Allmanera CALDERHEAD, No dates given on the marriage.

Children from Myrtilla WYCKOFF marriage.

Wilson Duncan ROGERS, Born: 3 Oct 1892, Vermillion, Marshall, Ks., Died: 18 Feb 1903.

Malcolm Wyckoff ROGERS, Born: 22 Jul 1896, Vermillion, Marshall, Ks.

Mable Lopheza ROGERS, Born: 26 Nov 1885, Vermillion, Marshall, Ks. Died: 16 Dec 1967, Nampa, Ada, Id. Buried: 20 Dec 1967, Hillcrest Gardens, Nampa, Ada, Id.

Irene ROGERS, Born: 17 Dec 1890, Vermillion, Marshall, Ks. Died: 20 Sept. 1968.

His Burial is at Vermillion Cemetery, Vermillion, Marshall County, Kansas.

Note. Those of you who are of the family and would like to add a story or a photo, just drop me a line and I will be glad to add it to this page.

Up date January 3, 2014.

This information is given by F. C. Coons, of Astorin Oregon

I ran across your blog regarding JL Rogers of Vermillion Kansas.  As a boy, I lived near his house, and we went by Roger's corner on the way to town. He had been the Postmaster back in the late ninety's and early 1900's.  The house sat on the south west corner, a half mile east of Vermillion, on what is now referred to as the Axtel corner.  We have been away from there since 1942, but keep in contact with the old home town, I recall his daughter Irene, and she had a young son a little younger than I am [I'm no 85].  I know nothing about the place you describe.

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Names Of Simpson Kansas.

The Town of Simpson.
Push to enlarge.

Simpson, which was previously known as Brittsville, also Brittain and Simpsonville, originated in 1871 when G. Beaver, who at that time owned a mill at Delphos, came up the Solomon River to sight a spot for a mill.

With financial aid from Thomas Shanks and Alfred Simpson, a mill was erected at the site where Brittsville started.

By 1879 Brittsville was a thriving little village with a store, drug store, blacksmith shop, post office and stage stand.

With the coming of railroads, between 1879 and 1880, Brittsville was moved a mile to the present townsite of Simpson. In 1882, after Alfred Simpson deeded a portion of land upon which the town was built to the city, the name was changed to Simpson, in his honor.

Brittsville Post Office open it's doors on June 22, 1874 and closed it's doors on April 4, 1882.

Simpson Post office open it's doors on April 3, 1882 and closed it's doors 1961.

Simpson is in the county of Mitchell, and is in the Township of Logan.  It can be found on the county maps at 8 South Rande 5 West. Simpson is in section 1., the owners of this section were.

Ellen B. Vaughn.
Armenia Lyon
Eley Pearson.
A. Simpson.
Thomas Shanks.

Business Men of Simpson, 1884.

The names on this list all used Simpson as their P. O., address.  Many of these men had business in town. Some others lived out side of town.

William Abling, Farmer.
John Atkinson, Farmer.
Howard Baisure, Farmer.
William Critchfield, Farmer.
Nathaniel Critchfiels, Farmer,
W. S. Critchfield, Farmer.
John T. Crowl, Hotel and feed barn.
William Chambers, Farmer & Stock Raiser.
M. S. Chapel, Farmer.
C. A. Duvall, Farmer.
Eli Duvall, Farmer.
J. M. Dupree, Farmer.
E. P. Dupree, Farmer.
I. Dalrymple, Farmer.
M. H. Dooley, Farmer.
J. Dimanowski, Farmer.
A. H. Edwards, Farmer & Stock Raiser.
H. P Evans, Faemer.
David Edmunds, Farmer.
W. G. Fridar & Bros., Merchants.
L. G. Friday, Druggist & Physician.
Foote, Stackhouse  Wauzer, Merchants.
E. S. Foote, Merchants.
W. H. Fletcher, Blacksmith and Dealer in Agricultural Implements.
John W. Glover, Farmer.
G. M. Giles, Farmer.
C. M. Grecian, Farmer.
R. D. Joiner, Farmer.
H. Jones.
Warren Kerns, Farmer.
W. H. Lawrence, Farmer.
M. Louthan, Retired farmer.
Edmund Louthan, Retired farmer.
E. R. Louthan, Farmer & Stock Raiser.
Armenia Lyon, Farmer.
W. H. McKim, Farmer.
Sylvester McKee, Farmer.
Seth McKee, Farmer.
A. M. Newell, Station Agt.
M. B. Plymore, Farmer.
J. A. Parson, Farmer.
A. P. Parson, Farmer.Samuel P. Parson, Farmer.
Charles Ramage, Farmer.
A. P. Rathburn, Merchant.
A. L. Rathburn, Farmer.
J. M. Rhodes, Farmer.
James Robertson, Farmer.
H. Stackhouse, Farmer.
T. Shanks, Farmer & Miller.
J. W. Shanks, Hardware Merchant.
George Slack, Farmer.
Simpson, Shanks & Co., Hardware Merchants.
Simpson & Dizney, Merchants.
Smith & Hawley, Merchants.
G. L. Sams.
Miles Shore, Farmer.
Alfred Simpson, Merchant.
William Stream, Farmer.
Richard Stream, Farmer.
Orrin Thompson, Creamery.
E. B. Vanghn, Farmer.
William E. Vernon, Farmer.
J. M. Vernon, Farmeer.
C. D. Wallis, Farmer.
L. F. White, Farmer.
C. D. White, Farmer.
Charles Whitmore, Farmer.
William Wright, Farmer.
Thomas W. Wroe, Farmer.
James Wroe, Farmer.
E. T. Wilcox, Whitmore & Co., Lumber Deales.


J. J. BRITT, attorney, P. O. Simpsonville, was born in Maryland, May 22, 1838. Removed to Indiana in 1857, thence to Minnesota, thence to Northern Missouri, thence to Montana Territory, and to Mitchell County, Kan., in 1868. Attended law school at Chicago, Ill., and graduated in 1871. Laid out the town of Britain in Mitchell County. Was elected Probate Judge in Mitchell County in 1873, and held the office for two years. Married at Asherville, Mitchell County, Kan., on the 22d day of January, 1872, to Miss Isadora Rice, and has three children - Julia, Hulas and Alta.

ISAAC N. DALRYMPLE, farmer, P. O. Dalrymple, was born in Clark County, Ohio, March 22, 1836. Removed to Indiana in 1842. Enlisted in the United States army, August 12, 1862, in Company B, One Hundred and Twelfth Volunteer Infantry. Was taken prisoner September 18, 1863. Was held as prisoner in Belle Island, Libby, Andersonville and Milan. Exchanged November 21, 1864; discharged May 31, 1865. Returned to Stark County, Ill., where he remained teaching until June, 1866, when he came to Cloud County, Kan., and settled in the southwest corner in Solomon Township. Afterwards moved into Logan Township, Mitchell County, and is the owner of 600 acres of land. Was elected to the State Legislature in the fall of 1868. Was Captain in the Second Battalion of the Kansas Volunteer Militia in the spring of 1869, and served five months and twenty days. He was married September 13, 1870, in Dickenson(sic) County, Kan., to Miss A. Kilgore, and is the father of six children - Walter, May, Burton, Wood, Arthur and Lucy. Mr. Dalrymple states that on the 13th and 14th days of August, 1867, the Indians murdered twenty-one settlers, and on October 13, 1868, killed nine more, and in 1869, killed seven, all in the Solomon Valley.

W. G. FRIDAY, druggist, P. O. Simpsonville, was born in Illinois, August 8, 1860. Removed to Butler County, Neb., in 1870. Came to Mitchell County, Kan., in December, 1880. In 1881, he settled in the young town of Simpson, where he engaged in the drug business and was appointed Postmaster in April, 1881.

ENOS HALBERT, P. O. Coursen's Grove, was born September 19, 1824, in Orange County, Ind. He followed farming until 1874. Moved to Mitchell County, Kan., farming to date. Particular attention being paid to thorough-bred horses. He had 170 acres of broom-corn this year; yield, one ton to five acres. Married, January 15, 1848, to Miss Susan Shirely. They have six children - Mary, Harriet, Emma, Maggie, Seth and Lucy A. He enlisted in the United States service, August 1, 1861, as private in Company I, Thirty-third Indiana. Promoted to Second Lieutenant, 1864; to Captain, 1864. Discharged August 1, 1865, at the close of the war. He is a member of I. O. O. F. and Masonic fraternity.

A. N. NOELL, station agent, P. O. Simpsonville, was born in Virginia May 18, 1846. Removed to Caldwell County, Mo., in 1855. Enlisted in the United States army, June 1, 1864, in Company D, Seventh Kansas Cavalry, Discharged September 20, 1865. Returned to Leavenworth, Kan., where he was discharged; then went to Caldwell County, Mo. Went to Keokuk, Iowa, and attended commercial college and learned telegraphing. Came to Mitchell County, Kan., in 1875, and was appointed ticket agent and telegraph operator at Simpson, and the station of Brittsville, on the Union Pacific Railroad, June, 1881. Is a married man and the father of one child - James K., born November 10, 1870.

ALFRED SIMPSON, grain dealer, Simpsonville, was born in South Carolina, July 26, 1833. Removed to Tennessee in 1838, thence to Missouri in 1858. Again moved, this time to Doniphan County, Kan., in 1870; came to within one mile of the present town of Simpson, and erected a mill 28x36 feet, two and a half stories high. In the spring of 1881, Mr. Simpson caused the town of Simpson to be laid out, and the citizens have since named the town after its founder. The population of the town is about 100. The subject of our sketch has done much toward the upbuilding of the place, as he now owns a grain-house, dry goods store and hardware. Other business interests are there also, as the town is supplied with another general stock of goods, drug store, harness shop, etc. He was married in Jackson County, Mo., on October 22, 1865, to Miss Rebecca L. Rhoads, and has six children - Josephine, Thomas J., Margaret E., Benjamin, Mabel A. and Catherine.

O. D. THOMPSON, merchant, Simpsonville, was born in Wisconsin, March 1, 1854. Removed to Idaho territory in 1874, thence back to Wisconsin in 1879. Attended the Whitewater Normal School in Wisconsin; also attended the commercial school in Denver, Col. Came to Mitchell County, Kan., in the fall of 1879, and in 1881 engaged in business in the town of Simpson, under the firm name of Foot & Thompson. The firm handle a general stock. He was married November 28, 1878, at Spring Prairie, Wis., to Miss Carrie Funk, and has two children - Kate, born December 4, 1879; David, born October 17, 1881.

Friday, December 16, 2011

Benedict Kansas.

Date 1909.
Push to enlarde.

Benedict was started in 1886, Wilson county Kansas.
The Postoffice open it's doors on July 17, 1886, and closed it's doors some time in 1961.

Benedict, an incorporated town of Wilson county, is located on the Verdigris river in Guilford township, 8 miles northeast of Fredonia, the county seat, and at the junction of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe and the Missouri Pacific railroads. It has a bank, telegraph and express offices, and a money order postoffice with one rural route. The population in 1910 was 215. The town was surveyed about the time the Missouri Pacific and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroads were built through this county. Substantial iron bridges were built over the Verdigris at this point in 1887, and a $4,000 school house was erected. The Wilson county old settlers society was organized at Benedict in 1897. The town was piped for gas in 1898.

While most towns are laid out with one of the four point of the compass, Benedcit was not.  It was laid at a odd angle.  They laid out the town so it would be in line with the Atchison Topeka & Santa Fe rail road tracks.

The town almost mets dead center of where sections 2, 3, 10 and 11 come together.  Benedict is in Guilford Township, 28 South & Range 15 East.

Those of you who's have been to this site before know this site is all about surnames.  I try to give as many names as possible and information on them.  But in this case there is no information.  I think one reason is that the town wasn't built yet, the year is 1881.

How to read the atlas page.

Each township is divided into sections each section is given a number, and each section is 640 acres.  These sections are divided into fourths of 160 acres each.  The sections are one mile perside to cover a section you would have gone four miles.  The last thing to remember is the top of the map is always North.
The scale of each atlas page is two inches is one mile.

The following names are for the four sections that Benedcit sits in the middle of, the first year is 1881.  Although the town is not there it may be important to you to know who own the land the town sat on.

Although the town is not there the atlas page is interesting to look at. This link will take you to the page. I gave the link so you can see for you self and check my spelling as I know there are some erorrs.


Section 2.

G. D. Shores.
S. J. Bartlett.
Joel Hull.
S. S. Mattix, Farmer & Stock raiser, From Ohio, came to the county in 1871.
L. F. Davis.

Section 3.

Eli Neff.
George Story.
John Carter.
Rhoda Elder.

Section 10.

E. H. Reed.
L. F. Davis.

Section 11.

J. N. Keplinger.
John Leeper.
A. A. Bringham
L. F. Davis.

The following list of names is for the year of 1910.  This page is interesting not only because there are more names, but you get to see how the town was laid out.  Once again I will give you the link to the page.  I know there are some erorrs in the spellings and there were some names I couldn't make out as the print was to small.  http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/209452/page/19


Section 2.

Joel Hull.
Philip Wire.
T. D. Brinley.
Sarah Mattix.

Section 3.

Joseph Roberts.
S. N. Nigh.
N. E. Lind Strow.
D. D. Feagle.
L. L. Legg.
T. D. Hampson.
Guy Orendorff.

Section 10.

Frank Prunty, Farmer, Dealer in Hardware & Implements, came to the county 1874.
Lee Prunty.
Singleton Bros.

Section 11.

T. D. Brinkley.
T. C. Davis.
Sarah Mattix.
Lon Prunty.
C. A. Sprague, Deals in General Merchandies, came to county 1869.

Biographical Sketches.

As you may have notice I have not given any. The main reason is that some are large and this page is already largee.  However I will list two names and put a link to their information.

David C. Offenbacker.

Keith E. Sprague.

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Names Of Sharon Springs Kansas.

Sharon Springs.
Between 1880s and 1890s.
Sharon Springs, the county seat of Wallace county, is an incorporated city of the third class, located in Sharon Springs township on the Union Pacific R. R., 362 miles west of Topeka. It has a bank, a hotel, all lines of retail establishments, a weekly newspaper (the Western Times), telegraph and express offices, and a money order postoffice. It is the trading point for a large area well adapted to agriculture and the raising of live stock. It was founded by the Western Town Site company in 1886, and is on the site of the old Eagle Tail station. The springs located here provided a never-failing supply of pure water, something not always available in western Kansas in those days. In platting the town, grounds for a court-house were set aside. By Jan., 1887, considerable of a town had sprung up. There was a bank, numerous retail establishments, and a newspaper called the Sharon Springs Leader was started on Jan. 1 by Joseph F. White. At that time this town was the trading center for 1,000 square miles of territory. It became temporary county seat in 1887 and was made county seat for five years by a special act of the legislature of that year. It became a city of the third class in July, 1890, and the first officers elected were: Mayor, J. M. Ericson; police judge, C. B. Jones; treasurer, Oscar Felix; city attorney, William S. Black; marshal, H. T. Black; clerk, J. K. Laycock; councilmen, Parmenis Smith, J. H. Eaberg, Lester Perry, H. H. Brown and August Anderson. The population in 1890 was 178, in 1900 it was 180 and in 1910 it had increased to 440.

Sharon Springs, Post Office open May 6, 1886 and was still open in 1961.

Sharon Springs was founded on the site of the Eagle Tail station, and Sharon is some times refer to as Eagle Tail.

All the following names used Sharon Springs as their post office address.  The dates at the end of the names give the year they came to Sharon Springs.  Many of the names without dates means they lived in town.

Jessie J. Aker, Farmer & Stockraiser, came 1907.
Cust Bjorklund, Farmer & Stovkraiser, came 1888.
E. Bosserman, Livert stable.
J. B. Burris, District County Clerk, came in 1904.
A. Scarlson, Blacksmith, came 1904.
Ed. Carter, Dealer in Real Estate, came 1886.
Mrs. Etta B. Cheshire, Teacher.
W. F. Chesley, Hotel Weskan.
Fred M. Cox., Teacher, farmer & stocker raiser, came 1896.
George Cox, Dealer in Real Estate & General Merchandiser, came 1892.
Thomas Dodson, Ranchman & Gardner, came 1887.
Fred Durgeloh, Butcher & Ranchman, came1887.
Linus Forsbeck, Farmer, came 1890.
J. P. Gergen, M. D. Physician & Pharmacist, came 1907.
Henry E. Gilbert, Stock dealer & Dairyman, came 1902.
Miss Rose Gilbert, County Superintendent.
John Haas, Farmer, came 1906.
Charles C. Halsey,.
C. I. Harper, Dealer in Lumber.
A. W. Harrison, Manager of the Downing Ranch.
L. W. Herman, Farmer & Machinist, came 1900.
Almon Johnson, Farmer, came 1888.
Erik Johnson, Farmer & Stockraiser, came 1890.
Erik Johnson, Farmer & Stockraiser, came 1889.
Gust Johnson, Farmer, came 1887.
J. A. Johnson, Dealer in General Merchandise, came 1889.
Oscar Johnson, Farmer, came 1890.
Roy C. Johnston, Ranchman.
C. W. Jolley, Abstractor, Dealerin real estate & Dentist, came 1905.
Mary Kelly, Rancher, came 1886.
C. F. King, Attorney & Faemer, came 1907.
John T. Lacey, Farmer & Stockraiser,came 1886.
Hamma La Cost, Ranching, came 1887.
Paul L. Leger, Ranchman & Gardener, came 1903.
Josephine Lindsey, Farming.
Alfred Lundstrom, Farmer & Stockraiser, came 1888.
Charles McKinley, Farmer.
Ed. McNerny, Farmer & Stockraiser.
David Martin, Ranchman & Dealer of Livestock.
William A. Martion, County Treasurer.
Rev. William Orchard, Minister M. E. Church & Farmer, came 1902.
T. B. Raines, Ranchman.
E. H. Robinson, Ranchman, came 1899.
Hiram W. Rule, Breeder of registered Aberdcen & Angus cattle.
Mike Saros, Farmer & Section foreman.
H. E. Steele, County Surveyor.
Mrs. B. H. Steele.
John T. Steele, Farmer & Ranchman, cane 1887.
Carl J. Swedlund, Farmer & Blacksmith, came 1887.
Theodore Toll, Farmer & Stockraiser, came 1887.
C. Wallin, Farmer.
Oscar Walstrom, Farmer, came 1904.
George E. Ward, Real Estate & Postmaster.
W. E. Ward, Attorney & Publisher of  "Western Times."
R. G. & E. W. Watt, Breeder of Horses.
Andrew Westerbery, Farmer & Stockraiser.
F. W. Wileman, Liveryman.
H. H. Yost, Farmer & Gardener, came 1879.
James Yoxall, Farmer & Gardener, came 1879.

Sharon Springs Picture Gallery.

The Central Hotel in Sharon Springs, Kansas. The two-story wooden structure was also known as the Martin Hotel.
Date: Between 1880s and 1890s

Photograph shows a group of people with horses and buggies in front of M.S Martin's Livery barn in Sharon Springs, Kansas.
Date: Between 1880s and 1890s

Photograph shows the printing office for the Western Times newspaper in Sharon Springs, Kansas.
Date: Between 1910 and 1919

Photograph shows a young boy and a gentleman standing in front of the post office in Sharon Springs, Kansas.
Date: Between 1880s and 1890s

Photograph shows a group of people standing in front of the Sharon Springs Hotel in Sharon Springs, Kansas.
Date: Between 1880 and 1890

Botts Families Of Sharon Springs.

Amanda H. Botts.
Born: February 14, 1834.
Death: June 9, 1915.
Burial: Sharon Springs Cemetery, Sharon Springs, Wallace County Kansas.

Ira Botts.
Born: 1863.
Death: 1955.
Burial: Sharon Springs Cemetery, Sharon Springs, Wallace County Kansas.

Margaret Botts.
Born: 1878.
Death 1927.
Burial: Sharon Springs Cemetery, Sharon Springs, Wallace County Kansas.

Note. All Botts Photos were provided by Sally Darby Sauer.

Friday, December 9, 2011

Billiard & Pool Halls Across Kansas.

It is not my intent to give you a history lesson  on the game of Billiards or Pool, but rather, small leads to help you learn more about a family member.  Maybe you already knew one of you ancestors owned or worked in one, but for others it may be a surprise.  The information here is small, but will give you a place and a time line which is always important when looking into ones ancestors past.

The Dodge House and Billiard Hall in Dodge City, Kansas, 1874.

Kansas Billiard & Pool Halls.

Vinita Kansas.

L. W. Buffington, Billiard and Saloon.

T. J. Jordan, Billiard and Saloon.

Wichita Kansas 1890.

Carey Billiard Parlor and Hotel.

Benjamin Hermes, Billiard.

Monarch, Billiard Parlor.

Murphy & Goodwin, Billiard

Henry Schmitzler, Billiard.

Sedgwick Billiard Parlor.

D. O. E. Smith, Billiard.

Salina Kasas.

Beagle & Dodson Smoke House.
Note. Most Billiard and Pool Rooms were called Smoke Houses, because of all the cigar & cigarette smoke that fill these places.

Beagle & Dodson are the proprietors of the popular billiard and pool hall, located at 139 North Santa Fe Avenue. The business became established three years ago and they have, by conducting a first-class place and by their up-to-date equipment built one of the largest trades of this character in this city. Five of the finest billiard and pool tables have been installed, and a complete line of imported and domestic cigars, tobacco, smokers supplies, soft drinks, postcards, etc., are to be found in connection. The proprietors of this establishment are Mr. W. H. Beagle, Mr. J. F. Dodson and Mr. F. E. Dodson. Mr. Beagle and his son also conduct the Beagle Smoke House in Abilene, Kansas.

J. B. Ruhl & Sons.

Among the most successful billiard and pool parlors in the city is that of J. B. Ruhl & Sons, located at 107 North Santa Fe Avenue, where they have been established since July of this year. They have rapidly gained public approval and popularity as one of the city's most attractive places of amusement. They occupy a floor space of 3,500 square feet which is equipped with six fine pool and billiard tables, handsome wall-cases, and finished entirely in mission furniture. A complete line of high-grade domestic and imported cigars, tobaccos, smokers' supplies, etc., is carried. The proprietors are Mr. J. B. Ruhl and his two sons, Mr. M. E. Ruhl and Mr. R. C. Ruhl.  

Wellington Kansas1895.
H. W. Davis, 64, years, born N. Y., Billiard room.
P. E. Healey, 32, years, born Ohio, Billiard Room.
Caldwell Kansas 1880.
The Leland Hotel stood here from 1880 to 1970 when a fire swept through the historic structure. It was built of brick, 3 stories high, 46 guest rooms each with its own running water, a billiard hall, barber shop, bridal chamber, barroom, dining hall and kitchen. Major Odum, a large cattle dealer, built the hotel for other cattlemen due to Caldwell's on-going rivalry between its cattle and farm/city interests. The Leland stood in 1880 as one of the largest hotels in southern Kansas and was most hospitable to its guests, so long as they were an advocate of the cattle industry.

Norman Albert Beth October 18, 1999.
Norman Albert Beth, 88, died Monday, October 18, 1999, at Fort Scott Medicalodge. He was born November 5, 1910 in Randlett, Oklahoma, the son of Elizabeth Hale and Albert Oran Beth. When he was eight years old, the family moved to Bourbon County, Kansas where they made their home near Fulton, Kansas.  He married Zelda Loy on May 3, 1931, at Nevada, Missouri. During his life he had Billiard Parlors in Fort Scott, Erie, and Mound City, Kansas and Hume, Missouri.
Elk City Kansas 1871.
L. P. Pitton, Billiard.
Reno Kansas 1888-87.
Henry Bird, Billiard Hall.
Wyandotte County Kansas.
Rosedale Kansas.
George D. Kennedy.
In 1904, he opened up a pool and billiard hall at Rosedale and when, a few months later, this business burned.
 Augustus S. Cook.
He went into the confectionery business and runs a billiard hall in Almena in 1887 and has continued in that business ever since.
Labette County Kansas.
On July 21, 1868, a petition dated July 6, 1868, was presented to the board, asking them "to grant Charles Sipes a license to keep a grocery and first-class billiard saloon" in Oswego; whereupon, "the board having considered said petition, and being satisfied that said petition is not made by a majority of the residents in said township as the law requires, and that the masses of the citizens are opposed to the granting of dramshop license in said township, as evidenced by the remonstrance presented to this board, therefore said petition is not granted.
Chase County Kansas.
August 5, 1931, Eugene Hyson purchased the Peoples Cash Grocery from R. L. Shimp. A couple of weeks ago Mr. Hyson sold his billiard hall.

Butler County Kansas 1881.

M. M. VanDenberg, was the manager of a billiard parlor and saloon.

Belle Plaine Kansas 1895.

C. W. Sudham, born Ohio, Age 45, Billiard Tables.

Medicine Lodge Kansas 1873.

The first post office was in the Winston building, now owned by Dr. C. T. Rigg, and leased as a billiard room.

Jewell County Kansas 1878.

John H. Pattison runs a first-class billiard hall, and affords an excellent place of resort for "the boys."


 T. J. Foley purchased the building known as the old Scanlan store on Marshal avenue in 1883.  Here he opened the first billiard hall in town.  In the spring of 1883, he enlarged the same in the lower room and is still in business.

T. F. Begley then leased the large rooms over Scanlan & Bros'. store, where in the spring of 1884, he started a second billiard room; which has since been continued by him.

Palmer Kansas.

W. O. Pierce has put in billiard and pool tables in the Heim building and will run a strictly first class billiard hall. It is pleasing to note the neatness of the room. He will handle cigars and soft drinks, and will move his real estate office there.

Clifton Kansas.
Clifton Recreation Parlor.

Hobart Short is the proprietor of the Clifton Recreation Parlor. He has tables for pool, snooker, and billiards and also serves soft drinks.

Bennington Kanssas,.

George Kubach pool hall.

Chase Kansas.

March 5, 1919, George Dunkin purchased the billard and pool hall business last week from Don Arnold.

Greenleaf Kansas.

 Clifford Cook operates a lunch room and pool hall in Greenleaf. He has lived in Greenleaf for the last seven years but purchased the lunch room just this year.


Thursday, December 8, 2011

Four Men of the Kansas Eleventh Cavalry.

Push to enlarge.

Kansas Eleventh Cavalry Company G.

The soldiers are identified as seated (left to right) Fox Winne, N. D. Horton and standing Henry Barnes, Henry Boothe. The photograph was possibly taken in Galveston, Texas.

Private, Winns ( Winne ) Fox, Kansas 11th., cavalry company G., Residence Manhattan, Enlisted July 18, 1863, Mustered in Aug. 18, 1863. Mustered out July 27, 1865. 
Note. There was a miss spell of his name on the roster.

Private, Horton Nathaniel D.,Kansas 11th., company G., Residence Manhattan, Enlisted Aug. 25, 1862, Mustered in Sept. 13, 1862. Promoted Chief Bugler June 12, 1864.

Private, Barnes James H., Kansas 11th., cavalry company G., Residence Manttan, Enlisted Aug. 28, 1862, Mustered in Sept. 13, 1862. Promoted Saddler September 14, 1863. Promoted regt'l Saddler Sergeant April 16, 1864.

Private, Booth ( Boothe ) Henry, Kansas 11th., cavalry company G., Residence Manhattan, Enlisted Sept. 6, 1862, Mustered in Sept. 13, 1862. Promoted 1st Sergeant September 13, 1862. Promoted Captain Company L, May 26, 1864.  Mustered in March 23, 1864. Promoted Captain April 18, 1864.  Mustered in April 18, 1864 Mustered out with company Sept. 26, 1865; Wounded in left shoulder and right arm, in action, at Walnut Creek, Kan.
Note. There had been a miss spell of his name on the roster.

Four Men of the 7th. Kansas Cavalry.

Kansas Seventh Cavalry.

Left to right. Private Curtis P. Casey, Co. H; Private Dwight Chappell (Chappel), Co. F; Edgar Cove; and Sgt. George R. Ferris, Co. H, members of the 7th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. The tintype was made in Butler, MO, 1863.

Private,Casey Curtis P.,Kansas 7th., cavlary company H., Residence Ossawatomie, Enlisted Oct. 12, 1861, Mustered in Oct. 12, 1861. Re-enlisted Veteran, Jan. 1, 1864, Mustered in same day. Mustered out with regiment September 29, 1865.

Private, Chappel Dwight R., Kansas 7th.,cavalry company F., Enlisted March 1, 1862, Mustered in March 1, 1862, Mustered out March 1, 1865.
Note. More can be found on him at the site of ( Find a Grave. ) The reason I didn't put his info here it would have over shadow the other soliders.

Private, Cone Edgar W., Kansas 7th., cavalry, company A., Residence Albany, Enlisted Sept. 14, 1861, Mustered in Sept. 14, 1861. Prom. Corporal;Reduced to ranks January 4, 1862. Mustered out Sept. 14, 1864.
Note. There was a miss spell on his and the company he was in was miss printed..

Private, Ferris George R., Kansas 7th., cavalry company H., Residence Ossawatomie, Enlisted Oct. 12, 1861, Mustered in Oct. 12, 1861. Promoted Sergeant January 21, 1862, Mustered out November 30, 1864, St. Louis, Mo.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Byron Tyler Parkhurst Kansas.

Byron Tyler Parkhurst.

Born:  24 December 1838, Emmett, Calhoun, Michigan.
Death: 8 December 1911, Washington.
Burial: 8 December 1911, Washington.
Father: Harvey Parkhurst.
Mother: Mary Ann.
Wife: Charlotte E. Brown, married abt. 1866.

Fifth Regiment Kansas Volunteers - Cavalry.

Company A.

Private, Parkhurst Byron T., Residence Holton, Enlisted December 5, 1861, Mustered in December 31, 1861. Assigned as recruit to Co. H, July 16, 1864.

Company H.

Same information, Mustered out Dec. 8, 1864, Leavenworth, Kan.


Monday, December 5, 2011

Avra P. Russell, Second Kansas Cavalry.

Numbers 9. Report of Lieutenant Colonel Owen A. Bassett, Second Kansas Cavalry.
Note this is just a part of the report. This report is on what happened on December 7.

The officers and men under my command behaved gallantly during the entire action. The commanding officers of squadrons already mentioned encouraged their men by their coolness and bravery, and I regret to say that Captain Russell fell, severely wounded, at the head of his company. Lieutenants Ballard, Moore, Mentzer, and hook displayed more than ordinary courage. Lieutenant [B. B.] Mitchell, commanding a number of dismounted men in support of Captain Hopkins' battery, and Lieutenant Aduddell, second in command of that battery, did their duty. I desire to call especial attention to the manner in which Captain Hopkins with his company handled the captured battery. Although having but four weeks' experience with that arm of the service, their coolness and the well-directed fire of their pieces would have reflected credit upon veterans.

Second Regiment Kansas Volunteers - Cavalry.
Company K.

Captain, Russell Avra P., Residence Leavenworth, Mustered in April 5, 1862. Died December 12, 1862, in Field hospital near Prairie Grove, Ark, of wounds received in battle December 7, 1862, at Prairie Grove, Ark.


Born: 07 APRIL 1833, Marion, Wayne, New York
Death: 12 DECEMBER, 1862.

Sunday, December 4, 2011

Elisha R. Mardin & Elizabeth Ann Frank Mardin

 Elisha R. Mardin (or Marden), ranched near the Cottonwood River in northeast Chase County, Kansas. He was born on August 27, 1833, in Chenango County, New York, and moved when he was twenty-one to Bloomington, Illinois, where he taught school and engaged in agriculture. It was at that time he met his future wife Elizabeth Frank. Elisha came to Kansas in 1859. He farmed, raised livestock, and bought cattle for Dolby Brothers, Drovers and Livestock, of Chicago. Late in the summer of 1861, he and Elizabeth were married and moved to his farm in Chase County, Kansas. In 1868, Elisha was elected county sheriff, and the Mardins' sold their farm and moved to Cottonwood Falls.

Note. Both photos can be enlarged by pushing on Elisabeth photo.

Elizabeth Ann Frank Mardin (or Marden). Her family lived in Logan County, Illinois, where she met her future husband Elisha Mardin. He came to Kansas in 1859 and ranched near the Cottonwood River in northeast Chase County. He farmed, raised livestock, and bought cattle for Dolby Brothers, Drovers and Livestock, of Chicago. Late in the summer of 1861, he and Elizabeth were married and moved to his farm in Chase County, Kansas. In 1868, Elisha was elected county sheriff, and the Mardins' sold their farm and moved to Cottonwood Falls. Two years later they moved to Cottonwood Falls where he worked as a butcher.

Note. Diaries kept by the Mardins' are at the State Archives and Library, Kansas State Historical Society.

Elisha R. Mardin.

Born: 1833, Otsellic, Chenango, Ny.
Death: 4 Sep 1916, Eureka, Greenwood, Ks.
Father: William MARDIN.
Mother: Polly STOKES.
Sister: Jeannette MARDIN.
Wife: Elizabeth Ann FRANK.
Married: 12 Dec 1860, Bloomington,Ill.
Burial: Sep 1916, Eureka, Greenwood, Ks.

Elizabeth Ann Frank.

Born: 14 May 1844, Piqua, Ohio.
Death: Apr 1894, Eureka, Greenwood, Ks.
Children: Lulu Jeanette MARDIN, Lulu Jeanette MARDIN,Husband CL Call; Meriam Angeline, Mary Caroline MARDIN, Husband Charles E DAVIS; Meriam Angeline MARDIN, Husband Archibald ROLLINS.
Burial: Apr 1894, Eureka, Greenwood, Ks.

Friday, December 2, 2011

Maps Of Scranton Kansas-1879-1899-1918.

I have done a few pages on Scranton but not of this kind.  This page will be about land around Scranton I picked Scranton because that's where my family came from they were the Segelquist, their fram was north west of town.There will be other towns as well;Carbondale, Fountain and Fostoria.

These maps are plat maps which means that they show all the land owners of each section.  They also show other land marks such as creeks, schools and so on.  My father went to school about one mile north of the farm.  My father could not remember the name he just called it the 110 creek school,  I found it on the map it's number was 14. 

I know a lot of you who live around Scranton may have no need for these maps, but they are interesting to look at.  These maps are more for the people who live out of town, county and state.  There are a lot of people who live out of state who are looking for their roots and these maps may help them find a piece of their roots. 

I used Scranton as a reference point to make it easier to read.  Although these maps are not hard to read if you remember the follwoing.  Each section is given a number, each section is divided into fourth's each being 160 acers each.  Each side of a section is one mile, if you were to go around a full section you would have covered 4, miles.  The last thing to remember that the top of the map is always North.

Note.  I have only covered two townships, but I have all the townships so if you need in on another township just drop me a line and I will try to help you find what your looking for.

Scranton Kansas, 1879.

Township 14S. and 15E.
Township 15S. and 15E.

This first link will show the business men of each twonship.


Map-1. http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224042/page/20
Map2. http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224042/page/21

Scranton Kansas, 1899.

Township 14S. and 15E.
Township 15S. and 15E.

These two links is of the Directory of Osage county.  It shows all the business men of the county.

Page 1. http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224031/page/58
Page 2. http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224031/page/59

Map 1. http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224031/page/6
Map 2. http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224031/page/10

Scranton Kansas, 1918.

Township 14S. and 15E.
Township 15S. and 15E.

These two links is of the Directory of Osage county. It shows all the business men of the county.

Page 1. http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224020/page/52
Page 2. http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224020/page/53

Map 1. http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224020/page/39
Map 2. http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224020/page/40

Monday, November 28, 2011

Avoca Kansas.

Avoca is in Grant township, township 7-S., Range 13-E. I could not find when Avoca was founded but the Loughmiller family was there in 1858.  The Postoffice started in 1871 and ran to 1907.  All the information here will be bits and pieces put togather.  All the names listed here either lived in Avoca or used it's P. O., for their mailing address.

Avoca School, No. 51, was just north of town and ran from 1871 through 1947.

Pensioners of Avoca.

Mary Clements, Widow, $8, per month.

Thomas H. Cox, Bronchitis & dis lungs, $14, per month pension started in June 1876.

Robert Marvin, Diarr& rec dis of liver, $4, per month.

Avoca Marriages.

W. H. Brakey and Irene E. McCreigh, September 3, 1890.

Other Avoca's

There were three other towns in Kansas named Avoca, they were in Butler county, Chase county and Shawnee county.

Avoca's Land.

In 1860, Jacob Loughmill, a vet of the war of 1812, sold 80 acres to John Loughmiller in section 18.

In 1860, Henry Loughmiller a vet of the war of 1812, sold 80 acres to Henry J. Dawson Section 19.

Plat Book.
Township 7-S, Range 13- E., Sec. 10.

To see a full size map of this township and to look up the sections talked about in this page take this link.

Avoca 1881.

Sam. Segrist, Canton, Bern, Switzerland, Township 7 Range 13, Section 25, came in 1878, Farmer and stock raiser.

David H. Hagar, Worcester Mass., Township 7 Range 13., Section 30, came in 1870, Farmer and Postmaster.

Plat Book.
Township 7-S, Range 13- E., Sec. 10.

To see a full size map of this township and to look up the sections talked about in this page take this link.

Avoca 1903.

David H. Hagar, Farmer and stock raiser and dealer in General Merchandies, Secton 30.

Jenkins Morris, Farmer and stock raiser, Secton 32.

T. H. Loughmiller, Farmer and stock raiser, Secton 30.

Frank Segrist, Farmer and stock raiser, Secton 19.

W. T. Van Horn, Farmer and stock raiser, Secton 30.

N. Wanner, Farmer and stock raiser, Secton 29.


May 4, 1878-Our school is under the management of Walter Segrist. J. W. Norris is rapidly bringing our Sunday School to a high plane. (Avoca News written by'Remle')

January 23, 1882 - Republican caucus met at Avoca. John Bayes was elected chairman. Delegates were D. H. Hager, R. B. Loughmiller and R. M. Owens. I congratulate Buck's Grove in procuring services of H. F. Graham in their school. There are 50 pupils enrolled.

December 26, 1901 -Avoca News - John Kroth of Custer County, Oklahoma, is visiting with parents and other relatives.


March 1, 1887 - The exibition given by the Avoca Theatrical Company the last day of school was a success. The receipts were $12.00. The weather that night was very bad and the creek became so high that nearly all who lived on the east side had to remain in the school house all night.

February 28, 1893 - The band boys from Avoca are talking of disorganizing, owing to so many of the boys having moved away. The Leaguers of the Grove are preparing to give a literary meeting one week from next Sunday evening. The traveling man for The Abbot Mercantile Company, who had a mishap here with his huckster wagon some time, came out last week and took his wagon and produce back to Holton.

From Avoca news by Alice Mary.

August 24, 1899 - Some of our people are expecting to attend the log rolling at St. Marys next Thursday.

September 4, 1899 - School began this morning at Avoca with Mr. Heath of Holton as teacher.

February 26, 1903 - The box supper at Avoca Wednesday night was a grand success. The proceeds amounted to $26.60. Three boxes brought the sum of $7.50.

June 19, 1878 - West Jackson Items - The last musical entertainment at Avoca was given by our worthy citizen, Henry Kroth. It was quite an enjoyable occasion.

Monday, November 21, 2011

James Crossing Kansas.

When I saw the name of James Crossing, I thought this would a interesting town to look into, and it wasn't that far from my home.  At first I thought it would be hard to find any thing on James Crossing but when I started researching, I was supprise to find that the internet was full of information on the town.  Although there was a lot on the web it was a piece here and a piece there.  I found myself going from web site to web site for a little piece of information.  I decided to put some of the pieces together on one site.

James Crossing was just a stop in the road, it couldn't even be called a town.  There couldn't have been more then one or two bulidings at the most.  The town is  historically interesting but little eles.  However the town is very in important to those in genealogy research, it's a reference point for those looking for their family roots.

As a surname researcher James Crossing is little of importance, although it would have been nice to have found some historical facts about it.  But it's the people of the surrounding country side that's who is important.  Although James Crossing wasn't big it did have a Postoffice.  All the names here used James Crossing as their P. O., address, so James Crossing becomes important after all.

It's hard to pin point just when James Crossing was establish.  I believe it was between 1860 and 1862.  In 1860, John James bought 160 acres in section 10, which was the sight of James Crossing, I believe the town was name after him.  In June of 1862, the Post Office opened and John James was it's Postmaster.  The only other business in town was that of the General Store which was run by James Brownlee, these were the only two business of the town.  Records shows that James Brownlee was in the county in 1859, but didn't bury any land till 1860, when he bought 160 acres in section 11, between half or a mile from James Crossing.  The post Office ran till November of 1886.  By 1899, James Crossing is not shown on any maps.

Grant Township.

On September 6, 1870, Grant township was organized from the Southern portion of Jefferson township, it embraces sixty-two sections, and takes it's name from the "Captain of the ages", who was serving his first term as president.  S. Stephenson, the first and present Trustee, has servied five years.  There are two Post Offices one in Avoca and one in James Crossing.  The Jackson county Historical Soc., also listed some of the early settlers of Grant township which were; Peter Bryant, William Cruzan, Peter Dickson, J. P. Faidley, R. P. Hamm, John James, T. Keir, J. F. Pomeroy, Abraham Ray and S. Stepherson.  The first school house was built on the farm of Mr. Keir in 1860.  Mr. E. S. Hulan taught the first school in 1858.

The North Missouri and Eastern Kansas Business Directory of 1867, had this to say about James Crossing.

"This is the name of a little place in Jackson County, which is situated to the north of Topeka, on the opposite side of the Kansas river, being to the north of that place, small and of little importance."

Although the above statement may be true of the town it was not true of the people around the town.

Jackson County Atlas ( Plat Book ) of 1881.

The followin names were in the Atlas of 1881.

R. R. Boan, from Stark county Illinois, Farmer and Stock-Raiser, Sec. 13., came in 1857.

F. M. Beightel. from Westmoreland Pennsylvania, Farmer and Stock-Raiser, Sec. 12, came in 1873.

William Cruzan, From Coles county Illinois, Farmer and Stock-Raiser, Sec. 14, came in 1857.

J. P. Faidley, From Somerset county Pennsylvania, Farmer and Stock-Raiser, Sec. 16, came in 1867.

John James, From Crawford county Illinois, Farmer and Stock- Raiser and Postmaster, Notray Publie and Lease Agent, Sec 10, came in 1855.

R. D. Osborn, From Geauga county Ohio, Farmer and Stock-Raiser, Sec. 8, came in 1870.

S. Stephenson, From Muskingum county Ohio, Farmer and Stock-Raiser, Sec. 10, came in 1863.

L. D. Stephenson, From Mereer county Ohio, Farmer and Stock-Raiser, Sec. 3, came in 1866.

J. P. Shaklee, From Morgan county Ohio, Farmer and Stock-Raiser, Sec. 12, came in 1871.

G. S. Shaklee, From Henry county Ohio, Farmer and Stock-Raiser, Sec. 12, came in 1871.

S. T. Warwick, From R. I., Farmer and Stock-Raiser, Sec. 13, came in 1869.

List of pension of James Crossing January 1883.

John James, injure right hip, $3., per month, starting August 1868.

William W. Miler, Gun shot wound left thigh, $4., per month, started April 1882.

Ransom D. Osborn, Gun shot wound right leg, $4., per month, started March 1882.

Mary I. Reynolds, Widow of 1812, $8., per month, started November 1878.

 Plat Book.
James Crossing.

Township 7-S, Range 13- E., Sec. 10.
to see a full size map of this township take this link.

The following names used James Crossing as their P. O., Address.

WILLIAM CRUZAN, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 14, Township 7, Range 13, P. O. James' Crossing, was born in Rush County, Ind., in 1827, and lived in his native State but a short time, when his parents removed to Coles County, Ill., where Mr. Cruzan resided until April 5, 1857, when he became a resident of Kansas, locating in the following August on his farm in Grant Township, Jackson County, where he has resided since. He participated in the war of the Rebellion during the Price raid as a member of Company D, Twentieth Regiment Kansas Militia, enlisting in Holton in the fall of 1864, serving eighteen days and being discharged at Holton, Jackson County. He took part in the engagement at Westport, Mo. He has been married twice. The first marriage occurred in Coles County, Ill., in 1848, to Miss Mary Bennett, a native of Illinois. Four children were the fruits of this marriage, three of whom are living and who are named: Hiram(married to Miss Katie Meek, a native of Kansas), Sarah Jane(married to Phillip Claypoole, a native of Ohio), and Kansas(married to M. B. Meek, a native of Missouri). The second marriage took place in 1864, in Grant Township to Miss Elizabeth Bowen, a native of Ohio.

They have three children whose names are: Rosa, Nettie and Robert. Mr. Cruzan owns a magnificent estate of 1,300 acres lying on Soldier Creek, divided into bottom and upland. It is all enclosed except fifty acres in timber, is in a high state of cultivation and is well supplied with water by wells and springs and the creek which flows in a southeasterly direction through the farm. The improvements are first class and embrace among others an elegant residence containing eight rooms, a frame barn 30x50 feet, and other outbuildings. There are two orchards on the farm - one covering three acres and containing 250 apple trees, and the other covering one acre and having 100 fruit trees of different varieties.

Mr. Cruzan devotes his attention chiefly to raising corn, cattle and hogs. He grows 4,000 bushels of corn, 400 bushels of oats, cuts 150 tons of hay and millet and feeds three car loads of cattle yearly, keeps 125 head of fine grade and a few thoroughbred cattle, 100 stock-hogs and fourteen head of excellent horses. At the head of his herd of fine cattle stands the "Prince of Kansas", a thoroughbred Bates' bull, an animal of faultless pedigree and superior personal traits. Mr. Cruzan is an old Kansas pioneer, an honest, unassuming, straight-forward and practical farmer and stock-raiser, and a good and useful citizen and man of high standing and respectability.

LORENZO D. STEPHENSON, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 3, Township 7, Range 13, P. O. James' Crossing, was born in Mercer County, Ohio, in 1841, and lived in his native State until his twenty-second year, when he entered the Union army as a member of Company A, Seventy-first Ohio Volunteer Infantry, enlisted in Salina, Ohio, October 9, 1861, and was discharged at Gallitin, Tenn., in February 1864, re-enlisting the same day in the same company and regiment and was finally discharged at Columbus, Ohio, January 6, 1866. He participated in the battles of Shiloh, Fort Donelson, Jonesboro, Atlanta, Nashville and numerous minor engagements. After his discharge he returned to his Ohio home, where he resided nearly one year, and on the 17th day of December, 1866, became a resident of Kansas, locating on his farm in Grant Township, Jackson County, where he has resided since.

He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was married in Soldier Township, Jackson County, April, 29, 1875, to Miss Mary Tolin, a native of Indiana. They have four children, whose names are: Lorin, Albert, Walter and Naomi. Mr. Stephenson is the fortunate owner of a fine farm lying on Soldier Creek, containing 720 acres. It is all upland but 160 acres, which is bottom land of the finest quality. It is all enclosed, is in a good state of cultivation, and is well supplied with timber and water.

The improvements are good and consist in part of a comfortable and cozy dwelling containing six rooms, a fine barn, 32x30 feet, stock stables, sheds and lots, and handsome groves and orchards. Mr. Stephenson grows 6,000 bushels of corn, 2,600 bushels of small grain, and cuts 100 tons of hay yearly, keeps seventy-five fine grade cattle, 100 stock hogs and fifteen to twenty fine horses and mules. MR. Stephenson is an energetic, industrious and model farmer, an honorable and straight-forward man, and a good citizen and neighbor.

SAMUEL STEPHENSON, farmer and stock-raiser, Section 10, Township 7, Range 13, P. O. James' Crossing, was born in Muskingum County, Ohio, in 1834, and lived in his native State until April 1860, when he became a resident of Kansas, locating in Miami County, where he resided one year. He then removed to Fort Scott, Bourbon County, where he resided until February, 1863, when he settled on his farm in Grant Township, Jackson County, where he has resided since. He is a member of the German Baptist Church. He has been a member of and Treasurer of School District No. 11, Jackson County, about ten years, and has served as Trustee of Grant Township five terms.

He participated in the war of the Rebellion during the Price raid, as a member of the Kansas Militia, enlisting at, and being discharged at James' Crossing, Jackson County, after serving eighteen days. He was married January 2, 1870, in Washington County, Kan., to Miss Katie Burr, a native of Indiana. They have four children, whose names are: Nellie Blanche, Mary May, Mary Elizabeth, and Etha Lucretia. Mr. Stephenson owns a fine farm of 340 acres lying on Soldier Creek. The farm is all enclosed, is in a good state of cultivation and is well supplied with water by means of wells, springs, spring branches and the creek which flows through the centre of it. The improvements are first class, embracing in part an elegant new, modern residence containing seven rooms, surrounded by handsome grounds.

The dwelling is erected on an elevated site which commands a magnificent view for miles of the surrounding country. The property is also further improved by two tenant houses, a frame barn, 20x40 feet, a large new granary and other outbuildings, two fine orchards covering ten acres and containing 1,000 fruit trees of various kinds, etc. Mr. Stephenson grows from 3,000 to 4,000 bushels of corn, 1,000 bushels of oats, 125 bushels of flax seed, cuts 100 tons of hay yearly, keeps 75 to 100 head of cattle, 75 to 100 stock hogs and twenty head of horses. Mr. Stephenson is a thorough practical farmer, a prosperous and substantial citizen and enjoys the confidence of the people.