Tuesday, March 13, 2012

John H. Beatty

JOHN H. BEATTY, was born in Bellefontaine, Logan Co., Ohio, September 6, 1845. At the age of fourteen years he was employed as a clerk in the dry goods house of Beatty & Hinkle. He continued to sell goods until 1862. He enlisted in 1862, in Company I, Ninety-sixth Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Served about one year. Re-enlisted February, 1864, joining the same company and regiment, and was discharged February, 1866, serving altogether about three years. He came to Kansas in 1869, engaged in different branches of business, traveling as special agent for the Continental Life Insurance Company; also managed the State for Covenant Mutual Life Insurance Company of St. Louis.

Removing from Lawrence to Williamsburg, Franklin Co., Kan., he established the first paper in that town. Disposing of his printing office, he started the Great Central Land Office at that place; after conducting this successfully, he disposed of the business to Hewitt Craik, removing to Garnett, he established the Kansas Land and Investment Company of which he is superintendent. $40,000 worth of Anderson County Land changed hands through this agency the first five months of business. One of the principal features of this agency is investing money for non-residents. Money loaned on Kansas farm property, taxes paid, etc., etc., etc. Have about 100,000 of choice land in Kansas, ranging in prices from $3 to $10 per acre. Improved farm from $8 to $30 per acre.

Civil War.

John H. Beatty, Corporal, Age 16, Enlisted August 7, 1862. Appointed August 23, 1862. Sick in hospital, and discharged April 15, 1863, at Columbus, Ohio, for disability. Re-enlisted February 25, 1864. Battles: Spanish Fort, Fort Blakely, Mobile and Whistler. Transfrred to Company B, November 1864, and to Company A, 77th., O. V. V. L., July 6, 1865, and mustered out February 19, 1865. Garnett, Kan.

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