Friday, March 2, 2012

John Rambo

John Rambo.

Co. L, 15th KS. Cavalry.

William Cutler wrote the following about this gentleman:

JOHN RAMBO, farmer, P. O. Howard, was born in Mercer County, Penn., 1832, living there and in Erie Counties, where he took a course at the Waterford Academy. In 1856, migrated to Kansas, and stopped at Lawrence until the city was sacked, then went to Osage County, and bought a farm and engaged in farming. Soon after he settled here, was appointed County Clerk, and held the office two terms by appointment, and was elected for the third term but did not finish, and the war broke out and he enlisted early in 1861, and resigned the office. After serving three months in Company I, Second Kansas, the only mustered company in the regiment, it was re-organized as a cavalry, and he served on the plains scouting until the summer of 1863; then served in the Fifteenth Kansas Infantry until the fall of 1865; was mustered as Orderly Sergeant.

After coming out of the army, was clerking in Leavenworth; then, in company with another party, started a store at Williams' Mill, on the Missouri River, furnishing supplies for the railroad, which was being built. Then, in 1867, was employed in Williams' Mill as book-keeper, and at the end of one year bought the mill. After running the mill there two years, moved it to Howard, locating on the Elk River, where he ran it for a number of years. Also took a claim on Section 1, Township 30, Range 1, joining the town site of Howard, and laid out a few acres in town lots. Also bought a farm in Greenwood County, with forty acres of timber, and well watered, and is engaged in stock-raising. Was married in 1876, in Greenwood County, Kan., to Miss Jennie Kenedy. Is a member of E. M. Stanton Post, No. 23, G. A. R., and of Burlingame Lodge.

Elk County Citizen, Thursday, May 10, 1900
Died: May 7, 1900


John Rambo, an old settler and an old soldier, died at his home in Howard, Kansas, May 7th 1900, in the sixty-eighth year of his age. He was born in Mercer county Pennsylvania September 17, 1832. He came to Kansas in the spring of 1856 and settled near Burlington. He was enlisted in 2nd Regiment, Kansas Volunteers, June 20, 1861, and discharged Oct. 31, 1861. On the 3rd of Sept. 1863, he was enrolled in Co. L 15th Kansas Cavalry and mustered into the U. S. service Oct. 16, 1863. He was mustered out as first sergeant Oct. 15, 1865.

He was married to Miss Jennie Kennedy, of Quincy, Greenwood county. She died in less than a year afterward leaving an infant son who also died in a few days. Mr. Rambo was a member of the Congregational church. His last sickness was protracted and painful. He leaves three brothers and four sisters. Rev. Mackenzie conducted funeral services at the home at 10 o’clock, Wednesday morning. He was buried in Grace Lawn cemetery by the Grand Army of the Republic, of which he was a member. J. W. M.

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