Sunday, May 13, 2012


WILLIAM B. CATON, proprietor of the Cowley County Marble Works, was born in Ohio in 1849. Removed with his parents to Missouri in 1858. In 1861, his father enlisted in the army, and the subject of this sketch, who was then but thirteen years old, enlisted in the Missouri State Militia, and in 1862 enlisted as bugler in Company E, in the Merrill Horse, where he served for three years in the regular army. Was in the engagements of his command. Was mustered out in October, 1865. He then learned the marble trade, and has followed that business. He came to Kansas in 1880, located at Winfield and established the Cowley County Marble Works, located on Ninth avenue. Owns the building where he carries on the business. His business has increased about 500 per cent since its establishment. Has the largest business in his line in the county.

Was married, in 1869, to Miss Julia Blankemeister, who has borne him three children, two of whom survive - Harry and Lottie. Mrs. Caton is a daughter of J. P. and L. W. Blankemeister, natives of Germany, of French descent. She was educated in the female college at Boonville, Mo.; graduated in 1868. She has been engaged in teaching for five years, and for ten years has been teacher of music; for two years taught German in the college where she graduated, and for three years in the public schools of Winfield. Mr. Caton is a member of the A. 0. U. W., the Select Knights, and of the Winfield Post of the G. A. R.

Service Card.

William B. Caton, Age 17, Private, Company E., Second Missouri Cavalry, ( Merrill's Horses ), Enlisted October 1, 1862, at Stureon Missouri, Mustered in Same, Mustered out September 19, 1865, Nashville Tennessee.

Note.  To learn more about W. B. Caton, read the book called ( History of Cowley County, Kansas ) by D. A. Millington, Pub. 1901.  This book can be found on line.

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