This is a thriving village of 125 inhabitants, on the main line of the Kansas Pacific. It has several excellent stores, which do a very good business as tributary to the prosperous farming country surrounding it. The site of the village is very beautiful, being at the confluence of the Stranger and Nine-mile creeks with the waters of the Kansas River, better known to inhabitants of that locality as the Kaw. Sherman Township was one of the latest townships of the county to be settled, yet now no farming district therein surpasses it in prosperity.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES - SHERMAN TOWNSHIP, POST OFFICE LINWOOD, 1883.
THOMAS N. BEEZLEY, farmer and stock raiser, P. O. Linwood, came to Kansas in 1857 and located in Barbour County, and lived there from July till May of the following year. Then he moved to Lawrence and lived there till 1868, when he located in Sherman Township, Leavenworth County. He was born in Tennessee in 1820, and removed with his parents when quite young to Sinclair County, Ill., and remained there till seventeen years of age, then enlisted in the army and went to Mexico and served with the Rangers during that war, and was discharged at the close of the war and returned to Illinois. He was two years a pilot on the Mississippi River, and crossed the plains to California, and remained there two years. He returned to Illinois and came to Kansas in 1857. Mr. Beezley was first married in Kansas, in 1843, to Miss Hannah Huffsey, a native of Philadelphia, and had four children, none now living. He married his second wife in 1856-Miss Tabitha Edds, a native of Missouri. They had five children, one living - Thomas N.; was married again in Lawrence, in 1865, to Mrs. Catherine Stopher; had one child - James N.; was married again in 1872, to Eliza Jane Ford, a native of Ohio. Mr. Beezley was City Marshal of Lawrence for seventeen years and Constable four years. Is a member of the Odd Fellows' Society.
E. E. BRUNK, farmer, Section 18, P. O. Linwood, came to Kansas, April, 1856; settled near Centropolis, Franklin County. Has engaged in farming and teaming ever since. Has served as Constable six years. Enlisted in Company I, Thirteenth Missouri Volunteer Infantry, May 2, 1861. Was under the command of the Gallant Mulligan, and was taken prisoner at Lexington, Mo.; after a stubborn defense of eleven days, and when starvation compelled it, his whole command surrendered. The opportunity affording, he was mustered into the Twenty-fifth Missouri Infantry the same fall. He was never sick nor absent a day from his command until wounded at Shiloh. He was in all the engagements of his command until he was wounded a second time at Peach Tree, Ga., during the famous Sherman raid. He was sent from the hospital home, and before he had fully recovered he took his buggy and recruited another company, while yet his leave of absence had not expired. He was then transferred to the Forty-Third Missouri Volunteer Infantry. Was in an engagement with Price at Glasgow, Mo., and was taken prisoner, held twenty-four hours and paroled; marched to Boonville, and from there ordered to Jefferson City. He continued in Government service till close of war, and was mustered out at Benton Barracks, July, 1865. He was commissioned as Second Lieutenant, Company H, and commanded Company D during engagement at Glasgow. He was born in Franklin County, Ohio, April, 18, 1844, son of Samuel and Emma Brunk. While only two years old his parents moved to Davis County, Mo., where he remained till he enlisted. After close of war he traveled extensively in Colorado, Oregon, Washington Territory and California; finally settled in Kansas. He was married in Davis County, Mo., April 28, 1865, to Nancy C. Creekmore. She was a native of Missouri. The children are-Margaret Emiline, William Edward, Emmett Edson, David Edwin and Samuel Edson.
FRANK M. DUNCAN, merchant, block 2, in Linwood, came to Kansas in the fall of 1867. First located in Linwood, then called "Stranger" (and formerly Journey Cake), on the Delaware Indian Reserve. He was born near Keokuk, Iowa, November 17, 1856. He is the son of John S. and Annie Duncan. In 1859 his parents removed to Memphis, Tenn., and thence to Kansas City one year afterward. Remained at Kansas City seven years and then moved to Linwood. The summer of 1873 was spent at Grand Tower, Ill., and part of the year of 1875, at Oberlin Ohio, where he learned telegraphy at college. He has been engaged in the railroad service for seven years; was with the K. P. road in Kansas until March, 1881, when he went to Colorado and engaged as Chief Clerk in the "Resident-Engineers" office, of the Denver and Rio Grande R. R. Served in this capacity thirteen months and then returned to Linwood, and went to merchandising. He was married at Linwood, September 15, 1880 to Viola Tudhope, daughter of John and Mary Tudhope. She died October 31, same fall. She was a native of Ohio, and was twenty-three years of age at the time of her death. Mr. Duncan's father, John S. Duncan, deserves some mention in connection with this sketch. He was a man of unusual vigor and force of character. Was a native of Ohio; ran a saw mill in Kansas City five years, and from 1865 until the time of his death at Grand Tower, Ill., in 1873, lived at Linwood, Kansas.
JOHN B. FREDERICK, farmer, Section 14, P. O. Linwood, came to Kansas City spring of 1848. Purchased fifteen acres of land at or near the mouth of Kansas River, at $10 per acre, farmed it here for a few years, and sold fourteen (14) acres for $3,000, and afterward sold the remaining one acre for $4,400. In 1862 moved into Wyandotte County, Kan., and in 1881 came to present location. In 1854 went with an ox train from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Union. Was about four months making the round trip. They were two months out of sight of any white settlement. In going out found no white settlement between Leavenworth and Council Grove, but on return found the country between these points settling rapidly. In 1859, Mr. Frederick, in company with seven others, was employed by two French noblemen to accompany them as guides and bodyguard on a pleasure and hunting excursion, across the plains to Mexico. They proceeded as far as Salt Creek, fifty miles beyond Fort Riley. The company were supplied with a very costly outfit, and every luxury was afforded that money could procure. Buffalo were found in abundance. After several futile efforts on the part of the noblemen to bring down a buffalo, a Mr. Eno, one of the guides and an old hunter, killed three in a few minutes. But the evening after the first hunt, a few suspicious acting Indians were prowling near camp, and our brave lords suddenly abandoned the idea of going to Mexico, and decided to return by the shortest route to Kansas City. Mr. Frederick was born in Germany, December 2, 1832, son of Henry and Mary Ann Frederick. When five years old his parents moved to America, and settled in Henry County, Mo., 1837, remaining there till he moved to Kansas City in 1848. He was married in Kansas City, November, 6, 1860, to Margaret Gittens, daughter of Patrick and Catherine Gittens. She is a native of Ireland. They have eight children - Catherine, William H., John E., Francis E., Thomas, Mary Ann, Allen.
JOHN JEWETT, farmer, Section 5, P. O. Linwood, came to Kansas June 16, 1857. He first located in Leavenworth City, and engaged in drilling wells till 1869, since when he has been engaged in farming. He was the first County Commissioner elected from Sherman Township-served two years. Was Sergeant in Kansas State Militia. He was born in Richmond, Ontario Co., N. Y., July 13, 1834. Son of Stephen S. and Jemima Jewett. At an early age his parents moved to Kendall, Orleans County. He remained at home till he was of age, by which time he had accumulated a little money of his own, by teaching school, and taking Greeley's advice to young men, he came west as far as Illinois. Here, in the fall of 1856, he cast his first vote, for James Buchanan. Taught school while in Illinois. In May, 1857, with a train of eleven migrant wagons, he started for Kansas, and reached Fort Leavenworth June 16, 1857. He was married in Lawrence, March 5, 1861, to Ellen A. Turman, who was born in Perrysville, Vermillion Co., Ind., daughter of Benjamin Turman. Their children are Sarah Maud, Stephen B., John, William G., Joseph A., Emily P. and Lena V.
CHARLES PETERSON, farmer, Section 6, P. O. Linwood. He was born in Sweden, January 28, 1842. Son of Peter and Mary A. Peterson. He left his native home in 1868 and went to San Francisco, Cal., where he remained five years. He then returned to Sweden, but again sought a home in the Western Continent and came to Illinois, and after remaining there two years he came to Kansas, November, 1878. He was married in Sherman Township, spring of 1882, to Jennie Tousin, a native of Sweden. He has adopted Kansas as his home, and proposes to thoroughly inform himself as to the geography, history and resources of our thriving young State, and thus to become an intelligent and useful citizen.
JAMES PICKENS, farmer, Section 11, P. O. Linwood, came to Kansas, fall of 1854, and was engaged for two years following, freighting for Government. Made his first trip from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Riley with mule train. The second journey was made in about five months from the same initial point to Fort Union, N. M., and return. There were very few houses in Leavenworth City when he left for New Mexico, and the country along the extreme eastern border of Kansas was just then receiving its first emigrants. A few days' drive took him entirely away from all white settlements, but on his return he found that during the short period of five months the pioneer settlers had pushed their way far into the interior of the State, and Leavenworth had grown to very respectable dimensions as a city. His next trip in the Government service was to Fort Kearney, Neb. He remained at that post four or five months, and was there when Gen. Harney had his famous engagement with Indians at Ash Hollow. On his return from Fort Kearney he went to Parkville, Mo., and there carried on the mercantile business from 1856 till spring of 1861, when he moved to the old Indian village of Sicoxisville, Leavenworth Co., Kas. But in 1865 he returned to Missouri, remained two years, and in 1867 again moved to Kansas, settled where he now lives, and has engaged in farming ever since. He is an old veteran of the Mexican war, having served under Gen. Paterson, and was in all the engagements of his command. He has been elected County Commissioner of his county three times and has served two terms. Has frequently represented his district in County Conventions. He was born in Tennessee, August 17, 1833. Son of William and Annie Pickens. His parents both died when he was quite young. He came from Tennessee to Platte County in 1853. He was married in Leavenworth City, June 3, 1861, to Kansas Bingley, daughter of Mr. Charles Bingley. She is a native of Missouri. They have five children, Charles O., James R. M., Lilly C., Sarah M., and Oliver J.
ORRIN W. SHEPHERD, merchant, Lot 3, Block 31, Linwood, came to Kansas spring of 1870; first located at Edwardsville. He was born in Liberty, Cal., November 19, 1858, son of Adam and Mary Shepherd. Left California, February, 1869, and moved to Harrison County, Mo., and for a few months engaged in farming, and then moved to Edwardsville, Kan. Has served the Union Pacific Railroad as operator at Linwood, Solomon City, Manhattan and other places. Was also in employ of K. C. L. & S. R. R., as agent and operator, at Burden, Cowley Co., Kan., until August 19, 1881, when he opened a store at Linwood, and has already found it necessary to enlarge his store room, and is now building a new business house, 22,50 feet, where, in company with F. M Duncan, he will keep a full assortment of general merchandise.
J. W. WARRING, farmer and physician, Section 6, P. O. Linwood, came to Kansas January 2, 1870, settled where he now lives, and has practiced medicine and engaged in farming ever since. He takes considerable interest in educational matters, being a member of the School Board, and has also served as Township Clerk and Trustee. He was born in Scott County, Ky., August 4, 1847, the son of William and Martha Warring. He left Kentucky in 1869, and moved to Platte City, Mo., where he remained about seven months, and then came to his present location. He was married in Sherman Township, May 9, 1870, to Lydia F. Harness, daughter of Thomas and Mary Harness. She is a native of Kentucky. They have four children - Carrie M., Ray, E. Cobb and Oley Otto. Dr. Warring is a successful farmer and a good physician; has a lucrative practice. He is a worthy member of Advent Church.
Linwood, an incorporated town of Leavenworth county, is situated at the confluence of Stranger river with the Kansas river and on the Union Pacific R. R. about 30 miles southwest of Kansas City. It has several excellent stores, a hardware and implement house, school, churches, money order postoffice, telegraph and express facilities, and is the supply and shipping point for the prosperous farming country by which it is surrounded. In 1910 the population of the town was 323.