Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Westfield Post Office, Kansas.

McPherson County.
Groveland Township Map. 1884.
Westfield can be found on the county map in Township 20-south and Range 4-west.  On the Township map Wastfield can be found in section 9.
Westfield Post Office.
Westfield post office open November 27, 1874 and ran to October 10, 1888.  First postmaster was Nathaniel Hempsded.
People of Groveland Township who used Westfield as their P. O. address as of 1884.
W. T. Cheney, Farmer, from Virginia, came to county 1877.
Becker Folsom, Farmer and Miner, from New York, came to county 1872.
E. L. Mead, Farmer and Stock Raiser, from New York, came to county 1872.
John Watkins, Farmer, from Ohio, came to county 1878.
T. W. Watt, Farmer, from Illinois, came to county 1883.
E. A. Watt, Farmer, from Illinois, came to county 1883.
Two men who used Westfield as their P. O. address as of 1883.
BECKER FOLSOM, a practical farmer, southeast quarter, Section 8, Township 20, Range 4 west, P. O. Westfield. He came to this place in April, 1872; his then nearest neighbor lived twelve miles away; his nearest markets were Salina on the northeast forty miles, and Newton, southeast, thirty-one miles away. He assisted to build the first house in Groveland Township; he has 640 acres of fine agricultural lands, 170 of which is cultivated. In 1882 there were 950 bushels of wheat raised on his place on forty acres, 1,000 bushels of corn on forty acres. He was born in Jefferson County, N. Y., November 24, 1830; lived there until seventeen years of age, when he went to Lapeer County, Mich., and engaged in farming and lumbering, and remained until March, 1872. He was married in 1852, to Miss Mary J. Amsden, a native of Batavia, N. Y. They have one son, Linden O. He is a member of the Blue Lodge, Chapter and Council A. F. & A. M. He was Assessor of his township in 1883. He is a Republican in politics. He is engaged in mining in Ouray County, southwest Colorado; he located the J. H. Haverly Golden Group Mines of southwest Colorado.

JOHN W. SITTS, farmer and stock raiser, Section 4, Township 20, Range 4 west, P. O. Westfield. He took his land as a soldier's homestead April 23, 1872, being among the first claims taken in the township. He helped to build the first house erected in Groveland Township for his father, Daniel Sitts, in the spring of 1872. He owns 400 acres of land and has 200 under cultivation. In 1882, he raised 1,300 bushels wheat on 60 acres ground, 1,200 bushels corn on 40 acres land. He was born near London, Canada West, June 26, 1846. Went to Lapeer County, Mich., with his parents in 1856, and farmed until he came to Kansas. Enlisted January 19, 1864, in Company E, Eighth Michigan Cavalry and transferred to Company D. He had a horse shot from under him and was captured, but soon escaped. He participated in all battles of his command, was mustered out October 21, 1865. Married in the fall of 1873, to Miss Hattie E. Hempstead, a native of Iowa. They have two children, Arthur C. and Ernest C. He and wife are members of Christian Church of Groveland Township. He has served as Justice of the Peace, Constable and Overseer of Highways, and is the present Treasurer of School District No. 41.

Civil War Veteran.

William T. Cheney, P. O. Westfield, Gun shot wound to left shoulder.  Pension $4., per month.  Pension started March, 1881.

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