Tuesday, May 14, 2013

Samuel A. Okeson

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Samuel A. Okeson Mr. Samuel A. Okeson occupies a prominent place among the successful young farmers and stock-raisers of Brown county. He was born May 6, 1862, in Livingston county, Ill., and is a son of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. B. Okeson, now residents of Walnut township in Brown county. He came to Kansas in 1874 with his parents and resided for two years at Sabetha, when the family moved to Brown county. In the spring of  1885 he moved to his present home one mile west and one and one-half miles north of Fairview. His farm consists of 240 acres, of which 160 acres are in bluegrass and timothy, as experience has taught him that this is the most valuable crop a Brown county farmer can raise.

George B. Okeson.
Date 1887.
He has two fine barns, one 20x40 with a 20 foot shed, and the other 32x42. These two barns have a storage capacity of seventy-five tons of hay and 3,000 bushels of grain. He buys thousands of bushels of grain every year, and is one of the most extensive feeders of cattle, hogs and sheep in the county, as well as one of the most successful ones. He has just completed a fine two-story eleven room house, which is considered one of the best farm residences in Brown county, being heated by a hot air
furnace, lighted with acetylene gas, and supplied with all the modern conveniences.

In polities Mr. Okeson is a Republican and always takes an active interest in the party's affairs. His
personal popularity is evidenced by the fact that although Walnut township has a good-sized Fusion
Mrs. George B. Okeson.
Date 1887.
majority, he was elected trustee in 1895 and re-elected in 1896.

Mr. Okeson was married in 1885 to Miss Grace A. Peek, of Newark, N. Y. They have a family of six children, Bertha E., George B., Helen F., Vera M., Winslow P. and Rexford D. Both Mr. and Mrs. Okeson are members of the Baptist church at Wairview

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