Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Benjamin C. Gamble.

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Benjamin C. Gamble, of El Dorado township, is a representative Butler county farmer and stockman. Mr. Gamble is a native of Indiana. He was born in 1843, is a son of Dr. John and Jane (Thompson) Gamble, natives of Ohio. The father was a practicing physician and spent his life in Indiana. B. C. Gamble is the only surviving member of his family.

Mr. Gamble was united in marriage in 1872 in Indiana to Miss Susan J. Harshman, a native of that State. She is a daughter of Moses and Elizabeth (Everding) Harshman, natives of Indiana. The Harshman family consisted of the following children : Taylor, Frankfort, Ind ; Mrs. Sarah Thompson, El Dorado township ; Mrs. Amanda Knapp, Frankfort, Ind. ; J. N., El Dorado township ; Mrs. Alice Thomas, South Pasadena, Cal.; Mrs. Bell Tillotson, El Dorado, Kans.; Ida Harshman, El Dorado, Kans. ; and Weaver, Blackwell, Okla.

Moses Harshman, the father of Mrs. Gamble, was a miller in early life in Indiana and came to Kansas in 1880. He settled on a half section of land in the southern part of El Dorado township, and followed farming the remainder of his life. He was an industrious and thrifty citizen and became well to do, and one of the prominent men of the community.

B. C. Gamble and his wife came to Butler county at the time her parents came, in 1880, and Mr. Gamble bought 120 acres of land in the southern part of El Dorado township where he has since been successfully engaged in general farming. His place is well improved and his land is under a high state of cultivation. He is also quite an extensive stock raiser and has met with success, generally, in his undertakings. To Mr. and Mrs. Gamble have been born the following children : Mrs. Mary Maxwell, Potwin, Kans. ; Mrs. Nora B. Shoots, Bellefontaine, Ohio; B. F., El Dorado, Kans.; Charles H., Leon, Kans.; Mrs. Louisa McDowell, Haverhill, Kans., and Mrs. Kate Bales, Augusta, Kans. All of the children received good education in the public schools, and the girls all attended the El Dorado High School, and all were teachers prior to their marriage.

Mr. Gamble has always taken a praiseworthy interest in local affairs and in the well being of the community. He has held a number of offices of trust and responsibility, and is now serving as trustee of El Dorado township. The family are members of the United Brethren church. Mr. and Mrs. Gamble are of that genial type of people who make many friends, and they are highly respected among their neighbors and acquaintances. Their children are all grown up and prosperous, and are splendid representatives of that high type of citizenship which makes for the betterment of the State and Nation.

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