|John N. Bloton, Store.|
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Benjamin was only four years of age when his parents came to America and he first attended school at Mount Washington, near Pittsburgh. Subsequently he went to school in Pittsburgh. He grew to manhood in Pennsylvania and at the beginning of the Civil war enlisted in the Forty-ninth Pennsylvania infantry. Army of the Potomac. He was on duty at Harrisburg and after Lee's surrender was sent to North Carolina.
After his discharge from the army he returned home, but believed there were more chances for a young man in the West and in 1872 came to Kansas. He joined one of the early settlements and developed a farm in Wabaunsee county. For ten miles to the west the county was practically unsettled at that time. The Kansas Indians roamed over the country at will, and it was no infrequent sight to see them hunting and fishing along the streams.
Mr. Bolton lived on his farm until 1883, when he started a general store at Paxico under the firm named of Bolton & Bros, and continued in business until 1891, when he sold out and retired from active life. But the habit of a lifetime was too strong and in 1904 Mr. Bolton engaged in banking, becoming the head of the Scranton State Bank. Under his management the business of the institution has enlarged and it is one of the sound financial houses of Kansas. Mr. Bolton is also interested in mining enterprises, having an interest in the High Tariff Mining Company of Joplin, Mo., with his son, C. F. Bolton, and others.
Author. John N. Bolton had his store in Alta Vista in the 1890's.
The store in Paxico was ran by Mr. Bolton two sons, Wesley S and William F. Bolton up to the time it was sold to C. J. Glotzbach.