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I. C. NEWLIN, state examiner of Wyoming; born and raised in Crawford county, Illinois; s. of Lindsay and Harriett (Wolf) Newlin; educ. in the pub. schls. Of Robinson, Ills.; took the business course in the Terre Haute (Ind.) Commercial College, afterwards coming to Wyoming; was employed by Kilpatrick Bros. & Collins, at Cambria, Wyo., as bookkeeper; located in Newcastle, Wyo., was engaged in the general merchandise business; served as a member of the town council and board of county commissioners, and twice was elected county treasurer of Weston county, Wyo.; was assistant cashier of the First National Bank of Newcastle; appointed state examiner of Wyoming on June 15, 1909, and twice reappointed. Address: Cheyenne, Wyoming. [Source: Men of Wyoming, Publ 1915. Transcribed by Denise Moreau]

John W. Beach

John W. Beach, of Chetopa township, was born in Adams county, Ohio, May 4, 1853. His father was William Beach and his mother, before marriage, Margaret Campbell, both of whom were also natives of Adams county, Ohio, where their parents settled in early Indian days. Mr. Beach's paternal grandfather, John Beach, came from one of the New England states, and his maternal grandfather, Matthew Campbell, from the north of Ireland, the former descended of old Colonial stock, of Puritan faith, and the latter of Scotch-Irish antecedents, of Presbyterain [sic] faith. They were sturdy, self-reliant people, noted for their large physical mould, strong powers of endurance, clean, wholesome private lives, deep religious convictions and ardent patriotic sentiments. They were part of the vanguard of civilization who in the early days of our country drove back the Indians, felled the forests, opened up the farms and established in the haunts of the red men the arts and industries of civilized life. John Beach was a soldier in the second war with Great Britain (1812-15). William Beach, father of John W., was in the civil war, a member of the 94th Illinois volunteer infantry, with which he served in the Army of the Cumberland till his discharge from the same as a result of disability contracted in the service and from the effects of which he died in 1867. Our subject's mother died when he was an infant.  John W. Beach was reared in the family of his paternal grandparents in his native county in Ohio till he was thirteen years old when they, moving to Crawford county, Illinois, his youth was passed in that county, in the schools of which he received the average educational advantages.
On February 29, 1876, Mr. Beach married in McLean county, Illinois, Frances I. Smith, a native of that county and daughter of Joel and Mary (Warner) Smith, and settling on a farm was engaged in agricultural pursuits there some nine years. He then moved to Kansas, locating, October, 1885, in Chetopa township, Neosho county, where he bought what is known as the old Runyon place, it being the south-east quarter of section 16, township 29, range 18 east, on which he took up his residence and has there since lived. The place when it came into Mr. Beach's hands, was in the condition of most of the early day claims, practically unimproved and afforded him an excellent opportunity for the expenditure of all the energies of his young manhood. He entered on the task of building a home and surrounding himself with some of the comforts of life, and with great zeal and energy has succeeded to the extent of having one of the most valuable and attractive farmsteads in the township. The primitive shack of the earlier years has given place to a substantial two-story residence and the Kansas haysheds to a good barn and granaries, while the monotony of the landscape is relieved with orchard, shade and ornamental trees, the entire place enclosed with fence and properly cross-fenced. A sentence or two suffices to tell the story of the transformation, but they convey no adequate idea of the labor involved. Only those who have gone through the experiences of digging out of the virgin soil of a Kansas prairie and winning from the adverse forces of nature a home with all its equipments and appointments can know the magnitude of the undertaking, the toil, self-denial and heart-aches involved. This represents, in a great measure, Mr. Beach's accomplishments since coming to Kansas seventeen years ago. Along with it he has developed some character, and, as a citizen with the best interests of his neighborhood and county at heart has borne his full share of those labors which fall to the lot of all. His straight-forward business methods displayed in the conduct of his own affairs has commended him to his fellow citizens as one fit to be trusted with the transaction of public matters and he has in consequence held some sort of public office for more than half the time he has been in the county. For three years he was county commissioner, five years township trustee and is now serving his third year as township treasurer. A Republican in politics, he has affiliated actively with his party and given the ticket an earnest and effective support and has in turn been supported by those of his political faith where ever questions involving party principles were at issue, though in local matters the lines have not been very strictly drawn.   Mr. Beach has a family of four sons and four daughters, some of whom are verging onto manhood and womanhood, but all except the oldest remain under the parental roof. These are Evan, Mabel, William, Raymond, Lena, Irl, Fay and Ava Margaret. He belongs to the Fraternal Aid Society, the Home Builders Union and the United Brethren church. [Source: History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas, Pub. by L. Wallace Duncan, Fort Scott, Kansas, Monitor Printing Co., 1902; transcribed by VB]

Pembrook B. King
The successful farmer mentioned in the introduction to this sketch has resided in Neosho county since 1870, the year that he purchased a preemption right of a settler and occupied the claim out of which he had developed his present farm. Mr. King was a settler from Illinois but was born in Ross county, Ohio, on the 9th of January, 1840. His parents, John and Mary (Apple) King, were born in Virginia and became early settlers of Ohio. In 1847 they moved out to Illinois and settled in Crawford county where the father died in 1868 at sixty-eight years old, while the mother passed away in 1855. Only three of their children are living, William H., Harvey R., and P. B., of this review. On a farm in Illinois was our subject reared and in the district schools was he educated. He enlisted in August, 1862, in Company D, 98th Illinois volunteer infantry. He served through much of the important work of the war and Hoover's Gap and Chickamauga and Selma were some of the engagements in which he took part. He was wounded by a piece of shell in the Chickamauga engagement which laid him up for eight months, after which he was detailed to the transportation department at Louisville, Kentucky. As soon as he was able for field duty again he rejoined his regiment and remained at the front till the close of the war. The time between the close of the war and his advent to Kansas Mr. King spent on the farm in his home county in Illinois. As a citizen of Kansas he has built up a splendid farm in Neosho county, six miles north of Parsons, and the area of his estate numbers one hundred and sixty acres. He is a Republican, a member of the Grand Army and not married. [Source: History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas, Pub. by L. Wallace Duncan, Fort Scott, Kansas, Monitor Printing Co., 1902; transcribed by VB]

Charles Wade Payne
One of the progressive and successful educators of Neosho county and also a young farmer of the county is Charles Wade Payne of this record. Not only is he interested in the education and the agriculture, but in the political affairs of his county, and in Republican circles his voice and influence are of much service to the local organization in Canville. Our subject springs from the prairie commonwealth of Illinois, in Crawford county of which state he was born on the 5th of February, 1870. His parents were John E. and Orpha L. (Boring) Payne who reared four children, Charles Wade being the third. When he was seven years old Charles' mother died and, two years later - 1879 - the father brought the family to Kansas and made settlement in Neosho county. His home was established in Canville township and here our subject passed his childhood and youth, an earnest attendant upon the public schools and a valuable adjunct to the father's farm. He was possesed [sic] of a vigorous and active mind and took rank early as a student. At the age of seventeen he had earned a teacher's certificate and the next years he taught his first district school. By close application he helped himself to a first grade certificate at the age of twenty-two and he has maintained himself at this suggestively high standard of excellence since. He is a young man of culture, of broad information and of much professional excellence and is deserving of the public confidence which he enjoys. When not actively engaged in school work his time is spent on his farm in Canville where rest and recuperation are turned into profitable exercise with good results both to himself and to the farm. March 1, 1893, Mr. Payne married Myra B. Ticknor, a daughter of B. R. and Lovina (Boring) Ticknor. Mrs. Payne is a twin and is one of seven children, and was born August 30, 1870, in Nodaway county, Missouri. Her parents came to Neosho county, Kansas, in 1879, and Mr. Ticknor is a well known farmer here. Three children have been born to Mr. and Mrs. Payne, viz., Walter E., Florence L. and Jo W. [Source: History of Neosho and Wilson Counties, Kansas, Pub. by L. Wallace Duncan, Fort Scott, Kansas, Monitor Printing Co., 1902; transcribed by VB]


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