CLAY COUNTY, KANSAS

BIOGRAPHIES

CHADWICK, JOHN W.

John W. Chadwick, attorney-at-law, was born in Greenup County, Ky., August 8, 1854. He was educated at Holbrooks Normal School, Lebanon, Ohio. Studied law in his native county, and was admitted at the September term of the Circuit Court for Greenup County, in 1877. In May, 1878, he came to Kansas, locating in Clifton, Clay County, where he has since practiced his profession. He is a member of the Masonic order, and of the A. O. U W. He was married at Clifton, Kan., February 24, 1881, to Miss Sara C. Graham. They have one child - John W. Jr., born December 19, 1881. (Taken from History of Kansas, by A. T. Andreas, 1883, page 1319, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

HARDER, H. R. REV.

Rev. H. R. Harder, farmer, P.O. Clay Centre, Goshen Township, was born in Wayne County, N.Y., November 7, 1817. In 1857 his parents removed to Livingston County, Ill., where he lived until January 4, 1864, when he enlisted in Company A of the Third Illinois Volunteer Cavalry. The regiment served in Texas until May 1865, when it was sent against the Indians in Dakota. After being mustered out in the fall of 1865, he returned to Illinois and soon after entered Union Christian College at Meron, Sullivan County, Ind. Here he was a student for three years and while in the institution he was on June 21, 1868, married to Miss Mattie Dougherty, a fellow student, whose parents resided in the city. In the spring of 1870 he came to Kansas, settling at Columbus, Cherokee County, where he engaged in farming, and also was proprietor of a hotel. Here he lived three years, and then removed to Decatur County, Iowa. He engaged in business as a building contractor, which he followed for five years, in connection with farming. In 1878 he sold out and again came to Kansas, settling in Goshen Township, Clay County, where he has a fine farm, and also carries on his work as a builder and contractor. In 1876 he entered the ministry of the Re-organized Church of Jesus Christ of the Later Day Saints. He has preached extensively in the States of Iowa, Missouri and Kansas, and is now pastor of a church in Goshen Township. In 1882 he was elected a Justice of the Peace for Goshen Township and is now in office. He is the father of five children - Hiram, born June 7, 1869; Herbert, born December 12, 1871; David, born September 19, 1875; Mary E., born October 6, 1878; Asa A., born April 6, 1881. (Taken from History of Kansas, by A. T. Andreas, 1883, page 1319, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

HENSTED, W. V.

W. V. Hensted, farmer, P.O. Clay Centre, was born in Genesee County, N.Y., December 19, 1840. At the age of three years, his parents removed to Oakland County,Mich., where he was raised on a farm. He enlisted September 21, 1861, in company I, of the Third Michigan Cavalry, and served in the Army of the Mississippi, taking part in the battles of Iuka, Corinth, Holly Springs, and many other engagements. He re-enlisted as a veteran soldier, and served until December 14, 1864, when he was discharged to accept promotion, having been recommended by the Casey Board for an office in the United States Colored troops. He was wounded July 18, 1864, in an affair near Clarendon, on the White River, Ark., receiving a gunshot wound in the right arm which greatly disabled him, and from which he still suffers. He was commissioned by President Lincoln Captain of Company B, of the Twenty-ninth United States Colored Infantry. He was in the Army of the Potomac, and then transferred with his command to the Army of the James - a part of the Twenty-fifth Corps. It is a matter of history that the colored corps first entered Richmond. After the war he returned to Michigan and engaged in farming. In October, 1869, he came to Kansas, settling in Clay County, Bloom Township on a farm, where he still resides, engaged in farming. He has served as a Justice of the Peace and Township Trustee. He is a member of the G. A. R. March 18, 1866, in Genesee County, Mich., he was married to Miss Mary R. Campbell. They have five children - Lyman J., Mary A., Harriet E., Margaret and Albert.

JONES, H. B. DR.

Dr. H. B. Jones, druggist, Industry, was born in Witney, Oxfordshire, England June 21, 1836, and is a graduate of Christ Church College, Oxford, after which he studied medicine and walked in the London Hospitals; from thence he came to America in 1870 stopping in Junction City one year. In 1871 he moved to Wakefield, Kan., living there for some time. From there he moved to Victoria, Ellis County, thence to Clay County, and in 1876 settled in Industry, where he is engaged in the drug trade. (Taken from History of Kansas by A. T. Andreas, 1883, page 1319, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

MERTEN, JOHN H.

John H. Merten, farmer, P.O. Morganville, was born in Quincy, Ill., October 5, 1857. He was educated in a normal school in Galena, Ill., graduating with the class of 1878. The same year he went to Delaware County, Iowa, and taught one year. In April, 1879, he came to Kansas, bought a farm of 240 acres, and since has taught during the winters, and superintended his farm in summer. He has a splendid farm and is an excellent farmer. He was married October 24, 1880, in Greene County, Mo., to Miss Hattie Kilpsch. They have one child - John Herman, born June 4, 1882. (Taken from History of Kansas by A. T. Andreas, 1883, page 1319, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

LAMB, NOYES J.

Noyes J. Lamb, farmer, P.O. Clay Centre, Hayes Township, was born in New London, Conn., May 10, 1836. He was an operative in the cotton and woolen mills of his father until September 10, 1862, when he enlisted in the Sixteenth Connecticut Infantry. He was wounded at the siege of Port Hudson. He was mustered out of service August 17, 1863 by reason of the expiration of his term of service. After his discharge he returned ton Connecticut, and was employed in the factories until he came to Kansas in 1869, settling on a farm on Section 21, Township 7, Range 3, Clay County, where he has lived since, engaged in farming and stock-raising. He is a member of the G. A. R. and I. O. G. T. He was married at Ledyard, Conn., September 3, 1857, to Miss Martha E. Main. They have had three children - Charles W., Martha A. (now Mrs. Ernest Bowers) and Otis. Mrs. Lamb died January 16, 1875 and he again married in Clay County, Kan., September 2, 1875 to Miss Mary E. Niles. (Taken from History of Kansas by A. T. Andreas, 1883, page 1319, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

RICHARDS, SAMUEL E.

Samuel E. Richards, merchant, was born in Shropshire, England, April 14, 1851. He came to America in 1870, and settled in Clay County working as a farm hand for five years, then clerked four years. In 1879, he began in business for himself at wakefield. He carries a large stock of general merchandise, and is doing a good business and is a rising man. He now carries an average stock of $5,000; but when he first saw Wakefield he had $1 in cash. Pluck and Industry has won for him, however, an honorable place among the merchants of Clay County. (Taken from History of Kansas by A. T. Andreas, 1883, page 1319, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

SILVER, WILLIAM

William Silver, farmer and grain merchant, was born in Greene County, Ohio, March 14, 1832. When he was three years of age his parents moved to Allen County, Ind., where he spent his boyhood at work on a farm. At the age of nineteen he began the trade of a blacksmith at Three Rivers, Mich. He worked five years at his trade, and in the spring of 1857, came to Kansas; worked during the summer at his trade in Manhattan in Riley County, coming to Clay County in March 1858. In April of the same year he pre-empted a quarter section of land in Section 33, Township 6, Range 2 east. He continued on his claim until August 1862, when he enlisted in Company G of the Eleventh Kansas Cavalry. He served two years and eight months, taking part in the battles of the regiment. After his term of service expired, he returned to his farm. At the organization of the county, he was appointed one of the commissioners and was twice elected to the office, serving over four years. He was the first postmaster at Wyoming Valley. Afterwards the name was changed to Lima, and then to Morganville. He continued to reside on his farm and until November 1879, when he moved to the town, and has since resided in Morganville. He still has a good farm of 400 acres, but is now engaged in the grain and live-stock trade. He was married April 13, 1863, in Riley County, Kan., to Miss Lucinda C. Edelbute. They have four children - Mary Ellen, Frederick C., Lonsdale Vaile and Edna. (Taken from History of Kansas by A. T. Andreas, 1883, page 1319, transcribed by Peggy Thompson)

AGNES DAVIS ANDERSON

Agnes Davis Anderson was born in Sturgeon, Missouri, June 22, 1880, daughter of Simon Thomas and Lida Ellen (Spriggs) Davis. Her father was born in Fulton, Missouri, March 18, 1850, and died at Mexico, Missouri, January 12, 1912. Lida Ellen Spriggs was born in Canton, Missouri, March 15, 1860 and died at Morganville, on July 28, 1931.

Agnes Davis received a life certificate to teach in all schools in the state of Arkansas in 1899. She attended Springdale College at Springdale, Arkansas this being a private school established in 1870, but closed in 1900.

On March 11, 1904, she was married to Severt Andrew Anderson at Morganville, his birthplace. Mr. Anderson whose parents were born in Norway, was born January 17, 1879. To them were born five children, four of whom are living, an infant son, born December 16, 1904, who died the same day; Severt Andrew, Jr., April 25, 1907; Lauren Davis, April 10, 1909; Elinor Elizabeth, July 26, 1916; and Helen Jobelle, July 4, 1921. Both sons are graduates of the University of Kansas, Severt, Jr., having graduated in 1928.

Mrs. Anderson's religious affiliation is with the Christian Church of Springdale, Arkansas; although she is an earnest worker in the Methodist Episcopal Church of Morganville. She is a member of the Daughters of the American Revolution and for the past six years has been a community leader in 4-H clubs. She is a member of the Helianthus Club of Clay Center and the Priscilla Club of Morganville; both federated clubs. She is also a member of the Morganville Golf Club. Residence: Morganville. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 33)

HERMAN WILLARD AVERY

Herman Willard Avery, master farmer was born at Wakefield, Kansas, May 26, 1870, son of Henry and Orpha (Farnam) Avery. His father was born at Lowell, Vermont, April 29, 1838, and died at Wakefield, March 12, 1916. His mother, born at Westfield, Vermont, February 2, 1841, died at Wakefield, March 17, 1923.

Mr. Avery received the degree of Bachelor of Science from Kansas State Agricultural Society in 1891, where he was a member of Phi Beta Phi. He has held many public positions, particularly on farm organizations, and from 1909 until 1913 was state senator. He has been a member of the board of managers and treasurer of the Kansas State Fair since 1925.

On June 1, 1898, he was married to Hattie Maria Coffman at Olpe. She was born at Emporia, October 4, 1874. There are three children, Margaret, born March 17, 1902; Herbert, June 15, 1908; and William, August 11, 1911.

Mr. Avery is a member of the Parent Teachers Association, the Farm Bureau, the Farmers Educational and Co-operative Union and the Kansas State grange, and during 1918-19, was a member of the executive committee of Farm Bureau. Residence: Wakefield. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 51)

GEORGE WINFRED BALE

George Winfred Bale, physician and surgeon, was born in Orange, New Jersey, March 26, 1883, son of George Wise and Jennie (Wilson) Bale. George Wise Bale, railroad conductor, was born in Baleville, New Jersey, April 27, 1848 and died at Orange on April 14, 1887. His wife was born in New Jersey, February 29, 1858, and was a school teacher from 1887 until 1891 in Kansas. Her second marriage was to George Emerson in 1891. She resides in Osborne, Kansas.

Dr. Bale received his Bachelor of Arts degree from Washburn College and in 1910 his medical degree from Kansas University. He attended New York Post graduate School in 1916, and Bellvue Hospital in New York in 1922.

In active practice since June 20, 1910, Dr. Bale is now district surgeon for the Union Pacific Railroad. He is a member of the Clay County Medical Society, the Kansas State Medical Society, the American Medical Association and the Golden Belt Medical Society.

On June 18, 1910, he was married to Mary Grace Walker at Topeka, her birthplace. Mrs. Bale was born July 17, 1885. There are two children, Grace Bernice, born July 23, 1920; and George Franklin, July 17, 1924.

Dr. Bale is a Republican. He is a member of the First Methodist Episcopal Church of Clay Center, and of the Masonic Lodge. His club is the Clay Center Country Club and his favorite sport is tennis. Residence: Clay Center. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 66)

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