Roy Gordon Baldwin, doctor of veterinary medicine, was born at Seneca, Kansas, July 7, 1877, son of Samuel John and Martha (Magill) Baldwin. The father born in Griggsville, Illinois, January 1, 1846, died at Seneca on May 17, 1916. Martha Magill Baldwin was born at Platte City, Missouri, December 31, 1856, of English and Scotch descent. She is active in the work of her church and still resides at Seneca.

Gordon Baldwin attended the Kansas City Veterinary College from which he received the degree of Doctor of Veterinary Science in 1909. He attended Kansas State College in 1897. For more than 30 years Dr. Baldwin has been engaged in practice and has performed much work in state and federal tuberculosis eradication. He is a director of the Blue Rapids Ice Company and from 1924 until 1926 served as city councilman. From 1926 until 1930 he served as mayor of Blue Rapids. He is a Republican.

On July 7, 1903, he was married to Mina Lucille Beeler at Seneca. She was born at White Cloud, Kansas, April 10, 1877. There are three children, Merle, born December 2, 1904, Evelyn, August 31, 1908, and Lucille, December 14, 1913.

Dr. Baldwin is the author of a theme on Tuberculosis. He is a member of the Kansas State Medical Veterinary Association, the Methodist Church and the Masons (worshipful master, past master of Blue Rapids Lodge No. 169 of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons; Knights Templar). He is also a member of the Shrine. Residence: Blue Rapids.(Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 66)


Benjamin H. Brock, of Atchison county, was born in Virginia, April 4, 1808. He died near Troy, Kan., April 11, 1893. He was educated at Athens, Ohio. He came to Kansas in October, 1854 and settled in Doniphan County. He married, April 23,1 833, Elizabeth Caples by whom he had five children. Mrs. Mary Brock Montgomery of Troy, Kan., is the only one surviving. (Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society 1907-1908, Vol. X, edited by Geo. W. Martin, Secretary, State Printing Office, Topeka, 1908, page 209)


Curtis Graham, of Doniphan county, was born in Catskill, N. Y., April 5, 1818. He died in Brooklyn, N.Y., of old age, in 1906. He came to Kansas in 1856, and settled near Highland. He was a Methodist minister and assisted in the organization of the first Methodist church at Highland in March 1857. He was also one of the board of trustees that founded Highland University. He was of much service to Senator Pomeroy in the collection and distribution of aid in 1860. His wife died November 8, 1861, and shortly thereafter he returned east. (Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society 1907-1908, Vol. X, edited by Geo. W. Martin, Secretary, State Printing Office, Topeka, 1908, page 210)


Alexander A. Jameson, of Doniphan county - unknown. He was one of the executive committee appointed by the Grasshopper Falls convention to carry out the purpose of that movement. He was last heard of in St. Louis, about the beginning of the Civil War. (Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society 1907-1908, Vol. X, edited by Geo. W. Martin, Secretary, State Printing Office, Topeka, 1908, page 211)


Benjamin Harding, of Doniphan county, was born in Exeter, Otsego county. New York, November 26, 1816. In 1840 he became a resident of Livingston county, Missouri, and in 1842 entered the Indian trade at the Great Nemaha agency. He moved to St. Joseph in 1849, but returned to Kansas in 1862, engaging once more in the Indian trade at Wathena. In 1864 Mr. Harding was judge of election, and incurred the enmity of the pro-slavery people; he was indicted for serving in this capacity and twice went to Leavenworth to answer the charge, which was finally dismissed. He was a delegate to the Big Springs convention, 1866. served in the territorial councils of 1867, '68 and '69, was a member of the railroad convention of I860, and held the office of register of deeds of Doniphan county, 1862-'66, after which he lived a somewhat retired life. He died at his home in Wathena, January 16, 1904. (Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society 1907-1908, Vol. X, edited by Geo. W. Martin, Secretary, State Printing Office, Topeka, 1908, page 205)


Rev. H. N. Seaver, was a native of New England, having been in Augusta, Maine in June, 1810. He removed to the state of New York, where he was for many years a minister in the Methodist Church, being located at Elmira as presiding elder for some time. He came to Kansas in 1856, in company with General Bayless and several others and was one of the original proprietors and locators of the town site of Highland, Doniphan County, where he lived until his death in July 1879. He was a member of the senate of the first state legislature, 1861. (Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society 1907-1908, Vol. X, edited by Geo. W. Martin, Secretary, State Printing Office, Topeka, 1908, page 242)


John Asbury Symns, prominent farmer and stockman for many years, was born in Doniphan County, Kansas, July 15, 1869, and died at Whiting, November 12, 1931. He was the son of Joseph Alderson and Mary Katherine (Shanks) Symns.

The father, also a farmer and stockman was born in Monroe County, West Virginia, January 22, 1839, and died at Atchison, July 21, 1911. He served three years in the Confederate Army during the Civil War, participating in the battles of Fishers Hill, Winchester and Cedar Creek.

Mary Katherine Shanks was born in Clark County Kentucky, March 30, 1837, and died at Atchison, February 29, 1908. Her grandfather, Mitchell Byrd, was a soldier in the Revolutionary War.

Educated first in country schools, John Asbury Symns attended Midland college at Atchison and Kemper Military School at Booneville, Missouri, where he won honors in oratory, and from which he was graduated in 1891.

On April 19, 1905, Mr. Symns was married to Mary Nellie Green at Lawrence. She was born at Whiting, August 16, 1876, and is of Scotch, French, Dutch and English extraction. There are seven children, Frank Alderson, born February 18, 1906; Mary Katharine, May 23, 1907, Louise Jane, February 5, 1909, Isabelle, September 10, 1910; John Asbury, September 8, 1912, Eugenia, September 20, 1916; and Virginia, December 23, 1919.

An active Democrat, Mr. Symns, served as a member of the state legislature (senator) from 1925 until 1929. He was for many years a member of the school board and at the time of his death was president of the Whiting Telephone Company, the Whiting State Bank, and the Whiting Farmers Co-operative Association. He was a member of the Red Cross, a 32nd degree Scottish Rite Mason and Shriner, and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, pages 1140 & 1141)


John B. Wheeler, M. D. was born about 1822. in the state of New York. He settled in Kansas in 1866, at Palermo, Doniphan county, where he opened a hotel and practiced his profession as a physician and surgeon. After a few years at Palermo he removed to Troy, where he resided until his death, which occurred March 7, 1875. He was elected a member of the first free-state legislature in 1867. When the Thirteenth Kansas regiment was organized, in 1862. he enlisted at Palermo, and was appointed lieutenant-colonel serving; until the regiment was mustered out, the greater portion of the time as acting colonel He belonged to the Masonic order. (Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society 1907-1908, Vol. X, edited by Geo. W. Martin, Secretary, State Printing Office, Topeka, 1908, page 216)


Dr. N. C. Clark, representing Doniphan County in the senate of 1868, was born in Ohio about 1823. He came to Kansas from his native state in May, 1859, settling in Burr Oak township. He was a member of a Burr Oak company of the Doniphan county militia, organized in 1861 to disarm all disloyal citizens of the county, and was mustered in as surgeon of the Eighth Kansas, serving until November 28, 1865. He was a member of the house of 1863 and of the senate of 1867-68. (Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society 1907-1908, Vol. X, edited by Geo. W. Martin, Secretary, State Printing Office, Topeka, 1908, page 265)


Clemens Klippel, M. D., one of the leading physicians and surgeons of Hutchinson, was born in St. Joseph, Mo., Oct. 3, 1852, a son of Philip and Margaret Klippel, who were both born and reared in Germany. They emigrated from the Fatherland and located at St. Joseph in the early '40s, when it was a small village. The father served in the Mexican war and in 1854 took up a claim in Doniphan county, being one of the first white settlers in that locality. He engaged in agricultural pursuits in the northeast part of the county, near Columbus. During the stirring years of border warfare he took an active part with the free-state men, and was one of that brave band who struggled so hard that Kansas might be admitted to the Union free from slavery. In 1860 he moved to a farm near Troy, Doniphan county, where he continued to reside until 1895, when he went to the State of Oregon, and subsequently to Idaho Falls, Idaho, where he died in 1908, at the age of eighty-four. Mrs. Klippel died about 1895. During his life Mr. Klippel was regarded as one of the most prosperous and substantial men of the community in which he lived.

Clemens Klippel was the oldest in a family of eight children and was only two years old when his parents came to Kansas. He attended the district school near his home and after completing his education taught school for five years. While teaching the Doctor determined to devote his life to the study and practice of medicine and began to read for that profession. He then took a course in the Ensworth Medical College, St. Joseph, Mo., in 1882, and the next year entered Rush Medical College, Chicago, Ill., where he graduated in 1885. Immediately after receiving his degree Dr. Klippel located at Hutchinson, where he has become recognized as one of the leading practitioners. He has devoted much time and attention to surgical work and has made a specialty of treating the eye, ear, nose and throat.

In 1889 Dr. Klippel married Sara M. Oakes, a native of New Jersey, who was descended from a family that settled in New England at an early day. They have two children, Hildegarde and Philip C., both at home. Dr. Klippel is a member of the American Medical Association; of the American Association of Railway Surgeons; is local surgeon for the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad; and belongs to the Rock Island Surgeon's Association. Fraternally he is associated with the Masonic order, being a member of the Blue Lodge, Council and Commandery; he is also a member of the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks; the Ancient Order of United Workmen; and in faith is an Episcopalian. For some years he has been the examiner for the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company; the Aetna Life Insurance Company and several others. Dr. Klippel is the president of the Stewart Hospital Association, which has erected and equipped one of the finest hospitals in Kansas. It is known as the Stewart Hospital, and is located at Hutchinson. (Kansas Biography, Vol. III, Part 2, Page 774-775, Transcribed by: Millie Mowry)


Benjamin Daniel Allen, farmer and livestock feeder, was born in Highland, Kansas, August 13, 1879, son of Sereno Dwight and Phemmie Agnes (Williams) Allen. The father, a native of Massachusetts, born January 4, 1844, was a fruit grower in California from 1884 until his death at San Diego, on January 13, 1917. He planted one of the first apple orchards in Doniphan County. He was of Scotch and English descent. His wife was born in Pennsylvania, August 2, 1846, and died at San Diego, March 23, 1916. She was a school teacher in her early days, and the mother of thirteen children.

Educated in the public schools of San Diego, Benjamin Daniel Allen attended Russ High School there until his graduation in June, 1900. He was star half-back on the high school football team.

At the present time Mr. Allen is president of the LaCygne Gas Company, president of the Allen Gas Corporation, and president of the Louisburg Gas Company. He is treasurer of Highland College at Highland, and the manager of extensive farm lands and livestock. He served as cashier of the First National Bank at Highland for seven years and as president for ten years.

On April 23, 1907, he was married to Maude Mabel Hale at Hiawatha. Their one child died in infancy, Mrs. Allen was born at Highland, December 23, 1879 of English and Pennsylvania German descent. She is the daughter of John R. and Sarah J. (Benfer) Hale, the former a veteran of the Civil War and a prominent Doniphan County farmer until his death.

Mr. Allen is a Republican. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church of Highland, the Masons (Scottish Rite), and the Shrine. Residence: Highland. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 21)


William H. H. Curtis, late probate judge of Doniphan county, was born Nov. 10, 1840, in Adams county, Illinois, a son of John. N. and Mary (Warren) Curtis, both born and reared in Tennessee. His father located in Illinois at an early date and engaged in farming, but he heard of the fight the people of Kansas were making to have the state admitted free from slavery and joined that brave band of men and women who settled in the territory for that purpose. He was one of the strongest of free-state advocates and played an active part in all the events that led up to the admission of Kansas free. In 1854 John N. Curtis preempted a claim in sight of St. Joseph, which he cleared, built a house and established a home. He entertained many of the free-state men there and was host to the famous John Brown, of Ossawatomie. From the time of casting his first vote he was a stanch Republican and never swerved in his allegiance to that party throughout his life. Although he never held office Mr. Curtis was a public-spirited man and ever worked for the good of the community. He lived to the hale old age of ninety-three and was laid to rest, after a long and useful life, in 1906. Mrs. Curtis died in 1892, after rearing a family of fifteen children, ten of whom are still living.

William H. H. was fourteen years of age when his parents left Illinois and had already attended the common schools in that state. Soon after coming to Kansas he determined to devote his life to the study and practice of law and was a student at Atchison when the Civil war broke out. In May, 1861, he enlisted as a private in the First Kansas infantry, Company K. The first time Mr. Curtis was under fire was at Wilson's Creek, Aug. 10, 1861, and later, with his regiment, took part in the battles of Corinth, Tusangua, Luddinton's Mills, Abbeville, Holly Springs, Lake Providence, Bayou Tensas, Bailer Bayou, Cypress Bend, Milliken's Bend, the siege of Vicksburg and the many engagements before its fall. From there the regiment was ordered to Natchez, Lake Washington, Vidalia, La., and took an active part in the engagement of the Yazoo river, and thence back to Vicksburg; from there to St. Louis, then up the Missouri river to port Leavenworth, where it was discharged. Mr. Curtis was wounded at Wilson's Creek, Lake Providence and three other engagements, but as soon as he recovered from his wounds he always reported for duty. At the close of the war he returned to his home, and shortly resumed his studies at Atchison. Within a short time, after careful preparation, Mr. Curtis took the bar examination and was admitted to practice. Soon after this he saw a good business opening at Severance, Kan., and engaged in the lumber and grain business there. The affairs of the concern prospered. Mr. Curtis seemed to have marked natural business ability and made a comfortable fortune during the twenty years he remained in that city. During this time, however, he had ever longed for his profession, and disposing of his interests, he engaged in the practice of law, soon gaining a reputation as an able attorney. Mr. Curtis has always taken an active part in local affairs and politics and was elected probate judge of Doniphan county, where he had lived some years. Judge Curtis filled this office with marked credit and ability and to the entire satisfaction of his constituents; was reelected to the office three times, serving four terms, or eight years. He was a man of strong character, just and upright, and was held in the highest respect and esteem by his associates in the law, and loved as a man by his many acquaintances. During the years of stress and storm in this state he never swerved from his allegiance to the Republican party and was one of the earnest workers in its interests. He was a member of the Grand Army of the Republic and a past commander of Severance Post No. 191. His death occurred May 3, 1911. In 1872 Mr. Curtis married Fannie Leonhard, of Philadelphia, Pa., and two children were born to the union: William J., a traveling passenger agent for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad, and Grace, the wife of Ralph Valentine, of Kansas City, Mo., manager of the American Surety Company for the states of Missouri and Kansas. (Kansas Biography, Part 2, Vol. III, 1912, Pages 900-901, Transcribed as written by Millie Mowry)


James Wemys McCallan (also spelled M' Callan and Mac Callan) was born in Aberdeen Scotland in 1817. This was the Scottish Highlands, in the area of Ross and Cromarty. He was the son of William Macallan and Catherine Duffus Macallan. ( I have seen the Parish record for myself, and although it is often recorded as Duffy, it is in fact Duffus.) He had one known brother, William.

James Wemys Macallan, came to the United States sometime around the 1840's, and his name spelling changed from that of Macallan to McCallan. The Surname was spelled many different ways over the years, by well meaning persons. Rather it is spelled as, McCallan, Macallan, McAllan, McCallen, McCallon, Mccallin, McCullin, M'Callan, McClellen, McCollum, or some other unusual way, it is all us, one big family.

James Wemys McCallan, fought in the Mexican American War. He was in the Sante Fe Battalion, Mounted Volunteers. He also went to California to try his luck during the Gold Rush. James eventually obtained a parcel of 160 acres of land in Kansas for his service in the war. He set up a homestead in Burr Oak Township, Doniphan County Kansas around 1848. This later would became the Wathena and Blair Kansas Area. There, he would build his family.

James made his home with his wife, Anna Helena (Hack) McCallan who had come to Kansas all the way from Prussia Germany. James was 20 years her senior and they had their children and each generation had theirs. Most of the family stayed in the Kansas and Missouri area and remain there to this day.

James and Anna McCallan had several known children. Some may have died without being recorded, but those we know of include; James, who was called Jim, and he was a blacksmith. William was nicknamed Bill, and he was a concrete worker, who helped to build the Highland Kansas Bank as well as the first concrete bridge between St Joseph MO. and Elwood KS. Scott was called "Scotch". Maybe because he was Scottish, or perhaps because he tended bar at his brother in law's establishment in St Joseph, Mo, "Kersey's bar" Scotch was beloved by his neighbors and when he died suddenly one day, the town cancelled their annual rabbit hunt out of respect for him. Kathryn, who was lovingly called "Kate" is one of our "brick walls". She disappears from our area and we cannot seem to find her. She is mistakenly listed as being married to William Greene, but this has been checked out and found to be another Catherine McCallion, with different parents and siblings, and presumably not related to our McCallan family. Alexander, I do not know much about, only that he was also a contractor of sorts, and finally Anna, who was affectionately called Annie. She married James Kersey who was the proprietor of the Kersey Tavern.

Jim McCallan Jr. married twice, first to a beautiful woman named Catherine Maria Rutherford. (She was married first to Andrew Jackson Thompson and came to the marriage with two children, Emma and Joseph Thompson), Catherine, Maria as she was called, also had several children with Jim McCallan Jr. sometimes called "John". One of those children was my great grandfather, Alexander "Sandy" McCallan. Sandy was a mechanic and is buried at Courter Ritchie Cemetery in Doniphan County KS. Sandy married Lillie Lee Reckard and they had many children. One of which was my Grandpa, Alfred William McCallan, who the first wrestler out of Doniphan County Kansas. Grandpa was the founder, owner and operator of McCallan Hay and Feed Company. He loved to tell the tales of his family and our genealogy.

Grandpa would set the stage by telling me about Kansas and it's wide flat plains and the way it looked when he was a young boy. He grew up 3 ½ miles north of Blair Kansas, he would say. He spoke with pride of "The McCallan Homestead". 160 acres of fertile farm land in Doniphan county Kansas. This was the kind of pride that the Scotsman know about the land and how they love it and hold it dear to them. Grandpa knew some of the names and he would use them as he told the story. He never knew his grandmother's name, but they called her "Redfir" He thought her first name might be Mariah, like the wind. He would tell that she was a beautiful, " full blooded Indian", he would say. The story went that his grandfather, Jim McCallan, rode into this Indian camp to steal their horses, and he surprised them. Swooping up their horses and causing a commotion, he rode out in glory, but as he was leaving the camp, his eye caught that of the beautiful Indian woman. "Long flowing dark hair and dancing black eyes". As he rode away for his life, he swung in low and grabbed the young Indian squaw up and took her with him. As they fled, the horse slipped and fell. Her hip was broken. They got away safely, and Jim made this beautiful young Indian woman his bride. Her hip never healed and as the family folklore went, she died young when her youngest child, my great grandfather "Sandy McCallan", was only 2 years old.

I grew up with this tale, but sadly it was only the combination of wonderful imagination woven with the tales told and passed down of the old West. My Great great grandmother was not an Indian woman at all. She was born about 1854 in Kentucky. It was not all so romantic as that. She moved to Burr Oak, as a girl, and went to school there and met and married Jim McCallan. Her step father was William Diamond, and his homestead and the McCallan homestead bordered each other. Her full name was Catherine Maria Rutherford, but she was called Maria. Some time later I figured out that the Mariah, probably came from the Scottish pronunciation of Maria, and the "Redfir" was a mispronunciation "Reddifer", which was a further mispronunciation of Rutherford. Few could read in those days, and the mistake was passed down from generation to generation. Maria's mother was Emma Craig Rutherford of Kentucky, and her father was Joseph Rutherford of Ireland. Joseph died of small pox at age 28, and Emma remarried to William Diamond. Maria had at least one sister, Theresa. I wish I could have told Grandpa all this, but sadly he is gone now. I dedicate it all to his memory. I continue to try to piece together the family tree. I graciously accept any and all information no matter how small. I keep my email address up to date, so that you can contact me with questions or information. Thank you, Teresa McCallan Wilson


During the greater part of his active and successful life. Colonel Price has made a practical and scientific study of farming, an appreciation of which was instilled into his enthusiastic boyhood days by a father who knew the value and utility of the soil, and had found it a sure compensation for wisely and persistently directed effort. Although not one of the earliest comers to the Salt River valley, having arrived in 1891, he is yet one of the most enthusiastic, as are most who have formerly been dependent upon the changeful conditions of the east.

Of Scotch and English extraction. Colonel Price was born in Huntingdon county. Pa., July 4, 1843, and is a son of Daniel and Sophia (Edwards) Price, also born in Pennsylvania. Fortunate in his educational advantages, Joshua E. studied in public schools, a normal and a select school and qualified as a teacher when already quite young. His first aspirations towards self-support were along educational lines, and previous to the breaking out of the war he taught in the schools of his native county for four terms. The harmony of an otherwise uneventful life terminated in August of 1862, when he enlisted in Company F. One Hundred and Twenty-Fifth Pennsylvania Volunteer Infantry, and served in the army of the Potomac for nine months. Company F participated in the battles of Chancellorsville, South Mountain. Antietam, and in the last-named battle he was wounded in the head. In April of 1863 he was discharged from the service, and in January of 1864 re-enlisted in Battery E, First Pennsylvania Light Artillery, which also was attached to the army of the Potomac. He was present at the fall of Richmond, and at the battle of Petersburg was wounded in the side and incapacitated for a short time. July 5, 1865, he was honorably discharged at Philadelphia, Pa., having been raised during the second enlistment from a private to the rank of second lieutenant in the First Pennsylvania Light Artillery, as a result of meritorious services during the siege of Petersburg.

Following the restoration of peace. Mr. Price went, in January of 1866, to Hamilton county, Ohio, where for a time he again engaged in educational work, and subsequently turned his attention to farming. Beginning with 1873, he lived for a time in Doniphan, Brown and Nemaha counties, Kansas, and became prominently identified with the political and other affairs of Kansas, for nine months he served as quartermaster-general of the department of the Kansas Grand Army of the Republic, under Gen. Ira F. Collins, the department commander. Later he served as adjutant-general for four months, having in both capacities held the rank of colonel. As mayor of the city of Sabetha, Kans., he served for one year, and was for two years a member of the city council.

In Ohio, December 5, 1867, Mr. Price married Alice J. Cosbey, a native of Hamilton county, Ohio, and a daughter of David L. and Hannah (Lyon) Cosbey. Of this union there have been two children: Eleanor, who is the wife of Dr. Charles H. Jones, of Tempe, Ariz., and Ralph, who is living at home. On his well conducted ranch in the vicinity of Tempe, Colonel Price is carrying on large agricultural interests, and has been gratifyingly successful in his chosen occupation. With the peculiar enterprises which are indigenous to .Arizona and California, as artificially irrigated centers, he has been greatly interested, and helpfully studious, and was for five years president of the southern branch of the Tempe canal, and for one year a director in the Tempe Irrigating Canal Company. He is a Republican in politics, and. is a member of the John A. Logan Post No. 7, G. A. R., at Tempe, and has been commander of the post. In the religious world he has wielded an extended influence for good, and is connected with the First Congregational Church of Tempe, in which he was formerly superintendent of the Sunday-school for seven years. Of all the dwellers of the valley none is held in higher esteem than Colonel Price, nor are any more appreciated as friend and large-hearted citizen, and general promoter of the public good. (Portrait and Biographical Record of Arizona Chapman Publishing 1904, sumbitted by Barbara Ziegenmeyer)


Adams, William C T., president of Highland College, Kans., was born July 6, 1869, in Vernon County, Wis. He graduated from the Wisconsin State Normal school, the upper Iowa University, the Taylor University and the University of Michigan; and has received the degrees of M.A. and M.S. He was ordained a minister of the Presbyterian Church; has been principal of schools in Wisconsin and North Dakota; and filled professorships in upper Iowa University and in Bellevue college of Nebraska. Since 1909 he has been president of Highland college of Kansas. [Herringshaw's American blue-book of Biography: Prominent Americans of 1912- An Accurate Biographical Record of Prominent Citizens of All Walks of Life, submitted by Therman Kellar]


Charles Edward Butts, prominent Kansas lawyer, was born in Iroquois County, Illinois, September 19, 1869 and since October 1908 has been a resident of Kansas. his father, John Butts, was born in Pennsylvania, february 22, 1822 and died at Hoopeston, Illinois, August 15, 1917. His wife, Susan Watkins, who was born in Jefferson County, Kentucky, October 3, 1829 died at Hoopeston, March 4, 1892.

Charles Edward Butts attended public school at Hoopeston, and was graduated from high school there in 1887. he attended the Chicago College of Law in 1895, 1896 and 1897 and in 1898 received the degree of Bachelor of Laws from Lake Forest University. While at Chicago, he was a member of the Black Sheep.

On June 23, 1897, Mr. Butts was admitted to practice in Chicago and on January 17, 1911 at Topeka. He is in active practice at Troy and is serving as city attorney of that city. He is a Republican.

On April 19, 1897 he was married to Louise KaDel at Chicago. Mrs. Butts, who is of French and German extraction, was born at Bloomington, Illinois, July 17, 1879. She is a graduation of Chicago Musical College, and a teacher of music. They have one daughter, Helen, born october 1, 1901 who is married to Harold B. Sheldon. Helen is a music teacher and is a graduate of Chicago Musical College.

Mr. Butts is a member of the Odd Fellows, the Security Benefit Association and the Certified Public Accountants Association.Residence: Troy. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 185)


Charles Curtis Calnan, editor of The Kansas Chief, was born at Powhatan, Kansas, March 10, 1899, son of Henry James and Martha Ann (Swisher) Calnan. The father, born at Stoneham, Massachusetts, November 17, 1857, died at Troy, July 29, 1919.
He was of Irish parentage his father and mother having come to America in the early part of the 19th century. Henry James Calnan came to Iowa after the Civil War, settling in Kansas in 1880. He was in early life an engineer and in 1894 entered the newspaper business.

Martha Ann Swisher was born at Menominee, Wisconsin, December 4, 1870. Her paternal ancestors came from Germany to Charleston, South Carolina in the 18th century. Her mother's family came to Virginia and Pennsylvania from England and Germany. Her parents were born in Illinois moved to Wisconsin and in 1873 to Kansas.

Upon her graduation from public and high school at Troy, Charles Curtis Calnan attended the University of Kansas one year. He grew up in his father's printing office and after his death in 1919 became editor of the paper.

On May 2, 1924, he was married to Esther Lorraine Earnest at St. Joseph, Missouri, her birthplace. There are two children, Henry James, born March 27, 1926; and Annie Martha, June 19, 1928.

Mrs. Calnan who was born June 12, 1904 is an accomplished musician. She studied violin at Chicago Musical College and the American Conservatory and is a member of Phi Beta Beta. Her father's family came from Germany to Pennsylvania in the 18th century and her mother's family from France to Delaware about the same period.

Mr. Calnan is a republican and from 1928 until 1932 was a member of the county central committee. He was candidate for presidential elector in 1932 and since 1927 has been a member of the Troy city council.

Among his memberships are Louis B. Weinberg Post of the American Legion of which he was adjutant 1926-29 (private, Student Army Training Corps October 1, 1918 - December 21, 1918; private, Battery F, 130th Field Artillery, Kansas National Guard, September 30, 1925- January 1, 1926; sergeant, January 1, 1926- April 20, 1926; second lieutenant April 20, 1926- July 21, 1929), the Chamber of Commerce, the Parent Teachers Association, the Elks, the Masons (Ancient Free and Accepted Masons at Troy; Royal Arch Masons at Troy; Washington Commandery, Knights Templar at Atchison, Caswell Consistory of the Scottish rite Masons at Kansas City; and Abdallah Temple of the Shrine at Leavenworth). Residence: Troy. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, pages 189-191)


On the roll of residents of Doniphan County who during the civil war "wore the blue" in defense of their country and loyally aided in the suppression of the rebellion of the south, is E. C. Kelley, a well-known and highly respected citizen of Elwood, whose life history cannot fail to prove of interest to many of our readers, for he is both widely and favorably known in this part of the state. A native of Michigan, he was born in Lenawee county, February 6, 1841 and is a son of L. Kelley, a native of Dennis, Massacushetts. The grandfather, John Kelley, was born in a Quaker settlement at Sydney, Maine. L. Kelley took up his abode in Michigan in 1838, in a region which at that time was an almost unbroken wilderness. He was twice married, his first union being with Miss Deborah Estes, and to them were born six children, namely: Ben, Rufus, John, Content, Mary J. and Sarah. For his second wife Mr. Kelley chose Miss Lydia Hoxsie, who was born in Cayuga county, New York, a daughter of John Hoxsie, a soldier of the war of 1812. By their union three children were born, namely: Edwin C., Allan and Betsey Ann. The father died near Adrian, Michigan, at the advanced age of ninety years. His life was an honorable and upright one in harmony with his belief as a member of the Society of Friends. In anti-slavery days he was a stanch abolitionist and when the Republican party was formed to prevent the extension of slavery he joined its ranks and continued to follow its banner throughout the remainder of his life. His wife, who was a consistent member of the Society of Friends, died at the age of eighty-four years.

Edwin C. Kelley was reared in Michigan and attended the public schools. During the civil war he enlisted in Company G Fourth Michigan Infantry, on the 6th of February, 1862, being on that day just twenty-one years of age. He took part in some of the most memorable engagements of the war, including the siege of Yorktown, Fredericksburg, the seven-days battle of the wilderness, the engagement at Richmond, Gaines' Mills, White Oak Springs, Malvern Hill and Gettysburg. During his service he spent some months in the hospitals of Maryland and when honorably discharged returned to his home in Adrian. He has always found at his post of duty, faithfully defending the cause represented by the old flag, and upon the battle fields of the south he bravely labored to preserve the Union.

In 1867 occurred the marriage of Mr. Kelley and Miss Edy Potter, who was born, reared and educated in Kalamazoo, Michigan. Her father, Jeremiah Potter, was a native of Herkimer County, New York, and was of New England lineage. His wife who bore the maiden name of Nancy Johnson, was born in Oswego County, New York, and was a daughter of Andrew Johnson. Mr. and Mrs. Potter became the parents of eleven children, but three died in childhood. Those who reached the age of maturity were Corydon, Demetra, Morton, Josephine, Homer, Mrs. Edy Kelley, Morell and Cora. The father died at the age of sixty-six years, while his wife passed away at the age of eighty-four. Both were members of the Universalist church and he was a Democrat in his political affiliations. Mrs. Kelley successfully engaged in teaching for some time previous to their marriage and is a lady of culture and broad general information. Unto our subject and his wife have been born five children: Lola, who is an artist of superior talent and a successful art teacher; Bennie, Florence and Edwina. One child, Alma, the second of the family, died at the age of nineteen years.

Mr. Kelley gives his political support to the Republican party, but has never sought or desired office, content to support the principles he believes by his ballot without seeking for reward through official preferment. He belongs to the Grand Army of the Republic in Gratiot county, Michigan. His identification with Kansas dates from 1886 at which time he located in Ellis County where he remained for three years. For the last ten years he has been a resident of Doniphan county and is one of the honored and prosperous citizens within its borders. All who know him esteem him highly for his sterling worth, for his loyal service on the battle fields of the south was but an indication of the fidelity which characterized his entire career. (Genealogical and Biographical Record of North-Eastern Kansas, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, 1900, Page 552-553)


William F. Brown, is one of the oldest residents of Pratt county, having lived there since pioneer times, and his ability and resourcefulness have made his affairs prosper in every direction and undertaking. He is a large land owner and farmer, and for a number of years has been the leading merchant of Byers. His name has also been worthily impressed upon the history of the state through his several terms of service in the Legislature during the early '90', when much legislating was done that was productive of the later and better prosperity of Kansas.

Mr. Brown was born at Bath, Illinois, February 25, 1860, son of Isaac and Maria M. (Putnam) Brown. He is of old and substantial American ancestry. His great grandfather settled in Scoharie County, New York, prior to the time of Revolutionary war. His grandfather, Stephen Brown, spent all his life in Scoharie County as a farmer. On his mother's side Mr. Brown is descended from a pioneer Putnam who came to this country about the same time as Hendrik Hudson, 1608, and settled on the Island of Manhattan, he and his family being among the founders of New York.

Isaac Brown, father of William F. Brown, was born in Scoharie County, New York in 1830. He grew up there and later moved to Bath, Illinois, where he was a merchant and where he married. About 1870 he established a home on the prairies of northeastern Kansas, in Doniphan County, and broke many acres of sod there. The county was not altogether to his liking and in 1878 he moved to practically the very edge of civilization in the Kansas of that time and homesteaded a quarter section in Pratt County. He was a man of great energy, lived a blameless life, and kept his home on his farm in Pratt County until 1895, when he retired and moved to Stoutland, Missouri, where he died in 1907. In matters of politics he always followed the choice of an independent judgment. His wife, Maria M. Putnam, was born in Amsterdam, New York in 1828 and died at Bath, Illinois, in 1865, the mother of W. F. Brown.

William F. Brown was about nine years old when his father moved to Doniphan County, Kansas and in that locality he acquired most of his education in the rural schools. At the age of eighteen he went to Pratt County and three years later in 1881, homesteaded a quarter section, proved up his claim and from that as a nucleus steadily progressed in farming and other business affairs. He now owns, 1,000 acres in Pratt County and lived on his farm until 1897, when he established a store in the community then known as Naron, which has since become the Village of Byers. His business has grown steadily and particularly through the building of the railroad it has claimed a large share of the trade in that section of Pratt County. Mr. Brown is also director in the Farmers Elevator Company at Byers and in the Farmers Commission Company of Hutchinson. He owns his store building and also a modern home built in 1918.

For a number of years, Mr. Brown has exercised an independent elective franchise, but was a populist in the stirring political days of the early '90s. It was on that ticket that he was elected to the Legislature in 1892 and re-elected in 1894 and 1896. He was regarded as one of the strong men in the legislature of those years, and in the session of 1897 was appointed chairman of the important committee on railroads. He made a close study of railroads as affecting the general welfare, and is well known as the author of the Brown Maximum Freight Rate Law. For the past thirty-five years he has been a director of his home school board and has also held other township offices, including justice of the peace, in which he is still serving. He is a licensed local minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church, is affiliated with the local camp of the Modern Woodmen of the World, Byers Lodge, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and, for the past twenty years has been clerk of Byers Camp of the Modern Woodmen.

In 1882, at Byers, Mr. Brown married Miss Leeann Naron, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. L. H. Naron, now deceased. L. H. Naron was the pioneer farmer and homesteader in Pratt County after whom the vicinity of Naron was named. To Mr. and Mrs. Brown were born the following children: Emma is the wife of Charles M. Miles, an automobile dealer at Macksville, Kansas; Don is a farmer at Byers; Mary married John Gereke, a farmer near Byers; Bert is also a farmer in the home community; Annie is the wife of William Gereke, a farmer at Byers; William has a farm nearby; and Jerry Simpson, named in honor of the noted Kansas congressman, is also one of the progressive members of the agricultural community around Byers. (Handbook of the Kansas Legislature, 1897, printed by Crane & Co of Topeka Kansas. Note from William Woodburn - William Fisher Brown homesteaded in Pratt County in 1881. Owned and operated a general store at Naron then at Byers; farmer, minister, justice of the peace and served four terms as a Populist in the Kansas Legislature. For years he wrote a newspaper column for the "Pratt Union" under the pseudonym "Flashes from Byers."-- Submitted by William Woodburn)

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