Family  History


Freeman Ferguson Tufts Corp -- 1853—1938 was the second child of eight children of John Wesley Corp and Annis L. Seely.

Freeman was given the name of Tufts in memory of his grandmother whose maiden name was Tufts.

His parents were both born & raised in Ohio but began moving west towards Iowa shortly after being married in 1851.

Apparently they spent some time in Indiana with the result that Freeman was born in Indiana along with two brothers & maybe three.

His parents probably arrived in Iowa in 1857 or 1858 with the family showing up in the 1860 Census of Winterset, Iowa.

Freeman married Helen Amanda Stewart in Terra haute, Vigo County, Indiana on 04 February, 1877 and very likely came to Kansas shortly thereafter since a newspaper article mentions he was working on the Register in the seventies.

It seems that Kansas area newspapers liked to feature Freeman Corp occasionally!

Wichita Eagle Feb. 1, 1887--

The Wichita Eagle newspaper notes that Freeman Corp was in St. Louis. The reason was not given

Freeman Corp, an old time Great Bender who worked on the register in the 70’s was up from Hutchinson Sunday. Mr. Corp makes his home on a farm near Nickerson but runs a machine shop in Hutchinson.

Barton county Democrat- September 8, 1899

Freeman Corp was issued certificate # 1945 for a land patent of the NW ¼ of Section 34, Township 21, south of Range seven west of the sixth Meridian in Kansas containing 160 acres-April 16, 1890

Freeman Corp an old time Great Bender now conducting a machine shop at Hutchinson, was up Wednesday and Thursday to renew old acquaintances.

Barton county Democrat- August 2, 1901

Freeman Corp an early day settler of this county and a boyhood friend as well as a former employee of A. J. Hoisington was in the city a few hours this morning. He now resides at Hutchinson.

Barton county Democrat- June 10, 1904

The editor had the pleasure of a social call from Freeman Corp Monday evening. Mr. Corp was one of the early day settlers in Great Bend being at one time assistant postmaster and for years connected with the newspaper business here. He is now proprietor of the Corp machine shops at Hutchinson and has an extensive business in his line.

Barton county Democrat - October 14, 1904

Freeman Corp, an old time printer who worked at the Register in this city in the early days but is now in the foundry and machine business at Hutchinson is in the city putting in the cold storage machinery in the new building McKnown and Hayes

Barton county Democrat June 8, 1906.

Former Great Bender Freeman Corp was in the city Monday and made this office a pleasant call.

Barton County Democrat April 17, 1908

Evidently Freeman was a member of the Liars Club of Hutchinson

Freeman Corp can tell you how Mexican Revolutionaries tied him up for four days

This was noted in the Hutchinson News on January 21, 1938….


Machine Shop

I have just opened a new machine shop at No. 14, B West (North of Shaw Theater) Hutchinson, Kansas. And have fitted it with improved machinery for doing all kinds of machine and engine work. I expect to be able to do anything in my line promptly and in a satisfactory manner.

If you will have your thrasher engines brought in this fall and repaired during the quiet season, it can be done some cheaper and of course better than late next summer when everybody wants their work done first.

Steam pump work, a specialty.

I build the best gasoline engine on earth


Drawings made and plans perfected

Please call us and see us and let us have a chance at your work, If you have no work come in anyhow and be sociable. If you can’t come in, write and tell us your wants and we will tell us what we can do for you.

F Corp

Hutchinson, Kan., October 15, 1901

(published Hutchinson Gazette October 24, 1901)
(Submitted by Dean Thomson)

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