Williston Hadwen Addington, Physician, was born at East Aurora, New York, October 19, 1854, son of George Hawxhurst and Elizabeth Allen (Arnold) Addington.

The father was born in Erie County, New York, April 25, 1826, and died at East Aurora. He was a farmer, a horse breeder, and an auctioneer, whose English and Scotch ancestors were early settlers in America. Among them is Lord Morforth of England. Elizabeth Allen Arnold was born in Erie county, New York, in June, 1834, and died at East Aurora in April 1918. She was an active worker in the Universalist Church, and in all charity organizations. Of New England stock she was a direct descendant of Ethan Allen.

Dr. Addington received his medical degree from the University of Buffalo in 1879. A Democrat Dr. Addington has been president of the school board in Spickard, Missouri, and Altoona, Kansas.

His marriage to Ellen Amelia Mosher was solemnized at Orchard Park, New York, October 15, 1879. Mrs. Addington was born at Orchard Park on October 20, 1854. To them were born the following children: Winifred, in May, 1882, who died in January, 1892; Katherine on Septembe r2, 1883, who married W. W. Tracy; Francis on April 12, 1885 who died in September 1885; James H., in July 1886 who died in January, 1887 and Hadwen A., born June 14, 1890, who married Madge Moore.

Dr. Addington is a member of the Medical Reserve and the Universal church, the American and Kansas State Medical Associations, the Medical Association of the Grundy County, Missouri, Medical Association in 1906 and has been the president of the Wilson County Medical Society. He is a Mason, an Odd Fellow, and a Woodman of the World. His hobby is horses. Residence: Altoona. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 12)


The subject of this notice is one of the successful farmers of Colfax township, Wilson county, and was reared, chiefly, in the counties embraced by this edition of local history. For seventeen years his home was in Neosho county and for the past fifteen years his industry and skill at farming in Wilson county have rendered him one of the prominent men of his township.

Born in Fairfield county, Ohio, Mr. Apt first saw the light on the 15th of August, 1867. he is a son of Samuel Apt of Chanute who brought his family to Kansas and settled near Galesburg in Neosho county in the year 1870 and was there identified with agriculture for several years. The latter was born in Pennsylvania, December 28, 1827, is a representative of an old American family and is of German origin and blood. He served in an Ohio regiment in the civil war and when he became a settler in Neosho county he entered a quarter section of land in Shiloh township in which locality he resided for twenty years. He was married to Betty Brandt - who died on the 8th of March 1884 - and is the father of the following children. Jennie, wife of J. W. Snyder of Rich Hill, Missouri; Wesley of Rocky Ford, Colorado; Alice widow of Dr. Bartel, of Chanute; Columbia, widow of Jack Rodman of Rocky Ford, Colorado; Charles, whose whereabouts are unknown; Henry of Rocky Ford, Colorado, Martin, of Hastings, Nebraska; William of Neosho county; Loretta, wife of Calvin Smith, of LaHarpe, Kansas; S. Grant of this review, and Hattie, wife of W. Aronholt of Toronto, Kansas.

Grant Apt was fairly educated in the country schools of Neosho county and at the age of seventeen he began life in real earnest as a farm hand by the month, and as a day laborer for the Santa Fe railroad company with pick and shovel excavating for the round house at Chanute. When he was married he became identified permanently with the Dryden homestead in Colfax township and for fifteen years his time and energies have been devoted to its large agricultural and grazing interests.

December 28, 1887, Mr. Apt was united in marriage with Miss Flora Dryden, a daughter of the late William K. Dryden, who settled one of the good farms of Colfax in 1882, an emigrant from Iowa. It was in Henry county, the latter state, that Mrs. Apt was born in the year 1860. She is one of two children of William K. and Harriet (Grubbs) Dryden, the other child being John L. Dryden, of Buffalo, Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. Apt's family consists of two children, Bessie and Oley.

Political ties have not bound all members of this family beyond severance or disconnection. Until the era of political eruption in Kansas its members responded, in the main, to the roll call of Republicanism, but the change of conditions and the apparent need of a new party of the people caused divorce and separation in all political baliwicks and our subject cast his fortunes with the new order. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 499 & 500)


Robert Armstrong, of Jefferson County, lived at Perry. He was from Indiana, and was born about 1825. In 1865 he was employed on the old Kansas Pacific railroad. He was elected a member of the legislature of 1868. About 1870 he left Jefferson county for Neodesha, Wilson County. (Transactions of the Kansas State Historical Society 1907-1908, Vol. X, edited by Geo. W. Martin, Secretary, State Printing Office, Topeka, 1908, page 268)


William Lewis Bartels, retired, of Iola, whose presence has been conspicuously recognized in the business and social world of Allen county for the past forty years, is one of the remaining pioneers of Kansas whose business career almost spans the history of his county and whose life, filling with years, has been crowned with the reward of honest, earliest and intelligent effort. He has not simply been in the county but distinctly of the county and, while he has witnessed most of the events of importance that have happened here he has caused some of them to happen and knew that others were going to happen. He had arrived at the age of responsible citizenship when he first saw Allen county and was equipped with a fair education, a good constitution, an abundance of energy and a good name. This combination, carefully guarded, will win in the race of any life and, when its cares have been laid aside, it can not be said that "it was all in vain."

"Lew" Bartels was burn in Muskingum county, Ohio, May 11, 1842. He is a son of Christian Bartels, born in Hanover, Germany, in 1808. The latter was a miller's son and, in 1835, came to the United States. He has a brother, Lewis, who resides at Gypsum, Kansas, and another brother, Henry, who remained in Germany. Christian Bartels learned the tailor's trade in his youth and his first work in this country was done in Philadelphia. He located at Zanesville, Ohio, about 1840 and was there married to Sarah Pryor, whose parents were among the first settlers of that community. In 1831 he went to Bureau county, Illinois, and located in Sheffield. He had undertaken farming in Illinois and, feeling cramped for room and with the expectation of getting a "claim," he came to Kansas in 1860. He pre-empted a quarter section on Onion Creek, on the south line of Iola township and died there in 1878. His widow died in Iola in 1898. Their children are: Amelia, widow of Jesse VanFossen, of Humboldt; Mary, died single; W. L.; Margaret, wife of D. B. Stephens, of Iola; Sarah, who married Robert L. Travis, of Humboldt, Kansas; Thomas M., a leading merchant of Iola.

Among the first things that Lew Bartels encountered on coming to Kansas was the Civil war. It was no trial for him to meet his obligation in this matter for he was a strong believer in the union of the states and cowardice was not a part of his makeup. He enlisted August 10, 1861, in Company G, Ninth Kansas, Colonel Lynde; and the first thing that was done was to raid the Rebels and Bushwhackers who sacked Humboldt. They were overtaken at Cabin Creek and a battle ensued. The fellows who burned Humboldt also came in for a raid and the Ninth did its duty toward them. The Ninth spent the winter of 1861 on post duty at Humboldt and the next spring it was marched to Leavenworth, Kansas, and mounted. It took the Santa Fe trail for Fort Union, New Mexico, guarding the overland stage line against the Indians and Rebels. The regiment returned to Leavenworth the same fall and Company G did provost guard duty around the city till the spring of 1863. The regiment guarded the southern border of the state and chased Quantrel's band of guerrillas in Missouri the greater part of the year. General Joe Shelby's men were encountered at different times in his feints on Kansas City and north Missouri. The spring of 1864 the Ninth Kansas was ordered toward Little Rock and had many brushes with the Confederates in Arkansas. Our subject enlisted as a private and was discharged at Duvalls Bluff, Arkansas, January 6, 1865, being a sergeant and having seen three and one-half years of service.

Mr. Bartels tilled the soil the first four years succeeding the war. He went into Degenhart's harness shop at Humboldt, learned the trade and the business and spent three years there. He came to Iola in 1874 and opened a shop and did a thriving business in the old building on his present business corner till 1885. He was then appointed Deputy Revenue Collector for fourteen eastern Kansas counties. He officiated in this capacity four and a half years and acquitted himself with credit to himself and with great satisfaction to the government. Upon the election of Harrison the Deputy force resigned in a body and, in reply to his letter of resignation his chief sent Mr. Bartels the following:

"In terminating our official relations I desire to say that I have always considered the business of the Second Division in safe hands, and to thank you for your care and fidelity in the discharge of your duties. Your selection and appointment has never caused me a regret. I hope your prosperity and happiness in future may equal your individual merits."

Retiring from the revenue service Mr. Bartels established himself in the hardware business and his house became one of the popular places of business in Allen county. He conducted its affairs most satisfactorily till April 1899 when he sold his stock and retired from active business. During the year 1898 he erected the "Bartels Block," a two story brick 22x120 feet with basement and the following year his brick residence, on East Madison avenue, was erected, and he thus becomes the owner of two of the most attractive and substantial structures in the city.

March 22, 1863, Mr. Bartels was married in Allen county to Sidney, a daughter of John B. Tibbetts, who was driven out of Missouri in 1861 by the Rebels and came over into Allen county. Mr. Tibbetts was a shoemaker and was born in Massachusetts. He married Miss Amy Wood.
Mr. and Mrs. Bartels' children are Ida H., wife of Eli Wharton, of Iola, Kansas; Josie, wife of B. C. Potter, of Iola; Rosie, wife of Edward Langford, of Iola; William Z. Bartels, who married Jessie Webb; Ollie, Maud and Jessie Bartels.

The Democracy of the Bartels' is proverbial. Their adherence to the principles of the ancient and honored faith is constant. William L. has been twice honored with election to the office of Mayor of Iola, first in 1882 when he was chiefly concerned in getting the Missouri Pacific Railway to build into Iola, and second in 1892 when he gave the city a business administration. (History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas, edited & compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas F. Scott, 1901, pages 387-389, submitted by Carolyn Kuczmarski)


James Augustus Burge was born at Grays Lake, Illinois, January 17, 1847, son of James and Sophia (Chittenden) Burge. The father born at Somersetshire, England, died at Grays Lake, Illinois. He was a successful farmer. His wife, Sophia was born at Batavia, New York and died at Grays Lake. Her father, Myron chittenden, served as a soldier from Vermont in the War of 1812.

James Augustus Burge attended public school and the Academy of Illinois from which he was graduated in 1865. While in school he was a band leader.

Admitted to the bar of Kansas in 1869 he was in private practice for 10 years, served as county attorney two years, being appointed by J. W. Sutherland who had been duly elected who appointed Mr. Burge in his stead for the reason that he did not care to move from his home in Neodesha to the county seat at Fredonia. Mr. Burge was a member of the firms of W. A. Peffer and Burge and later Kirkpatrick and Burge. During the years 1865 and 1866 he taught school in Kansas. For more than fifty years he has been a newspaper correspondent.

Mr. Burge is a Republican and altho never an aspirant to public office, has been an active worker for his party's candidates.

On June 17, 1906 he was married to Sada Horn Catron at Neodesha. She was born at Wytheville, Virginia, September 27, 1868. She is especially active in the First Methodist Episcopal Church is secretary of three adult classes in the Sunday School, is communion steward (past fifteen years) and is secretary of the Women's Foreign Missionary Society and a member of the Ladies Aid. She is also a member of Mistletoe Chapter of the ORder of Eastern Star at Fredonia.

Mr. Burge is a charter member of the Grand Army of the Republic, having served as a musician in Company I, 134th Illinois Volunteers in the Civil War. He is one of three surviving members at Fredonia. He is a Christian, a member of the Fredonia Bar Association, and the oldest member of the bar in Wilson County. He was raised to the Master Masons' degree in 1872 (Chapter, Council and Knights Templar) and is the oldest Mason in Wilson County now living. He is an ardent reader.

The Wilson County Citizen has stated of Mr. Burge (September 27, 1912) that he has been a Fredonia resident longer thanany other and is now considered by all as an authority on Fredonia and Wilson County history in genera. The Daily Herald also confers this honor upon him.

In 1869 he handled messages for the Western Union Telegraph company continuing until 1885 when he was made manager. Altho unable to operate a key himself, he handled the business efficiently for thirty years, and is the oldest operator in all southern Kansas. Residence: Fredonia.(Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 177)


Minnie Paulen Burke, clubwoman was born near Fredonia, June 28, 1873, daughter of Jacob Walter and Lucy Belle (Johnson) Paulen. The former was born in Sangamon County, Illinois, September 8, 1839. He was a school teacher, baker, lawyer and merchant, who served as district clerk of Wilson County and a boyhood friend of Abraham Lincoln. He was married to Lucy Belle Johnson on January 18, 1866 near Springfield, Illinois, and in 1869 came to Kansas. He took a homestead in Wilson County near Fredonia and there Minnie Paulen was born.

Jacob Walter Paulen served with Company B, Illinois Volunteer Infantry with the ranks of second lieutenant, first lieutenant and captain. He was taken prisoner at Sabine Cross Roads and held in the Confederate prison at Tyler, Texas. His death occurred at Fredonia January 9, 1927. His father came to the United States from Germany in 1836.

Lucy Belle Johnson was born at the forks of the Elkhorn in Franklin County, Kentucky, March 5, 1848 and died at Fredonia on June 8, 1927. She was musical and poetic, and interested in club work. She was a charter member of the Order of Eastern Star at Fredonia and of the Woman's Mutal Benefit Club organized there in 1890 and of which she was president. She was the first grand Esther of the Kansas Grand Chapter of the Eastern Star.

Her ancestors came to America from England about 1620 her grandfather James T. Johnson being born in Virginia. He was a descendant of James Johnston or Johnson who lived in Jefferson county, Kentucky and Richard Richardson a Revolutionary Soldier.

Minnie Paulen attended public and high school and studied piano and oil, crayon and water color painting. She was graduated from Fredonia High School in 1890.

On December 3, 1895 she was married to Charles E. Burke at Fredonia. To them was born one son, Paulen Elmore on September 8, 1901. He was graduated from Fredonia High School, from Wentworth Military Academy and from Kansas University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree. He is a member of Sigma Chi Fraternity. His master's degree in business administration was awarded by Harvard University. During his vacation period, while attending high school he was a student at Culver Naval School at culver, Indiana.

Charles E. Burke is the son of D. C. and Sarah E. (Glass) Burke, the former of whom was born near Cleveland, Ohio, February 27, 1834 and died at Shenandoah, Iowa, March 17, 1909. His wife was born August 23, 1838 in Maryland and died April 21, 1879. They were married on September 7, 1856. D. C. Burke was a tow boy on the Erie canal when a young man. He homesteaded in Clark County, Kansas in 1883.

Charles E. Burke was born in Fulton County, Illinois, October 18, 1869 and came to Kansas at the age of 13, becoming an apprentice on the Fredonia Chronicle. After a short period he began work for the Wilson County Citizen, remaining there nine years. He then purchased the job department and eventually engaged in bank printing as a specialty in 1891 being one of the first to do a mail order business in this line in the middle west.

He operated this business for thirty-eight years. He is a member of the First Presbyterian Church, the Chamber of Commerce (past president), The Ancient Free and Accepted Masons, Lodge No. 95 (past master); Abd El Kader Commandery No. 27 of which he is past eminent commander; Mistletoe Chapter No. 35 of the Order of Eastern Star of which he is past worthy patron. He was president of the library board when the present building was purchased and is a former member of the Kiwanis Club.

Mrs. Burke joined the Order of the Eastern Star, Mistletoe Chapter No. 35, at the age of 18 and in 1904 and 1905 was worthy matron two years. She was elected grand Martha in May 1904 and associate grand condutress the following May. She was then advanced each year until she reached the highest office in the state, that of worthy grand matron in 1909. She served as chairman of the jurisprudence committee for many years. She has taken part in every civic movement and has had various honorary appointments from city and state officials. She served as secretary and treasurer and vice president of the district Federation of Women's Clubs.

A Republican Mrs. Burke was chairman of the home service department of the Red Cross, and by collecting money from Fredonia residents made possible the Fredonia Public Library, serving as president of the board several years. For 14 years she was a Sunday School teacher in the Presbyterian Church and interested in all its activities. She is a past president of the Woman's Mutual Benefit Study Club. She is now a member of the Fredonia Country Club. Mrs. Burke is eligible to the Daughters of the American Revolution and a member of the Daughters of Union Veterans of the Civil War.

Her father and mother came to Kansas with their three months old son, Ben S. Paulen in October 1869, this son later growing to manhood and becoming governor of Kansas. Residence: Fredonia. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, pages 177-178)


The Reverend John Wiley Campbell, clergyman was born at Norris City, Illinois, December 13, 1887 the son of John Allen and Margaret Susan (Comer) Campbell.

The father was born at Mayfield, Kentucky, December 17, 1840, and died at Norris City, Illinois, September 3, 1907. He was a farmer and stock buyer and served in the Union Navy of the Civil War. His ancestry in the Union Navy of the Civil War. His ancestry was Scotch-Irish and Dutch. Margaret Susan Comer was born at Reidsville, North Carolina, December 16, 1851 and died at Fredonia, Kansas, June 15, 1931.

Mr. Campbell attended the city schools of Carmi, Illinois and rural district schools until 1905, the Academy of Oakland City College at Oakland City, Indiana in the fall of 1910 for a period of three months, the Academy of Olivet College at Olivet, Illinois until the spring of 1912 and Asbury College at Wilmore, Kentucky until the spring of 1915. In the spring of 1914 he was graduated from the Academy of Asbury College. In 1917 he received the Bachelor of Arts degree from McKendree College, Lebanon, Illinois. He worked his way through academy and college and had no time to participate in extra curricular activities. He was however a member of the Men's Preaching Conference in three of the colleges he attended. In the summer of 1922 he attended Iliff School of Theology at Denver and the summer of 1924 the Southwestern College at Winfield. He won the intercollegiate Prohibition Association Oratorical contest over four other contestants at McKendree College in the spring of 1917 and thus represented the college at the state contest.

Ordained a minister and received into full membership of the Southern Illinois Methodist Conference at Marion, Illinois, October 7, 1917, by Bishop William A. Quayle, he was ordained elder also by Bishop Quayle at Mount Carmel, Illinois, October 5, 1919. He started preaching on October 5, 1915 and served at the following pastorates: On trial, Southern Illinois Conference, 1915-16 at Boulder; Second Church of Centralia 1917; Alta Sita Church at East St. Louis, 1918-19; Dewey Avenue, Granite City, 1920-21; transferred to Kansas Conference, 1921-27, he served at Troy, Kansas; Sedan, 1928-31; Fredonia 1931-32. At the present time he is pastor of the First Methodist Episcopal Church at Fredonia. During his pastorate in Granite City, he led in the building of a new parsonage, as he did at Troy and a church Sedan.

On June 4, 1918 he was married to Hazel Cloud at Harrisburg, Illinois. Mrs. Campbell was born at Ridgeway, Illinois, October 9, 1894. She taught one year of school in Illinois and afterward was a substitute teacher for two years. She is now local minister of the Methodist Episcopal Church. There are three children, Geneva Ruth, born March 3, 1919; Hazel Jeraldean, born May 9, 1923; and John Cloud, born May 2, 1931.

Mr. Campbell is a Republican. He is a member of the Kansas Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church and during the late war was active in making patriotic addresses. He is a member of the Fredonia Country Club. Residence: Florence. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, pages 192-193)


Jonathan Basil Carter, physician and political leader, was born in Howard, Kansas, November 1, 1877, son of Tomas Marion and Catherine (Moore) Carter. The father was born in Flat Rock, Illinois, January 1, 1851, and died at Howard, May 26, 1931. His wife, Catherine, who was born in Circleville, Ohio, is still living.

Dr. Carter attended Kansas University from which he received the degree of Doctor of Medicine in 1910, and taught at Kansas University three years. Later he took post graduate work at te New York Post Graduate Medical School.

Dr. Carter is a Republican, and served as mayor of Wilson six years. In 1932 he was elected to the Kansas state senate from the 34th district of Kansas.

On August 6, 1902, Dr. Carter was married to Coral Jessie Courtney at Howard. She was born there November 23, 1883, and is a clubwoman and political leader. She is active ein church work and is of Pre-Revolutionary stock.

Dr. Carter is a leader in all community projects for the betterment of educational, moral and religious programs. He is a member of the board of trustees of the Presbyterian Church at Wilson, vice president of the Red Cross, a member of the library board, and a Mason. He served with the rank of captain in the Medical Corps during the World War and now holds the rank of major in the Medical Reserve. He is past president of the Central Kansas Medical Association, having held that office two terms, and vice president of the Kansas State Medical Association. His hobby is politics. Residence: Wilson. (Illustriana Kansas by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, page 212)


Lydia Morgan Clark, educator and librarian was born near Milford, Ohio, November 30, 1860, daughter of John and Sarah Jane (Morgan) Stouder. The father was born near Milford on May 31, 1826 and died at Gravity, Iowa, April 5, 1892. He was a merchant, whose German ancestors settled in Virginia in 1620. Sarah Jane Morgan wa born near Milford on February 16, 1830 and died at Gravity, April 7, 1895. Her ancestry was German.

Lydia Morgan Stouder attended public schools at Minneapolis, Kansas, until1879 and was also a student at Drake University at Des Monies, Iowa. For ten years she engaged in teaching and for five years thereafter was a Western Union Clerk. She has been librarian of the Fredonia Library for the past ten years. She is a Democrat.

On September 16, 1896, she was married to the Honorable David Manaugh Clark at Gravity. Senator Clark was born at Lexington, Indiana, July 25, 1826 and died at Fredonia, June 25, 1907. He was a farmer and stockman of Scotch-Irish ancestry.

Mrs. Clark is a member of the Order of Eastern Star and is affiliated with the First Christian Church of Fredonia. During the late war she was active in Red Cross and loan drives.

Her great-great-great-grandfather, John Stouder the first, was a Virginia colonist and bachelor who married Rose Brown one of the shipload of English girls sent over for wives for the colonists. The price of her passage to America was 150 pounds of tobacco which was cheerfully paid by John Stouder. Residence: Fredonia. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, Page 229)


On the Verdigris river, in what is now Webster township, settled a pioneer whose efforts at homebuilding and county development began here in the year 1858. His settlement occurred some years prior to the organization of Wilson county and the few sturdy men of his class who enjoyed the distinction of "his contemporaries" were Carr, Davis, Welch, Woodruff, Henry Parmine and a few others. All these have passed to the great beyond and their acts remain only a memory to be called up by the children of pioneers.

William Mayes, to whom we refer in the introduction to this article, was born in the state of Kentucky in 1817 and in early manhood went to Mason county, Illinois, where he married Mary A. Hettick, a lady of German extraction. The latter acompanied her husband to their new and primitive home on the prairies of Wilson county, where, in 1863, she died at the age of forty-five years. Of their family of five children, the sons, Robert and George, served in the Union army, one dying of smallpox in St. Louis and the other dying soon after his return home from the effects of army life. One daughter died young and Mrs. Hollingsworth of Buffalo, Kansas and Mrs. Clark of this review constitute the remainder of the family. Mr. Mayes was an active, valuable and esteemed citizen of Wilson county for twenty-six years, dying in 1884. He was a repbulican in politics, devoted his life to the activities of the pasture and field and passed away in the full confidence of an appreciative community.

Mrs. Clark, whose name heads this article, was born in Mason county, Illinois, February 22, 1850, and was eight years of age when her parents settled upon the Verdigris river. She was a pupil in the first log school house erected for the accommodation of the few pioneer children of war times and earlier performed her humble portion in the establishment and maintenance of a typical frontiersman's palace. March 24, 1867, she married Charles W. Clark, a soldier of the civil war and a Kansas pioneer. The latter was born in the state of Michigan, November 13, 1844, and was the son of Walter P. Clark, the venerable pioneer of Fredonia.

The Clarks of this sketch came to Kansas in the late fifties and settled first at Geneva, in Allen county. While there Charles W. enlisted in Company D, 9th Kansas, and served his period of three years with the Federal forces along the Kansas line and in southwest Missouri. In 186- his father changed his residence to Wilson county and settled on the banks of the Verdigris near the home of the Mayes'. Here the family resided many years and when the old home changed owners it fell into the hands of its progressive and prosperous proprietor. Walter P. Clark, before mentioned was born in New York state. He married Maria Prentis, now deceased, and reared four children, viz., Charles W.; William, decased; Ella, wife of Thomas McIntosh and Gardner of California. The father of these children is one of the characters of Wilson county. His career as a farmer led him into paths of prosperity and his social nature has made him a conspicuous figure anywhere in the county.

Charles C. Clark devoted his energies to the farm and to stock. Although cut down in the morning of life he had established a reputation for genuine manliness and had the index finger of success pointed in his direction. He was active in human affairs and the family traditions in politics were upheld and sustained in a satisfactory and creditable degree. His marriage to Mary J. Mayes resulted in the birth of three daughters, namely, Mary M., wife of George W. Sharp of Webster township; Neva, who died at five and one-half years; and Carrie L., wife of James M. Smith, of the Clark family homestead.

Our pioneers were the founders of our first civilizedsociety. They mingled with and softened the savage nature of the red man and prepared the way for the opening of commerce and for the safe establishment of educational, political and religious institutions. They were the forerunners of the institutions of peace and their presence was a menace to the continuous and uninterrupted reign of nature untrammelled. We are in the closing century of the days of pioneering. The twentieth century will witness no undiscovered or unexplored domain in Uncle Sam's possessions and many of our lives will reach the open grave of the last pioneer. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 497-498)


Since 1888 the subject of this brief biography has resided in Clifton township, Wilson county. He is a son of John and Amanda (Brown) Cohoe and was born in Rock county, Wisconsin, in the month of November 1868. He was born and reared on a farm and received his education in such schools as were accesible then. At a young age he began life as a hand on the farm and he continued this till he had saved enough from his wages to enable him to acquire a small farm near Buffalo, three miles west of the little city. His life has been one of industry and honorable deeds. His achievements do credit to one with an humble beginning and his position in the society of men reflects the integrity of the man.

In 1893 Mr. Cohoe was married to Mary A. Spillman, a daughter of N. J. and Susan Spillman, of Clifton township, Wilson county. Mr. Spillman is a native of North Carolina and came to Wilson county from there about 1860. Mr. and Mrs. Cohoe's children are, Ersie and Ralph. Mr. Cohoe is a Modern Woodman - Buffalo comp - and in politics is a Republican. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902)


The name of Coyville was formed with the word Coy as the basis and the subject of this brief article furnished the latter name to be perpetuated throughout all time by the village named in his honor. Elisha Coy was the earliest settler around the town which bears his name. He did not reach Kansas till the latter part of the year 1864 and he located himself near the Verdigris river in the northwest corner of Wilson county.

When the town was laid off and a name for the post office applied for at Washington, Major Snow, who was then in the government service in the post office department, recommended that it be named Coyville and the recommendation was adopted. Major Snow is well known as a pioneer in Woodson County and made his home at Neoho Falls where he died after many years of useful and disinterested service to his state and county.

Elisha Coy was born in Chenango county, New York, January 9, 1833. His father was Ephriam Coy, a Connecticut man, and his mother was Harriet Parsons, a native of New York state. In an early day the parents moved to Ohio, later to Indiana, and in 1858 came to Jefferson County, Kansas. The father died in the latter county about 1858 leaving nine children, only one of whom, beside our subject, survives; Oscar Coy, of the state of Washington.

Mr. Coy of this review, was educated in the country schools of Ohio and when the war broke out, entered Company K, 8th Ohio infantry. He served three years and was in many battles and skirmishes of the war, chief of which are Winchester, Antietam - where he was wounded - Gettysburg, the Wilderness campaign, Spottyslvania Court House and Petersburg. He was discharged in front of the latter place in 1864; returned home and in August came to Kansas.

Mr. Coy and his brother conducted a store in Coyville for fourteen years and as long as the Indians remained, and when they left he went with them to the Indian Territory as "trader." He returned here some years later and has passed his last years in retirement. He was married in 1876 to Jennie Scanlon but has no children. He is one of the interesting characters on reminiscences in Wilson county and his name should have its proper place in a record of its worthy men. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Dunca, 1902, pages 494-495)


Prairie township, Wilson county, has been honored for more than thirty years by the presence of the soldier and citizen whose name heads this article. He dates his advent to the county from the first Sunday in March, 1870, and soon thereafter he entered the north half of the southwest quarter and the south half of the northwest quarter of section 14, township 28, range 14, which tract has been his continuous abiding place in his adopted county.

Frank Crathrone was borne in Warwickshire, England, on the 11th of September 1824 and is descended from the ancient and honorable family of Crathorne whose genealogy traces back into English history to the time of the Conqueror, or William the 1st - 1066 A. D. The Crathorne estate was located in the Parish of Crathorne on Sever river and the family coat-of-arms and geneological tree are among the papers and effects of our subject herein. The latter was a son of Frances Crathorne, who married Jane White and had three children to emigrate to the United States. The parents and one son and daughter came over in 1850, and Francis, our subject, came five years later. All settled in Wayne County, Iowa, where the father and mother died some years later. One son, George Frederick Crathorne, died in Kansas City Missouri and the daughter Mrs. Clarissa Goodin died at La Grand, Oregon.

Mr. Crathorne's opportunities as a youth were entirely rural. His life while coming to manhood's estate was uneventful and filled with common routine. He learned the carpenter trade after leaving the parental roof and this stood him in good stead when he became a settler on the frontier in Wilson county. In 1852 he was married to Grace Reece who remained his companion till her death in 1866. For seven years after his advent to the United States Mr. Crathorne was in undisturbed pursuance of a peaceful occupation. When the rebellion came on he demonstrated his patriotism for his adopted country by joining the volunteer army of the United States. In 1862 he enlisted as a private in Company D, 23rd Iowa for a term of three years. His regiment served in the departments of Missouri and the Gulf and he was discharged at Columbus, Texas in1 865. He was promoted to 2nd sergeant September 19, 1862; to 1st sergeant April 1, 1863 and to 1st lieutenant January 15, 1864, and was mustered out with that commission. The chief engagements in which he took part were Port Gibson, Champion Hills, Big Black, siege and assault on Vicksburg, Fort Esperanza, Texas, Red River expedition and Mobile. In all these battles and as many more skirmishes he escaped without a wound. In one instance he was the only one left standing out of one hundred and sixty-five in a bayonet charge at Black river bridge. He met with the loss of his left eye which burst from swelling caused by exposure and the bite of a Texas spider. His record as a soldier was one of devotion to duty and a just regard for those who were subject to his orders. Each of his advancements came to him as a reward for gallant conduct.

From 1865 to the spring of 1870 Mr. Crathorne followed his trade in Iowa. Early in March of that year he drove into Wilson county, as above stated and became thenceforward one of her loyal and devoted citizens. For some years in the early part of his career in the county he was engaged at his trade but ultimately he stuck close to his farm and was content to enjoy its reasonable prosperity.

Mr. Crathorne's family consists of three sons and a daughter, namely Fred C., of Palouse City, Washington; Hannah, wife of Frank Demier, of Liberty, Missouri; Charles S., of Clay county, Missouri, and L. Francis, of Hutchinson, Kansas. These were all children by his first marriage. In 1889 he was married to Louis C. Sandusky, widow of J. F. Sandusky, and a daughter of Berryman Hust of Kentucky. Mrs. Crathorne was born in Kentucky and came to Kansas, the same year she married Mr. Crathorne.

For many years Mr. Crathorne served his township as justice of the peace, being elected at the behest of and by Republican support. He is one of the old guard of Republicans and a quarter of a century ago his was a familiar figure on the delegations from this township in county conventions. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 510-511)


One of the pioneer settlers of Kansas and a well known farmer, soldier and Republican of Clifton township, Wilson county, is the subject of this notice, James W. Davis. He was born in Cass County, Missouri, June 21, 1845, and was reared there and in Johnson and Franklin counties, Kansas. He is a son of Aquilla Davis, a Virginian, born in 1815 and a son of Wilson Davis. The grandfather came to Missouri in 1820 and took land in Sheridan county and there died. He had a family of thirteen children, all now deceased, of whom Aquilla was his youngest child. The last named learned civil engineering at Glasco, Missouri, under Applegate, whom he aided in sectionizing seven counties in the Platte purchase in Missouri and afterward located in Cass county, which was then included in VanBuren county and extended to the south line of the state. He became the first surveyor of Cass county but removed to Johnson county, Kansas, about 1861 and from 1861 to 1874 he lived in Eastern Kansas. The latter year he went to Colorado, where, at Bulah, he located, became the first postmaster of the town, was surveyor of the county, and where he died in 1895. He was connected with the Mexican war as a lieutenant in General Sterling Price's regiment and he participated in the battle of Buenna Vista. During the war of the rebellion he was not an enlisted man but he rendered valuable service as a guide for the Union troops operating in and around Franklin county, Kansas. For his wife he chose Elizabeth Burney, a daughter of James Burney, of Pettes county, Missouri, but who was originally from Alabama. Their union was productive of the following children, viz., James W.; William H., of Kansas City, Missouri; Maggie, wife of Samuel Ware of Meeker, Colorado; Emma, wife of Jerre Pierce, of Leadville, Colorado; and Mattie, who married John B. Garrish of Farmington, New Mexico.

Our subject acquired a common school education and was a mere boy when he enlisted in Company D, 12th Kansas infantry in 1861. His regiment was in command of Colonel Adams and saw service as a part of the Seventh corps and was in battle at Jenkins' Ferry, Mozard Prairie, Prairie Dien and was mustered out in August 4, 1865, being in active service about three years. Farming became his occupation when he left the army and it has continued so since. He was married March 22, 1868 to Cynthia A. Young, a daughter of George H. Young a North Carolina gentleman. Mrs. Davis was born in the state of North Carolina in 1844. The issue of this marriage is Charles H., William O., Lizzie, wife of Warren Slayback; Lewie, Lona and Aquilla all in and near the family home.

Mr. Davis is one of the local leaders of Republicanism in Wilson county. He attends county and other conventions of his party and aids in every honorable way the cause of good government and good citizenship in his locality. (History of Neosho & Wilson County, Kansas, published by L. Wallace Dunca, 1902, page 499)


In the subject of this sketch is revealed a settler of Wilson county of the year 1879. He is a contribution of Elkhart county, Indiana, to the settlement of Kansas and is among the successful and substantial farmers of Colfax township. Mr. Dutch was born in Elkhart county, Indiana, April 19, 1857, and is a son of Peter and Mary (Koll) Dutch, being the fifth of their family of eight children. His parents were German born and came to the United States about 1844 from the country of Alsace, Germany. By trade the father was a shoemaker and worked for a time in Buffalo, New York, coming thence to Indiana where he enlisted in the 98th Indiana volunteer infantry. He served from 1861 till he was honorably discharged for disability.

In 1864 he took his family to Kalamazoo county, Michigan, where our subject grew to manhood and obtained his education. In 1879 the move to Kansas overland was made. Here, in 1892, the father died at the age of sixty-five and the mother died in February, 1897 at the age of sixty-nine years.

Our subject's career in Kansas has been that of a farmer. That he has engaged in it for profit is evidenced by the fact that he owns two hundred and forty acres of good prairie soil, substantially improved and stocked. Nothing short of ceaseless labor could have brought about such a worthy result and this important element is one of the family traits. With the civil affairs of his township Mr. Dutch as been more or less prominently connected. he is a Populist and has been elected constable, which office he filled with credit.

December 28, 1882, Albert F. Dutch married Sekunda Allison, a daughter of Robert and Susan ? Allison. Mrs. Dutch was born near Lima, Ohio, September 22, 1863, and has two children, namely Glenn and Raymond. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 491-492)


Among Clifton township's well known farmers is Charles E. Fulmer whose name heads this article. He is one of the pioneers of Wilson county, having accompanied his parents hither from Coffey county, this state. This year was also the date the family reached Kansas and their stop in Coffey county was only a temporary sojourn. Indiana was the state from which they emigrated and in Saint Joseph county, that state was Charles E., our subject born on the 20th of September, 1852. His father was Conrad Fulmer and his mother Miss Mary Macdole.

Charles E. Fulmer is the fourth child in a family of eight children. He like his father, deeded a tract of land in Clifton township and upon this he still maintains his residence. In 1872 he was married to Alice Stanfield, whose parents were farmers and pioneers to Kansas, coming hither from Illinois in 1858. Mr. and Mrs. Fulmer's children are Daniel, who drew a claim in 1901 and located it near Lawton, Oklahoma; Bertha;, wife of Daniel O'Leary, of Wilson County; Elijah, of Clifton township; Ollie, wife of Homer Cook, of this county; Mary E., a graduate of the Buffalo public schools, class of 1901; Everett, Lula, Letha, Walter and Dollie.

Mr. Fulmer is one of our systematic and progressive farmers. He is not venturesome but conservative and his accumulations have not been the result of speculation but of industry justly rewarded. His farm of two hundred and ninety acres of bottom land is a monument to his achievements and speaks in silent yet audible tones of the possibilities of properly directed efforts on a Kansas farm. His interest in public affairs is noteworthy as being patriotic and permanent yet the desire to serve in official places is, in him, conspicuously absent. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 492-493)


One of the progressive and successful farmers of Verdigris township, Wilson county, is L. E. Greathouse, a soldier settler of Coyville. He reached the county in November, 1871, after some weeks of an overland journey, with an ox team, all the way from Warren county, Kentucky, in which locality he was born December 5, 1842. The original head of this Kentucky family was Samuel Greathouse, a Maryland settler, a Baptist minister and a blacksmith. He had served in one of the early wars of our country and went down into the state of Daniel Boone to aid in settling and building up that commonwealth. One of his sons, named after himself - Samuel Greathouse - was the father of our subject. He was born in Warren county, passed his life as a farmer and married Mary Arnold. After rearing a large family they both died where they had lived, in the respect and esteem of their community. Their children were Sidney, deceased; Luther E.; Mrs. Nancy Rector, residing in Chautauqua county, Kansas; Louisa, of Kentucky, wife of John Tiger; Thomas J., of Sumner county, Kansas; George, deceased; Wallace; Mrs. Martha McCoy, of Kentucky; Elizabeth, now Mrs. John McCoy; Samuel, residing on the old Kentucky homestead; and Euphrates whose whereabouts are unknown.

Luther E. Greathouse was limitedly schooled in his native county. He became able to read, write and "do sums" but the limited resources of the family and the requirements of the farm cut his educational opportunities short. In 1862 he enlisted in one of the four companies formed for the 33rd Kentucky infantry which was afterward consolidated with other companies and became the 26th infantry. His company was F, and was commanded by Capt. M. T. Hall; the regiment being under the command of Lieut. Col. Farrelly. Skirmishing introduced the regiment to the active duties of soldier life and its first real battle was that of Nashville. After this fight the regiment was put aboard a boat at Smithland, Tennessee, bound for Washington, D. C., by way of Cincinnati. At Washington the command was shipped by the Atlantic ocean to North Carolina to aid General Sherman in completing the conquest of the South and thus end the war. Some small engagements were participated in before the final surrender of Johnston's army but when that event actually occurred the 26th Kentucky was not present and on the scene. From their position our subject's regiment was ordered to Salisbury, North Carolina and remained there till July 1865 when it was discharged and sent home; being in the service a little less than three years.

In his native county, Mr. Greathouse was married November 20, 1868 to Maria Strange, a daughter of William Strange and Demarius Davis, husband and wife, farmers and country people of Warren county. Mrs. Greathouse was one of six surviving children and is the mother of Elizabeth, wife of J. C. Glasco, of Wilson county; Mary, wife of John Wright of the same county; Laura, Hoyt, Stephen and Estella.

When Mr. and Mrs. Greathouse left Kentucky it was with an ox team as before stated. They were in company with the family of a sister in law who afterward became Mrs. Ed Davis, well known in the vicinity of Coyville but now deceased. The wagons crossed the Mississippi river near Vienna, Illinois, at what was known as the "Jackson Ford" and consumed on the journey some six weeks of time. Mr. Greathouse settled on a claim in section 4, township 27, range 14, deeded it and farmed it some twenty years. Since then his home has been in section 23 where he owns two hundred and forty acres and is engaged in the successful growing of grain and the handling of stock. He is widely known as a farmer and the business and social favor which he enjoys have come to him as a reward for the honor and integrity that repose in the man. In politics his ancestors and himself have held to the Democratic faith. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 508-509)


He whose name introduces this article is well known to the citizens of Prairie township, Wilson county, as an honored citizen and successful farmer. He has passed more than a generation among the people of his community, and, while he is an old Kansan, his residence in Wilson county dates only from the year 1880.

Mr. Herman, of this review, is indiginous to the state of Pennsylvania. He was born in Union county, March 5, 1836, and is a son of Frederick and Margaret (Boyer) Herman, farmers; the father being born in 1812 and both parents native of that county and state. Jacob Herman the paternal grandfather of our subject was also born in Union county, Pennsylvania. He was a farmer, with history as a soldier - probably in the war of 1812 - and died about 1850 at past eighty years of age.

Fredrick Herman and wife were the parents of nine children, of whom the living are Andrew; Enos H., of Union county, Pennsylvania; Hettie, wife of Frederick Gerhard of Union county; Mary, who married a Mr. Bauersox of the same county; Elizabeth, wife of John Boyer of Belleview, Ohio and Frederick and Daniel, half brothers of the above named, both of their native county.

When Andrew Herman was bout nineteen years old he left his native state and came west to Sandusky county, Ohio. He had been reared to the work of the farm and his education was one of the country school sort. He was married there in 1859 to Mrs. John S. Fetterol, whose maiden name was Catherine Moyer, was a representative of one of the old and honorable families of Union county. The latter married Eva Kline who bore him fourteen children. The mother died in Sandusky county, Ohio, and the father died and is buried at Three Rivers, Michigan. The children of their union now surviving are Catherine, born in July 1831; Samuel a wealthy and prominent farmer of Doniphan county, Kansas; Lydia, widow of Moses Miller, of the same county; Lucy, wife of Albert Streeter, of Sandusky county, Ohio; Allen of three Rivers, Michigan; Alice, who married Joseph Castle of Sandusky county, Ohio, and Irvin of Manhattan, Kansas.

After he had worked three years by the month as a farm hand in Sandusky county, Ohio, he engaged in farming on his own account. In 1867 he brought his family to Kansas and purchased a farm near Severance in Doniphan county, Kansas. Stock raising and farming were engaged in and that successfully for thirteen years when he sold his property and come down into Wilson county. He bought a quarter of section 12, township 28, range 14, where, with the exception of three years, he has maintained his family residence.

The issue of the marriage of Mr. and Mrs. Herman are John A. F., who married Clara Miller and resides in Stockton, Kansas, has seven children; Alma I., wife of Thomas Painter, of Lane county, Kansas, has five children, one of whom, Alma May, has spent her life with her grandparents, the subjects of this article; Allen M., of Wilson county, whose wife was, nee Margaret Frater and has one child, and Irvin M., who died at nine years old.

In politics the Hermans have, in the main, been Democrats but the Moyers, Mrs. Herman's people, hold allegiance to the Republican party and are among the reliable partisans of their respective communities. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 507-508)


In the preparation of a history of a locality together with a history of its people it is a pleasing duty which befalls its editor to present the life work of the chief actors in the settlement of that locality and to portray in gilded letters the trials and difficulties which beset them and to follow them down, briefly, to the open door of the present, crowned with their achievements and honored among men. It is meet, then, that the subject of this sketch, who has been forty years on the plains of Kansas, who was a pioneer to Wilson county and mingled with the red men as they passed to and fro along their old haunts, and who now occupies a place of distinction in society and of honor in his county, be assured of the friendly interest of the promoters of his county's history to the end that he may occupy liberal space in its pages, to the utility and to the honor of his posterity.

C. W. Hickox was born in Vigo county, Indiana, January 5, 1832. He was a son of New York parents, Oliver and Elizabeth (Tompkins) Hickox, who left the Empire state in early life and settled in Indiana near the bottoms of the Wabash. The father was a millwright and in 1839 moved still farther west and located in Newton county, Missouri. In the latter place, in 1854, he died aged fifty-nine years while his widow survived till 1884, dying at the age of seventy-four years. To them were born eight children, of whom our subject was the second oldest and but three of whom yet live.

Mr. Hickox of this review, was but seven years old when his father took him to the wilds of Missouri. He was reared on a farm there and acquired a most meager education in the primitive schools of that time and place. March 20, 1858, he was married there to Rebecca E. Miller, a daughter of A. J. and Frances Miller, and four years later, himself led the van of civilization toward "the star of empire." It was during the second year of the civil war that he came to Kansas and settled near Fall river, and three years later - 1865 - he located upon one of the tracts which comprises his present home. He was among the very first to reach the Fall river valley to make actual settlement and it was but natural that he should select his home from its choicest lands. His original home was a bottom farm and to this his years of profitable seeding and harvesting have enabled him to add to his domain until it embraces an area of three hundred and forty-seven acres. Industry and natural thrift have accomplished all this. It is the gradual dripping of the water that melts the solid rock away and just so it is with building a fortune from the products of one's labor. When Mr. Hickox settled on Fall River he was limited in every thing except opportunity. His capital amounted to only a few dollars. He was far removed from market, his nearest place of importance being Kansas city from which point the few settlers hauled all their supplies. new Albany was merely a "trading post" but insufficient for the demands of the settlers. The Indians, peacefully inclined, roamed about the county and begged many a meal from the indigent whites. Civilization soon crowded them out, however, and the home-seeker was left in undisputed possession of Eastern Kansas.

Being a man with convictions on all questions of domestic economy, Mr. Hickox came early to be an influence in local politics. The chief office of his township was entrusted to him for several terms and its affairs were never more honorably conducted than when he was trustee. In 1897 he was named by the fusion interests in politics for their candidate for county commissioner and was elected. his service  on the board was so unselfish and so apparently satisfactory to the most critical and unprejudiced mind that his second election at the close of his first term was easily accomplished. In 1904 he will have completed six years on the board and given Wilson county the benefit of his ripe, mature and unerring judgment.

In the family of Mr. and Mrs. Hickox there were four children, namely, Marvin A., William H., Mollie, wife of A. L. Zellely; and Alice, who married R. Blinn.

In politics our subject is a Democrat. The principles of his party were grounded into him from youth and the states from whence he came were monuments of Jeffersonian and Jacksonian simplicity. He belongs to lodge number 81, A. F. & A. M. at New Albany. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 495-496)


For the past fifteen years, the subject of this brief article has resided in Wilson county where her late husband, James P. Hobart, was prominently identified with the farming, mercantile and grain shipping interests of Talleyrand township. She was born at Greenville, Illinois, May 17, 1850 and is a daughter of George Smith, a Mexican war and civil war veteran and a graduate of the military academy at West Point. The latter was born in England and came to America with his parents when young, settling in Ohio. Taking up civil affairs after the war, Mr. Smith engaged in the manufacture of wagons and buggies at Greenville, Illinois, where he passed the remainder of his active life. As a soldier he served five years in the regular army after the Mexican war and when the rebellion broke out he was commissioned to command a regiment of Illinois troops.

Mrs. Hobart made her home with her parents till June 3, 1877, when she was married to James P. Hobart, a merchant of Hopedale, Tazewell county, Illinois, where she went to make her home. Her husband remained in business there ten years longer and then transferred his interests to Wilson county, Kansas reaching here in 1887. From this date forward his life was rural in its tendencies. He engaged successfully in farming and died December 14, 1901, from the effects of being overheated in an elevator many years before. At death he was forty-six years, evelen months and thirteen days old and was the father of three children, namely, Henry E., born January 23, 1885, is the mainstay of the farm; Enpne E. born September 22, 1888 and Phoebe C., born April 4, 1891. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, page 491)


Conspicuous as an honorable citizen and early settler of Wilson county is he whose name announces the subject of this article. Coming to the county in October, 1867, his continuous residence here has spanned a period of thirty-five years and "13-27-14" on Little Sandy has furnished the location for the achievements of his industrious and ambitious nature.

Our subject bought the northwest quarter of the section in which he settled, the claim of one Ward. The log cabin down by the creek furnished him shelter for some years after his arrival and gave way to a cottage more pretentious which outlived its usefulness and was replaced by the family residence of today, a credit to any farmstead in Webster township. The original claimant of this tract disposed of his interests direct to Mr. Davis whose successor Mr. Kiser became for the sum of $125.

Warren county, Indiana, was the point from which Mr. Kaiser emigrated to Kansas. He made the journey by wagon in company with James White who settled on Fall river and soon afterward died. He was in fair financial circumstances and when he had paid for his claim his working capital was sufficient to enable him to provide his family with the necessities and some of the comforts of life. The matter of raising stock drew his attention and this business, together with the successful cultivation of the fields has placed him in a position of personal and financial independence. He has gone steadily and quietly about his affairs, practicing industry and wise economy and has maintained himself a pure and upright man.

Mr. Kiser was born in Vermillion county, Illinois, July 23, 1838. His father was George Kiser, a Virginia gentleman with three brothers, David, Jacob and Daniel. These settled either in Warren county, Indiana, or in Pike county, Illinois where they reared families. George Kiser married Elizabeth Starry and both died in Indiana. Their children were, John of Paola, Kansas; Hannah, deceased wife of George Starry, who died in Miami county, Kansas; Daniel and George, who died in Indiana; William of Kansas City, Missouri; Samuel of this sketch; Nicholas, deceased; Alexander, of Miami county, Kansas, and Jerry of the same county.

Samuel Kiser was sparsely educated, or rather, sparingly so. He remained a fixture of the "old home" till after he reached his majority and when the war broke out he enlisted in Company M, 9th Illinois cavalry - Col. Brockett - in October, 1861. His first service was with his regiment on the Mississippi river where many skirmishes and some real engagements took place. He was in the famous and bloody battles of Franklin and Nashville and his regiment was one to follow up General Hood's remnants for two weeks in an attempt to "finish" his destruction. Succeeding in this the regiment went to Eastport, Tennessee, where our subject was discharged for disabilities incurred April 10, 1865. When his first enlistment expired Mr. Kiser was at Germantown, Tennessee, and there he veteraned and took the customary furlough home. He served in the same company and regiment through the war and drew only a private's pay.

M. Kiser was married in Warren county, Indiana, January 18, 1866, to Nancy, a daughter of William and Margaret (Rosebrough) White, whose children were Amanda, wife of Mr. Steel, of Denver, Colorado, Perry, who died in the Union army; Mrs. Kiser, and Ella, wife of William Slusher of Wilson county. Mrs. Kiser was born in May, 1845, and has the following children. William, ex-treasurer of Webster township, is married to Nettie Price; Daniel, at the family hearth, and Charles, who died at the age of seventeen years.

Mr. Kiser is a well known Republican of his township. His sons partake of his political views and represent their parents creditably in moral and business integrity. Wilson county and the community of Middletown are the gainers by the presence of this honored family whose lives will prove an inspiration to their posterity. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 512-513)


Among those whose efforts have wielded an influence in the settlement and development of Wilson county and whose life herein has been an example worthy of emulation is he whose name introduces this brief review. A quiet, mild mannered man, without ostentation or show, whose sole ambition has been the rearing of an honorable family and the building of a comfortable and virtuous home, Thomas Malin has been one of the potent factors in the history of the Verdigris valley, in his vicinity, from the year 1866 to the present time. Born in a foreign land and reared without special advantages or opportunities it is to his credit to record a life filled with incidents, tested with the experiences of time and crowned with the success due honorabe and unremitting toil.

Mr. Malin was born in Oxfordshire, England, May 20, 1840. The oldest of eight in family, he is the only one - so far as known - who left his native country and crossed the broad Atlantic to free America. He acquired a fair education in the schools common to his station and at the age of sixteen years came to the United States to lay the foundation for a successful career. As his labor was his capital, wherever he found work it was immediately invested. Arriving at New York without unusual incident he remained in that vicinity and in Southern New England employed on a farm as man of all work for a period of perhaps two years when he continued his way westward into Illinois, locating in Sangamon county. Here he was brought face to face for the first time with the American way of "doing politics." "The Little Giant" and "the Rail Splitter" were making their famous campaign for the United States senate before the people of Illinois and Douglas and Lincoln partisans vied with each other in doing homage to their respective favorites. To one unused to popular suffrage the spectacle of such political liberty among the common people was a sight long to be remembered. Taking up the work of a farm hand in Illinois. Mr. Malin continued it in the main till his enlistment in the volunteer army of the United States.

On August 17, 1861, our subject joined company D, 26th infantry Col. Loomis and Capt. Geo W. Kerlin. He enlisted as a private near Berlin in Sangamon county "for three years or during the war." He veteraned at Scottsboro, Alabama, and was discharged for disabilities February 7, 1865. His regiment belonged to the 14th division of the 15th army corps and the battles and skirmishes in which he participated were Corinth, Iuka, Jackson and Farmington, Mississippi; New Madrid, Point Pleasant and Island No. 10; Missionary Ridge and on to the Atlanta campaign. In the battle of Resaca he was put out of action by a wound in the left hip. In the fight at Farmington, before Vicksburg, he was wounded below the right eye and his first hospital experience was at Nashville, Tennessee. From there he was sent to Louisville, Kentucky, thence to Jefferson Barracks at St. Louis and Camp Butler and Quincy, Illinois, he was treated for his two wounds and finally discharged from the service.

Upon his return home after the war he took to the plow, as of old, and worked for wages till the spring of 1866 when he married and started directly on his trip to Kansas. Three weeks was consumed in making the journey by wagon to their final destination on the Verdigris. The Mississippi river was crossed at Hannibal, Missouri, and there a company of emigrants bound for Kansas points was encountered. The whole party bunched interests while crossing the state of Missouri, as it was dangerous, then, for people of the "North" to be threading their way across that common wealth alone. Once on Kansas soil the little company melted away till only two wagons, that of our subject and George Bowman, reached the public domain in Wilson county.

The resources of Mr. and Mrs. Malin, on reaching their destination in Kansas, consisted of their personal effects, their team and one thousand dollars in money. In May they drew up in the valley of the Verdigris and, in time, Mr. Malin entered the southeast quarter of section 35, township 27, range 14. Then the government lines had not been established and the land could only be claimed until such time as the surveyors could do their work. Their little native lumber box house, 16x18, with shed kitchen, was erected toward the west side of the claim and this was occupied through all the initial work of improvement and till the erection of their commodious residence at the roadside in 1882. These first sixteen years were years of real trials for the early settler. Nature appeared stubborn and would not yield bountifully to the touch of the husbandman. Corn was the most reliable for a crop on the new ground and it entered almost wholly into the every day provender of the settler. During the hardest times it was not unusual to have cornbread twenty one times a week through the year and the "cornbread and molasses" came to be relished as a forced substitute for the real "staff of life." When the settler had spent all his surplus money he was "flat broke," for he seldom had the means with which to raise more. Partial destitution followed close upon the heels of this condition and patched clothes provided one's "best" suit seven days in the week. Letters were often delayed because there was no "three cents" with which to purchase a stamp; and Mrs. Malin often looked forward to the "home letter" that would contain a stamp for reply. All these experiences were endured by our worthy subjects - and many more - rather than cultivate the habit of extravagance by getting a loan on their home. No encumbrance ever hung like a pall over their weary heads. with bruised hands and tortured spirits they crossed the abyss of poverty and laid a firm hold upon the solid wall of financial independence. The comforts of life have taken the place of the bare necessities of years ago; the conveniences of the east have transferred themselves, so to speak, to the lap of the west and the valley of the Verdigris has become one expanse of fertile and productive field.

April 24, 1866, Thomas Malin was married to Abbie Taylor the youngest of twelve children of William and Bulah Taylor. The survivors of this large family are: Mrs. Roxanna Stephens of Fenton, Michigan; Mrs. Josephine Fiddler, of Mason City, Illinois, Mrs. Bulah Bowlin of Springfield, Illinois; William Taylor, of Sangamon county, Illinois; John Taylor, of Arizona; Mrs. Maria Kelley, of Wilson county and Mrs. Malin. The latter was born March 20, 1845, and is the mother of seven children, five of whom died before their first year. The two living are Maria Louisa, born July 29, 1869, is the wife of Reuben E. Wertz, of Kansas City. Their children are Don Lowell, James Calvin and Laura Frances. Charles E. Malin, born December 26, 188, is the youngest child of Mr. and Mrs. Malin. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 500-502)


Robert W. McGrath. One of the most successful and energetic members of the legal fraternity of Wilson county is Robert W. McGrath, of Fredonia, who has not only attained a high standing in certain lines of his profession, but has become known as a business man of exceptional acumen and accomplishment. He was born in McLean county, Illinois, March 28, 1863, one of eight children born to Michael and Amelia (Ryan) McGrath, natives of Ireland. The father was one of the revolutionists during the uprising in Ireland in 1848, and in that year was forced to leave his native country in disguise. He made his way to free America and established his residence in the State of Connecticut. The mother came from her native land to Canada, in 1847, and the following year removed to Connecticut, where she met Michael McGrath, and they were married in 1852. They removed to Bloomington, Ill., in 1855, and there the father followed farming until 1879, when they removed to Kansas. He died in Wilson county, in 1907, at the advanced age of ninety-two years, possessing all of his faculties unimpaired until the last. The mother died in 1896, at the age of seventy-four years. They were members of the Catholic church and Mr. McGrath was a Republican in his political views. The preliminary education of Robert W. McGrath began in McLean county, Illinois, was continued in Wilson county, Kansas, and before he had reached the age of twenty years he became a teacher in the public schools. In that way he paid the expenses of his further education in the Kansas Normal College at Fort Scott, the State Normal School at Emporia, and the University of Kansas, in the law department of which last named institution he graduated in 1893 with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. He began his practice in Fredonia and was successful from the start. He possesses all the qualities of an able practitioner. He has an extensive knowledge of the law, is a capable advocate, and is particularly strong in the real estate and commercial branches of his profession, of which he has made a specialty ever since opening his office. He is well known throughout southeastern Kansas as an authority on lands, titles and land investments, to which he has given a large portion of his attention and study for a number of years. Arbitration is no new theme to him, for it has been the basis of his law business for years. Whenever possible he has sought to bring about amicable settlements of disputes without resorts to the courts, and thus has saved his clients the expense and annoyance of extended litigation. Among the members of his profession he is known as a legal diplomat, which is, after all, the highest and best reputation known to the disciples of Blackstone. He possesses rare business ability, and his talents in that direction, accentuated by his law practice along the lines of his individual strength, have made him a business man of a high order. He is distinctly a self--made man, and out of the resources of his own genius and industry has built a professional reputation and practice. He has extensive banking interests in Fredonia and elsewhere, being one of the largest stockholders in and the president of the Coyville State Bank at Coyville, Kan. He has also extensive investments in lands and improved city real estate, and is recognized as one of the substantial business men of Wilson county. With implicit faith in the future of Fredonia, he made extensive investments in property when values were low and others had lost hope of the city's development, and by improving the property and disposing of it under better conditions gained profit for himself and contributed to Fredonia's prosperity at the same time. Mr. McGrath is a man of refined temperament and happy social qualities and is a citizen of public spirit and of the highest integrity. He has never aspired to an elective office and is possibly the only lawyer in Fredonia and Wilson county who has never cherished ambition for a public career. He is more of a church worker and home builder than statesman or would be statesman. Continuing in the faith of his parents, he is a devoted member of the Catholic church at Fredonia, to the support of which he has probably been the largest contributor of the city. He gave more than $2,000 in money and in ground to the church edifice recently erected, and in the absence of a resident pastor has had charge of the Catholic Sunday schools in Fredonia for several years, being perhaps the only Catholic layman in Kansas now such a .position.. He believes in the prohibition of the liquor traffic and in his political views is aligned with the progressive branch of the Republican party, believing in the referendum in legislation and in the recall of public officials when necessity so requires. He is opposed to large armies and navies and is heartily in sympathy with President Taft's efforts in behalf of international arbitration. (Kansas Biography, 1912, Vol. III, Part 2, Pages 816-818. Transcribed by: Millie Mowry (A picture of Robert W. McGrath may be obtained by contacting the contributor at Rock2Plate@aol.com)


John W. McGuire, physician and surgeon was born at Mount Sterling, Kentucky, January 20, 1880, son of Leander Cox and Ester Elizabeth (Childres) McGuire. Dr. McGuire was graduated from Yates Center High School in 1901 and entered the University Medical College of Kansas City, Missouri, from which he received his medical degree in 1905. He is a member of the Wilson County, Kansas State and American Medical Associations.

On March 31, 1907 he was married to Myrtle E. Wright at Reading. She was born there December 31, 1881. Dr. and Mrs. McGuire have two sons, Robert W., born October 3, 1908 and John W., Jr., born July 20, 1917.

Dr. McGuire is a Republican, a Mason, a member of the Christian Church and the Lions Club. Residence: Neodesha. (Illustriana Kansas, by Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, 1933, Page 771)


The gentleman whose name heads this personal notice is one known widely and esteemed as a leading and upright citizen and farmer of Webster township in Wilson county. He has passed more than a third of a century in this county, years of active industry and incessant labor in the improvement and equipment of a modest home.

Our subject is a native of Courtland county, New York and was born June 14, 1845. His family was an old one of the Empire state, being founded, perhaps in Sullivan county where George Murdock, our subject's father was born. James Murdock, grandfather of Burr Murdock, was also a native of the United States, and was a son of Alexander Murdock who, with his brother, George came from Scotland. Just the date they settled in the United States is not at hand but it was in colonial times, for they both served in the revolutionary war. George Murdock, son of James Murdock, was born in 1810 and was one six sons to grace the name and to perpetuate the pure blood of the Highland Scots. James Murdock was killed in the battle of Lundy's Lane in the war of 1812. His sons were James, Hiram, John George and Nathan; five of whom were fathers of families.

George Murdock married Mary A. Burr, a Connecticut lady who went into Courtland county, New York and was there married. Their children were Josephine, wife of George Bryam, of Green Bay, Wisconsin, and Burr of this review; John D., of Lombard, Kentucky and George, supposed to be in the Klondike, were children of the second wife, who was Eliza Tranor.

Josephine Rounds became the third wife of George Murdock, Sr., and five children were the fruit of this union, as follows. Hugh, Robert B., May, Jennie and Mary A. May is the oldest and Hugh the next; the others ranging in the order as named herein.

The school advantages of Burr Murdock were fair but he became a soldier when boys of his age are today finishing up their high school careers. In 1862 he enlisted at Beloit, Wisconsin, in Company I, 22nd infantry, Colonels Utley and Bloodgood regimental commanders. The regiment was assigned to the Army of the Cumberland first, and later, to Sherman's army in Georgia. On leaving their state the 22nd Wisconsin went to Covington, Kentucky and there went into camp till ordered south. It participated in the battle of Stone river and was afterward stationed along railways in Tennessee till the opening of the Atlanta campaign when it started in with the battle of Resaca and took part in all the engagements leading up to the city and in its siege and capture. It went with Sherman to the sea and back into North Carolina where it witnessed the closing event of the civil war, the surrender of Johnston's army. The regiment participated in the Grand Review at Washington, D. C. and Mr. Murdock was discharged at the end of his three years' enlistment.

On taking up civil pursuits, Mr. Murdock went into the lumber woods in Michigan where he followed "lumbering", as the term means, for three years and then came west to seek and locate a home. He went into Nebraska by rail to Plattsmouth and from there to Elk County, Kansas, the trip was made on horseback. He came into Wilson county in the fall of 1871, about one year after his entry to the state and took up his location near the site of the town of Benedict. He farmed that tract till the year 1883 when he purchased his present farm in the Verdigris valley. His farm lies in sections 29, 30, 31 and 32, and is a fractional quarter, fertile, productive and valuable.

In May, 1885, Mr. Murdock was married to Lottie Knaus, a sister of John Knaus, of Benedict. Their children are Isabel, born in 1886; George born in 1888; and Clark born in 1892.

Mr. Murdock is well known for his Republicanism, has been a Mason twenty-three years. Constellation lodge at Fredonia - and is a member of the Grand Army Post at Rest. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 490-491)


The lady whose name introduces this article was connected with the pioneer settlement of the prairies of Colfax township, Wilson county. She came to the county with her father, Cyrus T. Magill in 1869 and was engaged in some of the early educational work of Wilson county as a country school teacher. On the 4th of May, 1871, she married her late husband, William H. Riley, and at once lent a hand in the improvement of his new farm.

William H. Riley was one of the genuine men of Wilson county. He performed a sincere and honorable part in its settlement and in the modest manipulation of its affairs and when the thread of life was severed he went to his long rest beloved by all. He was by birth a Virginian; born at Bridgeport in Harrison county, West Virginia, July 11, 1844. The history of his ancestry is briefly referred to in the sketch of James L. Riley in this volume. His early life opportunities were those of the country youth and he enlisted in the 3rd West Virginia cavalry, Company E, and served about two years of his term of enlistment; being discharged on account of wounds received in battle at Moorehead, Maryland. A gunshot wound in the left shoulder disabled him permanently and he was released from further duty in the army. He had acquired a liberal education for his day and station and after his release from the service he engaged in teaching country school. He made the work something of a business until after he settled in Wilson county, Kansas when he entered land and at once undertook the more serious task of building himself a home. He maintained a high standard of manhood and his position in business was no less distinguished than that of a citizen in all its phases and obligations. The important offices of his township were confided to his care at different times by the suffrage of the voters and he was as confirmed in Methodism as he was in his standard of Republicanism and he died March 16, 1899, a loved and lamented citizen.

Mrs. Riley was born in Clinton county, Indiana, February 20, 1849 and grew to womanhood in Wisconsin, whither her parents went the same year and from where they came to Kansas. Her father was born in Shelby county, Ky., in 1800, lived in that state till 1829 and then moved over into Clinton county and settled near Frankfort in the state of Indiana. He was a farmer and died in Wilson county four years after his advent to it. For his wife he married Sarah Miller who survived him two years and died in 1875 at seventy years of age. They were the parents of nine children of whom our subject is the youngest and only three of the number are living, viz., John A., of Wilson county; Cyrus of Santa Anna, California, and Mrs. Riley.

The first years of our subject's life as a Kansas home-builder were passed by the side of her husband in supplanting nature with art. The plowing of sod, the planting of trees and shrubs, the dropping and cultivation of the young hedge plants and the myriad and multiplicity of things at this day forgotten formed the daily and yearly round of amusement to which she was subjected. Still, after thirty years of toil and waiting and anxiety success has come to her as something of a comforter and it seems better to have worked and worried and suffered than not to have worked at all.

Mrs. Riley's children are J. C. Alphon, who married Maud Losey, was born in August, 1875; Guy L., who married Ellie Rowan, was born April 21, 1876; Harry, born May 28, 1881; Bertha M., born October 19, 1883; Walter E., born January 28, 1886 and Maud E., born May 3, 1888. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902 pages 505-506)


The late John W. Spillman, of Coyville, was one of the characters of Wilson county whose personal force and influence must be reckoned as having a bearing upon the destines of Verdigris and Webster townships. The spirit of independence and determination which guided him all through life led him in the paths of success and while at his death he had accomplished much, his destiny was not yet worked out for he died at the age of forty-four years.

John W. Spillman was born on a farm in Yadkin county, North Carolina, February 19, 1847. His father, James Spillman, was a native of the same state and passed his life there on a farm. John W. acquired all the school training  he ever received before he was seventeen years old for at that age, and while the civil war was in progress, he left home on foot and walked out of the confederacy, crossed the Ohio river and located himself in Illinois. He had seven coppers and a broken knife in his pocket when he went out from his parental roof and the pluck and determination necessary to carry a boy of his age through a hostile country where soldiers were being conscripted for the rebel armies, and where spies were on constant vigil in behalf of the waning cause of the South, were wrapped up in his constitution and the privations and sufferings incident to the trip only spurred him on to more determined effort to escape.

Once on Illinois soil he felt far enough away from the scene of strife to engage in the pursuits of peace and he hired out to a farmer by the month. He remained in the vicinity of Urbana some seven years saved his wages and came west with the ultimate purpose of locating somewhere within its vast unsettled confines. He made brief stops in northern Kansas, spent some months with an uncle near Buffalo where he put out a wheat crop and then continued his journeyings to Texas. In that state he was employed on a railroad and with his earnings there, his savings of former years and the proceeds of his Buffalo wheat crop he purchased a tract of one hundred and sixty acres on Big Sandy creek in Verdigris township, Wilson county, and began the initial acts of his career as a citizen of this municipality. His settlement was made here in the year 1873. From thence forward to his sudden taking away he was one of the most successful grain and stock raisers of his county. As he found himself in possession of a surplus of cash it was invested in land adjoining his homestead until his broad acres numbered seven hundred and seventy, chiefly in the Big Sandy and Verdigris valleys.

John Spillman was a man of strong physique and of undaunted purpose. His capacity for making money was not his greatest virture. He was a man at home as well as abroad and he lived before his children the importance of reputable and virtuous lives. The first few months he lived on his farm he batched but on the 29th of July 1874 he married Mrs. Mary A. Roberts whose father was William Davis of Welsh birth. The latter married Ann Jones, passed his life in Butler county, Ohio, and reared four children, namely Mrs. Spillman; Mrs. Samuel Burke, of Los Angeles, California; and two others, deceased. Mr. Davis was married a second time, his wife being Caroline Larrison, who bore his Amos, Thomas and Ella, wife of a Mr. Hill, of Butler county, Ohio. Thomas J. Roberts was Mrs. Spillman's first husband. Their only child was Annie, wife of J. W. Polson of Wilson county. Mr. and Mrs. Spillman's children are Fannie, wife of J. F. Gunby of Buffalo; James L. William P., Pearl, Isla and John W., Jr.

Mr. Spillman was a man who took the usual and rather more than the average interest in local politics. He espoused Democracy because he believed in it and was unfailing in its state and national support. He was taken away suddenly and without warning on the 5th of October, 1901, being struck by lightning while in the field with his son at work. It was a fatal stroke and he was dead when picked up from the ground. His was a loss not only to his family but to his community and his death terminated an active useful and honorable career.

In the organization of Webster township Mr. Spillman took an active part and even suggested its name. He became an Odd Fellow in Urbana, Illinois, remained in good standing while there but never affiliated with the order after coming to Kansas. He was, however, a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen in which he took much interest and by which he was buried. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 506-507)


Well known as a farmer near Rest, Wilson county, is the gentleman whose name heads this article. He has been a citizen of Kansas more than thirty-one years, for he came to the state in April, 1871, and during that time he has been identified with the interests of agriculture in both Allen and Wilson counties. As most men who have settled up the western prairies, he came here with limited resources and the industry and perseverance which he brought with him from old New England has proved the entering wedge to his measure of success.

Our subject is a native of the old "Wooden Nutmeg" state of Connecticut and was born in Middlesex county, October 30, 1837. His father, Joel Stevens, was a farmer, a native of the same state with himself and whose ancestors of the Colonial settlers of New England, Joel Stevens died in his native state September 16, 1887, at the age of seventy-nine years while his wife, who was Olivia Kelsey, died December 30, 1860, at the age of fifty-seven years. Their children were David, Washburn P., Charles D., deceased, was a soldier of the civil war and died in Louisiana; Flora, wife of Andrew Legre, of Connecticut; Fannie, widow of John May of the old Nutmeg state.

Washburn P. Stevens secured his education in the country schools, came to his majority on his father's farm and was married in the month of December 1862, his wife being Adelaide Parmlee, a daughter of O. S. Parmlee, who reared a family of ten children by his union with Adelaide Parmelee. Mrs. Stevens was born in 1842 and is the mother of the following children. Burton L., whose wife was, nee Miss Laura Holt; Orrin W., who married Rosie Colaw; William, who is married to Flora Wolf; Ida G., deceased wife of John Campbell, Miss Flora, and John, deceased. All the children are residents of Wilson count.

Mr. Stevens resided in Allen county, near Humboldt, from the date of his coming to Kansas till 1884 when he took up his residence in Wilson county. His present home was once the home of O. S. Parmelee and the farm is composed of the Parmelee and the Pratt eighties, making a quarter in section 33 in the west half of Colfax township. In municipal affairs he has taken a good citizen's interest in political matters. He was reared a Democrat and has acted in the main, with that party in Kansas. He was elected on the fusion ticket, contrary to his wishes, to the office of justice of the peace. As citizens he and family are highly esteemed. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, page 504)


Well known for his industry and integrity is this farmer and centennial settler of Guilford township, Wilson county. He came to the county toward the close of the "homestead entry" period - 1876 - and found a desirable forty acre tract yet unclaimed and untouched which he entered, deeded and has since substantially improved.

Mr. Templeman came to Kansas from McLean county, Illinois, where he was taken by his parents in the spring of 1865 from Owen county, Kentucky, where, on the 28th of May, 1851, he was born. He is a son of Jesse Templeman, a farmer who settled near Bloomington, Illinois, made a success of his undertaking and reared and educated an honorable family of children. He came to Kansas in 1876 and resides four miles east of Fredonia in Wilson county. For his wife he married Lavina Gregory who died in 1880 being the mother of the following: James, Levi, Ala, widow of Jacob Michaels of Wilson county; Robert, deceased; George H.; Mary J., who died as Mrs. M. A. Alexander; Fadi, wife of Frank Wellman, of Edwards County, Kansas; Fannie, now Mrs. H. G. Roberts; Jefferson, of Arizona; and Jay of Nebraska. The Templemans of this branch were originally from the state of Virginia where Ephriam Templeman, grandfather of our subject was born. He was a farmer, went to Kentucky early in the history of that turbulent state and settled in Bath county.

When George H. Templeman cast his future with Wilson county he was a single man, hard-working and of good habits. His active life had been spent largely as a wage-worker on a farm and from this employment he had saved up a little money. He rented land here the first two years and then took his claim and built on it his first residence, a house 14x26 which was his domicile for several years. The next year after his advent to the county Mr. Templeman was married, on the 28th of February to Malinda Ingle, a daughter of the pioneers, William and Matilda (Cox) Ingle, who came to Kansas in 1871 from Randolph county, Indiana and are well known and esteemed settlers of Wilson county. Mr. Ingle died in 1892 being the father of nine children.

Mr. and Mrs. Templeman have been engaged in the laudable occupation of home-building for twenty-five years. They have a farm of one hundred and twenty acres, substantially and attractively improved and their industry and that of their children is responsible for the improved condition and surroundings. There have been born to them ten children, as follows. Bert, Harvey, Art, Daisy, Etta, Charles, Fay, Roxie, Georgie and Harry.

Mr. Templeman has done little in a political way except to exercise his right of suffrage granted every intelligent American citizen. His forefathers were supporters of the principles of Democracy and the same political action finds willing response in himself. He aspires to no official favors and is content when he has balloted for the best man for the office. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, Pages 511 & 512)


As a representative of one of the early families of Wilson county the subject of this review stands unchallenged as a citizen and as a representative business man. He is a native son of Kansas, being born in Guilford township, this county, on the 10th of July, 1871. His father, Samuel S. Wilson, Sr., began his career in Wilson county with January 1870, at which time he located upon section 10, township 28, range 15, deeding the tract and making it his permanent home for more than thirty years but retiring to the village of Benedict in the spring of 1902. The senior Wilson came to Kansas from Decatur, Illinois, where he had resided from early manhood and where he married Miss Sarah Hull. He was born in the state of Tennesee, was one of two children in family - the other one being Mrs. Jane Allen of Iowa. Mr. and Mrs. Wilson, Sr., were the parents of the following children. Mary, who married Philip Wire and died leaving one child; Miss Kate; Jennie wife of Benjamin Dewees; Maggie, decased, was the wife of D. C. Offenbacker, of Benedict; Emma, wife of Jacob Stazel, of Benedict; Charles, of Mena, Arkansas; Dora, now Mrs. Oscar Early, of Oklahoma; Richard who died at eighteen years; Samuel S., Jr.; Oliver; Nora, wife of Harry M. Polson; and Guy, the youngest, still with the parental home.

The subject of this sketch grew up on his father's farm near Benedict and acquired his education in the common schools of the country district. At about twenty-two years of age he engaged in farming on his own account and has continued it with success. Some three years ago he took up the business of buying and shipping stock and a year later a convenience arrangement for one shipment was entered into with John L. Rogers which proved to be the beginning of a partnership which, without further stipulations or conditions, has continud to the present under the firm name of Rogers and Wilson. They are the prominent shippers and dealers from Benedict and Roper and some seventy-five cars of stock annually go to market as their consignments. Mr. Wilson owns a splendid farm on the Verdigris bottom near Guilford and a comfortable home in Benedict.

March 18, 1896, Mr. Wilson was married to Arlevia Polson, a daughter of Amos Polson. Their children are, Ada, born June 6, 1899, and Gorney, born October 6, 1901. Mr. Wilson is a Democrat but is in no way in active politics. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 496-497)


Citizens of Coyville, of date both early and late are pleased at recalling the name and deeds of the subject of this notice. He was one of the "early ones" and his career and acquaintance bridges an epoch of stirring and interesting incidents in civil life in Wilson county. The vigor and pink of manhood was upon him when he cast his lot among the pioneers of the Verdigris and he has tarried with them and their successors till the evening of life has set in and his mission in life seen its fulfillment.

Dr. Wetmore is a native of the state of Ohio. He was born in Ashtabula county, February 6, 1835, and was a son of Moses and Balsora (White) Wetmore, the former of New York and the latter likewise of the Empire State. The father emigrated from his native state about 1834, tarried a short time in Ohio and came on west to Illinois where he died at about forty-nine years old. His wife out-lived him six years and died at the age of forty-five. Three of their four children still live, of whom our subject is the youngest.

The state of Illinois was the scene of our subject's childhood, youth and early manhood. He acquired a fair education in the schools common and popular in his day and became a teacher at an early age. He was about as well known as a farmer as teacher for he followed the one in summer and the other in winter. In 1859 he was seized with the "California fever" and crossed the plains, via Pikes Peak, to that Eldorado, walking the entire distance, with the exception of one day's ride and being six months on the journey. He remained in the new country of the Pacific till 1861 when he returned east by the "Isthmus route" and reached his home after a long and tiresome voyage. The war being on he enlisted in Company E, 1st Illinois cavalry. He was taken prisoner in October of the same year at Lexington, Missouri, and was paroled and returned home. In the spring of 1862 he was ordered to join his regiment, but upon the commanding officer's learning that the regiment had not been properly and regularly exchanged the regiment was discharged from the service.

Being permanently out of the service Dr. Wetmore took up teaching and pursued the subject of medicine at the same time. He read under the prompting of Dr. Welch of Nokomis, Illinois. When prepared to do so he entered Rush Medical college at Chicago where he graduated in 1866. The fall of the same year he came to Kansas and has since that date been identified with Wilson county in the practice of his profession. In the first years of his residence here he rode over the counties of Woodson, Wilson, Elk and Greenwood in response to professional calls but as physicians have multiplied with the settlements his practice of more recent years has been confined to the valley of the Verdigris chiefly in his own county.

The doctors' life spans years of exciting events and incidents. Almost from the day he left the schoolroom for the far west he lived in a "high key" till his return again to master of the ferule after his discharge from the army. Humanity has been with him a lifetime study and few men have been more successful in maintaining that calm and placid social relation and professional intercourse so desirable and so necessary to the real enjoyment of life. He was appointed postmaster of Coyville during President Cleveland's second administration but ill health prevented his serving more than two years. In 1880 he was elected a county commissioner and filled the office one term. He is a Mason and a member of Volunteer G. A. R. of Coyville.

Dr. Wetmore was married March 18, 1863, to Mary Hawkins, a daughter of Thomas R. and Hester (Birdsil) Hawkins. The union was productive of four children, only two of whom still live, namely Leslie and DeLaskie, both station agents on the "Frisco" railroad. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 493-494)


Edwin J. Williams, financier and the president of the Wilson County Bank, was born in Trumbull county, Ohio, Nov. 8, 1868, the son of D. T. and Mary T. (Davis) Williams. His grandfather was a native of Wales, where he lived and died. D. T. Williams was born in Wales, but came to America and located in Ohio, where he became interested in rolling mills. He belonged to the Ohio state militia, but never was called on to carry arms in defense of his adopted country. He died in Ohio in 1895. Edwin Williams' maternal grandfather, David R. Davis, came to Kansas in 1872 and built a rolling mill at Rosedale that year, becoming one of the pioneer manufacturers of the state.

Edwin Williams was reared in Ohio and received his education in the public schools. In 1900 he came to Kansas, located at Waverly and engaged in the mercantile business but soon moved to Salina where he remained three and a half years. He went to Quenemo in 1905 to accept the position of vice-president of the Farmers' State Bank. Mr. Williams was successful as a banker and decided to organize a bank in which he would hold the controlling interest. With this end in view he located at Burlingame and organized the Burlingame National Bank, of which he was president. It is capitalized at $25,000 and has a surplus of $10,000. Ever since its organization the bank has conducted a flourishing business, which reflects great credit upon the promoters and it is regarded as one of the most substantial banking concerns in the eastern part of the state.

On Jan. 31, 1900, Mr. Williams married Ina, the daughter of Louis Gephart. Mr. Gephart is a native of Ohio, who came to Kansas in 1888; took up land and also conducted a mercantile house. At different times Mr. Gephart bought more land and has made a fortune. He is one of the stockholders of the Burlingame National Bank and has a number of fine farms. He has retired from active business and spends his time looking after his property. One child has been born to Mr. and Mrs. Williams, Louis Edwin, who is four years old (1911). Mr. Williams is a Mason, belonging to Knight Templar Lodge No. 5, of Topeka, Kan.; he also belongs to the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and is a stanch supporter of the Republican party. The family are members of the Presbyterian church.

In February, 1911, Mr. Williams sold the controlling interest in the Burlingame National Bank and after spending the summer in California, returned to Kansas, located at Fredonia, bought a large interest in the Wilson County Bank and became its president, which position he now holds. The Wilson County Bank is one of the strongest financial institutions in the state, having done business since its organization in 1871. Its capital, surplus and profits are $75,000. (Kansas Biography, Vol. III, part 2, 1912, Transcribed as written by Millie Mowry)


Residing upon his farm six and one half miles northwest of Fredonia, in Wilson county, is the earliest living settler of Prairie township, George W. Wooten, a gentleman widely known as a farmer and highly esteemed as a citizen. In October 1869 he selected the south half of the northwest quarter and the north half of the southwest quarter of section 22, township 28, range 1 and erected his settler's cabin on the side hill preparatory to a stay which has been continuous and permanent. He found here when he came, Joseph Smith, of Deleware Springs, Jonas Wooten, William R. Wooten, father and brother of our subject, all located to the west and north, while on the Verdigris river where George Shafer and Mr. Bowman. To the east were no settlers till Sutton Branch and the river beyond was reached and with a single exception, Mr. Wooten has witnessed the passage of them all.

Our subject came to Kansas from Holt county, Missouri, where he had lived from his boyhood and in which state he had resided from the year of his birth. Born in Carter county, Kentucky, his natal day was January 5, 1845. His father, Jonas Wooten, was born in the same state and county in 1813 and was brought up on a farm. The latter's father was Charles Wooten, who went into Kentucky in a very early day from North Carolina and reared a large family. He was twice married but his second wife, Fannie Smith, was the mother of all of his children, namely, Randall, who died in the Union army; Mary, deceased wife of Hiram Hosley, of Kentucky; Jonas, our subject's father, who died in Wilson county in 1886; Jonathan; Vice and Teltha, twins, both of whom married and are deceased; Mrs. Jane Huff, deceased and the following sons who died in Kentucky; Thomas, Stephen and Preston; Albert came west and settled in Howard county, Missouri.

Jonas Wooten was married in Kentucky to Nancy Henderson. He passed his life as a farmer and resided in his native county, in Howard, Carroll and Holt counties, Missouri and in Wilson county, Kansas in which latter place he was a resident from the summer of 1869 to his death. He was a Union man during the civil war and served three years in the 4th Missouri state militia. He was the father of the following children: Mary Margaret, who married P. O. dice and is the mother of three daughters: William R., of near Coyville, Kansas; George W., of this review; Andrew J., of Wilson county; Martha A. wife of Cyrus M. Fanchier, of Iola, Kansas, and Thomas J., of Wilson county. The mother of these children died in 1885.

George W. Wooten left his native state as before indicated in his infancy. The country schools of Holt county, Missouri provided him with a meager education and the work of the farm equipped him with ample strength of bone and muscle. March 6, 1862, he enlisted in Company B 4th Missouri volunteer cavalry, and was in active service till March 25, 1865. He was in battle at Springfield, Newtonia, Horse Creek in Saline county, Davis Prairie and the nine days pursuit and finally the capture of Price's artillery and his two big generals, Marmaduke and Cabel. When discharged from the service, Mr. Wooten went back to the farm in Holt county and was there married, December 13, 1868, to Sarah M. Smith, a daughter of Andrew Smith formerly from the state of Indiana. Mrs. Wooten died May 28, 1900, leaving an only child, Robert, now on the family homestead, and a young man of twenty-one years. Mr. Wooten reared a son by adoption viz, Clarence E., of Fredonia, who is married to Josie Delaney.

Mr. Wooten has passed his life in Kansas as a modest and industrious farmer. His team and wagon constituted his assets in the main when he came here and a history of the struggles of the typical Kansas settler would embrace in it the experiences of his career. He has been without serious political aspirations and his connection with politics has done little more than to mark him as an earnest Missouri Republican. (History of Neosho & Wilson Counties, Kansas, Published by L. Wallace Duncan, 1902, pages 503-504)




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