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ANTHONY JOSEPH KAISER, farmer, section 1, was born in Switzerland, in July, 1842, and in 1844 emigrated to this country and settled in Davenport, Iowa. His father worked at the cabinet trade for several years. Anthony attended school and became a good scholar. In 1860 he was employed by Major Randle & Co. in driving a freighting team across the plains, and thus worked for two years. He then went to Idaho and California, and for four years was engaged in mining. After returning he went to work on the farm on which his father settled and made many improvements, among which was the erection of a new residence, and he now has a desirable farm of 156 acres. Mr. Kaiser married Miss Frances Elizabeth English, September 22, 1867. She was a daughter of Stephen C. English, and was born in this township February 26, 1849. They have six children: Stephen Christman, Elizabeth, Sarah Ann, Mary Isabelle, David and Ida Jane. From the piece of land which Mr. K’s father left him he has acquired a good property. Mrs. K. is the daughter of one of the early pioneers of the county, and was brought up when neighbors and schools were scarce. Mr. K. is a Catholic. Politically he is a Republican. He is a member of the Masonic order. He has a thrifty orchard of 600 trees, besides cherry, plum, etc. He has held the office of justice of the peace for several years and is a leading man of the township.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

DANIEL KELLY was born in Fountain County, Indiana, January 5, 1847, while his father, John Kelly, was a native of Ireland. Daniel’s mother died when he was but two years old, his father departing this life in 1855. Left an orphan at this early age, young Kelly grew to manhood on a farm in his native county, where he attended the common schools. In 1860 he left there and moved to Iroquois County, Illinois, coming from that locality to Holt County, Missouri, in April, 1866. Upon leaving here he went to Madison County, Iowa, where he fed cattle during the winter of 1866-67, and in the following spring he moved to Atchison County, Missouri, settling on his present place. He has a good farm of 80 acres, improved, with a good residence and young orchard of 100 apple and some 40 other trees of different varieties, his location being in section 2. December 29, 1875, the marriage of Mr. Kelly to Miss Sarah Walkup, daughter of James Walkup, occurred in Atchison County, Missouri. She was born in Holt County, May 23, 1857. They have two children: James R., born April 15, 1878, and Frank, born July 25, 1880. Mr. Kelly is a member of the I.O.O.F. order.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

JUDGE M. KIME, farmer, section 5, is the owner of a landed estate consisting of about 1,600 acres, all improved. Mr. K. was born in Randolph County, North Carolina, May 8, 1820, and is the son of David and Nancy (Tillery) Kime, who were of English descent, but natives of North Carolina. The subject of this sketch with his parents moved to Marion County, Indiana, in 1822, and settled on a farm. He received a good common education and taught school for a number of years, and in 1848 came to Atchison County, Missouri, where he entered a large tract of land in Lincoln Township. In 1850 he went to California, but returned to Atchison County in 1852. He has served four years as county judge by the choice of the people and made a most capable officer. Judge Kime found a wife in the person of Miss Catherine Hull, a native of Muskingum County, Ohio, born August 15, 1841. The event of their marriage was celebrated July 5, 1866, after which they settled where they now reside. Mrs. Kime’s parents were James and Rebecca Hull, who, after being married in Ohio, moved to Indiana in 1856, and to Keokuk County, Iowa, in 1857, coming to Page County, Iowa, in 1860. Mr. and Mrs. Kime have six children: William T., David S., James A., Adella and Lillian. One daughter, Leora R., is deceased. Judge Kime is a member of the Christian Church.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

WILLIAM KING, farmer, section 10, postoffice Rock Port, is a son of Abraham and Elizabeth (Wooley) King, who were natives of Kentucky. William was born in Henry County, of the same state, January 14, 1820, and was the oldest child in a family of eight children. When he was ten years of age, his parents moved to Shelby County, Indiana, where he lived till 1843, then coming to Atchison County, Missouri. He has made farming his principal occupation during life, but was engaged in the milling business as proprietor of what was known as King’s Mill, in Atchison County, Missouri, for about twenty-five years. His farm contains 310 acres of excellent land. He is a member of the I.O.O.F. fraternity. Mr. King was married March 3, 1842, to Zurrelda King. She was born in Henry County, Kentucky, April, 1823. They have had eleven children, of whom five are now living: Elizabeth, Thomas, Eliza, Mary and Henry. Mr. King is an experienced farmer and miller, and thoroughly merits the esteem in which he is held by many friends.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

GEORGE KLAUS, farmer, is a native of Germany, and was born on the 25th day of May, 1823. His youth until twelve years of age, was spent at his birthplace. His father, Jacob, and his mother, Ann Eliza Klaus, emigrated to America with their family in 1835, and settled in Lorain County, Ohio. The senior Klaus was a miller by trade, but was engaged in farming, and in October, 1844, he became a resident of Atchison County. The son was reared on a farm and has since made agricultural pursuits his life vocation, in which he has been very successful. In 1849 he was influenced by the report from California in relation to the discovery of gold to visit the new Eldorado. He made the trip across the plains and was for some time engaged in mining with a fair degree of success. He returned to the states in 1851 by the way of Central America. In 1852 he married Miss Margaret Hall, a native of Ohio. Mrs. Klaus died in 1874, leaving ten children: Louis, Louisa (now Mrs. Van Meter), Lucretia (now Mrs. White), Levi, Loretta (now Mrs. Low), Lavina, Lucinda, Luella, Lelia, Lunolla. They lost one son, Lafayette. Mr. K. married for his second wife Mrs. Adaline Barger, whose maiden name was Burns, in 1876; she is a native of Lafayette County, Missouri. Their family by this marriage consists of two children: Flora and Charlie. Mrs. Klaus has four children by a former marriage: Melissa (now Mrs. Jenkins), Henry B., Lydia and Viola. Few men are more widely or favorably known throughout the county. He has never sought or held a public office, nor is he a candidate for popularity or public fame. He is a plain, unassuming farmer, social and obliging as a neighbor, kind and warm hearted as a friend, law abiding as a citizen, hospitable and generous to all; a citizen of whom his adopted country may well be proud. His farm contains 350 acres, with excellent improvements.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

CHARLES KLINKHART, who is now living with his daughter, on section 35, in Clay Township, was born in Prussia, Germany, July 5, 1801. He was there reared and educated, and in September, 1825, he was married to Miss Caroline Springer, who was born in the year 1806. They had eight children, of whom three are now living: Caroline, Pauline and William. While in Germany Mr. K. was engaged in the hotel and livery business. In 1849 he emigrated to America, landing at New Orleans, from whence he went to St. Louis, and in 1851, he came to Atchison County, having previously lived in Rushville, Illinois, for a short time. His wife died while in St. Louis. He was one of the first German settlers to locate in Atchison County, Missouri, and started the first brewery in the county, which was in the year 1855, it being located in section 32, of Clay Township. This he continued to operate till 1867, since which time he has made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Vogler.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

JOHN DAVID KNESS, section 35, was born in Ross County, Ohio, May 16, 1832. George Kness, his father, who was in the war of 1812, was a native of Pennsylvania, as was also his mother, whose maiden name was Lydia Strawser. In 1837, the family moved to Sangamon County, Illinois, and after living there some three years, located in Logan County. One year later, or in February, 1842, Jefferson County, Iowa, became their home. John D. passed his youth on a farm, his educational advantages being very limited. While yet a young man, he spent about four years in traveling over the different states and territories. July 7, 1853, he was married in Keokuk County, Iowa, to Mary Jane Webb, who was born in Keokuk County, in March, 1835, and a daughter of William and Innocent Webb. Mr. and Mrs. Kness have eight children living: George W., Daniel, Maggie, Isaac A., Sarah A., John C., Arthur A. and Jerry F. Three children are deceased: Martha J., Dora C. and Mary Isabelle. After his marriage, Mr. Kness resided on a farm in Keokuk County, Iowa, for some four years, when he removed to Kansas, living there for one year. In the fall of 1859, he returned to Jefferson County, Iowa, and after remaining there about five years, he went to Fort Kearney. Three years later he went back to Jefferson County, Iowa, living there until 1874, when Holt County, Missouri, became his home. There he continued to dwell one year, after which he came to this county, and settled in Dale Township, on his present place. He now owns a farm of 160 acres with a fair house, and orchard of 300 peach and 130 apple trees, etc. Mr. Kness is Democratic in politics.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

SAMUEL KNEPPER, a native of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, was born September 1, 1837, his parents being David and Mary C. (Geesman) Knepper, both of whom were born in that same county. The latter is still living in her native county at the advanced age of seventy-one years. The subject of this sketch passed his boyhood days and received a common school education in Franklin County. Upon leaving there in the spring of 1864, he went to Ogle County, Illinois, where he resided for about six and a half years, then moving to Atchison County, Missouri, in October, 1870. He settled on the place where he still resides, and which he improved, consisting of 160 acres of land all fenced, 110 acres being under cultivation. This is located in section 31, and upon the farm are 170 apple, 200 peach and a few cherry trees. During the war Mr. Knepper was in the service for ten months, in the One Hundred and Fifty-eighth Pennsylvania Infantry. He was married in Franklin County, Pennsylvania, December 21, 1863, to Miss Mary S. Nicodemus, daughter of John Nicodemus. She is a native of Virginia, born March 1, 1840. Mr. and Mrs. K. have had nine children, eight of whom still survive: Charles A., born September 12, 1864; Franklin S., born November 17, 1865; Ida M., born December 27, 1866; Martha M., born November 5, 1869; Jennie M., born April 7, 1871; Anna E., born May 6, 1875; John W., born July 11, 1876; Burtie E., born January 20, 1882. Politically, he is a Democrat.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

CHRISTIAN KRUSE was born in Hanover, Germany, March 29, 1843. Henry Kruse, his father, also a native of Germany, married Gracie Bayling, who was born in the same country. The youthful days of Christian were passed on a farm at his birthplace and attending school, in which he received a common education. When twenty-one years of age, in 1864, he immigrated to the United States, and for three months stayed in New York City, after which he settled in Illinois. For five years he was engaged in working by the month on a farm in DeWitt County, Illinois, after which he began that occupation for himself. He continued to live in DeWitt County for thirteen years, and in March, 1877, he purchased his farm in Dale Township, Atchison County, Missouri, to which he at once moved. He owns a valuable farm, a large dwelling and an orchard of 300 apple, 200 peach, and cherry, plum and pear trees. There is also on the place a vineyard of 400 grape vines and small fruit. He makes a specialty of feeding stock for the market, with satisfactory results. Mr. Kruse was married April 29, 1874, in DeWitt County, Illinois, to a Miss Miller, who was born in Hanover, Germany, September 17, 1849, she being a daughter of B.C. Miller. They have had three children, of whom Herman H., born February 25, 1875, and John W., born June 9, 1880, are living, and one daughter is deceased, she having died June 25, 1880. Mr. and Mrs. K. are Protestants in their religious preferences. Mr. K. is a Republican in politics.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

JOSEPH M. KYLE, section 6, was born on May 16, 1842, in Delaware County, Indiana, and is a son of E.D. and Angeline (Grover) Kyle, the former of Clermont County, Ohio, and the latter of Genesee County, New York. In 1856 the family removed to Howard County, Indiana. Joseph M. Kyle was raised as a farmer boy, and was the recipient of a common school education. August 26, 1861, he enlisted in the Eighth Indiana Cavalry, and served for nearly four years, being discharged August 9, 1865. During this time he participated in several important battles, among which were Shiloh, Corinth, Perryville, Stone River, Chickamauga and Mission Ridge, besides numerous skirmishes and minor encounters – in all 129 engagements on regimental record, thus acquiring a most enviable career as a soldier. After being discharged Mr. K. returned to Indiana, remained there a short time, and in October, 1865, came west and settled in Jackson County, Missouri, where he engaged in farming. For five years he continued to live in that locality then went to Cass County in 1870, there embarking in the saw mill business. In 1875 he came to Atchison County, resumed that industry for two years, and subsequently became occupied in tilling the soil. He has a farm of 80 acres, all fenced, and a young orchard of 90 apple and 90 peach, and other fruit trees. Mr. Kyle was married April 26, 1866, in Jackson County, Missouri, to a Miss Meador, daughter of Job Meador, and who was born April 29, 1846. Mr. and Mrs. K. have had seven children, six of whom are living: William D., born March 12, 1867; Harriet E., born October 16, 1868; Eva, born October 7, 1870; Angeline G., born August 12, 1876; Earl D., born December 20, 1879, and Alma I., born July 9, 1881. Mrs. K. is a member of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Mr. K. is independent in his political views.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

DAVID P. KYLE is a native of Delaware County, Ohio, where he was born October 14, 1844. His father, E.D. Kyle, was born in Clermont County, Ohio, and his mother, whose maiden name was Angeline Grove, was a native of Genesee County, New York. About the year 1857, the family moved to Howard County, Indiana. David passed his youth on a farm, and was educated in the common schools. March 22, 1862, he enlisted in the Eighth Indiana Cavalry, and was in service for three years, being discharged in June, 1865. He took part in numerous engagements, among which were the siege of Corinth, battle of Stone River, Chickamauga and numerous minor engagements. After being discharged, he returned to Indiana, where he was engaged in the drug business for one year, and in March, 1865, he came west, locating in Holt County, Missouri. For two years he gave his attention to the drug business at Oregon, after which he engaged in farming, and after making that locality his home for some time, he came to Atchison County in January, 1876. He then settled on his present place in section 31, of Dale Township, where he has 200 acres of land, all fenced and improved, with an orchard of 120 apple trees. Mr. Kyle makes a specialty of handling and feeding stock for the market. May 29, 1869, he was married in Holt County, to Miss Lydia J. Anselment, daughter of Joseph Anselment. She was born in Marion County, Ohio, July 1, 1849. They have had three children, of whom survive: Harry D., born June 25, 1872, and Alvaro J., born January 10, 1874. Mr. and Mrs. Kyle are members of the Methodist Church. The former is independent in politics, but was formerly a Republican.
St. Joseph, Mo.: National Historical Company, 1882. Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

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