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 S.B. KASH, a prominent farmer and stockman of Deepwater township, is one of the prosperous citizens of Bates county. Mr. Kash is a native of Wolfe county, Kentucky. He was born in 1860, a son of W.L. and Debby Jane (Swango) Kash, both of whom were natives of Wolfe county, Kentucky. W.L. Kash came to Bates county, Missouri, with his family in 1872 from their plantation home near Hazelgreen, Kentucky, and located on the Redmond farm, which Mr. Kash rented. He afterward purchased a tract of land, embracing one hundred twenty acres, located one and a half miles from old Johnstown. Mr. and Mrs. W.L. Kash were the parents of the following children: S.B., the subject of this review; Mrs. Ora Ann Gutridge, deceased; David, who resides in California; James E., Eldorado Springs, Missouri; Mrs. Mary E. Simpson, who resides in California; Mrs. Lillie Moore, Montrose, Missouri; and Joseph M., Johnstown, Missouri. W.L. Kash was a well-to-do and influential citizen of Bates county, one who always took an active and keen interest in the public welfare and in political matters. He served several years as member of the township board and invariably gave his support to all worthy enterprises. He was one of the leading stockmen of the county in his day and at the time of his death was owner of two hundred acres of valuable land in this county. Mr. Kash died July 9, 1916, at the Kash homestead near Johnstown. His widow still survives him and she is now eighty years of age. Mrs. Kash makes her home with her daughter, Mrs. Lillie Moore, in Henry county.
When S.B. Kash was a lad twelve years of age, his parents moved from Kentucky to Missouri, so he had received the beginning of his education in the schools of Wolfe county, Kentucky and after coming to Bates county, Missouri, attended Elm Grove school. He remained with his parents until he was twenty-one years of age and then he began farming independently on the S.W. Gutridge farm, the owner giving Mr. Kash one-fourth the produce and his board. Later, Mr. Kash rented land for several years and for two years operated a threshing machine in the county. He moved to his present country place in 1883 and farmed thereon for ten years before he purchased it. The original purchase included five hundred eighty acres of land, to which Mr. Kash has since added a tract of two hundred twenty acres, and his place now comprises eight hundred acres of choice land in Deepwater township and Spruce township. For many years, Mr. Kash has been widely recognized as a most progressive and energetic stockman and his stock interests in recent years have been very extensive. He considers that the breeding and raising of hogs has been his best and most profitable line and he now has on his place a large herd of big-bone Poland China hogs, which are of good grade. Mr. Kash began with pure-bred stock and he has kept up the grade to a high standard. He raises horses and mules, also.
The marriage of S.B. Kash and Susan E. Coleman was solemnized in 1883. Susan E. (Coleman) Kash is a daughter of Bonaparte and Elizabeth (McCombs) Coleman, the former, a native of Kentucky and the latter, of Missouri. The Colemans came to Bates county, Missouri, in 1855, and settled on the farm which is now owned by Mr. and Mrs. S.B. Kash. Mrs. Coleman died in 1860 and the father died in 1891. Both parents are interred in Coleman cemetery. Mrs. Kash is the only living child born to her parents and she was born on the farm where she now resides. To S.B. and Susan E. Kash have been born four children: R.A., who is engaged in farming on the home place and who married Lela Stevens and to them have been born two sons, William Carl and Roy Donald; two sons died in infancy; and O.N., who is at home with his parents.
The Kash family settled in Bates county, Missouri, when the farm, which S.B. Kash has so well improved and cultivated, was prairie land upon which herds of Texas cattle grazed in the summer time and the first home between the present Kash place and Butler was the home of old Mr. Barr, one of the earliest settlers of the county. The Kash family were residing on the Redmond farm in the memorable year of 1874, when the grasshoppers dispensed with all difficulties and perplexities as to the disposition and transportation of crops for that year and in the spring of 1875. The uninvited and most unwelcome pests took their departure in June, 1875, and an excellent crop of corn was raised that summer by the elder Mr. Kash, who sold twelve hundred bushels of corn at twelve and fifteen cents a bushel in the autumn of 1875. In speaking of the early days, S.B. Kash recalled a most striking example of the irony of fate and of how mistaken the judgment of the best of men may at times be. In the fifties, John Beaman was the owner of a tract of land in Bates county, a part of which is now the townsite of Butler. He traded his farm for another, near old Johnstown, which was at that time the big town of the county. John Beaman died at Johnstown when he was ninety-three years of age. He lived to see Butler growing into a city and Johnstown dwindling into a deserted village.
Although his father was a prominent Democrat of his township, S.B. Kash has never taken much interest in politics except to perform his duty as a public-spirited citizen and cast his vote. Mr. Kash long ago made it his policy to meet all business obligations when due and in no manner has any confidence or trust in him been betrayed. He has long ranked with the best and most enterprising men of this part of Missouri.
History of Bates County, Missouri, by W.O. Atkeson, (1918). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

MOSES S. KEIRSEY, a late prominent agriculturist and stockman of Bates county, Missouri, a leading man of his community in Spruce township, one of the honored and respected citizens of the county who have gone on before, was a native of Tennessee. Mr. Keirsey was born in 1851, a son of Drury and Agnes Keirsey, who came to Missouri in the days before the Civil War and settled on a farm in Polk county. M.S. Keirsey was reared to manhood amid the scenes of pioneer life in Polk county, Missouri. He came to Bates county in 1871 and settled on the farm, which is the present home of his widow, in Spruce township, a place comprising one hundred seventy-one acres of choice land, now nicely improved.
The marriage of M.S. Keirsey and Mary M. Williams, a daughter of William and Susan (Hopkins) Williams, was solemnized in Polk county, Missouri in 1867. Mr. Williams died about the time of the marriage of his daughter, in 1867, and Mrs. Williams resides at Fairplay in Polk county, Missouri with her daughter, Addie. To M.S. and Mary M. Keirsey were born seven children, all of whom are now living: William D., a well-to-do farmer and stockman, Butler, Missouri; George, Ballard, Missouri; O.Williams, who is engaged in farming in Spruce township; Fred, a prosperous farmer of Summit township; Ollie, the wife of Melford Richardson, Chico, Butte county, California; Addie, the wife of C.M. Decker, of Shawnee township; and Josephine, who resides at home with her widowed mother. The father died January 7, 1917.
The Keirsey country place is one of the attractive rural homes of Spruce township. It is one of the prairie farms of Bates county and well improved with a comfortable residence, a structure of eight rooms, a stock barn used for horses, a feed barn, a cattle barn, and other needed farm buildings. Mr. Keirsey was a man of great energy and a progressive, industrious stockman, whose name was a familiar one to all the stockmen of Bates county for he had established a splendid reputation as a successful breeder of cattle and hogs and mules. He purchased the grain which he fed his stock from the farmers of the vicinity and was thus a boon to his neighbors, who would have otherwise had to haul their produce a long distance in order to ship it. Since he has been gone, Mrs. Keirsey and her daughter, Miss Josephine, have remained on the farm and have attended to the stock interests although they rent the land. Mrs. Keirsey is a highly respected lady of much intelligence and she deserves great commendation for the admirable way in which she is continuing the work of Mr. Keirsey.
Like the majority of pioneers, M.S. Keirsey was a quiet, unobtrusive gentleman, somewhat reserved in manner, but a large-hearted, more kindly, more courteous man one could not find in this part of the state. His youthful experiences, his early life spent mostly out-of-doors, toughened and strengthened his physical and mental fiber and fitted him for the active pursuits of farming and stock raising which he followed in later years. He grew to maturity with a splendid, almost perfect, physique and in early manhood scarcely knew what fatigue or illness meant. Mr. Keirsey did not care for public honors or the emoluments of office but found happiness in his home in the associations with his family, whom he loved with a deep devotion. He was an honorable, honest, upright citizen and the loss inflicted by the Grim Reaper has been and still is deeply felt in his community and in his home, but were he with us today he would no doubt counsel us, as did the poet many years ago counsel himself when he, too, was heart-broken with grief over the loss of a dear one:
“Be still, sad heart, and cease repining;
Behind the clouds the sun’s still shining;
Thy fate is the common fate of all:
Into each life some rain must fall,
Some days must be dark and dreary.”
History of Bates County, Missouri, by W.O. Atkeson, (1918). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

Frank
            E. KelloggFRANK E. KELLOGG was born in Claridon. Geauga County, Ohio, on the 20th day of April, 1851; brought up on a farm, remaining on the one purchased from the Connecticut Land company and cleared up by his grandfather in the early part of the present century; taught several terms in the district school and "boarded around"; in 1879 in his home township, was elected justice of the peace and at this time was also reading law. Resigning his position, he came to Missouri in October, 1880, and embarked in the mercantile business; resided in Butler one year, since which time he has been a resident of Rich Hill, Missouri, and for eighteen years was secretary and treasurer of the M. S. Cowles Mercantile Company. His old congressional district (the 19th Ohio) was for many years represented by Benj. F. Wade, Joshua R. Giddings and James A. Garfield, and he was quite well acquainted with the latter. Was married to Delia J. Wells in 1877; one child, a daughter, Delia May, was born February 5, 1883. He was elected superintendent of the First Presbyterian Sunday School in Rich Hill in January, 1894, and still holds that position, going to Rich Hill every Sunday. His hobby is the breeding of Shorthorn cattle and he is interested in one of the best herds of pure bred animals in the country, Mr. Kellogg has always been a republican in politics and represented his, the Sixth Congressional District of Missouri, as a delegate in the Republican National Convention at St. Louis in 1896. Was appointed Collector of Internal Revenue for the Western district of Missouri, and entered upon the duties of his office May 1, 1899. Frank Kellogg, as he is familiarly called, is one of the most companionable men in the world, and hi6 friends are only numbered by the limit of his acquaintance. He is a capable, faithful business man, and an honorable party politician. His relations and influence with the present administration is all that one of his position could ask. While he is temporarily residing with* his estimable family in Kansas City, Bates county is his home, and her people feel a local pride in his successful career.   Hence his place in this Bates County book.
(Source: The Old Settlers' History of Bates County. Publ. 1900. Transcribed by Linda Rodriguez)

J.F. KERN, the well-known promoter of Drainage District Number 1 in Bates county, Missouri, is one of the most progressive and enterprising citizens of Bates county. Mr. Kern is a native of Indiana. He was born in 1859 in Boone county, Indiana, a son of William Perry and Caroline (Potts) Kern, both of whom were natives of Kentucky. Mr. and Mrs. Kern were the parents of four children, who are now living: Charles P., San Francisco, California; Mrs. Josie K. Pease, St. Louis, Missouri; Mrs. Emma Hutchison, Boise City, Idaho; and J.F., the subject of this review. The father died many years ago in Indiana. Mrs. Kern was making her home with her daughter at Kansas City, Missouri, when she died. Both parents were interred in the cemetery near the Kern homestead in Boone county, Indiana.
In the public schools of Indiana, J.F. Kern obtained a good common school education. His boyhood days and early manhood were spent in that state. He came to Missouri in 1898 and located at Kansas City. Four years later, in 1902, Mr. Kern settled at Butler. Prior to his coming, he had purchased six hundred fifty-eight acres of land now included in Drainage District, Number 1 and since he has added to his holdings twelve hundred acres. Mr. Kern is the present owner of eighteen hundred fifty-eight acres of land in the above named district, some of the very best farm land in Bates county, on which vast tract he has five sets of improvements. Eight hundred acres of his farm are, at the time of this writing in 1918, under a high state of cultivation. Mr. Kern is constructing a large levy along the ditch which passes through his land as an additional protection.
In 1895, J.F. Kern and Fannie Beatty, daughter of Joseph and Ruth Beatty, of West Virginia, were united in marriage. Mrs. Kern’s parents are both now deceased. To Mr. and Mrs. Kern have been born two children: Ruth, who is a student in the Butler High School; and Frances, who is in the grade school. Although the Kerns are comparatively newcomers in Bates county, they have made countless friends in the county and in Butler, where they are numbered among the best families.
As has been above mentioned, J.F. Kern was the chief promoter of Drainage District, Number 1 in this county. The preliminary work on the ditch, twenty-three and a half miles in length, was begun in 1906. The labor of digging was begun in the autumn of 1907. This ditch drains forty-one thousand three hundred acres of land. There are eleven miles of lateral ditches cut and the entire work, as originally planned, was completed in 1909. The assessment on the land was ten dollars and ninety-three cents an acre for the original labor, but in 1911 it was decided to cut the ditch ten feet deeper and an additional assessment of four dollars and ninety-eight cents was made. The statutes of Missouri provided for the organization of drainage districts where a majority of the acreage in the district petitioned the court for such organization. The statutes also provided for bonding the assessments. Drainage District, Number 1 issued bonds at six per cent, for twenty years, which bonds were sold for a premium of fifteen thousand dollars. Mr. Kern states that the crops grown in this particular valley, where none ever grew before the ditch was dug, last year, of 1917, would pay the indebtedness created at the last assessment, namely one hundred seventy-one thousand dollars. The land is being gradually put under the plow and ultimately all will be under cultivation, one of the richest agricultural sections in Missouri. Naturally, at the beginning of the stupendous undertaking, as does every man who introduces an innovation, J.F. Kern met with much opposition but time and experience have proven conclusively the wisdom of the splendid improvement. Mr. Kern is a clear, logical thinker and the type of man who does big things. He plans and then studies practical means of carrying out his plans, keeping persistently at one attempt until he has accomplished his purpose and success comes. At the present time, Mr. Kern is “boosting” the Torrens system of land transfer. He was instrumental in getting a bill introduced at the last session of the Missouri State Legislature for the adoption of the system in Missouri. The bill passed the House but failed in the Senate. Mr. Kern has not given up the fight and some day the bill will undoubtedly become a law of the state, for it has much to recommend its adoption. The Torrens system of land transfer is practical and would save thousands of dollars to land owners of Missouri.
Interested in everything that tends to benefit the public J.F. Kern is no idle spectator of current local events, but in a large degree he has directed and controlled them. Firm in his individuality, Mr. Kern never lacks the courage of his convictions. He is a gentleman of lively sympathy, abiding charity, and sterling integrity, one of the strong, note-worthy citizens of Bates county, and in the years to come he is destined to be an important factor in the history of public affairs in this section of Missouri.
History of Bates County, Missouri, by W.O. Atkeson, (1918). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

I.M. KRETZINGER, ex-trustee of Deepwater township, and a well-to-do farmer and stockman of Bates county, is a native of Warren county, Iowa. Mr. Kretzinger was born March 24, 1865, a son of Nicholas and Margaret (Kingery) Kretzinger, a prominent pioneer family of Bates county. Nicholas Kretzinger came to Missouri with his family in 1867 and they located on a farm one mile north and one mile east of Spruce, on the place known as the Payne farm, which comprised forty-six acres of land. Mr. Kretzinger sold this place after a short time and purchased a tract of land embracing one hundred forty acres, a farm lying on the south side of Deepwater creek, and before he had had an opportunity to carry out his plans in improving the land death came in 1872. This latter farm owned by Nicholas Kretzinger was known as the “Dick” Choate farm. Mr. Kretzinger was laid to rest in Dickison cemetery in Bates county. Nicholas and Margaret (Kingery) Kretzinger were the parents of the following children: Mrs. Eliza Beard, the widow of Henry Beard, a resident of Deepwater township, Bates county, further mention of whom will be found in connection with the biography of her son, J.A. Beard, which appears elsewhere in this volume; Van, who resides in Oklahoma; John, who is engaged in farming in Deepwater township; George, Rich Hill, Missouri; Mrs. Emma Cunningham; I.M., the subject of this review; and William, of Vernon county, Missouri. The mother, one of the county’s most esteemed pioneer women, died in 1911 and her remains lie beside those of her husband in Dickison cemetery.
I.M. Kretzinger attended school in Deepwater township, Bates county. His educational advantages were not great, for he was obliged to assist with the work on the farm at a very early age and could attend school only occasionally during the winter seasons. His father died, when I.M. Kretzinger was a child five years of age and there were seven children left for the widowed mother to rear and educate. Mr. Kretzinger remained with her on the home farm until he was twenty-six years of age and then rented a tract of thirty acres from his mother, where he resided for a short time. He then moved to the Newberry farm and resided thereon for nearly eight years, when he purchased his present country home, a place comprising one hundred ninety-three acres of land located one and a fourth miles east of Spruce, Missouri. Mr. Kretzinger has improved the farm, rebuilding the residence, now a pretty cottage of eight rooms, and building three barns. This farm lies on the north side of Deepwater creek on the Butler-Clinton State highway. Mr. Kretzinger is interested in both general farming and stock raising and usually cultivates about fifty acres of the farm, leaving the remainder in bluegrass and pasture land. He has on his place, at the time of this writing in 1918, twenty head of Shorthorn cattle, eight head of horses, and a large herd of Poland China hogs, each herd headed by a registered male.
April 24, 1891, I.M. Kretzinger and Susie Newberry, a daughter of Capt. John B. and Elizabeth Newberry, were united in marriage. Mrs. Kretzinger died in 1900 and interment was made in the cemetery at Butler. Mr. Kretzinger remarried, his second wife being Ona Stark, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Stark, of Warrensburg, Missouri. Mr. Stark is now deceased. Ona (Stark) Kretzinger is a graduate of the Warrensburg State Normal School in the class of 1900. To Mr. and Mrs. Kretzinger has been born one child, a daughter, Madge, born December 20, 1910.
In the public affairs of his township and county, I.M. Kretzinger takes a most commendable interest and he has served as township trustee of Deepwater township. He and Mrs. Kretzinger are valued citizens of Bates county.
History of Bates County, Missouri, by W.O. Atkeson, (1918). Transcribed by Kim Mohler.

ELI F. KINCAID, proprietor of a fertile farm of two hundred sixty-five acres in the northwest part of Howard township adjoining the Kansas-Missouri border, was born June 9, 1850 in Preble county, Ohio. He is the son of John and Sarah (Fair) Kincaid, both natives of Ohio. John Kincaid was the son of Samuel, a native of Kentucky, who moved to Ohio and resided with his family until 1866 in Preble county. In the fall of that year he came to the West and made a settlement near Lonejack in Jackson county, Missouri. Some years later he moved to Cass county, Missouri and there died in July, 1896. Eli F. Kincaid was one of eight children born to his parents, as follow: William, Cass county, Missouri; Eli F., subject of this review, and Ervin, living in Kansas, twins; Mrs. Rachel Griffith, Cass county, Missouri; Leander, living in Washington; Wesley, deceased; Joseph, living in Missouri; and Mrs. Mattie Akers, Cass county, Missouri.
Eli F. Kincaid received his schooling in Ohio, and accompanied his parents to Missouri when sixteen years old. He stayed at home and assisted his father on the farm until 1873, when he began his own career. He went first to Henry county, Missouri and during the first year in that county, he was employed at farm labor. He then rented land for several years and eventually made a purchase of eighty acres in Henry county to which he added forty acres. He sold this tract and bought a farm of one hundred twenty-seven acres which he cultivated for four years. He sold this tract and invested the proceeds in another farm of one hundred forty-eight acres at Montrose, Missouri, which he later sold at a profit and then bought a farm of one hundred forty acres located ten miles east of Butler in Bates county. He again sold out in 1907 and bought one hundred twenty acres south of Hume in Vernon county, which he retained until the spring of 1911 when he sold out and bought a farm in Cass county which he soon traded for his present place in Howard township. Mr. Kincaid has one of the best farms in Bates county, twenty-five acres of which are heavily timbered.
Mr. Kincaid was married on December 20, 1890 in Bates county, to Miss Eva Fowler, who was born April 29, 1869 in Illinois, a daughter of Isaac and Martha (Breedlove) Fowler, natives of North Carolina, who moved to Illinois after the Civil War period. Isaac Fowler served in the Confederate army with a North Carolina regiment throughout the Civil War. He left Illinois and came to Henry county, Missouri in 1871, and made a permanent location in that county, dying there in 1893. His widow died in 1914 at the age of seventy-three years. Of the eight children born to Isaac and Martha Fowler, seven are living, as follow: Harvey, Schell City, Missouri; Herman, died in infancy; Mrs. Della Ford, lives near Butler; Cora, resides at Eldorado Springs, Missouri; Mrs. Eva Kincaid and Ira Fowler, of La Harpe, Kansas, are twins; Ezra, lives at Dallas, Texas; Carrie, makes her home at Eldorado Springs. The following children have been born to Eli F. and Eva Kincaid: Earl, died in infancy; Roy, died at the age of seventeen years; Emmons, a student in Missouri University, Columbia, Missouri; Marl, Herbert, and Nore, are at home with their parents.
Both Mr. and Mrs. Kincaid are members of the Methodist Episcopal church and are substantial and worthy citizens of Bates county. Mr. Kincaid is a Democrat politically and his fraternal affiliations are with the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.
History of Bates County, Missouri, by W.O. Atkeson, (1918). Transcribed by Kim Mohler

 


 

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