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BENNETT, THOMAS was born in Licking county, Ohio, on the 7th of October, 1816, and resided there until the age of twenty -two years. He then, in the spring of 1839, moved to Indiana, where he married Miss Sarah Baker, the event taking place on the 8th of May, 1846. In 1863, they came to Morristown and two years later moved to Le Sueur county, where Mr. Bennett was a member of the board of Supervisors and Treasurer of his school district. In 1873, he returned to Morristown and bought land in section six, where he has built up a comfortable home. Mr. and Mrs. Bennett have had eleven children, seven of whom are living.
[History of Rice County, Published by Minnesota Historical Company, Minneapolis, Minn. 1882
Submitted by Veneta McKinney]
Miss Cynthia S. Burnett
BURNETT, Miss Cynthia S., educator and temperance reformer, born in Hartford. Ohio, 1st May, 1840. She is the oldest daughter of a descendant of the early settlers of New Jersey. Her mother is a Virginian by birth and education. Her early life was divided between home duties and study till the age of seventeen, when she began her career as a teacher in the public schools near her home, a part of each year being spent as a student in the neighboring academy. The Civil War changed the current of tier life, and she resolved to obtain the best education possible and to devote her life to the profession of her choice. She studied four years in the Western Reserve Seminary, in her own county, from which she was graduated in the classical course in 1868. She at once accepted the position of preceptress and teacher of Latin in Orwell Normal Institute. Three years later she took the position of teacher of languages in Beaver College. Failing health made a change of climate necessary, and she went to the old home of her mother in Virginia, where for a time she had charge of a training-school for teachers. Two years were spent in the Methodist Episcopal College in Tullahoma, Tenn. There she became interested in the "New South," and many letters were written for the press in defense of the struggling people. At the first opportunity after the crusade she donned the white ribbon. Her first public work was done in 1879, in Illinois. Later she answered calls for help in Florida, Tennessee, Ohio and Pennsylvania. In 1885 she was made State organizer of Ohio. The first year she lectured one-hundred-sixty-five times, besides holding meetings in the day-time and organizing over forty unions. Her voice failing, she accepted a call to Utah, as teacher in the Methodist Episcopal College in Salt Lake City. She was made Territorial president of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Eight unions and fifteen loyal legions were organized by her. Each month one or more meetings were held by her in the penitentiary. She edited a temperance column in a Mormon paper. Tabernacles and school-houses were open to her, and through the assistance of missionaries and Mormons alike the gospel of temperance was presented in many towns. Unable longer to work so hard, and believing that her real place was in the lecture field, she accepted a call to southern California as State organizer. She spent one year there and in Nevada, during which time one-hundred-fifty lectures were given by her. For efficient service in the West she was made National organizer in 1889, but was soon after called home by the serious illness of her mother, and she has remained near or with her parents ever since. She continued her work as State organizer until recently, when she accepted the position of preceptress in her Alma Mater now Farmington College. [American Women Fifteen Hundred Biographies Vol 1 Publ. 1897 - Transcribed by Marla Snow]
Jay T. Botts
Jay T. Botts of Coldwater is one of the representative lawyers of the younger generation in Kansas and has, through energy, ability and intrepid endeavor won a leading place for himself at the Comanche county bar. Mr. Botts was born April 2, 1874, on a farm in Licking county, Ohio, and in the same house in which his father, Isaac Botts, was born, Feb. 21, 1847 The latter was a farmer and came to Kansas in 1884, settling on government land near Coldwater; he died in the town of Coldwater, April 24, 1901. In 1872 Isaac Botts wedded Miss. Minerva Drake, a native of Licking county, Ohio, born Sept. 27, 1843. Five children blessed this union, all of whom, except the youngest, was, born on the old Botts homestead in Licking county, Ohio, and in the same house in which their father was born. Jay T. is the first in order of birth; Nellie, born Dec, 10, 1876, graduated in the Coldwater High School with the class of 1895 and is superintendent of public instruction in Comanche county, Kan.; John B., born in September, 1880, graduated in the Coldwater High School in 1897 and is in the butcher and ice business in Coldwater; Thomas N. L., born Feb. 17, 1883, is a graduate of the Coldwater High School, class of 1900; and Myrtle was born Feb. 19, 1889, on a farm seven miles southwest of Coldwater.
Jay. T. Botts graduated in the Coldwater High School in 1894, and after teaching one term in a country school in Comanche county entered Central Normal College at Great Bend, Kan., April 2, 1895 , his twenty-first birthday. He took up the science course there, and upon graduating, in 1896, returned to Coldwater, where he was made superintendent of the city schools. After serving in that capacity three years he entered the law department of the University of Kansas, in 1899, remaining one year. He then returned to Coldwater and resumed teaching for two years, in order to earn the necessary funds to complete his education in law. Returning to the University of Kansas, in 1902, he graduated in the law department of that institution, in 1904, with the degree of Bachelor of Laws. The very determination and pluck with which he pursued his objective point, a good education and an adequate legal training, presaged for him a successful career, and the fact that in less than ten years' time he has acquired a standing at the head of his profession in Comanche county demonstrates that, though there is no indispensable formula for success, there are no obstacles which undaunted resolution, industry, and courage cannot surmount. He be-gan the active practice of law at Coldwater in July, 1904, but that same year was elected clerk of Comanche county, on the Republican ticket, and for two terms, or four years, was engaged in the duties of that office. Upon the conclusion of his official duties he devoted his entire time to the practice of law at Coldwater, where he has his law office in his own brick building, erected expressly for that purpose and modern in every respect.
On June 21, 1905, was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Botts and Miss Mabel E., daughter of Lewis P. and Ollie Troxel. Mrs. Botts was born at El Paso, Ill., Aug. 28, 1877, and was a teacher for five years prior to her marriage, her duties for four years of that period having been in Ford and Comanche counties, Kansas: Mr. and Mrs. Botts have one child, Ruth, born July 25, 1906. [Kansas Biography Part 2, Vol. III, 1912 , Page: 985-986, Transcribed by Millie Mowry]