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Biography of Benjamin Rees

Benjanin Rees. For a half century the Rees family had been known in Mitchell County, Kansas. While largely agricultural, it had been otherwise connected but had always been numbered with the stable, reliable, progressive and law-abiding class. The leading representative at present, Benjamin Rees, a substantial farmer residing at Asherville, was born on the site of this village in 1869. He is a son of John and Nancy Bees, the former of whom is an honored retired resident of Barnard, Lincoln County, Kansas, and the latter of whom died there in 1906. John Rees was born in Wales and from there in early manhood came to the United States and made his way to Missouri. This was in the early days of the Civil war, and very soon after arriving he enlisted as a private in a Missouri regiment and passed four years as a soldier. He participated in many of the great battles of the war, in one of which he was seriously wounded in the hip. He was honorably discharged and then turned his attention to agricultural pursuits. Very soon afterward he returned to Georgia, but his mission was of an entirely different character from his first one in that state as a soldier, this visit being undertaken for the purpose of marrying one of the fair daughters of Georgia. This was one of the unwritten romances of the war and is an interesting bit of family history. During the campaign in Georgia, Mr. Rees, a tired and weary soldier, paused at a door-step and courteously asked for a drink of water. The request was so quickly,...

Biography of F. A. Dickie

F. A. Dickie, of Mitchell County, had found that type of success which is a product of a well balanced mind, of sound judgment, of long and persistent industry, of straightforward dealings in all his varied relationships, and there are none who can begrudge and envy his prosperity. He belongs to some of the fine old pioneer stock in the state. He was born in Illinois April 4, 1862, a son of W. H. and Charity Dickie, both of whom were natives of Pennsylvania. About the time he was born his father was away fighting the battles of the Union as a private in the One Hundred and Second Illinois Infantry. W. H. Dickie served three years in the army, and he made a most creditable record, terminating in an honorable discharge. He and his wife were the parents of eight children, and the five now living are Mary, F. A., Nettie, William and Nancy. F. A. Dickie’s parents were good, honest and substantial people, and while they did not give their son wealth they gave him what was much more valuable, a training and inheritance of those virtues which are fundamental to every successful career. It was in 1869 that the Dickie family came out to Kansas. They remained a short time in Johnson County, and then removed to the St. John and Parker farm, where they made several crops. They then went to Cedar Junction, but finally returned to Olathe, where the parents remained three years. In 1884 F. A. Dickie started out for himself, and coming to Mitchell County bought his present farm of eighty acres....

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