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Biography of W. E. Kearns

W. E. Kearns, a progressive agriculturist of Washington County, resides on a productive and well improved farm near Ramona, and in the development of his property he displays energy, determination and good business ability. He was born at Chepstow, in Washington County, Kansas, September 12, 1874, his parents being Thomas and Jane ( Whitmore) Kearns, both of whom were natives of Ohio. They were married in Williams County, Ohio, and then made their way to La Salle County, Illinois, whence they subsequently removed to Linn County, Iowa, but resided in that locality for only a short time. They next established their home in Iowa County, Iowa, where they remained until 1870 and then went to Washington County, Kansas, where the father took up a homestead, on which the birth of his son, W. E. Kearns, occurred. The mother there passed away in April, 1876, and ten years later the father sold the property and came to Oklahoma Territory, making his home with his sons until his death, which occurred on the 2d of February, 1903. He was a descendant of William Means, who served under General Morgan at the battle of Saratoga during the Revolutionary war. Mr. and Mrs. Kearns became the parents of eight children: William, who is unmarried, was for a time engaged in teaching school in Kansas and he also became well known in journalistic circles of Oklahoma as editor of the Vera Monitor and the Vera Record, while he likewise served as justice of the peace at that place, filling the office for two years. He has resided at Talala since 1886, as has his...

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