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Biography of William R. Zook

William R. Zook. The life of William B. Zook had embraced a wide range of experiences and covered a period of more than forty-seven years in Western Kansas. He was one of those whose labor lent dignity and stability to unsettled and undeveloped concitions, and whose faith in the future was readily communicated to his associates among the early settlers. In the period following the Civil war, in which he had fought as a soldier of the Union, he cast his fortunes among the pioneers of the frontier, and after many hardships and vicissitudes finally emerged triumphant, the owner of a competence that is allowing him to pass his declining years in the cornfort and peace to which his long years of labor entitle him. William R. Zook, retired citizen of Cuba, was born in the State of Indiana February 4, 1846. He was educated in that state and in Missouri, to which latter he was taken by his parents as a lad of nine years, and was reared as a farmer, a vocation which he was following when the Civil war came on. He was but ten days past his seventeenth birthday when he became a soldier of the Union, enlisting February 14, 1863, in Company M, Second Nebraska Volunteer Cavalry, which was attached to the Western Army and engaged in service with the hostile Indians on the frontier. After receiving his honorable discharge, toward the close of 1864, he returned to Missouri and continued farming until 1869, in which year he came to Kansas. Here he homesteaded a quarter-section of land in Republic County, on which he...

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