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Biography of Ralph Ray Price

Ralph Ray Price, professor of History and Civics in the Kansas State Agricultural College at manhattan, had a more than professional interest in the history of Kansas, since he is a native of the state and his people were factors in the pioneer life of the territory. Professor Price is of Scotch-Irish descent and one of his ancestors fought for American independenes in the Battle of Bunker Hill. He was born on a farm in Willow Springs Township of Douglas County, Kansas, ten miles south of Lawrence on March 6, 1872. For several years he had been out of the state as a student or teacher, but otherwise his entire career had been identified with Kansas. His father Francis Marion Price was born September 18, 1846, in Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania, a son of William C. and Hannah J. Price. When he was thirteen years of age he came to Kansas with his father in 1859. They located in Willow Springs Township of Douglas County and F. M. Price made that his home almost constantly until his death on August 22, 1913. He was one of the boy soldiers of the Union army. He enlisted September 5, 1862, a few days before his sixteenth birthday, in Company B, Twelfth Regiment, Kansas Volunteer Infantry. From that time he was in continuous service until honorably discharged May 24, 1865. On September 8, 1868, he was united in marriage with Margaretta Isabella Gallaber. She was born September 1, 1850, in Armstrong County, Pennsylvania, daughter of John and Elizabeth (Ross) Gallaher. Her parents came to Kansas in 1867. locating in Douglas County, where Mrs....

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