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Biography of William Ross Phillips

William Ross Phillips. During a residence in Shawnee County of more than forty-five years, William Ross Phillips had proved himself one of the ablest and most resourceful farmers in the Kaw Valley. Hard work and a sober industrious life have had their rewards in this case. There is an interesting evidence of his prosperity in the shape of tax receipts. His first tax receipt in Kansas was for five dollars. In 1915 he paid in taxes on his lands $236. His farm comprises fifty acres in the home place, and 160 acres in Menoken Township, of rich bottom lands in the Kaw Valley, and its superficial appearance and improvements furnish ample evidence of the success he had won in this field. Mr. Phillips had always been a thorough believer in the principle of feeding the crop and not hauling it to market. He was born in 1846 in Guernsey County, Ohio. His father William Ross Phillips Sr. was born in Wales in 1793, came to this country when a young man, and from Guernsey County Ohio, moved to Pickaway County in 1851. He afterwards came to Kansas, and died at the advanced age of eighty-four, in 1877 at his home at 1025 Jackson Street, Topeka. He was laid to rest in Topeka Cemetery. In 1827 the senior Mr. Phillips married Prisoilla White. Her father Walter White, who lived to be ninety-nine, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war. William R. Phillips Sr. and wife had eight children, five sons and three daughters, John M., Evan, Mary Jane, Walter White, David William, Catherine, Sarah, and William Ross, Jr. The father...

Biography of Archibald Steel Johnson

Archibald Steel Johnson, a resident of Kansas nearly forty years, has one of the very interesting places historically considered. It is located a few miles from North Topeka on rural route No. 6 in Shawnee County, and is a farm of eighty acres which he bought in 1907. The history of this farm is especially interesting. The site comprises the old historic Town of Indianola. This town was established when the Territory of Kansas was new. It was the home of a large number of abolitionists, though there were two or three pro-slavery families in the same community. When this was written in 1916 Mr. Johnson was storing a large crop of alfalfa hay into the building which had formerly been the Indianola Hotel. That hotel is sixty-two years old, stands out weatherbeaten and inconspicuous, though many of its timbers are as sound as when it was built. It has associations with many prominent men and events of early Kansas. It was the meeting place of the abolitionists and the builders of the hotel and the founders of the town expected that the capital of the state would be put there. Not far from the hotel were the homes of some of the first settlers including the Readers, Owens, Rameys, McNowns and others. Born in Belmont County in Eastern Ohio in 1864, Archibald S. Johnson is a son of Alexander Johnson, who was born in the same county of Ohio in 1822. Alexander was a farmer all his active career. In 1877 he brought his family out to Kansas locating in Pottawatomie County on the Vermilion River, but soon...

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