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Biographical Sketch of Joseph A. Muir

One of the farms that gives a character of progressiveness to Saline County is owned and occupied by Joseph A. Muir, one of the younger representatives of the agricultural industry in this state. This farm is near Mentor in Walnut Township. It is a farm that Mr. Muir had known all his life and he was born there. He had 200 acres of land, and well adapted for the raising of alfalfa, which is one of his principal crops. In every point it is modern in equipment and facilities. He had substantial buildings, including barns and silos for the care of his crops, and is working the land in such a way as to secure the highest possible yield consistent with its continued fertility and productiveness. On that farm Mr. Muir was born July 5, 1889, a son of William and Mary (Crowther) Muir. Both parents were born in Scotland. His father was a pioneer Kansan, and took up the homestead in Walnut Township where his son Joseph new resided. William Muir died by accidental drowning in the Smoky Hill River in 1899. Joseph was one of five children, two sons and three daughters, named: Nettie, now wife of Henry Muir; John, a farmer in Saline County; Mary, wife of Victor Green, a farmer now living at Salina; Joseph A.; and Nellie, who is unmarried and resided with her mother in that county. The early life of Joseph A. Muir was spent on his father’s farm in Walnut Township. He attended the public schools and also the Kansas Wesleyan Business College at Salina. For the past ten or fifteen...

Biography of Howard Dwight Pinkham

Howard Dwight Pinkham. Following is the record of a very successful Kansas business man and farmer. A citizen of New England antecedents and training, he was for many years a resident of Kansas, and toward the close of his life a farmer in Walnut Township of Saline County near Mentor. Born January 4, 1847, at North Chelsea, Massachusetts, Howard Dwight Pinkham was a son of Vincent and Lois (Low) Pinkham, both of whom were New Englanders. He was one of twelve children, the only survivor of whom is Herbert L., who lives at Salina. The other children were named James, Charlotte, Henry, Edward, William, Theodore, Adelia, Howard Dwight, Emma and Augusta. Howard Dwight Pinkham grew up in Massachusetts, gained sufficient education for his business needs, and his early experiences were as a salesman and bookkeeper in Massachusetts. He left that state in 1878, and in that year came to Marysville, Kansas, where he spent two years as a salesman. Returning to Massachusetts, he remained there seven years, and was then again in Marysville for two years. After another period of residence in Massachusetts for three years he came to make Kansas his permanent home. He bought a farm in Marshall County, and was actively engaged in operating it for fourteen years. Selling out his interests in Marshall County, he removed to Saline County and bought the 320 acre farm in Walnut Township where his busy and useful life came to a close on May 27, 1913. He was distinguished as a hard worker, lived in peace and good will with his neighbors, was upright, commanded trust and confidence, and...

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