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Biography of Emmor J. Sheldon

Emmor J. Sheldon, former mayor of Paola, and former county attorney of Miami County, had been an active member of the bar for over a quarter of a century. He was born on a farm in Osage Township of Miami County December 23, 1862, and is a member of an early pioneer and very prominent family in this section of Kansas. He is the third of the four children born to Dudley M. and Ruth B. (Hall) Sheldon. His father was born in Pennsylvania and his mother in Massachusetts. The paternal grandfather Sheldon came from Germany, was a farmer, and in the early days moved to Canandaigua, New York, near Rochester. The Halls were also farmers. Dudley M. Sheldon had a very meager education, though he made up for his early deficiencies and always passed as a very well read man. His active career was spent as a farmer. In 1857, under the influence of the spell of the West, he went to Illinois, and for a few years rented a farm at Wyanet in Bureau County. In order to better conditions for himself and family he journeyed still further in 1860 and sought a home in the vast and boundless prairies of Kansas. He made the journey from Northern Illinois in company with several other families, the heads of which were O. P. Tenny, John Wells and William Wells. They made up quite a caravan with wagons drawn by oxen. It required ten weeks to make the journey to Miami County, Kansas, a section which was then just being settled. All of them took up claims of 160...

Biography of Mont Morris

The agricultural interests of Nodaway township find a worthy representative in Mont Morris, who is the owner of an excellent farm of one hundred and twenty acres situated on the southwest quarter of section 23. This farm is largely devoted to the raising of stock and Mr. Morris is well known as a breeder of shorthorn cattle. He was born in Champaign county, Illinois, October 22, 1866, and is a son of Price W. and Elizabeth (Horr) Morris, both of whom were natives of Ohio but spent their last days in Page county. The father devoted his entire life to general agricultural pursuits, conducting his farming interests on an extensive scale in early life. In Ohio he married Miss Elizabeth Horr and removed thence to Illinois, while later he became a resident of Kansas and subsequently arrived in Page county, Iowa. Unto him and his wife were born seven children. V. W., who was a locomotive engineer, was killed in July, 1902, in a wreck on the Fort Scott & Gulf Railroad, about fifty miles south of Kansas City. Kate is the widow of Morgan Burwell and resides in Clarinda, where she is conducting the Powers Hospital. R. George and C. C. are both living in this county. Rachel is a resident of Chicago. J. H. is also living in this county. Mont Morris, who is the youngest member of the family, was only about three years old when his parents removed from Champaign county to Greene county, Illinois, and he went with them to Kansas when a lad of about ten years, the family home being established at...

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