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Biography of William D. Paul

William D. Paul, who died January 22, 1912, was one of the pioneer citizens of Shawnee County, and left a permanent memorial to his name and to his enterprise in the Town of Pauline in that county, which he founded. He resided continuonsly in Kansas from 1870 until his death, but had first come to Kansas when it was a territory. He was born August 6th, 1836, on a farm in Belmont County, Ohio, a son of Dunbar W. Panl. When he was quite young his parents died, and thus left an orphan he grew up in the homes of friends, his education being greatly negleeted. At the age of twenty, in 1856, he came to Topeka, and for a time was employed on the farm of C. K. Holliday. He also took up a claim at Bennett’s Mound in Shawnee County and proved that up before he returned to Ohio. He went back to Ohio about the time of the Civil war, and became a driver in the quartermaster’s department of the Union army. Later he was made a wagon master, and was in that service until the close of the war. After the war he married Esther A. Stewart of Ohio. They soon came out to Kansas, and located on his claim of 160 acres. In the years that followed he increased his heldings to 320 acres. William D. Paul was one of the men who came to Kansas in the early days and helped to break the virgin sod of the prairies, and combatted many of the hardships of existence in the early times. After getting...

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