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J. M. Ketchum, merchant, was born in Wayne County, Pa., February 3, 1850. In June, 1874, he was appointed postmaster at Pleasant Mount, Wayne County, Pa., which position he held until 1879, when he came to Mankato, Jewell Co., Kan., and erected a storeroom 25×85 feet, one and a half stories high, and stocked the same with general merchandise and carries a stock of $12,000. He also runs a lumber business, his sales in that amounting to over $12,000 per annum. Mr. Ketchum stands at the head of one of the best establishments in Mankato, and by close application to business has accumulated a large amount of property. He was married in Iowa, May 17, 1882, to Miss Emma Baughman.