John M. Everts. When he came to Kansas Mr. Everts took up farming and with every reason might still be classifled as a farmer since he had two well improved places in Nemaha County near Baileyville. For over twenty years, however, he had given much of his time to the Baileyville State Bank, of which he is the general cashier.
Mr. Everts was born near Mansfield in Richland County, Ohio, August 10, 1857. His grandfather, Gilbert Everts, was born in Canada in 1802, but reared his family and spent many years as a farmer in Richland County, Ohio. In 1880 he removed to Kansas, and became owner of a farm at Hutchinson near the present salt works. He finally retired and spent his last days at Robinson, Kansas, where he died in 1887. Politically he was a republican. His wife, whose maiden name was Walters, was born in Richland County, Ohio, and died at Robinson, Kansas, in 1887, the same year as her husband. Of their children those still living are Solomon; Harrist, a resident of Bueyrus, Ohio, and widow of James Stough, a boilermaker; and Matilda, wife of Harvey Hiskey, a farmer at Robinson, Kansas.
Solomon Everts, father of John M., was born in Richland County, Ohio, in 1829 and is still living, at the age of eighty-eight, at Galion, Ohio. He spent his active years as a farmer. In 1864 he enlisted and served with the Union army until the close of hostilities. He had always been a strong republican and had been actively identified with the Methodist Episcopal Church. Solomon Everts married Lucy Coyle, who was born in Knox County, Ohio, in 1834. They had only two children, Amanda and John M. Amanda is the wife of E. A. Ashbaugh, an insurance man living at Shelby, Ohio.
John M. Everts grew up on his father’s farm in Richland County, Ohio. He attended the rural schools there and lived at home until he was twenty-two. He then went to farming for himself, and in 1884 came West and for four years had a farm in Brown County, Kansas. Mr. Everts had lived in the Baileyville community since 1888. He bought and still owned a farm just west of Baileyville and gave his time to its management and supervision until 1894. In that year he assisted in organizing the Baileyville State Bank and had presided at the post of cashier of the institution throughout its very successful and prosperous history. The bank had a capital of $10,000 and a surplus of equal amount. The president of the bank is former Governor W. J. Bailey. The vice president is R. M. Bronaugh. The assistant cashier is W. T. Weir. Besides his home farm of 137 acres, which adjoins the town on the west, he owned another place just directly west of that of 141 acres. His own home is in the northwest part of Baileyville. Mr. Everts had for many years served on the school board of Baileyville. He is a republican, is a past noble grand of Baileyville Lodge No. 406 of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows and had always endeavored to participate so far as possible in the movements for the best welfare of the community.
In 1885, at Mansfield, Ohio, he married Miss Sadle Harris, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Hugh Harris, both now deceased. Her father was an Ohio farmer. Mr. Everts had one daughter, May, now the wife of F. F. Carter, a physician and surgeon at Seneca, Kansas.