Collection: Jewell County Cutlers History of Kansas 1883

Biographical Sketch of Albert Chandler

Albert Chandler, P. O. Cawker City, is a native of the State of Maine, having been born in Ellsworth, Hancock County, in said State, in the year 1841. Young Chandler and his parents came to Kansas in 1856, and located in Brown County, near Hiawatha. The subject of this notice was a soldier in Company C, Seventh Kansas Cavalry, for four years and one month. After the war he was, until 1871, a practical farmer of Brown County; in that year he moved to Irving Township, Jewell County, where he now resides and cultivates a farm of 600 acres in Sections 8 and 17, in Town 5, Range 10. Mr. Chandler and Miss Lizzie Englehart were married in January, 1866, in Hiawatha,...

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Biographical Sketch of J. Wilkes Moore

J. Wilkes Moore. Mr. Moore was born in Pittsburgh, Pa., and March 16, 1840. Received a collegiate education, graduating at Iowa State University. In 1861 he joined the First Regiment, Company G, Davenport, Iowa, and in August 1862, joined Company G, Twentieth Iowa. Was in the battles of Wilson’s Creek, Perry Grove, Vicksburg, Morgan and Mobile. Entered the service as a private and was promoted to the position of Captain. After the war he returned to Davenport, and became afterwards Marshal and Chief of Police of that city. In 1876 was a steel-blower for the Bessemer Steel Co. of Pittsburgh Edited the Davenport daily and weekly Banner in 1869-70, and in 1871 established the Douglas County (Illinois) Democrat at Arcola. In 1879 established the Salem (Kansas) Chronicle at Nelson, Nebraska, which he removed to Salem in 1882. Mr. Moore is a man of excellent principles, ability and energy, and in connection with G. W. Reede is making the Salem Chronicle a paper worthy of the largest town in the...

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Biographical Sketch of Charles S. Vaughn

Charles S. Vaughn, editor, was born in Medina, Ohio, September 18, 1815. He received an academic education in his native town. In the spring of 1863 he joined Battery F, Fourteenth New York Artillery. Was in the army of the Potomac under Burnside. He was captured at the battle of Weldon Railroad, and confined as a prisoner of war for four months at Pemberton, Libby and Belleville prisons. He was recaptured at Fort Steadman, but was held only six days. After the war he engaged in the stock business in Wisconsin. In 1873 came West and homesteaded in Jewell County, and in August, 1881, in conjunction with his brother, established the Western Advocate at Omio, a small town and without railroad communication, but the paper in size and matter would seem to come from a large railroad city. They are deserving of great credit for their ably conducted...

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Biographical Sketch of S. F. Vaughn

S. F. Vaughn, brother of C. S. Vaughn, was born in Calumet County, Wis., in 1854. With a limited common school education, he commenced the printing business, an excellent school, at the age of fourteen. Established the Black Creek (Wis.) Journal in 1877, and the Northern Wisconsin News in 1879. Came West in August 1881, and with his brother established the Western Advocate at...

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Biographical Sketch of William Barnett

William Barnett, farmer, P. O. Ionia, was born in Bourbon County, Ky., July 8, 1824. Removed to Vermillion County, Ill. Came to Jewell County, Kan., in 1871, and took a homestead, and is now the owner of 320 acres of land. Held the office of School Treasurer for nine years last past. Was married in Vermillion County, Ill., September 17, 1851, to Miss A. J. Walston, now deceased. Was married a second time in Edwards County, Ill., in December 1856, to Miss Nancy Barnett. He is the father of four children – Susan J., Robert, Martha E. and Lolie. Mr. Barnett is one of Jewell County’s best and most respected citizens, and has done much toward the up building of the...

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Biographical Sketch of Fred Beeler

Fred Beeler stock dealer and farmer, P. O. Ionia, was born in Linn County, Iowa, January 15, 1844. He came to Jewell County, Kan., in April, 1870, and pre-empted and took a homestead sixteen miles southwest of Mankato. He is now the owner of 800 acres of land, and keeps 500 head of cattle, 725 hogs and 20 head of horses. He is also Director of the First National Bank of Cawker City, in Mitchell County. When Mr. Beeler settled in Jewell County it was necessary to watch as well as pray, as the settlers had to contend with the Indians. On the 9th of May 1870, three men were killed at Glenelder, in the Solomon Valley. After this, Mr. Beeler, as foreman of the settlers, built the first successful stockade ever built on the Solomon River. Mr. Beeler richly deserves the large fortune he has accumulated since he settled in Jewell County. He was married in Jewell County, October 13, 1878, to Miss Eliza Scott; they have two children – Fred, born October 4, 1879, and Ella, born October 14,...

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Biographical Sketch of Herman Colson

Herman Colson, postmaster of Ionia, Kansas, was born in North Abington, Mass., March 5, 1849. Moved to New Jersey, thence to West Virginia, thence to Jewell County, Kan., in 1873, and took a homestead sixteen miles southwest of Mankato. Was appointed postmaster, July 13, 1878. In April 1882, he was succeeded by B. F. Pound for two months, when Mr. Colson was again appointed, and still holds the office. He has held the office of Township Treasurer for four years, and was Clerk of the school board for the same length of time, and is Treasurer of the Limestone Agricultural Association. He is a Mason, and was married in Beloit in February 1880, to Miss Elizabeth E. Ely. They have two children – Ernest E. and...

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Biographical Sketch of S. R. Worick

S. R. Worick, postmaster, was born in Stephenson County, Ill., March 4, 1842. He enlisted in the United States army September 17, 1861, in the Fifth Wisconsin Battery, and was discharged June 14, 1865, when he returned to Illinois. He came to Jewell County, Kan., in 1870, and took a homestead near Jewell City. Mr. Worick became a member of the Town Company that laid out Jewell City in May 1870. He was appointed Postmaster in November 1874, and has held the office ever since. He is a member of the A. O. U. W. He was married in Illinois, January 1, 1867, to Miss Lizzie H. Matter, and has four children – Nelly, Lewis, Ralph and...

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Biographical Sketch of George W. Reede

George W. Reede was born in Madison County, N. Y., and January 28, 1857. Received an academic education and graduated at the Albany (N. Y.) law school. Practiced his profession for a short time in his native State, removing to Salem, Kansas, in 1880, and in 1882 joined Mr. Moore in the publication of the...

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Biographical Sketch of B. F. Dow

B. F. Dow, merchant, was born in the State of Maine, January 13, 1845. Removed to Wisconsin in November 1853. Enlisted in the Union army February 22, 1864, in Company K, Fourth Wisconsin Cavalry; discharged June 26, 1866. After he returned to Wisconsin, came to Jewell County, Kan., in September 1871, and took a homestead. Engaged in merchandising in the town of Omio, February 11, 1879. Built a stone store building, 20×40 feet, in 1880, and is now carrying a stock of general merchandise. Was married in Chilton, Wisconsin, on the 7th day of June...

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Biographical Sketch of R. G. Patterson

R. G. Patterson, merchant and stock-dealer, was born in the North of Ireland, September 25, 1845. Came to America with his father in 1848, and located in Sauk County, Wis. Came to Jewell County, Kan., in 1871, and took a homestead two miles east of Omio, where he now lives. Engaged in general merchandising in Omio in 1878, and built his store building the same year. Deals in stock, and keeps 400 head of cattle, 325 head of sheep, 25 head of horses, and is the owner of 960 acres of land. Mr. Patterson is a self-made man, as he was compelled to make his own start in the world, by his own individual efforts. Was married in Milwaukee, Wis., October 13, 1867, to Miss Mary J. McMurray. They have three children – Jessie, born November 16, 1871; Edward, born April 4, 1873; Liddie, September 25,...

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Biographical Sketch of H. A. Lewis

H. A. Lewis, grain dealer, was born in Georgia December 7, 1859; attended an academy, also St. Benedict College, Atchison, Kan. Came to Jewell City in August, 1872, and engaged in the grain business, and is also purchasing grain in Mankato. Mr. Lewis was in the grain business with his father in Atchison for six years. Is a member of the Odd Fellows’ Lodge, and K. of P. Mr. Lewis has just branched out in business for himself, and is working up a good trade. He is young and enterprising, and will come to the front in the commercial...

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Biographical Sketch of A. W. Kreamer

A. W. Kreamer, lumber merchant, was born in Center County, Pa., December 6, 1844. He attended school at Marklseville Normal Institute. Also attended the Union Seminary in Union County, Pa. He united with the Evangelical Church, and has been a minister of that denomination from 1867 until the present time. He came to Jewell City, Kan., in February 1879, when he had charge of the church at that place, until 1880. He then engaged in the lumber business. Was married in Montoursvilie, Lycoming Co., Pa., August 10, 1869, to Miss L. A. Strevey, and has two children – William E., born August 31, 1871 and Roland A., born November 4,...

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Biographical Sketch of O. L. McClung

O. L. McClung, farmer, P. O. Jewell City; was born in Clermont County, Ohio, April 17, 1841; removed to Riley County, Kan., in 1868; came to Jewell County in 1870, and took a homestead. When Mr. McClung settled in Jewell County, he, with others, built a sod fort on the present town site of Jewell City, to protect themselves from the Indians. Has held office of Township Trustee; was elected Treasurer of Jewell County in November 1881, and took his office October 10, 1882. Is a member of the Masonic order, and G. A. R. Enlisted in the United States army, Company F, Sixty-ninth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, in October 1861, and was discharged in July, 1865. Was married in Smith County August 20, 1877, to Miss M. C....

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Biographical Sketch of A. L. Marks

A. L. Marks, general merchant, was born in Prussia August 7, 1842. He came to America in June 1855, and located in Chicago, Ill. In 1861 he enlisted in Company K, Thirteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry. He enlisted May 22, 1861, and was discharged June 24, 1865. Was taken prisoner May 17, 1864; was in prison at Cahaba, Ala., and Meridian, Miss., and was held until April, 1865. Returned to Chicago, then went to Lee County, Iowa, the same year; thence to Missouri; thence to Nebraska; thence to Jewell City, Kan., where he went into the merchandise business, and went in debt for his first stock. Has built his storerooms in Jewell City, one building 20×55 feet, and the other 24×55 feet, two stories high. By energy and perseverance Mr. Marks has made money, and now carries a stock of $13,000. Has held the office of City Counsel, Police Judge, and the office of Justice of the Peace for the past five years. He is a member of the G. A. R., A. O. U. W. and K. of P. Was married in Iowa, April 16, 1866, to Miss Jeanetta Hirsh, and has three children – Bertha, Dora and...

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