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History of Greenwood County Kansas

Extracted from Cutler’s History of Kansas 1883. Historical and Biographical sketches.

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W. H. GREEN, merchant, etc., was one of the early settlers here, and his residence, which was moved from the old town to the present town of Madison, was the first for a short time the only house in town. He was born in 1844, in Miami County, Ohio, and enlisted at Covington, Ohio, August 16, 1862, in Company B, Forty-fourth Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and upon the expiration of his term of enlistment in 1864, re-enlisted in Company B, Eighth Ohio Cavalry. He participated in the engagements at Knoxville, Dutton Hill, Linchburg and Beverly (where he was wounded in the head and captured, but made his escape a few hours afterward) and was with the regiment in all of its active service until mustered out at Clarksburg, Va., May 30, 1865. In 1867, Mr. Green came to Kansas, locating in this township where he engaged in farming until 1874, when he commenced business as general merchant, in the old town of Madison. In 1882, he purchased the grist mill of Mr. Wilson (built 1876), in Madison. It is a steam power (thirty-five horse) and has a capacity, with two run of stones, of eighty bushels of corn and forty to fifty barrels of flour per day, and is insured for $2,000. He is the owner of 880 acres in the county, divided into five farms, two of which improved, one of them, which is situated two and a half miles from Madison and is rented, contains 360 acres, 115 of which are under cultivation, with an average corn yield of sixty-five bushels per acre. The other contains but eighty acres and is four miles from town, and well improved; both have good residences and outbuildings, insured. During the summer of 1883, Mr. G. built upon the corner of Third and Main streets a fine two-story store of stone with iron front and plate-glass windows at a cost of $2,500. He also owns....


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Reece married in 1880, Miss E. S. Watts, of Montreal, and brought his bride to Kansas to adorn his already charming and hospitable home.


GEORGE W. RICHEY, farmer and stock-raiser, Pleasant Grove Township, P. O. Toronto, came to Kansas, October 17, 1870, located at Toronto, and remained here two years, then purchased a farm near Toronto, in Pleasant Grove Township, Greenwood County, and has ever since engaged in farming and stock-raising. He is at present serving as Constable in Pleasant Grove Township. He was born in Scott County, Ind., February 9, 1842, and is a son of Phoebe and Eliza Richey. He was raised on a farm, and lived in his native county until 1870, when he came to Kansas. He was married in Washington County, Ind., September 13, 1860, to Sarah A. Rickard. They have four children, viz.: Perry L., Simeon D., Rozilla M. and Seth T. Richey. Mr. Richey is one of our best citizens, and he and his wife are members of the Predestinarian Baptist Church.


DAVID ROACH, farmer, Section 30, Lane Township, P. O. Virgil, was born in Cork County, Ireland, and came to the United States in 1853, and in 1856, he enlisted in Company D, Fifth United States Infantry, and was engaged in Indian warfare in Texas, Florida and Utah until the expiration in of his term of service, September 11, 1861. He made his first permanent settlement in this county in the same year, and in 1877, removed to his present farm, upon which he erected a comfortable and commodious two-story dwelling. The homestead farm contains 140 acres, sixty being under cultivation, and in addition to this he has eighty acres in Section 10, Town 23, Range 14, in Shell Rock Township. Corn is the principal grain raised, and averages fifty bushels per acre. He has about 200 fruit-bearing trees. Mr. Roach has four children, his two daughters being engaged in school-teaching in this township. He held the office of Township Trustee from 1870 to 1874, and was again elected to fill it in February, 1883.


JAMES SALING, farmer, Section 1, Town 11, Range 24, Janesville Township, P. O. Hamilton, was born in 1845, in Benton County, Mo., and came to Kansas in the spring of 1854, with his parents, who located in Miami County. In June, 1861, at Mound City, he enlisted in Company I, Third Kansas Regiment, and remained therein until it, with the Fourth, became the Tenth Kansas, in 1862, when he became a member of Company B. He served with his regiment in Missouri and Arkansas, and participated in the engagements at Newtonia, Prairie Grove, Cane Hill, etc., and upon the expiration of his term of service in 1863, he re-enlisted in the same company and regiment and shared all the subsequent hard work of his company, being one of those in the charge upon Fort Blakely, Ala., and was finally mustered out at Fort Leavenworth in September


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