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where the son, James E.. now lives. He continued to live on the old home-
stead for many years, but later moved to Waterville, where he operated a
feed store until the time of his death in 1904. Mr. Keefover was three times
married, twice in \\^est Virginia and then after he came to Kansas. He
taught school in Walnut township and was a man of much ability and great
force of character.

James E. Keefover was but a babe when his parents left their home in
Virginia and came to Kansas, where he received his education in the public
schools and grew to manhood on the home farm, where as a lad and young
man he assisted his father with the farm work. He later rented one hun-
dred and sixty acres of his present home place of two hundred and forty acres
of his father, after whicli he purchased the tract of the estate. Here he has
made many valuable and substantial improvements and today has one of the
ideal farms of the township. James E. Keefover is one of a family of six
children, the others being: Jasper, a successful farmer of near Barnes, Kan-
sas ; Caroline, who was the wife of Frank Jacques, is now deceased, and at
her death she left to mourn her husband and two children: \\'illiam J., a suc-
cessful farmer, of Oketo : Thomas AV., a well-known farmer, of near Axtell,
and Frank A., of Tacoma, Washington.

James E. Keefover married Lenora Scholfield. the daughter of John A.
and Sarah (McCurdy) Scholfield, natives of Steuben county, Indiana, where


they received their education in the public schools, grew to maturity and were
married. In 1865 they left their home in Indiana and came to Waterville,
Kansas, where ^Ir. Scholfield was engaged in the feed business. His wife
died in 1871 and Mr. Scholfield is now residing at Waterville at the age of
sixty-eight years.

To James E. and Lenora Keefover have been born the following chil-
dren : Walter, now twenty-four years of age and at home ; Epha H.- Hearn,
now twenty-three years of age and resides near Afton, Kansas, where her
husband is a successful farmer; Myrle is twenty years of age and at home;
Harry J. is a student in the high school at Waterville ; Claude, aged sixteen,
Thelma, aged ten, and Vern, aged eight, are at home and all attending school.
Mr. and Mrs. Keefover have a well-established home and are prominent
members of the social life of the community and are held in the highest regard
and esteem by all who know them. Mr. Keefover has never been an office
seeker, vet he has alwavs taken the keenest interest in local affairs.


Oscar W. H. Zimmerling. one of the best-known and most progressive
young farmers of Franklin township and the local agent for Marshall county
for the Haynes Automobile Company, is a native son of Marshall county and
has lived here all his life, a continuous resident of the farm on which he still
makes his home, one of the pioneer farms of Franklin township. He was
born on that farm on June 20, 1884, son of Ernest Zimmerling and wife,
pioneers of this county, further mention of whom is made elsewhere in this

Reared on the home farm in Franklin township, Oscar W. H. Zim-
merling received his schooling in school district No. 104 and remained with
his father, a valued assistant in the labors of developing and improving the
home farm, until his father's death, after which he inherited a quarter of a
section of the old home place and has continued to make his home there.
Since coming into possession of the farm Mr. Zimmerling has made numer-
ous important improvements on the place and now has one of the best-kept
and most skillfully cultivated farms in that part of the county. In addition
to his general farming he has for some years given considerable attention
to the raising of high-grade live stock and has done very well. In 1916 Mr.
Zimmerling accepted the local sales agency for the Haynes Automobile Com-


pany fur Marshall county and is doing very well along that line, having been
quite successful in extending the sales of this make of car throughout this
section. Mr. Zinimerling is a Democrat and has ever given his thoughtful
attention to local political affairs, but has not been a seeker after public office.

On November 25, 1915, Oscar W. H. Zimmerling was united in mar-
riage to Clara Brandt, who was born in Rooks county, this state, November
19, 1893, daughter of Fred C. and Louisa M. (Jesberg) Brandt, the former
a native of Germany and the latter of Kansas, who were the parents of nine
children, of w'hom Mrs. Zimmerling is the eldest. Fred C. Brandt was born
in Germany on December 16, 1854, and was for years a well-known farmer
in Rooks county, this state. He died in 1910 and his widow, who was born
in Lee county, this state, on January 25, 1865. is now living near St. Joseph,

Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerling are members of the Evangelical church at
Marysville and take a proper interest in church work, as well as in the general
social iactivities of the community in which they live and are helpful factors
in the promotion of all worthy causes designed to advance the common wel-
fare. ^Ir. Zimmerling is a member of the local lodge of the Knights and
Ladies of Security and takes a warm interest in the affairs of the same.


Francis J. Marksman, a w^ell-known farmer of Vermillion township,
this county, is a native son of Marshall county and has lived here all his
life. He was born at Frankfort on July 27, 1878, a son of John and Mary
(Rooney) Marksman, early settlers in Marshall county, the former of whom
is now living at Kansas City, Missouri, where the latter died in 1914.

John Marksman w^as born in Tipperary, Ireland, in 1844 and remained
there until he was eighteen years of age, when, in 1862, he came to the
United States, locating in New^ Jersey, and shortly afterward enlisted as a
soldier of the Union for service during the Civil War as a member of the
Sixty-ninth Regiment, New York Volunteer Infantry, with \vhich he served
until the close of the war. During that service he was severely w^ounded
during the battle of Cold Harbor. Upon the completion of his military
service Mr. Marksman went to Ohio, where he remained until 1869, when
he came to Kansas and began to work for the railroad company at Atchison,
where he remained until 1871, when he came to Marshall county, having


been made foreman of the railway section at Frankfort and in that village
he made his home, engaged in railway work seven years, at the end of which
time he bought a tract of one hundred and twenty acres in Vermillion town-
ship and there established his home. He was a good farmer and gradually
increased his land holdings, with the assistance of his sons, until he became
the owner of six hundred acres of well-improved land. In 191 2 he sold
forty acres of his farm and retired from active farming, he and his wife
moving to Kansas City, Missouri, where Mrs. Marksman died on December
22, 1914, at the age of sixty-nine years. She was an earnest member of the
Catholic church, as is Mr. Marksman, and their children were reared in that
faith. Of these children the subject of this sketch was the sixth in order
of birth, the others being as follow: John, a farmer,- now living at Watson-
ville, California; Katherine, who, as Sister Ignatia, is now a teacher in a
parochial school at Topeka ; Mary, who is a trained nurse, now engaged in
that humane profession at Kansas City, Missouri ; Anna, who as Sister Hya-
cinthia. is a Sister of Charity at Leavenworth; James, who died in infancy;
Ella, who married M. Ahern and is now living in Chicago ; Margaret, who
was graduated from St. Margarets at Kansas City and is now a trained nurse
in that city ; Elizabeth, who is keeping house for her father at Kansas City,
and Joseph, living on the home farm in Vermillion township, who married
Nellie Shyne, who also was born in this county, and has one child.

Francis J. Marksman, who is the owner of a tract of eighty acres, was
reared in Vermillion township, having been but an infant when his parents
moved there from h'rankfort, and received his schooling in district No. 98.
From the days of his youth he was a valued assistant to his father in the
labors of the home farm and upon his father's retirement in 191 2 he and his
brother, Joseph, assumed the management of the place and successfully oper-
ated the same. Francis J. Marksman is a member of the Catholic church.
In his political views he is a Republican and gives a good citizen's attention
to local civic affairs. Fraternally, he is affiliated with the local council of
the Knights of Columbus and takes a warm and active interest in the affairs
of the same.

Mr. Marksman was married to Aliss Tresa Deneke, of Beloit, and they
are now living on his own farm.



One of the substantial and busy men of Blue Rapids, Marshall county,
is F. A. Train, the president and manager of the Blue Rapids Lumber
Company, which he organized in 1903. He was born at Clinton, Iowa, in
1865 and is the son of George and Mary Train.

George and Mary Train were natives of Alsace-Lorraine, France, and
A\''ittenburg, Germany, respectively. They spent their lives in their places
and there recei\ed the greater part of their education. They later came to
the United States and were for many years residents of Iowa, where they
died some years ago. The father came to this country in 1841, at the age
of thirteen years, and for some years lived in Canada, after which he was
a resident of the state of Illinois, where he lived before moving to Iowa.

In the schools of Clinton. Iowa, F. A. Train received his education
and there he grew to manhood. At the age of nineteen years, he was
employed by the Foster Lumber Company at Fostoria. Pottawatomie
countv, where he remained for four years. In 1888 he engaged in the
work in Colorado, when after a year in that state he came to Kansas and
was at Belleville for fourteen years and had charge of the business of
the Chicago Lumber and Coal Company. He then came to Blue Rapids
in 1903 and organized the present lumber company with a capital of eight
thousand dollars, which today has a working basis of over sixteen thou-
sand dollars. They carry a full line of lumber, coal and building mate-
rial, and are doing an extensive business.

F. A. Train was united in marriage in 1885 to Alice G. Stevens, of
Fostoria, Kansas, and to this union six children have been born : Frances
M., L. B., B. F., William R., Louis B. and Leola. Frances M. Tablow is
a resident of Stillwater. Oklahoma; L. B. is in the lumber business at
Pomona, California ; William R. and R. F. are with the Boise-Payette
Lumber Company of Boise Cit>'^, Idaho; Louis B., of Hayward, in the lum-
ber business, and Leola E. Reese resides in Blue Rapids. Since coming to
Blue Rapids. Mr. and Mrs. Train have taken an active interest in the
social and the civic life of the town, and are among the prominent resi-
dents of that city, and are active members of the Episcopal church.

Politically. Mr. Train is identified with the Republican party and has
served as mayor of his home town for a term of two year.*^, and is now
a member of the council and had served in that capacity for eight years,
up to May, 19 17. He has given much thought and attention to his official


life, and his highest aim has always been to give his best services to the
community. Being a man of excellent judgment and much experience,
his services have been most valuable to the city in the many improvements
that have been made during the past few years.

Fraternally, Mr. Train is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons and has reached the Chapter degrees and is a member of the Knights
Templar at Marysville. He is also a member of the Knights
and Ladies of Security, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks and
the ]Modern W^oodmen of America. He takes much interest in the work
of the societies of which he is a member and has long been one of their
most active workers.

F. A. Train is one of the most hustling of the business men of his
home town and is recognized as one of the most progressive and success-
ful residents of the district. He is a man of pleasing qualities, and because
of his business-like methods he has met with the success that he deserves.
He came to Blue Rapids but a few years ago. yet in the time that he has
been here, he has w^on the confidence and the respect, not alone of the
business world, but of the entire community. Politically, socially and finan-
cially, he has met with success, and is today held in the highest regard
by the community.

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