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exhibited many of his fine animals, which have received favorable comment.
In June, 1914, Arthur L. Hutchison was united in marriage to Hazel F.
Hartman, who was bom on February 17, 1892, at Cincinnati, Ohio, and is the
daughter of J. B. and Anna (Hultz) Hartman. Mrs. Hutchison received
her education in the public schools of Kansas and is a graduate of the high
school at Summerfield. Mr. and Mrs. Hartman were natives of the state
of Ohio and were there married. For some years after their marriage they
continued to reside in Ohio, but later came to Kansas and located on a farm
in Nemaha county, and are now living at Centralia. Kansas, where they are
prominent in the social life.

To Arthur L. and Hazel F. Hutchison has been born one child. Dale


Hartnian. whose birth uccurrcd on May _m , 1015. They are members of
the United Presbyterian church and anionj^" the most prominent young people
of the county. Mr. Hutchison is identified with the RepubUcan party and is
one of the well-known yc^ung men in that organization; he is progressive in all
the activities of life. Roth Mr. and Mrs. Hutchison are popular with their
friends and take much ])leasure in the entertainment of their neighbors and


Coming to Walnut township, Marshall county, from his home in Williams
county, Ohio, where he w^as born on March 18, 1845, Henry C. Follett, the
son of Robert and Julia (Turner) Follett, has met with success as a farmer
and stockman and has for many years been recognized as one of the substan-
tial and influential men of this county.

Robert and Julia Follett were natives of the state of Massachusetts and
were among the early settlers in Williams county. Robert Follett had first
gone to Michigan, where he lived for a time, before coming to Ohio. The
journe}- from Michigan was a hard one and fraught with much danger. Roads
had to be cut through the brush and the timber, before the little party could
proceed. A home was established in Ohio and there the family lived until
March. 1864, when they came to Doniphan county. There the father died on
July 4, 1867, at the age of eighty-five years and his wife died in 1877 at the
age of eighty-five years. The father of Julia (Turner) Follett was a native
of New Jersey and her mother was born in Ohio. They were well-to-do farm-
ers and prominent in the social life of the community in which they lived, and
where they were held in high regard. The father died in Ohio in 1865.

To Robert and Julia Follett were born the following children : William,
Helen, Phoebe, Janette, Jerome, Henry C. and three who died in infancy.
William is a retired farmer and now living in Williams county, Ohio; Helen,
who married a Mr. Pointer, died at her home in Holton, Kansas, on March i,
1915. She w^as the mother of four children, one of whom died in infancy.
Phoebe Sing, who died some years ago, was the mother of two boys ; Janette
is the widow of Mr. Cronin and resides at Severance, Kansas; Jerome gave
his services to his country in the Civil War and was killed at the battle of the

Henry C. Follett received his education in the local schools of Williams
county, Ohio, and there grew to manhood on the home farm, where he assisted


his father with the farm work. He remained at home until 1863, at which
time he enlisted in Company H, Thirty-eighth Regiment, Ohio \^oliinteer
Infantry, on February 9, of that year. He saw much active service and was
at the battles of Missionary Ridge, Buzzard Roost, Big Shanty, Jonesboro and
Atlanta. At the latter place he was taken from the battlefield and placed
in the hospital at Nashville, Tennessee, where he lay for two months with
typhoid fever, after which he was transferred to the hospital at Camp Dennison,
where he remained for another month. He then rejoined his company at
Atlanta, and went with them on the "march to the sea." He also joined in the
grand review at Washington and was discharged at Louisville, Kentucky, on
July 12, 1865. He was but seventeen years of age at the time he entered the
service, and his education had been much neglected. After his discharge, he
came to Kansas, where his parents were located in Doniphan county. He
remained in that count\ until 1869, when he came to jMarshall county and
homesteaded eighty acres of land in section 22, Walnut township, which is now
a part of his fine farm of four hundred acres, all of which is in this section.
On his homestead he built one of the first frame houses between Wateryille and
Marysville. He at (jnce set to work to place his farm under cultivation, and
improve it. One of the first things that he did was to plant an orchard, which
failed him ; but three times he has planted an orchard, with a determination to
win. His farm is today one of the best developed and nicely improved in the
township, and here he engaged in general farming and stock raising, until 1908,
when he retired from the more active duties of life and nloved to Waterville.
He was always an exact farmer and a believer in the best cultivation possible.
He kept a splendid lot of high-grade stock, including cattle, Clydesdale and
Norman horses and hogs. By hard work and excellent management he met
with much success and soon became recognized as one of the foremost farmers
and stockmen in the county. His home in Waterville is a modern two-story
house and one of the best in the little city. He is a stockholder in the lumber
companv at Waterville and in the elevator company at Schroyer, Kansas, and
has ever been active in those enterprises that would tend to the growth and
prosperity of his community.

On Januarv 16, 1868. Henry C. Follett was married to Aure E. Rose, the
daughter of Lewis and Julia (Carr) Rose, natives of the state of Ohio.
Mrs. Follett was born in Bryant, Williams county, Ohio, on July 5, 1850,
and died at her home in Waterville, Kansas, on June 23, 1913. To this
union two children were born, Elmer and Florence. Elmer is a farmer and
stockman of Walnut township, where he is respected as a man and as a
citizen. Florence iM. was first married to Victor Madison, a native of


Washington county. Kentucky, and to tliis union tlircc children were born.
.Mr. Madison was killed some years ago by having an automobile turn over
on him. Airs. Madison later married Ed Green, a farmer of Burroak,

Politically, Mr. b'oUett is a stanch Republican and has ever taken a
keen interest in the affairs of his township. He is a member of the~ Knights
and Ladies of Security and of the Grand Army of the Repul^lic.


The town of Oketo, Marshall county, has many well-known and prom-
inent retired residents, among the number being Peter Champagne, who is
entitled to mention in the history of the county, he having had much to do
with its growth and development. He was born in France on July 5, 1836,
the son of Joseph and Justine (Bay) Champagne.

Joseph and Justine (Bay) Champagne were also natives of France and
thei-e were educated, grew^ to maturity and were later married. They spent
their early married life in France, when they decided to come to America.
During his life in his native land, Joseph Champagne engaged in farming
and on his arrival in the United States, in 1846, he established his home on
a farm in the state of Pennsylvania, w^here the wife and mother died the
same vear the family came to this country. After the death of his wife,
Air. Champagne kept his family together until the time of his death in
1833, when the three younger children were given a home in the family
of an uncle. Peter, the other member of the family, decided to seek a home
for himself and located in the state of Illinois. Emil and Frank later
enliste'd in the Federal army during the Civil War and were never heard of.

In 1 86 1 Peter Champagne enlisted in Company A, Tw^elfth Illinois
Cavalry, and served in the Union army throughout the Civil War. He
served for a year and a half in the Army of the Potomac and was with
George Stoneman in his famous raid. At the end of his first enlistment
he came home and then re-enlisted and was assigned to the" Department of
the Gulf under General Banks and took an active part in the campaigns in
that section of the country. During his life as a soldier he was in the
following engagements : Dartsville, Virginra ; Harper's Ferry, Antietam,
Occsquam, Stoneman Raifl at Yorktown ; Allie, Virginia ; Summerville,
Gettysburg, Pennsylvania ; Boonesboro, Maryland ; Benevola, Maryland ;


Funkstom, Maryland ; Jones Cross Roads, Falling Waters, Chester Gap, Rap-
pahannock, Culpeper, Racoon Ford, Madison Court House, Summerville and
Prentville, Virginia. He received his discharge at Memphis, Tennessee, on
June 1 6, 1S65, and was mustered out of the service at Camp Butler, Spring-
field, Illinois. After his discharge he returned to his old home in Pennsyl-
vania and for a year and a half he was engaged in the oil fields of that state.
In the spring of 1867 he came to Kansas, where he homesteaded a tract of
land in section 22, Oketo township, Marshall county. He later purchased
one hundred and sixty acres of land in section 15, making him a splendid
farm of three hundred and twenty acres. This he developed and improved
and later added to his tract until he is now the owner of five hundred and
sixty acres. He engaged in general farming for many years and met with
much success, both as a farmer and stockman. He has two sets of build-
ings on his extensive tract of land, but since 191 1 he has been retired from
the more active duties of farm life and has lived in Oketo, where he has a
fine home.

On September 20. 1868, Peter Champagne was united in marriage to
Elizabeth Suggett, who was born at Detroit, Michigan, on June 18, 1848,
and is the daughter of John and Cinda (Burgess) Suggett. Her parents
were natives of Fngland and were for a number of years residents of Rock
Island, Illinois, before they came to Marshall county in i860, where they
died some years ago. Mr. and Mrs. Champagne had born to them the fol-
lowing children: Mary S., Victor B.. Eugene F., Grace B. and Ernest J.
Mary S. is now living with her father in Oketo; Victor B. died on Septem-
ber 10, 1913, and left five children, Boyd, Reba, Vere, John and Garth.
Eugene F. married Clara Farrend and they are living on the home farm ;
Grace B. is the wife of O. L. Poor; they are the parents of two children,
Carleton and Stanery ; they live in Los Angeles, California, and Ernest J.
is a farmer of Marshall county, where he is meeting with much success in
his chosen work.

Mr. and Mrs. Champagne were always interested in the affairs of the
township and the community in which they lived and where they were held
in the highest regard. They were regular attendants of the churches, and
liberal supporters of all projects that tended to the better moral and educa-
tional development of the district. Their interest in the schools had much
to do with the high standard of the educational institutions of the district.
Mrs. Champagne died in April, 1916, and was buried in Oketo cemetery.

Air. Champagne has long been identified with the Republican party and
for many years has served his township as a member of the school board


and was for two vears trustee of tlie township. He conducted the affairs
of these offices witli the same care which he gave to his own interests. He
was for a number of years a memljer of the Grand Army of the Repubhc
Post at Oketo. When that cHsbanded he became a member of the post at
Marvsville. Mr. Champagne is a nian of the highest integrity and because
of his upright Hfe he has made for himself many friends throughout the


Fred Obermeyer, one of the well-known and successful farmers and
stockmen of Balderson tow^nship, Marshall county, was born in Bureau
county, Illinois, on February 17. 1867, the son of Henry and Abbie (Gates)

Henrv and Abbie (Gates) Obermeyer were natives of Germany. The
former was born in the year 18 18 and the latter in 1823. They received
their primary education in the schools of their native land and later settled
in the United States. At the age of eighteen years. Henry Obermeyer de-
cided to leave the land of his nativity and seek a home in America. On
his arrival in this county he located for a time in the state of New York,
where he worked in order to get the money w-ith which he could go West.
He later moved to Illinois, where he engaged in general farming and stock-
raising until the time of his death. He and Mrs. Obermeyer, who died in
1893, '^'^ere married in the state of Illinois, wdiere they made their home for
many years and where they were among the prominent and highly respected
people of the community in which they lived. They were members of the
Lutheran church and were prominent in all the social and religious activ-
ities of the district. He died in 1889.

Fred Obermeyer received his education in the schools of Illinois and
there he grew to manhood on the home farm, w'here as a lad and young
man he assisted his father w-ith the work on the farm. When but fourteen
years of age he assisted the farmers in the neighborhood as a farm hand at
eighteen dollars per month. He remained in Illinois until 1898, w^hen he
came to Kansas, and settled in Balderson township, Marshall county, where
he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of his present farm of two hun-
dred and forty-five acres, all of which is well improved and under a high
state of cultivation. The tract at the time of the original purchase was



undeveloped and unimproved, and Air. Obermeyer had but thirty dollars,
with which to make his first payment.

On December 24, 1890, Fred Obermeyer was united in marriage to
Anna Wetzler, who was born in Green county, Wisconsin, on November
II, 1866, the daughter of Charles and Margrett (Heindel) Wetzler. Mr.
and Mrs. Wetzler were natives of Pennsylvania, where they received their
education in the public schools and there grew up and were married. They
later located in Wisconsin, where they lived until 1878, when they came to
Brown county, Kansas, where they resided until 1881, when they located
in Marshall county. Here they established their home on a farm and be-
came prominent in the social and the civic life of the district. They resided
on their home farm in the county until the time of their deaths, some years
ago. They were the parents of nine children, who became representative
citizens of the community in which they located.

To Fred and Anna (Wetzler) Obermeyer have been born the follow-
ing children: Wilda and Charles Russell. Wilda is now the wife of F.
Weber, one of the well-known residents of Franklin township, Marshall
county, and Charles Russell is now at home. Mr. and Mrs. Obermeyer have
long been active in the social and the moral life of the community. They
have ever taken the keenest interest in the educational and the physical
development of the township and county, in which they have lived for so
many years. Their lives have been active ones and they have accomplished
much that is worthy of note. They are progressive and hospitable people,
and one of their greatest pleasures is in the entertainment of their neigh-
bors and friends.

Mr. Obermeyer is identified with the Democratic party, and while he
has never been an office seeker, he has taken the greatest interest in the afl:'airs
of the township and county, and because of his high ideals and excellent
judgment, his advice is often sought in matters that pertain to the welfare
of the community. As a successful farmer and breeder of high-grade stock,
Mr. Obermeyer is recognized as among the most successful in the county.
He keeps the best of stock and among his herd of Shorthorn cattle and his
fine Duroc-Jersey hogs are to l^e seen some of the finest specimens of these
animals, their sires being selected with the greatest care. Mr. Obermeyer
and Mr. Smith have one of the finest thoroughbred Percheron horses, Avhich
won the gold medal in France and was shipped to this country in 19 14. He
is now five years of age and is a splendid specimen of his class. He was
obtained from Frank lams, of St. Paul, who imported him to this country.

In addition to his large interests on the farm, Mr. Obermeyer is in-



terested in the State Bank at Marietta and is vice-president of the institu-
tion. He is also a stockholder and a director of the Farmers' Elevator Com-
pany of Alarietta. He is a man of much ability and is possessed of rare
judgment and much business acumen, and is today recognized as one of
the substantial and successful men of the county.


One of the best known residents of Summertield, Marshall county, is
Henry Maitland, who was born in Middlesex, England, on January 13,
1841, and is the son of James H. and Mary M. (Dupleir) Maitland. The
father was born in 1810. The parents were also natives of that country;
there they received their education in the public schools, grew to maturity
and there they died. The father was a great traveler. He had independent
means and visited many countries, among them this country. It was in
1826 that the father, James Maitland, came to the United States, and
remained here for some time. He returned to England and married in
1839. He intended to return to America, but he died in England in 1867.
James and Mary Maitland were of good families, who were held in the
highest regard in the community in which they lived. They were ever
active in the social and the religious life of the district, and were honest
and thrifty people, who took the keenest interest in the moral and educa-
tional welfare of their children.

Henry Maitland received his education in the schools of England and
there spent his early life. In 1854 he came to America and located at
Haverhill, Massachusetts, where he was employed as a laborer. He later
came to Illinois and in 1863 he enlisted in the First Missouri Light Artil-
lery and did good service with the Union forces until the close of the Civil
War. He was at the battle of Black River near Vicksburg, and was in
the Atlanta campaign wath General Sherman, and fought with the forces
of General Thomas at Franklin and Nashville, two of the hardest-fought
and most destructive battles of the war. After the war, IMr. Maitland
located at Lebanon, Illinois, where he was married on December 29, 1865,
to Mary Douglas Clark, who was a native of County Down, Ireland, where
she was born on September 14, 1840. After their marriage they contin-
ued to live at Lebanon and at Trenton, Illinois, until 1869, when they came
to Kansas, and established their home on a farm near Irving, Blue Rapids,


Marshall county, and there Mr. Maitland engaged in general farming and
stock raising, with much success until 1898, when he came to Summerfield,
and was at that time the second man to settle on what is now the site of
the city of Summerfield. The old Pawnee court house had been moved
here, and is now the residence of J. W. Woodward and family. On their
arri\al, Mrs. Maitland was startled by the local conditions and it was a
wonder to her what they were going to do. Mr. Maitland had prepared
a small house, fourteen by sixteen feet, in which he, his wife and five
children were to live. Not alone was the house to serve as a residence, but
as an office for the father, who had been elected a justice of the peace. The
tiny shack was a decided contrast for Mrs. Maitland, who had just left a
comfortable home on the farm, near Irving. There was a rush to Sum-
merfield at that time, ow^ing to the possibility of the town becoming a
railroad division point and property was selling rapidly. Mr. Maitland
says that he purchased five hundred dollars' worth of lots at the time and
did not know where his property was, owing to imperfect descriptions.
The town built up rapidly, most of the building being done on Front, or
Railroad street and Main street was at that time a big ditch, and as such
remained until after the big fire some years ago. After the fire the dirt
and trash were thrown in the ditch and thus made Main street one of the
best roads in the country. It was then that the business houses began to be
located on this street.

During his residence in Illinois, after the war, Mr. Maitland devoted
three years of his life to teaching, then after locating in Blue Rapids town-
ship he engaged in farming, also teaching. In the early seventies he taught
at the Lamb school house near Irving. Since taking up his residence in
Summerfield he has held tlie position of justice of the peace. He was
re-elected in 19 16, and had no opposition, as both Democrats and Republi-
cans voted for him, he being a popular man and competent for the position
that he has held for so many years. He and his wiie are active members
of the United Presbyterian church and have long been prominent in the
social and religious life of the district. Mr. A/faitland is a member of the
Grand Army of the Republic and holds his membership in the post at
Irving. He is also a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons,
the Knights of Pythias and the Eastern Star. For thirty years he has
served as secretary of the Masonic lodge, he having been secretary of the
lodge at Irving before serving in that capacity at Summerfield. He served
for four years as trustee of Blue Rapids township, and since coming to
Summerfield has served as a member of the school board for many years.


He taught school for a time in Blue Rapids township, and is the oldest
living school teacher in Alarshall county, he having taught in the county
as early as 1870.

Henry and ]\Iary Alaitland are the parents of the following children :
Clark, a barber of Kirksville, Missouri ; Margaret Walters, whose husband
is a real-estate dealer of Abeline, Kansas; Alartha Ryan, of Park, Gove
county, Kansas, where Mr. Ryan is engaged in the hardware business;
Edward, of Bogart. Georgia. Mr. and Mrs. Maitland celebrated their
fiftieth wedding anniversary on December 29, 191 5, at which time they
received the congratulations of the resident population of their home city.
]\Iany substantial presents were given them in token of the high regard in
which they are held 1\v the home folks. Mr. Maitland is known as the father
of Summerfield, as he has been identified with the best interests of the place
since it was a wild tract of land. He has always given his best efforts to its
growth and development, and today takes the greatest pride in its growth
and development.


Among the prosperous and successful farmers and stockmen of Mar-
shall county is Fred R. Tosejih, who is the owner of ninety-six acres of the
best of land, much of which with the house and barn, is in the city limits
of Summerfield.

Mr. Joseph was born in Benton county, low'a, on August 21, 1867, the
son of ]\Iathias and Elizabeth fSwer) Joseph. Mathias and Elizabeth Joseph
were natives of Frankfort, Germany, the former having been born in 1832
and the latter in 1830. \\'hen one year of age, Airs. Joseph came with her
parents to the United States and located at Philadelphia, where the family
lived for many years. ' In 1850 Mathias Joseph, who received his education
in Germany, came to this country when he was eighteen years of
age. He also settled in Philadelphia and there he and Elizabeth Swer were
married. They continued to reside in that city until 1854, when they came
to Iowa, where they established their home on a farm on which they
remained until 1856, when they moved to Iowa county, Iowa, where they
lived for one year, then coming to Marshall county. They purchased three
hundred and twenty acres of land, on part of which is now located the city
of Summerfield. Mr. Joseph engaged in general farming and stock raising
for a number of vears and in 1881 sold one hundred and sixtv acres of


the tract. He and his sons then purchased four hunch'ed and eighty acres
at Barnes when the Indian Reservation was sold. On this farm he made
his home until the time of his death in 1896; his widow survived him until

Alathias and Elizabeth Joseph were the parents of the following chil-
dren: Mary, Charles C, W. H., John, Fred R., Mrs. L. Wilson, ^Martha
and AI. G. ]\Iary Hart is a resident of Benton county, Iowa; Charles C.
is a resident of Marshall county, and is a successful farmer north of Oketo;

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