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W. H. lives at Lincoln, Illinois; John died in 1888; Mrs. L. Wilson is a
resident of Cottage Hill township; Martha Roach died in Marysville in
1904, and M. G. is a farmer in Minnesota, where he is the owner of one
hundred and sixty acres of land.

Fred R. Joseph received his education in the old Mission Creek school
house, and was reared on the home farm. At the age of twenty-two years
he was engaged as a traveling expert machinist and remained in that work
for four years. He then purchased a part of the old home farm at Sum-
merfield, consisting of ninety-six acres. Here he has erected a beautiful
eight-room house ; a large barn, twenty-eight by thirty-six feet, a cattle
barn, sixteen by twenty-four feet, and a hog barn, ten by twenty-four feet.
The house is modern in every way, being supplied with water and bath and
is one of the substantial places of Summerfield.

In December, 1896, Fred R. Joseph was married to Mary Wooster, of
Beattie, Marshall county, the daughter of John Wooster and wife, well-known
people of that section of the county. To this union two children have been
born, Paul and Marie. Paul was born on January 13, 1899, and is now a
junior in the Summerfield high school; Marie was born on October -20, 191 5.
Mr. and Mrs. Joseph are members of the Catholic church and have long been
prominent in the social life of the township. Mr. Joseph has always taken
a keen interest in local affairs, particularly those of Summerfield, in which his
father took so much interest when it was founded. At that time a part of
the original farm was platted, when he gave to the town a strip of land so
as to leave the streets open.

Mr. Joseph is identified with the Democratic party and is a great
admirer of President Wilson. Although he is not an office seeker, he uses
his best efforts in the selection of good men to administer the affairs of the
township and the county. He is progressive and is an advocate of substan-
tial public improvements. Good roads and good schools are to him two
essential factors in the growth and development of any section. He is an
active member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons.



Among the successful farmers of Oketo township, who deserve men-
tion in the history of Marshall county, is John Howes, trustee of his home
township and the owner of a farm of ninety-five acres of land. He was
born in the township on July lo, 1870, on the old homestead and is the
son of Thomas and Eliza (Loveridge) Howes.

Thomas and Eliza Howes were born in England in 1841 and there
grew to maturity. They were later married and in 1866 they decided to
seek a home in America. On theil^ arrival in the United States they at
once came to Kansas and homesteaded a tract of land in Oketo township,
Marshall county. A log cabin was soon erected on the tract and in this
the little family lived for some years. At that time there were but two or
three houses in Marysville, and the territory was sparsely settled. The
first few years of their lives were hard ones and they experienced many of
the hardships of the early pioneer on the plains of Kansas. The farm in
time was thoroughly developed and improved and today Mr. Howes is
recognized as one of the substantial retired farmers and stockmen of his
township. During those early days both Mr. and Mrs. Howes took the
deepest interest in local affairs and were among the early advocates of the
establishment of good schools and the general development of the district.
They were the parents of the following children: Charles, Mary, John,
Lillie, Lottie, Esther, Louisa and Walter, and one who died in infancy.
Charles is now a resident of Pottawatomie county; Mary died in 1899;
Lillie is the wife of John A. Triggs and resides in Oketo; Lottie is the
wife of S. T. Herring and they are residents of Oketo township; Esther
Gillette is a resident of the county; Louisa is the wife of Frank Tatman,
and is also a resident here, and Walter resides in Oketo township.

John Howes received his education in the schools of Blue Valley dis-
trict and attended during his first days in the old log school house. He
was reared on the home farm, where he assisted his father with the work
until he was twenty-nine years of age, when he engaged in farming for
himself. He then moved to his present home farm. On October 4, 1899,
Mr. Howes was married to Alice Blackmer, who was born on December
14, 1876, on the old homestead in section 28, Oketo townships and is the
daughter of Marvin and Augusta (Graves) Blackmer. Her father was a
native of the state of New York, her mother a native of Maine. They
were married in Illinois in 1869 and came to Kansas, where they home-
steaded land in Oketo township, Marshall county. The father was born


in 1839 and died in 1893, ^^^^ the mother was born in 1837 and died in
the year 1907. They were among the prominent people of the district in
which they Hved and had much to do with the development of their home
township as well as the county. They were the parents of the following
children: Eva McNulty, who died in May, 1910; Ralph, who died at the
age of two years; Alice, the wife of John Howes; Marvin, a resident of
Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Mr. Howes has always taken a prominent part in the affairs of the
township and is one of the influential men of the district. For the past
eight years he has served as trustee of his home township and was chair-
man for nine years of the local school board, and during his membership
on the board the schools of the district took high rank among the schools
of the county. He is a prominent member of the Independent Order of
Odd Fellows and of the Modern Woodmen of America. Mr. and Mrs.
Howes are the parents of four children, Fred, Garth and Wayne, and one
that died in infancy. They are among the substantial people of the com-
munity and are held in the highest regard and esteem by all who know


Henry A. Berens, a well-established and successful merchant of Sum-
merfield, Marshall county, was born in Carroll county, Iowa, on January 28,
[876, the son of Clemmens and Marie Berens.

Henry A. Berens received his education in the public schools of his
home locality and grew to manhood on the farm, and as a lad assisted with
the farm work. After completing his education in the common schools he
attended the Dennison Normal school and later completed a course in a
busmess college. He then became bookkeeper and cashier for the large
department store of J. P. Miller & Company for five years. He was then
married and moved to Elkton, South Dakota, where he purchased a general
store and engaged in business for himself until 1906, when he sold the busi-
ness and came to Summerfield, Kansas. Here he purchased a stock of goods
valued at twelve thousand dollars. This store he developed into one of the
finest in this section of the county. He put in an up-to-date stock of goods,
and today with his twenty-thousand-dollar stock he is one of the prominent
and successful business men of the county. In addition to his extensive mer- ,
cantile business, he is the owner of four hundred acres of the best land in


Pawnee and ^Marshall cuuntics. He also has one liundred and twenty-five
acres that adjoins the incorporation of Siimmerfield, where he is fee(hng one
hundred and seventy-five head of cattle. He takes much interest in the rais-
ing of Shorthorn cattle and Duroc-Jersey hogs. He now has over two hun-
dred head of hogs, that are recognized as among the very best in the county.

Henry A. Berens has always taken an active interest in the local affairs
of the district, and is recognized as an independent Republican. Six years
ago he was elected lu the city council and is still a member of that body. As
a member of the council his work and influence have been of great value to the
development of the city. He has given the best service and has devoted his
ability to the interests of the city. During his tenure of office, it has been
his ambition to do good for the people. In this he has been successful and
today he is known as a true representative of the people.

In 1902 "Henry A. Berens was united in marriage to Elenora Heiman,
the daughter of Air. and Mrs. Timothy Heiman. Elenora (Heiman) Berens
was born in 1880, in Nemaha county, Kansas, and there she received her
education in the common schools. To Mr. and Mrs. Berens have been born
two children, Beatrice, who was born on April 19, 1906, at Elkton, South
Dakota, and Norbert, who was born on November 23, 19 10, at Summerfield,
Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. Berens are members of the Catholic church at Sum-
merfield, and are prominent in the social life of the district. One of their
greatest pleasures is the entertainment of their neighbors and friends.


Herman R. Fisher, well-known florist at Marysville and the proprietor
of a well-established and flourishing greenhouse in that city, is a native of
Germany, but has been a resident of this country since he was three years
of age. He was born in West Prussia on May 22, 1867, son of Christian
and Louise (Schultz) Fisher, natives of that same country, who were the
parents of seven children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the last-
born and of whom five are still living.

Christian Fisher was a laborer in his native country and died there in
the vear 1870, after which, in that same year, his w4dow and her three
youngest children came to this country and located at Milwaukee, Wis-
consin. Airs. Fisher was without money and shortly after her arrival at
Milwaukee two of her children were stricken with typhoid fever. For a













time the little family was compelled to live in an old barn and the outlook
for brighter days in the new country Was far from promising. Some time
later Airs. Fisher married John Gerber, a farmer, who settled in Blue Earth
county, Minnesota, but later returned to Milwaukee, where Mrs. Gerber
spent her last days, her death occurring in 1897, she then being seventy- four
5'ears of age.

Herman R. Fisher was but a child when his mother and his stepfather
settled in Minnesota and he there received a limited education in the district
school in the neighborhood of his home in Blue Earth county. At the age
of ten years he started out working for himself, w^orking on his brother's
farm and helping to clear the same of the growth of timber that cumbered
the- same, at an early age driving an ox-team and hauling- logs to the saw-
mill. He worked on farms in Minnesota, Wisconsin and Illinois and then
returned to Milwaukee, where he took employment in the machine shops
of E. P. Allis & Company. He later began working on a. fruit and vege-
table farm and was thus engaged for two years, there acquiring his liking
for the line of endeavor in which he later was destined to become so suc-
cessful, floral culture in his case being the outcome of the experience he
gained in the culture of fruits and vegetables on that Milwaukee truck
farm. Mr. Fisher later worked at various jobs and in 1901 started to work
in a Alilwaukee greenhouse, presently being promoted to the position of
foreman in the same. Later he became a traveling florist and before he
eventually settled down had worked as a florist in eighteen states. He was
located at Falls City, Nebraska, for six months and in 19 10, a few months
after his marriage, moved to Marysville, this county, where he engaged
in the greenhouse business in partnership with D. VonRiesen. That part-
nership continued for nine months, at the end of which time Mr. Fisher
bought his partner's interest in the business and has since been conducting
the same alone, being now the owner of a very substantial and well-devel-
oped property, where his extensive and well-equipped greenhouses stand,
and has long been regarded as one of the leading florists in this part of the
state, demands for his products being much more than merely local. Mr.
Fisher located at Marysville with but little capital, but by the exercise of
his rare skill and sound judgment in business has prospered and has built
up a fine business in his line. Mr. Fisher is "independent" in his political
views, but has ever given his intelligent attention to local civic affairs and
has rendered valuable service to the community as a member of the Marys-
ville citv council.


On October 20, 1909, at Kansas City, Alissoiiri, Herman R. Fisher
was united in marriage to Tessie Cupples, who was born at Eldorado, Kan-
sas, July 28, 1883, daughter of John and EHzabeth (Long) Cupples, natives
of the state of Pennsylvania, the former a carpenter, who are now living at
Eldorado, where Mrs. Fisher was reared and where she received her school-
ing. Mr. and Mrs. Fisher are earnest and active meml^ers of the Methodist
church at Marysville and Mr. Fisher is a member of the board of trustees
of the same and the leader of the "gospel team" in the men's Bible class in
the Sunday school. Mr. Fisher is a Royal Arch Mason and a Knight Tem-
plar and has held numerous Masonic offices, taking a warm interest in the
affairs of that ancient organization. At this writing he is occupying the
chair of worshipful master of the lodge at Marysville. The success that
Mr. Fisher has attained he attributes to his efforts of trying to* lead a
Christian life. He, for one, thinks so, and wishes that everyone who reads
his biography would do the same. He says he knows it pays.


Among the substantial and well-known men of Oketo, Marshall county,
who holds the responsible position of agent for the railroad company, is Henry
C. Waters, who' was born on March 8, 1849, ^t Alexanderville, Ohio, the son
of Thomas and Mary (Cabin) \\^aters, who were natives of Pennsylvania.
They were educated in the common schools of that state, and there they spent
tlieir early. years and later were married.

Thomas Waters was born in the year 18 18, the same year that his future
wife first saw the light of day. i\fter their marriage they established their
home on a farm in their native state and they resided there until 1845, ^vhen
they moved to a farm in Ohio. There they lived in Montgomery county until
1869, when Mr. Waters came to Iowa. With 'his family he made the trip to
Washington county with horses and wagon, enduring many of the hardships
of such means of travel over poor roads and an unknown territory. He estab-
lished himself on a farm in Washington county, where he resided until his
death in 1899. He was a hard-working man and a first-class farmer and
stockman. He developed his tract of land into one of the ideal farms of the
county and was recognized as one of the substantial farmers. His wife met
her death in 1872, having been killed by a terrific storm that passed over that
section of the country. She was a woman of high ideals and by her kindly


disposition made many friends in her western home, who moured her untimely

Thomas and Mary Waters were the parents of the following children :
Solomon, William, Simon, Samuel, George, Henry C, Thomas and Eliza-
beth. Solomon, now deceased, was a farmer and during the Civil War he left
his home and gave several years to the service of his country; William, also
deceased, served during some of the hard campaigns of the Civil War, and
after his honorable discharge he returned to the farm and became a farmer
and stockman; Simon, now a resident of Posttown, Ohio, and his brothers,
Samuel and George, also enlisted ; Samuel and George are now both deceased ;
Thomas is a resident of Washington county, Iowa, and Elizabeth Van Circle
resides at Westchester, Iowa.

Henry C. Waters received his education in the public schools of Ohio
and was reared on the home farm, where he assisted his father with the farm
work. He remained at home until he was eighteen years of age, when he
started in life for himself. In 1881 he was employed as station agent for the
Union Pacific railroad and served in that capacity at several stations, with
singular success. In 1889 he was transferred to his present position, where he
has secured the confidence of the public and the railroad company. He is a
man of pleasing cjualities and is held in the highest esteem.

On New Year's Day, 1884, Henry C. Waters was united in marriage to
Mary Jane Watkins, who was born in Iowa in 1862. ^^^len but a child her
parents moved to Lincoln, Nebraska, where they lived for many years, and
w^ere among the prominent residents of that place. Mrs. Waters has spent
the greater part of her married life in Oketo, where she has made many friends.

Mr. and Mrs. Waters are the parents of five children, as follow : Henry,
assistant cashier of the Oketo State Bank; Olive, postmistress of Oketo; Dott
and Charlotte, both teaching in Marshall county, and Charles, attending college
in Kentucky. Mr. Waters is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons and has ever taken the warmest interest in the good of the order.


John Link, a successful farmer and a well-known resident of Marysville
township, Marshall county, was born in Germany on April 27, 1838, the son
of Martin and Ehzabeth (Homan) Link.

Martin Link was born in Germany in 1800 and received his education in
the common schools and grew tb manhood on the farm. He was later married

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to Mlizabcth lluiiian. who was born in 1800 and received her education in the
pubHc schools. After their marriai^^e they estaljHshed their home on a farm, and
were engaged in farming until the time of their deaths, the father's death
having occurred in 1872 and the mother's in 1859. They were devout members
of the Catholic church and took much interest in all church work. They were
the parents of six children, as follow: i'^-onie, who came to the United States
and located in Illinois, where she died some years ago; Gertrude is now
deceased; Valentine is deceased; Mary Berger resides near Herkimer, Logan
township, Marshall county; John is the subject of this sketch, and Fred is

John Link received his education in the schools of his native land and
there grew to manhood, and at the age of fourteen years he started in life for
himself. For many years he worked in Germany as a farm hand and in 1867
he decided to come to America. On his arrival in this country he located in
Illinois, where he worked by the month for eight years, when he rented a farm
for three years. During the years that he rented he was unable to save any-
thing and lost much that he had made in the former years. He then came to
Kansas, and for three years he worked in Marysville as a laborer, after which
he rented a farm near that city and was thus enagged for nine years. He then
purchased one hundred and forty-nine acres of good land near Marysville and
here he has since made his home. While he still lives on the farm, he has for
the most part retired from the more active duties of farm life, his son now
operating the place.

In 1874 John Link was united in marriage to Catherine Leupold, a native
of Germany. Her parents were also natives of that country, where they were
married and died some years ago. There were three children in the family,
all of whom are now deceased. Catherine Leupold was born on November 25,
1848, and received her education in the public schools of Germany and there
grew to womanhood. She later came to the United States and located in La
Salle county, Illinois, where she worked for three years before her marriage.
After their marriage they continued to live in Illinois for some years, and then
]\Ir. and Mrs. Link came to Kansas and located in Marshall county. They
later established their home on a farm in Marysville township, and here Mrs.
Link died on April 12, 1915. Mrs. Link was a member of the German Luth-
eran church and Mr. Link was a member, of the Catholic church. They were
ever active in all church work, and were for many years prominent in the social
life of the community They were the parents of the following children:
Amelia. Elizabeth, John, George W., Anna, B. F., Katie, John G., Marie and
William M. Amelia, born on September 22, 1875 is now at home with her


father; the first John died in infancy; EHzabeth Cottrell was born on Feb-
ruary 12, 1877, is now a resident of Marshall county, where Air. Cottrell is a
farmer and stockman; George W., born on May 7, 1880, is now a farmer of
South Dakota; Anna Newman, born on March 16, 1882, is now a resident of
Oketo, where her husband is a farmer; B. F., born on February 23, 1886, is a
farmer near Home City; John, born on July 17, 1888, is on the home farm;
Marie' Cumro born on March 14. i8qo, is now a resident of Herkimer town-
ship, where her husband is a farmer and stock raiser ; Katie Paper, born on
December 3, 1884, died at the age of twenty-four years, and William M., Ijorn
on September 29, 1892, is now at home.


Joseph C. Dickey, who was born at Catawba, Ohio, in 1838, was for
many years before his death, on April 20, 1903, one of the prominent and
highly respected residents of Marshall county. He grew to manhood in
Ohio, and there received his education in the public schools. As a lad he
learned the trade of a blacksmith, and before the Civil War he came to
Indiana, where he worked at his trade for a number of years. After Ft.
Sumter had been fired upon, and President Lincoln had called for volunteers,
Mr. Dickey was one of the first to offer his services in the defense of the
Union. He enlisted in an Indiana regiment for one hundred days service,
and while crossing the Potomac river lie was made a prisoner, but was later
released. At the end of his first enlistment he returned home, but in 1863 he
re-enlisted in the One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Regiment, Indiana Volun-
teer Infantry, and saw much active campaigning. Owing to illness he was
obliged to return to his home, one month before his regiment returned. He
was at the battles of Antietam and Chickamauga, as well as many other en-
gagements. For bravery and efficient service he was made lieutenant of his
company, and later, captain.

While home on a furlough, Joseph C. Dickey was united in marriage to
Mary Stewart, who was liorn at Urbana, Champaign county, Ohio, on Novem-
ber 12, 1842. She was the daughter of Louis M. and Hannah Stewart, both
of whom were natives of Ohio. They were a highly respected and a most
patriotic people, and two of their sons were also in the service, Robert J.,
who died at Sweetwater, Tennessee, and Theodore. After their marriage,
Mr. and Mrs. Dickey established their home at South \\'hitley, Indiana, where


]\[r. Dickey worked at his trade. He operated his blacksmith shop at that
place until 1869, when he and his family came to Kansas, where they located
ai \\ aterville. Marshall county, when the town was just starting. He estab-
lished and operated the first shop in the town, and from the beginning had
more work than he could do. The freighters of those days required the
services of a blacksmith and to Mr. Dickey much of their work was brought.
His lirsi sliop was but a sninll shanty, but in the early seventies he built a
stone structure, which he later enlarged to accommodate his many patrons.
He was a first-class workman and honest, and he soon had an extensive busi-
ness, becoming well known throughout the district.

Joseph C. Dickey was a man who took great interest in local affairs and
had much to do with the civic life of his home town as well as the county.
He was a strong advocate of substantial public improvements, and \vas espe-
cially interested in good roads and good schools. For a number of years he
served as a member of the board of county commissioners, and from 1884 to
1888 was the postmaster of Waterville. He homesteaded eighty acres and
purchased eighty acres, shortly after coming to the state. His farm was
increased until he became the owner of a splendid tract of two hundred
acres east of Waterville, which Mrs. Dickey sold in 1914 for twelve thou-
sand dollars. During the last years of his life he looked after his property
interests, having retired from his work as a blacksmith. He was a useful
citizen, and his ability was recognized by the people of his home town, who
elected him to many local offices. He was long a member of the Grand
Army of the Republican, and was made a Mason at a called meeting, before he

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