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Republican, but never aspired to office. Anna (Jurgens) Kruse was also a


native of ricrmany, where she was educated. She was long a resident of
Marysville. where she died in 1897.

George and Anna Kruse were tlie ])arents of the following children:
Catherine. Margaret, ?^Iary. William. George, Henry, Anna, Cliristina,
Andrew and two that died in infancy. Catherine is the wife of William
Rabe; Margaret Schaefer is the wife of a farmer of Herkimer township;
Mary Lohse lives in Logan township, where Wv. Lohse is a successful farmer;
William lives in Herkimer; Henry and Andrew are farmers and stockmen
of Herkimer townsliip ; George is engaged in farming and stock raising in
Logan township; Anna Geihsler is a resident of OklalKMiia, where her hus-
band is a farmer; Christina Prell is the wife of a merchant and Andrew is
on the liome place. Mr. and Mrs. Kruse were active members of the Ger-
man Lutheran church and were among the prominent workers of that organ-
ization and were held in the highest regard by the people of the county.

Catherine (Kruse) Rabe was born in Illinois on September 14, 1867,
and was reared on the farm, where she took an active part in the plowing and
other work on the farm. She received her education in the local schools
and remained at home until the time of her marriage. She and Mr. Rabe
are the parents of two children, Anna and Sophia. Anna Westermann lives
on a farm adjoining that of her father and where her husband is a success-
ful agriculturist. They are the parents of two children. Sophia died at the
age of fourteen vears.


Ziba Hibbard Moore, at one time one of the successful bankers and
business men of Oketo, now deceased, was born near Avondale, Chester
county, Pennsylvania, on a farm on March 14, 1845, and was the son of
Ziba and Mary (Bell) Moore. The parents were natives of Pennsylvania
and New York, the father having been born in Pennsylvania and the mother
in the state of New York. They were members of old and respected fam-
ilies in their home states and were among the prominent people of the com-
munity in which they lived and where they were held in the highest regard.

Ziba Hibbard Moore received his education in the district schools and
as a young man learned the carpenter trade. When he was but eighteen
months old he lost his father and when but a lad he became dependent upon
his own efforts. He worked at his trade for a number of years and in 1870
he, with Jesse Griest, the uncle of his future wife, he engaged in the can -



ning factory business at Adams and in this work they became successful
business men. Some years later Mr. Griest became Indian agent for Kan-
sas. During his administration of this important office he met with much
success and was recognized as one of the best men in the service.

On December 19, 1872, Ziba Hibbard Moore was united in marriage
to Lavinia Griest, who was born on November 13, 1849, in Adams county,
the daughter of Hiram and Louisa Griest, both of whom were natives of
the state of Pennsylvania. Hiram Griest was the son of Cyrus and Mary
Ann Griest, natives of Pennsylvania, and Baltimore, Maryland, respect-
ively. The father of Mrs. Moore was born on September 12, 1826, and is
now living. In 1875 Mr. and Mrs. Moore came to Kansas and located on
the Otoe Indian Reservation, where Mr. Moore worked as a carpenter for
the government for a period of nearly tive years. He then came to the
section of the country where Oketo is now situated and at a time when
there was no town. Here he built the first house and dug the first well in
the place. He later established himself in a general store, in what later
became a thriving settlement. He met with much success and later as the
town grew and he became more prosperous, he established the State Bank
of Oketo, which he conducted for many years. Ziba H. Moore died on
September 19, 19 16.

Mr. and Mrs. Moore were reared in the faith of the Friends' church
and lived consistent Christian lives according to the teachings of the church
of their parents. They were the parents of two sons, Edgar H. and J.
I^oward. Edgar H. was born on April 2, 1878, and is now the owner of
the elevator at Oketo, where he is engaged in a large and extensive busi-
ness. He married Mary Thomas and to them have been born two children,
Margaret and Ziba. J. Howard is the efficient cashier of the State Bank
at Oketo and is known as one of the prominent and successful men of the
community where he lives. He was born on August 20, 1884, and received
his education in the local schools of the county, later marrying Margaret
Betzer, of Topeka. They have a beautiful home in the town and are among
the prominent and highly respected people of the community. They have
lone been identified with the social life of the town and have had much to
do with the moral and social development of the district.

Ziba H. Moore had long been identified with the Republican party,
and had always taken an active interest in local affairs, serving as mayor
of the city of Oketo. He was a man of fine appearance and of much
ability, and hjid ever used his liest efforts for the advancement of the growth


and development of tlic home commmiity in which lie lived and where he
was held in the highest regard. lie was a memljer of the Masonic order
and attained the degrees of the Koyal Arch ciiapter. He took an acli\c part
in all affairs that tended .to the betterment of tlie district. Being a man of
high ideals and jjosse'ssed of the best of jndgment his ad\'ice was often sought
in all matters that pertained to the ci\ie life of the township and the county.


One of the noteworth}- institutions of Marshall county is the Blue
Ra/^ids Times, the oldest paper in the county published under a continuous
name, and a paper that, during its nearly half century of existence, has
alw^ays stood for the best type of citizenship. The Times was founded in
[871 by Charles E. Tibbetts. a native of Connecticut, who "came West" to
Ohio in the iifties and entered Oberlin College. He had just gotten well
started on his college course, when came the call from President Lincoln for
\-olunteers and he was among the first from Oberlin to respond to the call.
After serving out his first enlistment period he retm^ned to Connecticut and
assisted in organizing a. company in the vicinity of his old home and he
served between two and three years in the Union army, a part of the time as
first lieutenant of Company A, Thirteenth Connecticut Infantry. After the
war he returned to Oberlin to resume his courst% which had been interrupted
b}- his military career. While attending that institution, Mr. Tibbetts was
married to xAnnice C. Brewster, who w^as also a student at the same school,
The next year after their marriage Mr. Tibbetts taught school at Put-in-
bay Island, Lake Erie, the scene of Commodore Perry's famous victory
They then returned to Oberlin and completed their courses, Mrs. Tibbetts
graduating in 1867 and Mr. Tibbetts in 1868. They both received the degree
of Bachelor of Arts.

Mr. and Mrs. Tibbetts came to Kansas and Marshall county in 1868,
locating at Irving, where Mr. Tibbetts was principal of Wetmore Institute.
Thev remained there until the Genesee colony came to Kansas and founded
the town of Blue Rapids, and in 1871 Mr. Tibbetts founded the Blue Rafyids
Times, M'hich he published until 1879, follow'ing which he ' was associated
with George T. Smith for a few^ years in the publication of the Marshall
County Nezvs, but on account of poor health he was compelled to give up
active newspaper work. His death occurred in the year 1889, after a life


of usefulness. He served his community as postmaster and was also county
commissioner three years. Mr. and Mrs. Tibbetts took an active interest in
the social, religious and literary activities of the town in its early davs and
assisted in the organization of several societies for the promotion of educa-
tion. Mrs. Tibbetts has, from its organization, been an active member of the
Ladies Library Association, and is still a director of this worthy institution.

Mr. and Mrs. Tibbetts were the parents of three children, all of whom
are now living. The eldest is a daughter, Mary, who was born within the
walls of Wetmore Institute, at Irving. After graduating from the Blue
Rapids high school, she taught school and also attended Oberlin College
and Washburn College. At the latter school she met and married Rev. H.
Edward Mills, and for a number of years their home has been in Spokane,
Washington. The other two children, Livy B. and Charles C, ha\'e both
remained at the home town and for a number of years past have had charge
of the paper their father founded. Livy B. Tibbetts, the elder son, attended
the public schools of Blue Rapids and also Washburn Academy, later taking
a commercial course in the Topeka Business College. He then returned to
Blue Rapids and served two years as assistant cashier of the City Bank. In
TS93 ^^^ purchased a half interest in the Times, on which paper he liad
previously learned the printer's trade, and became local editor. For over
twenty years he was actively connected with the Times. He represented
his township as a member of the Republican county central committee for
eleven years, served as a member of the school board, three years on the
city council and two years as mayor. He was assistant postmaster for ten

In February, 19 16, Mr. Tibbetts left the newspaper business to take the
position of active vice-president of the Citizens State Bank, which position
he is now filling. Mr. Tibbetts was married on May 21, 1895, to Blanche
Ekins, a daughter of William and Sarah Ekins, both natives of England, wlio
located in Illinois upon coming to this country, and in 1871 moved to Kansas
and settled at Blue Rapids. Mrs. Tibbetts was reared and educated in Blue
Rapids, where she attended the high school until she removed with her
parents to Riverside, California, in 1890, and continued her studies in the
Riverside high school. Mr. and Mrs. Tibbetts have six children, namely:
Eunice, Harlow, Dorothy, Raymond, Clifford and Charles. Mr. and Mrs.
Tiljbetts are members of the Presbyterian church, and the former is also
a Mason and a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, having been
clerk of the latter organization for over a dozen years.

Charles C. Tibbetts was born in Blue Rapids June 22, 1879. He spent


hi.s boyhood days in Blue Rapids and graduated innn the high school in the
class of 1897. lie took a course in I'latt's C'oumiercial College of St. Joseph,
Missouri, and then entered the emplo\- of the 1 lannihal d^ St. J(jseph Railroad
Company as stenographer and clerk, and remained ahout a year and took a
position in the civil engineering department of the Chicago & Great Western
Railroad at St. Joseph. He spent a year with this company and then die
year following with the Chicago, Burlington & Ouincy. In 1904 he pur-
chased a half interest in the Times from Mr. E. AI. Brice, and from that time
to ihe present has been actively connected with the management of the paper
anfl is now editor and publisher. He has a well-equipped plant for handling
job work, and the paper enjoys a constantly increasing circulation.

Charles C. Tibbetts was married June 20. 1905, to Nellie A. Price, of
Topeka. The latter is a daughter of William and Jennie (Fitzgerald) Price,
tile former a native of Wales and the latter of Canada. The father was a
molder by occupation and established a foundry at Blue Rapids in the seven-
ties. He is now connected with the Santa Fe railroad at Topeka. Mrs.
Tibbetts was born in Blue Rapids and graduated from the high school. Air.
arid Airs. Tibbetts are both active members of the Presbyterian church. She
is a member of the Tuesday Afternoon Clul), and he is a member of the
Alasons and Alodern Woodmen.


Among the many \vell-known and prominent residents of Waterville,
A'larshall county, a history of the county would not be complete wdthout men-
tion of Joseph Green, one of the substantial retired farmers and the owner
of five hundred and sixty acres of splendid land in Waterville township,
vvho w^as born in Nutbourne, Sussex, England, on November 20, 1850. He
is the son of James and Sara (Bourn) Green, both of whom were natives
of England, where they were educated in the public schools and spent their
entire lives. They were the parents of nine children, eight of whom grew to
maturity, namely : Emma Wolffe, now living in England ; William, a resi-
dent of Brooklyn, New York; George, in Africa; Alice, who resides at
Asbury Park, New Jersey; Joseph, the subject of this sketch; Arthur, who
died in Africa; Lucy Hohn, a resident of Waterville, Kansas, and Walter, a
resident of Canada. The parents were well-known in their home commun-
ity and were prominent in the social and the religious life of the district in


which they Hved. James Green died in 1894, aged seventy-nine years; his
widow survived until 1901, at her death being eighty-eight years old.

Joseph Green received his education in the public schools of England,
but was never able to attend school for any great length of time, on account
of assisting his father, who w^as a butcher, x^t the age of fourteen years
he went to w^ork for a family as a sort of chore boy, and for his services
he received sixty cents per week, with board. When he reached the age of
nineteen years he was given the opportunity to come to the United States
with a friend, who was an excellent carpenter. He accepted the offer and
in 1869 he left his native clime in a sailing vessel and after a voyage of four
w'eeks he landed in the United States. The fare to the new land was twenty
dollars, with very poor food and accommodations. \\'hen he arrived in
this country, he was met by a brother, who was a butcher in Brooklyn. At
that time Mr. Green was possessed of 1mt forty-eight cents and his first job
was in a hardware store, where he earned four dollars per week. This
meager sum would not pay his board and keep him. so he engaged in work-
ing on a sewer at two dollars per day. and continued at that work as long-
as it lasted. He then worked in a livery stable at nine dollars per month
and board, which was increased to fifteen dollars. In the spring of 1870
he came to Kansas, and here he located at Waterville. The carpenter with
whom he came to this country was then homesteading on Swede creek,
seven miles south of \\'aterville, and here he obtained work for the sum-
mer. Later in the year he homesteaded one hundred and twent}' acres on
Swede creek, but he lost eighty acres of the tract, which was transferred to
the St. Joe &- Denver Railway Company, and the remaining forty acres be
sold for one hundred dollars. He was then employed by George ^^'rig■ht.
and workefl for him until he had money enough to buy a team of oxen,
which cost him seventy-five dollars, and these he later traded for a team
of mules. He then purchased a drilling machine and was engaged in the
well business for some time. He continued in this work until 1874. when
he purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land in Cottage Jlill township
for six hundred and fifty dollars. He paid one hundred and forty dollars
in cash, which he raised on his crop of wheat, and had seven years to pay
the balance. The next seven years were busy ones, for in meeting his pay-
ments on the land and making the necessary improvements on the place, he
had a hard time. Hogs were selling at two dollars per hundred, potatoes at
ten cents per bushel and corn at twelve cents per bushel. At the same time
farm machinery was very high and interest was fifteen to thirty per cent.
When breaking his farm and making improvements. Air. Green experienced


mail)- hardships and lost a lai\i;c pari of a crop of corn h_\' prairie lire. Dur-
ing- those early da)S he boarded with a Mr. Thomas and that was his best
home until after he was married.

In the fall of 1885 Mr. (Ireen returned to his native land and there
married Elizabeth Williams, and in the spring of 1886 they came to the
home farm in Cottage Hill township. Here three children Avere born, two
of whom died in infancy. The family remained on the home farm, where
Mr. Green engaged successfully in general farming and stock raising. Dur-
ing that time he thoroughly deyeloped his farm and made many \-aluable
improyements. In 1893, owing to his health failing, he rnoyed to Water-
yille, where he engaged in the buying and the shipping of stock, in w^iich he
continued until the death of his wife in 1899. He then retired from the
grain and stock business and sold his farm, which he had greatly improyed,
and purchased a farm of two hundred and forty acres two miles east of
Watery ille. In 1900 he and his daughter yisited England and again viewed
the scenes of his early life, and after eighteen months they returned to
this country. In January, 1902, Air. Green was united in marriage to Nellie
Gilbert, of the state of New York, and to this union two children were
born, one of whom died in infancy.

In 1904 Air. Green purchased three hundred and twenty acres of land
in Washington county, Kansas, and became known as one of the prominent
and substantial men of the district. In 191 1 he moved to his present home
in Waterville, where he has a splendid modern house and one of the beau-
tiful homes of the city. His first wife, Elizabeth (William) Green, w^as
born in England in 1848. The only living child by this marriage is Alice
Steel, who is a resident of Washington county, wdiere Mr. Steel is success-
fully engaged in general farming and stock raising on his splendid farm,
six miles southwest of Waterville. Mr. and Mrs. Steel are the parents of
four bo}s, all of whom are at home with their parents.

Nellie (Gilbert) Green, the second wife of Mr. Green, is the daughter
of Henry and Martha (Gardiner) Gilbert, both of whom were natives of
Englanrl, where they recei\'ed their education and as children came to the
L'nited States, and with their parents located in the state of New York,
where they lived to the end of their lives. Mr. and Mrs. Green are the
parents of one child, Arthur, a lad of twelve years and now attending the
home school.

Joseph Green is identified with the Republican party and has ever taken
an active interest in local affairs and is one of the prominent members of


the local lodge of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows at Waterville. He
and his wife are among the prominent members of the local social circles of
their home town, where they are held in the highest regard.


George Bancroft, deceased, for many years one of the well-known and
highly respected citizens of Marshall county, was born in Springfield, Vermont,
in 18 14, and was the son of James and Fannie Bancroft, who were also natives
of Vermont and came of old New England families. John and Jane Bancroft,
early representatives of the family in America, came to this country on the ship
"James," in 1632. They were the parents of two sons, from whom many
of the Bancroft family have sprung. The family settled at Lynn, Massachu-
setts, where John Bancroft died in 1637. George Bancroft, the great Ameri-
can historian, was a member of the family.

James Bancroft, the father of George Bancroft, the subject of this sketch,
settled at Rockingham, Vermont, where he lived for a number of years. The
son, George, received his education in the state of his nativity, and there he
grew to manhood and married Merril Brown, also a member of an old New
England family. They established their home in their native state, where
they lived for a time, after which they moved to the state of New York, and
settled on a farm near the city of Buffalo, where Mrs. Merril Bancroft died in
1850. Here he remained until 1857, when he moved to Wisconsin, where he
lived for some years. In 1871 he left Wisconsin and came to IMarshall
county, and here Mr. Bancroft engaged in the mercantile business at Water-
ville, the building in which he conducted his store being still standing. Asso-
ciated with him in the business was his son-in-law, Spencer Hurlbut, now
deceased. For twelve years Mr. Bancroft was successfully engaged in the
business, when he sold to Hurlbut & Clark, and purchased a large farm
north of Waterville, which he managed W'ith much success until the time of
his death in 1884.

Mr. Bancroft was a prominent member of the Ancient Free and Accepted
Masons and of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He took much
interest in the work of both orders, and had much to do with their success
in the district. Politically, he was identified with the Republican party, and
always took a keen interest in the affairs of his home township as well as the
county. Though he was not an office seeker, he felt it his duty to see that


ilie best men were elected to pnljlic office, ile was a most energetic l)usiness
man, possessed of much l)iisincss acumen, and he was for many years recog-
nied as one of the foremost and successful residents of the county. His wife,
Merril Bancroft, was born in icSi7 and was a woman of unusual attainments.

To George and Meiril Bancroft were horn tlic following children: I'or-
rest Henry, Frances S. and Harriet Ellen. h^)rrest Henry receiyed his educa-
tion in the local schools and as a lad learned the miller's trade, and later went
to Trinidad, Colorado, where he died ; Harriet Ellen is the widow^ of Spencer
Hurlbut and is now liying with her son-indaw, George Delaney, at Axtell,
Kansas. Erances S. Bancroft receiyed her education in the schools of Wis-
consin and came with her ])arents to Waterville. as a girl. She is a great
reader and has added to her store of learning l)y reading the best literature.
She is a member of the Lutheran church and is one of the active religious
workers of her home city. She is also a member of the Woman's Relief Corps
and was the acting secretary for a period of thirteen years. She takes great
interest in missionary work and is a member of the Missionary Society and
the Ladies' Aid Society of the Lutheran church. She is a ^yoman who is
admired by all who know her, and her life has been filled with noble deeds
[uid work well done.

Some years after the death of his first wife, Mr. Bancroft was united in
marriage to Adelia C. Eggleson, an excellent woman, who died in 1885.


Fred Germer. a well-known and prominent retired farmer of Logan
township, Marshall county, was born in Cook county, Illinois, on October
17. 1868, the son of Fred and Mary (Breneka) Germer, who were natives
of Hanoyer, Germany.

The elder Fred Germer was born in 1827 and his wife in 1832. They
receiyed their education in the yillage schools and there grew to manhood
and womanhood. After their marriage they continued to reside in the
fatherland until 1866, when they came to the United States. During his
residence in Germany, Mr. Germer worked as a farm hand for t\yenty-
seyen dollars per year. After locating in Cook county, Illinois, he worked
as a farm hand and as a section hand on the railroad for four years, after
which he came to Marshall county and purchased one hundred and sixty
acres of land in Logan township. This he developed and improved and


here he engaged in general farming until the time of his death in 1889 and
here his widow died in 1898. They were hard-working and honest people,
who had the confidence and respect of all who knew them. When a girl
in Germany, Mrs. Germer worked for others and assisted in supporting
herself and the other members of the family. By hard work and wise
advice she assisted her husband in the life on the farm and in the home.

Fred and Mary Germer were the parents of the following children:
Mary, Carrie, Minnie, Sophia, Fred, Alvina and the first born, who died
in infancy. Mary Meyn resides with her husband on a farm in Washing-
ton county, Kansas, where they are meeting with much success in their
chosen work; Carrie Geishler and Minnie Riggert are. both residents of
Herkimer township, where their husbands are successful farmers and stock-
men; Sophia Lauterbach lives in Logan township, where her husband is
one of the successful agriculturists of that section and Alvina Petsch and
husband are among the successful farmers of Gage county, Nebraska.

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