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im[)roved farm of one hundred and sixty acres, on which they are engaged
in general farming, meeting with much success.

To William H. and Hattie E. Fulwider have been born three children
as follow : Evelyn Pearl, Florence Wilma and Birdabelle, all of wdiom are
at home with their parents. Mr. and Mrs. Fulwider are active members of
the United Presbyterian church and are prominent in the social and the
religious life of the community, where they are held in the highest regard.
Mr. Fulwider is identified with the Democratic party and has always taken
much interest in local affairs. He has served as township clerk and as trustee
of St. Bridget township and is now a member of the city council. He is a
member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and of the Modern Wood-
men of America and is one of the active members of the lodges to which
he belongs.



JAMES R. WILCOX.

James R. Wilcox, one of the best known and most prominent residents
of Beattie, Marshall county, was born in Crawford county, Pennsylvania, on
November 4, 1843, ^^^^ son of Robert R. and Mary Jane (King) Wilcox,
both of whom were natives of the state of New York, where they received
their education in the public schools, there grew up and w-ere later married.
Soon after their marriage they moved to Crawford county, Pennsylvania,
where they established their home and where they lived until 1856, when
they left Pennsylvania and moved to Iowa. They located on a farm in
How ard county, where they remained for five years, when they removed to
Polk county, and later to Andrew county, Missouri, where the mother died
in 1865. The father later moved to California and his death occurred in the
year 1905. Both Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox were highly respected people and




MR. AND MRS. JAMES R. WILCOX.



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were ever active in the affairs of the community in which they hved. Mr.
Wilcox was a man of much abihty and during his active life had much to
do with the growth and development of the localities in which he lived.

James R. Wilcox is one of a family of eight children, he being the second
born. His early education was received in the schools of Crawford county,
where he lived until he was thirteen years of age. He then came with his
parents to Iowa, and here he made his home with his parents until he was
eighteen years of age, when he enlisted in Company C, Twenty-third Regi-
ment, Iowa Volunteer Infantry, on August 9, 1862, at Des Moines. As a
soldier, he distinguished himself for bravery and was soon promoted from
the rank of a private to the position of color-sergeant, which position he
held until he received his discharge from the service. Among the numerous
engagements in which he took an active part were those at Ft. Gibson, Grand
Gulf, Jackson, Mississippi, Champion Hill, Black River Bridge, siege of
Vicksburg, battle of Ft. Esperanza, Texas, and the siege of the Spanish
Fort at Mobile. At the charge of Black River Bridge he received a severe
wound in the face and at the siege of Spanish Fort he received a wound in
the jaw. Following his ht)norable discharge he returned to Des Moines,
Iowa, where he was united in marriage on August o.'j, 1865, to Sarah L.
Ballard, the daughter of Isaac and Mary Ann (Keeth) Ballard, both of whom
are natives of Illinois and are now living in Mills county, Iowa. After
their marriage Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox left Des Moines and established their
home in Andrews county, Missouri, where they resided until 1871. In
March of that year tliey came to Marshall county and later established their
home in Franklin township, where they became the owners of a splendid
farm and where they had one of the pleasant country homes of the county.
Mrs. Wilcox was born in Des Moines, Iowa, on October 9, 1847, ^^''d departed
this life on September 28, 1916, after a happy married life of over fifty-one
years. At the age of sixteen years she was converted to Christianity at Ris-
ing Sun, Iowa, and lived a consistent life until the time of her death, which
occurred at her home in Beattie. She was a member of the Baptist church
and of the Knights and Ladies of Security, and was a woman in whom all
had the greatest confidence. She was universally beloved and at her death
she was mourned by a large circle of friends.

Mr. Wilcox is a charter member of the Lyons Post No. 9, Grand Army

of tlie Republic, at IMarysville, and lias served as a steward of the Methodist

Episcopal church, of which he is now a member. He has always taken an

actiA-e and prominent part in the affairs of the township and the county,

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690 MARSHALL COUNTY, KANSAS.

and is interested in all matters that tend to i)rom()te the growth and welfare
of his home district. He has served as constable of the township and for
twelve years was a justice of tlie peace. Tn 1902 Mr. and Mrs. Wilco:: left
the farm and moved to Reattie. Tn T89S lie was selected as star route car-
rier for the mails to Guittard Station, and after a service of two years, he
was given a position as rural carrier out of Beattie, which position he has
filled with credit to the present time. Having served for three years in
the armv, he considers that lie has given over twenty years of liis life to the
services of his government.

James R. Wilcox is a man of much force of character and is an enter-
taining talker and debater. By recpiest, he has publicly discussed many of
the more important topics of the day, and always in an able -manner. His
style of address is simple and convincing and he has received many compli-
ments on the manner in which he has presented his subjects. During the
life of the Farmer's Alliance Mr. Wilcox took an active interest in promul-
gating the cause of that organization in his home district and for two years
he was president of the local society. After coming to Beattie he joined
the Knights and Ladies of Security and has served in the various offices of
the lodge and was president for three times. He is now past commander of
the Grand Army Post at Beattie and has been president of the Rural Mail
Carriers Association of Marshall county.

Of the ten children of Mr. and Mrs. Wilcox, four are now living, namely :
Anna, who is the widow of L. King, lives at Topeka, Kansas; Sarah L.
Rochler resides at Beattie ; Mary E. is the wife of J. F. Keylan, of Omaha,
Nebraska, and Benjamin H. resides at Beattie. The family have been long
prominent in the social and religious life of Marshall county and are among
the progressive residents of their home communities.



WILLIAM KRUSE.



William Kruse, a successful farmer and a well-known stockman of
Logan township, Marshall county, was born in Nebraska on December 17,
1875, the son of George and Anna (Jurgens) Kruse.

George and Anna (Jurgens) Kruse were born in Germany, the father
in 1832 and the mother in 1842. They received their education in that
country, grew to maturity and were there married in 1864. They estab-
lished their home in their native land and there Mr. Kruse engaged in farm-



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ing for a time. They then decided to come to America and after landing in
the United States they at once proceeded to Illinois, where they established
a new home and where they resided for some years. They then moved to
Nebraska and engaged in farming for a time, after which they came to Mar-
shall county, in 1882. Here Mr. Kruse purchased three hundred and twenty
acres of land, the greater part of which at that time was in a wild state.
After some years of hard work the tract was developed and improved and
became one of the ideal places in the township. The farm was enlarged
until Mr. Kruse owned eight hundred and forty acres. He erected a mag-
nificent house, two large barns and other substantial buildings. Here he and
his wife lived the rest of their lives, the latter having died in 1895 and the
former on July 18, 19 14.

George Kruse was prominent in the affairs of the locality but did not
aspire to oflice. Mr. and Mrs. Kruse were active members of the German
Lutheran church, and took a deep interest in the moral and social develop-
ment of their home township as well as the county. They were the parents
of the following children : Catherine, Margaret, Mary, William, George,
Henry, Anna, Christina, Andrew and two that died in infancy. Catherine
is the wife of William Rabe, a farmer and banker of Bremen, Kansas, where
he is at the head of the State Bank ; Margaret Shaefer lives in Herkimer
township, where her husband is a farmer; Mary Lohse is the wife of a farmer
and stockman of Logan township; George A. is a farmer of Logan town-
ship and William and Henry are farmers in Herkimer township; Anna
Geihsler is a resident of Oklahoma, where her husband is engaged in agri-
cultural work, and Christina is the wife of Mr. Prelle, a merchant of the
county, and Andrew is farming on the home place.

William Kruse was reared on the home farm and educated in the local
schools. He assisted his father with the farm work until he was twenty-six
years of age, at which time he rented one of his father's farms, on which he
lived by himself for two years. He was then married and he and his wife
continued to live there for more than a year. Mr. Kruse then rented his
father-in-law's farm at the edge of Herkimer and engaged in farming for
three years. He then went to Nebraska on the farm given him by his father
and remained in that state for two years, when he returned to Marshall county,
where he purchased one hundred and seventy acres near Herkimer. After
a residence of two years on this farm he rented the place and moved to the
father-in-law's farm. Mr. and Mrs. Kruse continued to live with her father
until his death, when Mr. Kruse purchased the place of the heirs and they
have since made it their home.



692 MARSHALL COUNTY, KANSAS.

On May 4, 1904, William Kiiise was united in marriage to Sophia
Koeneke. the daughter of W. H. and Julia (Brockmeyer) Koeneke. W. H.
Koeneke was born in Cook county, Illinois, July 15, 1852. He attended the
common schools of that county for a time, and when eight years of age, he
came with his parents to Kansas, where they located on a tract of wild land
in Logan township, Marshall county. Here the family established their home
on the w ild prairie, amid the most primitive conditions, and there they experi-
enced many of the hardships of pioneer life. The farm was developed and
enlarged and in time was improved with substantial structures. W. H.
Koeneke, in addition to his farm interest, engaged in the lumber business
with his brother-in-law, with whom he remained for a number of years. In
1888 Mr. Koeneke purchased the business, which he managed with the buy-
ing and selling of grain. He erected a large elevator at Bremen and there
did an extensive business. During his active life he purchased much land,
becoming the owner of fourteen hundred acres, all under high cultivation
and nicely improved.

W. H. Koeneke was married to Julia Brockmeyer in May, 1878. She
was the daughter of Frederick and Fredericka (Martin) Brockmeyer, who
were natives of Germany. They came to the United States in an early day
and for a time lived in Connecticut, but later came to Kansas, when the state
was one wild stretch of prairie, and here they established their home in Han-
over, where the father engaged in farming until the time of his death on
March 25, 1913. The wife, Julia Koeneke, who was born on June 5, 1859,
and was the first child of the family born after their arrival in Kansas, died
on May 17, 1910. Mr. and Mrs. Koeneke were the parents of eight children
as follow: Sophia, E. W., Mary, Henry, Martha, Julia and two that died
in infancy. Sophia is the wife of William Kruse ; E. W. is assistant cashier
of the State Bank of Herkimer ; Mary Geyer is a resident of Waterville, Kan-
sas, where her husband is manager of the telephone system ; Julia Hermann
and husband reside on a farm in Logan township ; Henry W. is cashier of
the bank at Herkimer and Martha is a student in the schools of the county.
Mr. and Mrs. Koeneke were long active members of the German Lutheran
church and prominent in the social life of the township.

Sophia (Koeneke) Kruse was l)orn in Marshall county, Kansas, and
was reared in Herkimer where she was educated in the public schools of that
place. Her birth occurred on October 19, 1880, and she remained at home
until the time of her marriage. She and Mr. Kruse are the parents of seven
children as follow: Myrtle, born on July 14, 1905: Laura. August 25, 1907;



MARSHALL COUNTY, KANSAS. 693

William, April 11, 1909; Julia Anna, September 27, 1910; Victor, November
12, 1912; Jiiergen, July 18, 1914, and Roland, September 25, 1915. Mr.
and Mrs. Kruse are prominent members of the German Lutheran church and
are popular in the social life of their home community.

William Kruse now owns six hundred and ninety-two acres of land in
Marshall and Washington counties. He devotes his time to high-class farm-
ing and stock raising. He is interested in Polled Hereford cattle and Perch-
eron horses. Of his fine herd of cattle, he has thirty-five registered and of
the horses, eight are registered. He has over one hundred and sixty acres
of alfalfa and raises much seed for the market, having his own huller for
threshing. He cultivates but forty acres of small grain, the balance of his
farm being in meadow, pasture and timber. His home place, in the corpora-
tion of Herkimer, consists of ninety acres. The place is nicely improved
and is centrallv located, the residence being but one block from the Lutheran
church. He has always taken much interest in local affairs and is recog-
nized as one of the influential men of the township. He is identified with
the Republican party and his advice is often sought in the party's councils
as well as in the affairs of the county. He is secretary of the church organ-
ization and to him is due much of the success of the local society. He has
long been an advocate of the good roads movement and a better system of
public schools. Not alone in civic affairs does he believe in progress, but
he practices it on his large farms, which are models of modern methods and
systematic work.



PERCY R. PULLEINE.



One of the well-known and successful business men of Home City,
^Marshall countv, is Percy R. Pulleine, the efficient cashier of the Citizens
State Bank, who was born in Franklin township, Marshall county, on No-
vember 23, 1880, the son of William T. and Julia (Dunn) Pulleine.

William T. and Julia (Dunn) Pulleine were born in England, the
former in 1844, in Yorkshire, and the latter at Hull, in 1845. William T.
Pulleine was educated in the pul^lic schools of England and was reared on
a farm, his father being a large land owner. On the death of his father
he was left quite an estate and in 1870 he came to the United States. On
his arrival in this country he came to Kansas, where he purchased one hun-
dred and twenty acres of excellent land in section 26, Franklin township.
Here he engaged in general farming and stock raising with much success



694 MARSHALL COUNTY, KANSAS.

until i8q4. at which time he was elected probate judge of Marshall county
and moved to jMarysville. He was retained in this position for ten years, at
which time he retired from the activities of the more strenuous life, and
lived a life of quietude for eight years, when his death occurred in 191 2.
The widow died in 19 14 after a useful life of well-doing. She and Mr.
Pulleine were married in England and soon after their marriage left for
their new home in j\merica. Their children were all born in Marshall
county with the exception of one who was born in \'lrginia, where the
parents remained for some little time after coming to this country. Mr.
and Mrs. Pulleine were prominent members of the Episcopalian church
and were active in the social and religious life of the community in which
they lived.

Percv R. I\illeine was reared on the home farm and received his
education in the local schools and at the high school of Marysville, having
graduated from the latter institution in the class of 1900. Soon after com-
pleting his education he entered the First National Bank at Marysville as
bookkeeper, which position he held until 1912, when he came to Home City
as cashier of the Citizens State Bank, where he has since given such val-
uable service and has won for himself the approval of the officials of the
institution and the respect of the public. He is most proficient in his line of
work, and by his genial disposition and business-like methods he has the
confidence of all.

Percy R. Pulleine is happily united in marriage to Gertrude Hamilton,
who was born in Blue Rapids. Kansas, September 16, 1885, the daughter
of John L. and Alice (Fitzgerald) Hamliton who were born in Marshall
county and Canada, respectively, and are now living on a farm at Blue
Rapids. To this union two children have been born, Alice J- and Patricia.
Mr. and Mrs. Pulleine are active members of the Episcopal church and have
long been been prominent in the social and religious Hfe of the communitv.
Politicallv i\Ir. Pulleine is a Republican and has served as a member of the
city council at Marysville. Mr. Pulleine is a man of sterling worth and
high integrity and his life has been one of activity in the district where he
was born and reared. From the time he left school he has been actively
associated with the financial interest of the county. Few men of his age
have had more practical experience in financial work than has he. He has
always taken the keenest interest in the growth and development of his
home district and his influence has been given to those enterprises that would
tend to the future greatness of the township and the county. The schools



MARSHALL COUNTY, KANSAS. 695

and the roads of his district have always received his earnest consideration
and he is in sympathy with the modern standard of schools and the good roads
movement, believing that in these much of the development of any com-
munity depends.



JACOB RUTTI.



Jacob Rutti, one of Franklin township's well-known and substantial
farmers and the proprietor of a fine farm of three hundred and twenty
acres there, is a native of the republic of Switzerland, but has been a resi-
dent of this country since the days of his young manhood. He was born
on February 2, 1854, son of George and Mary (Flure) Rutti, who were
the parents of twelve children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the
fifth in order of birth and all of whom are still living save one.

Leaving his native land in 1878, Jacob Rutti came to this country and
located in Wisconsin, where he began working in a cheese factory and
where, in 1882, he was married. Two years later, in 1884, he and his
wife came to Kansas and settled on an eighty-acre farm in this county.
In 1899 Mr. Rutti bouglit the quarter section of land in Franklin town-
ship on which his present home is situated and there he has lived ever
since, long having been regarded as one of the leading farmers in that part
of the country. He has prospered in his affairs and has added to his
original purchase until now he is the owner of a farm of three hundred
and twenty acres, all of which is under cultivation and on which, in addi-
tion to his general farming, he is somewhat extensively engaged in the
raising of cattle. He has improved his farm in excellent shape and he and
his family have a very comfortable home.

Jacob Rutti has been twice married. As noted above, it was in 1882,
while living in Wisconsin, that he married Mary Haffner, who was born in
that state in 1858, and to that union five children were born, namely: Lizzie,
who married Henry Toeter, of Franklin township, this county; Anna, who
married M. McDonald, a farmer, living near Oketo ; Rosa, who married F.
Keller, of Center township ; Frank, deceased, and Heniy, deceased. The
mother of these children died in 1890 and in 1894 Mr. Rutti married Amelia
Muller, who was born in Switzerland on August 11, i860, and who came
to this country in 1894 and to this union two children have been born. Otto
and John, both of whom are at home, taking an active part in the cultiva-
tion of their father's farm.



696 MARSHALL COUNTY, KANSAS.

IRA EDMOXD HENRY.

Ira Eclmond Henry, a well-known druggist, business man and city clerk
of Summerfield, Marshall county, was born in Hanover, Kansas, on Septem-
ber 10, 1883, and is the son of Ed. S. and Sadie Eveline (Holbert) Henry.

Ed. S. Henry was born in the state of Illinois in 1861 and received his
education in the public schools and grew to manhood. He later married
Sadie Eveline Holbert, who was born in 1863 and was the daughter of Perry
Holbert, who w-as a native of Ohio and one of the first settlers of Washing-
ton county, Kansas. The town of Washington is now located on a part of
what was then his farm. As a young man Perry Holbert was united in mar-
riage to a ^liss Avard, a native of West Virginia. She had a number of her
people w^ho were in sympathy wath the cause of the South and her nephew,
David Clevenger, was a soldier of note in the Confederate army, yet three
of her nepbew^s, Greenberry, John and Minor Clevenger were soldiers in the
Union army and won distinction in the cause of the Union.

The ancestors of Ed. S. Henry were originally from Ohio and in an
early day settled in the states of Illinois and Missouri, and thence to Els-
worth, Kansas. Ed. S. and his brother, Ira, when young men engaged in
farming in Washington county, and there Ira is still engaged in the w^ork.
Ed. S. later located at Kansas City, wdiere he engaged in the commission and
produce business for a number of years, wdien he established himself in the
business in Chicago, Illinois, and was one of the first to use the candling, pro-
cess in the selection of eggs. He continued in the business during his life
and met with much success. He and Mrs. Henry were the parents of two
children. Ira Edmond and Guy Morris, the latter having died at the age of
fifteen years.

Ira Edmond Henry received his early education in a country school
house in Washington county, Kansas, and experienced many of the early
conditions of the early life on the plains. In 1892, at the age of nine years,
he came to Summerfield, Marshall county, with his mother, who had after
the death of his father married Samuel J. Grauer. Here he attended the
public schools and later entered the University of Kansas, at Lawrence, in
1903. He took the course in pharmacy and completed his work in 1904
and became a registered pharmacist that year. -During the time he was in
the university he was a member of the baseball team, and was awarded a
"K" in baseball and general athletics. After completing his education and
receiving his certificate, he returned to Summerfield in June, 1904, and in




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MARSHALL COUNTY, KANSAS. 697

July of that year he purchased a drug store which he conducted for seven
years. He then purchased his present store in 191 1, and a year later con-
soHdated it with the "Daisy Pharmacy Store," which he had purchased. His
present store is known as the "Rexall Store" and is one of the most com-
plete in this section of the county. He has an excellent room for his busi-
ness, which is twenty-four by eighty feet, all of which is well stocked with
up-to-date goods. In addition to his stock of drugs, he handles musical
instruments for which he has a special room. He has the agency for the
Edison, the Knaba, the Marshall and Wendell pianos, in all' of which he
has a well-estal)lished business. He has a stock, the value of which is eight
thousand dollars, and carries a large stock of Rexall remedies, books, station-
ery, Lowe Brothers high-standard paints, wall paper and toilet articles. He
has two registered clerks and on Saturdays has extra help.

Ira Edmond Henry has by hard work risen to his present position in
the business world. He began his active life with no financial backing, and
before he was twenty-one years of age he had completed his college career
and had established himself in the business world. He began his life as a
clerk in a drug store at one dollar and fifty cents per week, for the first year.
But he had the determination and ])ush to own a store of his own. He bor-
rowed the money when he made his purchase of the first drug store, all of
which he has paid.

On September 2, 1908, Ira Edmond Henry was united in marriage to
Florence Nightingale Hazels, of Washington county, Kansas, the daughter
of George Nicol Hazels and wife. Her father was a native of Scotland and
there received his education in the public schools and grew to manhood. At



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