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chant and Andrew is on the home farm. Mr. and Mrs. Kruse were devoted
members of the German Lutheran church and were among the most substan-
tial supporters of that denomination.

George A. Kruse received his education in the home schools of Mar-
shall county and grew to manhood on the home farm, where he assisted his
father with the work. After completing his education, and at the age of
twenty-two years, he was given one hundred and sixty acres of land in
Nebraska by his father, and here he engaged in general farming and stock
raising for one year, when he moved to Herkimer township, Marshall county,
where he bought one hundred and sixty acres and rented his Nebraska place.
After two years on the farm which he had purchased, he sold out, after
having made many substantial improvements, and moved to Bremen, where
he engaged in the grain and implement business for six years. He then sold
his business in Bremen and moved to his present farm of two hundred and
eighty acres in Logan township. Here he has one of the desirable farms
of the township, and which is substantially improved with a splendid house,
large barn, garage, granaries and alfalfa sheds. Here he is successfully
engaged in general farming and stock raising, and is one of the extensive
breeders of cattle and hogs in the county. He believes in up-to-date methods
of operating a farm, and now has on his place a tractor that will do more
and better work than the horse, thus conserving his time and energy for other

Li 1904 Mr. Kruse was united in marriage to Minnie Brenneke, the
daughter of Henry and Mary (Vogel) Brenneke, natives of Germany and
prominent residents of Bremen. Minnie (Brenneke) Kruse was born in
Bremen on May zt,, 1883, and there received her education in the public
schools and resided at home until her marriage. She and Mr. Kruse are
the parents of the following children: Elmer, born on March 2, 1905; Vera
Marie, October 10, 1906: Laverne Arlo, April 26, 1909; George Orbin, July
27, 191 1, and Orlinda Leona, July 16, 1915. Mr. and Mrs. Kruse are active
members of the Lutheran church and have long been prominent in the social
life of the community, where their good qualities and Christian spirit have
won for them a host of friends. Mr. Kruse has always taken a keen inter-
est in local affairs and is one of the representative men of the township.


He is now township clerk and has served as a member of the school board
and has always taken a deep concern in the educational development in the
county. Progressive in all things, he realizes that the future greatness of
any section must largel\' depend upon the institutions of learning. The
good roads movement has always received his earnest support.


Bohemia has given to the United States many of her citizens who have
become prominent in many of the walks of life in this country. Among
the number is Joseph Zarybnicky, the owner of four hundred acres of ex-
cellent land and the raiser of high-grade stock, who was born on November
23, 1868, and is the son of Anton and Anna (Soucek) Zarybnicky.

Anton and Anna Zarybnicky were also natives of Bohemia, where they
were educated, grew to maturity and were later married. In that country
their children were born and there they spent many years of their early
life. In 1881, after their daughter, Anna, the wife of Joe Polnicky, had
located in America, the parents and the rest of their children came to this
country. After a voyage of nineteen days the family landed in the United
States and later established their home near Wilber, Nebraska. There the
father worked as a farm hand for a number of years and later made his
home with his son, Frank, who was at that time one of the successful farmers
of the district. Anton Zarybnicky was born in the year 1832 and is now
living with his son, Joseph. The mother was born in 1832 and is now de-
ceased, she having died in 1908. They were the parents of the following
children : Mary, Anna, Josephine, Frank, Antonia, deceased ; Joseph, An-
tonia (2), John, Katherine and two that died in infancy. Mary died in
Bohemia; Anna died after coming to this country; Josephine Plihal died
some ten years ago; Frank is living near Odell, Nebraska, Antonia lives
near Latham, Kansas; John died on the way to the United States and was
buried at sea; Katherine Iteia is a resident of Table Rock, Nebraska. Mr.
and Mrs. Zarybnicky were active members of the Catholic church
and always took great interest in the affairs of the church and were well
known in the social life of the community in which they lived and where
they were held in the highest regard.

Joseph Zarybnicky received his education in the schools of his native
land and in the public schools of Nebraska, he having spent his boyhood


days in the latter state. At the age of fourteen years he worked as a farm
hand for the farmers in the neighborhood of his home. In 1888 he rented
one hundred and sixty acres of land in Nebraska, where he was engaged
in general farming and stock raising for himself for five years. He then
left the rented farm and purchased one hundred and sixty acres in section
II, Oketo township, Marshall county. Here he engaged in general farming
with success for nine years, when he purchased his present farm in the town-
ship. The farm at the time he made the purchase was all unimproved and
was for the most part undeveloped. Since estabHshing himself on his
present farm, Mr. Zarybnicky has put the place under the highest state of
development. As a raiser of Shorthorn cattle and Poland China hogs he
has met with with much success, and is now known as one of the most
successful stockmen in the county. He has some splendid horses and his
stock is all of the highest grade. The past year he had one hundred and
sixteen acres of his farm in corn, which averaged thirty-three bushels per
acre. In addition to his large farm interests he is a stockholder in the
farmers' elevator and the co-operative store at Oketo.

On January 13, 1892, Mr. Zarybnicky was imited in marriage to
Katherine Bell, who was born in Bohemia in 1870. She received her edu-
cation in the schools of her native land, where she lived until she was fifteen
years of age, when she came to the United States and settled, at Wilber,
Nebraska, where she lived until the time of her marriage. Her parents
spent their lives in Bohemia, where they died some years ago. To Mr.
and Mrs. Zarybnicky have been born the following children : Anna, Clara,
Frank, Abbie, ]\Iillie, William, Edward and Wilhelmina, all of whom are
at home with the exception of William, who is deceased.

Mr. and Mrs. Zarybnicky are active members of the Catholic church
and have reared their children in the faith of that denomination. They
have ever taken an active interest in the affairs of the county, in which
they have made their home for so many years and where they are held
in the highest regard. Coming to this country, where they were among
strangers and amid new conditions, they have demonstrated their ability to
meet the new conditions with success. By hard work and close application
to business they are today numbered among the substantial people of the

Mr. Zarybnicky has always taken an active interest in the civic life of
his home township, and while he has not been an office seeker, his advice
has often been sought in matters that pertained to the public welfare. He is


one of the patriotic and influential men of the district and his Hfe had been
one of honor. He is a member of the Bohemian lodg'e. Z. C. B. J., and was
the organizer of the local society. He is a man of much ability and his
niHuence is keenly felt in all matters that pertain to the public welfare, in
his home township as well as the county.


John Suggett, one of the well-known residents of Marietta, Marshall
county, and one of the early pioneers of the district, was born in Detroit
on June ii, 1851. the son of John P. and Clinda (Burgess) Suggett, natives
of England.

John P. and Cinda (Burgess ) Suggett were natives of Durhamshire, and
Somersetshire, respectively, the former having been born in 18 13 and died
on June 7, 1874, and the latter was born in 1827, and died on Alay 6. 1906.
Mr. Suggett received his education in the schools of his native land and there
he grew to manhood and learned the butcher's trade. At the age of twenty
vears he decided to seek a home in America and on his arrival in this country
he located at Detroit, where he was engaged in butchering for the lake boats.
Clinda Burgess spent her early childhood in England, and at the age of
ten years came to America with her parents, who located at Detroit, where
she completed her education in the public schools and where she was' mar-
ried in 1847 to Mr. Suggett. They established their home in that city and
there they lived until 1856, when they moved to Rock Island, Illinois. There
Mr. Suggett engaged in supplying the steamers on the Mississippi river
with meat. After a residence of six years in that city, the family decided
to locate in Kansas. They made the trip to Hannibal, Missouri, by steam-
boat and from there to St. Joseph by rail. Here John P. Suggett purchased
a team of oxen and with his family drove to Marysville, Marshall county.
He engaged in the butcher business and for two years furnished meat for
the soldiers. He remained in the butcher business until 1869. when he
homesteaded in Oketo t6wnship. There he and his sons cut the logs to
build their first home on the claim. They obtained their timber from along
the creek, and built a two-story house in which they lived for a number of
years. The family always had plenty to eat in their new home, and much
of their meat was obtained on the prairie, where they obtained wild prairie
chicken, duck, turkey and buffalo. They were provided with fresh buffalo
meat until the year 1872 and had dried meat until late the next year.


John P. Suggett became a successful farmer and in time his farm be-
came one of the well-developed and improved places in the township. He
raised much stock, with which he had much success. He and ^Irs. Suggett
were the parents of the following children: Elizabeth. \\'illiam H., John
W., Nathaniel P., Thomas J.. Fannie L.. Benjamin F., Xellie. Clinda and Marv
D. Elizabeth Champagne. William H., Fannie L. Watson and Mary D.
are now deceased, the latter having died on November 7. 1895. Nathaniel
P. is a resident of Oketo; Thomas J. is a resident of Marietta: Benjamin F.
resides at Beloit. Kansas; Mrs. Nellie Gibson conducts a boarding house at
Oketo : Clinda Mayhew lives on a farm four miles west of Marietta, in
Oketo townshop where her husband, John Mayhew. is a farmer. John P.
and Clinda Suggett were among the prominent residents of the county.
Mrs. Suggett was a firm believer in teaching her children household duties.
Her boys and girls from childhood were taught the art of cooking and the
care of the home, and anyone of them could prepare an excellent meal.
Both ]\Ir. and Mrs. Suggett spent their last days on the old homestead.

John \\\ Suggett received his education in the schools of Marshall
county. At the age of ten years he moved with his parents to the home-
stead in Oketo township, where he spent his life as a lad and young man.
There he assisted in the breaking and the clearing of the home place and
later in the cultivation of the crops and in the general work on the farm.
At the age of twenty-nine years, in 1880, he homesteaded forty acres of
land in Oketo township, this being the last homestead in Oketo. He made
manv improvements on the place, which he later sold and moved to Marietta,
where he has a good home and four acres of land. Here for many years
he did general work and operated his mother's farm.

In 1880 Mr. Suggett was united in marriage to Ida Triggs, who was
born in Lucas county, Iowa, in 1863 and is the daughter of Thomas M.
Triggs and wife, who left their home in Iowa and came to Marshall county
in 1869, where they became prominent in the affairs of the community. To
Mr. and ]\Irs. Suggett have been born the following children: Elsie, who
died in 1896; Percy, who died in November, 1913, and Victor and Hazel
are now residing in Oketo township, the latter being a student in the Oketo
high school. Mr. and Mrs. Suggett are active members of the United Evan-
gelical church, and have long l>een prominent in the social life of the com-
munitv in which they have lived for so many years and where thev are held
in the highest regard. Air. Suggett is independent in politics, but has always
taken a keen interest in the civic life of his home district, and is an advocate


of the selection of the best men to administer the affairs of the county and
the to\vnshi]>.

John W. Snggett lias had an active Hfe on the plains of the West, and
when he was but fifteen or sixteen years of age he joined with Robert
Shibley as a freighter. They left Marysville in April, 1866, and with a
consignment of two mills for Y\. Laramie, for the gold mines, they started
for St. Joseph. They transported the machinery to Laramie and were gone
until winter. On one trip with Mr. Shibley they had thirty-five wagons
in the caravan, including two four-horse wagons. The Indians w'ere on the
warpath in that section of the countr}' and they had a most difficult time
in making their trip. At one place Mr. Suggett and the party found an old
couple murdered and they delayed their journey long enough to give them
a burial. At another place they found a German settler killed at the door
of his house, he having been murdered, while endeavoring to gain entrance to
his home. Traveling on the plains in those days was dangerous as well
as difficult, There were no roads, and the winding trail at times was most
difficult to follow.

To such people as the Suggett family, much honor and credit are due
for their efforts in blazing the way for civilization in this Indian-ridden
country. Their lives were hard ones, and only those with brave hearts and
a firm determination to win could possibly succeed in their efforts to estab-
lish homes on the fertile plains of Kansas. Much has been said of the
trials and the hardships of those people, but only those who experienced the
life can realize the struggle.


John Steig, who is now deceased, was one of the oldest pioneers in
Marshall county, and had lived on his farm in Balderson township since
1865. He was born in Belgium on February 9, 1823, the son of John Steig
and wife, who were of the farming class in that country, and among the
highly respected people* of their home district. John Steig received his
education in the schools of his native land and remained a resident of that
country until he was thirty-two years of age. In 1857 he decided to seek
a home in America. After a long voyage he landed at the port of Xew
York and at once proceeded to Chicago, Illinois, where he remained for a
time, after which he took up his residence in Milwaukee. In 1865 he left






the city life and came to Kansas. Here he homesteaded land in Balderson
township, Marshall county, on which he built a small shack, which answered
the purpose of a home. Those were hard and trying times for the young
man in a strange land and amid new conditions. The country was new and
the few neighbors were far apart. Marysville, a long distance away in
those days, over the plains, with no roads other than the trail over the
prairie, was the nearest trading point, and at that time it could hardly be
called a town. He later built a log house, obtaining the material from the
timber growing on his own tract of land. He also built a log barn, and
today there are walnut logs on the place that were a part of the barn erected
forty-nine years ago. Some years later he erected a board house, that is
still standing on the farm and in which he lived until 1902, when he built
the present neat and substantial residence.

By much hard work and close application Mr. Steig was able to clear
and break his land preparatory to the planting of his crops. His progress
was slow, but in time he began to prosper and was soon successfully engaged
in general farming and stock raising, and left a splendid farm of one
hundred and sixty acres, which adjoins eighty acres that is owned by his
son, John B. The farm is under a high state of cultivation and well kept.
Much of the place is of fine bottom land, where are raised splendid crops
of corn and other grain, with fine tracts of pasture and meadow land.

On March 24, 1868, John Steig was united in marriage to Margaret
J. Beonack, who was born on September 5, 1847, i^"* Luxemburg, and to this
union were born two children, Margaret and John B. Margaret Meybrunn
resides in Balderson township, two miles south and one mile west of the
home. John B. was born on March 20, 1882, and received his education in
the district schools of Balderson township and has always lived on the
farm where he was born, and where he assisted his father with the farm
work. In addition to the management of his late father's farm he looks
after the interest of his own place of eighty acres.

John Steig was an active member of the Catholic church, as is his
widow, and they reared their children in that faith. The family have
long been prominent in the social life of the community and are held in
the highest regard and esteem by all who know them. Mr. Steig was
actively identified with the Democratic party, and was recognized as among
the substantial and successful men of the township. Mr. Steig cast his
first vote for James Buchanan for President, and never missed casting his
vote for the Democratic candidate up to the time of his death. He had
never been sick, up to his last illness, but once in his life, and that was in


the fall of 1915, when he had an attack of la grippe, which affected his
sight and hearing. Other than that he was both hale and hearty and able
to enjoy many of the blessings of life, on his farm, where he spent so many
years. During his residence in tiic county he had witnessed many wonderful
changes, and, today, where now stand the fine farm buildings and where
grows the golden grain, then stood the few huts of the early settlers and
there grew the tall prairie grass, with here and there a patch of timber.
All this took place in the life of this worthy man, who did so much for
the development of Marshall county. John Steig died in Balderson town-
ship on February 15. 191 7. and was buried at Summerfield, Kansas, at
Holy Family cemetery.


\\'illiam H. Brooks, a well-known and substantial farmer and stock-
man of Franklin township, this county, an honored yeteran of the Civil
War and the proprietor of a fine farm of four hundred and eighty acres
there, on which he has one of the best-appointed homes in the county, is a
native of the old Hoosier state, but has been a resident of this county
practically all the time since 1882 and has thus long been accounted one
of the well-established citizens of Marshall county. He was born at Brook-
ville, Indiana, on February 20, 1847, son of Joseph M. and Amelia (Swan)
Brooks, who were the parents of eight children, three of whom are- still

Joseph M. Brooks was born in April, 1818, and was trained to the
trade of carpenter and builder. He moved from Indiana to Peru, Illinois,
and there made his home until 1879, when he came to Kansas and settled
on the farm in Franklin township, this county, on which his son, the sub-
ject of this sketch, is now making his home, and presently became one of
the large landowners of the county. L'^pon coming to this county Joseph
M. Brooks bought a farm of four hundred and eighty acres, built a small
house on the same aad there made his home for four years, at the end of
which time he retired and moved to Beattie, where he spent the rest of
his life, his death occurring on July 31, 1901. After his retirement, how-
ever, he continued to extend his farming operations and land purchases
and at the time of his death was the owner of fifteen hundred acres of
Marshall county land. Joseph ]\I. Brooks was tw^ice married. Following
the death of his first wife he married Margaret A. Porter, \vho w^as born


on October 30, 1823, in x\dams county, Ohio, and who died at the home
of W'ilham H. Brooks in this county on May 7, 1916. That second union
was without issue.

Wilham H. Brooks was but a child when his parents moved from
Indiana to Peru, IlHnois, and he received his schoohng in that city. In
1864, he then being- but seventeen years of age, he enHsted for service
during the Civil War and served as a member of Company B, Fourteenth
Illinois Cavalry, under Captain Dressier, in Sherman's Army, until the
close of the war, being a participant in the spirited engagements in which
his command took part in the last year of the war. In one of these engage-
ments he was captured by the enemy and for four or five months was con-
fined in the dreadful prison pen at Andersonville. Mr. Brooks received
his discharge in Tennessee at the close of the war and then returned to
Peru, Illinois, where he began working as a stationary engineer, a vocation
which occupied his time chietly thereafter for thirty-five years. In 1882
he came to Kansas and for a few years worked with his father on the
farm in this county, but later resumed his calling as stationaiy engineer
and was thus engaged, in Nebraska and points farther west, until the death
of his father in the summer of 1901, when he came back to this county
to settle the estate and has since made his home here. In the settlement of
his father's estate he inherited one hundred and forty-six acres of the old
home place and he has since added to that tract by purchase until now he is
the owner of four hundred and eighty acres of excellent land and has one
of the best farm plants in that part of the county. In addition to his gen-
eral farming, Mr. Brooks has long given considerable attention to the rais-
ing of live stock, now feeding about eighty head of cattle, and has done
very well. His farm is situated on section 24 of P'ranklin township and
there he has one of the best-appointed farm houses in Marshall county,
an eight-room modern house, equipped with electric lights, furnace, bath
and hot and cold water, and he and his family are very comfortably situated.
The house has an admirable location and commands one of the best views
in that part of the county.

On June 24, 1885, William H. Brooks was united in marriage to Alice
Beveridge, who was born on March 5, 1864, in Adams county, Ohio,
daughter of Jacob and Nancy (McNeil) Beveridge, further mention of
whom is made in this volume in a biographical sketch relating tO' Dr. Jacob
Beveridge, and to this union four children have been born, namely : Ralph,
who is at home; Mrs. Madge Totten, of La Junta, Colorado; Ray E.,
who is at home, and Chester A., an optician, practicing at Marysville.


Mr. and Mrs. Brooks are attendants at the services of the Methodist church
and have ever since taking up their residence in this county taken a warm
and active interest in the various good works of the community in which
they H\e, helpful in [)romoting all worthy causes thereabout. Mr. Brooks
is a Republican, but has never been a seeker after public office.


William Schwindaman, a native of Peoria, Illinois, where he was born
on April 6, 1853, the son of Laurence and Katie (Kern) Schwindaman,
is now one of the substantial farmers of Marshall county.

Laurence and Katie (Kern) Schwindaman w^ere born in Strasburg,
Germany, he in 1808 and she in 1823. They received their education in
good schools and were reared amid the scenes of village life. As a lad Mr.
Schwindaman learned the basket-maker's trade, at which he worked dur-
ing the years of his active life. Thirty-two years of his life were spent in
his native land, when, in 1840, he decided to come to America. On his
arrival in this country he at once proceeded to Louisville, Kentucky, where
he lived for a time, after w-hich he spent some time in St. Louis and Chicago
and then located Peoria, Illinois, \vhere he followed his trade for over
thirty years. Llis health failing him, he came to Kansas, where he pur-
chased three hundred and twenty acres of land in Washington county, where

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