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Braugh, of Marysville, Gustav C, Louis, Ernest W. and Carl, who reside



726 MARSHALL COUNTY, KANSAS.

near Home, Mrs. Emma Tucker, of Kansas City, Alissouri, and one son,
Otto, who died at the age of seven years. Besides his widow and these
children, the deceased left two sisters and one brotiier, residing in Germany,
and a sister, residing in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Gustav C. Pape was but an infant when his parents came to this
country in 1876 and he grew to manhood on the home farm in Franklin
township, receiving his schooling in the district school in that neighborhood.
He remained at home until after his marriage in 1904, when he bought a
farm of one hundred and sixty acres in section 4 of that same township
and there has ever since made his home, he and his family being comfortably
and pleasantly situated. Mr. Pape has made extensive improvements on
his place and has one of the most attractive farms in that part of the county,
in addition to a fine orchard having fifteen acres of natural timber on
his farm. Mr. Pape is a Democrat and has ever given close attention to
local political affairs. In 1908 he was elected trustee of Franklin town-
ship; was re-elected in 1912 and is still holding that office.

In 1904 Gustav C. Pape was united in marriage to Matilda Neumann,
who was born in Richland township, this county, December 15, 1880, daugh-
ter of Herman and Emma (Branch) Neumann, pioneers of Marshall county,
the latter of whom died in 1903 and the former of whom is now making his
home with Mr. and Mrs. Pape. Herman Neumann was born in West
Prussia, Germany, May 25, 1852, and in 1870, when eighteen years of
age, came to this country and located in Illinois, where he began working
as a farm hand and where, in 1873, he married Emma Branch, who was
born in that state on January 3, 1856. In 1878 he and his family came to
Kansas and settled in Marshall county, Mr. Neumann for a time renting
a farm in Richland township. In 1882 he bought a quarter of a section
of land and has since enlarged his holdings until now he is the owner
of three hundred and twenty acres of land. His wife died on Julv 27, 1903,
and in 190^ he retired from the active labors of the farm and has since
made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Pape. Mr. Neumann for years took
an active part in local affairs and has served as a member of the school
board in his district for twenty-four years. To him and his wife six chil-
dren were born, of whom Mrs. Pape was the fourth in order of birth, the
others being as follows: Mrs. Charles Blocker, of Home; Frederick, a
farmer, living in the neighborhood of Oketo; Mrs. Fred Blocker, of Home;
Mrs. August Genschoreck, of Franklin township, and Gustav, deceased. To
Mr. and Mrs. Pape three children have been born, Arthur, Verda and Laura.
Mr. and Mrs. Pape are members of the German Lutheran church and Mr.



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Pape is the treasurer of the local congregation. He is a member of the
Independent Order of Odd Fellows and of the Modern Woodmen of America
and takes a warm interest in the affairs of these organizations.



CHARLES L. WILLEY



Among the residents of Balderson township, Marshall county, who have
won a prominent place in the affairs of the township and the county, it is
well to mention Charles L. Willey, one of the successful farmers and stock-
men of the district, who was born in Starke county. Indiana, on July 14, 1867,
and is the son of Albert Burton and Anna (Prettiman) Willey.

Albert Burton and Anna Willey were born in the state of Delaware, the
former having been born on March ii, 1832, and died at his home in Blue
Rapids, Kansas, in 1897. ^^s. Willey w^as born on May 18, 1832, and is
living with her children, since the death of her husband. They were edu-
cated in the common schools of their native country and later were married
and located in Kansas, where they became prominent in the social and the
civic life of the community, where they were held in the highest regard and
esteem by all.

Charles L. Willey received his primary education in the public schools
of Indiana, where he lived until he was sixteen years of age, when he came
with his parents to Kansas and with them located in Balderson township,
Marshall county. Here he remained with his parents until 1886, when he
rented a farm in the township and began the active operations of life for him-
self. He engaged in general farming for a time and later rented a farm in
Nebraska, where he remained until 1893, when he returned to Marshall county
and purchased eighty acres of land in Balderson towaiship, which is a part
of his present farm. The tract at that time had no improvements whatever,
not even a fence. Mr. Willey at once engaged in the task of developing
and improving his new farm and was soon in a position to purchase more
land. He added eighty acres to his original tract and in a short time was
the owner of two hundred and forty acres of splendid land, all of which was
placed under high cultivation and was well improved. He engaged in gen-
eral farming with much success and kept high-grade stock, including Short-
horn cattle and Poland China hogs. In 19 16 he raised some one hundred
acres of corn, which gave him a splendid average. In addition to his large
interests on the farm, Mr. Willey is a holder of stock in the co-operative store



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at Oketo and is president of the company. He is a director of the elevator
at Oketo, and has had much to do with its success.

In 1886 Charles L. Willey was united in marriage to Lucy Shores, who
was born in North Carolina on May 13, 1868, and is the daughter of James
and Sarah M. ( ]\Ianard ) Shores. Her parents were natives of that state
and there they received their education in the common schools, grew to
maturity and were later married. After their marriage they continued to
reside in Xorth Carolina until 1883, at which time they decided to locate in
Kansas. On their arrival in this state they established their home on a farm
in Balderson township, Marshall county, where they resided up to the end of
their lives.

To Charles L. and Lucy Willey have been born the following children :
Charles R.. a resident of Nebraska; Earl, one of the successful men of Balder-
son township; Ruth, a graduate of the common and normal schools and now
a successful teacher of the county ; Fern, Floyd, Fay and Orval are at home
and Jewell is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Willey are active in the affairs of
the community and have long been prominent in the social and the religious
life of the district. Mr. Willey is identified with the Republican party and
was for eighteen years a member of the local school board and is now town-
ship clerk. He and his family are regular attendants of the Baptist church,
in which Air. Willey is a deacon. He is a member of the Ancient Free
and Accepted Masons. He has for some years been a deputy fire marshal
of his home township and is also recorder of the births and the deaths.



SAMUEL W. STEDMAN.

Samuel W. Stedman, one of the well-known and successful farmers and
stockmen of Richland township, Marshall county, was born at Dowagiac,
Michigan, when that country was all heavy timber, on August 16, 1858, and
is the son of Zerah and Phoebe (Ryder) Stedman.

Zerah and Phoebe Ryder Stedman were natives of the state of New
York and Canada, respectively. Mr. wStedman was born on January 10,
1828, and died on April 8, 1905; Mrs. Stedman was born on August 7, 1835,
and died on January 2, 191 1. Their ancestors were of Irish descent, the
grandfather of Samuel W. Stedman having been born and reared in Ireland.
The Stedmans were early settlers in the state of Michigan, and William
Ryder located there when the daughter Phoebe was a little girl. The state



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at that time, in the northern and central parts, was covered with a heavy
growth of timber, and there were but few settlers, in the vicinity where those
families settled. They were true pioneers and during their stay in the state,
experienced many of the hardships and privations of the early settler. In'
1870 the Stedmans moved to Kansas, where Zerah Stedman homesteaded
a farm where the city of Summeriield is now located. This farm he
developed and improved and here he engaged in general farming and stock
raising until 1881, when he sold the place and for three and a half years
made his home with his son, Samuel W. He then purchased the farm where
the brother of Samuel W. Stedman now lives, and there he made his home
until two years before his death, when he moved to another farm that he
owned.

Zerah and Phoebe (Ryder) Stedman were the parents of two children,
Samuel W. and Richard James. The latter is now a successful farmer and
stockman of Richland township, and is the owner of a tract of land in that
township. His farm is under a high state of cultivation and well improved,
and he and his family are held in the highest regard and esteem.

Samuel W. Stedman received his education in the district schools of
Marshall county, attending school in the winter time and working on the
farm in the summer. In 1879 he purchased his farm in Richland township,
but continued to live with his father until 1882, when he moved to his own
place. On December 25, 1880, he was united in marriage to Lettie May
Harvey, who was born on April 5, 1864. She was a native of the state of
Indiana and the daughter of William L. and Permelia (Arnet) Harvey.
Her parents were also natives of the Hoosier state, where they were educated
in the public schools and there grew to maturity and were later married.
After their marriage they continued to live in Indiana until 1878, when they
came to Kansas and established their home on a farm in St. Bridget town-
ship, where they engaged in general farming and stockraising for a number
of years. Mr. Harvey was born on October 12, 1819, and died on March
9, 1888; Mrs. Harvey was born on December 25, 1825, and died on March
18, 1876. They were the parents of the following children: Jane, William,
Milton, Franklin, Elizabeth, Alice, Lena, Fremont, Emma, Lettie May and
Clara. Jane was born on May 15, 1842, and now makes her home with
Samuel W. Stedman and wife; William, October 20, 1843, was a soldier in
the Civil War, and gave his life in the defense of the Union; Milton, April
13, 1846, is now deceased; Franklin, September 5, 1848, and is now a resi-
dent of Indianapolis, Indiana; Elizabeth Dunn, January 30, 1850, and she
and her husband now reside at Oklahoma; Alice, April 21, 1853, and died



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some years after her marriage to Mr. McMains; Lena Hayward, August 26,
1855, is now a resident of Oklahoma; Fremont, March 11, 1858, is now a
resident of southeastern Kansas; Emma Lockhard, October 22, i860, and
lives at Marysville, and Clara Stedman, April 27, 1868.

To Samuel W. and Lettie May Stedman have been born the following
children: Z., who was l)urn on November 9, 1883. and is now a resident of
California. He married Susie Huddell and to them have been born five chil-
dren as follow: Ralph, Wayne, Margurete, Elsie and Z., Jr. Phoebe was
born on February 5, 1886, and is the wife of Joseph Chase, a successful
young farmer of Guittard township, and to them have been born two chil-
dren, Francis Joseph and Sarah Rose; Sophronia, April 22, 1888, and is
married to David Tucker, a well-known farmer of Richland township, and
to this union the following children have been born : Clarence, May, Ella
and Roy; Varena, January 12, 1891, and is the wife of Lloyd Wyckoff, a
successful farmer of Richland township, and to them has been born one child,
Austin Cecil; Clara, May 13, 1894, and is the wife of Lee Laramore and they
are the parents of two children, Olynn and Irene; Irl, August 10, 1899; Anna,
February 2J, 1903, and Paul, June 16, 1907. The last three children are
at home with their parents.

William and Lucinda Arnet, the maternal grandparents of Lettie May
Stedman were born on September 16, 1801, and on April 9, 1808, respectively,
and her paternal grandfather, William Harvey, was born in South Carolina
on August 14, 1790, and the grandmother, Jane (Estes) Harvey, was born
on June 6, 1793. They were early settlers in Indiana and engaged in farming.

When he first came to Kansas, Samuel W. Stedman lived in a sod house
for three years, and experienced many of the trials of the pioneer. As a
young man he soon devoted his abilities to farming and the raising of stock.
He was not satisfied with the life of a renter and soon purchased land of his
own. In 1882 he came to his present excellent farm of three hundred and
twenty acres, which is today one of the best farms in the county. At the
time he made the purchase it was all wild prairie and he paid but six dollars
per acre for the tract. With much hard work the tough prairie sod was
broken and prepared for planting of crops. He has placed all the buildings
and has a splendid house and barn with other outbuildings, all of which he
keeps in an excellent state of repair. He rents one hundred and sixty, acres of
his farm, but is actively engaged in the management of the other part of the
place. Ten years ago he began the breeding of Shorthorn cattle on a small
scale, and today he has a fine herd of these animals, twenty of them being



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registered. He is recognized as one of the most successful breeders in the
township and his herd is one of the finest in the county.

Mr. and Mrs. Stedman are members of the Seventh-Day Adventist
church and are prominent in the social and religious life of the community.
Politically, Mr. Stedman is identified with the Republican party, and has
always taken a keen interest in local affairs. He has served as clerk and as
trustee of Richland township, and was in an early day the postmaster of
West Ella.



TIMOTHY P. O'NEIL.



Timothy P. O'Neil. a well-known farmer and one who has met with
much success in his chosen work as a general farmer and stockman in Rich-
land township, Marshall county, and is now one of the efficient county com-
missioners, representing the first district, was born in Guittard township,
within one mile of where he now lives, on December 23, 1862, and is the son
of Patrick and Mary (Connor) O'Neil.

Patrick and Mary (Connor) O'Neil were born in Ireland and there
received their education in the public schools and grew to manhood and
womanhood. Mr. O'Neil was born in 1829, and worked as a laborer in his
native land, until he was nineteen years of age, when he decided to come to
America. Mrs. O'Neil remained in her native land until she was eighteen
years of age, when she came to this country with relatives. They both set-
tled in the state of Virginia, where they lived for some time and were mar-
ried. Soon after their marriage they set out for the Western territory, where
they hoped to make a home for themselves. They established their home in
St. Louis, where they remained for two years and where Mr. O'Neil worked
as a laborer. They then moved to Leavenworth, Kansas, where they
remained for seven years, when in 1862 they came to Marshall county. On
their arrival in this county, Mr. O'Neil purchased a pre-emption in Guittard
township and there established his home. He at once built a log cabin in
which he and his family made their home for some years. This farm he
later developed and improved and became one of the prosperous farmers of
the township. He purchased more land and is now the owner of four hun-
dred acres of excellent land. He engaged in general farming and stock rais-
ing, with much success, until 1896. when he retired from the more active
duties of life and moved to Beattie, where he now resides. Mr. and Mrs.
O'Neil always took much interest in the services of the Catholic church in



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which they were reared and of which they ever remained earnest members.
They are the parents of three children as follow: Dennis, a successful grain
dealer of Axtell, Kansas; Mrs. Menehan. a widow who lives with her father
at Beattie, and Timothy P.

Timothy P. O'Neil received his education in a log school house in his
home township, but had the opportunity of attending school only during the
winter months. He grew to manhood on the home farm, where he assisted
his father with the farm work, until his marriage in 1885, w^hen he removed
to his present home on a farm, at that time consisting of eighty acres. His
father had given him the place, which at that time w'as without improvements.
He at once began the task of making permanent improvements and develop-
ing the tract. He met with much success in his work as a general farmer
and stockman, and was soon in a position to add to his farm, and is now the
owner of four hundred and eighty-five acres of excellent land, two hundred
and forty-five acres in the home tract in Richland township and two hundred
and forty acres in the farm in Guittard towaiship, near Beattie. On the home
farm he now has two sets of substantial buildings and on the farm near
'Beattie he also has a fine set of buildings. His house on the home place is
situated on a hillside, with a grove of trees to the front and presents a most
pleasing view. His house is one of the best in the community and his barn
is a substantial structure. His farm, with weH-cultivated fields and pasture
dotted here and there with herds of the finest of cattle and droves of hogs,
gives one the idea of an ideal country home.

On October 6. 1885, Timothy P. O'Neil was united in marriage in
Illinois to Alary ^McDonald, the daughter of James and Bridget (Finn)
McDonald. Mr. and Mrs. McDonald were born in Ireland, where they
grew^ to maturity and were married. In 1878 they and their family came to
the United States and located on a farm in Marshall county, and later retired
to Summerfield, where they now' live. Mr. and Mrs. O'Neil are the parents
of the following children : James, Nellie. Terence, Rose, Maurice and John.
Nellie, the eldest of the family, is the wife of P. J. Hughes and lives just
over the road from her parents, on a farm w'here her husband is actively
engaged as a general farmer and stockman; James is the owner of a good
farm, which his father assisted him in buying, as he did with all his lx)ys,
and is successfully engaged in the buying of horses; Terence married Myrtle
Burr and is one of the well-known young farmers of the township, his farm
being adjacent to that of his father; Rose, Maurice and John are now at
home with their parents. Mr. and Mrs. O'Neil are active members of the
Catholic church and have reared their children in that faith. They have



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long been prominent in the social life of the community and are held in the
highest regard and esteem by all who know them.

Politically, ]\Ir. O'Xeil is associated with the Democratic party and has
for many years been one of the active workers of that organization in the
county. In 1909 he was elected to the position of township trustee of Rich-
land township and served until 191 1. In the fall of 1910 he was elected
county commissioner, demonstrating his high worth in the community, as the
county is normall} a strong Republican county. His services were of such
high class that he was re-elected in 19 14 for another four yeai's and is now
serving in that important position. In his official life, he has devoted the
same care to the work of the public that he has to his own. He is an active
member of the Knights of Columbus and takes much interest in the order.



FREDERICK J. HEISERMAN.

Among the men of foreign birth who came to ^Marshall county in an
early day, and experienced the hardships and privations of the people of
those days, in their endeavor to make a home on the plains of the new
country, and who had so much to do with the growth and development of
the county and the state of Kansas, it is well to mention the late Frederick
J. Heiserman, a farmer of Richland township, and a native of Germany,
where he was born on January 25, 1834, the son of Jacob Heiserman and
wife, who were also natives of that country. His parents were of the farm-
ing class, and highly respected people, who spent their lives in the land of
their nativity.

Frederick J. Heiserman received his education in the schools of Ger-
many, and there he lived until he was twenty-one years of age, Avhen he
decided that he would seek a home in America. It was in 1855 that he bade
farewell to his native land and came to this county where he was a stranger
to the social conditions and the people. With the determination of his race
he felt success would come to him, if he was true to the principles of industry
and economy. On his arrival at the port of Xew York, after a long ocean
voyage, he at once proceeded to Illinois, where he was engaged as a farm
hand for a number of years, ^^'hi]e living in that state he was married to
Marv Hunt, who was born in 1847 ^"<^ died in 1908. Soon after their mar-
riage, they left the home that they had established in Illinois and came to
Kansas in 1868, having made the trip wnth horses and wagon. Here they



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homesteaded eighty acres of the present farm in Richland township, Mar-
shall county. The tract at that time was undeveloped and unimproved, but
with much hard work and economy, they in time had the farm well under
cultivation. Good and substantial buildings were in time erected and the
place became an ideal country home, and was increased to two hundred and
forty acres.

To Frederick J. and Mary Heiserman were born the following children :
Henry, who lives at Liberty, Kansas; William, a resident of Oklahoma;
Jacob, of Xorton county, Kansas; George, a farmer of Balderson township,
Marshall county; John, now living in Oklahoma; Fred, of Smith county,
Kansas; Charles, of Richland township, Marshall county; Albert on the home
farm: Fdward, in Balderson township; Walter, a farmer; Anna, the wife
of Ed Ringen of Richland township; Rose, the wife of William Ringen, and
Lillie, the wife of John \\^agner, of Richland township. Mr. and Mrs.
Heiserman were for many years members of the Lutheran church and always
took much interest in church work and the social life of the conmiunity.
Politically, Air. Heiserman was associated with the Democratic party and
for years was influential in the civic Hfe of the township.

When Mr. Lleiserman first came to the county, he broke one hundred
acres of the wild prairie land with oxen and used them to help in cultivating
the crops. Fie purchased his first land on time, as he had no money when
he came to the state. Much of their meat at that time was dried buffalo
quarters, and the necessary supplies for the house and the farm were obtained
from ]\Iarys^'ille, which was many miles away, with no roads, but trail over
the prairie. During those early days he was much in need of one dollar and
fifty cents with which to pay his taxes, which were due. In order to get the
money he took a load of dry wood to Marysville, but was unable to sell it.
.\ friend then came to his assistance and took the wood and gave him the
dollar and fifty cents. Those days were most trying ones to the new settlers,
and it was o^ily with the utmost determination that they were able to with-
stand the hardships of pioneer days. To them as well as to others of their
class, do the present generation owe much for the condition of the country.
Today, on the well-built roads may be seen the latest type of automobile,
where once trod the slow oxen, over the winding prairie trail. Today the
beautiful homes and the well-cultivated farms are but evidences of the work
done by the men and women of an earlier day, and to them is due all honor
for the wonderful transformation that has been wrought.

Frederick J. Heiserman died at his home six miles southwest of Sum-
merfield on Wednesday, November 22, 19 16, and was buried on the follow-



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ing Saturday afternoon at the German Lutheran cemetery, following religious
services at the home and at the German Lutheran church. A local news-
paper in its comments on the death of this honored pioneer citizen, con-
cluded its warm appreciation as follows : "]\Ir. Heiserman was a good
citizen, loyal to his country and to his family. He was honest, industrious
and prosperous. He leaves not only his large family of good citizens, but
also a very large circle of other friends to mourn his death."



TOHX SMITH.



John Smith, better known among his many friends in this county as
"Jack," and one of the best-known and most substantial pioneer farmers of
Marshall county, now living in comfort on his well-kept farm of one hun-



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