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March 12, 1893. the latter of whom died in infancy. Myrtle Howell was
graduated from the Joliet Conservatory of Alusic in 19 14 and is now a
teacher of instrumental music and a student of voice culture, continuing to
make her home with her parents. Mrs. Howell was reared in the Catholic
faith and she and her children are members of that church, taking an active
interest in local parish affairs. Mr. Howell is a Republican and has served
his district as a member of the school board. Fraternally, he is afifiliated with
the Knights and Ladies of Security and takes a warm interest in the affairs
of that organization.


Byron C. Graham, one of the well-known and successful farmers and
stockmen of St. Bridget township, Alarshall county, was born in Medina
county, Ohio, on June 20, 1853, the son of Charles Henry and Mary Ann
(Fuller-Smith) Graham, who were natives of the states of Ohio and New
York, respectively, and received their education in their respective localities.
The mother was twice married, her first husband being a Mr. Smith, by
whom she was the mother of one child, Mrs. Mary Jane Wentherby and by


Mr. Graham she was the mother of one child, Byron C. Mrs. Wentherby
is now living south of Axtell, where her husband is one of the successful
farmers of the township. After her marriage to Charles Henry Graham,
they continued to live in Medina county, Ohio, for some time, and there the
son Byron C. was born, and there the father died when the son was but an
infant. The widow and her two children later came to Kansas and located
in Murray township, Marshall county, near Axtell. The family were always
prominent in the local social life of the community and were held in the
highest regard.

Byron C. Graham received his education in the local schools of Medina
county, and grew to manhood in the city of Spencer, Ohio, and where he
remained until he was twenty-one years of age. He came to Kansas in 1880
and was employed on the railroad section for three years, at Axtell. He
then purchased a farm of forty acres south of Axtell, where he engaged in
farming for three years. He later sold the place and in 1895 bought a farm
east of Mina, where he remained until 1903, when he purchased his present
farm in St. Bridget township, where he is now the owner of three hundred
and twenty acres of splendid land. This place he has developed and
improved, having placed all the present improvements, and today his farm
is one of the ideal places in the township, with highly cultivated fields and
excellent improvements. The farm is called "Cloverdale Farm."

On January 20, 1877, Byron C. Graham was united in marriage in
Medina county, Ohio, to Martha Kelly, who was born in that county on Janu-
ary 14, 1859, and is the daughter of Francis and Mary Kelly, both of whom
were natives of the state of Illinois. They later came to Kansas and in 188 1
located in Elk county, after which they came to Marshall county, where they
have lived for many years.

To Byron C. and Martha Graham have been born the following chil-
dren : Brita, Charles, Bert, Etta. Ezra, Nellie, Francis, Minnie, Delpha,
Ray, Ruth. Marie and Donald. Brita Cope lived at Bigelow, Kansas, until
her death in June, 1912; Charles is engaged in general farming near Beattie,
Kansas ; Bert is also a farmer south of Beattie ; Etta Totten lives northwest
of Beattie, where her husband is engaged in general farming; Ezra is a
farmer south of Beattie; Nellie Pauley lives on a farm south of Beattie;
Francis is engaged in general farming on the farm adjoining that of his
father; Minnie Brown resides on the farm east of her father, where Mr.
Brown is engaged in farming and stock raising; Delpha Burton resides in
Richland township, southwest of Mina, where her husband is engaged in
farming; Marie Detwiler lives southwest of Beattie, where Mr. Detwiler is


a successful farmer, and Ray, Ruth and Donald are at home, the latter being
but thirteen years of age and in school.

Mr. and Mrs. Graham are active members of the Christian church and
are prominent in the social life of the community in which thev live and
where they are held in the highest regard and esteem by all who know them.
They have ever taken much interest in the moral, social and educational
development of the district, and have had much to do with the substantial
growth of the towmship and the county. Politically, Mr. Graham is an inde-
pendent, but takes keen interest in the civic affairs of the township and is
a strong advocate of substantial public improvements. He is a member of
the Farmers Union, which has for its purpose the betterment of the home,
social and financial conditions of the farmer, and through its work has
accomplished much for the general good of the agricultural people of this
section of Kansas.


Of the well-known farmers of Marshall county, who have made good in
their chosen work and who have had much to do with the growth and develop-
ment of the county, it is fitting to mention Clayton Rodkey, of Blue Rapids
township, who was born on June 6, 1857, in Huntington county, Indiana,
and is the son of Joseph C. and Frances (Dohner) Rodkey.

Joseph C. and Frances Rodkey were natives of Pennsylvania, where
they spent their childhood, after which they went to Ohio with their parents
and in that state ythey grew to maturity and were married. Shortly after
their marriage, they moved to Indiana, where they established their home on
a farm in Huntington county, where they lived until the fall of 1880. In
the latter year they came to Kansas and located on a farm, one and a half
miles south of the home of the son, Clayton. The father engaged in general
farming and stock raising until the time of his death in 1907. since which
time the mother has made her home with the daughter, Mrs. G. B. Layton.
Mr. and Airs. Rodkey were always held in the highest regard and were
prominent in the activities of their home community. To them were born
ten children, six of whom are now living: John J. of Blue Rapids; Clayton;
Abraham Lincoln, of Oklahoma; Mrs. Anna Koutz, of Nebraska Citv; Mrs.
G. B. Layton; Grant C, a resident of Colorado.

Clayton Rodkey received his education in the schools of Indiana and
there he grew to manhood and married. He came to Kansas in the fall of


1884 and located on a farm of eighty acres, which he had purchased some
time before, one mile south of his present home in Marshall county and in
Blue Rapids City township. He has met with much success and is now the
owner of four hundred and forty acres of splendid land in the home farm,
and has three hundred and twenty acres of irrigated land at Garden City,
Kansas, that is worth one hundred dollars per acre. He began with nothing,
and is now one of the substantial men of Marshall county. His home farm,
one of the best in this district, and worth one hundred and twenty-five dollars
per acre, is situated at the southeast line of Blue Rapids. Here he erected
a beautiful, nine-room house in 1913, which is modern throughout. The
structure cost him over four thousand dollars, in addition to the work that
he did himself. The house, with .^^tone pillars and handsome designs, is a
pretentious residence. The approach from the highway is by a beautiful
driveway, the entrance to which is through an artistic gateway, with stone
posts. The large barn, thirty-eight by eighty feet, with nineteen-foot posts,
adds^much to the appearance of the home.

The home farm is of Blue river valley land and is possessed of great
possibilities. For a number of years the place has averaged over forty-five
bushels of corn to the acre, and has produced over sixty bushels. He also has
a farm of two hundred acres west of Blue Rapids, which is one of the good
farms of the district, and is worth one hundred dollars per acre. He came to
his present home farm in 1912, until which time he had lived on his original
farm of eighty acres. IVIr. Rodkey is a firm believer in thorough cultivation
of the land. He formerly engaged extensively in the breeding of high-grade
cattle, but of late years he has devoted his energies to the higher development
of his land.

In the fall of 1880 Clayton Rodkey was united in marriage to Eliza
Everhart, who was born in Wabash county, Indiana, on September 15, 1859,
and is the daughter of Mr. and Airs. Lance Everhart. To this union the
following children have been born : Jesse E., Fred, Ralph and Ruth. Jesse
E. is the proprietor of a garage at Blue Rapids: Fred is a graduate of the
University of Kansas, where he made an enviable record as a student and
athlete. He is now teaching in the university. Of his record in the games
and sports, Marshall's Manhood says of him : "Fred Rodkey, crack runner
of the West and a Marshall county boy, who is making good, has demon-
strated that an athlete can maintain a high standing in scholarship and partici-
pate in literary and religious activities, while making records in an athletic
way. Reports from Kansas University, where Rodkey is attending school,
show that last vear he carried seventeen hours a week in recitations with


grades of five firsts and one second. He has also been prominent in the other
activities of the school, being a delegate of the Young Men's Christian Asso-
ciation, to their student conference at Estes Park, Colorado, and being also
a member of the college gospel team." Ralph, now eighteen years of age is
a student of the university; Ruth is thirteen years of age and a student of
the eighth grade of the Blue Rapids schools. Mr. and Mrs. Rodkey take
much pride in the success of their children, and one of their greatest desires
is to make them happy and useful men and women. Mr. and Mrs. Rodkey
have long been active in the social life of the county, where they and their
family are held in the highest regard and esteem by all who know them.


One of the well-known and successful farmers of Guittard township,
^larshall county, was born in Buckcastle, England, on July 31, 1863, l^eing
the son of John and Elizabeth (Thomas) Harry.

John and Elizabeth Harry were also natives of England and there were
educated, grew to maturity and were later mp-rried, becoming the parents of
four children. After their marriage they continued to live in that country.
To them those places were an inspiration to a better and a nobler life. They
were well respected people and were prominent in the social life of the com-
munity in which they lived. After useful and worthy lives they died in their
native land. They were of the farming class and reared their children amid
the pleasant scenes ®f country life.

Charles A. Harry received his education in schools of England and
there grew to manhood. As a young man he learned the trade of a mason,
at which he worked there until 1883, when at the age of nineteen years he
came to America. On his arrival in this country, he came direct to Kansas
and he located in Marshall county. He came with the intention of visiting a
brother, with ^^■hom he expected to stay for one year and then return to his
native clime. But he soon obtained work at his trade and came to like the
country so well that he stayed. He invested the first money that he made
in eighty acres of land. On this land he built a small house and was soon
engaged in general farming. He met with much success in his farming and
stock raising and in 1906 he built his present beautiful house, one of the
best in the township, with its fine lawn, magnificent evergreen trees and ideal
location. Mr. Harry is now the owner of two hundred and forty acres of


the best land, all of which is in a high state of cultivation and well improved.
He is a thorough and scientific farmer and his machinery is of the most
modern make. He keeps the very best of White Hereford cattle and Poland
China hogs, and his reputation as a progressive and successful farmer is
recognized throughout the county.

On April lo, 1884, Charles A. Harry was united in marriage to Anna L.
Thomas, who was born on September 18, 1863. in Buchanan county, Mis-
souri. She is the daughter of Joseph H. and Elizabeth W. (Hopper) Thomas,
to whom fifteen children were born, Mrs. Harry being the youngest of the
children. Six of this family of children are now living. Joseph H. Thomas
was born in Virginia in 1804. He received his education in the public schools
of that state and was reared on the home plantation. During his active life
in that state he was a slave-owner, yet he w^as to a great extent opposed to the
system. In an early day he left Virginia and moved to Missouri and there
he died in 1864. His wife was born in Kentucky in 1830, and there she was
reared to womanhood and educated in the public schools. She later moved
to Missouri, where she reared her children and where she lived until 1871,
when she and her family moved to A[arshall county. They located on the
farm now owned by Charles A. Harry. Mrs. Thomas later moved to Beattie,
where she lived with a faithful negro, whom she brought from the south
with her. until the time of her death in 1888. She is buried in the cemetery
at Beattie. and by her side is buried the negress, who died in 1890. This
colored woman, who had lived the greater part of her life with Mrs. Thomas,
even after her emancipation, would not leave Mrs. Thomas and remained
with her until death parted them.

To Charles A. and Anna L. Harry have been born the following chil-
dren : Leslie. Sidney, Jennie M. and Robert C. Leslie T. was born on
March 25, 1885, received his education in the local schools and was reared
on the home farm, where as a lad he assisted his father with the farm work.
On reaching manhood he was united in marriage to Sarah Satterfield, of
Emporia, Kansas, and to this union two children have been born. He is now
living in Franklin township, where he is a well known farmer and stockman.
Sidnev C. was born on January 3, 1887. He received his education in the
schools of Beattie, where he completed the course in the high school and
later graduated from the Gem City Business College at Quincy, Illinois. He
was reared on the farm and early in life decided to follow agricultural work.
He is now the manager of the Wuester farms of Marshall county. He was
married in 1908 to Charlotte Wuester, of Home City, Kansas. She was a
graduate of the Gem City College. To them has been born one child.


Jennie M. was 1)orn on February i8. 1889, and is the wife of A. Kelley, of
Frankfort, Kansas, and they are now Hvino- at St. Joe, Missouri. Mrs.
Kelley is a graduate of the k)cal school and of the Hiawatha Normal. Before
lier marriage she taught music for two years and was considered one of .the
successful teachers in the county. Robert B. was born on April 28, 1905,
and is now at home. ^Ir. and Mrs. Harry are active members of the Chris-
tian church and are prominent in the social and the religious life of the com-
munit}-, where they are held in the highest regard. They have always taken
a keen interest in the development of the educational, moral and social condi-
tion of the community in which they live. They are interested in all that
tends to the betterment of their home community and their best efforts are
directed to that end.

Fraternally, Charles A. Harry is a member of the Ancient Free and
Accepted Masons and the Modern Woodmen of America. He has always
taken much interest in the work of, these orders and held offices in both of
the organizations. Mrs. Harry is an active member of the Order of the
Eastern Star and has held the office of chaplain in that order. Their lives
have been devoted to the interests of their children and the good that they
might do in the community in which they live. In church and lodge work,
as well as in the general social life of the towaiship, they are ever ready and
willing to do their part for the advancement of any worthy cause.


Among those of English birth, who have located in Oketo township,
Marshall county, where they have met with much success in general farm-
ing and stock raising, is Thomas Howes, a pioneer resident of the township,
who was born in Northamptonshire, England, October 20, 1840, being the son
of Lazarus and Mary Howes, farming people, both of whom were natives
of that country and spent their lives there.

Thomas Howes received his education in the English schools and grew
to manhood on the farm. He engaged in farming for himself and on March
22, 1866, he was united in marriage to Eliza Leveridge, who was also a native
of England, where she was born in 184 1. In 1866, following their marriage,
they came to America. After landing in New York they came direct to
Kansas. They made the trip as far as Keokuk by rail, and then up the river
to Atchison, from which place they came to Marshall county with an ox team


that they had purchased. They had Httle to bring to their new home, as they
brought only their bedding from their home in England. After their arrival
in the county, they homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres in Oketo town-
ship, but eighty acres -of the tract was later taken away from them. They
lived in the prairie schooner until Mr. Howes could cut the logs and build a
one-room house, twelve by fourteen feet, and in this thev lived for seven
years, after which they built a frame house. The first year they were on the
place, five acres of the tract was broken and a crop of buckwheat was raised.
Their first year in their new home was a hard one, for thev had been able
to raise but little on their farm and they were without funds to buy. Much
of their food consisted of game that was killed on the prairie, consisting of
chicken, duck and wild turkey. Their nearest market at that time was at
Marysville, a small pioneer town. The second year was more prosperous.
In time the farm was placed under a high state of cultivation and as a gen-
eral farmer and stockman, Mr. Howes became successful. He increased his
farm, until he is now the owner of three hundred and sixty-five acres of
prime land, all of which is well improved.

To Thomas and Eliza Howes were born the following children : Charles,
Mary, Lillian, John, Lottie, Esther. Louise, and Walter. Charles is now a
resident of Pottawatomie county ; Mary is deceased ; Lillian Triggs resides
in Balderson township ; John is a resident of Oketo township and is now
serving as township trustee; Lottie Herring lives in Oketo township, where
her husband, Samuel Llerring, is a farmer; Louise Tatman is a resident of
Oketo township and Walter is on the old home farm. In 1899 Eliza Howes
died, and Mr. Howes continued to live on the home farm until 1904, at which
time he was married to Mina Llarrison Lawson, the widow of Jacob Lawson,
who was born in Sweden and settled in Marshall county in i860. Mr. and
Mrs. Lawson were married in 1870 and lived on the home farm until the
time of his death in 1902. They were the parents of the following children:
Charles Albert, deceased; John, of Smith county; Edmund, of Morton
county; Arabelle Johnson, of Blue Rapids; Augustus J., of Colorado, and
Alice Garrison, who lives in Morton county. Mina Howes was born in the
state of Indiana in 1853 and is the daughter of George and Lorina Harrison,
natives of that state. They lived there until 1858, when they came to Illi-
nois, in which state they lived until 1872. In the latter year they located in
Oketo township, where they lived for one year, when they moved to Jewell
county, where they lived until their deaths.

Mr. Howes is the oldest living pioneer of Oketo township and is one of


the substantial men of the county. He is identified with the Repubhcan party
and has ahvays taken an active interest in the atYairs of the district. His
Hfe has been an active one and he has accompHshed much that is worthy of


Carl Weber, one of the well-known and substantial farmers of F'ranklin
township and the proprietor of a well-improved farm of one hundred and
sixty acres in section 5 of that township, is a native of Germany, but has
been a resident of Kansas since 1880 and has consequently been a witness to
the greater part of the material development that has marked Marshall
county since pioneer days. He was born on a farm in the Rhine country on
January 4. 1852, son of Henry and Henrietta (Steintrasser) Weber, both
natives of that same country, the former born in 18 19 and the latter in 1829,
who died in their native land in 189 1, the mother living but three hours
after the father's death. They were the parents of thirteen children, of
whom the subject of this sketch was the fourth in order of birth and eight
of whom are still living. The Weber family in the old country has been
doing excellent service in behalf of the Fatherland during the great European
W^ar, in the summer of 19 16 there being no fewer than seventeen of Mr,
Weber's cousins and nephew^s taking part in that gigantic struggle.

Carl Weber learned the baker's trade in his native land and was there
employed in the bakery of Henry Hohn. Wlien twenty-five years of age
he married and about three years later, in 1880, w'ith his wife and their first-
born child, came to this country, proceeding on out to Kansas and locating
in Marshall county, joining here Mrs. Weber's brother. Henry Otto, w^ho
had some time previously located in the Beattie neighborhood. Six weeks
after their arrival in Marshall county a second child was born to Mr. and
Mrs. Weber. Upon his arrival in this county Mr. Weber had but twenty-
five dollars remaining of the sum with which he left his native land, but both
he and his wife had brave hearts and a firm determination to succeed and
thev presently had their home established and were pushing along toward the
goal they had set upon coming here, the acquisition of a farm of their own.
After looking about a bit Mr. Weber rented a farm on Mission creek in
Richland township and settled down there. On that farm had been built a
little log cabin and in due time in that cabin a third child was born to Mr.
and Mrs. Weber, Sixteen years ago Mr, Weber bought his present farm



of one hundred and sixty acres in section 5 of Franklin township and there
he and his family are very comfortably and very pleasantly situated. He
has made extensive improvements on the place and has brought the farm up
to a high state of productivity. Of late years Mr. Weber has been living prac-
tically retired from the active labors of the farm, his sons assuming the gen-
eral management of the same. Mr. Weber has prospered in his farming
operations and among his investments is a nice block of stock in the bank
at Marietta.

In 1877, while living in his native land, Carl Weber was "united in mar-
riage to Regina Otto, who also was born in the Rhine country, August 22,
1852, daughter of Frank and Dorothy (Abies) Otto, farming people, the
former of whom, born in 18 10, died in 1885, and the latter, born in 181 7,
died in 1878, and who were the parents of six children, but two of whom
are now living. To Mr. and Mrs. W^eber five children have been born,
namely : Otto, who is a farmer in Franklin township ; Lena, who married
William Wahler, a Balderson township farmer; Emil, who owns a farm in
Balderson township; Frank, who is farming in Franklin township, and
Rudolph, at home. The Webers are members of the German Evangelical
church and take a proper interest in church affairs. Mr. Weber is a Repub-
lican, but has not been a seeker after office, although ever giving his thought-
ful attention to the civic affairs of his adopted state and country. Mrs.
Weber is a writer of German poetry, which really borders on the classic.


Nicholas Koppes, one of the well-known farmers and stockmen of Marys-
ville township, Marshall county, was born in the township where he now lives
on June 16, 1866, being the son of Nicholas and Helen (Class) Koppes.

Nicholas and Helen (Class) Koppes were natives of Germany, where
Nicholas Koppes was born in 1831 and Helen Class in 1843. They received
the greater part of their education in the schools of that country and were
reared in a village. Mr. Koppes resided in Germany until he was twenty-
three years of age, when he decided that he would come to America. In
1854 he sailed for America and on his arrival in this country he located in
Wisconsin, where he worked as a farm hand and at the cooper trade, after

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