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parents of the following children: Elizabeth, WilHam . H.. John \V.,
Nathaniel P.. Thomas J., Fannie L., Benjamin F., Nellie, CHnda and Mary
D. Elizabeth, who married Mr. Champagne, is now deceased, as are Will-
iam H., Fannie L., who was the wife of John Watson, and Mary D., the
latter having died on November 7, 1895. Nathaniel P. resides at Oketo,
where he is well known; Benjamin F.is a resident of Beloit, Kansas; John
W. is engaged in farming in Marietta, and Mrs. Nellie Gibson is conducting
a boarding house at Oketo. Clinda is the wife of John Mayhew, a farmer
and stockman of Oketo township, their farm being located four miles west
of Marietta.

John P. and Clinda Suggett were excellent people and were held in the
highest regard and esteem in the community in which they resided. Mrs.
Suggett believed in teaching her children the care of the home and how to
cook', and her boys were adepts in both arts. They took the greatest interest
in the moral and physical development of their home township, and were
ever active in promoting the interests of the community.

Thomas Jefferson Suggett received his education in the schools of Mar-
shall county and made his home with his parents until he was seventeen years
of age, up to which time he worked in the neighborhood as a farm hand.
On April 22, 1899, upon the opening of the large tract of land in Okla-
homa, he made the run and was successful in obtaining a town lot in Guthrie
and one hundred and sixty acres of land. For seven years he remained in
Guthrie, living in a tent and operating the Royal grocery in a building, six-
teen bv twenty- four feet. He dug a well and sold the water at five cents
per bucket and from this venture he made five dollars per day. He also
operated a blacksmith shop in which he was also successful. He lived a
strenuous life in the new land until 1906, when sold all his holdings in the
territory and returned to Oketo. Here he has a splendid home and is the
owner of eighteen city lots, and devotes his time to the raising of potatoes,
strawberries and small fruit. For the most part he lives a semi-retired life,
but he takes pleasure in the cultivation of his small tract of land and the care
of his fruit.



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Politically, Mr. Siiggett is a* nieni1)er of the Republican party and has
always taken a keen interest in the affairs of the community. For ten years
he has served the township as a constable and he was re-elected again in 1916,
out of three hundred and ninety-nine votes, receiving three hundred. The
familv were members of the Episcopal church and Mr. Suggett was reared
in that faith. He is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Pillows
and has given excellent service to his local lodge. He has devoted much of
his time to the interests of the order and has had much to do with its growth.
He has filled the chairs of his lodge twice, and is now a past noble grand.
In 19 10 he represented his order at the grand lodge in Junction City. He
has served as treasurer and chaplain of his home lodge and is now filling the
important position of deputy grand master, in which position he has demon-
strated his ability and force.

On Octoljcr 28, 1896, Mr. Suggett was united in marriage to Mrs.
Rebecca Wood. Mr. Suggett has always been a hard-working man and is
possessed of sound judgment and business acumen. Financially, he has met
with success and is recognized as one of the substantial men of the township.



TOHN C. DOLEN.



Jt)hn C. Dolen, now deceased, and at one time one of the large land
owners and successful farmers and stockmeil of Marshall county, was born
on October 2, I844, in Kentucky, being the son of Benjamin and Nancy
(Chesney) Dolen.

Benjamin and Nancy (Chesney ) Dolen were natives of Kentucky, where
they grew to maturity and were educated in the public schools. They were
later married and established their home in that state, where they resided for
some years, when they decided to seek a home in one of the more northern
states. Thev at first located in the state of Missouri, where they remained
for a time, after which they settled in Nebraska. There Benjamin Dolen
established his home on a farm, and in time became one of the successful
men of the district. There he and his wife spent many years of their lives
and were held in the highest regard and esteem. There they reared and edu-
cated their children and were influential in the physical and the moral develop-
ment of the district.

John C. Dolen received his education in the schools of Missouri, and
remained with his father on the home farm until he enlisted in 1861 in the



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Confederate army and served four years. He joined the Second Missouri
Infantry, and part of the time he was in a cavalry regiment. He was mar-
ried on July 22, 1866, to Araminta Henton, who was born on April 28,
1843, in the state of Illinois, the daughter of James and Susan (Primm)
Henton. Her parents were natives of Tennessee and Illinois, respectively.
Susan Primm was the daughter of John Primm and wife, who were natives
of North Carolina and later settled in Virginia and then went to Illinois,
just east of St. Louis. In Illinois they located on a tract of land and engaged
in farming. The territory at that time was new and there were but few
settlers, neighbors being far apart. Many were the hardships that the family
endured in their struggle to obtain a home on the frontier of the state.
St. Louis at that time was little more than a trading post, with little pros-
pects of becoming the great city of today. - James Henton, the father of
Mrs. Dolen, was a rover. On leaving his home in Tennessee he located in
Illinois, and then moved to Missouri, where he remained for a time, when
he returned to Illinois and later came to Nebraska in 1855. Here he pre-
empted land near Table Rock and was one of the first permanent settlers
in the state. Mrs. Dolen remembers well the trip from their home in Illi-
nois to their new home in Nebraska. The journey was made with horses
and wagon, and many hardships were encountered on the way. After hav-
ing estalDlished their home in the then far West, they were subjected to
many privations and hardships. Their nearest trading points, Brownsville
or St. Stephens, were many miles away. There were few neighbors in the
district and they were a long distance from the Henton home. On their
arrival at their new home, the father cut logs and built a house of three
rooms, in which the family lived for many years. Mr. Henton being a good
carpenter was enabled to construct a substantial, though small, house in which
his little family was to live.

James Henton was born on August 2, 1812, and died on April 10, 1900.
His wife was born on September i, 18 18, and died on May 8, 1899. They
were the parents of the following children : Araminta, Catherine, Hester,
Matthew, Minnesota. Columbus, Arthur. Louisiana and Lucinda.

In 1854 Benjamin and Nancy Dolen left their home in Kentucky and
located in Missouri, where they remained for ten years, when they estab-
lished their home in Gage county, Nebraska. They made the trip by the
overland route, with horses and wagon, and on their arrival in Gage county
Mr. Dolen homesteaded a tract of land, which he later developed and im-
proved and in time became a successful and prosperous farmer. Mr. and



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Mrs. Dolen were the parents of the following children: John C, Emily,
Edward. Harriet. Prather and James.

John C. Dolen engaged in the hotel business with his uncle, Warren
Chesnev, at Beatrice, Nebraska. This was the only hotel in the town and
was operated in a log building, ^^"hile living at Beatrice John C. Dolen
was married and there he lived until one year later, when he went to the
home of his father and later homesteaded a tract of land. There he
remained for seven years, during which time he did much in the way of
developing his new farm. He then moved to DeWitt, Nebraska, where he
remained for five years, after which he returned to Beatrice and operated
a tavern until 1882, when he came to Marshall county, Kansas. Here he
purchased a large 'tract of land in the Otoe Reservation, but did not move
onto the tract until 1886. In 1903 he built a fine home on his tract in
section 13 and was the owner of four hundred and forty acres of splendid
land, with one of the .beautiful farm homes in the county. He met with
much success in his work .as a general farmer and stockman and was known
as one of the most successful and influential men of the district. One of the
finest stone quarries in this section of the state is located on Mr. Dolen's
home farm. He was a most thorough farmer, and his well cultivated fields
and his splendid stock 'were indicative of his ability and caretaking. He
took great pride in the development of his farm and in the upkeep of his
buildipgs.

Mr. and Mrs. Dolen were the parents of the following children :
Edward. James, Benjamin, Lillian, George and Nellie. Edward is on the
old home place, which is the original purchase of his father in this section.
Here he is meeting with much success in general farming and stockraising.
He is a progressive man and one of the successful younger farmers of the
county. He is married to Delia Robinson, and to them have been born the
following children: Edward, Mildred, Cecil, Seita and Harold. James is
a farmer of Oklahoma and is married to Mattie Munson and to them has
been born one child. Hope. Benjamin is in Panama, where he is employed
on the canal ; Lillian. George and Nellie are at home. Since the death of
John C. Dolen, Mrs. Dolen has received attention from her children, the
daughter Lillian giving the greater part of her time to the care of the home
and her mother. The family have long been prominent in the social life
of the community, and have had much to do with the general prosperity and
.o-rowth of the district in which thev have lived for so manv years.

John C. Dolen was identified with the Democratic party, always taking
deep interest in local affairs, and while he was not an office seeker, he had



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much to do with the civic Hfe of the township and county, and was often
consulted in matters pertaining to pubHc afifairs. His Hfe was a worthy one,
and his death was mourned by a large circle of friends.



BERXARD MYERS.



Bernard Myers, one of the well-known and substantial farmers of St.
Bridget township and the proprietor of a fine farm in that township, is a
native son of Marshall county and has lived here all his life. He was born
on a pioneer farm in St. B.ridget township, in the St. Bridget settlement, in
the neighborhood of his present home, March 3, 1863, son of Sebastian and
Alargaret (Hufi'man) Myers, natives of Pennsylvania, who were among
the earliest settlers in Marshall county, where their last days were spent.

Sebastian Myers was born in 1830 and his wife was born in that same
year. They were married in Pennsylvania and about 1856 came to Kansas
and settled on a homestead farm which a sister of Mrs. Myers, Elizabeth
Huffman, had homesteaded the year before in the St. Bridget settlement in
this county. Later, Sebastian Myers bought out a land patent in that same
township, later adding to his holdings and becoming the owner of four hun-
dred and eighty acres of land, which he was developing in good shape when
death overtook him in 1864. His wddow survived him many years, her death
occurring on October 31, 1900. They were the parents of five children, of
whom t^e subject of this sketch was the last-lx)rn, the others being as fol-
low : John, who is now living in Montana ; Nicholas, deceased ; Mrs. Bar-
bara Koelzer, who is now living in the neighboring county of Nemaha, and
Mary, who is a Sister in the convent at Mt. St. Scholasticas at Atchison.

Bernard Myers was but one year of age when his father died and he
was reared by his aunt, Elizabeth Huffman, continuing to make his home
with her until his marriage in the spring of 1882, when he took possession
of the farm on which he is now living, in section 36 of St. Bridget town-
ship, and ever since has made his home here. Mr. Myers started farming
with one hundred acres, but has gradually added to his holdings, as he pros-
pered in his farming operations, until now he is the owner of three hundred
and thirty acres, eighty acres of which lies in section 25 and the remainder
in sections 35 and 36. On this farm he has forty acres of bottom land and
has plenty of water and timber. He has made excellent improvements on
his place, has given considerable attention to the raising of live stock and



768 MARSHALL COUNTY, KANSAS.

has done very well, long- having been regarded as one of the leading farmers
in that part of the county. Mr. Myers is a Democrat and has ever given
thoughtful attention to local political affairs, but has not been a seeker
after public office.

On April g. 1S82. Bernard Myers was united in marriage to Mary
Shaughnessy, who also was born in St. Bridget township, September 25,
1863. daughter of Michael Shaughnessy and wife, who were among the early
settlers in that part of Marshall county. Of the ohildren born to this union
seven are now living, namely : Nellie, who married Harry Finnegan, who
was born in Guittard township, this county, and is now living on a farm
one mile south of Beattie, and has two children, Patrick and Edward; Mrs.
Margaret Creavan, a widow, of Nemaha county, who has two children,
Beatrice and Wilma ; Joseph, who married Dollie Nelson and is now living
at Kansas City; John, who married Theresa Eagan and lives on a farm near
Beattie; Nicholas, who is at home; Bernard, now a student in the Axtell
high school, and ]\lary. who was born in 1907. Mr. and Mrs. Myers are
members of St. Bridget's Catholic church and they and their family have
ever taken an active interest in parish affairs, as well as in the general social
affairs of the community in which they live, helpful in promoting all worthy
causes thereabout.



CHARLES A. BALDERSON.

Charles A. Balderson, one of Marshall county's best-known farmers,
former trustee of Franklin township and the proprietor of a fine farm of one
hundred and sixty acres in that township, is a native of the state of Illinois,
but has been a resident of this county since he was fourteen years of age,
having come here with his parents back in pioneer days. He was born on
a farm in Ogle county, Illinois, May 3, 1855, son of John and Mary Ann
(Smith) Balderson, the former a native of the Dominion of Canada and the
latter of England, who became early and influential pioneers of Marshall
county and here spent their last days.

John Balderson was born on a farm near Toronto, Canada, April 19,
1826, son of Thomas Balderson, a native of England, and was reared on a
farm. About 1845 ^^ located at Creston, in Ogle county, Illinois, where, in
1854, he married Mary Ann Smith, who was born in England on March 9.
1833, and who was but an infant when her parents, Thomas T. and Jane
(Thompson) Smith, came to this country. In 1869 John Balderson and



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family came to Kansas, driving through from IlHnois in a "prairie schooner,"
and settled in Marshall county, taking a homestead in section 28 of township
I south, range 8 east, which township, presently, upon the organization of the
same, was given the name of Balderson, in compliment to this pioneer set-
tler, who was one of the most forceful characters and important factors in
the development of that part of the county in pioneer days.

Upon taking possession of his homestead tract, John Balderson built a
house, fourteen by twenty-eight, boarded up and down, the lumber for which
he hauled from Frankfort, twenty-five miles away, proceeded to break the
soil and presently was well established there. During the grasshopper visita-
tions he suffered, in common with all the settlers of this region, but he stuck
to the farm and in time acquired additional land holdings and became one
of the most substantial pioneer farmers and stockmen in that part of the
county, spending the rest of his life on that farm, his death occurring in
1905. His widow survived him ten years, her death occurring on May 28,
1915. They were the parents of ten children, of whom the subject of this
sketch was the first-born and all of whom are living save four, two having
died in childhood before the family left Illinois and two dying in youth after
the family located in this county, the others being as follow : Mrs. John
King, of Tacoma, Washington ; Mrs. Jane Hardenbrook, a widow, of Balder-
son township, this county ; Frank, who is now living in Idaho ; Minnie, who
married Myers Withey and is living on the old home place in Balderson town-
ship, and Mrs. Rena Sheppard, of Lawrence, this state.

As noted above, Charles A. Balderson was fourteen years of age when
he came to Marshall county with his parents and he grew to manhood on the
pioneer farm in Balderson township, a valuable assistant to his father in the
labors of developing and improving the same. In his younger days he, as
well as his brother, Frank, both of whom owned ponies, herded cattle on the
plains and grew up hardy and robust sons of the open range. After his
marriage in 1880 his father gave him a cjuarter of a section of unimproved
land in Franklin township, on which he established his home and where he
ever since has resided. Mr. Balderson has made excellent improvements
on his place and long has been accounted one of the leading farmers in that
part of the county. He has always made more or less a specialty of raising
a good grade of stock and has done very well in his operations. He has ever
given his thoughtful attention to local civic affairs and for four years served
as township trustee, while for thirty vears he has been a member of the

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school board and has in other ways given of his time and services to the
public good.

On December i. 1880, Charles A. Balderson was united in marriage to
Laura Foulk, who was born in Jefferson county, Ohio, March 2, 1863,
daughter of James and Mary ( Beattie) Foulk, also natives of Ohio, the
former born in 1835 and the latter in 1845, who came to Kansas in 1870
and settled on a farm in this county, north of Marysville. For years James
Foulk farmed in Marshall county and is now living in the state of Wash-
ington. His wife is making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Balderson.
To James Foulk and wife eight children were born, all of whom are living,
save one, and of whom Mrs. Balderson is the eldest. To Mr. and Mrs.
Balderson two children have been born, Edna, who married Frank Withey,
of Franklin township, this county, and has three children, and Alta, who is
attending high school at Marysville. The Baldersons are members of the
Christian church, of which Mr. Balderson is one of the elders. He is a
member of the Modern Woodmen and takes a warm interest in the affairs
of that organization.



THOMAS B. DEXTER.



Thomas B. Dexter, one of the pioneers of Marshall county, for many
years justice of the peace in and for Center township and the proprietor of
a well-kept farm in that township, where he and his family have a very
comfortable home, is a native of the Dominion of Canada, but has been a
resident of Kansas and of this county since 1870, having therefore been a
witness to and a participant in the development of this part of the state since
pioneer days. He was born on June 19, 1841, son of Asahel and Jane
(Whitfield) Dexter, the latter of whom was of the same family of Whit-
fields to which the great English divine, George Whitfield, who founded the
sect of Calvinistic Alethodists, belonged. She was but a child when her
parents emigrated from England to Canada and she wore wooden shoes at
the time she crossed the ocean.

In 1870 Asahel Dexter and his family left Canada and came to Kan-
sas, settling in Marshall county, among the pioneers of this county. Thomas
B. Dexter came here in April, 1870, and a week after his arrival homesteaded
a tract of eighty acres north of Reedville and proceeded to develop the same.
Four years later he married and established his home there, remaining- on
that homestead until 1880, when he moved to a half section of land a mile



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south of his original location. This latter tract, a quarter of a section of
school land and a quarter of a section of railroad land, he had bought with
money earned as commissions for the sale of lands of the Missouri Pacific
Railroad Company. He paid four dollars an acre for the half section, and
in 1910 sold the identical tract for one hundred dollars an acre. Mr. Dexter
early took an active part in the afiiairs of his home township and from the
beginning of things there was regarded as one of the leaders in the new
community's activities. It was he who circulated the petition for- the estab-
lishment of a postoffice at Home in the winter of 1872-73 and when the office
was created it would have been called Dexter, in his honor, save for the fact
that there already had been established a Dexter postoffice in the southern
part of this state. As Mr. Dexter prospered in his farming operations he
gradually added to his land holdings until he became the owner of eight
hundred acres of land. As his children married and started out for them-
selves he gave each an "eighty" and now holds for himself, in the pleasant
"evening time" of his life, only the eighty surrounding his home. In 1907
he bought a quarter of a section for four thousand dollars. After selling the
half section above referred to in 1910 he bought a half section, including his
present home place, paying for the same fifty-three dollars an acre. He has
taken advantage of rising land values and has made money in his real-estate
transactions. Politically, Mr. Dexter is an "independent." He has ever
given close attention to local civic affairs, for years served as a justice of the
peace and for twenty-five years was a member of the school board, during
that period doing much for the advancement of the cause of education in his
district. He and his wife were among the charter members of the Marshall
Center Baptist church, and when the Baptist church at Winifred was organ-
ized in 1910, Mr. Dexter was one of the leaders in that movement. Fra-
ternally, Mr. Dexter is a member of the local lodge of the Independent Order
of Odd Fellows and for years has taken a warm interest in the affairs of
the same.

On October 4, 1874, Thomas B. Dexter was united in marriage to Emma
L. Smith, who was born in Pennsylvania, August 3, 1856, daughter of
Nathan C. and Amanda J. (Adams) Smith, natives, respectively, of New
York and Pennsylvania, the former born on June 29, 1820, and the latter,
March 13, 1835, who came to Kansas in September, 1870, and located in
Wells township, this county. Mr. Smith bought a homesteader's right to a
tract of land five and one-half miles northwest of Frankfort and there estab-
lished his home, remaining there until 1894, when, under the administration
of Governor Llewellen, he was made overseer of the state farm at Ossawat-



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tomie. - Upon the completion of that service he made his home at Horton,
where he died on March 12, 1900. His widow survived him more than four
years, her death occurring on December i, 1904. Nathan S. Smith w-as an
honored veteran of the Civil War and was one of the leading members of
the Grand Army of the Republic in this section. In September, 1861, he
enlisted for service in the Twenty- fourth Regiment, Pennsylvania Volunteer
Infantry, and with that command served until the close of the war. During
this service Mr. Smith participated in some of the bloodiest battles of the
Civil War, including Gettysburg, Lookout Mountain, Missionary Ridge,
Winchester and the campaigns through Virginia and Maryland. At one time
he captured Mosby, the famous guerilla chief, but did not recognize him.
He took him to headquarters, where he also escaped identication and he was
exchanged as a common soldier and permitted to go.

To Thomas B. and Emma L. (Smith) Dexter ten children have been
born, namely : Minnie, who married Alvin Watkins and lives in Center
township; Dane O., also a resident of Center township; Gertrude, who mar-
ried George Denton and lives in Rock township; Ray, who married Mabel
Newton, of Marysville, and now lives at Siloam Springs, Arkansas ; Thorne,
who married Emma Hull, of Frankfort, and lives in Center township; Olga,
wife of Roy Evans, of Washington, this state; Earl, who died in his third



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