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which state, on November 17. 1844, he married Susan Postin, who was born
in Ohio on February 6, 1830, and who, when quite young, had moved with


her parents to Scott county, Iowa, where she married Air. Totten. the two
shortly afterward setthng in Minnesota. In the spring of 1858 Joseph
Totten and his family left Minnesota and came to Kansas, arriving in Mar-
shall county on June 8 of that year, and settled in what is now Guittard
township, being among the very earliest arrixals in that part of the county,
there being only four or five families in that township at that time. Air.
Totten had a full experience of pioneer life and on the virgin prairie opened
up a farm that is now in the possession of his son, Frank H. Totten. At
the time the Tottens settled in this county Indians still w-ere numerous here-
about and wdld game was plentiful. The white neighbors were few and far
between and the outlook for the first few years was not very encouraging,
but Air. Totten possessed a sturdy courage and a resoluteness of will essen-
tial to the demands of the occasion and had prepared himself for every
emergency. He presently prospered in his undertakings and not only became
recognized as one of the most substantial farmers of that part of the county,
but as one of the leading and most public-spirited citizens. For four years
he served as township trustee and for twenty years was a member of the
school board of district No. 19. which he helped to organize, and also helped
to put up the first school building in that and other neighboring districts.
Air. Totten was a Republican and was warmly devoted to the interests of
his party, ever a firm supporter of its principles. For some years after his
settlement in this county Joseph Totten was obliged to journey to St. Joseph
for the family provisions and necessary household articles, among the latter
being a number of cats, for which he paid one dollar each, the cats being
necessary to destroy the mice which infested the premises. In those days
farm products were transported to the same point, a long and difficult haul.
Air. Totten watched the development of Alarshall county with a warm inter-
est and by redeeming a portion of its soil from its primitive state, contrib-
uted his quota toward the upbuilding of this part of Kansas. Joseph Totten
died at his home in this county on Alay 20, 1892, and his widow survived
until June 2, 1903.

Joseph Totten' s grandfather, Levi Totten, was born in England and
came to this country in the days of his young manhood. He is supposed to
have served as a soldier of the patriot army during the Revolutionary W'ar
and also to have served as a soldier during the War of 18 12 His son, Henry
Alorris Totten, grandfather of Airs. \A'eaver. was born on Alarch 17, 1795,
and died, as above noted, in Iowa, in 1864. His widow, as noted above, sur-
vived him for some years, her last days being spent in this county. They
were the parents of four sons, those besides Joseph, the first-born, being


Edwin. Charles and Henry, the two former of whom served as soldiers of
the Union army during the Civil War and the latter of whom was a member
of General Custer's command in 1876. and was killed in the Indian massacre
which wiped out that gallant command. When Joseph Totten came to Mar-
shall county there was very little "hard cash" in circulation hereabout and the
conveniences of modern life were wholly lacking. The nearest mill was
located on the Missouri river and sometimes the settlers were obliged to go
farther to mill, even to Iowa Point. In the summer of 1863 Joseph Totten
started out to explore the farther West, his objective point being Denver, and
he made the journey in seven months. He put up the first hotel in Marys-
ville and was engaged in the erection of the first three houses in Frankfort,
during that year working one hundred and five days as a carpenter, for
which labor he received three hundred and fifteen dollars. In that same vear
he also served as assessor and thus made the money necessary to the early
development of his homestead. Had Mr. Totten preserved in detail the story
of his pioneer life and of his experiences on the frontier, there would have
been given to posterity an extensive and readable volume.


Charles W. Koepp, an energetic and substantial young farmer of Center
township, this county, proprietor of a fine farm in section 7 of that town-
ship, was born on that farm and has lived there all his life. He was born
on February 4, 1884, son of Christ and Justina (Dreger) Koepp, natives of
Germany and early settlers in Marshall county, the latter of whom is now
living in the village of Home.

Christ Koepp took up his residence on a homestead farm in Center
township upon coming to Marshall county, not long afterward moving to
the farm in section 7 of that same township, where the subject of this sketch
now makes his home, and in time became one of the large landowners and
substantial farmers of that part of the county. Upon retiring from the
active labors of the farm he and his wife moved to the village of Home,
where Mr. Koepp spent his last days, his death occurring in August, 1916,
he then being seventy-nine years of age, and where his widow is still living.
They were the parents of nine children, of whom the subject of this sketch
was the last born.

Charles W. Koepp was reared on the farm on which he was born and


where he now Hves and received his schoohng in the neighhoring school.
From ])oyhood he was an al)ie assistant in the labors of developing and
improving the home place and when twenty-two years of age took charge
of the place, farming it on his own account. Later his father gave him
three hundred and twenty acres, and to this he has added until now he is the
owner of four hundred and eighty acres, a part of the same lying in sections
17 and 18.

Mr. Koepp is an enterprising young farmer, carrying on his farming
operations according to modern methods of agriculture, and is doing very
well. His place is well improved and he is accounted one of the substantial
farmers of that section of the county. In his political views, Mr. Koepp is
"independent." He takes a good citizen's interest in local civic matters and
in the general affairs of the community in which he lives and is one of the
live "boosters" of Marshall county.


John H. Carney, one of the well-known and successful farmers of Mur-
ray township, Marshall county, was born in Fairfield county, Ohio, on July
24. 1863, and is the son of Eli Gierhart and Catherine (Alspach) Carney.

Eli G. Carney, who w-as born in Licking county, Ohio, w'as the son of
James and Louvesia (Gierhart) Carney. James Carney was also a native of
Ohio and was the son of John Carney and wife, who were of Scotch-Irish
descent. John Carney was born in the north of Ireland and later came to
the United States, where he married Miss Chaney, who was a native of the
United States and was born during the Revolutionary times. Louvesia Car-
ney was also a native of Ohio and the daughter of Daniel and Anna (Hanna)
Gierhart. John Hanna, the grandfather, was a native of Hagerstown,
Maryland, where he grew to manhood and later came to Fairfield county,
Ohio, and located within eight miles of Lancaster, early in 1800. The great-
uncle of Eli Carney fought in the Revolutionary War, and during the cam-
paign of General Harrison the family supplied the army with meat. The
grandfather came in an early day to Indiana, and died at his home in La-
grange county, where during his active life he was a man of much influence.

James and Louvesia Carney were the parents of the following children :
John H., EU Gierhart, Sarah, Daniel and Elizabeth. Daniel and John H. are
now deceased; Sarah is the wife of Frederick E. Bitsberger. of Ft. Wayne,


Indiana; and Elizabeth, who was the wife of Henry Dellinger, died in the
year 1900. The father died in 1843 and the mother in 1881.

EH Gierhart Carney received his education in the pubhc schools of
Ohio, where he was born on January t6, 1839. At the age of fifteen years,
he was employed as an apprentice to learn the carpenter trade at which he
worked for a number of years. In 1871 he came to Marshall countv, Kan-
sas, where he engaged in general farming and stock raising and met with
much success, and is now the owner of two hundred and eighty acres of
splendid land in Murray township. In addition to his home farm he is also
the owner of one hundred and sixty acres in St. Bridget township and two
hundred and ninety acres in Franklin township. He has a beautiful country
home and his residence is one of the most substantial in the township.

On June 24, i860, Eli G. Carney was united in marriage to Catherine
Alspach, who was born in Ohio on March 24, 1842, and is the daughter of
John D. and Elizabeth ( Heimbaugh ) Alspach. Mrs. Alspach was the daugh-
ter of John Heimbaugh and wife, who were of Fairfield county, Ohio. She
was a sister of Abraham Click, of Ohio, who was the father of George W.
Glick, who was one of the most prominent governors of Kansas and whose
statue is in statuary hall at Washington, D. C.

To Eli G. and Catherine Carney were born the following children :
Mary Emma, John H., Alta M., Eli E., Charles C, Oliver O., Alice M. and
Catherine Maud. Mary Emma died in infancy; John H. is the subject of
this sketch; Alta M. is the wife of Willis Conable, of Murray township;
Charles is now deceased; Oliver O. is connected with the state hospital; Alice
M. is the wife of John Hawkins, the manager of the farmers' elevator at
Axtell, and Catherine Maud is the wife of Henry Hawkins, a farmer living
west of Carney Station.

John H. Carney came with his parents to Kansas when he was eight
years of age. On November 9, 1871. they landed in Frankfort, where the
family spent three months of that winter. They then moved to the home-
stead at Carney Station. Mr. Carney received his earliest educational train-
ing in the schools of Ohio and attended school after coming to Kansas and
studied one year in the high school at Axtell. He then taught school for
two years when he decided to engage in farming and engaged in that work
with his father until 1884. He at that time purchased a farm of eighty acres,
one mile west of his presen,. Ixome farm, where he engaged in his chosen
work until 1893, when he moved to the place where he now lives.

On October 11, 1887. John H. Carney was united in marriage to Nan-



nie Brolyer. who was born at Wabash, Indiana, on March 21, 1867, being the
daughter of Henry Brolyer and w^ife, who were also natives of the state of
Indiana and came to Kansas in 1884 and located in Marshall county, where
they became well-established farmers raid have ever been held in the high-
est regard.

To John II. and Nannie Carney have been l)orn the following children:
Charles J., Fern, Nina and Neva. Charles J. married Grace Totten and they
are the parents of one child, Creta Jane; Fern is now deceased; Nina Temple
is residing on a farm, west of her father's place, where her husband is suc-
cessfully engaged in general farming, and Neva is a student of the Axtell
high school and is now in her second year.

Mr. Carney has a splendid farm of one hundred and sixty acres, all of
which is under a high state of cultivation and well improved. The buildings
have all been erected by him, and they are modern and substantial. The
house is a fine building of eight rooms and nicely located, and is one of the
beautiful farm residences in the township. In 1906 he erected his barn, a
structure thirty-eight by forty-eight feet, with sixteen-foot posts and slate
roof. He also has a cattle barn, fourteen by forty-eight feet, as w^ell as other
outbuildings. He has a fine lot of Shorthorn cattle and Poland China hogs.
In addition to his own farm of one hundred and sixty acres, Mr. Carney is
operating one hundred and forty acres of the E. G. Carney farm. In 1916
he cultivated one hundred and sixty acres of corn and fifty acres of wheat,
and today he is recognized as one of the progressive and successful farmers
and stockmen in the county. He is a believer in the modern methods, of
operating the farm as well as in the care of the stock. His farm is an evi-
dence of the care and attention that he gives it and his stock is among the
best in this section of the district.

Mr. and Mrs. Carney are active members of the Presbyterian church
and are prominent in the social life of the community and have long been
interested in the moral and educational development of their home township.
Politically. Air. Carney is a stanch Democrat and was an active worker for
the re-election of President Wilson. He has held many of the township
ofifices and has for many years been clerk of the school district. Fraternally,
he is a member of the Ancient Free and Accepted Masons and he and his
wife are members of the Eastern Star lodge at Axtell. Mr. Carney has had
a most active life and he has accomplished much that is worthy of note. He
takes much interest in his home and family and is a devoted husband and a
kind father. -



Patrick Lynch, one of the best-known and most substantial farmers of
St. Bridget township, the owner of a fine farm of five hundred and forty
acres of well-improved land in section 1 1 of that township, is a native of
the Emerald Isle, but has been a resident of this county since boyhood and
has therefore been a witness to the development of the same since pioneer
days. He was born in -County Kildare, Ireland, in May, 1859, a son of
Edward and Mary (Highland) I^ynch, natives of Ireland, the former of
whom died in his native land and the latter of whom became a pioneer
settler in this part of Kansas and here spent her last days.

Edward Lvnch was the son of Patrick and Alice (Grattan) Lynch and
was reared as a farmer in the old country. There he married Mary High-
land, who was born in 1825, daughter of Edward Highland and wife, also
natives of Ireland, and to that union six children were born, three of whom
are still living. Edward Lynch died in 1861 and ten years later, in 187 1,
his widow and her four children came to this country and settled in St.
Bridget township, this county, where Edward Lynch's brother, Peter Lynch,
one of Marshall county's earliest settlers, had located some years before.
The Widow Lynch bought a tract of eighty acres of land near St. Bridget's
church and there established her home, she and her children developing the
farm and presently adding to the same by the purchase of an adjoining
eighty. There Mrs. Lynch spent her last days, one of the best-known pio-
neers of St. Bridget township, her death occurring in March, 1914.

Patrick Lvnch was but a lad when he came to this country with his
mother, and he grew to manhood on the home farm in St. Bridget town-
ship, an able and valuable assistant in the labors of developing and improv-
ing the same. He remained on the farm with his mother until his mar-
riage in 1886. after which he traded an eighty of the home farm for a
(|uarter section in section 11 of that same township and there established
his home and has ever since made that his place of residence. Mr. Lynch
has done well in his farming operations and as he prospered added to his
land holdings until now he is the owner of a well-improved farm of five
hundred and forty acres, on which, in addition to his general farming, he
raises quite a bit of live stock, specializing in Hereford cattle and Duroc-
Jersev hogs. He has eighty acres of timber on his farm. Mr. Lynch is a
Democrat, but has not been a seeker after public ofiice.

In the vear 1886 Patrick Lynch was united in marriage to Anna


Shaughnessy, daughter of Michael and Ellen (Ryan) Shaiighnessy, natives
of Ireland and early settlers in St. Bridget township, further mention 'of
whom is made elsewhere in this volume, and to this union eight children
have been born, namely : Ellen, who married S. Manley, of the neighbor-
ing county of Nemaha ; Edward, who is at home ; Patrick, deceased ; Mary,
who is now teaching school in Nemaha county; Emmet, at home; Frances,
deceased, and Anna and Lillis, at home. The Lynches are members of St.
Bridget's Catholic church and take a warm interest in parish affairs, as well
as in the general social affairs of their home community, helpful factors in
all local good works.


Sweden has given to Kansas many of her best representative men and
women, and among the number who have located in Cottage Hill town-
ship, Marshall county, who are recognized as among the prominent and suc-
cessful citizens of the county, is Oscar Nelson, w^ho was born on August
19, 1867, in the southern part of Sweden and is the son of John E. and
Anna S. (Larson) Nelson.

John E. and Anna S. Nelson vv^ere also natives of Sweden, and there
received their education. Some years after their marriage and after two
of their children had been born, they decided to seek a home in America.
John E. Nelson was born on December 3, 1834, and when he was thirtv-
four years of age, in 1868, he and his wife and two children came to the
United States. After a voyage of five weeks on a sailing vessel, the family
landed on the shores of the United States. Mr. Nelson lived in this county
until the time of his death on June 27, 19 13. On their arrival in this country,
they came direct to Kansas and located at Waterville. He soon took a home-
stead of one hundred and sixty acres in section 5, Cottage Hill township,
Marshall county. He had money enough to pay for his homestead right
and to buy a cow. The next spring he bought a team of horses and an
old breaking plow and at once began the task of getting his land ready for
the crops. He built a log house in which the family lived for some years and
where two of his children were born. During the winter of 1869, which
was one of the worst for snow in that section of the countrv, he worked
for the railroad company at shoveling snow from the tracks, working all
the way from Waterville to Atchison. In time the farm was thoroughly
developed and improved and here Mr. Nelson engaged in general farming


and stock raising with much success, and at the time of his death he was
the owner of two hundred acres of prime land. He and his wife w^ere active
members of the Swedish Lutheran church, Mr. Nelson beino- one of the
organizers of the local church in the township and of the school in district
No. 44. Mrs. Nelson is now living with her son, Oscar, and enjoying her
remaining years on the old farm which she assisted in developing. Mr. and
Mrs. Nelson were the parents of the following children: two girls that died
in infancy in Sweden; Charles A., a dairyman at Moneta, California; Oscar;
one that died in infancy, after the family came to the United States, and
Victor, now deceased.

Oscar Nelson received his education in the schools of district No. 44,
Cottage Hill township, and one term in the high school at Waterville. He
was reared on the home farm and as a lad and young man assisted his father
with the development and operation of the place. He remained at home
until 1897, ^vhen he purchased his present farm. The place, now one of
the ideal farms of the township, was at that time unimproved and unde-
veloped. The splendid buildings, fine groves and well-cultivated field are all
the result of the hard work and good management of Mr. Nelson. As a
farmer and stockman he is recognized as one of the progressive and sub-
stantial ones of the county. He keeps a fine lot of cattle and hogs and his
crops are among the best grown in that section of the state. In 19 16 he made
an exhibit of corn at the fair and received most favorable comment for its
excellent quality. He is a stockholder in the Farmers Elevator Company
at Waterville and in the Countv Fair Association.

On December 29, 1897, Oscar Nelson was married to Hildor C. Daw,
the daughter of John and Caroline (Jacobs) Larson, natives of Sweden,
where they spent their lives. Mrs. Nelson was born on September 15, 1871,
in Sweden, where she lived until 1893. On coming to the United States she
located in Chicago, Illinois, where she lived until her marriage four years
later. To ]\Ir. and Mrs. Nelson have been born three children, Richard E.,
Edwin E. and one that died in infancy. Richard E. was born on January
16, 1899, and Edwin E. was born on December 2, 1904. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson
are members of the Lutheran church and are prominent in the social life
of the district.

Politically, Oscar Nelson is identified with the Republican party and
has always taken a keen interest in the affairs of the township and county.
In 19 1 2 he was elected clerk of his township and in 19 14 was re-elected for
a term Of two years. For twenty years he served as clerk of the school
district and resigned that position in 1914. He has always been interested


in the schools of the township and is one of those progressive men who
beheve in the best schools. To him good roads and good schools are two
of the essential elements in the growth and development of the community.
He remembered when the roads were but trails over the prairie, and his recol-
lection is vivid with reference to the many covered wagons wending their
way over the winding trails. The log house that his father built was made
from logs cut on Coon creek, one and one-half miles west of the old home-
stead. The lumber that was needed was obtained at the sawmill at Cleabourne
and required four days to make the trip, a distance of only eighteen miles.
There were no bridges over the streams and many times the water was too
high to ford. These conditions and the devastating prairie fires that often
raged in that section, made the life of the family for the first few years a
hard one.


Ernst W. Zimmerling, a well-known and prominent farmer of Frank-
lin township, Marshall county, was born in Germany on July 15, 1869, being
the son of Ernst F. and Caroline (Paul) Zimmerling. The parents were
also natives of Germany and there received their education and were mar-
ried, after which they continued to live in Germany for some years. The
father and mother had both been married before. Besides Ernst W., they
were the parents of nine odier children, eight of whom are now living.
When the son, Ernst W., was six years of age the parents left their home
in Germany and came to the United States, locating on a farm in Marshall
â– county. Here the son was educated in the public schools and grew to
manhood on the home farm, where as a lad he assisted his father with the
farm work. He remained at home until he was twenty-six years of age, at
which time he was married and he and his wife established their home on a
farm that she then owned.

In 19 16 Ernst W. Zimmerling purchased the home farm of one hun-
dred and sixty acres and is actively engaged in general farming and stock
raising. He is a thorough farmer and keeps the best class of stock and is
particularly interested in the breeding of Duroc-Jersey hogs and good cattle.
In addition to his duties on the farm, he has always taken an active interest in
the business life of the township and is now the efficient president of the
Citizens' State Bank at Home City, and is also interested as a shareholder
of the Marshall Countv Fair Association. Politically, Mr. Zimmerling is


associated with the Democratic party and is now treasurer of the Home City
school board and has served as township clerk for six years.

In 1896 Ernst W. Zimmerling was united in marriage to Louisa
Kramme, who was born in Illinois on May 9, 1870, and is the daughter of
Henry and Alvena (Branch) Kramme, who were early settlers in the county.
On coming to Marshall county Mr. and Mrs. Kramme established their
home on a farm and became substantial and prominent residents of the dis-
trict and are held in the highest regard by all who know them.

To Ernst W- and Louisa Zimmerling have been born the following
children : Selma, Henry, Walter, Arnold and Zena, all of whom are at
home with their parents and are receiving their education in the schools of
the district. Mr. and Mrs. Zimmerling have a hue home and take the great-
est of pleasure in the education of their children and in the social and general
development of the community.


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