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ern ^^'oodmen of America and the Knights and Ladies of Security.


Among the well-known and prominent farmers of St. Bridget township,
Marshall county, is William T. Gossin, who was torn on the farm where
he now lives on November 4, 1867, and is the son of John C. and Catherine
(Confrey) Gossin.

John C. Gossin w'as born at Utica, New York, on March 3, 1829, and
died on February 26, 191 5. His wife was born in Ireland, near the town
of Longford, on June 24, 1830, and died on January 11, 1912. John C.
Gossin was the son of Patrick and Catherine Gossin, both of whom were
born in Ireland, where they received their education in the public schools
and grew to manhood and womanhood. They later came to the United
States and located at Utica, New York, where they lived many years before
their deaths.

John C. Gossin received his education in the schools of his native state
and there he was married to Catherine Confrey in 1854, at Utica. They
established their home on a farm near that city, where they lived until
1857, when they came to Kansas and located at Leavenworth, and until
1861 ]\Ir. Gossin was engaged as a steamboat employee. That year he came
to St. Bridget township and here he homesteaded land. He and his family
made the journey from Leavenworth to their new home in Marshall county
with an ox team. He later used the oxen to break his land and put it under
cultivation. The lumber with which he built his house w^as hauled from
Atchison, that being his nearest market point for that material. Those days
were most trying ones for the little family, but the father and mother devoted


their best efforts in developing and improving their farm, and in tmie, Mr.
Gossin became one of the substantial and successful men of the township.
During his early life on the homestead, he did much work for John Frees,
in the flour mill, near Dubois, Nebraska, where he acted as fireman. At this
work he engaged during the winter months, in order to get money with which
to keep his family and make needed repairs and improvements on the place.
He and his wife were most industrious and hard-working people and devoted
their lives to their family, and were much interested in the moral and the
educational growth of the community where they lived and where they were
held in the highest regard. They were charter members of the St. Bridget's
Catholic church, and ever lived true Christian lives. They were active in
the building of the first church in the township, \lr. Gossin being a member
t)f the building committee.

In addition to his original farm, ]\Ir. Gossin became the owner of other
land in various parts of the township. There is in the estate eight hundred
and forty acres of the best land, most of which is under a high state of
cultivation and well improved. He was a man who believed in the thorough
cultivation of the soil and the keeping of high-grade stock. Being a man of
exceptional ability and good judgment, he was often consulted relative to
the civic affairs of the township, and while he was not an office seeker,
he always took great interest in all local affairs.

To John C. and Catherine Gossin were born the following children ;
Sarah, Mary, John R., Margaret. Katie, Frank, Anna, William, Amelia
and Theresa. Sarah Gleason is now a resident of Shawnee, Oklahoma;
Mary Curtin resides at Kansas City, Kansas; John R. died in the year 1908;
Margaret Gray lives at Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Katie Busick lives at
Hayward. Oklahoma; Frank died on March 25, 1897; Anna Mitchell died on
September 17, 1913; Amelia ]\Iitchell is a resident of Xemaha county,
Kansas, and Theresa died at the age of four years.

William T. Gossin received his education in the district schools of St.
Bridget township and grew to manhood on the home farm, where he assisted
his father with the farm work and the developing of the place. He remained
at home and at the age of nineteen years he took charge of the home place,
which he managed with much ability. In 1893 he rented the farm and
went to Oklahoma, where in September of that year, he made the race for a
tract of land in the Cherokee Strip, that was then opened for settlement.
He made the race from the south line of the strip and secured the second
homestead of one hundred and sixty acres. He remained in the territory
until 1896, when he returned to Kansas, where he has been successfully


engaged in general farming and stockraising. In 1905 he was the secretary
and promoter of the Axtell Development Company, and that year they
drilled for oil, south of Axtell. Mr. Gossin invested seven hundred dollars
in the enterprise, and while no definite results were obtained, many good
indications of oil was discovered, lie has always taken a keen interest in
all enterprises that would tend to promote the welfare of the community
in which he has lived for so many years, and where he is held in the highest

Mr. Gossin is identified with the Democratic party and is one of the
leading men of the organization in the county. He served his township for
six years as trustee and was township clerk for four years, always giving
the affairs of the township the same care and attention that he gave to his
own business. He has served as delegate to the various conventions of his
partv and has rendered excellent service. He is a member of the Farmers
Union and served as county president for two terms. He and his wife
are devout members of the Catholic church and are prominent in the social
activities of their home community. They are a most hospitable people
and have made many friends throughout the county.

On April 9, 1896, William T. Gossin was united in marriage to Delia
Shaughnessy, who was born in St. Bridget township on May 16, 1868, and
is the daughter of Michael and Ellen (Ryan) Shaughnessy. Her parents
were natives of Ireland, where they were educated and spent their early lives.
The father was born in 1824 and died on June 13, 1906, and the mother was
born in 1829 and died in February, 1885. When young they came to
America and located at Madison, Indiana, where they were married in
1849. There they established their first home and lived until i860, when
they came to Kansas and joined the little band of early settlers in St. Bridget
township, ^Marshall county. They located on a farm and in time became
successful farmers and prominent people of the community. They remained
on their original farm in the township until 1882, when they purchased the
farm now owned by the son, James. As he prospered, Mr. Shaughnessy
purchased more land and at the time of his death he was the owner of over
one thousand acres of excellent Kansas land. ]\Ir. and Mrs. Shaughnessy
were devout members of the Catholic church and were prominent in the
social life of the community, where they were held in the highest regard.
They were the parents of the following children : Thomas, Edward, Alichael,
Ellen, the wife of Patrick Loot, of Axtell; Mary, the wife of B. Myers, of
St. Bridget; Delia, the wife of Air. Gossin, and Anna.

William and Delia Gossin are the parents of the following children:


Gilbert, Edward, IMary, Valentine, and Joseph. Gilbert was born on Janu-
ary 27, 1897, and is on his father's farm; Edward, on June 12, 1899; Mary,
February, 21 1903; Valentine, February 14, 1905, and Joseph, March 25,
1901, and died in infancy.

Mr. Gossin is one of the hustling and intelli_gent men of Marshall
county and has met with much success in his work. He devotes himself
to his business and is a most careful and prudent business man. He is a
man of broad and generous views, well read and informed on the current
events of the day. He is most progressive and a firm believer in permanent
and substantial public improvements. Good roads and good schools are to
him an index of the future progress of the county and the state. He and
Mrs. Gossin have a fine familv and their home life is an ideal one.


One of the native sons of Cottage Hill township, Marshall county, who
has won a prominent and influential place among the residents of his home
township, is Franz Edward Nelson, the present trustee of the township
and one of its successful farmers, who was born on September, 1878, and is
the son of C. O. and Anna Matilda (Anderson) Nelson.

C. O. Nelson was born in Sweden on October 8, 1845, and there received
his education in the public schools and resided until he was twenty-four
years of age, when in 1869, he decided to come to America. On his arrival
in this country he came direct to Kansas, and here he homesteaded one
hundred and sixty acres of land in Cottage Hill township, one and one-
half miles southwest of where Franz Edward now lives. This farm he
developed and improved into one of the best in the township. He engaged
in general farming and stock raising with success until 1902, when he
moved to Waterville, where he has since lived a retired life. He increased
his land holdings after a time and is now the owner of four hundred and
eighty acres of splendid land, after having assisted his children to good
homes and farms.

As a young man Mr. Nelson was united in marriage to x-Vuna Matilda
Anderson, who was born in Sweden on September 25, 1845. She spent her
early life in that country and when yet a girl she came to the United States
with her parents. To this union the following children have been born : Annie
Ollie, Sophie, Laura Alida, Frank Edward, Alfred William, Clarence Victor


and Anianda. Annie Ollie Johnson resides in W'aterville, Kansas, where her
husband is one of the leading carpenters of the town ; Sophie Hager is a
resident of Riley county, Kansas, where her husband is engaged in general
farming and stock raising; Laura Alida is the wife of Sander Larson, a
farmer of Cottage Hill township; Clarence Victor is engaged in farming
on the old home place and Amanda is at home. Mr. and Mrs. Nelson are
active members of the Lutheran church and are prominent residents of the
community in which they live, and where they are held in such high regard.

Franz Edward Nelson received his primary education in the common
schools of the township and later 'attended Bethany College at Lindsborg,
where he completed the business and commercial courses in 1905. He then
returned to the home farm, where he remained for two years and then
purchased his present place, onto which he moved in 1906. He has made
many valuable improvements and has developed his farm to a high stand-
ard of excellence and is engaged in general farming and stock raising with
marked success.

On June 6, 1905, Franz Edward Nelson was married to Caroline
Catherine White, who was born on June 14, 1877, in Denmark and is the
daughter of Peter and Hannah (Madison) White, the former having been
born in 1844 and died in 1880 and the latter was born in 1844, on May 6.
Peter White and his family continued to live in Denmark until 1878, when
they came to the United States and at once established a home in Walnut
township, Marshall county, where the father died, and since the death of
her husband, Mrs. White has resided in Washington county, Kansas. They
were the parents of the following children : Dorathy, Margaret, Catherine
and Mary. Dorathy Stenson resides in Cottage Hill, where Mr. Stenson is
engaged in general farming and stock raising on his farm one mile south
of the home of Mr. Nelson; Margaret resides in Marysville, where she is
engaged in dressmaking, and Mary is now deceased. Mr. and Mrs. White
were members of the Lutheran church and reared their children in that
faith. To Franz Edward and Catherine Nelson one child has been born,
Margaret, whose birth occurred on November 11, 1908, and she is now a
pupil in the public schools.

Mr. Nelson is independent in politics and has served his township as
trustee and as assessor and was for a number of years a member of the
local school board. He takes much interest in the Farmers Union, of which
he is a member and he and his wife are active members of the Lutheran



Sweden is the native land of many of the well-to-do and influential resi-
dents of Marshall county, and among the number, few deserve more special
mention than Peter F. Jacobson, one of the substantial farmers and stockmen
of Cottage Hill township, who was born on August i8, 1854, and is the son
of Jacob and Mary Elizabeth (Jones) Erickson. The parents spent their
lives in Sweden and were among the prominent people of the community
in which they lived and where thye were held in the highest regard and esteem.
The father was born in March, 1803, and died in 1866; his wife was born in
1816 and died in 1869. They were the parents of eight children, live of
whom are living. Three of the family came to the United States : Charlie,
Christena and Peter F. Charlie is now living at Vikberg, Kansas, where
he is one of the well-known men of the community and Christena is the
wife of Nels Johnson, of Randolph, Kansas. Charlie was the first of the
family to seek a home in America. In 1868 he decided that he would seek
a home in this country and later landed on the shores of the United States
and at once proceeded to the state of Kansas, where he has met with much

Peter F. Jacobson received his education in the schools of Sweden and
there grew to manhood. At the age of twenty-eight years, he sailed for
the land where he hoped to make his future home. For a time after his
arrival in this country he worked in the wire mills at Worcester, Massa-
chusetts. In 1883 he came to Kansas and worked as a stone mason and
carpenter in Waterville and in Cottage Hill township. During his single life
in this country he made his home with his sister, Mrs. ' Charlotte Aim, in
Ripley county, Kansas. In addition to his work in Marshall county, Mr.
Jacobson worked for a time in Colorado, where he was engaged as a mason
and carpenter, trades that he had learned in Sweden.

In 1887 Peter F. Jacobson was married to Mary L. Blomquist, who
was born in Illinois on February i. 1868, being the daughter of Peter Blom-
quist and wife, who were natives of Sweden and who came to the United
States in an early day. They first located in Illinois and later came to Mar-
shall county, where they homesteaded land in 1870. To Peter F. and Alary
L. Jacobson have been born the following children : Judith L., James L.,
Ernest P., Emanuel R., Daniel, Gladis R., Helen AI. and one that died in
infancy, whose name was Rebecca. Judith L. was born on October 30, 1888,
and received her education in the public schools and is now teaching at the


Spring school district; James L.. February 2r. 1890, is a i^raduate of the
Kansas State Agricultural College and is now teaching in the high school
at Salena. Kansas; Ernst P., December 19, 1891, at Denver, Colorado, and
is now at home with his parents; Emanuel R., May 28, 1895; Daniel, June
7, 1897; Gladis R., I^Iarch 7, 1900. and Helen M., April 5, 1909. Mr. and
Mrs. Jacobson are active members of the Baptist church and take much
interest in all church work and they and their family are active in the social
life of the community.

Mr. Jacobson is an independent Republican in politics and looks rather
to the man than to party affiliations in the selection of officers to administer
the affairs of the township and county. For a number of years he has held
the position of treasurer of the school district, and has always taken an active
interest in the development of the schools of the township, and one of his
ambitions has been to have the schools attain the highest degree of pro-
ficiency. He is a shareholder in the Farmers Union at Waterville and in the
Blue Rapids Fair Association, and has always taken an active interest in
promoting the best interests of the county.


The Hon. Roley S. Pauley, former state senator from this district,
former county treasurer and one of the most extensive landowners and stock-
men in ^larshall county, now living on his fine farm in Guittard township,
this county, is a native of the old Hoosier state, but has been a resident of
Kansas since 1878, in which year he came to ^Marshall county, and has thus
been actively identified with the development of this part of the state since
pioneer days. He was bom on a farm in Monroe county, Indiana, June 23,
1849, son of Solomon and Americus (Smock) Pauley, the former of whom
was born in Lexington. Kentucky, and the latter at Bloomington, in Monroe
county, Indiana. In 1855 the Pauley family moved from Indiana to Iowa
and settled in ^lonroe countv, in that latter state, where Solomon Paulev died
on October 18, 1892.

Roley S. Pauley was about six years of age when his parents moved
from Indiana to Iowa and he was reared on a farm in the latter state, receiv-
ing his elementary schooling in the district school in the neighborhood of his
home, supplementing the same by a course in a business college at Burling-
ton, Iowa. In 1878 he came to Kansas and rented a farm in Rock town-

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ship, where, in company with Henry C. Boggs, he "batched it" for two years,
until his marriage in 1881, after which he bought a farm in Guittard town-
ship and there established his home. Tie later bought the farm he had first
rented and on that place his eldest son is now living. When Mr. Pauley
came to Marshall county he had four old horses and a wagon and little else,
hence his rise to his present state of good fortune has been due to his own
efforts, aided by his wife, a daughter of pioneer parents and who has been
a most competent helpmate in all her husband's undertakings. From the
very beginning of their married life Mr. and Mrs. Pauley, have worked
together and have prospered together. During the early years of their life
on the farm, Mrs. Pauley thought nothing of going into the fields and mak-
ing "a hand", and even after the babies were toddling about her feet she con-
tinued to aid in the field work. She recalls that at one time, she then having
two small children, it became necessary for her to lend her assistance in the
field driving a corn-stalk cutter. She fastened a box onto it and in this
box she tucked the babies safely away, thus driving with them all day.
Prosperity presently attended these admirably combined efforts and now the
Pauleys have more than one thousand acres of valuable land, including a
wheat farm over in Graham county on which, in the summer of 1916, there
was raised six thousand bushels of wheat. The Pauleys have a beautiful
home on their farm in Guittard township, have a fine family of children and
are very pleasantly and very comfortably situated, long having been recog-
nized as one of the most substantial and influential families in the county.
Mr. Pauley early began raising standard live stock and for years fed cattle
for the market, later taking up general farming, though continuing to engage
extensivelv in the raising of cattle, and has done very well. He is president
of the hog and cattle department of the Marshall County Fair Association,
is a stockholder in that association and one of the most active promoters of
the same. In addition to his extensive agricultural and live-stock interests,
Mr. Paulev also has other interests and has for years been regarded as one
of the most prominent factors in the general business life of the community.
He was one of the organizers of the Bremen State Bank at Bremen, of the
Citizens State Bank at Marysville and of the State Bank at Bigelow, but
has recently disposed of those interests, his only banking connection at present
being- as a stockholder and member of the board of directors of the First
National Bank of Beattie. He also is a member of the board of directors
of the Mutual Telephone Company and of the Farmers Union Elevator Com-
pau}- at Beattie. Mr. Paulev is a Republican and for many years has been


looked upon as one of the leaders of that party in this part of the state.
Since 1885 he has been a member of the school board in his home district,
which he helped to organize, and has lieen treasurer of the same all these
years. In 1906 he was elected treasurer of Marshall county and in 1908
was re-elected, tluis serving- for two terms of two years each, during which
time he and his family made their home in Marysville, the county seat,
returning to the farm at the conclusion of his official service. In 191 2 Mr.
Pauley was elected state senator from the nineteenth Kansas senatorial dis-
trict and served in the state Senate during the sessions of 191 3 and 191 5,
rendering valuable service not only to his district, but to the state at large,
his service as a member of the committees on li^-e stock, fish and game and
hvgiene, proving of particular value. For years Mr. Pauley has been an
active party worker and has been a frequent delegate to county, state and
congressional conventions.

On December 22, 1881, Roley S. Pauley w^as united in marriage to Nora
E. Totten. who was born on September 22, 1865, in a log cabin on a pioneer
farm on the banks of Vermillion river, two miles west of her present home, a
daughter of Joseph and Susan Totten, who had come to this county from
Illinois in 1858, thus having been among the very earliest settlers of Marshall
countv. Joseph Totten was a carpenter and helped build the first houses in
Marysville and at Frankfort. At the time he settled here the nearest trad-
ing point was at Leavenworth and he would haul his grain to that point in
the fall, returning w'ith a load of provisions sufficient for the coming year.
During the early years of his residence here he was actively engaged in car-
pentering during the season for such work and his wife and children looked
after afi^airs on the developing farm. In time the Tottens prospered and
became the owners of a fine farm of two hundred acres. Joseph Totten was
one of the first trustees of Guittard township, serving at a time when that
township comprised one-fourth of Marshall county, and served in that
capacitv for several terms, performing a most excellent service during the
formative period of the county's civic life. He died in 1892 and his widow
survived him for ten years, her death occurring in 1902. They were the
parents of eleven children, of whom Mrs. Pauley was the ninth in order of
birth, the others being as follow : Elizabeth, widow* of George Thorne,
living just north of Beattie ; Emma, widow of Peter Jones, living on a farm
two miles north of Beattie; John L., who died at Ottawa, this state; Florence,
deceased, w-ho was the wife of H. K. Sharp, former register of deedsfor this
county; Eliza X., deceased, who was the wife of John Morton; Henry T.,
who lives near ]\Iina, this county; Frank H., who lives south of Beattie;


Charles, who died in infancy; W. J., of Spokane, Washington, and Cora,
wife of Henry Weaver, of Guittard township.

To Roley S. and Xora E. (Totten) Pauley eight children have been
born, namely: Delia E., who was born on December 6, 1882, and is now
at home; Ray S., December 17, 1884, "ow living on the farm in Rock town-
ship wdiere his parents got their start, and who married Nellie E. Graham
and has two sons, Monroe and Calvin; Susan A., deceased; Jesse T., born
on November 17. 1889, who married Ida Peterson and lives on one of the
Pauley farms in Guittard township; Lulu A., deceased; Elsie T., born on
July 28, 1895, who is now a stenographer in the State Agricultural College
at Manhattan; Cora E., April 26, 1900, and Wayne R., July 28, 1903. Mrs.
Pauley and children are members of the Baptist church, to w^hich Mr. Pauley
is a generous contributor, and the family have ever taken an earnest part
in the general social activities of their home community, helpful in promot-
ing all movements having to do with the common welfare thereabout.

During the annual contest held at Blue Rapids on May 11, 1917, in
which speciallv selected representatives from all of the high schools of the
county took part, their daughter, Cora E., distinguished herself by wnnning
first honors in oratory, her subject being "Individual Preparedness."

Fraternally, Mr. Pauley has been a member of the Ancient Order of
United \\'orkmen at Beattie since 1885 ; he is also active in Masonic circles,

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