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as are his sons. Mrs. Pauley is a charter member of the Beattie Eastern
Star, in which she has always taken a prominent part having filled all of the
chairs but that of worthv matron.



OSCAR A. SWANSON.

Among the w^ell-known and prominent farmers and stockmen of Cot-
tage Hill township, Marshall county, who have won recognition in the com-
munity where they live, is Oscar A. Swanson, who was born on May 16,
1877, on the farm where he now lives, and is the son of John and Anna
Swanson, natives of Sweden.

John Swanson was born on November 24, 1839, and received his edu-
cation in the public schools of his native land and there grew to manhood.
In 1866 he decided to settle in America and on his arrival in this country
he located in Michigan, w'here he w-orked in the lumber mills until 1870,
when he came to Kansas and homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres in



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Cottage Hill township, IMarshall county. In 1872 he was united in marriage
to Anna Swanson and they continued to reside on the homestead for a
numl^er of years. They made man}- vakiable improvements on the place and
erected some substantial buildings. ]Much of the land was placed under
cultivation, and here Mr. Swanson met with a great measure of success.

In 1877 the family moved to the farm where the son, Oscar A., now lives.
In 1879, while reaping hay. the team of mules that John Swanson was
driving ran away, and as a result of the accident Mr. Swanson lost his right
hand and a part of his left hand. He w^as a man of much ability and pos-
sessed of keen business acumen. At the time of his death on January 25,
1905, he was the owner of six hundred and forty acres of land, all of which
was under a high state of cultivation and nicely improved. Before his death
he had moved to Randolph, where he lived for some years, and where the
widow now resides at the age of seventy-three years. They were the parents
of six children: Selma, Frank, August, Oscar A., Arthur, and Ellen. Frank
is a resident of Fulton, Kansas: Selma is the wife of H. Goff, of Riley
county, Kansas; August is now deceased; Arthur lives in Grove county,
Kansas, and Ellen resides with her mother at Randolph. ]\Ir. Swanson
was a man who w-as held in the highest regard by all who knew him. His
life w^as devoted to the interests of his family and an endeavor to make
better the district in which he lived. He had much to do with the general
development of the township and was instrumental in the establishment of
good schools and advocated the building of good roads. His life was a most
worthy one, and at his death he left a large circle of friends who held him in
kindly remembrance.

Oscar A. Swanson received his education in the public schools of the
county and grew to manhood on the farm, where he now lives. For a good
many years before the death of his father he operated the home place. On
the death of his father, Mr. Swanson became the heir to one hundred and
sixty acres of prime land and to this he added eighty acres in \\'ashington
county. He has made many substantial improvements on the place. In
19 ID he built a splendid modern eight-room house, fitted with furnace, lights,
hot and cold water and hardw^ood floors. He is a member of the Marshall
County Fair Association, and has made an exhibit of rye, wheat, oats, corn,
pop-corn, beets and fruits, raised on his place and won third prize. As a
farmer, stockman and fruit grower he is recognized as one of the substantial
and progressive ones of the countv.

On October 2, 1901, Oscar A. Sw-anson was united in marriage to
Augusta Johnson, who was bom in Sweden and is the daughter of Xels and



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Elsie (Anderson) Johnson, who came to the United States in 1882 and
estabhshed their home in Riley county, Kansas. To this union five children
have been born, Myron, Elsie, ]\Iabel, Roy, and Dorothy, all of whom are
at home with their parents. Air. and Mrs. Swanson attend the Methodist
Episcopal church and take an active part in the social life of the community.
Politically, Mr. Swanson is an independent and has always taken much
interest in local afifairs, and has exerted much influence in the civic life of
the township. For the past nine years he has served as a member of the
school board, and his best efforts have always been for the good of the
schools. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America and takes
much interest in the work of that order.



W. J. KINSLEY.



W. J. Kinsley, one of the prominent men and substantial farmers of
Marysville township, Marshall county, was born in Wisconsin on November

3, 1871, and is the son of John and Jane ( Lootitt) Kinsley.

John and Jane Kinsley were born in England, he on July

4, 1845 ^"*i ^he on October 14. 1853. They were both of the
farming class in their native land and grew to maturity on the
home farm, receiving their limited education in the public schools. The
father worked as a farm hand before he came to the United States and
the mother did much work for people other than her parents. They came
to America single and located in Wisconsin, where they were married
on December 5, 1870. John Kinsley was a young man when he located
in Wisconsin and there he worked in the lead mines, after which he enlisted
in a Wisconsin regiment and served eighteen months in the Civil War.
At the close of the war he returned to Wisconsin, where he was later married
and where he and his family lived until 1880. Air. Kinsley then came to
Kansas where he purchased eighty acres in Alarshall county. This he
developed and improved and engaged in general farming for ten years,
when he traded the tract for three hundred and twenty acres in Logan county,
Kansas. This farm he also developed and improved and was engaged in
farming and the raising of good stock, until 1913, when he sold the farm
and moved to Overland Park, a suburb of Kansas City, Alissouri, where he
is now living a retired life. Mr. Kinsley was prominent in the life of Logan
county, Kansas, but did not aspire to office. He is a member of the Inde-



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pendent Order of Odd Fellows and has filled all the official positions in the
order, including that of past noble grand.

John and Jane Kinsley are the parents of the following children: W.
J., James, Christopher, A. T., Sadie, and one that died in infancy; Jennie,
deceased; Louise, Elmer and Pearl. James is a farmer of Logan county,
Kansas; Christopher resides in Logan county, Kansas, and is engaged in the
practice of veterinary surgery; A. T. is president of the Kansas City Veteri-
nary College at Kansas City, Missouri; Sadie Long is a widow and lives at
Oaklev. Kansas; Jennie is now deceased; Louise Pelfresne resides at Denver,
Colorado, where her husband is an employee of a railroad; Elmer resides
at Laramie, Wyoming, and is assistant state veterinarian, and Pearl is at
home.

W. J. Kinsley received his education in the common schools of Wis-
consin and Kansas and remained at home until he was fifteen years of age,
when he worked as a farm hand until he was twenty-four years of age,
when he rented eighty acres of land near Marysville, where he lived for one
year, when he rented another eighty acres near Oketo, where he remained
for three years. He then rented three hundred and twenty acres in the same
vicinity, where he engaged in general farming and stock raising for ten years.
He then purchased his present farm of one hundred and sixty acres near
Marysville and is engaged in general farming and stock raising, in w^hich
he has been most successful. He keeps a fine lot of Duroc- Jersey hogs and
many high-grade Shorthorn cattle and ten to twelve horses. He has always
taken much interest in local affairs. Politically, he is a Republican and for
thirteen years he served as a member of the school board and was township
treasurer for two years, when he was elected trustee of his township, which
position he now holds. He is secretary of the Farmers Elevator Company
and president of the local Farmers Union. His official life has always been
above reproach and his services have been such that he has the confidence
and respect of the entire community. He is most progressive and gives the
same care and attention to his official positions that he does to his own
personal work.

On October 14, 1896, W. J. Kinsley was united in marriage to Laura
J. Kirkwood, the daughter of Amos W. and Mary (Slaughter) Kirkwood.
Mr. and Mrs. Kirkwood were born in the state of Indiana, he on May
15, 1838, and she on September 17, 1846. Mr. Kirkwood was reared on the
farm and attended the common schools. His father died when the lad was
but fourteen years of age and it became necessary to look after himself.
He worked as a farm hand, and at the outbreak of the Civil War he enlisted



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in an Indiana reigment and served three years in the cause of the Union.
He then returned to Indiana, where he was later married and there he and
his wife Hved for some time. They then took up their residence in Ilhnois,
where they hved until 1884, when they came to Kansas, and here Mr. Kirk-
wood purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land near Marysville, where
he lived until 1896, when he sold the farm and bought three hundred and
thirty-three acres of land one mile north of where he had lived. There he
engaged in general farming and stock raising until 1901, when he rented his
place and moved to Manhattan, Kansas, so that his children might have better
educational advantages. After a residence of four years in that place the
family returned to Marysville, where Mr. Kirkwood lived a retired life until
his death on April 18, 19 16. Mr. Kirkwood was a man in whom the people
had the utmost confidence and respect. He was a warm supporter of the
Republican party and served his township as trustee for several years. Fra-
ternally, he was a Free and Accepted Mason and had attained the order of
Knight Templar. He was also a member of the Eastern Star and was active
in the work of the Grand Army of the Republic. He attended the Presbyte-
rian church and was a liberal supporter of that denomination. Mrs. Kirk-
wood was also reared on the farm and received her education in the common
schools. At the age of sixteen years she left school and until her marriage
she worked for others, away from her home. She was ever a constant
help and inspiration to her husband in his work, and shared his hardships.
She sympathized with him in reverses and joined him in thanksgiving over
successes. Her life has been a worthy one and she is loved and admired by
all. She is a member of the Presbyterian church and she has long been
prominent in the religious and social life of her home community. She
is a member of the Knights and Ladies of Security; the Eastern Star and
the Woman's Relief Corps, and has always been active in the latter organiza-
tion.

Mr. and Mrs. Kirkwood were the parents of eight children as follow:
Charles N., Laura J., William M., Robert L., one, that died in infancy;
Owen, who died at the age of eighteen months; Mildred I. and Nina H.
Charles N. is engaged in farming and stock raising on the home place; Laura
is the wife of W. J. Kinsley; WilHam M., resides at Hull, Kansas, and is
engaged in farming, as is his brother Robert L. ; Mildred and Nina are
graduates of Manhattan College and are now teaching in the Marysville
public schools and are at home.

Laura (Kirkwood) Kinsley was born in Iroquois county, Illinois, on
February 27, 1874. She received her elementary education in the public



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schools and later attended the noniKil sciioul at Marysville. After complet-
ing her education, she was for three years one of the teachers of the county
hefore her marriage. She is a woman of fine attainments, cultured and
refined and by her kindly disposition and womanly traits, she has won for
herself many friends who hold her in the highest regard. Mr. and Mrs.
Kinsley are the parents of two sons, both of whom are at home: Elmer
1\.. who was born on July 2, 1897, and is a graduate of the Marysville high
school in the class of 191 5, and Ross K., who was born on September 17,
1901, and is a junior in the high school.

Mr. and ^Irs. Kinsley were active members of the Presbyterian church
and are prominent in the religious and social life of the community, in which
they live and where they are active in all that tends to the betterment of
the home township and are among the strongest supporters of the best
school system possible. Mr. Kinsley has for many years had much to do
with the civic life of the township and the confidence placed in him has
not been abused. His official work in the schools and in the general civic
life of the township has been of the highest class.



JOHN L. HAMILTON.



One of the prominent and successful farmers of Blue Rapids City
township; Marshall county, and the owner of four hundred acres of prime
land, is John L. Hamilton, who was born on January 3, 1855, at St. Joseph,
Missouri, and is the son of Frederick and Amelia (Bainbrich) Hamilton.

Frederick and Amelia Hamilton were natives of France and the state
of Missouri, respectively. The former was born in 181 8 and died in 1897;
the latter was born on September 17, 1824, and died in 1901. Amelia
Hamilton was the daughter of Frederick and Mary Bainbrich. The former
was born on August 29, 1782, in Prussia, and the latter in December, 1792,
in Wurtemburg, Germany. They were educated in the schools of those
countries and later came to the United States, locating for a time at Phila-
delphia, where they were married on October 7, 18 10. Some time after
their marriage they went to Missouri, where they established their home
on a farm and there the mother died on Januarly 28, 1847. They were
among the early settlers of the state and had much to do with the general
development and growth of their home county, becoming prominent and
influential members of the community.



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Frederick Hamilton, when a lad nine years old, ran away from his
home in France, and as a stowaway on a ship got passage to the United
States. For a number of years he lived in the East and then decided to
try his fortune in the West. He located in the state of Missouri, where he
was later united in marriage to Amelia Bainbrich, a native of Missouri,
where she was educated and grew to womanhood. During the gold craze in
1849 Mr. Hamilton was one of the first gold seekers to go to California.
He later engaged as freighter and made many trips to Salt Lake and the
farther west. Life on the plains was a hard and dangerous one and in time
Mr. Hamilton retired from the work and engaged in general farming.

In 1858 Mr. and Mrs. Hamilton came to Marshall county, and estab-
lished their home on a farm in Blue Rapids City township, where they were
among the very earliest settlers. They settled on the farm now owned by
George Dean. They developed and improved their holding and in time
became successful in their agricultural operations. When coming from their
home in St. Joe, Missouri, they were accompanied by Elbert Stout, who
was for a long period a resident of the county.

John L. Hamilton, when a child of three years, came with his parents
to Blue Rapids City township, where he has since resided. Here he received
his education in the schools of that period and was reared on the home farm,
where he became conversant with the early pioneer life of the times. His
first home in the county, would not nowadays be considered a pretentious
affair. His father had built two log cabins, ten feet apart. In one was a
large fire place, around which the family spent their evenings, and the other
was used mostly as a sleeping room. His home at that time was one of
the best, considering pioneer conditions, and in fact, was one of the first
in the community. It became a favorite stopping place for the settlers about
Irving. At one time, Mr. Hamilton's parents entertained seventeen of the
early settlers in their pioneer home. It was during those early days that the
family entertained Senator Pomeroy and Doctor Reed. The latter had
been sent from Fulton, Illinois, to seek a location for the Irving colony,
and for two summers he stopped at the Hamilton home, after which he
withdrew from the colony. Those were most strenuous times and were
conducive in making all men kin. The greatest hospitality was extended to
all, and no one was turned away, without receiving assistance, if it were
needed. As the family prospered, the father boarded up the space between
the two houses, thus making a much larger residence.

John L. Hamilton first attended school at Irving and in the winter of
1864 and 1865 attended school at Marysville. He continued to live with



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his fallicr, with the excoplion of three years, whicli he spent raiichin*;- in
Oregon, from 1875 ^o 1878. He cared for his father and mother until their
deaths, and when he left the old Iionie farm he purchased the place where he
now lives.

On December 28, 1881. John L. Hamilton was united in marriage to
Alice Fitzgerald, who was born in Peterboro, Canada, on September 8,
1855. She was the daughter of William and Agnes (Davidson) Fitzgerald.
Her parents were also natives of Canada and were of Irish descent. They
remained residents of Canada until 1871, when they immigrated to the United
States, and in February of that year located two and one-half miles east
of Blue Rapids, on a farm. This farm was improved and developed and
here the mother died in 1878; the father later moved to Blue Rapids, where
he died in 1898. They were the parents of the following children: Mrs.
Margaret Isabelle Hamilton, of Blue Rapids; Robert James, who died in
the fall of 1871 ; Mrs. Alice Hamilton; Ross, who lives on the old homestead;
William, now deceased, and Isaac- Francis, who also lives on the old home
farm.

To John L. and Alice Hamilton have been born the following children :
Lula Isabelle, Gertrude May, Virgil Blain, Russell, Agnes Amelia and Hazel
Maude. Lula Isabelle Estes is a resident of Blue Rapids; Gertrude May
Pulleine lives at Home City, where her husband is a successful banker';
Virgil Blain died at the age of seven years; Russell Myron is at home;
Agnes Amelia, who is the wife of Mr. Hartling, of Kansas City, Missouri,
was for a number of years one of the successful primary teachers of the
state. She received her primary education in the local schools of the county
and completed her work in the National Kindergarten School of Chicago.
After completing her education she was for a time a teacher in the schools
of Marysville, Manhattan and Wichita. Hazel Maude was educated with
the view to becoming a teacher and is now engaged in that work at Jewell
City, Kansas. She is playground instructor for the Redpath Chautauqua,
All the children are graduates of the Blue Rapids high school and the girls
have all been teachers. Mrs. Hamilton is an aotive member of the Baptist
church and has ever taken much interest in all church work. Both Mr. and
Mrs. Hamilton have long been identified with the social life of the home com-
munity and have had much to do with the moral and educational development
of the township. They have always displayed considerable interest in the
educational life of their children and have encouraged the higher education
for all.

Politically, Mr. Hamilton is identified with the Republican party. While



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he has not been a seeker after office, he has had much to do with the civic Hfe
of the township. He has devoted his energies to the development of his four-
hundred-acre farm, which is one of the best. in the district, and he is recog-
nized as one of the substantial men of the countv.



JOHN D. VANAMBURG.

John D. Vanamburg, of Elm Creek township, Marshall county, where
he is a well-known farmer and a breeder of high-grade poultry, was born in
Grundy county, Illinois, on August 3, 1861, and is the son of Graham and
Martha (Turner) Vanamburg.

Graham and Martha Vanamburg were natives of the state of New York,
where the father was born on August 20, 1820. They later established their
home in the state of Illinois, where they lived for some years. In 1876 they
decided to establish their home in Kansas, and on October 20 of that year
they landed in Elm Creek township, Marshall county. After a year the fam-
ily moved to Wells township, and soon after that they moved to Mitchell
county, where Mr. Vanamburg engaged in general farming until the time of
his death on September 22, 1901. To Mr. and Mrs. Vanamburg were born
the following children: Gardner, Henry, Katherine, Anna, Mary, Homer,
Jane, Philip, Lurinda, William, Sarah and John D. Gardner, who was a sol-
dier of the Civil War, is now a resident of Marysville; Henry is a resident of
Jewell county, Kansas; Katherine is deceased; Anna died in infancy; Mary
became the wife of W. C. Barrett and died some years ago; Philip, also a sol-
dier of the Civil War, is now deceased, as are Homer Jane and Sarah ; Lurinda
is the wife of H. Effland and they reside at Victor, Kansas, and William
lives in Smith county, Kansas. Mrs. Vanamburg, who was born on August
2, 1815, died on December 24, 1879. She was a member of the Methodist
Episcopal church and took much interest in all religious work, and was a
woman who was universally beloved by all who knew her.

John D. Vanamburg, the youngest of the family, was fifteen years of
age when his parents left their home in Illinois and came to Kansas. He
attended school in the state of Illinois, and completed his education in the
schools of Wells township, Marshall county. He later went to Mitchell
county, Kansas, with his parents, where he lived until 1885, when he returned
to Marshall county. For a number of years he worked as a farm hand and
learned the trade of stone mason at Oketo, and for eleven years engaged in



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that work. In 1896 he rented a farm in Rock township and engaged in farm-
ing until 1904, when he purchased his present home farm of one hundred and
sixty acres in Elm Creek township. He started life a poor boy and during
his early life he assisted his father in a financial way. After assuming pos-
session of his present farm, he remodeled his house, making it more modern
and complete, and has also erected a splendid barn, forty by sixty feet. He
has beautified and improved the place with a fine orchard and many beautiful
shade trees, and today his farm home is one of the ideal places of the town-
ship. In 19 1 4 he bought another one hundred and sixty acres and his farm
now consists of three hundred and twenty acres.

On July 3, 1884, John D. Vanamburg was united in marriage to Augusta
Kloxin, who was born in Germany on November 22, 1868, and is the daugh-
ter of John and Louise (Hawkins) Kloxin. She spent her girlhood in the
family home near Pomerania, and in 1879, at the age of eleven years, she
came with her parents to America. They located in Center township, Mar-
shall county, where the parents lived for a number of years, before moving
to Marysville, where they now live. They are the parents of eleven children
and are among the highly respected people of the county.

To Mr. and Mrs. Vanamburg the following children have been born :
Mabel, Eva, Elsie, Nellie, Benjamin, Alice, Christena, William, Daniel, Ken-
neth and Myrtle. Alabel. now thirty-one years of age, was married in Feb-
ruary, 1903, to Mr. Gordon, of St. Joe, Missouri, and they are the parents
of four children, three of whom are now living; Eva, twenty-nine years of
age, is the wife of Mr. Duckworth, and they are the parents of three children;
Elsie died in infancy; Nellie, twenty-five years of age, is the wife of A.
McNew, of Elm Creek township, and they are the parents of one child ; Ben-
jamin, at home, is twenty-three years of age ; Alice, twenty years of age, is
the wife of Mr. Shell, of Elm Creek township, and is the mother of one child;
Christena is seventeen years of age; William, fourteen; Daniel, thirteen; Ken-
neth, ten, and Myrtle, eight years of age. The family is a most interesting
one and all take the greatest interest in the home life.

Mr. and Mrs. Vanamburg are active members of the Baptist church, tak-
ing much interest in all church work, and have long been prominent in the
social and the religious life of the community. They have always shown
much interest in the growth of the educational system of the township, and
their influence and best efforts have been exerted in the promotion of those
enterprises that would tend to the betterment of the community in general.



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