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Kansas in June of the same year. Here he engaged as a farm hand and
attended a teachers' institute, after which he taught school for one winter.
He then rented two hundred and forty acres of land ; he later l^ought eighty
acres, on which he has since resided, with the exception of three years that
he lived at Baldwin, when he and his wife moved to give their children a
better opportunity to obtain an education. His farm is one of the splendid
tracts of land in the county and is nicely improved. The buildings are well
kept and the fields are under a high state of cultivation. He always kept
high-grade stock, which was among the best in the district. In 1906 he
retired from the more active duties of farm life, yet he takes much interest
in the management of his farm.

On February 7, 1886, Mr. Rice was united in marriage to Lura E.
Clark, the daughter of James and Emma Clark, natives of Pennsylvania
and the state of New York, respectively. They established their home in
Illinois and later came to Kansas. Lura Ethel (Clark) Rice was born in
Illinois, in Lee county, on October 2, 1867, where she received her earlv
education and later came with her parents to Kansas. The father is now
deceased and the mother is making her home at Baldwin with her son,
William, who is a graduate of the Baker University and is now with the
Baldwin State Bank. The Clarks moved to Baldwin in order to educate
their children and there they lived for a number of years. Thev were
people of high ideals and took the greatest interest in all educational mat-
ters and were prominent in the community in which they lived and where
they were held in the highest regard and esteem.

To Milo M. and Lura (Clark) Rice have been born the following
children : George Clark, William Fletcher and Clarence Albert. George
Clark was born on October 30, 1887, and after completing his education in
the common schools entered Baker University, wdiere he received his degree
and is now a resident of Los Angeles, California, where he is a bookkeeper
for the Williams Company; William Fletcher was born on December 9. 1888,
and completed the common-school course and is a graduate of the Commer-
cial Class of Baker University and is now^ a resident of California, and
Clarence Albert was born on November 8, 1892, and is now engaged in
farming on the home place, where he is in partnership with his father, in
general farming and stock raising, and is meeting with much success.

The village of Cottage Hill is located on the farm of ]\[ilo ]\I. Rice
and he is known as the father of the village, he having been one of the
earliest settlers in this communitv and had much to do with the foundation


and growth of the place. He has always taken much interest in local affairs
and has been much interested in the development of the village, where he
has had so many interests.

Politically, Mr. Rice is identified with the Republican party and has
been one of the prominent men in the civic life of the district. In 1908 he
was elected trustee of his home township and served in that capacity for
eight years, when he declined re-election. During his term as trustee many
substantial developments were made and his interests were ever for the good
of the community in which he lived. The best schools and good roads
received his utmost consideration, for in these he believed that the future
of the township and the county largely depended.

]Mr. and Mrs. Rice are active members of the Lutheran church and
have always taken great interest in church work and are prominent in the
social life of the community. Mr. Rice is one of the active members of the
Modern Woodmen of America and to him is due much of the success of
the local lodge. He is a man of pleasing qualities and has a wide influence
throughout the county.


Thomas Malone, one of the most successful of the younger farmers
and stockmen of Richland township. Marshall county, was born in Rich-
ardson county, Nebraska, on ]\Iay 14, 1881, being the son of John R. and
Mary M. (Ashley) :\Lalone. ■

John R. Malone was born in Scioto county, Ohio, in 1843, and his
wife was also a native of that county, having been born on November 9,
1849. John R. was the son of William Malone, also a native of Ohio and
of Irish descent. Airs. Alalone was the daughter of Jeremiah and Useba
(Conklin) Ashley, both of whom were natives of Ohio. On September 5,
1866, John R. Malone and Mary M. Ashley were united in marriage and
soon after their marriage they left Ohio and established their home in the
state of Nebraska, where they remained until 1881.

On August 6. 1863, John R. Malone enlisted in Company D, First Regi-
ment Heavy Artillery of Ohio, and gave three years of his life to the cause of
the Union. He received his honorable discharge at Knoxville, Tennessee,
on June 20, 1865, after having seen much active service and had been in
many of the hard-fought battles of the Civil War. After his discharge he
returned to his former home in Scioto county, Ohio, where he was married


within the next few months. With his bride lie went to Richardson county,
Nebraska, where he rented land and engaged in general farming and stock
raising, with much success. In 1881 he and his family made the journey to
]\[arshall county with horses and wagons and established their home in
Richland township. There they resided on a farm east of Beattie for three
years, after having lived in Richland township for two years. In 1886 Mr.
Malone purchased the excellent farm in Richland township, that is now
owned by the son, Thomas. This farm he developed into one of the best
in the township and made several important improvements. The house
was one of the best in the township and the barn was a substantial structure ;
these with the excellent condition of the farm, made the place one of the
attractive homes of the county.

To John R. and Mary M. were born the following children : Dora,
John. George, Richard, J. W., Ida, Harvey, Mary, Thomas, Eli, Susan,
Alice and Harry. Dora is now deceased : John is a resident of Salina,
Kansas; George is at home; Richard is a farmer near Axtell; J. W. is a
resident of Apple Lane, Kansas; Ida, who was the wife of Ed Warner,
is now deceased; Harvey is deceased; Mary is the wife of Charles Wolf
and resides in Colorado ; Thomas is the subject of this sketch ; Eli is engaged
in farming on a farm adjoining that of his brother, Thomas ; Susan is the
wife of Bert Wolf, of Denver, Colorado; Alice is the wife of Howard
Shue and resides at Denver, Colorado, and Harry is on a farm one-half
mile south of the farm home of his brother, Thomas.

John R. Malone lived on his farm in Richland township, until the
time of his death on November 4, 1902. His life was an active one and
he accomplished much in the years that he lived. He was a poor young
man when he came to the new country in the West with his bride, and with
her assistance he was able to surmount many of the difficulties which came
his way. He devoted his best energies to his work, and by diligence and
economy he in time became one of the prominent men of the township
and county. He and his estimable wife were ever active in all the affairs
of the community that would tend to the betterment of the moral, social and
financial condition of the people. They were held in the highest regard
and esteem, and were among the most worthy people of the district in which
they lived for so many years.

Thomas Malone received his education in the district schools of Rich-
land township and has lived on the present home farm, since he was but
a lad. The older members of the family received their education in the
schools of Beattie, before the family came to this township. After com-


pleting his education he decided to eng-age in farm work and since that
time has devoted his attention to high-grade farming and stock raising. He
owns the old homestead consisting of two hundred and forty acres in section
26 and eighty acres in section 27, all of which is in a high state of culti-
vation and well improved.

On November 30, 1913, Thomas Malone was united in marriage to Bertha
Hostettler, daugliter of Albei-f and Margaret Hostettler. Her parents were
also natives of that country and there they received their education in
the public schools, grew to maturity and they were later married . They
continued to live in the land of their nativity until 1894, when the daughter,
Bertha, was one year old, when they decided to seek a home in America.
On their arrival in the United States they came to Kansas and after a resi-
dence of three years at Herkimer, they located on a farfn east of Home
City, where they remained for a time, when they moved to their present
home in Guittard township, where Mr. Hostettler is successfully engaged
in general farming and the raising of good stock.

Thomas Malone is recognized as one of the progressive and substantial
men of the township, where he has lived for so many years, and where he
and his wife are held in the highest regard and esteem, and where they are
prominent and active in the social life of the community. Mr. Malone
is an independent in politics, yet he takes much interest in local affairs and
uses his best efforts for the growth and development of his home district.


Henry F. Detweiler, one of Murray township's substantial and pro-
gressive farmers and the proprietor of a fine farm of two hundred and eighty
acres in section 27 of that township, is a native of Illinois, but has been
a resident of this county since he was seventeen years of age. He was born
on a farm in Clay county, Illinois, March 31, 1866, son of Henry and Mary
(Hillyer) Detweiler, the former a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1832,
and the latter, of Ohio, born in 1842, who came to Kansas in 1883 and
settled in Marshall county, where they spent the remainder of their lives,
honored and influential pioneer citizens.

On coming to this county Henry Detweiler settled on a partly-improved
farm six miles northwest of Axtell and there established a home for him-
self and familv. He developed the farm, making valuable improvements


on the same, and there he and his wife spent their last days, his death
occurring in 1898 and hers in April, 1907. He was the owner of one
hundred and sixty acres of prime land. They were earnest members of
the Christian church and their children were reared in that faith. They
were the parents of thirteen children, of whom four sons and three daughters
are still living, namely: P. L., of Alina, this county; O. B., of Wichita; Henry
F., the subject of this biographical sketch; Mrs. Anna Hawkins, of Topeka;
Mrs. Belle Jackson, of Rice county, this state; Mrs. Stella Beason, of
Montana, and H. A., a farmer, living one and one-half miles south of

As noted above, Henry F. Detweiler was seventeen years of age when
he came to this county with his parents and he completed his schooling in
the district school in the neighborhood of his home. At the age of twenty-
one he began farming on his own account and for some years, in partner-
ship with one of his brothers, was engaged in farming on rented farms,
being thus engaged for some years. He rented the John Montgomery farm
northwest of Axtell. After his marriage in 1892 he began farming alone
and in 1893 bought one hundred and sixty acres of the farm on which
he is now living. The next year he established his home there and has
ever since made that his place of residence, he and his w-ife being pleasantly
and comfortably situated there. When Mr. Detweiler took possession of
the place there were but few improvements on the same, including a little
old house. He built a new house and farm buildings to match and has one
of the best-equipped farm plants in that part of the county. In 1901 he
bought an adjoining tract of one hundred and twenty acres and now has
a well-developed and profitably cultivated farm of two hundred and eighty
acres. His home is beautifully situated on a hillside, commanding a view
of the country for miles about. The house is equipped with a modern
heating and lighting system and the commodious barn and other farm build-
ings are in keeping, everything being nicely arranged for comfort and con-
venience. In addition to his general farming, Mr. Detweiler gives consid-
erable attention to the raising of live stock and has done very well.

In the spring of 1892 Henry F. Detweiler was united in marriage to
Agnes Wilson, who was born in Dubuque county, Iowa, daughter of James
and Margaret Wilson, and who was visiting with her sister in this county
when she met Mr. Detweiler, their marriage taking place shortly afterward.
Mr. and Mrs. Detweiler are members of the Presbyterian church and take
an earnest interest in the various beneficences of the same. Mr. Detweiler
is a Democrat and ever gives his thoughtful attention to local political affairs,


but has not been included in the office-seeking class. He is a member of the
Masonic lodge at Axtell and of the local lodge of the Knights and Ladies
of Security, and in the affairs of both of these organizations takes a warm
interest. He and his wife have a very pleasant home and take a proper part
in the general social activities of the community in which they live, helpful
in promoting all worthy causes thereabout.


Lyman H. Armstrong, president of the Bigelow State Bank at Bigelow,
a substantial landowner and stock breeder, member of the Marshall County
Fair Association and formerly and for years one of Marshall county's best-
known school teachers, is a native of the great Empire state, but has been
a resident of Kansas since 1884. He was born at Marcellus, in Onondaga
county, New York, January 26. 1861, son of Addison H. and Adelia AL
(Brown) Armstrong, the former of whom, born in Bennington county, Ver-
mont, May 12, 1823, died at his home in New York in 1891, and the latter
of whom, born on May 10, 1833, is still living at Marcellus, New York.
Addison H. Armstrong and wife were the parents of eight children, of
whom the subject of this sketch was the fourth' in order of birth and five
of whom are still living.

Reared on a farm in New York, Lyman H. Armstrong received his
elementary schooling in the public schools and supplemented the same by
a course in the Monroe College Institute, after which he began teaching
school in his home county. When twenty years of age, in 1881, he went to
JMichigan and taught school near Union City, in that state. In 1884 he
came to Kansas, his destination here being Frankfort, in this county, and
for a year after his arriAal here worked on the farm of T. F. Rhodes. He
then taught district schools in this county until 1887, when he entered the
State Normal School at Emporia and after a comprehensive course in that
institution resumed teaching, in 1890, being employed as principal of the
schools at Oketo. During the next two years he was employed as a teacher
in the high school at Marysville and for two years thereafter as principal
in the schools at Beattie. WHiile at Beattie Mr. Armstrong bought his pres-
ent farm of two hundred and forty acres in sections 3 and 15 of Bigelow
township and began the development of the same, continuing his school
work during the winters and spending his summers on the farm. In 1893


he further enlarged his land holdings and ever since then has lived in and
out of Bigelow. In 1904 Mr. Armstrong retired from the school room in
order to give his whole attention to his rapidly developing agricultural and
live stock interests. At the time of the organization of the Bigelow State
Bank in 1907 Mr. Armstrong was one of the original stockholders and was
elected vice-president of the same. Following the death of John E. Chitty,
president of the bank, in 191 1, he was elected to succeed Mr. Chitty, and
has since been president of the bank, a position for which he is eminently
qualified. In addition to the land holdings above mentioned Mr. Armstrong
is the owner of an "eighty" of valuable land on the north edge of Bigelow
and is regarded as one of the most substantial citizens of that part of the

Mr. Armstrong is a Democrat and ever since he came to this county
in 1884 has taken an earnest and an active part in local civic affairs. For
six years he served as township clerk in Clear Fork and in Bigelow town-
ships and was the first clerk elected in the latter township after its organiza-
tion. He also has taken an earnest interest in the agricultural development
of the county and has rendered excellent service as a member of the Mar-
shall County Fair Association. Fraternally, Mr. Armstrong is affiliated
with the local lodge of the Modern Woodmen of America at Bigelow and
is clerk of the same. Mr. Armstrong has a wide acquaintance in banking
and general business circles throughout this part of the state and has long
been recognized as one of the important personal factors in the development
of the business life of the communitv.


Alfred Lindeen, one of Lincoln township's well-known and substantial
farmers and the owner of a fine farm home there, is a native of the kingdom
of Sweden, but has been a resident of this country and of Marshall county
since 1886. He was born on July 16, 1856, son of Gust Anderson and Anna
Johnson, also natives of Sweden, who spent all their lives in their native land.

Reared on a farm in his native Sweden, Alfred Lindeen received his
schooling there and grew to manhood on the home farm, becoming in turn
a farmer on his own account, and there he remained until he was thirty
years of age, when, in 1886, he came to the United States and proceeded on
out to Kansas, locating at Frankfort, in this county. In that vicinity Mr.


Lindeen, who had arrived in this country with very httle money, secured
employment at farm labor, at a wage of fifteen dollars a month, and for two
years was thus engaged. He then rented a farm and for three vears worked
the same quite successfully. At the end of that time he bought eighty acres
of the farm on which he is now living and, in the meantime having married
in 1889, established his home there. Mr. Lindeen is a good farmer and as
he prospered in his operations added to his land holdings until now he is the
owner of two hundred acres of excellent land in Lincoln township, forty
acres in section 17, eighty acres in section 16 and eighty in section 28. He
has a fine farm house and farm buildings in keeping with the same, his farm
plant being operated along modern lines, and he is doing well. He has an
excellent orchard on his place and in addition to his general farming devotes
considerable attention to the raising of cattle. Shorthorns and Polled xA.ngus,
and Poland China hogs, the latter being of the white-spotted variety, a
splendid type of big, rapid growers.

As noted above, it was in 1889, about three years after he came to this
county, that Mr. Lindeen was married. His wife, Clara Back, is also a
native of Sweden, born in 1859, who came to this country in 1887. To that
union five children have been born, namely : Freda, wife of John Anderson,
a farmer, living on section 15 of Lincoln township, this county; Eben, a
farmer; Albin, who married Ellen Odell and lives at Axtell, and Emil and
Albort, at home. Mr. and Mrs. Lindeen are members of the Swedish
Lutheran (Solem) church, of which Mr. Lindeen has been a member of the
board of trustees for twelve years and for five years a teacher in the Sunday
school. He is a Republican and gives his earnest attention to local political
affairs, but has not been a seeker after public office.


Calvin Warnica, one of Marshall county's substantial pioneer farmers
and the proprietor of a fine farm in Vermillion township about three miles
east of Frankfort, is a native of the Dominion of Canada, but has been a
resident of this county since pioneer days, having come to Kansas with his
mother, widow of a Civil War veteran, who came here from Michigan
and became a Marshall county homesteader in 1873. He was born at Berry,
near Toronto, July 20, 1853, sixth in order of birth of the seven children
born to his parents, Joseph G. and Melvina (Denrure) Warnica, natives of


New York state, the former of whom was of German descent, who had set-
tled in Canada after their marriage. In a biographical sketch relating to
^^'illiam D. Warnica, elder brother of the subject of this sketch, presented
elsewhere in this volume, there is set out at some length further details of
the history of the ^^^'lrnica family that will not need to be repeated in this
connection, the attention of the reader being respectfully invited to that
sketch for additional information. Suffice it to say that Joseph G. Warnica
was a carpenter, who moved with his family from Canada to Michigan in
1857 and established his home in the vicinity of Grand Rapids, where he
was living \vhen the Civil \\^ar broke out. He enlisted his services in behalf
of the I/nion and went to the front as a member of the Michigan Engineer
Corps, in which service he lost his life. His older sons later came to Kansas
and became pioneers of this part of the state. In 1873 the Widow Warnica
and her three younger children, including the subject of this sketch, then
twenty years of age, came to Kansas and homesteaded a tract of land five
miles west of Frankfort, in this county, where she established her home and
where she died three years later.

Calvin Warnica was but a child when his parents moved from Canada
to Michigan and in the latter state grew to manhood. He was but ten years
of age when his soldier father lost his life and as the older children grew
up and started out for themselves he continued to stay with his mother and
when she came here and entered her homestead he remained with him, help-
ing to develop the same. He later homesteaded an eighty-acre tract of his
own and after his marriage in 1876 established his home there, remaining
there until in 1892, when he sold that place and bought his present farm in
section 18 of Vermillion township, where he since has made his home. In
addition to his home farm of one hundred and ninety-seven acres Mr. War-
nica is the owner of a farm of two hundred and thirty-six acres in Morris
county, this state.

In September 17, 1876, Calvin Warnica was united in marriage to Joan
Osborn, who was born in Knox county, Illinois, October 4, 1856, daughter
of Robert and Betsy (Roundtree) Osborn, natives of Kentucky, who came
to Kansas in the latter sixties and settled in this county, locating on the farm
on which Mr. and Mrs. Warnica are now living, Robert Osborn becoming
one of the substantial pioneers of that part of the county. Mr. Osborn died
in 1893, at the age of seventy-one years, and his widow is now living at
Frankfort at the age of ninety-two years. To Mr. and Mrs. Warnica ten
children have been born, namely; George E.. who was a soldier during the
Spanish-American War, a member of the Twenty-sixth Regiment, Kansas


Volunteer Infantry, and who is now living at Junction City, this state, where
he is engaged as a carpenter; Oscar N., who' died when thirty-one years of
age: Robert A., who died at the age of four months; Charles C, a farmer of
Vermillion township ; Emma, who died at the age of fifteen months ; Wini-
fred, who married P. Skadclen and is living in Wells township ; Edna, wife
of H. T. Harper, of Colorado; Walter R., who is engaged in the offices of
the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Company at Topeka ; Leroy. of
Frankfort, this county, and Geneve R., a graduate of the Frankfort high
school, who is at home with her parents. Mr. and Mrs. Warnica are mem-
bers of the Christian church and have ever taken a warm interest in local
good works. Mr. Warnica is a Republican, and ever since coming to Mar-
shall county in the days of his young manhood has given his earnest atten-
tion to local political affairs, a consistent exponent of good government.


It is well to note the elements of success in the lives of representative
citizens of any country, and especially of those who had to do with the early
histoiy and the future growth and prosperity of their home community.
Among these representative men of Elm Creek township, Marshall county,
is Henry Schulte, who was born in Oldenburg, Germany, on November 25,

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