Transcribed from A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka. [Revised ed.] Chicago: Lewis Publishing Co., 1919, c1918. 5 v. (xlviii, 2530 p., [155] leaves of plates): ill., maps (some fold.), ports.; 27 cm.

Littleton Marion Day

LITTLETON MARION DAY. Serving his second term as judge of the Thirty-first Judicial District, Littleton Marion Day is one of the oldest members of the Kiowa County Bar and during the past thirty years many of the best achievements of the able lawyer have been credited to him. Judge Day is also a man of affairs, and is one of the leading bankers of Greensburg.

His ancestry is of good old solid American stock, transplanted from England to New Jersey in colonial times. His great-grandfather, Travis Day, moved from Virginia over the mountains to Kentucky. It was in Morgan County, Kentucky, that Judge Day's father, Thomas L., was born November 17, 1815. He was reared and married there, became a farmer, and in 1855 moved to what was then a virtual wilderness in Linn County, Kansas. As one of the early citizens of Kansas Territory he homesteaded a quarter section, and kept that homestead until his death. For many years he was a farmer, but finally retired to Parker, and died there February 28, 1896. He was an independent in politics, and a very faithful and consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. During the Civil war he was a member of the Kansas Home Guard. When Price's Confederate army came up from Arkansas they ran away fifty head of cattle and ten head of horses from the Day farm. Thomas L. Day was twice married. His children by his first wife were: Peter A., who served as a Union soldier in the Twelfth Kansas Regiment and died in Linn County in 1906; Elizabeth Ann, wife of David Endsley, a retired farmer at Alva, Oklahoma; Louisa, wife of Samuel B. Walker, a retired farmer at Osawatomie, Kansas; and James F., a farmer in Colorado. Thomas L. Day married for his second wife Mrs. Annis (Watson) Brown. She was born in Green County, Kentucky, in 1825 and died at Big Trails, Wyoming, in 1902. Judge Day was the older of her two children. The daughter, Rachel A., died in Kansas City, Missouri, in 1914, the wife of James Day.

Littleton Marion Day was born on his father's farm in Linn County, Kansas, November 27, 1860. His early advantages were supplied by the rural schools near his father's home, also by the high school at Paola, and his training as a lawyer was at the University of Michigan, where he graduated from the law department with the degree LL. B. in 1885. The following year he began practice at Greensburg, and there has been no important interruption to his continued success in handling both criminal and civil causes, many of them of unusual importance.

Judge Day is a democrat in politics. For several terms he was county attorney of Kiowa County and was elected judge of the District Court of the Thirty-first District in 1914. In 1918 he was again elected for a second four-year term, his election standing as a striking testimonial to his judicial ability. His district in which he holds court comprises Kiowa, Comanche, Clark, Meade, Gray and Ford counties.

Judge Day has been president of the Farmers National Bank of Greensburg since 1915. He is a member of the State Bar Association, is a trustee of the Methodist Episcopal Church and a member of Greensburg Lodge, Ancient Order of United Workmen. Judge Day built his modern home in Greensburg in 1911. In November, 1895, at Greensburg, he married Miss Dora A. Parcel, daughter of Albert and Emma (Bolton) Parcel, both now deceased. Her father was one of the early farmers in Kiowa County. Judge and Mrs. Day are the parents of three children: Gertrude, a junior at Kansas University; Leland P., in the first year of Kansas University; and Marion, in the Greensburg High School.

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