Pages 371-372, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.




NEWTON L. ARD, one of the well known and highly esteemed citizens of Allen County, resides in Elsmore township, where he has a valuable farm of two hundred and forty acres. He was born in Morgan County, Missouri, July 3, 1845, while his parents, Charles C. and Susan (Borrow) Ard, were natives of Kentucky. On leaving that State in 1840 they emigrated westward to Missouri, where the father carried on farming for twenty-one years, and on the expiration of that period came to Kansas in 1861, settling on Big creek in Elsmore township. He was not long permitted, however, to enjoy his new home for his death occurred in 1864, when he was forty-five years of age. His wife died the same year, and also at the same age. They were the parents of eleven children, of whom ten are now living.

Newton L. Ard, the third in order of birth, came to Kansas with his parents in 1861. After their death he remained with the other children, the family continuing together until all of the sons and daughters had attained an age where they were capable of caring for themselves. The subject of this review secured a claim near the old homestead and has since engaged in its cultivation.

As a companion and helpmate on life's journey Mr. Ard chose Miss Sarah Ann Burns, their marriage being consummated on the 30th of March,


1871. She is a native of Pennsylvania, and came to Kansas with her parents in 1860. They have had ten children, namely: Mark, Myrtle, wife of William Hoil; Olive; James; Elbert; Charles, who died at the age of seven years; Herschell; Hazel, Nellie and Edna.

At the time of the Civil war Mr. Ard served in the First Brigade of the Kansas militia. He is a member of the Modern Woodmen of America, and in politics is a stalwart Republican. He is a recognized leader of his party and for several years he has served as trustee of Elsmore township. In 1894, when his district was strongly Democratic, he was elected county commissioner by a large majority, having been nominated for the office by his friends who knew that he was the only man in the district who could defeat the Democratic nominee. He served for three years, filling the office with credit to himself and satisfaction to his constituents. He is extremely popular and well deserves the high regard in which he is uniformly held and at the same time justly merits the success that has come to him as the reward of his energy in business.

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