Page 256, 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.




CHARLES BALAND, one of the few old settlers that remains in Allen county, was born in Sweden December 5, 1816. He came to Kansas in 1859 and took a claim on Coal Creek, three miles east of Humboldt, and has gone through all the hardships that go to make up a man's life in a new country.

Mr. Baland served in U. S. Grant's company in the Mexican war, a distinction of which he is justly proud. He was also in the army in the war of the Rebellion, which makes him a veteran of two wars. He has been one of the leading men in this county, serving as Register of Deeds for three terms. He has served almost continuously for thirty-five years as Justice of the Peace of Humboldt township and was post-master of Humboldt for many years.

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