Pages 247-248, 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.




ELLIS P. DELAPLAIN is one of the early settlers of Elm township, Allen County. He dates his advent to the county from the year 1868 when his father, Joshua P. Delaplain, emigrated from Macoupin County, Illinois, and became a permanent resident of this new country. Ellis Delaplain was born in Madison County, Illinois, January 3, 1850, and finished his education in the Brighton, Illinois, high school. Tilling the soil has engaged his attention here for nearly thirty-two years, continuously, and when, at two different times, he tried to settle to be content elsewhere, he found it impossible and each time returned to the fertile plains of Kansas.

Mr. Delaplain was married in Iola May 14, 1871, to Jennie Penn, whose father, John Penn, settled in Macoupin County, Illinois, in an early day. He was a native of St. Clair County, that State, and was married to Catherine Bates. The other Penn heirs are: Charles, Joseph, Benjamin and Samuel Penn.

Mr. and Mrs. Delaplain's children are: Harry J.; Herbert W.; and Earl L. Delaplain, all of whom inhabit the family home.

Mr. Delaplain has been, for some years, one of the well known stock handlers of his township. He is one of the extensive farmers of the county


and with the aid of his sons is operating the large tract of George G. Fox near LaHarpe.

The political affiliations of the Delaplains are well known. Their Republicanism is not a subject of doubt or question and their interest in honest and wholesome municipal government is constant and unflagging. Our subject has served his township efficiently as trustee as well as its constable and his conduct of both offices marks him as eminently fair and scrupulous in his execution of the law.

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