Pages 232-233, 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.




WILLIAM F. ENOS, who is engaged in blacksmithing in Savonburg, is numbered among the native sons of Wisconsin who have sought homes in the Sunflower state. He was born in Evansville, on the 14th of November, 1847. His father, John Enos, removed from Indiana to Wisconsin and was married in that state to Miss Hulda Griffith; They spent their remaining days in the Badger state, being people of the highest respectability and held in warm regard by their many friends. Under the parental roof the subject of this review was reared, and in the common schools near his home he conned the lessons that gave him a knowledge of the branches of English learning. At the age of sixteen he enlisted in the naval service of the United States, taking passage on a vessel at Chicago on the 2nd of April, 1864. He served for nine months on the United States man-of-war Benton, in the Sixth Division of the Mississippi Squadron, and was then transferred to the warship Brilliant where he remained until honorably discharged at the close of the war. He was very young when he entered the service and as hostilities ceased not long afterward he did not engage in many important naval battles, but his bravery and valor were tested and found to be equal to that of many a time-tried veteran.

At the close of the war Mr. Enos returned to Wisconsin and began learning the blacksmith trade which he followed until twenty years of age. He then left the Badger state for the district west of the Mississippi river, removing to Iowa where he was employed for three years. On the expiration of that period he once more became a resident of Wisconsin where he followed blacksmithing until 1893, the year of his removal to South Dakota. After a year devoted to farming in that section of the country he went to Crowley, Louisiana, where he was engaged in the cultivation of rice until 1896, when he came to Kansas and made his home at Stark till 1898. He has since been a resident of Savonburg and has conducted a blacksmithing and wagonmaking establishment. He has a good location and enjoys a liberal patronage. He also conducts a farm and both branches of his business are proving to him a profitable source of income.

On the 26th of September, 1868, Mr. Enos was united in marriage to Miss Lucy W. Haywood. Unto them have been born eight children, as follows: William H., a resident of Joplin, Missouri; Cora M., the wife of Charles Benson, of South Dakota; Archie, who is employed in the shop of his father; Carrie B., the wife of John Benson, of South Dakota; Pearl, the wife of Perry Huff, of Savonburg; Edith, the wife of John Ridgeway; Katy P., who is in Louisiana, and Clarence and Raymond, who are still under the parental roof. A consideration of the political questions of the day


have led Mr. Enos to give his support to the men and measures of the Republican party. He is now a member of Savonburg Post, G. A. R., and this relationship indicates the time when among the boys in blue he loyally served his country in order to perpetuate the Union. At all times his duties of citizenship are faithfully performed and he withholds his support from no measure which he believes will contribute to the general good.

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