Pages 737-738, 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.




In pioneer days in Southeastern Kansas, Rev. Madison Frame came to Woodson County, locating within its borders in 1869, and through the intervening years he has not only been closely connected with its agricultural interests but has exerted widespread influence in behalf of all that tends to uplift man and make the world better.

A native of Tennessee, he was born in Sevier County, October 17, 1836, and is a son of Archibald and Mary (Howard) Frame. The father died during the early boyhood of our subject. who was the youngest of the six children, namely: Nancy, wife of William Phillips; a resident of Arkansas, living in the vicinity of Rogers, Barbara, wife of William Low, of Tennessee; Martha, who married a Confederate soldier and is now deceased; Elizabeth, who became the wife of Henry Hawk and died leaving a family in Tennessee, and John who also passed away, survived by his family, residing at Mossy Creek, Tennessee.

The advantages and privileges which Madison Frame enjoyed in his youth were limited, for at an early age he had to provide for his own support. At the age of fourteen years he left home, and with his brother-in-law, William Phillips, went to Moniteau County, Missouri, where he became a farmer and made his home until 1861. In that year he removed to Arkansas, but the following year returned to Moniteau County, where he enlisted in the Fifth Missouri Cavalry, becoming a member of Company F. His regiment belonged to the Army of the West and served under Central McNeal and Colonel Sigel, the latter a half brother of General Sigel. The regiment was on duty in Missouri, guarding trains and fighting bushwackers. Mr. Frame was thus engaged for more than three years, but was never wounded or captured, although he was always found at his post of duty, no matter how arduous the task devolv-


ing upon him.

After receiving an honorable discharge Mr. Frame resumed farming in Missouri and subsequently took up his residence in Benton County, Arkansas, where he purchased a farm upon which he remained for two years. About that time he was married, for on the 13th of January, 1867, he was joined in wedlock to Miss Mary A. Radcliff, a daughter of J. C. Radcliff, of Morgan County, Missouri.

In 1869, Rev. Frame brought his young wife to Woodson County. He was in comfortable circumstances when he arrived in Kansas, having saved some of his army pay with which he had made a start in business life. He purchased a claim of one hundred and twenty acres on section thirty-one, township twenty-six, range fifteen, and since that time he has made his home thereon, developing the land into a valuable farm. An additional purchase of one hundred and twenty acres has made him the owner of two hundred and forty acres, and on his place are seen all the evidence of thrift and labor. Good buildings, the latest improved machinery, highly cultivated fields and good grades of stock all attest the enterprising spirit of a practical agriculturist.

In early days in the county Rev. Frame took an active part in political affairs, attended the county conventions and did much to promote the growth of the Republican party, with which he has been affiliated since its organization. A member of the Baptist church he was one of the first representatives of that denomination in this portion of the state, and for twenty years he served the Bethel Baptist church as its pastor, laboring earnestly and untiringly for the growth of the congregation and the spread of its influence. On various occasions he represented the church as delegate at its state conventions and along all lines of religious activity he has been found as an active and efficient co-operator. Wherever he is known his upright life and fidelity to duty have commended him to the confidence and respect of those with whom he has been associated, and as the years have passed the circle of his acquaintance and friendship has been continually increased.

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