Page 560, 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.




EDWARD HITE is one of the more recent arrivals in Allen county, having taken up his abode upon a farm in Osage township in 1898. He was born on the 20th of April, 1868, in LaSalle county, Illinois. His parents were James M. and Martha M. (Jones) Hite, the former a native of Licking county, Ohio, and the latter of Vermont. The father was a farmer by occupation and when a young man removed to the Prairie state, where he carried on agricultural pursuits until his death, the 28th of August, 1893, when he was sixty years of age. His widow still survives him, and is yet living on the old homestead. They were the parents of ten children, and nine are living.

Edward Hite, the third member of the family, remained with his parents until twenty-eight years of age, and during that time received practical training on the farm, while the public schools afforded him mental discipline. He was almost twenty-nine years of age, when in 1897, he left Ilinois[sic] for Kansas and located on a farm of one hundred and sixty acres situated a mile and a half northwest of Bayard. His father had purchased the land a number of years before, but the "leaguers" had taken possession of it and for a number of years the family were deprived of its use, but ultimately obtained possession, and since 1898 Mr. Hite of this review has resided upon the place. He erected a large barn and other substantial buildings, fenced the land, set off feed lots, and made other improvements in addition to the cultivation of the fields. He also has the place well stocked with good horses, cattle and hogs.

Soon after coming to Kansas in 1898 Mr. Hite was united in marriage to Miss Jennie Gertrude Ellenwood, who was born in Washington county, Ohio, and in 1878 came to Kansas with her parents, who are now living in Huntsville, Missouri. Mr. and Mrs. Hite now have two interesting little children, Anniversary, born February 22, 1899, and Edwin Everetta, born December 16, 1900. In politics Mr. Hite is a Democrat, but has never sought office as reward for party allegiance. In the three years of their residence here he and his wife have gained many warm friends and now have a wide acquaintance.

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