Pages 474-475, 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.




THOMAS HOGAN was born in Grant county, Wisconsin, December 27, 1852, and now resides in Cottage Grove township, Allen county, being numbered among the successful farmers and early settlers of Kansas. His father, John Hogan, was a native of the Green Isle of Erin, and with his parents came to America, the family locating in Illinois near Ottawa. After his first marriage he removed to Wisconsin, where his wife died, and in the Badger state he wedded Margaret Marshall, a native of Canada, our


subject being a son of the second marriage. The father was a farmer by occupation and after his removal from Wisconsin followed that pursuit in Douglas county, Kansas, from 1857 until the time of his removal to Leavenworth county, this state, where he spent his last days, dying in 1878, at the age of seventy-six years. His wife passed away in 1864, at the age of forty-eight years. They had five children: Thomas P.; Catherine, wife of James Doyle; James T., and Carrie, wife of Thomas Hiland.

When only four years of age Thomas Hogan of this review was brought to Kansas by his parents and was reared to manhood in Douglas and Leavenworth counties, acquiring his education in the common schools. In 1874 he started out to make his own way in the world, journeying westward to California, where he worked for a time upon a farm, but wishing to see more of the country he visited Oregon, Nevada, Arizona and Wyoming, whence he went to Colorado, where he worked in a mine for some time. Believing that he could meet with better success in the Sunflower state he therefore returned to Kansas, where he has since made his home. In 1879 he married Miss Margaret Hiland, and to them have been born seven children, as follows: Thomas F., Anna C., Lizzie May, Catherine, James T., Charles L. and Nellie Laura.

In 1894 Mr. Hogan came to Allen county and purchased a farm of one hundred and sixty acres in East Cottage Grove township, seven miles southeast of Humboldt, where he now has a highly improved tract of land. The home is surrounded by fine forest trees and his fields are under a high state of cultivation, yielding to him good crops which materially enhance his income. He does not belong to that class of farmers who are continually talking about hard times, but has faith in the power of honest labor in bringing success to the individual. Industry has been the strong element in his own prosperity and while he has worked hard to attain success he is now in possession of a good home, a fine farm and a desirable income. He has never taken any very active part in politics, usually supporting the Democracy, but believing that the country is now in a prosperous condition he does not desire any change in the political administration.

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