Page 124, 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.




FRANK JACKSON, of Carlyle township, is one of Allen County's pioneers. He was born in Iola March 31, 1861, and, with the exception of four years spent in Cowley County, Kansas, has resided continuously in Allen County. His life has been devoted to the farm and the rewards of his industry have been never-failing and constant. Beginning life as a mere boy and in a modest and unpretentious way he has come to be recognized as one of our most thrifty and successful small farmers.

The Jacksons were among the first settlers of Allen County. Joel Jackson, father of the subject of this review, started west from some point in the State of Wisconsin with a yoke of oxen and a linchpin wagon. His objective point was Kansas and he arrived in Iola about 1859. On the journey out one ox died and a cow was substituted for the remainder of the trip. Farming was Mr. Jackson's occupation and he had that vocation in mind when he came to this new State. He entered the army the first year of the Rebellion, enlisting in Company E, 9th Kansas, and was killed at the battle of Stone Lane, Missouri.

Joel Jackson was an Englishman. He was married to Mary Fleek, who died March 23, 1897. Upon the death of Mr. Jackson his widow was left with a family of small children. They were: Niton Jackson, of Oklahoma; William, of Kansas City, Missouri; Joseph, deceased, and Frank. The family remained in Iola till 1870 when the mother took a homestead northeast of town and moved her family and effects onto it. With the aid of her sons she opened up a farm there and slowly acquired the means to make them comfortable. All the sons left home, in time, but Frank. He stuck to the farm, through hard times, poor seasons and poor markets and encouraged and took care of his mother, never losing faith in Kansas.

Our subject was married in Cowley County, Kansas, in November, 1879. His wife was Miss Lizzie Sutliff, a daughter of Abe Sutliff. She was born March 31, 1862, and, as a companion, has borne her portion of the family responsibilities. She is really a "better half" and a genuine woman and a genuine man are at the head of their family. Their children are: Niley, Miley, John, Effie, Frankie and Altie.

As a farmer Frank Jackson has been a success. He has proceeded upon the theory that if he provided the labor and managed his affairs with wisdom Providence would do the rest. He never complains or fault-finds over a crop shortage, but takes a hopeful view of all things. He has a surplus when anybody has and often when others have not. From a team and a few cattle he has expanded to a one hundred and twenty acre farm, well stocked. Although he takes a fervent interest in politics he does so for the benefit of his party and not for himself. He has always been a Republican, has always practiced honesty and has the confidence and esteem of his fellow countrymen.

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