Pages 874-875, 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.




For almost thirty years Lewis Klick has resided in Woodson County and although he had very limited capital at the time of his arrival he is now one of the substantial farmers and stock growers of this portion of the state. He was born in Stark County, Ohio, January 3, 1842, of German parentage, being a son of Nicholas and Mary B. (Huber) Klick, who were natives of the fatherland, although their marriage was celebrated in this country. They located in Ohio where Mr. Klick followed his trade of shoe making for many years. In 1863 he removed to Noble County, Indiana, where he died at the age of seventy-four years, while his wife passed away in December, 1899, at the advanced age of eighty-four years.

Of their thirteen children Mr. Klick was the fourth in order of birth. He spent his youth upon his father's farm and in the common schools acquired his elementary education which was supplemented by one term's study in Fredericksburg Seminary, after which he became a student in the Greensburg Seminary. In 1862 he went to Noble County, Indiana, where he engaged in teaching school. In 1865 he started for California, going by way of the Isthmus of Panama, and while in the Golden state he was employed by the month on a farm. He remained for five years, returning to Indiana in 1870. There he resided for a number of years and in April, 1872, he was united in marriage to Miss Elizabeth C. Moore, a native of Ohio.

In May of the same year, Mr. Klick started with his bride for Kansas and took up his abode in the southeastern part of Woodson county, where he purchased a homestead of eighty acres, there carrying on farming until 1885. He then sold that property and removed to Toronto township, settling on Cedar creek, six miles northeast of the town of Toronto. He


purchased four hundred acres of land and now has one of the nicest farms in the township. He keeps annually about seventy-five head of the best graded cattle in the county and sells his stock to the local buyers. After coming to Kansas he taught for one term in the district school but has since given his undivided attention to his farming and stock-raising interests, save when called to public duty by the vote of the people who have one time elected him township trustee.

In 1881 Mr. Klick was called upon to mourn the loss of his first wife, who died on the 10th. of January of that year, leaving three children—Jennie M., Laura A. and Harvey L. In 1892 Mr. Klick was again married, his second union being with Mrs. Mary C. Palmer, who had one son, John Palmer. Mr. and Mrs. Klick have one daughter, Lizzie B., a young lady at home. Mr. Klick vote swith[sic] the Democracy and while he keeps well informed on the issues of the day he has never been an aspirant for office, preferring that his time shall be given uninterruptedly to his business affairs whereby he has gained a competency sufficient to supply his needs when the evening of life shall come and labor proves wearisome.

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