Pages 893-894, 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.




GEORGE H. LYNN, who carries on farming and stock raising in Neosho Falls township, Woodson county, is numbered among the native sons of Illinois, his birth having occurred in Moultrie County, October 6, 1855. His father, Simon Lynn, was a native of Kentucky and wedded Marcia A. Stevens, who was also born in that state. In 1854, he went to Illinois, and ten years later came to Kansas, arriving in Woodson County, on the 15th of September, 1864. He settled on the Len Fuqua farm, a mile and a half east of Neosho Falls where his son George is now living, and there his life's labors were ended in death in 1888, when he was seventy-one years of age. His wife died August 1, 1882, at the age of fifty-two years. They were the parents of eleven children, of whom six are yet living, namely: Mrs. Belinda Levett of Neosho Falls; Adaline, wife of O. B. Miller, a resident of Hutchinson, Kansas; Belle, wife of George Odell of Oklahoma; J. A.; George H., and James W.

George H. Lynn was a lad of only nine summers when, in 1864, his parents came to Kansas, and he spent the greater part of his youth on the


farm which he now owns and occupies. His preliminary mental discipline was received in the district schools and he was also a student in Geneva Academy. He remained with his parents until they passed away, rendering them filial care and devotion in their declining years.

Mr. Lynn has been twice married. He first wedded Miss Jennie Lee, a distant relative of General Robert E. Lee. She died in 1886, leaving two children, Earl and Perry Lee. The latter is now living with his maternal grandmother in Topeka, Kansas, having been reared by her, while Earl is at home with his father. Mr. Lynn was again married in 1891, his second union being with Miss Lula Odell, who was born in Illinois, and in 1888 came to Kansas with her parents, James H. and Phoebe Odell. Mr. and Mrs. Lynn now have four children: Elvyn, Floyd, Gleyn and Gladys.

Mr. Lynn secured his start in the business world on a capital of three dollars. The father gave to each of his children that sum of money, and Mr. Lynn and his sister, combined their finances, purchased a calf for six dollars. This was the beginning of his stock raising interests. Within three years they had twenty-one head of cattle, and Mr. Lynn has long been recognized as one of the leading stock raisers of Woodson County Upon his father's death he purchased of the other heirs their interests in the old homestead, which he has since occupied. He here owns two hundred and twenty-seven acres of fine farming land, both timber and prairie, and upon the place are some splendid never failing springs. He has indeed, one of the fine stock farms of southeastern Kansas. He raises registered Poland China hogs and sells many of these for breeding purposes. His horses and cattle ore of excellent grades, and his annual sales of stock bring him a good profit. His barn is built on the side of a hill, thus having excellent drainage, and in his feed lot is nice timber, making good shelter for his stock. The farm residence was erected in 1860 of native walnut lumber which was cut in the sawmill owned by L. L. Northrup. An air of neatness, thrift and affluence pervades the place and Mr. Lynn is accounted one of the substantial agriculturists and stock raisers of his adopted county. Socially Mr. Lynn is connected with the Modern Woodmen of America, belonging to Neosho Falls Camp. He exercises his right of franchise in support of the men and measures of the Republican party, believing that its principles are best calculated to promote good government and secure the wealth of the nation.

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