Pages 738-739, 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.




The rich land of Kansas which only a few decades ago was unclaimed by settlers and was the hunting ground of the Indians is now divided into fine farms which, in fertility, productiveness and improvements are not surpassed in any state in the Union. One of these is now the property of Nathan S. Macoubrie, who owns and operates two hundred and forty acres eight miles northwest of Yates Center.

He was born in Warren County, Ohio, November 27, 1848, and is of Irish lineage. His father, Arthur Macoubrie, was a native of County Down, Ireland, and on leaving that country crossed the broad Atlantic


to the new world. In this country he wedded Mary Fife, a native of Gallia County, Ohio. He was a tailor by trade and was an industrious and energetic man. His death occurred in Warren County, Ohio, in 1853, when he was seventy-nine years of age, and his wife, surviving him for twenty years, passed away in 1871, at the age of sixty-five. Their son, Nathan pursued his education in the public schools of Ohio and at the age of eighteen years accompanied his mother and two brothers to Carroll County, Missouri. There were nine children in the family, but only three are now living, namely: James H., who is living in Carroll County; Arthur E., a resident of Olathe, Kas., where he is editor and proprietor of the Olathe Tribune, and Nathan S.

The last named resided with his mother and engaged in the operation of rented land until his marriage when he went to a home of his own, beginning his domestic life in Missouri, where he remained until 1883 when he came to Kansas, settling in Woodson County. Here he devoted his attention to the cultivation of rented land until 1895 when with the capital he had acquired through his own diligence, perseverance and economy, he purchased the tract of land which he now owns. He has since made excellent improvements upon his place, including the erection of a pretty and commodious residence which he has just completed. There is also a large barn and other necessary outbuildings upon thc place and he has about fifty head of cattle, making a specialty of the raising and feeding of stock. His fields are also well cultivated, and the products of his farm are annually bringing to him a desirable income. In connection with his farming interests Mr. Macoubrie has been identified with journalism in this county. He established and named the Yates Center Advocate and was proprietor of the paper for seven years, after which he sold it to E. F. Hudson, who still continues its publication.

Mr. Macoubrie has been twice married. On the 28th of February, 1672, was celebrated his marriage to Miss Elvira Surber, a native of Ohio, who died in 1894, leaving seven children, namely: Mrs. Emma Dingle; Mrs. Lizzie Simpson, Carrie F., Willie A., Clarence, Pearlie and Minnie. After the death of his first wife Mr. Macoubrie wedded Miss Lenna Dingle., the marriage occurring September 16, 1896. She is a native of St. Clair County, Missouri, and a daughter of John R. and Mary J. Dingle, both natives of Indiana. Mr. Macoubrie has never been an aspirant for public office. He served as treasurer of his township for one term during which he sustained a loss of one hundred and fifty dollars through the failure of the bank in which he had made deposit of the public money. He is a progressive and public-spirited citizen, and his sterling worth, widely recognized, has won him many friends.

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