Pages 351-352, 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.




JAMES S. McKAUGHAN settled in Elm township, Allen county, in 1881. He settled upon a piece of prairie land and began its cultivation and development with a team and a small bunch of cattle. His success is observable in the ownership of a half section of land, instead of a quarter as at first, and in the fact that his place is improved and stocked. Labor, alone, has brought about this gratifying condition. The element of management, of course, is a valuable aid to industry in the accumulation of wealth and both these characteristics are abundantly present in the composition of "Jim McCoin."

Mr. McKaughan was born in Lewis county, Illinois, August 14, 1863. He is a son of the late Edward McKaughan who died at the home of our subject August 24, 1899. The latter was born in Pulaski county, Kentucky, in 1819. He was married there to Eliza Noflet who died in Johnson county, Kansas, in 1880, at the age of sixty years. Their children are: John McKaughan, of Johnson county, Kansas; Harvey McKaughan, of the same county; Elizabeth, wife of Abe Larick, of Johnson county, Kansas; Eliza, wife of Levi Williams, of Butler county, Kansas; Serena,


deceased, wife of Spencer Sloan; Rhoda, wife of Ed. Montgomery, of Coffeyville, Kansas; Lissie, who married J. B. Williams, of Allen county, and James S., our subject.

James McKaughan was schooled in the country. He was brought up in Johnson county, Kansas, and received his first lessons in farming there. He was married in Allen county in 1884 to Rosa Mills, a daughter of C. K. Mills, one of the well known farmers of Deer Creek township. The children of this marriage are: Jay and Edith McKaughan.

James McKaughan has filled an important niche in the citizenship of Allen county. He has not only done his share in local development and improvement but in other ways has he shown his interest and pride in his county and patriotism on public questions. He has trained with Democracy because he believed its policies to be best adapted to the needs of our country but a conviction to the contrary would cause him to hold personal interest above party and to cast his ballot accordingly.

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