Pages 801-802, 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.




Among the extensive landowners and leading agriculturists of Woodson County is numbered George W. Naylor, whose successful career is one worthy of the highest commendation for all that he has is the outcome of his persistent effort, guided by sound business judgment and characterized by unfaltering honesty in trade transactions. Respect and admiration are unconsciously accorded such a man and are a just tribute to his ability and worth.

Mr. Naylor was born in Monroe County, Ohio, May 3, 1849. His father, Samuel Naylor, was a native of Pennsylvania and there married Anna Albright, who was born in the same state. About 1848 they removed to Ohio, where the father followed his trade of wagon-making for a time but later turned his attention to farming. In 1856 he went with his family to Illinois, and in 1869 came to Kansas settling in Woodson County. He and his wife are now living in Yates Center, at the ages of seventy-three and seventy-five years respectively. They were the parents of nine children, of whom George W. was the second in order of birth.

Mr. Naylor of the review spent the greater part of his childhood and youth in Illinois. and in 1869 came to Kansas with his parents, remaining with them until he had attained his majority when he homesteaded eighty acres of land in Liberty township and thus laid the foundation for his present prosperity. For six years he resided upon that place and then sold the property after which he removed to Toronto township and purchased eighty acres where he now resides. As his financial resources have increased


and favorable opportunity has offered he has made judicious investments in real estate until he now owns nine hundred and sixty acres of valuable farming land, situated on Brazel creek, six and a half mile north of Toronto, where he is extensively engaged in the production of grain and the raising of cattle and other stock. He has one of the best equipped farms in the county. The creek which crosses his land, is skirted with timber on both banks thus furnishing both water, shade and shelter for the stock, and in addition to the creek he has living springs on every quarter section, thus having a never-failing water supply. He has pipes laid from the springs to large tanks that are always full of clear water, whether the winds blow or not. There are large barns and sheds for the protection of grain and stock and there is one large shed wall, built of stone, ninety feet long and roofed in with shingles so that he can safely house all his stock. He keeps on hand about one hundred head of cattle and the same number of hogs and ships his own stock as fast as it is in condition for the market.

In 1872 Mr. Naylor was united in marriage to Miss Alice Miller, a native of Illinois, who came to Kansas in her early girlhood. For almost thirty years she has traveled life's journey by her husband's side and has been indeed of valuable assistance to him as well as a devoted companion. They have a nice home and their delight is to entertain their friends. Mr. Naylor has been successful in his business career for he started out in life with only his homestead farm of eighty acres and a team of horses and today he is one of the most properous[sic] and prominent agriculturist of the community. He has served for three terms as township trustee of Liberty township and in his political views is a staunch Republican, but has no time for public office, his extensive business interests claiming his attention and bringing to him splendid success.

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