Pages 696-697, 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 prosperous farmers and stock raisers of Everett township, Woodson County is numbered, George H. Noteman, who has been the architect of his own fortunes and has builded a substantial structure. Thrown upon his own resources at an early age, resolution, perseverance and above all earnest labor have enabled him to conquer fate and advance steadily to the plane of affluence. Born in Otsego County, New York, on the 27th of June, 1830, he is a son of George and Mary (Adams) Noteman, both of whom were also natives of the Empire state. The father died at the age of seventy-eight years, and the mother parsed away when eighty-eight years of age. They had three children, of whom two are now living: Thomas C., a resident of Illinois and George H.

The latter remained in New York until twelve years of age and then entered the employ of a man with whom he went to Illinois and who was to pay him ten dollars per month in compensation for his services. After ten months, however, his employer turned him off and would not pay him a cent, cheating him out of the entire amount. On foot he then started back to New York. He was arrayed in a pair of trousers, a shirt, sealskin cap and a heavy pair of boots, and the time was the month of August, 1859. On the way he was taken ill with chills, but he pressed on though foot-sore and weary, walking the entire distance back to his old home.

Mr. Noteman then continued in the east until 1860, when he went to Wisconsin, and the following year he was united in marriage to Miss E. L. Burdick, a native of New York. He lived in the Badger state for


two years and about that time entered the service of his country. Feeling in his duty to support the Union cause, he enlisted in Company I, of the Twenty-third Illinois Infantry and remained at the front for two years, displaying his bravery on a number of the fields of carnage. On leaving his Wisconsin home he went to Iowa, where he purchased forty acres of land, which he operated for five years, when he became a resident of Illinois. The year 1874 witnessed his arrival in Kansas. He first settled in Ottawa, but after five years he returned to Illinois, remaining upon his father's farm for fifteen years.

Again Mr. Noteman came to Kansas in 1895, and this time he located in Woodson County, purchasing two hundred and forty acres of rich farming land which he at once began to operate. In connection with the raising of cereals he has also followed stock raising, his place being well adapted for this. He began with some good grades of Herefords, Short Horn and Durham cattle and now has as fine a herd as can be found in Southeastern Kansas. His stock is always in good condition, fat and ready for the market and always commands good prices. There is a small creek running through his place on the north and west of his barn and feed lots, and a grove also affords shelter for his stock. The farm is pleasantly located two miles west of Neosho Falls on the east line of Everett township, and through the labors and improvements of Mr. Noteman has become a very valuable property

Unto our subject and his wife have been born four children, of whom three sons are now living: Charles F., who resides upon a farm near his father, owns farm of 160, acres: George C., who is connected with the business of manufacturing and handling steel wire in Cleveland, O.; and Norman L., who is now located in Detroit, Michigan. In his political views Mr. Noteman is a Republican. He keeps well informed on the issues of the day, but has never been an aspirant for political office, as his attention is fully occupied by his business affairs, whereby he has demonstrated the power of integrity and industry in acquiring prosperity.

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