Pages 790-791, 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.




It is always of interest to review the history of a successful man. It is the nature of man to rejoice in victory, and he who has conquered fate and fortune may well be proud of the fact. John Pringle is now one of the well known and well-to-do agriculturists of Woodson County, his home being in Eminence township, but when he came to the county he was in limited circumstances and all that he has since achieved is attributable to his own efforts. A native of Scotland he was born in Dalry, Ayrshire, May 26, 1844, a son of Andrew Pringle, a farmer, whose ancestors had resided in the county of Ayr through many generations and had there been interested in the tilling of the soil. On the maternal side Mr. Pringle is a representative of the well known Parker family of Scotland. The parents of our subject had four children who reached mature years, namely: James, John, Robert and Andrew. The last named is now deceased, and James is a resident of Scotland, while Robert is living in Arizona.

John Pringle was reared in the land of hills and heather and acquired a common school education. At the age of twenty-five years he bade adieu to home, friends and native country and crossed the Atlantic to the United States. His brothers, Robert and Andrew, had previously come to the new world, the former being located in Kansas, while the latter was a resident of Texas. In 1871 John Pringle arrived in Woodson County and secured a claim in Perry township on section eight, township twenty-six, range sixteen. He was then in limited financial circumstances, but he found that success rewarded earnest and persistent effort. He possessed good health, a strong constitution and a laudable ambition, and with these to aid him in the place of capital he began life in Kansas. From the beginning success has attended his efforts. His home is now on the southwestern quarter of section twenty-four, Eminence township, and in addition to this he owns land on section twenty-five, of the same township, and eleven hundred and twenty acres in Belmont township. For ten years he was identified with the stock raising interests of Gila County, Arizona, where he still has interests.

In Woodson County, in November, 1882, Mr. Pringle was united in marriage to Miss Emma Launders, a daughter of Wm. Launders, who was born in Illinois. Their marriage has been blessed with the following child-


ren: Elizabeth, Janet, Emma, Andrew, Margaret, Robena, Wm. and James. Mr. Pringle is not actively interested in politics, preferring to give his time and attention to his business affairs. His resolution and his determined purpose, combined wth[sic] unflagging industry, have formed the rounds of the ladder on which he has climbed to prosperity. His many admirable qualities, his genial manner and his sterling worth have also made him popular, and few citizens of the community have more friends than John Pringle.

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