Pages 285-286, 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.




JOSEPH P. ROSE, of Elm township, Allen County, was almost a pioneer to Woodson County, Kansas. He homesteaded a tract of land there, in section eight of Liberty township, and remained a citizen of Woodson till 1895 when he became a citizen of Allen. His farm is the northeast quarter of section 19, town 25, range 19, and in early days it was the Zike property.

Mr. Rose was born at Kingston, Ontario, October 30, 1847. In 1853 his father, Stephen R. Rose, left Canada and located at Rockford, Illinois. The latter was a hotel man at Kingston, Canada and followed railroad and carpenter work in Rockford, Illinois. He was married to Elizabeth Adget who died in Rockford, while he died in Fredonia, Kansas, in 1897 at the age of eighty-seven years. Their children are: Sarah J., wife of Lorenzo Bissell, of Winnebago County, Illinois; D. W. Rose, of Detroit, Michigan; Annie, wife of Fred L. Horton, of Chicago, Illinois; Joseph P., our subject, and Cyrus Rose, of the Indian Territory.

The Roses were originally from York State. Our subject's father was born in the Empire State and migrated to Canada in early life. In 1866 he came onto the prairies of Kansas and settled in the county of Woodson.

J. P. Rose began life as a newsboy. He carried the News and Times


in DuBuque, Iowa, and later worked in the lead mines at that place. With the exception of the year 1886 he has resided in Kansas, Woodson and Allen Counties. He spent the year 1886 in Pomona, California, where he was toll-keeper in a mill. But he had lived too long in Kansas to be content with a new place, so he came back to Woodson County and took up farming, where he left off, and is today one of the well known citizens of Elm township, Allen County.

In January, 1881, Mr. Rose was married to Emma Crabb, a daughter of Henderson Crabb, who came to Kansas in 1866 and was once the proprietor of the Pennsylvania Hotel in Iola. His wife was Mary Beach, who resides in Pomona, California.

Mr. and Mrs. Rose's children are: Albert R., who died in 1897 at the age of sixteen years; Richard; W. Darwin; George Beach; A. Orville and Lillian V.

The Roses are Republicans and Methodists. Our subject is leader of the class in the LaHarpe charge and is otherwise one of the active members.

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