Pages 546-547, 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.




HARMON SCOTT—The late Harmon Scott, of Iola, was one of the pioneers of Kansas and one of the early business men of Iola. He belongs to a family whose prominence has been recognized in Allen county for more than a third of a century and which has done its part in establishing an industrious, intellectual and patriotic citizenship in the State of Kansas.

Harmon Scott was born at Braddocks Field, Pennsylvania, December 19, 1828. He was a farmer's son and in 1833, his father moved into Ohio and, later, into Kentucky and in that State was our subject chiefly reared and educated. After attaining his majority, Mr. Scott went to Bloomington, Illinois, where he resided till 1857, coming thence to Kansas. He stopped first in the Territory in Johnson county where he took up a homestead. He engaged in business in the town of Olathe, while awaiting the turn of events in the process of acquiring a title to his piece of government land, and this result being unfavorable to him he came to Allen county, in 1838, and became one of her permanent citizens. He engaged in the dry goods and grocery business with his brother, the late Dr. John W. Scott, on the corner where DeClute's clothing store now stands. In 1872 he became a railway mail clerk between Topeka and Kansas City. Leaving that service he spent two years on the farm on Rock Creek, returning to Iola in 1876.

In matters pertaining to the administration of affairs and to the welfare


of Iola Mr. Scott was one of the foremost. He was twice elected Trustee of Iola township and made an efficient and honest public servant. The fact that he had managed his private business successfully was an index to the manner in which the public business would be cared for in his hands. He was one of the staunchest of Republicans, having joined that party from "the Old Line Whigs."

Mr. Scott enlisted in Company H, 9th Kansas, as a private and was promoted to first lieutenant of a company in an Indian regiment, designated as the 3rd Indian regiment. He was in active service until 1865, and in which he laid the foundation of the disease which ultimately caused his death.

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