Page 578-1/2, 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.




JACOB C. STRICKLER, of Allen county, came into Carlyle township in the year 1872 and located upon section 19, township 23, range 19. He succeeded Randolph Wilmuth upon the farm he owns, then a new and practically virgin piece of prairie. Here he has since lived and labored and enjoyed a reasonable degree of prosperity. His acres have broadened from their original area until he pays taxes upon nearly one-half of the section.

Prior to his removal to Kansas Mr. Strickler resided six years in Monroe county, Iowa. He was born in Park county, Indiana, August 17, 1845. His ancestors were Virginians, his father having been born in the Old Dominion, and planted a branch of the family in Park county, Indiana, at an early date. Mr. Strickler is a son of Henry and a grandson of Jacob Strickler, both of whom died in Park county, Indiana. Jacob Strickler Sr. was born in 1778 and died in 1874 while Henry, his son, was born in 1810 and died in 1855. The grandfather was a blacksmith and gunsmith and was married to a Miss Ehrhart. Henry Strickler, their first child, married Catharine Ehrhart. Their children were: Virginia, deceased, who married Monroe Long; Jacob C.; Mary C., of Moberly, Missouri, wife of Samuel Dickerson; Martha J., of Idaho county, Idaho, is the wife of Dick Henley; Ellen, of Park county, Indiana, is married to Polk Whitsell, and Joseph, of Park county, Indiana.

Jacob Strickler remained with the old home till reaching his majority. In November, 1865, he was married to Samantha D. Reitzel, a daughter of Henry Reitzel, who went into Park county, Indiana, from Kentucky and married Catherine Duncan. Mr. and Mrs. Strickler's children are: Nelson T., who married Nora Herrick and resides in Anderson county, Kansas; Frances B.; Elmer, Claud and Millie.

In affairs political the early Stricklers were allied with the Democratic party. Our subject became a Republican upon choosing his political home and remained with that organization till 1897 when he joined forces with the People's party.

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