Pages 651-653, 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.




HENRY S. TRUEBLOOD is certainly deserving of mention among the representative citizens of Woodson county, for he is recognized as one


of the leading men in the Republican party. He has been identified with the organization since attaining his majority, has been true to its principles, has labored faithfully to promote its interests, and his election to offices of public trust have been but a fitting recognition of his sterling worth and high standing. A close student of the principles on which the party is founded, thoroughly conversant with the questions and issues of the day, he gives his support to Republicanism because he believes firmly that the adoption of its platform will be most conducive to public good. While he has been honored with office, fidelity to the principles in which he believes has ever been with him before personal aggrandizement, and his loyalty and patriotic spirit are widely recognized.

The life record of Mr. Trueblood began on the 9th of December, 1838, his birthplace being in Greene county, Indiana, but for many years he was a resident of Daviess county, that state. His paternal grandfather, Mark Trueblood, was one of the old time substantial citizens, a thrifty pioneer farmer who aided in making habitable the wild districts of the Hoosier state. He there served as justice of the peace in territorial days and at all times he commanded the respect and confidence of his fellow men by his genuine worth of character.

His son, Jesse Trueblood, the father of our subject, was born in Indiana, in 1814, when it was still under the territorial form of government, and there gave his attention to agricultural pursuits throughout a long, useful and active career. He was descended from the Quaker Whigs of North Carolina and possessed many of the sterling characteristics of that religious sect. He spent the greater part of his life in Lawrence and Daviess counties and died in the latter July, 1900. His wife, who bore the maiden name of Charlotte Scott was a daughter of Henry Scott. She was born in Lawrence county, Indiana, and is still living in Daviess county, where several of her children also reside. Mr. and Mrs. Trueblood always lived upon a farm and were progressive agriculturists. They reared their family to habits of industry and honesty, and their children do honor to an untarnished family name. In order of birth they are as follows: Phebe, deceased wife of Nathaniel Chambers; Mark, of Daviess county, Indiana; Henry, of this review; Richard, of Daviess county; Martha, the wife of Peter Ragle, of the same county; Almira, the wife of John E. Hayes; Jesse C.; James; Alice, wife of Albert Stuckey; Elizabeth, wife of Fred Shafer, and Sarah, now Mrs. Pritchard Smiley. All excepting the subject of this sketch are residing in the vicinity of the old homestead in Indiana.

The educational advantages afforded Henry Trueblood were rather limited, for his mental training was received in the usual log schoolhouse common to the frontier, and therein he pursued his studies during the winter months, for his services were needed in the fields during the summer season. In December, 1861, he was married, the lady of his choice being Julia, the daughter of Sanford Gowan, a farmer. After his marriage


Mr. Trueblood followed farming until January, 1865, when he enlisted in the Union army as a member of company K, One Hundred and Forty-third Indiana infantry under Colonel Grill, and saw service in Tennessee. The regiment did guard and patrol duty, and was mustered out in Nashville, October 17, 1865.

Upon returning to his home Mr. Trueblood resumed the work of the farm and remained in his native state until 1871, when he came to Woodson county, arriving on the 18th of October. For some years he was identified with agricultural pursuits in this locality, but subsequently put aside the labors of the farm in order to give his undivided attention to he discharge of the duties of public office entrusted to him. He served as trustee of Liberty township for four years and was elected county clerk in the fall of 1879 for a two years' term, was re-elected in 1881 and in 1884 he retired from office as he had entered it—with the confidence and good will of the entire public. His is recognized as a master mind in political circles of Woodson county. He does all in his power to promote the growth and insure the success of his party and his opinions carry weight in party councils and his influence is strongly felt. On resuming the duties of private life Mr. Trueblood became associated in business with A. F. Palmer and the mercantile firm of Palmer & Trueblood now ranks among the foremost in Yates Center.

The home life of Mr. Trueblood has been very pleasant. His marriage to Miss Cowan resulted in the birth of seven children, namely: Richard H., who is the editor of the Yates Center News; William H.; Charles. A.; Flora D. and Lillian E.; two died in infancy. The family is one of prominence in the community. numbered among the most valued citizens of Yates Center. Mr. Trueblood has been a resident of Woodson county for thirty years and throughout the period has been an active factor in public affairs. His co-operation has promoted many measures of public worth and benefit and in all life's relations he has followed a course at once honorable, commendable and worthy of emulation.

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