Page 815, 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.




Few of the native sons of Woodson County can claim forty years' residence within its borders, but William M. Weide was born here in pioneer times, his natal day being March 23, 1861, and from that time to the present he has continued his home within the borders of the county—a worthy representative of its farming and stock raising interests. He is the youngest of the four children of Godfrey Weide, who came to America from Germany in 1857, and took up his abode in Woodson County—during the territorial days of Kansas. Upon the home farm our subject was born and reared and the schools of the neighborhood afforded him the educational privileges which he enjoyed in his youth. He lived with his parents until twenty-three years of age when he vas married.

That important event in his life occurred in 1884, the lady of his choice being Miss Thersa Bauersfeld, a native of Germany who, in her girlhood, was brought from the fatherland to the new world in 1880, the family settling in Woodson County. Mr. Weide had one hundred and sixty acres at the time of his marriage, and upon the farm the young couple began their domestic life. As the years have passed he has increased his acreage until he now owns a valuable tract of four hundred and eighty acres divided into fields which are richly cultivated and into pastures which are well stocked. He has about eighty head of cattle and horses sufficient to do the farm work, and before many years shall have passed he will be accounted one of the leading farmers and stock raisers of this part of the state. He has already gained a position in agricultural circles which is enviable, and the years are continually adding to his prosperity as the direct resuIt of carefully directed labor.

There are seven children in the household of Mr. and Mrs. Weide, namely: Elmer, Albert, Arthur, Amanda, Wallace, Martha and Freddie, all of whom are yet under parental roof, the family circle being unbroken by the hand of death. Mr. Weide has never figured in politics, preferring to devote his attention in undivided manner to his business interests, which have been so conducted as to bring to him a ready financial reward.

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