Page 719-720, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


S. McGlade, one of the leading farmers and stockmen of Benton township, Butler county, is a native of Ohio. He was born at Dresden, May 14, 1851, and is a son of John and Mary Jane (Mutchler) McGlade. The father was born in 1828 in Ohio, and the mother was also a native of Ohio, and a daughter of Henry Mutchler, who was of German descent. John McGlade died in Illinois in 1880, and his wife came to Butler county, Kansas, in 1882, and now resides in Wichita. They were the parents of the following children: Henry, Champaign, Ill.; John, Augusta, Kans.; Albert, Red Bluff, Cal.; Mrs. Frances Howe, Wichita, Kans.; Mrs. Ida Evans, Binger, Okla.; Mrs. Lettie West, Monte Rose, Cal., and S., the subject of this sketch.

Mr. McGlade was married in 1878, to Miss Martha L. Rainey, a daughter of William and Mary Jane Rainey, of Ohio. The Rainey family came to Kansas in 1878, and the parents are both now deceased. They were the parents of the following children: John, Decatur, Ill.; James, Wichita, Kans.; Mrs. Emma Reuhl, Chatsworth, Ill.; Mrs. Ella Hull, Rosalia, Kans., and Martha L., now the wife of S. McGlade, the subject of this sketch. To Mr. and Mrs. McGlade have been born three children: Clarence, engaged in farming and stock raising near Augusta; Frank and Hazel Mary, residing at home.

Mr. and Mrs. McGlade had been married about a year when, in 1879, they came to Butler county, Kansas, and bought eighty acres of land in Benton township, and engaged in general farming and stock raising. They prospered and added to their original acreage until they now own 400 acres of land which is considered to be one of the best farms in Butler county. Mr. McGlade is a successful grain raiser, but has given


special attention to the stock business, and raises and feeds large numbers of cattle, sheep and hogs. He attributes what success he has had largely to the fact that he has aimed to feed the grain and hay that he has raised to his cattle on the place and to sell his cattle, or the finished product, of his farm at a profit, and at the same time maintain the fertility of his place. He has also endeavored to raise a sufficient amount of feed on his own place for his stock. However, he has varied at times from this general rule, exceptions being unavoidable. He is a strong advocate of the cash basis method of business and believes in paying as he goes. He has succeeded in interesting his boys in farming and stock raising, and they are enthusiastic twentieth century farmers.

Mr. McGlade is a great advocate of the farm as a substantial home for future generations, and believes that the "back to the soil" movement is the logical solution of abnormal sociological conditions of the congested centers of population. He believes that the present prices of farm products offer unusual opportunities for the producer. He is one of the successful farmers of Butler county whose career might well be studied and emulated.

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