Page 817-818, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


J. B. Moore, a prosperous farmer and stock raiser of Fairmount township, is a native son of Butler county. He was born in Fairmount township in 1875, and is the only child born to Albert and Jane (Harris) Moore. Albert Moore, the father, was born near Terre Haute, Ind., in 1843, and when about twelve years old went to Iowa with his parents, who settled in Mohaska county. They were very early settlers in that section of Iowa, going there in 1855. Jane Harris, mother of J. B. Moore, was born in Illinois, a daughter of John and Nancy Harris, who went to Iowa when she was a child.

Albert Moore and Jane Harris were married in Iowa in 1870 and the following spring drove through from that State to Butler county, Kansas, with a yoke of oxen and wagon. They brought with them all their earthly possessions, which consisted of the emigrant outfit and a few chickens and a pig. The pig and chickens were hauled in a cart behind the regular wagon. It required three weeks to make the trip. When they reached Butler county they homesteaded a quarter section in Fairmount township, which is still the family homestead. During a part of the first summer they lived in the wagons in which they made the trip until they were able to build a small house, which in turn was replaced a few years later with a modern farm residence. Mr. Moore bought additional land, which he added to his original homestead, and became a very prosperous farmer. He died in 1900.

J. B. Moore, the subject of this sketch, was reared on the old homestead in Fairmount township, and attended the district schools. He obtained a good common school education and later attended the Wichita Business College for two years. Mr. Moore was married in 1902 to Miss Nora Worline, a daughter of Marion and Harriet (Eyestone) Worline, the former a native of Delaware county, Ohio, and the latter of Illinois. Marion Worline was a son of Abraham and Susan (Wor-


line) Worline, who, although they bore the same name, were not related. They were both natives of Pennsylvania. They were the parents of ten children, nine of whom were born in Pennsylvania and one in Missouri.

When Marion Worline was a young man he went to Fayette county, Illinois, and there met Harriet Eyestone and they were later married. She was a daughter of Martin and Nancy (Loche) Eyestone. The father was born in Germany, but of Welch ancestry, and was brought to America by his parents when he was a child, and they settled in Fayetteville, Ill., where the parents died. Shortly after their marriage, in 1870, Marion Worline and his wife removed to Missouri, and after spending one winter with Abraham Worline, they came to Kansas in 1871 and settled in Butler county and took a homestead in Fairmount township on the northeast corner of section 2, where they engaged in farming and stock raising, and added to their original homestead until they owned 200 acres of land. Mr. Worline became well-to-do and was one of the influential men of the community. He took an active interest in local political affairs, but never aspired to hold political office. He died in 1914 and his widow now resides on the old homestead in Fairmount township. They were the parents of seven children, of whom Mrs. J. B. Moore is the eldest. She was born in Fairmount township in 1874. This will be remembered as grasshopper year, and the Worline family, as well as the other early settlers, suffered greatly from the devastation wrought by these pests of the plains, who devoured and destroyed everything in sight that year. Both Mr. and Mrs. Moore bear the distinction of belonging to two of Butler county's old pioneer families. Mr. Moore is a stanch Democrat, and has always advocated and supported the principles of that party.

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