Page 708, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


A. F. Peas, of Chelsea township, ranks among the well known and successful farmers and stock raisers of Butler county. He was born in Boone county, Iowa, in 1861, and is a son of J. A. and Catherine (Johnson) Peas. They were the parents of the following children: A. J., Elk City, Okla.; Harvey, Boone, Iowa; Mrs. Phidelia Pritcherd, Boone, Iowa; Henry, Pasadena, Cal.; and A. F., the subject of this sketch.

A. F. Peas came to Kansas in 1885, and settled in Chelsea township, Butler county, where he bought 160 acres of land, and later bought another quarter section. He has been extensively engaged in general farming and stock raising, and has been especially successful in raising Shorthorns. He is also quite an extensive alfalfa grower, and altogether is one of the prosperous and successful farmers of Chelsea township. His farm is well improved and he has an unusually fine farm residence, which he built in 1905, and his place presents a well kept appearance with every indication of a prosperous owner.

Mr. Peas was married to Miss Mary Jane Diller, a daughter of John and Dorothy Diller. Mrs. Peas is one of the following children born to her parents: John Diller, deceased; Mrs. Dorothy Hoy, deceased; George Diller, Morrowville, Kans.; Henry Diller, Cassoday, Kans.; Mrs. Sarah C. Hoy, Burns, Kans.; William Diller, Whitewater, Kans. The Diller family came to Butler county in 1873 and the mother purchased 760 acres of land in Sycamore township and engaged in general farming and stock raising and made a success of her undertakings until the time of her death, which occurred in 1877. The Diller family were Butler county pioneers and suffered the hardships incident to the early years of pioneer life here. Mrs. Peas says that when they came here game of all kinds was plentiful.

To Mr. and Mrs. Peas have been born two children, as follows: Mrs. Eva L. Moore, Acres, Kans.; and Glayds.[sic] The younger daughter, Gladys, is a highly accomplished musician of unusual ability. She is a graduate of the Western Conservatory of Music of Chicago, having completed her studies in that institution in 1912, and now resides at home with her parents. The Peas family are members of the Lutheran church, and are well known and prominent in Butler county.

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