Page 776-777, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


Wellington Sowers, a prominent Butler county farmer and stockman who has been a conspicuous success, was born in Coshocton county, Ohio. His parents were Adam and Elizabeth (Malloy) Sowers, the former a native of Germany. They were the parents of four children, as follows: Adam M., died at Leon, Kans., at the age of forty-one, and left a widow, who now resides in Oklahoma; Wellington S., the subject of this sketch; Frank, Warsaw, Ohio, and Mrs. Laura Lowery, Warsaw. Ohio.

Wellington Sowers was educated in the common schools of his native State, and after leaving school, worked by the month for thirteen years in Ohio and Kansas, and worked during that time for only two or three men. He says he "stole" the last employer's girl, for whom he worked, and has her yet. Mr. Sowers came to Kansas in 1885 and bought 520 acres in Bloomington township where he now lives. Since then, he has added 240 acres more to his holdings in Bloomington and


Logan townships, and has followed farming and stock raising. His places are well improved with good dwelling houses, barns, feed granaries, etc. He usually keeps about 100 head of cattle, among which are some registered shorthorns, and twenty head of horses and mules, and sells a carload, or more, of hogs annually.

Mr. Sowers was married in April, 1890, to Mollie Butts of Little Walnut township. Her father, D. G. Butts, came to Butler county in 1870, and located in Spring township. He died in May, 1915. He was a prominent stockman and farmer, and well known throughout southern Kansas. Her mother, Rachel Butts, lives on the home farm.

Mr. and Mrs. Sowers have one son, Archie G., who married Grace Snodgrass, of Little Walnut. They are living on the home place in Bloomington township. Mr. Sowers is a progressive, public spirited citizen, and belongs to that type of men who do things every day. To the industry and ability of such men, Butler county owes its greatness.

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