Page 731-732, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


Robert E. Templeton, a large land owner of Sycamore township, and one of the most extensive cattlemen in Butler county, is a native of Ohio. He was born in Greenfield, March 17, 1874, and is a son of John B. and Catherine Templeton, natives of Ohio. The father was quite an extensive cattleman in Ohio, before coming to Kansas. In


1884, the family came to this State, first settling in Coffey county, near Burlington. They remained there but a short time, however, when they came to Butler county, where the father purchased the Blaker ranch in Sycamore township. This is one of the famous cattle ranches of the early days, in Butler county, and was formerly known as the Skinner ranch. It contains 800 acres, and is an ideal location for the cattle business. The father carried on an extensive business here during his life time, and raised and fed both cattle and sheep extensively. He died in 1909, and the mother now resides in El Dorado. They were the parents of the following children: Mrs. Melva Evans, Denver, Colo.; Mrs. Anna Wilbur, El Dorado, Kans.; J. C. Templeton, Lewisville, Ark., and R. E. Templeton, the subject of this sketch.

At the death of his father, Robert E. bought the home ranch and is continuing the cattle business there, and is meeting with well merited success. He is a cattleman from the ground up, having been reared in that line of business, he is familiar with the many angles of it, which would be strange and new to a tenderfoot. He is feeding about three hundred head of cattle, as this article is written, and he has about 225 acres devoted to general farming, exclusive of his pasture land where he raises feed for his cattle. He does his marketing most advantageously at the Kansas City stock yards.

Mr. Templeton was married September 7, 1904, to Miss Grace H. Young, a daughter of C. C. and Mary E. Young of De Graff, Kans. They have two children: Edgar A., born November 4, 1906, and John C., born September 8, 1909. Mr. Templeton takes a prominent part in the local political affairs of his township, and has served as trustee two terms, and has been a member of the school board ever since he was twenty-one years old. He is one of Butler county's representative citizens who have won a reputation for doing things.

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