Page 690, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


J. W. Vinson, a prominent farmer and stockman of Logan township, is a native of Illinois, born November 21, 1864. He is a son of James C. and Mary Ellen (Vickery) Vinson, both of whom came from England with their respective parents at an early age. J. W. Vinson is one of a family of six children, as follows: Mrs. Ella Eyers, Aurora, Ill.; Mrs. Emma Devereaux, Yorkville, Ill.; Walden, Yorkville, Ill.; Mrs. Elydia Heap, Minooka, Ill.; Richard, Yorkville, Ill.; and J. W., the subject of this sketch.

Mr. Vinson was reared in Illinois and received a good common school education. He was married, in 1889, to Miss Anna M. Bundy, a native of Illinois and of English descent. To Mr. and Mrs. Vinson have been born seven children, as follows: Mrs. Florence Dunn, Latham, Kans.: Clarence, Latham, Kans.; Clara Kelly, Atlanta, Kans.; John, Latham, Kans.; J. C., Latham; Frank, Latham; and Alva, Latham.

In 1908, Mr. Vinson came to Butler county with his family, and bought 240 acres of land in Logan township, where he has since been successfully engaged in general farming and stock raising. His place is known as "Vinson Ranch," and is one of the best farms in Butler county. It is well watered by natural springs and an ideal stock farm. Mr. Vinson has his place well stocked with cattle and hogs, and is quite an extensive alfalfa raiser. His land is easily worth $100 per acre, and in conformity with the general trend of land values, is gradually increasing in value. Mr. Vinson is an enthusiastic Butler county booster, and belongs to that progressive class of agriculturists who are meeting with well earned success by the application of combined practical and scientific farming methods, and who are neither faddists nor fogies. He is a strong advocate of the value of sweet clover, as a suitable crop for semi-arid districts, and is of the opinion that in the near future it will be a boon to that section of Kansas, which receives an uncertain and meager amount of moisture, although he contends, that the soil in this section of Kansas will hold moisture much longer than the average soil. He is a strong advocate of good roads, and is one of the progressive and substantial citizens of Butler county.

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