Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm. Scanned from a copy held by the State Library of Kansas.
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L.M. Rishel is one of the rising farmers of Summit township. He is a native of Illinois, born in Henry county in 1858, and a son of Benjamin Franklin and Martha Jane (Burdine) Rishel. His father was a native of Pennsylvania, born in 1835. Mr. Rishel's grandfather emigrated from Germany, his native land, and settled among the Pennsylvania Dutch of that state in an early day. His maternal grandparents came from England and also settled in Pennsylvania. The Rishels emigrated to Illinois, where L.M. Rishel, one of their nine children, was born. When he was nine years old they moved to Johnson county, Missouri. In 1873 they emigrated westward and settled in Dallas county, Iowa. Three years later Mr. Rishel came to Kansas and bought a farm eleven miles west of Beloit, where he lived six years.

In 1888 he married Amanda, a daughter of that worthy and much esteemed pioneer, Allan Teasley. To Mr. and Mrs. Rishel two little daughters have been born, Flora May and Rhoda Fern, aged respectively, twelve and ten years.

Mr. Rishel's farm, which he bought three years ago and where he now lives, consists of one hundred and sixty acres, which is mostly wheat land. The school building of district No. 54, is located on his farm. Mr. Rishel votes with the Populist party. The family are members of the United Brethren church, Honey Creek congregation. Mr. Rishel is an honest, industrious farmer and highly respected citizen.