Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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Martin Haggard

MARTIN HAGGARD. Montana township, Labette county, Kansas, is composed mainly of representative men from all sections of the Union, who have sought homes in the Sunflower State. In every community there are men who have made farming a lifelong study, have finished their part in the arduous duties of daily life, and have fought the battle, winning only after severe and exhausting effort. Such men and such characters as above described make up the farming element of Labette county.

Martin Haggard is one of the many prominent and progressive farmers of Montana township. He was born near Springfield, Illinois, in 1836. The early part of his life was spent on a farm, and later in life he followed the carpenter's trade, thus doubly fitting himself for the battle of life. He came to Montana township, Labette county, Kansas, in 1866, and purchased his present home, - the north half of the southeast quarter of section 30. Using his own knowledge of the carpenter's trade, he built his house and improved his farm by his own labor. He is a member of the Anti-Horsethief Association, Labette Lodge, No. 23.

Mr. Haggard's parents, Aaron and Sallie (Steal) Haggard, were both born in Clark county, Kentucky. After their marriage they removed to Sangamon county, Illinois, located near Springfield, and engaged in farming. They reared 10 children, of whom all but three are deceased. Martin (second) is the only one living in Kansas. Zerilda Ruldey (Hazlett) lives on the old farm near Springfield, and Sallie (Robinson) resides at Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Martin Haggard married Catherine Tiger, who is now deceased; the issue of this union was one child, Ada May, deceased. He married, for his second wife, Sallie Smalley, who was born in Ohio.