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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John A. Jamison

JOHN A. JAMISON, a highly respected agriculturist of Labette county, Kansas, living in Mound Valley township, in the northwest quarter of section 23, township 32, range 18, was born in Kentucky, in 1845, in the town of Clay Village, Shelby county. He is a son of Allen and Jane (Cline) Jamison.

Allen Jamison is now eighty-four years old. In 1850 he moved to Missouri, where he worked at his trade, that of a blacksmith, while his sons took care of the farm. Mr. Jamison was wedded to Jane Cline, who was a native of Kentucky, and whose death occurred in Missouri, in 1900, at the age of seventy-four years. They reared eight children, namely: E. T., who lives in the northeast corner of Mound Valley township; John A., the subject of this sketch; Samuel, who is a farmer in Washington; Mary E. (Holmes), who lives in Missouri; J. T., who is engaged in mercantile business in that state; Charles and George, both residents of Missouri; and Theodosia, who died in Missouri.

John A. Jamison, whose name heads this sketch, attended the common schools of Missouri. He and his brother, E. T., served in the state home guard for three years, spending one and one-half years in camp. Mr. Jamison followed farming in Missouri until his removal to Labette county, Kansas. In the fall of 1869, Mr. Jamison took a claim in section 12, township 32, range 18, in Osage township. He returned to St. Joseph, Missouri, where he spent the winter of 1870, and since that time has permanently resided in Labette county. He located on his present farm in Mound Valley township, in 1891, and has expended over $1,500 in improvements on the place. When he bought it, it was in the hands of a mortgage company, and had been settled by Frank Harper. The soil is rich and compact, being underlaid by strata of water-bearing gravel. A creek and springs supply water in the corral, near the barn, and there are also cisterns and wells on the place. Mr. Jamison has two acres of orchard, and about 100 acres of wheat. He raises grain and stock, mainly. He breeds Poland-China hogs, and white-faced cattle, and also raises horses for general use. Mr. Jamison is a practical business man, and has a thorough knowledge of farming matters. He takes a great interest in the affairs of the county, and the township, and is now serving as road master of the township.

Mr. Jamison married Eliza Tallman, who was born in Ohio in 1857. They have been blessed with five children, namely: Ella, who is at home; T. W., who lives in Oklahoma, and is engaged with the Carbon Light Company, of Wichita, Kansas; George L., who is employed in the steel works at Pueblo, Colorado; Arthur, who is home; and Jane, who died at the age of two years.

Mr. Jamison is a Republican in politics. He has served as trustee of his township. He attends the Methodist church at Hopewell, in Labette township. Mr. Jamison is a loyal and upright citizen, and his friends in Labette county are many.