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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G. H. Kile

G. H. KILE, deceased. This gentleman was for many years one of the foremost farmers living in Mound Valley township, Labette county, Kansas. He resided in the southeast quarter of section 31, township 32, range 18, - the farm which his wife has managed since his death. Mr. Kile was born on the south branch of the Potomac River, in Virginia, in 1834. He came of a well known family of that state, his father having lived there a number of years. One sister lives in Illinois at the present writing, and five of his brothers served in the War of the Rebellion.

Mr. Kile followed farming in his native state for a number of years, and in April, 1872, moved to Labette county, Kansas, his wife and family following him in November of that year. Here he took up the farm on which his wife now resides. This was partly improved; about 60 acres of the land had been broken, and wheat had been planted. Some hedge had been set out, and maple trees along the driveway, now large, were at that time small bushes. Twenty-five peach trees had been set out, and the farm now yields abundant fruit. The quarter-section of land is finely improved, and a large house and outbuildings add greatly to the general appearance of the place, making it one of the most attractive and substantial farms in the county. Mr. Kile carried on general farming until his death, which occurred in February, 1890. He was a man of great thrift and energy, and took much pride in making his farm one of the finest in his section. He was an active and loyal citizen, giving his assistance to all public enterprises which were for the good of the community, and his death was deeply mourned by all.

Mr. Kile was united in marriage with Rebecca J. Haigler, who was born in Pendleton county, West Virginia, in 1834. She is a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Haigler, who had three boys and four girls born to them. The youngest son, Elijah M., lived for many years in Ohio, and died in Labette county in 1900, aged seventy-three years. James W. and John M. moved to Iowa, and died there. Lucinda H. (Judy) died in Illinois. Joanna and Sophia, twins, died in Virginia. Lavina became Mrs. Terwilleger. Mrs. Kile's father, John Haigler, was born March 30, 1791, and died in Labette county, after a residence of eighteen months, March 24, 1875. Her mother, Phoebe (Skidmore) Haigler, was born November 27, 1798, and died in Virginia, January 10, 1873. This worthy couple were married in October, 1829.

Mr. and Mrs. Kile are the parents of four children, namely: John H., who attends school at Baldwin; Delia Virginia (Titsworth), who lives at home, and has one daughter, - Carrie Hazel; William C., who married a daughter of W. H. Eakins, and is at home; and Charles Lee, who married Miss Dingfelder, and lives one mile from the old homestead.

Mr. Kile was a stanch Democrat in politics. Both he and his wife were members of a mutual benefit association. In religious views, Mr. Kile was a Methodist. His wife was a member of the United Brethren church, although she recently joined the Methodist church at Mound Valley, with a son and daughter. Mrs. Kile has successfully managed her husband's farm, with the assistance of her son, and keeps everything in good condition. She is well known in the vicinity for her womanly qualities, and many good deeds.