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 W. Mason

JOHN W. MASON, a highly respected farmer living in the southeast quarter of section 25, township 34, range 18, in Howard township, Labette county. Kansas, is a native of Dearborn county, Indiana. He was born In 1835, and is a son of Nicholas and Mary (Overly) Mason.

Nicholas Mason was born in Westmoreland county, Pennsylvania, and followed the occupation of a farmer. He wedded Mary Overly, who was also born in Pennsylvania. After their marriage they went to Indiana, in the fall of 1819. They reared the following children, namely: Isaac E., Nicholas; Joseph; Margaret; Lydia; and John W., the subject of this sketch.

John W. Mason was reared and schooled in his native state, and while there learned the trade of a stone-mason, which he followed most of the time during his residence in Indiana. He removed to Labette county, Kansas, November 8, 1882, and located in Edna, where he lived two years. He then settled in Canada township and lived there six years. He bought his present farm in 1892, and has followed farming on that place ever since. He is well known and highly esteemed as one of the best farmers in the township. A man of upright principles, he treats all his fellow men honestly and considerately, - dealing with all in a straightforward manner.

Mr. Mason was united in marriage with Margaret Weslow, who was born in Germany, in 1834. They have been blessed with seven children, namely: Harman, deceased; Joseph, who lives at home; Charles; Eugene E.; Mary; Anna; and Cora.

Mr. Mason has always voted the Democratic ticket, and takes an active interest in local politics, although he has never aspired to office. He belongs to the Methodist Episcopal church.