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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Erastus A. Milliken

ERASTUS A. MILLIKEN. This gentleman is the well known and efficient postmaster of Valeda, Labette county, Kansas. He has been a resident of this county since 1882, and is owner of a well improved farm in Howard township. He was born in Shelby county, Illinois, in 1871, and is a son of H. F. and Mary A. (Jones) Milliken.

H. F. Milliken was a native of Shelby county, and was born in 1850. He was a prominent farmer of Labette county for many years. He married Mary A. Jones, who was born in Spencer county, Indiana. They reared three children: Erastus A.; Bertha G.; and Ada M.

Erastus A. Milliken, whose name heads this biography, was eleven years old when his parents removed to Labette county, where they located, two miles northeast of the town of Edna. After residing there seventeen months they moved to Howard township, and there Mr. Milliken lived until he reached the age of nineteen years. He spent one year in Illinois, and returned to Howard township in 1890, where he farmed until March, 1900. His farm is the southwest quarter of section 29, township 34, range 18. He now rents part of this farm, and on the remainder carries on general farming for himself. He was appointed postmaster of Valeda, January 5, 1901, and bids fair to hold this position several terms.

Mr. Milliken married Mellie M. Townsend, who was born in Indiana in 1872. They have one child, - Charles M. Mr. Milliken is a Republican in politics, and takes an active interest in all local affairs. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America, Valeda Lodge, No. 7511 ; and also to Edna Lodge, No. 368, I. 0. 0. F. He is a member of the Anti-Horsethief Association. Mr. Milliken attends the Methodist church. He is a man of honest and upright principles, and is held in high esteem by his fellow citizens.