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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Francis O. Potter

FRANCIS O. POTTER, a native of Lawrence county, Indiana, was born in 1856. He came to Labette county in 1883, and has lived here ever since. He is at present residing in the southeast quarter of section 7, township 34, range 19, in Elm Grove township, where he carries on general farming.

B. H. Potter, his father, was born in Lawrence county, Indiana, in 1832, and came to Labette county in 1890. He is now a resident of Elm Grove township and lives just south of his son's place. He married Nancy Owens, who was born in Tennessee, in 1831. They were the parents of two children, - Francis 0. and Lawrence. Francis 0. Potter's mother died in June, 1901.

Francis O. Potter lived in Indiana until he removed to Kansas. He attended the public schools in his native county, and at an early age began to learn the occupation which has been his life pursuit, - that of farming. He has had a thorough training in agricultural matters, and is one of the most enterprising farmers in Labette county. In 1883 he located in Elm Grove township, where he bought a farm in section 19, township 34, range 19, one mile north of Edna. He lived there for eight years and then bought his present farm. Mr. Potter now owns 320 acres of land, which is in a fine state of cultivation. He carries on general farming, and also raises some stock and fruit. He has one of the most attractive farms in the county, and is well known as a man of honest and upright business principles.

Mr. Potter was united in marriage with Elmira C. Sears, who was born in Lawrence county, Indiana, in 1858. They have reared five children: Earl; Mabel; Charles; Bennie; and Clyde. In politics, Mr. Potter is a firm Republican, and, has served on the school board of his township for a number of years. He is a member of the Christian church.