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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E. M. Pressey

E. M. PRESSEY, a well-known farmer of Hackberry township, has been a resident of Labette county, Kansas, since 1870. He has lived a very industrious and frugal life, and has laid by a handsome competency. He was born in Michigan, in 1842, and is a son of E. B. and Julia (Cleland) Pressey.

E. B. Pressey and his wife had seven children, of whom two are now living, namely: Emma; and E. M., the subject of this biographical record.

E. M. Pressey resided in his native state until he reached the age of twenty-one years. He enlisted in the army in 1861, and served four years in Company B, 9th Reg., Mich. Vol. Inf. He drove through by wagon from South Bend, Indiana, to Labette county, in 1870, and located in Elm Grove township, where he staked out a claim. He built a cabin, 12 by 14 feet in size, on his claim, made many other improvements, and lived upon it for three years. In 1883 he moved on his present farm in Hackberry township, section 4, township 35, range 20. It was owned by A. J. Barnes. He has resided on this property ever since, and carries on general farming with much success. He brought the second threshing machine ever taken into Labette county, and has run a thresher for the past thirty-eight years. He is a Republican in politics, and served as constable of Elm Grove township for two years, and on the school board of Hackberry township for three years.

Mr. Pressey was united in marriage with Sarah Bailey, who was born in Fulton county, Indiana, in 1848, and they have reared three children, as follows: Nina E.; Irma V.; and Julia C. Religiously, he and his family are members of the Presbyterian church.