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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C. F. Preston

C. F. PRESTON, a well known livery man located in Edna, Labette county, Kansas, has been a resident of the county since 1881. He was born in Monroe county, New York, in 1850. His father was J. Preston, also a native of that state.

J. Preston was a farmer by occupation, and married Sarah Eldridge, who was also a native of New York. This union resulted in the birth of the following children: Frank; C. F., the subject of this sketch; Emma and Nelson, deceased; William, who is a music teacher at Edna, Kansas; Josephine; Mary; and Henry.

C. F. Preston was reared in his native state, where he attended the common schools of Monroe county. He spent a good deal of his time on the water, while young, and in 1872 removed to Michigan, where he was engaged in the lumber business for a period of eight years. In 1881 Mr. Preston moved to Edna, Kansas, where he was engaged in the stock business until 1888, when he built the livery stable which he now conducts. He has carried on this business ever since, and is well known in Elm Grove township and the vicinity. Mr. Preston is a thorough business man, and devotes all his time to his work. He has numerous patrons, and to these he gives prompt and ready attention. He has a number of good horses, and does a large business.

Mr. Preston first married Mary Dennison, of Coldwater, Michigan. She died, leaving one son, Arley H. Mr. Preston wedded, as his second wife, Mrs. Katie Bennett, who is a native of Kentucky, where she was born in 1858. They have reared the following children, namely: Earl; Oscar; Ernest; and Jessie. Mr. Preston belongs to Edna Lodge, A. F. & A. M., No. 345; and also to the M. W. of A., Edna Lodge, No. 1636. He is a member of the Baptist church. Mr. Preston is a loyal and upright citizen, and is highly respected as such.