Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 731-732 transcribed by Terry Conder, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on January 19, 2001.

Belton J. Luther

BELTON J. LUTHER. - Honesty is the best policy. That truism has been corroborated and vindicated and exemplified many times. Perhaps the one characteristic that is most conspicuous in Belton J. Luther is his absolute honesty. He believes it to be the best policy, but that is not his reason for being honest. It is a question whether anyone who is honest simply from policy ever succeeded very much. Mr. Luther is honest simply because his nature will not permit him to be anything else.

Belton J. Luther was born in Georgia in 1871. His father, Samuel Luther, was born in North Carolina in 1835, and was a farmer in that state. He served for three years in the Civil war in the Confederate army and after the war was ended found his home all broken up and so removed to Tennessee. He was a Democrat in politics, and a member of the Methodist church, and was a very good man. He died in 1873. His wife was Martha Hawkins and she survived him twenty-eight years, departing this life in 1901.

Belton J. Luther was only two years old when his father died and he was brought up very lovingly and carefully by his mother and his ten brothers and sisters, seven of whom are now living, 1911. He attended the public schools in Tennessee and worked on the farm besides. In 1892, when he was twenty-one years old, he came to Wyandotte county, Kansas, and secured a farm at Bonner Springs where he was most successful. He now has forty acres of land which is located on the rock road known as the Parallel, and he is a well known and respected citizen of Wyandotte county and during the twenty years he has lived here has made many friends.

In 1899 Mr. Luther was married to Miss Rosa Montgomery, a young lady of Wyandotte county, whose father was a farmer. The prosperity of a nation depends upon a large proportion of its people cultivating the soil, Mr. Luther, as one of the farmers of Kansas is an important factor in aiding the agricultural interests of the United States. There is no line of work which so readily shows the results of one's labors as in farming. Mr. Luther has worked hard and has already reaped some results and doubtless will prosper still more.

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