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. 561-562 transcribed by Travis, student from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on September 12, 2000.

James W. Moore

JAMES W. MOORE. - A representative farmer and stock raiser of Wyandotte county is James W. Moore, who owns a farm of one hundred and forty acres within its pleasant boundaries. He is a public spirited citizen and enjoys the regard and confidence of his fellow men, as has been indicated in many years, among them his elevation to public office, he being a former township treasurer and county commissioner of district No. 3.

Mr. Moore is a native of the state of Illinois, his birth having occured in Green county, that state, 0ctober 31, 1853. He is a son of James C. and Florence E. (Reed) Moore, both of whom were born in Kentucky. In 1847, a few years previous to the birth of him whose name inaugurates this review, they removed from the Blue Grass state to Green county, Illinois, where they purchased a farm and lived upon it until 1855, when they sold it and removed to Henry county, Missouri. James W. was at that time a baby. He was the fifth in order of birth in a family of six children, the other members of the family being: Joseph C., deceased; Anna, Margaret and Nathaniel, deceased; and George, of Kansas City, Kansas.

In Henry county, Missouri, the elder Mr. Moore bought a farm and he and his family resided upon it until 1862, when he returned to Green county, Illinois, his former home and there remained until 1866. In the year mentioned he went to Johnson county, Missouri, and bought a farm and continued to reside upon it and engage in its cultivation for more than a decade - until 1874 - a longer period than it had been his wont to remain in one place. In 1874, he sold his property and went to Wyandotte county, Kansas, where he bought two Indian farms, which were partly cleared, and here he remained for the rest of his life, his demise occurring in 1904 and that of his cherished and devoted wife in 1903.

Mr. Moore became acquainted with a number of states of the Union in the course of the peregrinations of his parents, and he secured his education in the district schools of various localities. He remained beneath the parental roof until by marriage he established one of his own and under the tutelage of his father became well grounded in the many departments of agriculture. On the 17th of September, 1876, he was united in marriage to Mrs. Ida Kiso, of Licking county, Ohio, daughter of Wilson and Hannah (Spellman) Pryor, the father born in Muskingum county, and the mother in Licking county, Ohio. After his marriage the young people removed to a farm of one hundred and forty acres, lying in sections 9, 10, 15 and 16, town 11, range 24. The farm was cleared at the time the subject removed to it, although only partially, it remaining for Mr. Moore to remove many stumps and build all the buildings which add to its value and convenience. After many years of personal activity, he has recently abandoned the more strenuous undertakings and his placed the conduct of the farm in the hands of his son. In his political affiliations he is a stanch and stalwart representative of the Republican party, having subscribed to its articles of faith since his earliest voting days. His public service has been of excellent character and has been as township trustee, treasurer and county commissioner. In his fraternal relations he belongs to the Modern Woodmem of America and the Central Protective Association. He and his family stand as popular and highly regarded members of society.

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