Napoleon B. Pike, farmer and stockman, was born May 10, 1856 in Washington County, Iowa and is a son of Charles and Maria (SALERS) Pike and was one of eleven children, seven of whom are living.The father of Napoleon Pike was born in New York State, Nov. 13, 1826. He came to Ohio with his parents and after his marriage went to Iowa. For a time he was engaged in a small mercantile business in Iowa, but later engaged in farming. He also farmed a place of his own near Atchison, Kan., where he removed in 1882, but his larger holdings were in Iowa. He died in 1903. The mother was born in New Jersey in 1836 and died in Atchison County, Kan. in 1898. Both were members of the Methodist Church.

Napoleon Pike grew up on his father's Iowa farm. He was married there and came to Kansas with his father in 1882. For a year he rented land in Doniphan County, Kan., when he came to Atchison County and rented a farm in Lancaster township. In 1907 he bought the forty-acre farm which he now works. When he took the place it had few improvements, but he has invested $8.000 since then and made a modern farm and keeps graded stock.

In 1878 he married Julia UTTERBACK who was born in Lancaster, Iowa, July 17, 1856. She is a daughter of Nels and Matilda Utterback, both natives of Indiana. To Mr. and Mrs. Pike have been born five children: as follows: Charles, Center township; Alta (HIGLEY) Center township and Walter, farmer, Lancaster township; Willard, farmer, Center township and Warren, deceased. Mr. Pike is a Republican and a member of the Christian Church of Atchison. He belongs to the Modern Woodmen of America at Atchison.

Taken from:

History of Atchison County, Kansas

by Sheffield Ingalls - 1916

Submitted by:

Clemi Higley Blackburn, September 2000