William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas





I. N. HOLLOWAY, Postmaster and dealer in real estate and town property, came to Kansas in June, 1869, brought everything he owned in a wagon, the entire outfit invoicing about $500. He rented a farm, and in 1870 took a homestead four miles from Neosho Falls, and engaged in farming for several years. He was elected County Clerk in the fall of 1873, and served three consecutive terms. He has been honored as delegate to State conventions several times. He served in 1881 from February to July 1, as State Aid Commissioner for the distribution of $25,000 worth of aid appropriated by an act of the Legislature. He engaged in the real estate business from 1879 until appointed Postmaster at Yates Center, which position he has filled since July 1, 1882. He was born in Mercer County, Penn., October 11, 1831; is the son of Ira and Esther Holloway. He lived in his native county twenty-four years, then moved to Independence, Jackson County, Mo., and was in the vicinity of Independence during the border war of 1856. He moved to Council Bluffs in the spring 1857, and in the fall of 1858 went with seventeen wagons and sixty miners, to Colorado; prospected and mined for one year. He returned to Omaha, and the next spring went to Ottumwa, Iowa, and engaged in farming until August, 1862, when he enlisted in Company H, Thirty-sixty Iowa Volunteer Infantry; was mustered in at Keokuk, Iowa, October 4, 1862. He did border service until the first general engagement took place at Helena, Ark., July 4, 1863; was afterward in several battles and was in Steele's expedition in 1864. He was on detached service in the fall of 1863, as Sergeant of Engineers, until mustered out in September, 1865. He returned to Ottumwa and conducted a hotel one mile west of town, until the spring of 1869, when he emigrated to Kansas. He was married in Washington, Iowa, October 24, 1865, to Mary J. Scott, a native of Pennsylvania, and daughter of Alva and Jane Scott. She is an intelligent and accomplished lady, educated at Washington College, Iowa. They have five children--Bertha E. and Myrtle I., twins, Elma P., Minnie E. and Clara Grace. They are both members of the Presbyterian Church. He is a member of the I. O. O. F.