JOSEPH H. TREGO                      GRAVESTONE PHOTO                      

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





DR. J. H. TREGO, proprietor of abstract books, was born in Bucks County, Penn., May 9, 1823, where he was raised and received his education. In 1843, he emigrated to Mercer County, Ill., where he farmed for three years, after which he began the study of medicine, reading for some time. He returned to Pennsylvania, and graduated at the Jefferson Medical College, of Philadelphia, in 1849. He then located in Mercer County, Ill., where he practiced medicine until 1857, when he came to Kansas and located at Mound City, where he engaged at saw milling for sometime, and made the lumber and shingles for the first buildings erected in the town. In 1861, he enlisted in Company D, Fifth Regiment Kansas Cavalry, as First Lieutenant. He resigned in 1862, and accepted a position in the quartermaster's department, where he served until the close of the war, when he returned to Mound City and engaged in various pursuits until 1866, when he was appointed County Treasurer, to fill a vacancy. He was married in Mercer County, Ill., August 22, 1850, to Miss Alice Manington, of Illinois. They have nine children -Kate L., Eleanor, Helen W., Rebecca W., Sophia M., M. Louis, Satie (sic), Octie and Martha.