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Fendrick, Andrew. Among citizens of Macon township, Harvey county, Kansas, of German birth none is more popular or more highly respected than Andrew Fendrick, a farmer in section 30 of that township, whose post office address is Halstead and who was born in Baden, Germany, November 30, 1847, and reared to the work of a practical farmer. Mr. Fendrick attended the public school in his native land until he was fourteen years old and in 1868 he and his sister came to the United States, landing at New York city, after a steamer voyage of fifteen days. They had a cousin in Marshall county, Illinois, and they joined him and soon Mr. Fendrick was employed at farm work at twenty dollars a month, which is four times as much as he would have received in Germany for the same sevice. He remained with his employer two years and in 1870 began farming as a tenant. He had saved enough money, after repaying an advance made to cover his expenses to cross the ocean, to begin for himself in a small way, and had bought a team of horses with money which he had earned in the fall of 1869 at husking and marketing a crop of corn at ten cents a bushel. For one year after he began farming for himself he lived with his cousin. Then he took another farm, on which he kept house for himself until he was married. September 24, 1874, he married Paulina Krehl, who was born in Prussia, on January 7, 1852, and had come to America in August, 1865. For a time after her arrival in this country she lived with an uncle in Calumet county, Wisconsin. In 1868 she went to live with her sister in Marshall county, Illinois, where she met and married Mr. Fendrick. For nine years after his marriage Mr. Fendrick worked a rented farm in Peoria county, Illinois. In January, 1883, he went to Macon township, Harvey county, Kansas, where he bought two hundred and forty acres in section 30, for nine thousand dollars, involving himself in debt to the amount of six thousand dollars in the transaction. The farm was improved and provided with ample buildings of all kinds and was productive, and it was managed by Mr. Fendrick to such good advantage that in 1899 he was entirely out of debt. He devotes his land to general farming, sowing one hundred and fifty acres with wheat, of which he raised three thousand bushels in 1901. He raises horses and mules and usually has on hand eight or ten horses and about twenty head of cattle. While he farmed in Illinois he made money with hogs, but he has not handled them extensively in Kansas. Andrew and Paulina (Krehl) Fendrick have four children, as follows: Their daughter Bertha is the wife of John Baumgartner. Their daughter Minnie married John Schlender, of Mound Ridge, Kansas. Their son Joseph and their daughter Anna are members of their parents' household. Bertha and Minnie were both married in the church of their family, October 12, 1898, and eleven months and two weeks later both gave birth to sons; each has a daughter, and, as has been noticed, the husband of each is John. In politics Mr. Fendrick is a Democrat and as such he has been elected member of his township school board. He and his wife are identified with the Evangelical church, in which he has served officially as trustee and as a Sunday-school superintendent. Mr. and Mrs. Fendrick labored arduously and faithfully to acquire their fine home and valuable property and are rightfully taking life more easily now than they did in former years. They feel that they have reason to be thankful not only for their material possessions but for their worthy and interesting children. In the fall of 1901 they visited their old home in Illinois and other points of interest in the east. (Biographical History of Central Kansas: 1902, pp. 610-611).
Franklin, John H. (1871 Pioneer) (Burrton Township) - One of the pioneers of Burrton township, and probably the oldest farmer who has won for himself a place among the prosperous agriculturists in this portion of the country, is John H. Franklin, who first opened his eyes to the light of day in Pennsylvania on the 5th of February, 1833. He is of Irish lineage, but his parents are natives of this country. His father was born in 1796, in Long Meadow near Boston, Massachusetts, who during the War of 1812 engaged in teaming, and in 1813, when a lad of seventeen years of age, left home to become a sailor, the ship on which served running to and from the West Indies and other islands along the coast. For seven and one-half years he pursued this life, but finally left the water and engaged in working at iron smelting and forging at Middle Sligo, Pennsylvania, where he remained for eighteen years. While there he met and won for his wife Miss Susanna Womer, who lived at Bald Eagle Furnace. They were the parents of nine children, of whom four are now living. They lost an infant son and a daughter of about three years of age, and three sons were killed in the Civil War namely: Joseph Franklin, Erastus Franklin (who died from wounds sustained in the war), and William Franklin, who contracted a disease while in camp, from which he did not recover. The children now living are: John H. Franklin, the subject of this review; Jerry Irving Franklin, who is now living in Oklahoma with his family; and George Franklin, a carpenter living in Iowa. The two latter sons served in the war of the Rebellion, Jerry remaining in the service during the entire period of the struggle between the north and south. Eliza Jane Franklin, the only surviving daughter, married Joseph Holland and is living on the old homestead in Pennsylvania. The parents are both passed away in Van Buren County, Iowa; the father in 1873, his wife surviving him but a short time. John H. Franklin received a most limited schooling and was early taught the labors and duties that fall to the lot of the agriculturist. Until the time of his marriage he remained at home, working at lumbering at the old water-power sawmill in Cambridge county, Pennsylvania. October 18, 1852, when twenty years of age, he was joined in marriage to Margaret J. Hollen, a native of Pennsylvania, who was born July 23, 1827. She is now in her seventy-fifth year, yet is able to attend to the duties of her own home. She was the mother of ten children, of whom six are now living, namely; Erastus Franklin, who is at home operating the farm with the assistance of his brother Charles E Franklin; Samuel Franklin, a resident of eastern Kansas, who has one son (Charles Edward Franklin, born in Decatur county, Iowa, March 30, 1860, living on the home farm); L. I. Franklin, a stone-mason and plasterer; Susan Franklin, wife of Joseph McKenry, of Burrton township, and mother of two children; and Benjamin Franklin, a traveling man, who has two sons. The children who are deceased are: Lucy Franklin, the second child in order of birth, born in Pennsylvania September 31, 1854, and died in Iowa in 1855; Elizabeth Franklin, who died in 1877, having lost her infant child; John Franklin, who succumbed to an attack of diphtheria when five years of age; and Robert Franklin, who died at the age of twenty months, within eight days after the family arrived at Burrton. John H. & Margaret Franklin arrived in Kansas on the 8th of April, 1871, with their family and all their worldly possessions, which consisted of a pair of good horses, one cow and one dollar in cash. On a barren tract of eighty acres of open prairie land he erected an abode for his family, a little log cabin twelve by sixteen feet. Their only neighbors were the family of John Blades, who had also settled in this section of the country, and these two men began the test of cultivating this unimproved land. The vegetation was scant: no trees or shrubs were to be seen nearer than those on the sand hills or along the little Arkansas river, but in spite of the discouraging outlook they labored unceasingly. In time trees were planted, fields and pastures were laid out, and the land was transformed into a flourishing and productive farm. Mr. Franklin now has a large grove of cottonwood, walnut, honey locust and hackberry trees, as well as an orchard of three acres. Everything about the homestead, from the comfortable residence and substantial barns and outbuildings to the well tilled fields rich with golden harvests, indicates the careful supervision and indefatigable labor of the owner. Mr. Franklin also purchased eighty acres of land adjoining his farm, but afterward sold it. Politically Mr. Franklin is a Populist from the Republican ranks, having voted for Fremont in Iowa, and twice for Abraham Lincoln. He prefers not to hold office, but for nine years, however, served on the school board in Kansas, and was also elected road supervisor, performing his duties with such intelligence and industry that he is considered the most competent man that has held the office. Both Mr. and Mrs. Franklin are consistent members of the Christian Church, and are greatly beloved by all who know them. The family were for three years residents of Washington territory and while there voted for the administration of it as a state. (Biographical History of Central Kansas: 1902, pp. 719-720).
Frayne, R. I. - (Burrton). R. I. Frayne enlisted October 9, 1861 as private in Co. F. 22nd Kentucky Volunteers, afterwards transferred to veteran reserve corps, was promoted to Lieutenant. Was wounded by a minnie ball in the Army of the Cumberland. (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday September 22, 1882. Page 2). Cemetery Records do not show that Mr. Frayne is buried in Burrton, but he purchased a plot for Anna I. Frayne, born June 18, 1799 and died February 13, 1880 (Burrton Cemetery, Burrton Kansas, Block 3 Lot 42 Grave 5). "Mrs. Frayne is making some improvements on her residence" (The Burrton Monitor, Friday, June 29, 1883, Page 3). "Captain R. I. Frayne was a caller at the Monitor office Monday morning." (The Burrton Monitor, Friday, January 11, 1884, Page 3). "Captain Frayne attended court in Hutchinson this week." (The Burrton Monitor, Friday, January 25, 1884, Page 3).
Friend, J. - (Burrton). J. Friend enlisted in the 15th Missouri Infantry on November 30th, 1863. Served two years. Was in battles at Resaca, Bulls Gap, Nashville, and Franklin, and several skirmishes. (Our Old Soldiers, written by A. Perry, G.A.R., published in the Burrton Monitor, Friday September 22, 1882. Page 2).