Biographical History of Central Kansas, Vol. II, p. 1158
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902
Adam Collinge, who owns and operates a fine farm on section 8, Galt township, Rice county, claims Illinois as the state of his nativity, his birth having occurred in Peoria county, near Kickapoo, on July 6, 1865. His father, Job Collinge, was a well known citizen of Rice county for many years. He was born at Manchester, England, sixty-two years ago, and was there reared to manhood and served a three-years’ apprenticeship at the butcher’s trade. At the age of sixteen years he bade adieu to the home and friends of his native land and sailed for the United States. After his arrival in this country he first located in Peoria county, Illinois, where he followed farming, and was there married to Jane Greanalgh, who was also born near Manchester, England. She was six years of age when she came to the new world, and was reared and educated in Illinois. Her father, John Greanalgh, was also a native of England. At the outbreak of the Civil war Job Collinge proved his loyalty to his adopted country by donning the blue in defense of the Union, becoming a member of the Forty-seventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, in which he served for four years. He was a brave and loyal soldier and nobly did his duty in defending the stars and stripes. In 1879 he came to Rice county, Kansas, locating on Cow Creek, in Atlanta township. In 1881 he located on a homestead of eighty acres, but as time passed he added to his property until he owned a large and well improved farm. Since coming to the United States, Mr Collinge has five times visited his native land, and is there at the present time, 1901. His wife died January 20, 1894, at the age of fifty years. They were the parents of six children, - Adam, the subject of this review; Jesse, a resident of Livingston county, Illinois; John, of Oklahoma; Joseph, who resides in Minnesota; James, of Geneseo, (Rice county); and Frank, also of Livingston county, Illinois.
Adam Collinge spent the first fourteen years of his life in Peoria county, Illinois, and then came to Rice county, Kansas, where he continued his education in the common schools of the neighborhood. He subsequently removed to Leadville, Colorado, where he spent eight years. In 1892 he returned to Rice county and in December of that year he was united in marriage to Minnie Laura Pickerill, who was born in Jackson county, Missouri, but was reared and educated in Rice county. She is a daughter of T J and Jane (Scott) Pickerill. The father died in Victoria township, this county, in 1901, but the mother still resides on the old homestead. The marriage of Mr and Mrs Collinge has been blessed with five children, but one son died in infancy. The four living are: Jane, Floyd Elmer, Ethel Christine and Claud Percy.
Mr Collinge now owns a valuable farm of two hundred acres, located on section 18, Galt township, where he is extensively engaged in general farming. His farm is one of the finest in central Kansas. The success which has attended his efforts is the outcome of persistent effort, unfaltering purpose and honorable methods, qualities which in every land and in every clime will win prosperity. Both he and his wife hold membership in the Church of Christ, and he gives a loyal support to the principles of the Republican party.