Charles Isaacs, sheriff of Jackson county, is a native of Missouri. He was born in Buchanan county, May 22, 1855, and is a son of William and Sarah (Norris) Isaacs, natives of North Carolina. In the early days of the Santa Fe trail, William Isaacs, then a young man, went to New Mexico. While there he became familiar with the Spanish language, and when the Mexican war broke out he rendered invaluable service to the United States officers by reason of his knowledge of that language. He accompanied the American army, acting as an interpreter, and was present at the capture of the City of Mexico. At the close of the war he located in Buchanan county, Missouri, where he remained until 1860, when he came to Kansas and settled in Jackson county with his family, he having been here alone and located land the previous year. The first home of the Isaacs family in Jackson county was a primitive log cabin where they lived during the first few years, until it was replaced by a modern structure. After a residence in this State of about three years, the father died and Charles, whose name introduces this review, being the only boy, much of the responsibility of supporting the family fell to him. There were three sisters in the family, and he remained at home with his mother and helped care for them. He met with the various obstacles in the way of drouths, grasshoppers, etc., incident to the early days in Kansas, but he worked hard and later success began to come to him. He bought the interest of the other heirs in the homestead, which consisted of 120 acres, and has added to this until he now has one of the finest farms in Jackson county, which adjoins the town of Hoyt. He has followed farming and stock raising extensively and has been uniformly successful. While a resident of Franklin township, he served as township trustee two terms, and later held that office for two terms in Douglas township. Sheriff Isaac is a Democrat, and for a number of years has been active in the political life of Jackson county. He received his party's nomination for sheriff in 1910, and was elected by a satisfactory majority, and in 1912 was re-nominated and again elected and is now serving in that capacity. He was married September 14, 1882, to Miss Dora Clark, a native of Coshocton, Ohio. She is a daughter of Gabriel and Rebecca (English) Clark, also natives of Ohio. To Mr. and Mrs. Isaacs have been born four children: Clarence R., married Aletha Talbert, of Jackson county, and they have two children, Francis and Raymond; LeRoy Isaacs, a student at the State Normal School at Emporia; Erma Isaacs, married W. Edwin Smith, a farmer of Shawnee county, and Laura, a student in the Holton schools. Mr. Isaac is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and the family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church, and take an active interest in the work and welfare of that organization.Pages 234-235 from a supplemental volume of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed October 2002 by Carolyn Ward. This volume is identified at the Kansas State Historical Society as microfilm LM196. It is a single volume 3.
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