Henry Sethman, now deceased, was one of the highly respected citizens of Harper county. He was a native of Germany, born August 19, 1841, at Hanover, and died at Waldron, Kans., April 3, 1913. Mr. Sethman immigrated to America in 1870, settling in Benton county, Missouri, where he bought improved land and followed farming and stock raising until 1880. He then came to Kansas and located on government land in Eagle township, Harper county, and was one of the first settlers in that part of the county. He followed farming and stock raising, in which he was very successful buying additional land from time to time, until at the time of his death, he owned 880 acres of valuable land, all under a high state of cultivation. He retired in 1907 and removed to Waldron, where he spent his remaining days. In politics he was a Republican, but never aspired to hold political office, although at the solicitation of his friends, he accepted township offices on a few occasions. He was frugal, industrious and an exemplary citizen, and by hard work, amassed a comfortable fortune. He married Miss Anna Buck, also a native of Germany, born October 5, 1851. Her parents died at sea, while en route to America in 1853, when she was a child of two years. She was reared by an uncle in Benton county, Missouri. She died at Waldron, Kans., January 25, 1910. Henry Sethman and wife were the parents of four children, the oldest of whom, Richard Sethman, was born on a farm in Benton county, Missouri, June 15, 1875. He came to Harper county, Kansas, with his parents in 1880. Here he received his early education in the public schools, and remained at home until 1898 when he went to Alaska. He was engaged in prospecting there for two years, and in 1900 and 1901, followed prospecting in California. He returned to Kansas the latter year and followed farming in Harper county until 1903. When the present town of Waldron was founded he opened the first general store there and also engaged in the grain business, which he still continues, in partnership with his brothers, under the firm name of Sethman Brothers. In 1905 he was one of the organizers of the Waldron State Bank, and was the first president of that institution. He has taken an active part in local public affairs, and has been a prominent factor in the development of the town of Waldron, and has served as mayor of the town one term. Politically he is a Democrat. He is a thirty-second degree Knights Templar Mason, and a member of the Mystic Shrine. He was married January 6, 1904, to Miss Kate, daughter of Henry and Alice (Turner) Krider, and to this union has been born three children, the oldest of whom died in infancy. The others are Florence, born July 10, 1906, and Frances, born December 13, 1910. Maggie Sethman was born October 21, 1877, married William E. McKee, and they have five children, Richard, Floyd, Carl, Harold and Marjorie. John Sethman, was born November 3, 1882, and is now a merchant of Waldron, Kans. Henry Sethman was born May 12, 1887, and is now a merchant in Waldron, Kans. He married Miss Bettie Dixon, of Waldron, Kans., July 20, 1910.Pages 201-202 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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