Pages 784-785, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


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Mr. and Mrs. W. B. Poston
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Morris B. Poston
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Edith J. Poston

p> W. B. Poston, a successful farmer and stockman of Butler county, was born in Wayne county, Indiana, in 1859. He is a son of Archibald and Martha Poston, natives of Indiana. The former died in Wayne county, Indiana in 1871, and the latter died at Halstead, Kans., December 4, 1915. They were the parents of seven children, one of whom died in infancy. The others are as follows: Jacob, lives near Kinsley, Kans.; Mrs. Amy Hall, Castleton, Kans. She and her husband have fourteen sections of land near Jetmore, Kans., and are extensive stock raisers: John, unmarried, is in the mining business at Joplin, Mo.; Aurelius was a railroad man and was accidentally killed at Dodge City, Kans., in 1903; Angie died at the age of twenty-six at Halstead, Kans.

W. B. Poston was educated in the common schools of Indiana and has followed farming and stock raising all his life. He came to Sedgwick county, Kansas, March 1, 1878, with his mother, who was a widow. She had bought 160 acres there prior to coming, and the family located on this land. W. B. was the mainstay of the family and made the living. He came to Butler county in 1890 and took charge of the Jonathan Thomas farm at Rose Hill. Mr. Poston says he owed Thomas $520.00 when he came, and he paid eight per cent. on it. He had a hard time to make both ends meet, but he paid it off by hard work and good management. He bought hogs and cattle and fed them for the market. He bought the farm of Thomas Widar, in 1912, which consists of 140 acres, adjoining the townsite of Rose Hill. He paid $10,400 for the place, and has since improved it considerably, adding a silo and fencing the main farm, hog tight with cross fences. He buys cattle and feeds two cars each year and raises a great many hogs. He has fifty acres of alfalfa, and he says that alfalfa is the best crop grown on the farm. He fills his silos usually with kafir corn, but says Indian corn is the best for that


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purpose. "The main thing in any line of business is to know the details of it, and hustle," says Mr. Poston, and he thoroughly understands his line.

Mr. Poston was married November 24, 1887 to Lydia Morris, of Valley Center, Kans. Her parents are both deceased. Her father, David Morris, was a native of Kentucky and died in Missouri. Her mother, Rebecca Kemper, was born in Indiana and died in Marion county, that State.

Mr. and Mrs. Poston have two children, as follows: Morris, a graduate of Emporia College. He also attended Chicago University one term, taught at Bucklin, Kans., one year and one year at Ft. Madson, Iowa. At present he is attending Ames Agricultural College, and also teaching, and Edith, a graduate of Emporia College, class of 1915, and teaches Latin and English in LeRoy High School, LeRoy, Kans.

Mr. and Mrs. Poston are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church of Rose Hill, Kans., and are well known and highly respected in the community.


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Pages 784-785, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Butler County, Kansas by Vol. P. Mooney. Standard Publishing Company, Lawrence, Kan.: 1916. ill.; 894 pgs.


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