Our subject is a brother of William Ansdell, mentioned elsewhere. Henry M. Ansdell was born in the state of Wisconsin, in 1851, and with his brother came overland with ox teams to Kansas; their destination was the southern part of the state but when they arrived at Waterville they fell in company with other emigrants who were coming to this part of the country and through the influence of these homeseekers they came to Cloud county instead. They were not long in arriving at the conclusion that no better place could be found and Mr. Ansdell filed on the land he sold to Christ Christianson in 1877. He then bought the original homestead of Frank Bowe, where he has made one of the best homes in the community and all the comforts of life are theirs. In 1892 he erected a handsome residence of fourteen rooms. His farm consists of one hunderd[sic] and sixty acres of land. Mr. Ansdell raised corn altogether until his neighbors by raising wheat compelled him to engage in the same industry on account of the chinch bugs: however, the present year he has a thirty acre field of corn that is yielding from thirty-four to forty-six bushels per acre; also a field of eighteen acres of oats that yielded forty-eight bushels per acre. There are several varieties of fruit, apples, plums, peaches and strawberries. They have a strawberry bed which yields plentifully and is one of the few in this locality.
Mr. Ansdell was married in 1882, to Annie Moreland of Lawrence township. Her father, Joseph Moreland, settled in Cloud county in 1879. They first settled in Grant township and lived on the Ansdell homestead; our subject having to look after his father's interests met Miss Moreland and in due time they were married. To their union one child, a son Winfred H., has been born. He is an intelligent young man of superior education. He was instructed by his mother at home and did not attend school until prepared to enter upon a high school course which he finished in the Jamestown school at the age of thirteen years.
Mrs. Ansdell was a teacher in her native home, Athens county, Ohio, before her advent in Kansas. The son is gifted in mathematics, grasping the most intricate problems without application. Mr. Ansdell is a public spirited citizen, takes an interest in legislative affairs and in substance stated that when the Populists organized, it only strengthened his faith in the Republican party.
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
Home Page for Kansas
Search all of Blue Skyways
The KSGenWeb Project