One of the most successful and highly respected citizens of Glasco is Charles Horn, a retired farmer. Mr. Horn is a son of Christopher Horn, a farmer who died in Illinois in 1852. Mr. Horn came with his parents from near Weisbaden, Germany, where he was born, to America when nine years old and settled in St. Clair county, Illinois, where he grew to manhood. His father having died, Mr. Horn was thrown upon his own resources early in life, hence received a limited education. When he came to Kansas in 1869 his possessions consisted of a wife, one child and five dollars in money, but by careful management which did not admit of luxuries they lived comfortably. During the Indian uprisings he carried a brace of pistols for protection as he followed his plow. They committed serious depredations above and below the river from the point where they were situated, but his family providentially escaped.
The Horns lived in a dugout for one year and upon occasions of severe storms it rained about as hard in the interior as upon the outside of their abode. The inmates stood over the stove with an umbrella over their heads, with mud six inches deep over the floor. A year later they built a log house of one room, with dirt roof and floor. Not until three years later did they live under a shingled roof and on a board floor. In 1879 Mr. Horn built a comfortable house, where they resided until 1899, when he bought the desirable Courtney residence, with its avenue of beautiful trees and wide lawn, where they live and expect to spend the rest of their days, reaping the comforts they are so justly entitled to. Mr. Horn's homestead was the original claim of Isaac Dalrymple. It lies just south and adjacent to the town of Glasco. He has added other lands and now owns a tract of four hundred and eighty acres in the same vicinity.
Mr. Horn was married in 1867 to Julia Bittner, a daughter of Henry Bittner, an Illinois farmer. To Mr. and Mrs. Horn seven children have been born, five of whom are living, viz: Louisa, wife of Samuel Crow, a farmer of Mitchell county; Adeline, wife of Frederick Dimanoski, a successful farmer of Solomon township; Otto, a farmer with residence near Glasco; Henry, also a farmer with residence near Glasco, and Fritz, who farms and operates a threshing machine engine. Mr. Horn advocates the principles of the Democratic party, but votes for the man rather than the party. He was reared in the Lutheran church and himself and family are leading spirits of the Glasco congregation.
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.
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