Too many such enterprising men as G.W. Hussey could not establish themselves in a community. It is men of his stamp that have made the Solomon Valley "blossom as the rose," and the poet's dreamy imagination characterized by hundreds of charming homes and cultivated fields.
The Husseys have one of the most inviting homes in the county. A handsome residence with an avenue of tall shade trees on one side and a fine hearing orchard on the other, where in the autumn sweet cider fresh from the mill is dispensed with a hospitality that implies "our latch-string is always hanging out."
Mr. Hussey is a native of New Vienna, Ohio, born in 1844. His parents were William and Ann (Clouser) Hussey. The Husseys are of Quaker origin and settled in Ohio more than a century ago. The Clousers were from North Carolina. Mr. Hussey worked on a farm until eighteen years of age when he enlisted in the country's service with Company G, seventy-ninth Regiment, Ohio Volunteers. His company was at the front and distinguished itself for valor and courage. He served almost three years. After the war he returned to Ohio, where he engaged in various things: - farming, railroading, operating a saw mill, learned the machinist's trade and run a threshing machine.
In 1883, he came to the Solomon Valley and was joined by his family a year later. He operated a threshing machine in the Solomon Valley for five years, threshing most of the wheat in his vicinity. In 1888, he bought two hundred acres of the farm where he now lives and later added eighty and now owns two hundred and eighty acres. He raised wheat, corn and alfalfa until 1898, when he began stock raising with seventeen thoroughbred Hereford cows, He now owns forty-four head of cattle which are registered, down to calves a few months old. His cattle are the cream of fifty-five different herds. His cow "Gem of Loraine" is almost a fac simile of the famous "Carnation." Another cow was imported directly from England. He has volumes containing the age, owner and breeder of every graded animal in the United States, and has the pedigree of all his cattle and can trace the origin of every animal in his herd. He has lately disposed of four Hereford bulls, which brought him good round figures. His cattle are well cared for and his beautiful herd is worth going miles to see.
Mr. and Mrs. Hussey were married in January, 1881. Mrs. Hussey was Mary Hodson, of Ohio. Her parents were Allen and Martha (Burton) Hodson. She is one of four children, three of whom live in Ohio. The Hodsons are old settlers of Highland county, Ohio, sixty miles southeast of Cincinnati.
Mr. and Mrs. Hussey's family consists of five interesting children, viz.: Maud, a graduate of the common school and on last year of the high school course in Glasco; Clyde, aged sixteen years, on last years course of the Glasco high school; Arthur, May and Lelia, aged thirteen, eleven and four years respectively.
Mr. Hussey's farm is under a high state of cultivation, commodious barns, and sheds, windmill with a tank attached that holds two hundred and eighty barrels of water. Politically he is a Republican. His family are members of the Methodist Episcopal church. He is a prominent Mason and a member of the Glasco lodge.
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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