Everett W. Jordan, a son of William Jordan, is one of the rising young men of Lyon township. When six years of age he came with his parents from Nova Scotia to Kansas and remains a resident in the community where he was educated and grew to manhood, and where the family settled in 1870. He is one of the young men who have "grown up with the country," and has witnessed the wilderness don its robes of prosperity. The Jordan's first residence in Kansas was a blacksmith shop and later they built the first stone residnce in their neighborhood.
At the age of seventeen years, Mr. Jordan's father gave him his time and rented him the farm. That season 1882 he raised an enormous yield of corn and cleared $500. The following year he bought the old Halleck homestead and built a four-room cottage 24 by 24 feet in dimensions, and otherwise improved the place. He bought the original Adrastus Newell homestead in 1898, which is adjacent, making a half section in his farm and one of the best properties in the county. He changed his residence to the latter farm, added to and remodeled the house, and made a comfortable place of abode of the old cabin which was one of the old landmarks of the Solomon valley. This was the stronghold of the community where the settlers gathered to protect themselves against the Indian depredations. Openings were left between the logs for port holes. While the cabin was in course of construction the settlers worked with Winchesters strapped to their backs, while with a field glass one of their number kept an outlook for the approach of the savages.
Mr. Jordan's land is well watered and timbered, Chris creek running through his farm. He has a shed on the creek bank which affords excellent shelter and feeding facilities for his stock. Most of his land is wheat round with two hundred acres under cultivation. The season of 1900 he had a yield of fifteen hundred bushels of wheat. Mr. Jordan raises considerable stock; keeps a herd of about forty native cattle, fifteen head of horses, ten of them work horses, and from fifty to sixty head of hogs.
Mr. Jordan was married in 1892, to Pet Sterling, a popular and successful teacher of Cloud county, for five years. She was a graduate of the Concordia High School, class of May 16, 1888. She graduated at the age of sixteen taking the last two years' course in twelve months. She is a daughter of John C. and Margaret (Chadwick) Sterling.
Mrs. Jordan came from near Des Moines with her parents to Kansas when about eight years of age and settled on a farm near Jamestown, moving into Concordia one year later where her father represented a sewing machine company, and was well known throughout the county. He was a native of Illinois, and when a young man moved to Missouri where he tendered his services to sustain the flag of the Union, but was rejected on account of an unsound ankle which had been broken. Affairs waxed too warm in Missouri and he emigrated to Iowa where he lived until coming to Kansas. He was a school teacher in his early life in the state of Missouri, and here he met Margaret Chadwick as one of his pupils, the young woman who afterward became his wife. Mr. Sterling died after a long and painful illness in the city of Concordia in the springtime of 1901.
The Chadwicks were of English origin and there is an estate in England that has been in litigation for several years. Mrs. Sterling was born in Kentucky, and with her parents came to Missouri. She was a pupil of her father and all their eldest children received their early education under his tutorage. Mrs. Sterling now lives in Concordia but expects soon to make a permanent home with her daughter, Mrs. Jordan.
To Mr. and Mrs. Sterling eleven children were born, eight now living. Olive, wife of Joe Glasgow, a farmer near Courtland, Kansas (she was a teacher for ten years, was principal of the Garfield school in Concordia for three years and taught in the grammar department of the Belleville graded schools three years. Mrs. Glasgow is a woman of literary tastes. She is the mother of two children, Gwendolen and DeWayne); C.A., familiarly known as "Bob" Sterling, a furniture dealer of Clyde (he is married and has one child, a little son, Worth); Rose, a dress-maker of Concordia; Lemuel, with his wife and one child, John C., live on a farm near Plymouth, Oklahoma; Nellie, and her sister, Rose, in Concordia; Willie, has been in the employ of a mercantile company in Leonardsville, Kansas for six years, only being out of the store about a month during the entire half dozen years he has been in their employ. He is a steady, exemplary young man who did much toward the support of his afflicted father. He is at the head of the enterprise and is a trusted employe. Forest, a young man of eighteen years of age is also in Oklahoma.
Mr. and Mrs. Jordan are the parents of three bright and interesting little daughters: Fern, Mamie and Gladys, aged respectively eight, six and four years. The political views of the Jordan house are divided, Mr. Jordan being a Populist and his wife a Republican. Mr. Jordan is a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows of Glasco. He is a man of cordial manner, a thrifty, industrious and practical farmer. There is an atmosphere of true hospitality pervading their home and Mr. and Mrs. Jordan are most excellent people.
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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