The subject of this sketch is Charles H. Pilcher, a progressive farmer and stockman of Lyon township. Mr. Pilcher was born in Livingston county, Illinois, in 1865. He is a son of Robert and Ery Ann (McCashlan) Pilcher. Robert Pilcher was a native of Ohio, born in Clinton county in 1822. In his early manhood he moved to Wayne county, Indiana, where he married in 1843 and four years later moved to Illinois.
In 1877 Mr. Pilcher with his family emigrated to Cloud county and bought the relinquishment of the Thomas Jones claim, which he homesteaded and where he lived until a short time prior to his death. He was stricken with a paralytic stroke in 1892, and another on July 22, 1895, from which he did not recover. He was a highly respected citizen and his last days of suffering were marked by his fortitude and patience. Mrs. Pilcher, the wife and mother, was born in Frederick county, Virginia (now West Virginia), on the same day of the same year as her husband, October 7, 1822. She died of heart failure in 1891, at the age of sixty-eight years and three months. Mrs. Pilcher became a faithful member of the Methodist Episcopal church at the dawning of womanhood and her life was characterized as that of a consistent Christian woman.
To this worthy couple eight children were born, six of whom are living, viz: Charles H., the subject of this sketch: Mary, wife of Donald Gray, a carpenter of Glasco; William, a farmer five miles cast of Glasco; James, a farmer of Lyon township; Rilla, wife of William Mathews, a farmer of Lyon township, and Robert, who conducts a barber shop in Glasco.
Charles H. Pilcher is the youngest child, and lives on the old homestead, having bought out the other heirs to the estate. He has one hundred and sixty acres on Chris creek. His farm is well improved, well timbered and has two splendid springs that afford ample water for stock. He has fifty-five head of native cattle and keeps from thirty to forty head of Poland China hogs. Mr. Pilcher has been twice married. His first wife was Alice Eberhart, who died in 1891 at the age of twenty years. They were the parents of three children, two of whom died prior to the mother's death, while the other, an infant, followed shortly after. In 1894 Mr. Pilcher was married to Adah Maud Snyder, one of the estimable daughters of Captain Snyder, an old settler of the Solomon valley. They are the parents of two children, Leta Bell, born in Cloud county, Kansas, December 5, 1897, and Clifford Leroy, born October 1, 1899.
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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