An old landmark of Solomon township, who emigrated to the Solomon valley in the spring of 1867, and settled two and one-half miles south of where Glasco now stands, is J.P. Studt. He and a brother, Jacob Studt, who was with him, took up homesteads and "bached" together in a dugout fourteen years, where they endured many hard experiences. They were compelled to go to Minneapolis to get their plows sharpened and to Solomon City to mill, and upon their return would distribute their breadstuff among their neighbors, who were far apart.
During the Indian raid of 1868, J. Studt was out hunting horses and came near being captured. During this raid the savages approached within a quarter of a mile of their dugout. Mr. Studt and his brother assisted in the burial of the victims of the massacre.
Mr. Studt was born in Danish Prussia in 1843, and when ten years of age came to America with his father's family and settled in Monroe county, Illinois. Although Mr. Studt did not attend school in America, he reads and writes English and has a good German education. He learned English by reading the Junction City Union. He was interested in what the papers said of the new West, its railroad prospects, emigration, Indian troubles, etc. A desire for procuring this information led him to pursue English literature.
Mr. Studt's father died in Illinois on October 7, 1864. His mother died in Germany when he was a youth nine years of age. Mr. and Mrs. Studt were the parents of eleven children, only two of whom are living. The brother who came to Cloud county, died in January, 1892. Mr. Studt was married in 1879, to Miss Augusta Wislimsky.
Their family consists of five children, viz.: Phillip, a young man of twenty. Charlie, aged eighteen. Henry, aged sixteen. Anna, a young girl of fourteen. Fred, a boy of thirteen years. Mrs. Studt was born in Germany and at the age of twenty-four years came to America. Her father died when she was two years of age. The mother came to America in 1884, and died in 1898 at the home of Mrs. Studt, where she had lived for several years. Mr. Studt owns three hundred and sixty acres of fertile land. In 1891 he sold the homestead and bought his present farm, upon which he keeps from fifty to sixty head of native cattle. He votes the Republican ticket. The family are members of the Lutheran Church.
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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