William P. Winter is a son of Charles H. Winter and like his father he is a successful and enterprising farmer and one of the leading young men socially in Arion township. He is public spirited, taking an active interest in political issues, municipal and educational affairs. He is an ardent Populist politically, served one term as justice of the peace in his township; was re-elected but refused to accept. In his community the Alliance flourished and Mr. Winter was president of this organization so long as it existed. They had a subordinate Alliance in that district of one hundred members.
Mr. Winter was born on a farm in Vernon county, Missouri, in 1860, where his parents lived for a brief time, then moved to Stark county, Illinois. In 1866, he came to Washington county, Kansas with his parents as related in his father's career. He received the greater part of his education in the schools of Concordia. In 1881, he was married to Eppie, a daughter of Samuel Morehouse. Her father was born in New York but emigrated with his parents to Missouri when he was a small boy and grew to manhood in Clark county, where Mrs. Winter was born, October 8, 1863.
Mr. Morehouse served a little more than one year during the latter part of the Civil war, and gave his life for his country's cause. He lost his health during this period from exposure and privations and from these causes died one year later, leaving a wife and two daughters. The other daughter is Sarah, the widow of J.A. Ryan, who is a farmer of Republic county.
Mrs. Winter's mother was married again in 1872, to Malon Hayworth. They are residents of Washington county, Kansas. To this union two children have been born: Emma, wife of Frank Risinger, and a son, John, both of Washington county, Kansas. Mrs. Winter's mother was born in 1838.
Mr. and Mrs. Winter are the parents of three fine sons who bid fair to make their mark in the world. Charles, a bright young man of seventeen is a student on his second year in the Concordia high school, prior to a course in the State University. William F., has made a record well worthy of commendation in their home school, District No. 83. He has neither been absent nor tardy for five school years. Vernon, aged nine years started to school in the fourth reader grade and has mastered the first principles of arithmetic and has neither been absent nor tardy.
Children with disinterested parents would scarcely make these records and it undoubtedly would be a source of gratification to teachers if there were more of their patrons who exercised such pains - taking interest in their sons and daughters of the public schools. Mrs. Winter is a valued correspondent of the Kansan, one of Cloud county's leading papers. She has chronicled the news of the Graves neighborhood for several years.
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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