ISAAC W. GALYEN, a descendant of one of the pioneer families of Labette county, Kansas, is one of the rising young farmers of this county. For many years his father was a leading citizen in Labette county, and the subject hereof is rapidly following in his father's footsteps. Mr. Galyen is a man of much intelligence, is thoroughly progressive, and keeps abreast of the times in all matters pertaining to farming, as well as to civic policies and measures. He was born in Benton county, Arkansas, in 1861, and is a son of J. W. Galyen.
J. W. Galyen was born in Vermilion county, Illinois, in 1837, and was a farmer by occupation. He moved to Neosho township, Labette county, Kansas, in 1865, and settled in the south half of section 8. He lived there until within one month of his death. Lucretia Lovelace, his wife, was born in Missouri, and they reared one son, Isaac W., the subject of this sketch. In August, 1862, Mr. Galyen enlisted in the Confederate army in Company C, 11th Reg., Mo. Vol, Inf., and was honorably discharged in 1863, after serving about eighteen months. He died February 15, 1899.
Isaac W. Galyen moved with his parents when he was two years old from Arkansas to Greene county, Illinois, and two years later came to Kansas. He lived on the old Galyen farm, in Labette county, with his father, until 1897. He spent two years at Pea Ridge Academy. Mr. Galyen bought his present home in 1897, and since that time has built a fine, new, nine-room house. His farm is in section 21, Neosho township. He is engaged in general farming, and has been highly successful. Mr. Galyen has won many friends in the county by his fair dealings with all men with whom he is associated, and he is highly respected by all in the community.
Mr. Galyen was united in marriage with Mary A. Lortz. This estimable lady's mother is a resident of Parsons, Kansas. The subject of this sketch and his wife have been the parents of five children, as follows: Alvis, deceased; George; Aden; Maud; and James.
In politics Mr. Galyen is a stanch Democrat, and has served as trustee of Neosho township one term, and as clerk of the township for two terms, filling both offices in an able manner. He is now a member of the school board. His father was also a member of that board for a number of years, and was trustee of Neosho township for three terms. Mr. Galyen is a member of the Anti-Horsethief Association.
Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901
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