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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Henry Lisle


DR. HENRY LISLE, a retired physician and old resident of Labette county, was born in Belmont county, Ohio, in 1820. He is a son of James and Peninah (Doudna) Lisle.

James Lisle was born in Ohio, and died in 1824, at the early age of thirty-five years. He married Peninah Doudna, who was a native of North Carolina, and who died in 1863, aged seventy years. They were the parents of six children, namely: George; John; Joseph; Henry; Mary; and James. George, who is familiarly known as "Old Dr. Lisle," of Chetopa, enjoys the distinction of being the oldest resident of the county. He has a wonderful memory, and can recall many of the incidents which occurred in Labette county during the "sixties." John, aged eighty-four years, is a farmer, and lives in Iowa. Joseph, who was a farmer in Iowa, died in 1890. Mary (Hanson) died in Ohio, in 1866. James, a miller, by trade, died in Monroe county, Ohio, when he was a young man.

Dr. Henry Lisle remained at home until he reached his majority, and at the age of twenty-three years began the study of medicine with his brother, George. He spent four years with him, and practiced during the fourth year. He began practice alone in Powhatan county, Virginia, where he spent the greater part of seven years. He practiced eight years at Hunter, Ohio, near his old home, and four years at Murraysville, West Virginia. After spending three years at Queensville, Indiana, he removed to Labette county, and opened an office at Chetopa. He lived there two years and in 1871 moved on his farm in Richland township, which is the northwest quarter of section 5, township 35, range 21. This farm was in the Cherokee strip, the Osage line being the northern boundary. Dr. Lisle has made many improvements on his farm, and has a fine house. He has an orchard of five acres, and now owns 120 acres of land, although he, formerly owned more. He has leased the land during the past few years, - being unable to work much, but it is still under his management. Dr. Lisle keeps some stock, - favoring Shorthorn cattle.

Dr. Lisle married Sarah A. Conley, in Cincinnati, Ohio, in 1849. She was born in Ohio, and was reared in that state and in Pennsylvania, where she spent several years. This union resulted in the birth of seven children, namely: David, who went to Florida in the fall of 1900, where he is engaged in the cultivation of pineapples; Mary, who is unmarried, and resides at home; Alice, the wife of E. M. Mairs, who lives near Chetopa, and has three children; James, a wealthy mine owner in the West; Lena (Williams), who lives five miles, south of her father's place in the Indian Territory, and has two sons; Detta, who is at home; and Jessie A. (Greenough), whose husband is a mining engineer at Cripple Creek, Colorado, and who has two daughters.

Dr. Lisle was originally a Whig, in politics, and is now a Republican. He has held the offices of treasurer and trustee of his township. He was raised a Quaker, but is now liberal in his religious views. He was made a Mason in Ohio, fifty-seven years ago, and is a member of the blue lodge at Chetopa. Dr. Lisle is a very intelligent man, and is considered one of the best physicians in the township.

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 Labette County KS 1901


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