Transcribed from History of Wyandotte County Kansas and its people ed. and comp. by Perl W. Morgan. Chicago, The Lewis publishing company, 1911. 2 v. front., illus., plates, ports., fold. map. 28 cm. [Vol. 2 contains biographical data. Paged continuously.] p. 619-620 transcribed by students from USD 508, Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas, on October 23, 2000


Benjamin W. Fulcher

BENJAMIN W. FULCHER, who has recently identified himself with the agricultural interests of Wyandotte county, Kansas, own a nice farm near Wallula.

Mr. Fulcher is a native of Platte county, Missouri, where he was born April 22, 1855, a son of Jacob and Mary (Carson) Fulcher, the former a native of Tennessee and the latter of Ireland. Of their family of twelve children, he is the eldest of the six now living, the others being as follows: Mina, wife of James O. Johnson, a merchant in Platte City, Missouri; Alexander P., a merchant at Tracy, Missouri; Jacob M., a farmer of Platte county, Missouri; Robert L., a farmer of Leavenworth county, Kansas; and Fanny, wife of John L. Stapp, an electrician of Platte City, Missouri. Jacob Fulcher, the father, was born in 1833, and spent his early boyhood days in Tennessee. When he was thirteen the family moved over into Missouri, where he and his father engaged in freighting with ox teams. At that time the Indians were still here. The elder Fulcher lost his scalp and met his death at the hands of the red men. Jacob Fulcher is still living, now a strong and hearty old man, and while he calls Platte county his home, he visits around among his children. He belonged to the Home Guards, and continued freighting a number of years after his father was killed. His wife died some twenty years ago. Politically he is a Democrat; religiously, a Methodist, and in both politics and religion is followed by his son Benjamin W.

Benjamin W. Fulcher was reared on his father's farm in Platte county, and has been engaged in farming all his life. His only educational advantages were those he had in the district school, but he has always taken an interest in helping to maintain good schools and for ten years was a member of the Lee township school board in Platte county. Also while there he served as constable and township road commissioner. In 1911 he came to Wyandotte county, Kansas, where he purchased a farm of eighty-three acres, near Wallula, where he is carrying on general farming, raising fruit and keeping a dairy.

February 17, 1881, Mr. Fulcher married Miss Fannie J. Moss, a native of Platte county, Missouri, and a daughter of Henry Moss, a retired farmer, now seventy-three years of age. Her mother is deceased. Mr. and Mrs. Fulcher have eight children, namely: Gertrude A. and Mattie M,, school teachers; Bertha; Alvin, who died at the age of five years; Raymond E., Hazel, Josephine, Jacob Guy.

Fraternally, Mr. Fulcher has membership in the Modern Woodmen of America Camp No. 3500, Boling, Leavenworth county, Kansas.



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