LARMON E. SCOTT, Piper, Kansas, has been a resident of Wyandotte county for over thirty years, and not only enjoys a wide acquaintance here but also has the confidence and respect of all who know him. At one time he owned a portion of the site now occupied by Piper.
Mr. Scott is a native of the Green Mountain State, born August 15, 1846, son of Harris and Julia (Cushman) Scott, both natives of Vermont. About 1853 the Scott family moved west to Illinois and settled on a farm in Cook county, where the parents passed the rest of their lives and died. They had four children, as follows: Richard H., now postmaster at Richland, Kansas; Larmon E., whose name introduces this review; Mary J., wife of Joseph Marshall, lives on a farm in Leavenworth county, Kansas; and Ella L., who was the wife of John Waldron, who died in 1900.
Until he was seven years old Larmon E. lived on his father's farm in Vermont, his early recollections being of the large maple orchard his father operated. Then came their removal to Illinois, and on a farm in Cook county he grew to manhood, receiving his education in the district schools. His first work away from home was for the Union Pacific Railroad Company, the employ of which he left to enlist in the Union army during the Civil war. He served as a member of Company E, Fifteenth Kansas Cavalry, and remained with his command until the conflict was ended, receiving his honorable discharge in November, 1865. After the war he went to Platte county, Missouri, and engaged in merchandising, which he continued in that locality for a period of ten years, and prospered. In 1879 he came to Wyandotte county, Kansas. Here he bought the farm of two hundred and fifteen acres on which he has since lived, and a portion of which he sold as village lots. His land is well improved with good farm buildings, including large barns and sheds for his stock. For a number of years he has been largely interested in breeding horses and mules.
On August 26, 1869, Mr. Scott married Miss Margaret Waldron, a native of New York and a daughter of William and Margaret (Keefe) Waldron. She came west with her parents, in 1869, to Missouri, and settled in Platte county, where she and Mr. Scott were married. To them have been given twelve children, and some brief data concerning each follows herewith: Viola was educated in the common schools of her native county, and wedded Thomas Hart by whom she had four children, Glenn, deceased, Lavena, Elwin and Evelyn, twins; Mrs. Hart died December 20, 1899; Eva also received a good education in the common schools, from which she graduated, and she is a prominent member of the Order of the Eastern Star; Lena, who, after completing her school course, married Allen Gable of Prairie township, is likewise a valued member of the Eastern Star; William Albert married Ella Ellis, and they have one son, Armour; both father and son are faithful members of the Modern Woodmen of America, and his wife is a member of the Eastern Star and Royal Neighbors; Larmon Elmer, who is at present, 1911, a rural mail carrier in Kansas, being a resident of Piper, was united in marriage to Myrtle Zink, and they have had three children, Raymond, Edith and Elsie; Claude is the wife of Harry Turner, a suburbanite of Kansas City, Kansas, and a well known contractor, and they have three children, Leonard, Arthur and Edwin; Florence married William Meade, a resident of Prairie township, and they have four children, Ralph, Clifford, Logan and Margaret; they live at Dodge City, Kansas; Walter and Warren, who were twins, and the latter is a graduate of the public schools; Stanley, who is the youngest, is still in school; two of the children of Mr. and Mrs. Scott died in infancy. All of Mr. Scott's sons are connected with the Modern Woodmen of America excepting the youngest, Stanley, and Mr. Scott is an honored member of the Ancient and Accepted Order of Masons, and the Order of the Eastern Star. His wife is secretary of this latter organization of the Piper Lodge.
Mr. Scott's father was in early life a Whig, and afterward a Republican, and he himself has always given his support to the Republican party. For years he has been more or less interested in local politics, and at different times has filled township office, including those of clerk, treasurer and justice of the peace.
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