The History of the Early Settlement of Norton County, Kansas

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known as one of Norton county's best teachers.  They have one son, Jesse Dick born June 23, 1893.

curry_us.JPG (32911 bytes) Ulysses S. Curry has been a teacher for the past three years in the grammar department of the Norton high school.  He was a delegate to the republican convention.  He is a graduate of the Norton high school.  He was married December 30, 1893 to Maud B. Hazlett, whose father lives near Edmond.  She was born June 11, 1875 in Dallas county, Iowa, coming to Norton county in 1886; she has been well and favorably known in Norton for the past three years.

Olive and Linnie were also teachers in the city schools, while Della taught the first term of school in the district west of town then known as the Madden district.

Charlie and Linnie live with their mother.

Dey D. Smith was born at Port Byron, New York, September 16, 1852; moved to Ashphering [Ishpemig ?] Michigan, in the spring of 1873 and from there to Kansas in the spring of 1874.  At Waterville, Kansas he met Bert Williams and came with him to Norton county; he purchased a claim from W. E. Case two miles east of Norton, the same land is now known as the Snow farm.  He returned the same spring to Michigan and married Malinda Homland, an old schoolmate; he immediately returned to his farm in this county and remained here until 1882.  He then went to Fremont county, Nebraska, and stayed there one year, from there to Ewing, Nebraska.  Where he remained five years.  He then moved to Cottage Grove, Oregon, where he lived for five years: from there he went to Paul Valley, Indian Territory [Oklahoma] and remained a short time, from there he went to Topeka, Kansas, where he now resides and is engaged in farming.  They have four children, the oldest two born in Norton county.  Clarance A. born April 28, 1876; William E., November 12, 1882; Samuel O. December 11, 1885, and Robert R. October 11, 1887.

Jacob Gorman Porter was born in Highland county, Ohio, March 24, 1844, was raised on a farm and received a common school education.  He enlisted in company D 60 Ohio, infantry and served one year, reinlisted in 144 Ohio, and served a short time.  He was in the battle of Crass Keys and several smaller engagements.  He was taken prisoner at Harper's Ferry and taken to Camp Douglas at Chicago and exchanged.

He was married in Gentry county, Missouri, to Adeline McMullen in August 1872.  He came to Norton county, Kansas, in April 1873, and has lived here continuousIy ever since.

Ten children have been born to them, eight of them all boys, still living.  Porter is one of our successful farmers.  He owns eight hundred acres of land all well stocked and improved.  He has always been a republican until 1890, has since been a populist.

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