The History of the Early Settlement of Norton County, Kansas

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spencer.JPG (33780 bytes)been born to them, Mamie, born October 27, 1885; Nena, born June 27, 1889, Frances, born November 23, 1892. 

Nelson Spencer has been active in politics as a republican; was a candidate for sheriff in 1889, but failed to get the nomination.  He is traveling salesman for the George A. Kennard grocery company of St. Joe, has been in their employ for four years.

George L. Atkinson was born in Delaware county, Ohio, November 19, 1844; he lived on a farm until the spring of 1864, when he enlisted in the 145th Ohio volunteer infantry and served four months.  He was in the battle of Georgetown when Early made his raid on Washington.  He enlisted again February 7, 1865, and was discharged September 14, 1865.  He went to Illinois in 1865, and was married to Emma E. Spencer on December 31, 1868.  They have eight children, five boys and three girls.  Mr. Atkinson came to Norton county in the spring of 1881.  He is now trustee of Rock Branch township. 

burke.JPG (29450 bytes) Isaiah P. Burke was born January 11, 1842, in Carrol county, Ohio, moved with his parents to Mercer county when about sixteen years of age.  He received a common school education.  He enlisted in company C, 118th O. V. P., August 22, 1872 [ 1862 ?] at Fort Recovery, Ohio, as a private, but says he was promoted to M. D. (mule driver) and served as such during the greater part of his service.  He was in Knoxville during the siege, but was safely housed under the covered bridge at the time of Longstreet's assault on the works.  He lost his team during the siege and after it was raised was reduced to the ranks again and participated in all the marches and countermarches of the 23rd corps to which his regiment belonged.  In east Tennessee during the following winter on December 29, 1863, the regiment fought it's first battle at Mossy Creek. This was the only battle in which Mr. Burke participated during the war.  In April he was again promoted to a mule driver and drove team during the Atlanta campaign.  They returned to Clifton, Tennessee, where they turned over their teams and received transportation to Washington, D. C., where they drew new tents and wagons; loaded them on steamers and went to Wilmington, N. C where they followed up the army until the close of the war.  He was mustered out at Sailsburg, in west Carolina, June 24, 1865, and was discharged at Cleveland, Ohio, July 10, of the same year.  Mr. Burke was married to Mary S. Skeels, January 10, 1867, she was born January 9, 1845, in Mercer county, Ohio.  Six children have been born to them.  Their eldest, Orval D., was born November 14, 1867, is now in Central City, Nebraska, managing a large stock of general merchandise for his aunt, Mrs S. J. Parsons; Chauncey A. born October 3, 1869, is now clerking in Norton; Dallzell B., March 19, 1873, is a telegraph operator; Percey L.

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