The History of the Early Settlement of Norton County, Kansas

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in company with Hugh McCredie.  He is now in Perry, Oklahoma.  In politics he is a republican and was a member of about every county convention from 1879; was a member of the senatorial convention at Kirwin in 1880, of the judicial convention at Millbrook in 1881 and was postmaster in Edmond, Kansas, from 1882 to 1884.  They have six children.

miller.JPG (38933 bytes) Blanche was married to James L. Miller, in December, 1886.  He was born in Mahaska county, Iowa, April 24, 1855, and acquired a good common school education; was reared on a farm.  He is a republican; has been engaged for several years in buying, and selling lands; and is a success in this line.  He was under sheriff with Butler.  They have one child, a boy. Lewis.  Jim is living in Norton at this time.

Annie E. was married to Hugh McCredie January 1, 1884.  He was born in New York State in 1859; was of Scotch parentage.  His father was killed at Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, and his burial place is unknown.  Hugh attended the Soldier's Orphan school at Hartford, from there went with his mother to Manchester, Iowa, and attended the public schools for a season.  He came to Kansas in 1878, took a homestead in Graham county.  He studied law with Webb McNall, of Smith county, was admitted to the bar, and settled in Norton in 1881.  Here he began the practice of law and was very successful.  He was always a republican and took part in many conventions; was also elected county attorney.  He closed in his law practice in 1889 and went to Pueblo, Colorado, and engaged in the merchandise business; this business he closed out in October, 1890, and removed to Edmond, Oklahoma, where he is now engaged in practicing law and merchandise.  At the general election in November, 1892, he was elected to the upper house of the territorial legislature and there gained many friends.  They have three children alive and one dead.

S. [Samuel] Means has given his best years to the work of education, much of this was in graded work.  For several years he had the care of teachers' examinations in Paulding county. Ohio.  In 1869 he moved to Iowa settling in Nora Springs, where he engaged in graded school work for four years, and then in the general merchandise business.  He came to Kansas in 1879 locating a homestead in Norton county.  He was elected county superintendent in 1881, serving six years.  When he began in 1881 there was a stone school house at Edmond and a small frame one in Norton, all the other houses were sod or dugouts or poor log houses.  At the close of his work good school houses had been erected; Norton, Lenora, Almena and Edmond each had excellent buildings.  He was elected probate judge in 1887, serving two terms.

In politics his first vote was cast for John C. Fremont, and was called an abolitionist, but took his stand in the

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