The History of the Early Settlement of Norton County, Kansas

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Enoch S. Fackler and D. E. Boles northeast and Hiram Perky south.

The Hales and Conway had called on Jake Porter to locate them in 1878, but he was busy in a fine harvest field of wheat; so he sent them to his neighbor, Col. Billings, who was found barefooted in the mud near a dugout; sullen and unaccommodating.  They left him for A. F Harmer, near by, who answered the inquiry about vacant land by saying he knew only one vacant quarter and that was down on the Solomon. 

The county seat fight was not then settled, thus excusing Ame's fabrication.

Albert E. Hale was married in 1881 to Ella Stamey, of this county; they have been away from the county for years and now reside at Beatrice, Nebraska, but still own the old homestead. 

Homer H. Hale married Laura Fackler, his neighbor's daughter, and now lives on the old farm taken in 1878; it is beautifully improved, and Homer is deservedly successful. 

In 1880 there was no vacant land in Garfield township for Dan Conway to take, so he located on a quarter section in Rockwell township while coming through Kirwin, on the suggestion of John Thomas of this county, whom he met in the land office.  Dan still owns it and 100 acres more, both finely improved, farming them except eight months of 1890-91, which he spent in San Francisco, California.  In 1891 he moved to Norton going into the implement business and successfully continues it to the present time.

conway_jw.JPG (40588 bytes) John W. and Daniel Martin Conway were born in Portageville, Wyoming county, New York, the former June 22, 1851, the latter, November 8, 1858.  Dan was born a stone's throw from the then highest bridge in the world, it crosses the Genessee river as it tumbles over three precipices in half a mile, the first falls 90 feet, the second 60 and the third 100.  The bridge itself is 234 feet high over the first cataract and is described in vol. IV:328 Encyclopedia Britannica.  Like the cataracts of the Nile in the ears of the native wherever he wanders, John and Dan still hear the falls of the Genessee roar in their ears. 

They moved with their parents in 1863 to Meadville, Pennsylvania, and in 1865 to Lansing, Iowa, where both parents live at present enjoying life at 84 and 74 years respectively. 

conway_dm.JPG (28651 bytes) On February 10, 1884, Dan married Sarah E. Collins, whose parents live in Clayton township.  She was born in North Carolina, January 4, 1865.  They have had three sons and one daughter born to them, only two living: Willie, born May 11, 1885, and Gladys, July 22, 1893. 

On August 24, 1884, John was married to Capitola M. Rule; to them were born four children, Paul de Cassagnac, who died in this city August 9, 1885, the day after moving to town; Earl 

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