The History of the Early Settlement of Norton County, Kansas

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Reuben Marvin came to Devizes in 1876, and has lived there continuously ever since.  He has at different times been engaged in farming, running the mill and merchandising. 

A F. Harmer came here in 1873.  He was twice elected clerk of the court in this county.  He left here in the spring of i881 and went to Colorado.  He afterward lived for some years at St. Joe Missouri.  He lives in Clark county Kansas, at this time. 

Thomas N. Snooks came from England in 1874.  He settled in this county in 1878.  He met with an accident in 1880 by cutting his foot with an ax which made him a cripple for life; he had his foot amputated in 1878.  He is a wagon maker by trade. 

Dr. Norman L. Jones came to Norton in October 1883.  He graduated from the Rush medical college in 1882.  He practiced medicine at Waterman, Indiana, until he came to Kansas.  He is running a drug store in Norton at this time. 

Dr. Marion L. Bancroft came to Norton in March 1879.  He was the first dentist to locate permanently in this county.  He was born in New York August 20, 1841.  He volunteered in the sixth Wisconsin light artillery and served nearly three years.  He was in the second battle of Corinth, Rienzi, siege of Vicksburg, Stevenson, Madison station and through the Atlanta campaign.  He was wounded at Altoona.  He was at Reseca and Nashville and was mustered out at Madison, Wisconsin, on July 4, 1865.  He attended the medical college at Ann Arbor and graduated in 1872.  He made dentistry his specialty and has followed it ever since. 

George Moulton came to Kansas from Wisconsin and settled in Phillips county in 1875.  He came to Norton and opened a drug store in the spring of 1885.  He was married in 1882 to Atlinda Edic at Leavenworth, Kansas.  They have one child, Cerena, born in 1883. 

John T. Reno came to Kansas in 1870 and settled in Marshall county.  He and his son James C. came to Norton in March 1886.  James C. died here in 1879.  His widow still lives here.  John T. Reno is engaged in the grocery and meat market business here at this time.  He is a democrat in politics.  He was police judge in Norton four years.  Mr. Reno had two daughters.  The eldest, Ida J., married Hank Carpenter.  She died at Marysville, Kansas, March 23, 1893.  His youngest daughter, Laura May, married E. J. Davis.  They live at Milton, Oregon. 

Anson C. Fero came to Orange township from Howard county, Iowa in 1886; he had stopped two years in Phillips county prior to his settlement here. 

Louis A. Smith came here from Nebraska in the spring of 1885 and took land five miles south of Norton, late the same summer he secured the organization of Orange township and gave it the name.  He has served for several years as justice of the peace.  He is an old soldier and was a republican until 1890, he has since been a populist. 

Jim Hurst came here in 1879, from Nebraska.  He is a populist and is the nominee of his party for probate judge at this time.  He resides in Harrison township. 

Gideon Booher came here in 1879.  He has been active as a republican.  He is nearly always a delegate to the conventions.  He represented this county in the republican state convention of 1892.  He organized Harrison township and suggested the name. 

W. B Rogers recently secured this information from Mr. A. Hunnius chief draftsman of the department of Missouri who has the field notes of this county: 

Billingsville, the temporary county 

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