The History of the Early Settlement of Norton County, Kansas

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expired he returned to his farm near Clayton where he now resides.  Amon Butler while sheriff took more convicts to the penitentiary than any two sheriffs of this county so far as its history.

butler_j.JPG (36976 bytes) Joseph Butler was born April 13, 1844, in Illinois. He volunteered in company H 60 Illinois infantry; was wounded at battle of Rocky-face mountain, Georgia, May 9, 1864; was discharged August 9,1865.  He came to Kansas in the fall of 1871, settled in Howard county; came to Norton in the spring of 1873, took land on the Prairie Dog near Clayton which he still owns.  He was married December 10, 1882 to Sarah M. Ellis.  She was born in Guthrie county, Iowa and came to Norton county with her parents in 1875, settling near Oronoque.  They have three children, Charley aged 10, Nannie aged 7, and Mary Leota aged 2.  Joe Butler is a Republican, has frequently been a delegate from his township to county conventions; was a delegate from this county to the congressional convention at Colby in 1893.  He has never been a candidate for any office; he is at the present time engaged in the mercantile business at Oronoque.

Benjamin Butler, a younger brother of Ame and Joe, came here with them; he was a candidate for county treasurer in 1875, but was defeated by Frank Williams.  He left this county in 1874 and lives at Beloit at this time.

case_j.JPG (41603 bytes) Job Russell Case was the third son of a family of ten children and was born in Washington country, New York, July 1, 1822.  Mr. Case's parents were New Englanders of Scotch descent.  His father, Wm. Case, served with honor in the war of 1812; he was the son of Isaac Case who was an officer in the Revolution, and was noted for his great feats of strength and daring.

Job was a sturdy boy and showed early signs of more than ordinary physical strength and energy, qualities that have stood him well in hand in the path that fate seemed to have marked out for him to follow.  Removing at an early age to Cattaraugus county, New York, then almost an unbroken wilderness of rocky hills and giant forests, but where today hundreds of acres of pleasant meadows and fruitful orchards stand as monuments to this man's great energy and almost superhuman endurance, and many a Kansas urchin has been made glad at sight of the rosy cheeked apples shipped from some of those same orchards.

Mr. Case was married at the age of 22 to Miss Debbie Milks of Napoli, New York.  This proved to be a marriage of natural adaptation.  The wife bringing the industrious loom and spinning wheel of those days which played an accompaniment to the music of the ax and flail of the thrifty farmer.  There were born of this marriage nine children, five boys and four girls, which with the exception of one infant all lived to be men and women grown as follows: Mrs. A. V. Reed, now residing at Little Valley, New York; Theresa, wife of J. B. F. Chamblin, manufacturer of cutlery, Little Valley, 

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