Biographical History of Central Kansas, Vol. I, p. 686
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902
DAVID W. LOGAN
Among the well known and highly respected citizens of Rice county, Kansas, who have borne an important part in the development of the state is D W Logan, whose name is enrolled among the pioneers of this section of the country. He was born in Allen county, Ohio, near Lima, December 4, 1834, and is of Scotch-Irish descent. His father, David Logan, was born in Tennessee and was a son of David Logan, Sr, of Scotch parentage. David Logan, the father of our subject, spent his boyhood days in Tennessee, and when a young man removed to Ohio. As a companion and helpmate for the journey of life he chose Elizabeth McPherron, who was born in Tennessee, a daughter of William McPherron. This union was blessed with seven children, namely: Priscilla Jane, deceased; David W; Martha, who was a successful and popular teacher for forty-five years in Terre Haute, Indiana, and for two years taught in the public schools in Des Moines, Iowa; James, deceased; Eli, a resident of Trilla, Illinois; Jarrett W, a mechanic of the Rose Polytechnic Institute, of Terre Haute, Indiana; and Eliza, also of that city. The father of this family died at Terre Haute, Indiana, at the age of sixty years. He followed farming as a life occupation and gave his aid to the support of the Republican party. His wife died at the age of seventy-five years, and both were members of the Baptist church.
D W Logan was taken by his parents to Clark, Illinois, when a boy, where he was reared to farm life, there remaining until seventeen years of age. He then went to Terre Haute, Indiana, and in that city completed his education. While there, in 1861, he enlisted for service in the Civil war, becoming a member of the Fourteenth Indiana Infantry, Company F. Her afterward became a member of the Twenty-second Indiana Infantry, and took part in the battles of Winchester, against Stonewall Jackson’s troops, and Antietam. At the last mentioned engagement Mr Logan received a gunshot wound in the right arm and he was confined in the field hospital at Frederick City, Maryland, also at Washington, DC, and in the general hospital sixteen miles from Fort Schuyler, New York. After regaining his health he again went to the front and took part in the battles of Chancellorsville, Culpeper Court House, Cold Harbor, the Wilderness and Gettysburg. He became a member of the 22nd Indiana Infantry on the 22nd of September, 1864, in Jeff C Davis’ old regiment, with which he remained until his discharge. He was in the battle of Nashville, Tennessee, under General Thomas, and took part in many other engagements of less importance. He also took part in the grand review at Washington, DC, the most magnificent pageant ever seen on the western hemisphere. After three years and eight and a half months of service he received an honorable discharge and returned to his home with a gallant military record.
In 1874 Mr Logan took up his abode in Rice county, Kansas, where he now owns a well improved farm one and a half miles from Raymond, Rice county, and is engaged in general agricultural pursuits. In 1869, in Terre Haute, Indiana, he was united in marriage to Miss Eliza Martin, a daughter of William and Sarah (Evans) Martin, natives of Kentucky. The mother died at the age of thirty-seven years, and the father survived until 1886, passing away at the age of seventy-five years, in Sullivan county, Indiana. He was also engaged in the tilling of the soil, and in his political views was first a Whig and afterward a Democrat. Both he and his wife were members of the Methodist Episcopal church. Their union was blessed with eight children, namely: Ben, William, Mary, Martha, Eliza, John F, Alexander and Ezra. William died July 15, 1900. John F was a valiant soldier during the Civil war and resided in Chase, Kansas, where he died August 4, 1901. There is also a half-brother, Rev Abraham Martin, a minister of the Christian church at Muncie, Indiana. The union of our subject and wife is graced with three children: Olive A, wife of John A Shuff, and living near Sylvia in Reno county; Ada R, a successful and popular teacher in the city schools of Terre Haute, Indiana, and a graduate of the Terre Haute Normal School; and Louise Martin, wife of Frank Kelly, who follows farming on the old homestead, and they have one son, Austin Logan. Mrs Logan, the wife of our subject, has been twice married, her first union being with Thomas Elliott, and at his death he left one son, George E, who has been an employee of the Terre Haute Street Railway Company for eight years, and during that time has never been late a single day. He died July 12, 1901.
Mr Logan is now retired from the active duties of life, and his rest has come to him as the result of unflagging industry, perseverance and indomitable energy. He has carved his way to affluence alone and unaided, by constant application and hard work. He is serving as a deacon in the Baptist church, and his Christian belief is exemplified in his every day life. Socially he was connected with Raymond Post GAR, and has passed all of the chairs in the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He is frank and genial in manner, and has the love and respect of all with whom he has come in contact from day to day. In general politics he has always been a Republican. He has never held office, but has been a township committeeman for several years.