Biographical History of Central Kansas, Vol. I, p. 255
published by The Lewis Publishing Co, Chicago & New York, 1902
E. F. TRUESDELL
The agricultural interests of Rice county are well represented by E F Truesdell, who owns a fine farm on section 31, Victoria township. He has been a resident of the Sunflower state since the 28th of March, 1879, and has ever borne his part in the work of improvement and development. He was born in Warsaw, Wyoming county, New York, on the 19th of August, 1856, and is a son of John Truesdell, a native of Lake George, New York, of which locality the grandfather, John Truesdell, was also a native. The latter married Miss Nancy Smith, also of the Empire state. John Truesdell, Jr, was reared in the place of his nativity and was there married to Jane Waldron, who was born at Warsaw, New York, a daughter of Benjamin Waldron. He joined the Mormons and went with them across the plains to Salt Lake City, Utah. The mother of our subject died, leaving five children, - Frank, a resident of Lyons; George, also of that city; John, who is employed as a boiler-maker by the Truesdell Company in Hutchinson, Kansas; Grace, who still resides in New York; and E F, the subject of this review. For his second wife the father chose Ella Gifford, and they also became the parents of five children: Gifford, a well-known and successful physician of Warsaw, New York; Artie, at home; Emily, also at home; Willie; and one other. The father has now reached the venerable age of seventy years. He is a farmer and stock man and votes with the Republican party. For many years he has been a worthy and active member of the Baptist church.
E F Truesdell, the immediate subject of this review, was reared in his parents’ home in Warsaw, New York, and was there taught lessons of industry, honesty and perseverance. After reaching years of maturity he was employed for a time in the service of the Lake Erie Railroad in Buffalo, New York. On the 28th of March, 1879, he came to Rice county, Kansas, and his first employment was as a brakeman on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad. He was subsequently promoted to the position of conductor. After four years of railroad service he again returned to the quiet pursuits of the farm. In 1883 he chose as a companion for life’s journey Miss Flora L Gay. She is a daughter of Frank Gay. The father and his son Floyd were killed in a railroad accident in Attica, New York. The son was then only five years of age. The mother is still living and is now sixty years of age. Mr and Mrs Gay had five children, - Flora L, Charles, Josie and Fred and Floyd, twins. Unto our subject and wife have been born five children, but two are now deceased, - Grace, who died at the age of three years, and a daughter who died in infancy. The living children are Gertie, Herbie and Glenn, aged respectively fourteen, twelve and three years. Mr Truesdell is independent in his political views, preferring to cast his vote for the men whom he regards as best qualified for public office. For six years he served as justice of the peace of Victoria township. He is well known to many citizens of the community and has lived so as to command their confidence and respect. He has many warm friends, who esteem him for his sterling worth and many excellencies of character.