English, John McCollister

Name: English, John McCollister
Burial Date: 1919, 11/14
Age at Death: 74
Plot Location: 440 E/F
Notes: h/Effie Caroline(Bull) /Ivy(Wells)Ratliff
War: Civil War

Obituary STERLING BULLETIN 11/13/1919

John McCollister English

John McCollister English

John McCollister English was born in Chillicothe, Ohio, in 1845, and was reared partly there and partly in Sangamon County, Illinois. For some years he was in the merchandise business at Mount Auburn, Indiana. In October 1871, in a conveyance drawn by one horse, he and his little family started for Kansas. That was the very month, that the great Chicago fire took place. In May 1872, he settled on a farm in southwestern McPherson County, homesteading 160 acres. Then followed the usual struggles and heartbreaking experiences of the Kansan during the ’70s, and he not only suffered from drought, but his house was burned and he lost practically all his possessions. Seeking a place to begin again, he removed to Rice County in 1874, and at Sterling engaged in the drug business several years. Having managed to accumulate some capital, he loaned it out on satisfactory terms and also bought land at the prevailing low prices of the time. Thus he gradually recouped himself and acquired a great deal of land in Central Kansas, now very valuable. In 1902 he practically retired from business and moved to Wichita, and since 1916 has lived at Thomas, Oklahoma. Politically he has always been identified with the republican party and is affiliated with the Masonic Order. He has a record a Union soldier, having enlisted in 1862 in the Sixty-second Illinois Infantry. He served three years, until the closing of hostilities.

John M. English married Effie Caroline Bull. She was born in Tippecanoe County, Indiana, in 1856, and died in St. Louis Missouri, March 15, 1898.

Birth: 1845Death: 1919
Age 74 Veteran of: Civil War
Sterling Cemetery
Rice County
Kansas, USA
Plot: 440 E/F
Created by: Lawcas
Record added: Mar 04, 2013
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