Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

Anderson County Biographies
"Portrait and Biographical Record of Southeastern Kansas"
Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, 1894

JOSHUA B. BAILEY is one of the enterprising farmers of Reeder Township, Anderson County, his home being on section, where he owns and carries on a valuable farm. His birth occurred in Greene County, Mo., December 4, 1849, and he was early inured to the duties and routine of mercantile work, gaining a practical experience, which has been of great benefit to him during his entire career. He continued to live on the old homestead with his parents until 1870, when he started out to make his own way in the world.

The first point at which our subject began his life work was at Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was employed as a clerk in a mercantile establishment. For several years following he worked for different firms in various capacities, until June, 1876, when he came to Kansas, settling first in Garnett. For some time he was employed in the Anderson County Savings Bank, and when this institution was united with the First National Bank, taking the name of the latter, he was made one of the tellers. In this position he continued until coming to Reeder Township.

The marriage of Mr. Bailey took place September 20, 1877, during his residence in Garnett. His wife was formerly Mrs. Mary (Porter) Buterbaugh, widow of the late Dr. John Buterbaugh. She was born in Livingston County, N. Y., July 12, 1845, and is a daughter of Mathew and Salomi Porter. Her parents were also natives of the same county, and in 1859 they removed to the west, settling in Reader Township. They afterward located in Garnett, where they passed their remaining years, their deaths occurring there. By her first marriage Mrs. Bailey had one daughter, Fannie M., now the wife of A. W. Baird. Mr. and Mrs. Bailey have five children, who in order of birth are as follows: Helen, Mathew P., Jesse J., Mary and Frances Folsom. Joshua M. Bailey, our subject's father, was born in Logan County, Ky. On arriving at man's estate, he was united in marriage with Miss Lavinda H. Neal, a native of Tennessee. The farm of Mr. Bailey comprises two hundred and forty-three acres, situated on section 24. It is all under cultivation, and since it has come into his possession he has made many substantial improvements upon the place, which is a model one in every respect. Upon it is a well built residence, good barns and other necessary buildings. The owner keeps thoroughly abreast with the times in everything pertaining to carrying on a farm, and is not content to follow merely the old ways of doing things, but consults farm journals and in every way possible uses the most modern methods in his work. He is justly considered one of the most practical and enterprising agriculturists of this region.

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