Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

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

JOSEPH M. CALDWELL. This highly respected gentleman does a thriving business in general merchandise and stock-dealing in Glenlock, Anderson County, Kan. The father of our subject, John Caldwell, was a native of Greene County, Ohio, and died in Minden, Neb., May 26, 1892, at the ripe old age of seventy-eight years, five months and twenty-six days. The mother, who was known in her maidenhood as Mary A. Nichol, was born in Belmont County, Ohio, March 26, 1822, and still survives. She is the mother of the following children: Nancy J., Jackson N., Joseph M., J. Melanchthon, F. Marion, J. Riley, Donna M. E., Lelia A., Eva J. and William Elmer.

Our subject was born in Greene County, Ohio, June 6, 1846, and was the third in order of birth in the large family of children born to his parents. When six years of age, he went to Warren County, Ill., with the family and was there reared to manhood, spending the greater part of his youth on his father's farm. He enlisted in Company H, of the Forty-seventh Illinois Infantry, in the spring of 1865, and served until the close of the war. He then returned home and remained for about two years, and in the fall of the year 1867 made an extended trip through the west, finally settling in Anderson County. In the spring of 1869, he found a suitable location in Jackson Township, and at once removed here and began farming. Mr. Caldwell has been very prosperous in his vocation as a farmer, and in all has improved three separate tracts, which are regarded as some of the finest farms in the county. Besides this, he has taken an active interest in the development of the town of Glenlock since the time it was incorporated in 1866, toward which he did much. He has erected several good buildings here, and for a number of years has done a lucrative business in the mercantile trade. In connection with his store, he also engages in the stock business, keeping large numbers of fine horses, cattle, sheep and hogs to a good advantage on his broad and attractive estate, which aggregates six hundred and forty acres.

The gentleman of whom we write was married in this county February 23, 1882, the other contracting party being Miss Mattie L. Henry. She was a native of Ohio, and was born April 29, 1851, but died in Garnett, November 19, 1882, while making that place her a temporary home. She was a member of the Universalist Church, in which she proved herself a worthy member. After the decease of his first wife, Mr. Caldwell married Sarah S. Henry, the wedding taking place January 29, 1891. This estimable lady was born in Clarke County, Ohio, December 9, 1844.

Our subject has proved as capable a farmer as he has shown himself to be an efficient business man and prosperous merchant. He is a man of solid virtues, sensible and thoughtful in his views, and in him the United Presbyterian Church finds a consistent member. In politics, he is an ardent Prohibitionist, and is always ready to sustain his favorite party. He has held the office of Township Trustee, but has never aspired to anything higher. For a more minute history of our subject and his parents, as well as that of his respected ancestors, we would refer our reader to the treatise on the life of John Caldwell (deceased), which is given in the history of Warren County, Ill. Mr. Caldwell of this brief sketch is a man of wide experience and one who stands high in the commercial and social circles of the county. He possesses sound common sense and a firm character and is one whose influence for good is felt in this community.

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