Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

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

SAMUEL M. PORTER, who resides on section 23, Westphalia Township, Anderson County, northwest of the village of Westphalia, owns a fine farm, which attests by its thrift and productiveness the excellent qualities of thoroughness and System which mark the owner. The career of Mr. Porter, of whom it is our pleasure and privilege to here attempt a short sketch, is connected about equally with Ohio and Kansas. Born in the former state in Brown County, October 10, 1839, he was there reared and educated, receiving such advantages as the common schools afforded. When but a lad he become familiar with all the duties of the farm and assisted his father in tilling the soil until the breaking out of the Civil War.

In October, 1861, our subject enlisted and was mustered in with Company A, Seventieth Ohio Infantry and served for fifteen months, when he was discharged at Memphis on account of physical disability. He participated in the bloody battle of Shiloh and the evacuation of Corinth, holding the rank of Sergeant. Returning to the Buckeye State in 1863, he was married to Miss Euphemia Games, who was born in Brown County, Ohio, and is a daughter of John Games. In 1869 our subject and family left Ohio and made their way toward the setting sun, stopping nearly one year near Peru, La Salle County, Ill., where he was engaged in tilling the soil. From there he came direct to Kansas, and at once invested in eighty acres of raw prairie land, which he improved by cultivation, and on which he erected a substantial dwelling and good outbuildings. This was in Miami County, and there he resided until 1882, when he located in Anderson County and purchased a half-section of land, which was also unimproved.

Mr. Porter now owns four hundred acres, has it improved and cultivated, and has followed stock-raising for the most part since locating here. To his marriage were born nine children, one of whom died in infancy. Those living are: John, David, Elijah, Martin, Lonnie, Belle, Grace and Albert. Politically, Mr. Porter is a Republican, and his associations, as far as party is concerned, hWe always been with that body. He has never sought office, but has been Township Treasurer. He is a member of the United Brethren Church. With little or no assistance he has made his own way in life, and being distinguished for prudence, foresight and good judgment has been unusually successful. He is one of the original stockholders and directors in the Bank of Westphalia.

Moses and Jane (Martin) Porter, the parents of our subject, were natives of the Buckeye State, and there resided until about 1863, having in the meantime united their fortunes. They then removed to La Fayette, Ind., near which city the father purchased a farm. As he was advanced in years, and as he had secured a competency, he retired from the farm, and now makes his home in La Fayette. Although eighty years of age, time has dealt leniently with him, and he enjoys comparatively good health. His wife, and the mother of our subject, died in June, 1892, when eighty-one years of age. Both were consistent and exemplary members of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and in former years were active workers in the same. they reared six children, as follows: Elijah, who resides in Brown County, Ohio, and is engaged in farming; Samuel M., our subject; Amos, a farmer of La Fayette, Ind.; Eugene, a grocer of La Fayette; Cerilda, who married John Games and resides at Baldwin, Kan.; and Jackson, who died in La Fayette, Ind.

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