Kansas History and Heritage Project-Anderson County Biographies

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

HENRY HARRISON STALEY is one of the most prosperous farmers and stock-raisers in Putnam Township, Anderson County, where he has a large farm and other valuable property. Almost twenty years ago he came to this county, when it was in a wild and unsettled condition. He bravely persevered until he overcame every obstacle that lay in his pathway, and finally achieved success, solely by the exercise of good management and enterprise, and it may well be said that he is a self-made man. Mr. Staley was born in Crawford County, Ohio, October 10, 1844, and there spent the first nine years of his life. His parents, Jacob S. and Catherine (Meeks) Staley, were natives of Pennsylvania and Ross County, Ohio, respectively. The former was reared in Ohio and was a successful farmer in Tama County, Iowa. He died in the spring of 1883, and his wife passed away ten years later. They were the parents of ten children, six sons and four daughters, of whom our subject was the eighth in order of birth. He was reared to manhood in Tama County, Iowa, where he received a common-school education. In the spring of 1866 he removed to Cass County, Mo., where he at once engaged in farming and stock-raising on a small scale.

The tract on which Mr. Staley located was all raw land, with no improvements whatever, and as he had but little money with which to start out in life he was compelled to use the most rigid economy. He remained in Cass County until 1874, at which time he decided to remove to Anderson County, and again he endured the hardships of pioneer life. From a small beginning he has accumulated considerable valuable farming land, upon which have been made all the substantial improvements that mark the place one of the most desirable in this locality. He keeps more than five hundred head of cattle and several hundred hogs, besides a large number of horses and mules. He is probably the most extensive stock-raiser in Anderson County, and manages his business with sound judgment.

Our subject has been twice married, his first alliance having been contracted in 1876. His wife, Margaret McFarland, was a native of New York, of Scotch descent, and died in August, 1880. The present wife of Mr. Staley bore the maiden name of Elizabeth Price; she is a native of Scotland, having been born in Glasgow. Their marriage took place in Coffey County, Kan., in March, 1886, and has resulted in the birth of the following children: Maggie, Grace and Harrison.

The energy and prudence displajed by Mr. Staley in the management of his affairs make him one of the best examples of a first-class agriculturist, and the reliable manner in which he has ever performed the duties devolving upon him as a citizen of a great commonwealth and as a member of society has won for him the esteem of all who know him. His wife and family are also accorded their due measure of regard. He has held some of the minor offices in the township and has served faithfully in the interests of his fellow-citizens. At the present time he is proprietor of the Broadlands Stock Farm, which he conducts in the most efficient manner possible, as only those can do who have had long experience in the business.

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