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S. A. Hester
Born February 4, 1834


S. A. HESTER, farmer, P. O. Rantoul, was born in Fleming County, Ky., February 4, 1834. His parents removed when he was young to Jones County, Iowa, and he was reared there on a farm. He came to Franklin County March 22, 1857, and located in this Township and farmed for four years, then went to Douglas County, returning eleven months later he located on his present farm. Mr. Hester enlisted in June, 1862, in Company C, Second Kansas Cavalry, serving five months, then enlisted in the Tenth Kansas State Militia, in Kansas Cavalry, serving until the war closed. After the war he was also, in connection with his farming pursuits, engaged in conducting a sawmill for several years. He has 195 acres in the county, and is quite extensively engaged in raising thorough-bred Short-horn and graded cattle and Poland-China hogs. In February, 1879, Mr. Hester went to Custer County, Col., and became interested in mining. He is now quite extensively engaged in gold and silver quartz mines in that region, and makes frequent trips there in behalf of those interests. Mr. Hester was married in Cutler Township, in 1858, to Mary E. Perkins. She died in 1869, leaving three children——Mary E., Zoa and Juda. He was married again here, in 1879 to Olive E. Bartram, and they have five children—-Cora, Milo C., Harry, Zetta G. and Scott A. The subject of our sketch was Treasurer of Peoria Township for five years, and Trustee of Cutler Township for five years. In 1880 he received the nomination for Sheriff of the county, on the Greenback ticket, and lost the election by a very small majority.

Source: Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, first published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, Illinois
Submitted by: Susie Martin-Rott

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