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Delmer C. Mather


Posted By: Sharyl Ferrall (email)
Date: 11/7/2005 at 02:31:47

Only the portions of this bio mentioning Clayton co. have been posted here.

DELMER C. MATHER has probably had as extensive business relations with the people of Rawlins County as any other citizen. He has lived there over thirty years and in that time has come to know practically every family that has made a home in that section of Kansas, and his business is handling lumber at the yard of the Foster Lumber Company at Atwood.

Mr. Mather was born in Winneshiek County, Iowa, March 3, 1859. His paternal ancestors were Scotch-Irish who came to New York in colonial times. His grandfather was a native of New York, was a farmer and lived also in Ohio and Iowa and died in Clayton County of the latter state before Delmer C. Mather was born. The latter's father, Darius C. Mather, was born in Ohio in 1830 and soon after his marriage moved to Clayton County, Iowa. He was a carpenter by trade and in 1861, enlisted in Company E of the Twenty-Seventh Iowa Infantry. He was in some of the early campaigns of the Mississippi Valley and finally at the siege of Vicksburg. He fell a victim not to an enemy's bullet but to the disease which ravaged the northern armies in the swamps and bayous of the Mississippi and died at Vicksburg in 1863, soon after that Confederate stronghold fell. He was a whig in politics and a consistent member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

Darius C. Mather married Amanda H. Mather, a distant relative. She was born in Ohio in 1830 and died in Clayton County, Iowa, in 1875. There were three children: Florence R., wife of W. T. Willoughby, a farmer in North Dakota, Delmer C. and Abbie who died at Iroquois, South Dakota, in 1917, where her husband, M. M. Rounds, is still a farmer.

Delmer C. Mather attended the public schools of Clayton County, Iowa. He was only four years old when his father died. He lived at home to the age of seventeen, acquiring a fair education in the rural schools. He worked out as a farm hand and at other employment, and acquired only a nominal capital through a varied experience before he came to Kansas.

June 11, 1880, in Clayton County, Iowa, Mr. Mather married Miss Ella M. Wiltse, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Leonard Wiltse, who were Iowa farmers, both now deceased.

-Click the link below to read all of this biography-

-source: A Standard History of Kansas and Kansans, written and compiled by William E. Connelley, Chicago: Lewis, 1918
-transcribed by the Baxter Springs Middle School students & their instructors, of Baxter Springs, Kansas

Delmer C. Mather biography

Clayton Biographies maintained by Sharyl Ferrall.
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