ANDREW J TREES
Andrew J. Trees is a retired farmer living in Sabetha. His birth occurred in Clermont county, Ohio, near Moscow, on the 26th of September, 1828, and he is descended from good old Revolutionary stock. The Treeses originally came from Germany to America, and during the war of the Revolution John Trees, the grandfather of our subject, joined the Colonial army and for seven years assisted the valiant men who fought for the independence of the nation. His wife was in her maidenhood Miss Hager. Their son, John Trees, the father of our subject, was born in Pennsylvania, and was reared upon a farm. During his youth he accompanied his parents to Clermont county, Ohio, and there became familiar with the scenes and experiences of pioneer life. Having arrived at years of maturity he married Nancy Hodges, who was of English lineage. She was born in South Carolina and in her early childhood removed to the Buckeye state, spending her early life upon a farm. After her marriage her husband took her to a new farm in Clermont county, developing his property into a very rich and valuable tract. He died in 1866, while his wife, surviving him ten years, passed away in 1876.
Andrew J. Trees was reared in Clermont county and is indebted to the district school for his education. He early became familiar with the work of the home farm and assisted in its cultivation until he had attained his majority. On leaving home he became connected with mercantile interests, establishing a store in Point Isabel, a small town in Clermont county. He conducted that enterprise for ten years, when he sold out and removed to a farm, being identified with the agricultural interests of the community until 1872. In that year he came to Kansas and purchased a tract of land of one hundred and sixty acres in Walnut township, Brown county. Thereon he engaged in stock raising for four years, and on the expiration of that period took up his abode in Sabetha, Kansas. Three years afterward, however, he removed to a farm in East Salem, Brown county, and in the course of time had placed his quarter-section of land under a high state of cultivation. In 1886, however, he disposed of that property and again came to Sabetha, where he has since made his home. His labors were prosecuted with untiring diligence and his resolute purpose and capable management brought to him a very high degree of success, so that he is now enabled to put aside business cares and enjoy the fruits of his former toil.
On the 9th of November, 1854, occurred the marriage of Mr. Trees and Miss Frances A. Brown, a daughter of John and Sarah (Brannen) Brown. She was born in Clermont county, Ohio, March 19, 1833. Her father was a native of England and her mother of Kentucky, but in pioneer days they took up their abode in Clermont county, Ohio. Four children have been born of the union of Mr. and Mrs. Trees, namely: Sarah R., the wife of Oscar Ashley, of Nemaha county, Kansas; Martha W., at home; Elizabeth, the wife of Fred Lukert, a grain and stock dealer of Sabetha, and John E., a farmer of Rock Creek township, Nemaha county. In 1898 Mr. Trees built his present residence, which is modern in all its appointments and improvements, and the household is noted for its hospitality. He has served as a trustee of Walnut township, has filled the office of justice of the peace for some time, and in the discharge of his duties has won high commendation, as the result of his thorough and impartial rulings. He and his wife attend the Baptist church, and their well-spent lives elicit the respect of those with whom they are associated.