CALVIN B WEAVER
Calvin B. Weaver, of this notice, is another of those useful tillers of the soil in Kansas who has the triple claim on the consideration of his fellow men of pioneer, soldier and good citizen. He was a soldier in pioneer days and a pioneer in war time, and he has been at all times honest, industrious, energetic, patriotic and public spirited. Calvin B. Weaver, of Everest, is among the best known men in Washington township and no resident of Brown county is held in higher esteem. He was born in Switzerland county, Indiana, October 22, 1842, a son of David G. Weaver, who was born in Schenectady county, New York. Our subject's grandfather Weaver and his wife emigrated from Switzerland to New York state and from New York they came west and settled in Switzerland county, Indiana, at a very early day. They reared a large family and died respected by all who knew them.
David G. Weaver passed his years of usefulness in Switzerland county, Indiana. He was a poor man, a renter, and was one of those most unfortunate of poor men -- a poor manager. His wife, Elizabeth Campbell, was born in Cumberland county, Pennsylvania, and died in 1894, the year following the death of her husband. Their children were: Elizabeth C., wife of Henry Likely, of Switzerland county, Indiana; Gershom M., of Brown county, Kansas; Mrs. Clara Long, who resides at Adrian, Michigan, and is a widow; Calvin B.; Olive, who is Mrs. Robins and resides in Lane county, Kansas; Ruby C., who married James Roop and is now dead; Eliza, of Baker, Kansas; John L., of Whiting, Kansas; and Cassius M., who died from the effects of army service in the One Hundred and Fortieth Regiment, Indiana Volunteer Infantry.
Calvin B. Weaver was reared in the country. There was no school, worthy the name, in the neighborhood, and if there had been he could not have been spared from the farm to attend. He could scarcely more than read and write when he was grown, and while in the army he was brought face to face with the fact that an education was a positive necessity to one who would combat the world with any degree of satisfaction. So after the war, when he was about twenty-three years of age, he gained the permission of the school board and from the teacher of a good school and recited at recesses and at noons and made such good progress that after a few terms of such study he felt amply repaid for his decision to get as good an education as he could under the circumstances.
In 1863 Mr. Weaver enlisted in Company I, One Hundred and Seventeenth Indiana Volunteer Infantry. His company commander was Captain Hall and his regimental commander was Colonel Thomas J. Brady. He was mustered into the service at Indianapolis for six months, but was not discharged until more than eight months had passed. After thirty days at home be veteranized by enlistment in Company G, One Hundred and Thirty-ninth Indiana Volunteer Infantry, for three months, but served twelve months. In this company he was orderly sergeant. During his first service he helped raise the siege of Knoxville and in his last term of enlistment was in Kentucky and Tennessee doing guard duty along railroads.
Mr. Weaver spent the time intervening between his discharge and his advent in Kansas in Switzerland county, Indiana. Concluding that there was no brilliant prospect in that section for a working man who wanted to acquire a home and an independence he set out for the west. He was a single man in search of a cheap farm when he came into Brown county in the spring of 1869, and bought the wild eighty acres which, improved, is now his beautiful home. Just before his advent into the county, not having the funds with which to begin the improvement of the land, he rented a farm in Atchison county. he says that his health and his hands were all he brought with him to the state and, as a matter of course, with no other agency at work for him, his progress was necessarily slow and not always sure. He spent the first year working out by the day and in that way got the money which insured him the equipment with which to farm. It was not until 1874 that he moved to his own farm, into his fourteen-by-sixteen box house, without ceiling or plaster. When he got his wife, two children, a bed and cook stove into this shanty it contained all his effects and was nearly full. Mr. and Mrs. Weaver went resolutely at work, battling with nature and against unfavorable circumstances to make ends meet in a financial way. He gathered all his corn, for one or two years, at a single load, as a result of visitations by grasshoppers and drouth, but when this happened he supplied any deficiency by working out in winter and brought his family and stock through until another crop grew.
At one of the early public meetings held in Washington township -- the first school meeting -- Mr. Weaver was in attendance. The object was to organize a school district and get a school started. There were not enough pupils of a school age to warrant the erection of a district, but by enrolling Mrs. Weaver and her sister, who were then single and of age, the organization could be duly effected. This was done and the district was organized and Mrs. Weaver was elected a member of the board. When Mr. Weaver moved into the district he was placed on the board and has been kept there continuously for a quarter of a century.
In September, 1871, Mr. Weaver married Sarah M. Iles. Her father, Matthew Iles, one of the early settlers of Washington township, located just across the road from Mr. Weaver, where his widow still lives. Mr. Iles. was born at Lancashire, England, and came to Brown county in the spring of 1869. He was one of the useful and prominent men of his time. He married a daughter of Major William Carmack. of Carthage, Kentucky. Major Carmack married Mary Washington Damron, whose parents were Thomas and Elizabeth (Dowman) Ball. Thomas Ball was a first cousin to General Washington's mother. Elizabeth Dowman's mother was Elizabeth Portues, a sister of Edward Portues, bishop of London in 1706. Matthew Iles children were: Dr. William A. Iles, of Urbana, Kansas, who, in the civil war, was a soldier in the Thirteenth Regiment of Kansas Volunteer Infantry; Mary E., wife of William Dooley, of Fort Smith, Arkansas; Ellen, wife of Nelson W. Reece, of Everest; John J., who married a Miss Piper and is now dead; Robert, a prominent farmer of Atchison county; Martha A., who married C. W. Snodgrass, of Denver, Colorado; Alice, who died in 1880; and Nicholas, of Atchison county.
Mr. Weaver is one of the prominent Republicans of, his township. He became of age while in the army and says he was baptized in blood and could not by any possibility be anything else politically. He is one of those veterans who, after the war, were wont to say that they "voted as they shot." The conditions which gave rise to that expression passed away long since and new national questions have come before the people. During this period of change, from the "reconstruction times" down to the present, when President McKinley's national and colonial policy is under consideration, Mr. Weaver has never seen reason to deviate from his party allegiance and he is as enthusiastic a Republican as when, fresh from his service in the army, he cast his first presidential vote. His standing as a citizen has always been unusually high and his public spirit, often tried, has never been found wanting. He is liberal in the support of religious and educational interests and is in every relation of life wholesouled and helpful.
Mr. and Mrs. Weaver have had children named as follows Ruby, who died at the age of sixteen; Raleigh T., an employe of the Rock Island Railway Company, at Horton, who married Miss Harding; Effie E.; Jesse C.; Bertha A.; Chauncey I.; Laura; and Fern V.