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FRANK W KENYON

Broad intelligence, liberal thought, consideration for all conflicting interests, and energy and industry, are quite certain to win in the fight for worldly advancement and at the same time to make warm personal friends for the victor. Upon such principles has the substantial success of Frank W. Kenyon, of Cummings, Atchison county, Kansas, been acquired. Work has been Mr. Kenyon's watchword and he has labored diligently, and while reaping the financial harvest of honest toil he has hailed his competitors as men and brothers and they have recognized in him a good and useful member of the community.

Frank W. Kenyon is a son of Clark M. and Martha A. (Lamphear) Kenyon. His father is a native of Allegany county, New York, born July 5, 1828, and is descended from a family that settled early in Rhode Island. Martha A. Lamphear, who became his wife and the mother of the immediate subject of this sketch, was a daughter of Dr. Ira Lamphear, in his day a well-known medical practitioner in Renssalear county, New York. A biographical sketch of Clark M. Kenyon, who is living in retirement at Nortonville, Kansas, appears in this work.

Born in Allegany county, New York, January 13, 186o, Frank W. Kenyon remained there until he was twelve years old and there gained his primary education in the public schools. In 1872 his father removed with his family, consisting of his wife and their sons, Frank W. and C. Grant, to Kansas, and settled in Atchison county. Here the boy continued his education in the home district school until it became necessary for him to take a part in the management of his father's large farm. He then laid aside his text books and entered earnestly upon the battle of life.

Mr. Kenyon has lived on his present farm, near the village of Cummings, since early in the '80s. He has in his possession more than half a section of good land and does general farming with which he combines stock-raising, of which he makes an important feature. He was formerly a very enthusiastic cattle man but has recently come to the conclusion that sheep may be handled as profitably and munch more safely than cattle and he now gives his attention to them with satisfactory results. His farm is provided with ample buildings and every appliance essential to successful farming and he and his brother, C. Grant Kenyon, are numbered among the up-to-date farmers of Atchison county and are well known and highly esteemed as men of merit and enterprise.

On the 19th of February, 1885, Frank W. Kenyon was married to Miss Mary Henry, whose father, J. B. Henry, came to Kansas from Illinois. Mr. Henry was born in Ohio and married Catherine Riley, who died leaving three sons, named W. F., John W. and Ellsworth. He married for his second wife Martha Agen, who bore him two daughters, Clara, wife of Edward Landrum; and Mrs. Kenyon. Mr. and Mrs. Kenyon have two sons, Ernest C., born July 23, 1886, and Orlie H., born July 25, 1889.

Mr. Kenyon is in no way a political worker, but he is a close student of national politics and a close observer of the effects of congressional legislation upon the interests of farm and field. He uses his elective franchise under the guidance of his experience and his best judgment in national and state matters and warmly applauds and heartily supports President McKinley's policy of protection and expansion.