JUDSON W IDE
Well known as a representative of the agricultural interests of Doniphan county, Mr. Ide certainly deserves representation in this volume. He is a self-made man who owes success to enterprise, energy and resolute purpose. His life demonstrates the fact that prosperity is not the result of genius or fortunate circumstances, but is acquired by earnest, persistent labor guided by sound common sense. For many years he has been identified with the interests of Doniphan county and has not only witnessed its development in the pioneer days, but has been an active factor in its prosperity and advancement.
On the 25th of January, 1833, Mr. Ide was born, in Luzerne county, Pennsylvania, and is a son of John and Sallie (Foster) Ide. He is descended from good old Revolutionary stock, his great-grandfather being one of the heroes who fought for liberty from British rule. His grandfather was Neamiah Ide, of Massachusetts, whose wife bore the maiden name of Betsy Bennett. The maternal grandfather of our subject was Edward Foster, a native of Vermont and one of the early settlers of Pennsylvania. He married Miss Lydia Nash, who well remembered the Revolutionary war and could relate many interesting and thrilling events connected with the struggle for independence. She could also tell many thrilling tales of the days when the Indians menaced the life of the white settlers. John Ide, the father of our subject, was born in the old Bay state, and in Vermont married Miss Foster, who was born there. They subsequently removed to Pennsylvania, where they made their home for many years.
The subject of this review spent his boyhood days in the last named state and in the common schools acquired his preliminary education, which was supplemented by a course in Wyoming Seminary at Kingston, Pennsylvania, where he pursued his studies for three terms. He entered upon his business career as a clerk in a country store in the Keystone state, but believing that better opportunities were offered young men in the rapidly developing west, he came to Kansas in 1857, taking up his abode in Doniphan county, where his first purchase of land made him the possessor of eighty acres in section 29, Iowa township, and to this he added from time to time until he was the owner of three hundred acres of rich land. As the years passed he placed this under a high state of cultivation and now has one of the finest farms in the county. The place is improved with two good dwellings, substantial barns, including a bank barn and a hay barn, a wagon house, a granary and sheds for his farm machinery. In fact no accessory of the model farm is lacking, and his property is certainly a very desirable one. He devotes his time to the cultivation of wheat and to the raising of hogs and cattle and in both lines of business is meeting with creditable success.
In the early days of his residence in Kansas -- 1860-1865 -- he engaged in freighting to Denver with two or three yokes of oxen, making nine trips. In 1865 he had charge of a wagon train from the Missouri river as far west as Fort Laramie. In his wagon train there were thirty-two wagons, hauled by four to six yoke of oxen, there being altogether one hundred and eighty oxen and nineteen men in the train. A part of the time Mr. Ide had charge of the train and the remainder were conducted by a government escort. Since 1867 Mr. Ide has given his attention exclusively to his farming interests and derives therefrom an excellent income.
In politics Mr. Ide is a stanch Republican, keeps well informed concerning political issues and always supports the men and measures of the party, yet he has never sought official preferment for himself. He has experienced the hardships and trials of life in the frontier and has met difficulties in his business career, but his determined purpose has enabled him to overcome these, and to-day he is accounted one of the substantial residents of his adopted county. His many excellencies of character have gained him the high regard of his fellow men and he is justly esteemed for his sterling worth.