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For forty-five years J. A. Cahoon has been a resident of Atchison county and is therefore numbered among its pioneer settlers. He was born in Ashe county, North Carolina, on the 9th of April, 1842, and with his father removed to Missouri in 1844. For eleven years he was a resident of that state and thence came to Kansas, locating in Atchison county, where he has since resided.

He arrived here when the greater part of the land was still in its primitive condition, when the work of improvement and progress was yet in the future. He has always taken an active interest in the material advancement of the county and in many ways has aided in its growth and upbuilding. He was married, August 19, 1864, to Mrs. Rachel Eskridge, but prior to that time he enlisted in the Union army, in 1861, at Fort Leavenworth, for three years. On the 22d of February, 1865, he re-enlisted as a member of Company D, Tenth Kansas Volunteer Infantry, and was mustered out September 15, 1865, at Montgomery, Alabama. He was in the militia for two years and was on the famous Price raid. In 1885 he was the postmaster of Effingham and filled that position until 1890. He makes his home in that city, where he is esteemed for his genuine worth.