ROBERT BRUCE BUCK
The good blood of the south flows in the veins of some Kansans of the present day, and in Kansas, as elsewhere in the United States, the southern and northern elements of our progressive population unite in a common effort for the advancement of American prosperity. Veterans both southern and northern literally smoke with each other the pipe of peace and bushwhackers and jayhawkers are friends ready to help each other in time of need. Such old soldiers as Robert B. Buck, of Center township, Atchison county, possess much valuable unwritten war history and it is to be regretted that they d0 not, to the last man of them, provide some permanent record of their experiences and impressions during those fateful years 1860-65.
Robert Bruce Buck is a son of Isaiah and Catherine (Waugh) Buck and a grandson of Robert Buck, a descendant of old Scotch families of the clan Campbell, of which the Duke of Argyle was chief, but who was born in Ireland and came from county Antrim to America about the time of the beginning of the Revolutionary war. Isaiah Buck was born in Morgan county, Virginia (now west Virginia), in 1797, and died there in 1892, aged ninety-five years. He had a somewhat interesting career and was a man of prominence, influence and usefulness. In his youth he ran away from home and went to Ohio and while there he enlisted in the United States army for service against the mother country in 1812-14. He was a member of Captain Babb's historic company, which was recruited in Muskingum county, Ohio, with which he did good service.
After the war was over Mr. Buck took up farming and eventually returned to his old home in Virginia. There, as a Democrat, he took a leading part in public matters and was elected justice of the peace, clerk of the court, sheriff and member of the legislature, in which offices he acquitted himself with the greatest credit. He married Catherine Waugh, a descendant of some of the earliest English settlers in the old Dominion, who died in Virginia in 1873. Besides the subject of this sketch the children of Isaiah and Catherine (Waugh) Buck were as follows: William, who died leaving a daughter, Mrs. John Admire, of Carrollton, Illinois; Napoleon, who died leaving nine children, one of whom, a son, lives in Marshall county, Kansas; Singleton, John and George, all of whom died without issue; Josephine, the wife of L. B. Langston, of Shannon, Kansas; David and James H. Buck, of Atchison county, Kansas.
Robert Bruce Buck was born in Morgan county, Virginia (now West Virginia), June 24, 1837. His earliest recollections were of the farm and his training and education were of a rural character. In 1860 he enlisted in Company E, Eleventh Regiment, Virginia Cavalry. Colonel O. R. Funston was his regimental and General Turner Ashby his brigade commander. He was in active service continually until the fall of 1864, when the regiment disbanded, the members going to their homes and caring for themselves and their horses during the winter, with the understanding that they were to report for duty at a certain date the following spring. When the time for rendezvous drew nigh the chances of the Confederate States of America appeared so discouraging that Mr. Buck assumed the responsibility of discharging himself from the service and did not report for farther (sic) duty. His experiences were often exciting and interesting and some of the scenes in which he participated now possess much historical interest. His services were almost exclusively within the borders of his own state.
In 1869 Mr. Buck was married, in Virginia, to Miss Anne Casler, a daughter of William Casler, of sturdy Pennsylvania Dutch extraction, and a prominent farmer in his day and generation. Mr. Buck has made a substantial success of life and is one of the prominent farmers of Center township. His farm is ample for his needs and is given to the production of general crops. He also gives attention to stock-raising. His buildings are of adequate size and of modern construction and, all in all, he is admirably located and equipped for profitable farming. He is a man of public spirit, who may always be depended upon for hearty and generous co-operation in any movement tending to the public good, and he is an advocate of good public schools and a liberal supporter of religious interests in his vicinity. He is outspoken in his political opinions and is not without recognized political influence, but he is not a seeker after place and is not an active politician in the ordinary acceptation of the term. He gives his time and his ability almost exclusively to his business, for he is as industrious as he is farsighted and is a firm believer in the saying that "he that by the plow would thrive, himself must either hold or drive." Mr. and Mrs. Buck have children named Luella, John, Effie, William, Estella, Cleveland and Mildred.