WILLIAM W ALKIRE
William W. Alkire, who resides at 424 Monroe street, Topeka, Kansas, is a retired farmer. For more than forty years he has been identified with this state, and most of that time has been actively engaged in agricultural pursuits in Doniphan county, his retirement dating from 1890. A review of his life, briefly given, is as follows:
William W. Alkire was born in Sangamon county, Illinois, July 26, 1836, a son of pioneers of that county. His parents, Harmonas and Matilda (McLammore) Alkire, were natives of Kentucky, from which state they moved to Ohio, and eight years later came from there to Sangamon county, Illinois, where they spent the rest of their lives and died. The father was born in 1804, and lived to the advanced age of ninety-four years. He was of German descent. The mother of our subject was of Scotch and English parentage, her mother having been born in England and her father in Scotland.
In his native county William W. Alkire spent his boyhood days on his father's farm, and received his education in the district schools. He remained a member of the home circle and gave assistance to the farm work until he reached his majority, when he started out to make his own way in the world. In 1867 he came to Doniphan county, Kansas, and bought of G. Lightfoot three hundred and twenty acres of choice land. He remodeled the buildings on this place, built new ones and made other improvements, keeping pace with the times and devoting his earnest efforts to farming and stock raising, with the result that is always sure to follow persistent, well-directed effort in any line -- success. He raised large numbers of cattle and hogs, annually shipping to market from one to three car loads of stock. Later he purchased eighty acres more, thus increasing his farm to four hundred acres. He remained on his farm, actively conducting its operations, Until 1890, when he turned it over to his two sons and moved to Topeka, where, as already recorded, he has since lived retired.
Mr. Alkire was married, in 1862, to Miss Judith Spaulding Lightfoot, daughter of Goodrich Lightfoot, of Sangamon county, Illinois. Mrs. Alkire is a native of Alabama, whence, when very young, she was taken by her parents to Sangamon county, Illinois, where her father became a prosperous and highly respected citizen. Mr. and Mrs. Alkire have three sons, namely:
Herbert Lee, a practicing physician of Topeka, is a graduate of Jefferson Medical College, Pennsylvania; Emmett 'Young, who occupies the family homestead; and William Arthur, also on the home farm.
Mr. Alkire has always shown himself to be a public-spirited citizen, and at different times has filled local office. He has for many years been a Mason, having membership in Troy Lodge, F. & A. M. Both he and his wife belong to the Methodist Episcopal church.