Note: Alfred spent his boyhood days in Kentucky. His father died when he was only 4 years old and the family was reared by the mother. His schooling was obtained in a log house and was somewhat limited. At the age of 16 he left home and worked by the month on a farm. He worked for 5 years in the shipyards at New Albany, Indiana. During the year of 1849 he returned to his native state where he found his life companion Mary A Crow. They were married on February 4, 1854 at Bowling Green, Kentucky. He bought a farm of 230 acres in Warren County, Kentucky and operated it until the later part of May, 1858.
At this time there was much talk about the great west, the land of golden opportunities, so this young couple full of that faith which marked the sturdy pioneers, with 2 yoke of cattle, the only kind of team used in those days, wended their way westward, crossing the Mississippi River at St. Louis, Missouri and the Missouri River at St. Charles, Missouri. They made their first stop near Bethany, Harrison County, Missouri.
Their stay here was of short duration for the restless spirit had not yet reached the golden west. Leaving their residence in Missouri on October 7, 1859, they turned eyes toward Kansas, landing in Lawrence during the fall. Here they heard that much land was open for settlement in Jefferson County, Kansas and with an ox team drove across the prairies to Oskaloosa, Kansas. Not finding anything to suit them they drove back to the Kaw bottom and camped at the foot of the hill. For three years, he occupied rented land. Mr. Fowler said that the view fo the Kaw valley from the hills east of Perry was a wonderful sight, the blue stem grass was so tall that a man on horseback could not be seen in traveling through it.
Their next place of residence was 2 miles west of Lawrence where they lived until 1865 when they moved to the old homestead just west of Perry in Jefferson County, Kansas. about 14 years ago failing health and the children all gone they sold the farms and moved to Perry, where they had ever since resided.
Alfred belonged to the Kansas Militia during the war and was actively engaged in the Quantrell and Price raids, taking part in the contest against the latter near Westport, Missouri. On the morning of August 22nd 1863, fire was heard in the direction of Lawrence and in Company with some of his neighbors they went to learn the cause. As they approvached the city were fired upon by Quantrell's men and forced to turn back for protection and safety. They stood upon the outskirts of the city and witnessed the sacking of Lawrence and burning the home of Jim Lane. He then joined General Lane's regiment in pursuit of Quantrell.
On movign to this township, Alfred bought 205 acres of land and began its improvement, the first dwelling of the family being an old log house on the banks of the Kansas. in 1869, he put up his present residence which was the first brick house between Lawrence and Topeka. He now has a barn 34 by 56 feet and granaries, cribs, etc., sufficiently numerous and comodious for the work of the farm. A fine windmill and tank supply water for the heards, whcih are bought, fed and shipped in large numbers. Alfred breeds full blooded Poland-China hogs, and raises from 75 to 150 per year. Three teams are required to carry on the work of the estate, whcih now comprises about 400 acres on the Kansas Bottom land where wheat and corn are the principal grain crops. The estate is neatly fenced by hedge and wire, adn contains an orchards of about ten acres, while walnut groves furnish refreshing shade.
Alfred was a member of the Baptist Church.
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