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Ralph was born in Dummerston, Vermont 3 Oct 1869. He cam e to Kansas with his family, on a train 3 Oct 1877. Afte
r the death of his father when he was just a boy of 13, h e and brother Dana would herd the cattle. On 10th Dec. 1 892 he married Mattie E. Smith. To this union 10 childre
n were born. Ralph contributed much to the community, havin
g served on the school board for a number of years, was cou
nty commissioner and a state senator. He was active in chu
rch work and a member of the Christian Church. He was a me
mber of the Mason Knights Templer, Woodman, Oddfellows an
d Elks lodges. He passed away 30 Aug 1950, at age 80.
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