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Portrait and Biographical Record of
Dickinson, Saline, McPherson and Marion Counties

Chapman Brothers, Chicago, 1893




WESLEY W. DAY, an agriculturist residing on section 17, Ridge Township, Dickinson County, where he has made his home for sixteen years, claims Indiana as the State of his nativity. He was born in Shelby County, on the 10th of June, 1841. For many generations his ancestors have resided in the United Stales, the families having been established here during Colonial days. His parents, William and Mary (Dennis) Day, were both natives of Maryland, and unto them were born four children. The father died in 1874, at the age of eighty-two years, and the mother passed away in 1872, at the age of seventy-four years.

The subject of this sketch spent his boyhood days upon the home farm, giving his father the benefit of his labors until he had attained his majority, when he donned the blue and marched to the front as a defender of the Union. He enlisted on the 12th of August, 1802, as a member of Company F, Seventieth Indiana Infantry, and went to Bowling Green, Ky., being first engaged in battle battle in Russellville. He afterward went to Scottsville, Ky., then to Gallatin and La Verne, Tenn., and afterward to Murfreesboro. He also participated in the battles of Nashville and Chattanooga, and those of the Atlanta campaign. At Resacahe was wounded in the thigh by a minie-ball, and was taken to Chattanooga, and afterward to Nashville, where he lay in the hospital for five weeks. He then rejoined his regiment at Chattahoochie River, and on the 20th of July participated in the battle of Peach Tree Creek; subsequently he aided in the capture of Atlanta, and then marched with Sherman to the sea. Later he took part in the battles of Savannah, Goldsboro and Raleigh, was present at the surrender of Johnston, and thence marched to Washington, D. C, where he participated in the Grand Review, the most brilliant military pageant ever seen on the Western Hemisphere. On the 8th of June, 1865, he was mustered out, after three years of faithful service. He had the distinction of serving under President Harrison, who was the colonel in command of his regiment, and he went to the Capitol City in 1889 to witness the ceremonies which made his old commander the chief magistrate of the nation.

When the war was over Mr. Day returned to Shelby County, Ind., where he rented land and embarked in farming for himself. He was married on the 12th of December, 1866, to Louisa A. Rohm, daughter of John and Nancy Rohm. The lady was born in Ohio, January 4, 1848. The family circle numbers six children: Olive, who was born June 6, 1868, and is engaged in teaching school; Frank, born January 3, 1871; Albert L., September 12, 1874; Clara, March 19, 1878; Charles W., September 24, 1880; and Clarence Harrison, October 22, 1888.

Mr. Day continued to rent land and engage in farming in Indiana until 1876, which year witnessed his arrival in Kansas. Since that time he has resided upon his present farm on section 17, Ridge Township. He purchased one hundred acres of the National Land Company, upon which not a furrow had been turned nor an improvement made, but with characteristic energy he began its development, and now has a very desirable place under a high stale of cultivation and supplied with all the accessories of a model farm. In connection with general farming he runs a threshing machine each season.

Mr. and Mrs. Day are worthy and highly respected people. That his fellow-townsmen appreciate his worth and ability is evinced by the fact that for seven years he has been called upon to fill the office of Justice of the Peace, and for three years has served as Town Treasurer. He is quite a prominent member of the Methodist Church, in which he holds the office of Steward, and the life he lives is in harmony with his professions. His public and private career are alike above reproach. In regard to his social relations, Mr. Day is a member of Hope Post No. 395, G. A. R., and of the Knights of Pythias.



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