My Henry Augustus is as follows
HENRY A. KASSEBAUM (sic), farmer, P. O. Rossville, owns 2,420 acres, 1,300 acres on his home farm, 300 in the Kansas River bottom, and 920 acres south of the river, south of Buffalo Mound. His home farm is all under fence, and has three tenement houses, one east of his residence, with four rooms and cellar, one southeast with two rooms and one half mile west with two rooms. Has two tenement houses on river farm, one two-story and one one-story. The land south of the river is all in grass.
Has one tenement house there, story and a half, with three rooms. The land is well watered and contains some coal. Mr. K's residence is 20x30, main part story and a half, with an L 20x28, all containing ten rooms, well finished, with large cellar. Also has stone smokehouse, 10x20, with cellar; stone chickenhouse, 12x16 feet; his barn is stone, 30x50, two stories; three corncribs and granary, one 14x80, two stories, stone below and frame above; cattle sheds 16x140; granary 12x28. Has an orchard of about 700 peach and 400 apple trees, all bearing. The house and barn will built about eleven years ago, the former costing $1,800 and the latter $1,600. Mr. K. also owns five lots in Rossville. Has 150 head of cattle, eight horses, twenty-five hogs, thirty-six sheep. Is well supplied with farm machinery, buggies, wagons, etc. His acreage of grain for 1882 was as follows: 220 acres wheat and rye, thirty of oats, millet thirty-five, and about 300 acres of corn. Mr. K. came to Kansas in 1870 from Hancock County, Ind.
He was born at Brookmell, near Hanover, Prussia, and came to America when seven years of age with his parents, who located at Cincinnati, Ohio where they remained four and one half years. Moved to Switzerland County, Ind., where his father purchased a small farm and Henry helped clear the land, cutting timber, burning brush and splitting rails. Remained there until about twenty-two years of age, and went to Cross Plains, Ind., and entered a store with James McGee. Remained in his store four and one half years, at the following salaries: First year, $90; second, $110; third, $130; fourth, $140; fifth, at the rate of $150. He saved $650 out of his salary, and was married March 25, 1860, at Olean, Ripley Co., Ind., to Miss Mary L. Brobst, of Cincinnati, and went into mercantile business at Olean, running a small country store, his wife running millinery business in connection. He remained there two years, and went to Indianapolis, opening a store on Massachusetts avenue, in partnership with his wife, but only continued one year, and moved to New Palestine, sixteen miles east of Indianapolis, and started with small capital against great odds, but was finally successful. They have had eight children, six living - Benjamin F., who is a graduate of Baldwin College, having attained the highest excellence in penmanship; William N., Henry A., Jr., Edward W., Katie M. and Emma S. Five were born in Indiana and three in Kansas. Mr. K. is a member of Rossville Lodge No. 75, A. O. U. W.; receiver of that lodge. Is one of the deacons of the Presbyterian Church and a Republican.