source: William G. Cutler, History of the State of Kansas, McPherson Co., Part 7 - Marquette
"W. O. WATSON, dealer in hardware and machinery, sewing machines, etc., opened trade in 1881, and carry an average stock of $5,000. He first came to Saline County, Kan., in May, 1872, where he followed agricultural pursuits until he came to Marquette, Kan., in October, 1881. Was born at Cold Spring, Putnam Co., N. Y., May 18, 1846, and was raised on a farm. Moved to Greene County, Ill., with his parents in 1858. He has followed canvassing for many years for various things. Enlisted September 11, 1861, in Company D, Fourteenth Illinois Volunteer Infantry, and participated in all battles of his command until taken prisoner at Battle Ackworth, and confined in Rebel prisons six months. Mustered out May 30, 1865. Was married in 1871 to Miss Martha Yarnell, of Ohio. They have four children - Maud, Malcom V., Rachel H. and Rose. He is a member of the Masonic Order, of Illinois. Is a Republican in politics. "