James Slaven, Civil War veteran, Kansas pioneer and wealthy farmer in Walnut Creek township, died at the Slaven home southwest of town Sunday, February 4, after an illness of about three weeks. Mr. Slaven came to Mitchell County 52 years ago last September. He came to Kansas with all his worldly possessions tied in a bandana handkerchief and homesteaded the farm on which he died. For half a century he worked and saved, invested his savings in land. His life is an object lesson in thrift, industry and faith in this country. His holdings in land estimated at perhaps a quarter of a million dollars, were gained by no speculations, by no gifts, by no get-rich-quick schemes, but by the practive of thrift and frugality.

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James Slaven was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky, March 11, 1841, and died after a short illness of two weeks at his home near Glen Elder, Kansas, February 4, 1923, at the age of 81 years, 11 months and 7 days. When a small boy he moved with his parents to Scott County, Tennessee, where he grew to manhood. On October 7, 1861, he enlisted in Co. I, 24 Ky. Vol. He served in the army three years and 23 days. He started under General Thomas with Sherman's army on the March to the Sea, but was wounded at Roseca, Ga., and left in the hospital at Atlanta. He was discharged January 31, 1865. He came to Kansas September 18, 1870, and homesteaded the farm he was living on at the time of his death and was one of the first settlers in Walnut Creek township. In 1872 he was united in marriage to Emily C. Williams and they celebrated their golden wedding May 16, 1922. They were the first couple to be married in Walnut Creek township.

He leaves to mourn his departure his wife and nine children, Ida, Henry, Jessie, Eulalia, Ruby, Fay, Bessie, Glen and Maud, also 23 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren, all of whom were at his bedside during his illness with the exception of two small grandsons. Three children died in infancy and one daughter, Mrs. Floda Llewallen, died July 15, 1922.

He was a charter member of the Reynold's Post No. 43 G.A.R. of Cawker City, Kansas, and was one of a family of twelve children of which two brothers and one sister still survive him.

Funeral services were conducted at the house Tuesday, February 6, at 10:30 o'clock.

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