Joe and Myrtle English
Joseph Gray English and Myrtle Margaret Rixon English. He was b.1875 and became a hardware merchant, lumber dealer, and landowner in Stafford County Kansas. He was named after his father’s brother-in-law who also served in the 61st PVI at the siege of Petersburg. Family tradition has it that there was an act of bravery and Joseph Gray became an English family namesake.
In the 1920s JGE quarreled with the Ku Klux Klan and his lumber yard was burned. He and Andrew Aitken were partners in five other Kansas lumber yards.
Myrtle’s grandfather died en route to the California gold fields in 1849. Her father served with the Kansas Militia during the Civil War and then homesteaded near St. John KS in 1877, very early for that area. He later owned a mercantile, a furniture store and a coal yard in St. John KS.