William R. Henry

Extracted from Cutler's History of Kansas WILLIAM R. HENRY, merchant, came to Fort Scott in February, 1871, but engaged in no active business for himself until 1874, when he entered upon the pursuit of agriculture. In the spring of 1876, he began to deal in agricultural implements, seeds, grain, wagons, buggies, etc., under the firm name of Henry & Boyce. This partnership continued for one year. He was then alone until 1880, when the present firm of William R. Henry & Co. was organized, composed of W. R. Henry and W. J. Robbins. They do almost exclusively a retail business; in January, 1882, D. M. McIntosh became a partner in the firm. Mr. Henry was born in Hartstown, Crawford Co., Penn., November 20, 1823, and lived there until about 1854, when he went to Rock Island, Ill. The following year he removed to Sioux City, where he remained until July, 1862. He then enlisted in Company E, Twenty-third Iowa Volunteer Infantry, as first Lieutenant, and in the fall of the same year became Captain of the company, having had practical command from the first. He remained in the service about three years, then, in May, 1865, went to Shreveport, La., where he was engaged in mercantile business until 1867. He was then engaged in the real estate business in New Orleans for two years, and then removed to Monmouth, where he remained two years before coming to Fort Scott. He was married to his present wife, Sidney S. Meason at Uniontown, Penn., September 16, 1863. She is a native of Fayette County, Penn. They have one child--Mary M. Mr. Henry is a member of the I. O. O. F. and the G. A. R.