Note: From J.W. Murphy: Riley Hanson Murphy was born in Fulton County, Illinois on January 1, 1853. His family moved to a farm in Iowa later and he and mother were married on September 1, 1872 near Woodburn, Iowa. (James W. Murphy). According to their son Harold, Riley met Amy Jones one day when he was riding his horse down the road and saw a pretty girl in the back of a farmyard. Riley rode up and struck up a conversation with her and managed to get at date with her. Shortly later he married her on September 1, 1872 near Woodburn, Iowa. J.W. Murphy continues: My father (Riley) and mother and I came to western Kansas in the fall of 1879 and settled about six miles northeast of the little town called Hargrave (Rush County) which was 2 u miles from our farm home later. I think Grandfather Jones and Grandmother came at the same time. They both drove out and took claims called homesteads. This was to become the property of the settler if he remained on it for five years. Due to the primitive condition of the country, these early settlers had to do with what they had, and so built themselves sod houses. They raised a few things and got along as best they could. I can barely recall our sod house but not many details. After a couple of years of no crops and lack of money to live on, our family took to the road and located in Greenwood County, not far from Eureka. Here Dad got a job with a man named Bob Hasty who had lost his wife earlier. He was a man of about thirty and lived on a farm which his father owned. His Brother-in-law, Thornt Finley lived with him. Mother did the house work and Dad worked on the farm. This tided them over for a couple of years when they left to work on the Missouri Pacific Railroad which was being built from Eureka to Wichita. Dad had a pretty good team of horses, and a good wagon and he could do grading on the roadway. He lived in a tent most of the time. "Grandson, J.F. Murphy" relates how Riley told him of the commissary group in the work gang going hunting alongside the railroad property and returning with fresh buffalo meat for stews and roasts. He also states that they had few problems with flies, they even hung the buffalo quarters in the shade to cure without any flies or sanitation problems. About 1893 or 1894, the Murphys reached Wichita. " J.W. Murphy continues": The folks bought a lot (Wichita) and built a small house on it, later selling the place and buying a small farm 8 u miles south of Wichita near Haysville, which still is on the map. At Haysville was a store or two and a trading post. A small mill was there which ground corn and made corn meal for the farmers. The mill was located on a small stream near the dam and close to the stores. We lived on this farm about two years when Dad thought he could not pay off the mortgage and so decided to sell it and go out to the old home near Hargrave. This move was not agreeable to Mother who found it hard to leave the good friends we had made around Haysville, and the good fruits we had been able to raise there. In fact, it was the best place we had lived up to that time. My Dad had gone out to Western Kansas earlier and visited the old home place and came back feeling that the move was the best for us and so we moved in the spring of 1887. I recall that we put our belongings in the wagon, and Dad and I took turns driving the cow behind, while Mother drove the team. We stopped along the way to spend the nights. Finally we arrived little looking around, we went out to Grandfather Matthew Joness place and lived with them about two months before we bought a home south of West Point Post Office. Then Dad built a house on it and we were full-fledged Kansans once more. The journey had taken six days from Wichita to Hargrave and the old family home of Grandfather Jones. The Riley Murphys lived on this farm until about 1904 when they sold it and moved to Great Bend, at 22210 West 7th Street. They lived there until after Dad died in
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