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JOHN ALTER, farmer and stock grower, Section 30, P. O. Belle Plaine, was born in Pennsylvania in
1843, where he was reared on his father's farm and educated in the common schools. On the breaking out
of the war, he enlisted in the One Hundred and First Pennsylvania Regiment, Company B. While in the
army he received a bad hurt in the small of his back, also had typhoid fever, which caused his confinement
in the hospital for a long time. On being mustered out of the army in 1865, he returned to his home, where
he lived until 1871, when he went to Belle Plaine, Sumner Co., Kan., where he pre-empted 160 acres of
land on Section 30. He subsequently added by purchase 160 acres more, making 320 acres, all of which
he has brought up to a high state of cultivation. His place is fenced all around principally with hedge. He
has 300 apple, 400 peach trees and small fruits in abundance and any variety. His crops for 1882 were
3,500 bushels of corn and 3,500 bushels of wheat, and sold $400 worth of hogs. He also has on hand 300
hogs and 47 fat cattle. Mr. Alter has been school director of his township for a number of years, and is a
member of he A. O. U. W. He was married to Miss Mary E. Mentezer, of Cumberland County, Pa., in
1862, and has four children, William M., Charles N., Dale M and Mary E. Mr. and Mrs. Alter are
members of the Presbyterian Church. Twelve years ago when Mr. Alter arrived in Belle Plaine he had but
$24 in money and his team.
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