A Twentieth century history and biographical record of Crawford County, Kansas, by Home Authors; Illustrated. Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL : 1905. 656 p. ill. Transcribed by staff and students at Baxter Springs Middle School, Baxter Springs, Kansas.

1905 History of Crawford County Kansas


James U. Treadwell, the well known jeweler and also serving as one of the city fathers of Pittsburg, has spent all the years of his majority in this city and has prospered with the advance of time. He is an excellent business man, with a reputation for honorable, fair dealing in all his relations with men, and his career has been according to his just merits and true personal worth.

Mr. Treadwell was born at Fort Browerton, Oneida county, New York, in 1864, being a son of E. A. and Fidelia (Means) Treadwell. His father was born in Onondaga county, New York, and lived in that state for a number of years. In 1867 he brought his family to Hillsdale county, Michigan, where he was engaged in farming for several years. While in that county his wife died, in 1868. In 1882 he and the other members of the family came out to Crawford county, Kansas, where he took up a farm in Baker township, two and a half miles east of Pittsburg. He continued his farming operations there until recently, when he retired and moved to Pittsburg, which is now his home.

Mr. James U. Treadwell spent the years of his life preceding his coming to Crawford county on a farm, and had a substantial public school education. Shortly after his arrival in this county he came to Pittsburg and went to work in the Lanyon smelter, which had just been started up. He remained at that work for two years, and then established his present business of jeweler and watchmaker. He has gained the confidence and the patronage of the citizens, and his trade has been on the steady increase during all the twenty years since it was established. He has a nice store at 421 North Broadway, and his stock is one of the best in the city.

Mr. Treadwell is a stanch Republican in politics. He is deeply interested in the welfare and progress of his city, and in April, 1903, was elected to the city council as the representative of the third ward. He has given of his time and efforts in a public-spirited and generous manner to the administrative affairs of the city. Mr. Treadwell has fraternal affiliations with the Modern Woodmen of America.

Mr. Treadwell was married at Pittsburg December 25, 1894, to Miss Rosie Brewer, and they have one daughter, Majil.