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


John M. Wayde, who now fills the office of county attorney of Crawford county and is one of the leading lawyers of Pittsburg, has been engaged in the practice of his profession in Pittsburg since 1890, almost since the beginning of his legal career. He came here with a good equipment and with talents worthy of bringing him into repute, and his subsequent career has fully justified his expectations and his plans.

Mr. Wayde was born in Bedford county, Pennsylvania, in 1862, a son of John and Mariah (Conley) Wayde. His father was born in Lancaster county, Pennsylvania, April 25, 1829, and still lives there on his farm, having engaged in agricultural pursuits throughout his active career. His mother is deceased, having died September 7, 1881.

Mr. Wayde, like many other successful men in business and the professions, was reared on a farm, but while he thus became acquainted with the arduous duties of that life he also had the advantages of a good education. He was a student in the Pennsylvania State Normal, at Lockhaven, where he was graduated in 1886. He took up the study of law while still a resident of Pennsylvania, and continued it in the law department of the Northern Indiana Normal College, at Valparaiso, and later in the law department of the State University of Kansas, at Lawrence, where he was graduated in 1889. His first practice was in Leroy, Coffey county, Kansas, but after a year he came to Pittsburg, in the spring of 1890, and has enjoyed an increasing patronage ever since. Attorney Wayde has been engaged, as the records will show, in some of the most intricate and difficult cases in the history of Crawford county. He was elected county attorney of Crawford county in 1902, on the Republican ticket, was re-elected to the same office in 1904, and has given a most excellent administration of the affairs of that office.

Mr. Wayde was married in Everett, Pennsylvania, on September 5, 1894, to Miss Margaret Pettigrew, and they have one son, Donald Wayde.