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From: Dave Goldy (
Date: 11/2/2006 05:17 PM


Here is a biographical sketchof Harry C. Ainsworth, a son of Newton's

From “The History of Johnson County, Kansas” published in 1915 by Ed Blair. Pages 369 and 370

Harry C. Aainsworth (sic) is one of Johnson county’s most successful farmers and breeders. He is a son of Newton Ainsworth and Rosanna Hamill. Harry C. Ainsworth comers from Johnson county pioneer stock. His father, Newton Ainsworth, was one of the pioneer settlers of Johnson county and known as “The Grand Old Man of Lone Elm.” He died April 20, 1915. This venerable patriarch of Johnson county was one of the best known pioneers of eastern Kansas. He came here March 27, 1857, and settled on the virgin prairie at Lone Elm, on the Santa Fe Trail at the headwaters of Cedar creek, which was the first camping grounds of those going west, after leaving Independence, Mo. Newton Ainsworth was one of successful men of Johnson county. He accumulated a large amount of property and some time ago, prior to his death, divided among his sons nearly 1,700 acres of the best land in Johnson county, which he accumulated by hard work and good management, and, of course, with the help of his splendid wife and sturdy sons. Newton Ainsworth was a man of striking figure and strong personality and a true friend of humanity, no matter what their race or creed. He stood erect at the age of eighty and looked persons to whom he might be speaking squarely in the eyes. If he liked a man he would tell him so, yet he never was rash or quarrelsome. His death removed one of the most prominent and useful men from Johnson county. He was not only a pioneer but a worker, a man of liberality, strength and greatness of mind. His name was a synonym for courage, integrity and honor. His morals stood the test of time, his honesty was never shaded and his charity was as broad as the State. His wife died in 1904. Harry C. Ainsworth is one of the five Ainsworth brothers, sons of Newton Ainsworth and Rosanna Hamill. They are as follows: D. E., resides in Stilwell; R. E., Ocheltree: Harry C., the subject of the sketch; G. B., Salisbury, Mo., and H. A., Salisbury, Mo. Harry C. Ainsworth, whose name introduces this sketch, was born March 25, 1876. He received a good common school education and has made farming and stock raising his life’s work. Hew owns 160 acres of some of the best land in Johnson county with a fine modern twelve room house, which is one of the best farm residences in Johnson county. It was built by Mr. Ainsworth’s father and is equipped with all the modern conveniences usually found in the best residences in the larger cities. Not only the residence but the other buildings on the place are lighted with electricity, even the chicken house. Mr. Ainsworth takes great interest in the up-keep and appearance of his farm and says it is his ambition to make it the best improved place in Johnson county and the writer is of the opinion that Mr. Ainsworth’s place has already attained that distinction. Mr. Ainsworth has some very fine stock and is a successful breeder of pure bred Berkshires, in which he takes more than ordinary interest. Mr. Ainsworth was married in 1903 to Miss Ella E. Spenser, a daughter of Isaac Spenser, of Johnson county, and they have three children as follows: Isaac Newton, Stella Rose and Susie Elizabeth. Mr. Ainsworth is a Granger and belongs to No. 152, having been identified with that organization for the past twenty-five years. He is also a member of the Independent Order of Odd Fellows Lodge, No. 59, Olathe. He is a stockholder in the Patrons Bank of Olathe. He is a public spirited and a kind and accommodating neighbor and has many friends in Johnson county, where he is widely known.

Dave Goldy
Overland Park, KS