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Elbert Olin Raymond Autobiography

Microfilm MS 10.03



Elbert Olin Raymond was born to Jepperson and Elizabeth Matilda (Robinson) Raymond in a one room log house in Attica, Ohio, on July 14, 1852. Four years later, Jepperson Raymond moved his family to Stark County, Illinois. Elbert Raymond attended school there, graduating from Hedding College in Abingtoh, Illinois. In 1876 he joined the Central Illinois Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

On Christmas Eve 1879, Raymond married Laura Elizabeth Scott originally from Hacketstown, New Jersey. Elbert and Laura raised a family of seven children, four of them born in Illinois, three in Kansas.

Raymond moved to Kansas in 1888. His motivations to move were that he had contracted pneumonia and his doctor suggested that he move to a drier climate, and one of his sisters had moved to Wilsey, Kansas.

Once in Kansas, Raymond first settled in a farm halfway between Wilsey and Delavan. The farm on which he settled was provided for him, as his congregations did not have the funds to provide an adequate salary. The churches in his circuit included Wilsey, Olive Branch Schoolhouse, Council Grove, Herington, Topeka, Overbrook, Havensville, Centralia, Westmoreland, Dunlap, Delavan, Mount Ida, Scranton and Highland.

Raymond’s career as a minister spanned forty-three years, from 1879 to 1922. He died on May 6, 1935, at the home of one of his sons in Muskogee, Oklahoma.

Researchers looking for supplemental information on Raymond should also see the article entitled “Prairie Preacher,” by Robert S. Raymond, published in the autumn 1981 issue of Kansas History (v. 4, no. 3) , pp. 191-210.

Notes on This Microfilm Copy

This microfilm contains the Elbert Olin Raymond Autobiography in its entirety. The microfilm is a copy of a typed transcript from the original handwritten books, now in the possession of Raymond’s descendants. The typescript copy was donated to the Kansas State Historical Society in 1949 by Robert S. Raymond.

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Prepared for microfilming by Robert A. McInnes
Date: 1995