This week our subject is getting a little closer to home. Isaac Scott, brother of B.R. and J.P. Scott, is my great, great, great grandfather. Isaac was born in Belmont County Ohio, October 12th, 1834. Like his brothers B.R. and J.P., he was also a carpenter. We don’t have as much information about Isaac since he came to Kansas later than his brothers. An entry from J.P.’s day book dated April 20th, 1877, reads, “received of B.R. Scott $25.00 in part for share of sale of the old homestead in Ohio, sold to Isaac Scott.” This was about a year and three months after their father Richard Scott had died. So it appears that Isaac continued on the family farm for awhile after his father’s passing. It is stated in family history that he devoted most of his life to the mercantile business while in Ohio.
Isaac was married to Julia Miner, and there were eight children born to this union. Their second child, Lettie M. Scott died at the age of 22 on October 19th, 1885. The details are not known, but the following year (1886) the first daughter was married, and I suppose she remained in Ohio, after this Isaac moved to Council Grove with the remainder of his family. It is stated in the family history that he ran a large shoe store here in Council Grove for a number of years, until his health failed. So far I’ve found an advertisement from December 25th, 1885 for B.R. Scott and Estlin owning a boot and shoe store, but I’ve not found Isaac mentioned. It’s likely that Isaac managed the store for his brother.
All else that is said of Isaac shows that he was an upright Christian involved with many church activities. He didn’t seem to be politically minded, and was classified as the “Abraham Lincoln” type. He would rather give than to take so much as a cent from anyone. He was quiet and conservative, and his disposition was the very kindest, his temperament even and considerate. Isaac Scott departed this life December 4th, 1914, in Council Grove. His lovely wife Julia was past 80 years old when she departed this world February 16th, 1919. They lay side by side peacefully resting in the Greenwood Cemetery. And that is all we know of Isaac Scott.
This brings us to Dick Scott, third born of Isaac and Julia. Dick is my great, great grandfather. Dick and his wife Lizzie lived north of Delevan. You may still see the ruins of their home to the south end of the old air field. If I remember right, I believe Whitman’s own the property now. Dean Miller had told me about the connexion that his family had with mine. The Millers and Scotts were neighbors, and they apparently shared a lot of stories, work and recipes. Anyone who knows Dean knows about the famous black walnut taffy pull he has at his home around Christmas time. Well, Dean told me that Dick Scott’s name is on the original recipe and that it was given to his father by Dick, and ever since it’s been a tradition to make the taffy at Christmas. I must say, I think it’s the best taffy made, sure wish I could get that recipe.
Dick and Lizzie had two daughters, Hattie Dee born 1889, and Jennie May born 1890. Jennie May is my great grandmother. Jennie’s sister Hattie is my great, great aunt. Hattie continued in this area all her life. Most of you may remember her as Hattie Gilbert. She married Columbus Gilbert in 1912. Those who would know Columbus would remember him as ‘Lum’. I remember as a small boy coming to Council Grove with my grandparents to visit great aunt Hattie. One visit I recall, Hattie looked at me and my grandpa and asked, “Now, you two are married?” She hid a little grin as she asked, because she knew very well. I believe since she was over one hundred folks expected her to be a tad senile, so she wanted to play with them a bit. My great, great aunt Hattie passed away here in Council Grove, approaching the age of 104. When asked the secret to her longevity she replied, “Pizza and Oreos.”
If anyone has memories they would like to share about Hattie or anyone mentioned in this story, please feel free to come in and talk with me. Or you can write me at 210 W Main St. Council Grove, Ks. 66846. As always, I encourage anyone and everyone to write down your memories and family history and send a copy to the Morris County Historical Society. The stories that make Council Grove or any community rich, is not so much the names and dates of National consequence that are crammed in our head at school, but the everyday ‘goins on’ of the people who lived here.
Addenda 8-7-12: I finally found an ad in the Council Grove Guard for Isaac Scott’s shoe store. It first appeared Friday June 8, 1888 and reads, “ISAAC SCOTT-Dealer in-Dry Goods-Notions, boots and shoes-Stock new, bought very low for cash, and will be sold at hard time prices. We have the exclusive sale of the Gieseke boot and shoe.-Sims’ new building east Council Grove.” Sims’ new building was torn down a few years ago. It was located at the corner of East Main and 5th street near the NAPA. NAPA bought the lot and had the building torn down and turned into a parking lot that they sell trailers from now.
Like the rest of his brothers, Isaac was also a Civil War veteran. He served as a sergeant in 180th Ohio Infantry, Co. F. Benjamin and James both served in the 77th Ohio Infantry Companies G and K respectively. The youngest Scott brother, Howard, died a prisoner of war in Libby Prison and was buried in an unmarked grave.