Jesse Lew Templeton, a well known real estate and insurance dealer of Kenesaw, was born on the 12th of May,
1870, in Butler county, Pennsylvania. His father, Thomas Templeton, who was born also in that state October 6,
1839, received the education common at the time of his boyhood and on beginning his business career devoted some
time to clerking and later worked in the oil fields. At the time of the Civil war he enlisted in Company C, One
Hundred and Thirty ninth Regiment, Pennsylvania Tolunteer Infantry, and participated in a number of engagements,
including the battles of Bull Run, Antietam, Fredericksburg, Mary's Heights, Chancellorsville, Gettysburg and Mine
Run. After the close of hostilities he went to Illinois, where he clerked for a time and then returned to Pennsylvania,
where be served as county clerk of Butler county. Subsequently he engaged in merchandising there but in 1881 he
removed to Topeka, Kansas, and after clerking there for two years came to Kenesaw, Nebraska. He purchased a quarter
section of fine land three miles north of the town and devoted eleven months to its cultivation, after which he
sold the place. He then went again to Topeka but a year later returned to Kenesaw and again purchased land in this
county. For four years he served as postmaster of Kenesaw but at length he removed westward, settling at Hood River,
Oregon, where for two years he operated a fruit ranch. Subsequently he engaged in the real estate business at Long
Beach, California, and there he passed away on the 18th of August, 1915. His friends were many and there was sincere
grief at his demise. He was a republican in politics, was connected with Kenesaw Lodge, No. 144, A. F. & A.
M., and with the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and his religious faith was that of the Presbyterian church.
He never ceased to enjoy meeting his comrades of the war and was a loyal member of the Grand Army of the Republic.
He was married October 6, 1868, to Miss Maria Ann Hutchison, also a native of Pennsylvania, and they became the
parents of four children, of whom our subject is the only one surviving.
Jesse L. Templeton received a good education and was graduated from the Topeka, Kansas, high school in 1888, after
which he engaged in farming in this county for a considerable period. For a number of years, however, he has resided
in Kenesaw and has won a place among the leading business men of the town, being very active in the real estate
and insurance field. He studies the various phases of those lines of business carefully, keeps in close touch with
local business conditions and has gained a large clientage.
Mr. Templeton was married in 1891 to Miss Lettie Latta, by whom he has three children, namely: Robert Bruce, Faye
and Fern. Mr. Templeton casts his ballot in support of the men and measures of the republican party and is well
known fraternally, belonging to Kenesaw Lodge, No. 29, K. P., Kenesaw Lodge, No. 231, I. O. O. F., and the Royal
Highlanders. He has not only gained a gratifying measure of prosperity but he also holds in full degree the respect
of those who have been associated with him.
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