Mike Deming continued his correspondence with me and had much to share. He provided me not only with the story of the Rose family but many old photos, including one of J.F. Bell and his family taken in the 1880's. The Rose and Bell families eventually lost contact with one another, but thanks to Mike they have been reunited and their history brought to light.
Roswell Rose with his children in front of their home in Elmont Kansas, about 1898
photo courtesy of Mike Deming
The following biography of Roswell Rose was written by Mike Deming.
Roswell Rose (1833-1914) Co. D
Roswell was born in New York State in 1833. His family moved to the La Porte County area of Indiana between 1833 and1838. His father died about 1839 and his mother remarried. Roswell spent time as an indentured servant about age 18 for an unknown period of time learning to be a barrel maker and obtaining some schooling. He and the two older brothers, Elisha and Milton moved to Shawnee County, Kansas about 1857 homesteading near Soldier Creek. He farmed and worked as a bookkeeper, toll bridge keeper, freighter for several years and enlisted with the Kansas State Militia probably in October 1864, but may have been in the unit as early as 1862. He served with the KSM Second Regiment in company D, a cavalry unit. He had to furnish his own horse and was present at the “Battle of the Blue”. He and parts of the Company did see some action, but when things looked grim for the Second they were ordered to leave with haste and it was every man for himself. He headed for home, but his horse was stolen before he arrived at Indianola. Roswell married in 1865 having eight children of which six survived to adulthood. Roswell died in 1914 in Topeka, Kansas.