Ira Simon Hadley was born in Marshall, Parke County, Indiana. He was the son of Simon Hadley (1810-1896) and Eunice Hobson Hadley (1822-1901). On 14 January 1872, he married Ruth Harvey Towell ((1853-1932), daughter of Isaac Harvey Towell and Amy Marshall. Ira and Ruth had 5 children: Oliver O. Hadley (1876-1921), Clara Ellen Hadley (1879-1963), Eunice Amy Hadley (1881-??), John William Hadley (1883-1944), and Floyd Simon Hadley (1889-1970). Ira and Ruth are buried in the Harrisonville Cemetery in Bolton, Montgomery County, Kansas.
The following was printed in the book "The History of Montgomery County, Kansas" Pages 722-723.
The settlers of Montgomery county of the year 1882 number among its band the substantial farmer and splendid citizen of Bolton, IRA HADLEY, of this review. He came in response to the general movement of the time and place toward Kansas and emigrated from Parke county, Indiana.
He was born in the latter county and state August 30, 1845, where his father, Simon Hadley, settled in 1834 and where he maintained his residence till his death in 1810 and was, consequently, twenty-four years old when he took up his residence in the wooded country of western Indiana. There he aided by physical effort the clearing up of the county in which he lived and was one of its moderately successful farmers. In his northward and westward journey he came through Ohio where he sojourned temporarily working as a farm hand and doing other manual labor as the necessities of the occasion required. He was a son of Jacob Hadley who died in North Carolina, and was one of the following children: Jonathan, who went into Iowa; William, who remained in the Old North State; Thomas, who died in the state of his birth - North Carolina;_____, a daughter who died in Hendricks Co., Indiana, and was the wife of Joseph Ronsely; Eleanor, wife of Owen Lindley, died at Prairie Center, Kansas; Susan, who married ________ Harris, of North Carolina; and Eunice, who became the wife of ___________ Marshall of the old Carolina home.
Simon Hadley married Eunice Hobson who survived until 1902 and died in Parke county, Indiana, at the age of seventy-nine. Their children were: Eliza, deceased; Ira, William, of Bloomingdale, Indiana; Narcissa, of Marshall, Indiana; Elwood, of the same county; Rhoda, who died at Rockville, Indiana, was the wife of M.W. Marshall; Samuel and Ruth, of Marshall, Indiana, and Albert and Mahlon, of the same county and state.
Ira Hadley, our subject, passed his life on his fatherís farm, in childhood and youth and received a country school training. He brought his limited accumulations of fifteen years of independent effort with him to Montgomery County, Kansas, and purchased land in section 19, township 33, range 15, where he owns one hundred and forty acres. For some years he was engaged in the nursery business, having several acres of his farm devoted to the production of a large variety of horticultural plants, with the promotion of which industry he was occupied until 1896. As a farmer, grain raising claims his attention and he goes about his daily task in a modest, unassuming way.
In the month of January, 1872, Mr. Hadley was married in Fountain County, Indiana, his wife being Ruth H. Towell, a daughter of Isaac H. Towell and a sister of Ira N. Towell mentioned on another page of this volume. The issue of this marriage is as follows: Oliver O., born in 1875; Clara E., born 1877; Eunice A., born 1879; John W., born in 1883; and Floyd S., born in Kansas in 1889.
Without fuss or show Mr. Hadley has gone about the affairs of life and has merited and won an enduring position in the estimation of his fellow citizens. He has been true to his family, true to his neighbors and true to his political party. He has been a Republican all his life and the isms and side-issues of designing politicians have not attracted him or carried him away. He is a Mason.
Photo courtesy of Sherri Hadley Rice