John Roberts

John Roberts

John Roberts Biography

Like so many other great American stories, this one begins on another continent when the family of the Castle’s builder, General John N. Roberts, moved to North America.
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Libby Biography

Libby Biography

Libby Biography

If we momentarily return to the turn of the century, to the time when the Roberts were living in the Castle and enjoying its many opportunities for entertaining, we can pick up the story of another family which would shape the Castle history.
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Civil War

Civil War

Reminiscences of the Civil War by Major J. N. Roberts

At the solicitation of my daughter, I am about to undertake to write a sketch of my service in the Union Army during the Civil War, or War of the Rebellion, 1861 to 1865.
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John G. Haskell

John G. Haskell

John G. Haskell Biography

The Haskell family joined the rich tradition of Lawrence settlers like so many others from New England whose anti-slavery sentiments fueled them to action. Franklin Haskell, John’s father, was the first to venture to Kansas.
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Rev. Pittman Bio

Rev. Pittman Bio

Rev. Pittman Family Biography

The Great Depression, left its mark on the Castle as well. The Simmonds family lost the Castle in 1934. It was owned by the Home Owners Loan Corporation, an entity created by an Act of Congress in 1933. It was finally purchased by the Assembly of God Church of Lawrence in 1943 for $4000.00.
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Sydney Endacott

Sidney Endacott

Sidney Endacott

Sidney Endacott, the remarkable young Englishman, who carved the woodwork in the Castle was born in Devon, England. Sidney was one of seven sons born to John and Mary Endacott, coming by his talent naturally.
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