Born: Steuben County, New York, December 1, 1844
Died: Wetmore, Kansas, September, 30, 1909
Don C. Rising, the eldest son of N.H. Rising, came to Kansas with the family in 1858. The family built a ranch at the crossing on Log Chain Creek on the Oregon Trail in Nehema County on leased land from the Kickapoo Reservation until 1869. Documents from an agreement were entered by the Prairie band of the Kickapoo Indians. When the Levenworth & Pike's Peak Express Company line was moved north to the route through Julesburg, the ranch became a stage station where mules could be changed and passengers could secure a good night's sleep. Later it was also used as a relay station for the Pony Express.
Every man working for the Stage Company had a nickname, and was not known by his right name. Don was known as Jonny Granada. The average speed was most always kept up, but Don claims to have made two 'runs' on special orders when he averaged a speed of twenty miles an hour between Big sandy and Rock Creek.
At the age of 16, Rising was hired for Lewis' Division and put on the run between Granada and Marysville. Later he rode from Big Sandy to Fort Kearny. After the ponies quite running he was made assistant wagon-master in the Union Army, and in 1862, was at Isle No. 10, Pittsburg Landing, Shiloh, Tuscumbia and Corinth. He was discharged on sick leave; worked at railroading until the spring of 1863. He returned to Kansas, and that year went with a train of 185 wagons from Ft. Leavenworth to New Mexico. He was then in Granada, Kansas, until 1866, part of the time in mercantile and hotel business.
From 1869 he operated a general merchandise business with his father called Rising & Son in Wetmore, Kansas.
In 1871 he began railroading again, and followed it as brakeman and conductor on the Santa Fe & Missouri Pacific roads till 1875, and since that time in the stock business in Wetmore. From October, 1879, to April, 1882, he kept the Wetmore Hotel.
Mrs. Rising was Mary C. Shuemaker, daughter of Peter Shuemaker, a very early settler of Granada, Kansas. They have three children.
Source: Settle and Settle, 1972, with additional material excerpted from "The History of the State of Kansas", A.T. Andreas, Chicago, 1883.
Additional information provided by Donald C. Rising (g/g/g grandson October 2003) from Genealogy Rising Families of America 1635-1981. Material Gathered Chiefly by Justus Rising. Compiled and Edited by Gale J Bunner. Printed for the Rising Family Association by Goodway Graphics Of Massachusetts Inc. Burlington, Ma 01803 1981.
Buried: in the Wetmore, Kansas, Cemetery. The inscription reads:
Don Clarence Rising
Pony Express Rider
Known as Johnny Granada
Born December 1, 1844
Died September 30, 1909
Above the inscription is an excellent etching of an express rider and his horse in full gallop.
Information provided by J. Glover, January 2001. Don Rising was a close friend of Glover's great grandfather, William Perry Spencer, in the Granada, Nemaha County, Kansas. Rising's father, Noble Rising ran a way station 1 1/2 miles north of Granada after the closing of the way station in Granada which was partly owned by William Perry Spencer's father, John G. Spencer.
Rising's name is also inscribed on the top of a Marble column in what was the Denver Post Office (now a Federal Building) along with Bill Cody and other pony express riders.