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Kansas Historical Notes - February 1932

(Vol. 1, No. 2), pages 190 to 192

Transcribed by Lynn Nelson; HTML editing by Tod Roberts;
digitized with permission of the Kansas Historical Society.

The Southwest Historical Society, Dodge City, has issued a mimeographed list of the books on Kansas history available at the city library.

Early-day Abilene received formal recognition October 21, when seven markers were placed by the Abilene chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. Charles M. Harger, of the Daily Reflector, composed the inscriptions marking the site of the first home in Abilene, the log cabin of Mr. and Mrs. Timothy F. Hersey, now the corner of First and Vine streets; Texas street, of cattle days; site of Drover's cottage, famous hostelry during cattle days; the Overland trail and Mud creek ford; site of the Abilene shipping yards, whence were shipped to eastern markets over three million head of cattle in 1867-1871; Sand Springs and a pioneer burial ground; and the first public school.

The Dickinson County Historical Society at its annual meeting elected H. L. Humphrey, president; T. W. Sterling, vice president; W. W. Vickers, secretary; Mrs. O. L. Thisler, treasurer. The society is compiling data on the various trails that crossed the county in its early history.

Plans are being formulated in Gray county to mark the point of the Lone Tree massacre southwest of Cimarron, and the old Cimarron crossing, west of Cimarron, where the Santa Fe trail crossed the Arkansas river. It is proposed to use stone from the old courthouse at Ravanna for the monuments.

The Neosho County Historical Society convened for a semiannual meeting in Chanute, November 23. The building of the Leavenworth, Lawrence & Galveston railroad to Thayer, and accompanying incidents in the city's early history, were described in a paper by Mrs. Abby H. Forest, a resident of Thayer since February, 1876. Histories of the First Presbyterian and St. Patrick's Catholic churches were read. Other features included letters and interviews from pioneers and an informal discussion of the Osage Mission and the Erie county seat fight.

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Preparation is being made in Emporia to celebrate the city's seventy-fifth anniversary. Emporia, "Kanzas territory," was founded February 20, 1857, by the Emporia Town Company, with George W. Brown as president, and G. W. Deitzler as secretary. As planned the celebration would be held concurrently with the two hundredth anniversary of the birth of George Washington on February 22.

A monument is soon to be erected by the Daughters of the American Revolution of Marshall county at the Barrett crossing on the Vermillion river. The site is thought to be the first crossing on the Oregon trail in that section. The first emigrants used it in 1827.

Old settlers of Shawnee county convened in their seventy-fourth annual reunion at the Hotel Jayhawk in Topeka, Saturday, December 5. A feature of the program was the unveiling of a tablet in memory of the pioneers which will be placed on a boulder in the new high-school grounds.

A memorial association has been formed at Medicine Lodge to honor Carrie Nation, a former resident. The association will preserve various articles which once belonged to the militant crusader and arrange them in her old home. J. Fuller Groom was chosen temporary president.

The sixty-first anniversary of Independence and the First Christian church prompted the issuance of an eighty-page booklet by the church organization, commemorating the event. The publication was illustrated with pictures of early-day Independence and church scenes and persons.

Plans for installing a lily pool at historic Shawnee Mission by the Shawnee Mission Flower Club were sketched in the Kansas City (Mo.) Star, October 18. The organization will cooperate with the State Historical Society in the proposed landscaping.

Orville W. Mosher, associate professor of history at the Kansas State Teachers College, Emporia, has called upon old settlers of the Neosho and Verdigris valleys to aid him in preparing an archaeological map of that section. Mr. Mosher is a collector of Indian relics.

At the old settlers' picnic which was held in Enterprise, September 3, a paper entitled "History of the Early Swedish Settlers East of

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Enterprise" was read. The paper gave names and details of the arrival of many of the families in that section from 1858 to 1880.

The third edition of Kansas Facts, cyclopedia of information of general state interest, appeared in December, 1931. The volume was compiled and published by Charles P. Beebe. Federal census returns for all incorporated cities and counties; classification of Kansas birds; statistical information on agriculture and industry; service records of the 35th, 42d and 89th American divisions in the World War; history of the Kansas Federation of Women's Clubs; and a list of state officers of the Parent-Teacher Association are features of this edition.