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As Published - February 1937

February 1937 (vol. 6, no. 1), pages 106 to 110.
Transcribed by lhn; digitized with permission of
the Kansas Historical Society.

Several articles relating to the early history of Anderson county were published in the Garnett Review some months ago. The county's historic sites were described by Harry Johnson in articles appearing January 9, 23, February 6 and April 16, 1936. The sites are being considered for marking by members of the county Woman's Kansas Day Club. Valentine Gerth's early experiences in the boundaries of the present county were discussed by his son, John Gerth, of Lane, in the issue of February 27. Valentine Gerth was reported to be the first white settler of the county. He went there in 1854. Early life in Reeder township was discussed by M. C. Reddington, now of Los Angeles, Cal., writing in the March 5 issue.

A series of feature articles entitled, "Little Journeys to the Homes of Kansas Authors," by Adele Mehl Burnett, of Pittsburg, has been appearing in the Kansas Teacher, of Topeka. The articles commenced in the April, 1936, issue.

"Know Your Kansas," or "Oddities in the History of Kansas," is the heading for a weekly news release to newspapers of the state from the Kansas office of the American Guide, the federal writer's project of the Works Progress Administration. The series of releases was started about June 1, 1936.

Ox teams in early Haskell county were discussed by William Wallace in the Sublette Monitor, June 25, 1936.

A Lyons advertising letterhead of 1887, describing Lyons and Rice county of that period, was reprinted in the Lyons Daily News, August 8, 1936.

El Dorado banking history was reviewed in the El Dorado Times, September 3, 1936. The Walnut Valley Bank, organized in 1871, was the first bank in the city.

The history of Liberal's Christian Church was briefly sketched in The Southwest Tribune, Liberal, September 10, 1936. The church erected its present building in 1911.

Brief historical sketches are being contributed by F. A. Hobble to the Dodge City Daily Globe for its Monday issues. The series, labeled "In Young Dodge," is a continuation of a previous collection appearing under the heading, "When Dodge Was Young."



The first decade of Gen. William J. Palmer's work as a Colorado railroad builder, 1870-1880, was discussed by Dr. George L. Anderson, of the history division of Colorado College, Colorado Springs, and a former staff member of the Kansas Historical Society, in the October, 1936, issue of Colorado College Publications, General Series No. 209. The issuance of the 172-page review marked the one hundredth anniversary of the birth of General Palmer, who was a director of the old Kansas Pacific Railway Co. and the promoter of the Denver and Rio Grande Railway Co.

Historical features printed in the Neodesha Daily Sun in recent months included: "History of Neodesha," by Mrs. Clinton McGlinn, in issues of October 5, 6, 7, 9 and 10, 1936 ; "Neodesha Pioneers," by Mrs. Blaine White, October 13, 16 and 17, and "History of the Refinery," by Mrs. H. A. Lockard, November 24.

Sketches of Council Grove's Methodist, Congregational and Presbyterian churches were published in the Council Grove Republican, October 10, 1936.

"Early Days of Liberal" was the title of a series of articles appearing from time to time in The Southwest Tribune, of Liberal. The series, which started in the issue of October 15, 1936, was contributed by Mrs. Clay G. Stevenson.

A four-column review of L. M. Foster's pioneering experiences in Western Kansas was printed in the Hoxie Sentinel, October 15, 1936.

Over fifty views of Clay Center taken in 1887 were published in the Clay Center Dispatch, October 16, 1936.

Drury J. Feild, who came to Bourbon county nearly seventy-eight years ago, reminisced of early days in the county in an article appearing in the Fort Scott Tribune, October 17, 1936.

The origin of some of Ford county's place names was discussed in an article in the Dodge City Journal, October 22, 1936.

Excerpts from Judge J. C. Ruppenthal's speech, "Ethnic Elements of Ellis County," given before a meeting of the Hays Saturday Afternoon Club were printed in the Hays Daily News, October 26, 1936.

The National Resources Board has published in Part VII of the Supplementary Report of the Land Planning Committee several articles on the federal government's land policies which were prepared in part by Paul W. Gates, recently of the Land Policy Section of the Agricultural Adjustment Administration, later the Resettle-


ment Administration. The study is the result of nearly a year's work and is a part. of a much larger project Mr. Gates has under way on the "History of the Disposal of the Public Domain." Mr. Gates spent several days the past summer doing research work in the Kansas Historical Society's collections before taking up his new duties as a member .of the faculty of Cornell University.

A picture of the first schoolhouse in Chanute was printed in the Chanute Tribune, November 12, 1936.

Russell county's census of 1870 was discussed by Judge J. C. Ruppenthal in his column, "Russell Rustlings," appearing in the Luray Herald and several other western Kansas newspapers November 12, December 3 and 10, 1936.

A resume of Frank O. Carr's history of the First National Bank of Wichita which was read at the sixtieth anniversary banquet held in Wichita November 16, 1936, was printed in the Wichita (Morning) Eagle and Beacon, November 17. Mrs. Hiram W. Lewis, wife of the late Colonel Lewis, founder of the bank, was an honored guest.

Original minutes of the drought convention of Shawnee county, November 13, 1860, found in the home of Mrs. Dwight W. Whitney, of Topeka, were discussed by Cecil Howes in the Kansas City (Mo.) Times, November 17, 1936.

A brief biography of W. H. Lindsay, lieutenant governor of Kansas, was published in the Kansas City (Mo.) Journal-Post, November 22, 1936.

The history of electric lighting in Cottonwood Falls was sketched briefly in the Chase County Leader, November 25, 1936.

Bluff City's early history was recalled in the Bluff City News, November 26, 1936. First lots for the new town were sold by the Border Line and Town Co., on November 20, 1886.

A history of the Johnson Methodist Church, organized in 1886, was outlined in the Johnson Pioneer, November 26, 1936.

The killing of the last buffalo in Cloud county during the winter of 1872-1873 was recounted by G. F. Gray, of Tacoma, Wash., in a letter printed in the Concordia Blade-Empire, November 30, 1936.

A history of Irving township, Brown county, was briefly reviewed in the Hiawatha Daily World in its issues of November 30 and December 3, 1936.


"Robert J. Walker, Financial Agent to Europe, 1863-1864," a paper written by Wirt A. Williams, head of the department of social science at Delta State Teachers College, Cleveland, Miss., appeared in the College's Bulletin for December, 1936. Mr. Walker was governor of Kansas territory in 1857.

Historical articles featured in recent issues of the Pony Express Courier, of Placerville, Cal., of interest to Kansans include: December, 1936-"Wikiup and Wakonda," "The Frontier Was Snaky," a discussion of early-day place names, by George J. Remsburg; "The Chisholm Trail," and "The Pony Express," a reprint from Hutching's California Magazine, of 1860. February, 1937-"The Great Overland Trail in 1849," by Mr. Remsburg, and "Thomas J. Ranahan," Pony Express rider, by Jon G. Ellenbecker. March, 1937"Recollections of a Pioneer [Frank A. Doty]," formerly of Topeka, by Mr. Remsburg, and "John Phillips' Heroic Ride," by Mr. Ellenbecker.

"Heretofore Unpublished Facts Concerning the Fleagle Gang," as recalled by Ben Strawn, former sheriff of Finney county, were mentioned in an article in the Kinsley Graphic, December 3, 1936.

Papers read at a special meeting held on November 22, 1936, observing seventy-eight years of Methodism in Randolph, were printed in the Randolph Enterprise, December 3, 1936.

"Kansas Governors Have Had a Long Line of Capable Secretaries," was the title of David D. Leahy's article appearing in the Wichita Sunday Eagle, December 6, 1936.

The history of early-day Oatville, as recalled by Bernell Bigelow, former postmaster, was related in an article in the Wichita (Evening) Eagle, December 16, 1936.

Havensville newspaper history was reviewed in the Havensville Review, December 17, 1936.

The history of Santa Fe, Haskell county ghost town, was outlined in the Sublette Monitor, December 17, 1936.

A history of the lot on the southwest corner of Douglas avenue at Market street in Wichita was sketched by Victor Murdock, in the Wichita (Evening) Eagle, December 18, 1936.

Regular train service between Kansas City and Lawrence began seventy-two years ago, the Kansas City (Mo.) Star recalled in an article published December 19, 1936.


The work of Beatrice Paddock of the reference division of the Wichita City Library in translating parts of Margry's publication of the memoirs and documents of several French explorers who traveled over present Kansas and Oklahoma nearly two centuries ago was discussed by Bliss Isely in the Wichita Sunday Eagle, December 20, 1936, and the Kansas City (Mo.) Times, February 4, 1937. A detailed history of the Wichita Immanuel Lutheran Church was also published in the same issue of the Eagle.

"Father Padilla Died as a Christian Martyr in Kansas 400 Years Ago," was the title of a feature article by Cecil Howes in the Kansas City (Mo.) Times, December 24, 1936.

Wichita high school in the middle 1880's was described by Mollie Wilson, of Wellington, in the Wichita Eagle, December 27, 1936.

The early history of Tennessee Bend, Butler county, as recorded by N. P. Reid, was discussed by Victor Murdock in the Wichita (Evening) Eagle, December 28, 1936.

"Narratives of a Missionary Journey to New Mexico in 1867," edited by Thomas F. O'Connor, was the title of an article appearing in the January, 1937, issue of Mid-America, of Chicago. The article briefly referred to encounters with Indians while journeying across Kansas.

Location of oil pools opened in Kansas in 1936, names of operators, and initial production of the discovery wells was summarized in the Wichita Sunday Eagle, January 3, 1937.

The Fowler News sketched its history in its issue of January 7, 1937.

A special inaugural edition of The Advocator, of Topeka, was issued January 7, 1937, preceding the inauguration of Walter A. Huxman as governor of Kansas on January 11. The edition reviewed the accomplishments of the various federal agencies operating in the state and sketched the history of the Democratic party in Kansas.

Reno county's history was briefly outlined in the Hutchinson Record, January 8, 1937. The county was organized in 1872.

A biographical sketch of Gov. Walter A. Huxman, as presented in a speech delivered by Bruce Hurd at a recent Topeka Chamber of Commerce dinner for Governor Huxman was printed in the Topeka State Journal, January 11, 1937.