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Kansas Historical Notes - August 1933

(Vol. 2, No. 3), page 336

Transcribed by lhn;
digitized with permission of the Kansas Historical Society.


A memorial tablet to Rev. Thomas Johnson, founder of the Methodist Shawnee mission, was unveiled April 16, 1933, in Thomas Johnson hall at the mission. Mrs. Edna Anderson, daughter of Rev. Johnson, gave the tablet, and Thomas Amory Lee, president of the Kansas Historical Society, represented the state. The meeting was conducted by the Shawnee Mission Indian Historical Society.

"The Relation of the Local Historical Society to the State Historical Society," was discussed by Kirke Mechem, secretary of the Kansas Historical Society, at a meeting of the Wyandotte County Historical Society held at Kansas City, April 20, 1933. Grant W. Harrington, of Kansas City, another speaker, read a paper entitled "Before the Bridges Came," in which the evolution of river crossing in Wyandotte county was reviewed.

Dudley T. Horton has compiled and published a booklet entitled A History of Hopewell School (1932). Hopewell school is District No. 114, Plevna, in Reno county.

The seventy-fifth anniversary of Highland University was observed this year. Trustees were appointed and a charter was secured from the territorial legislature of 1857-1858. Chief White Cloud, a student of the Highland mission school from 1854 to 1857, was a featured speaker during special commencement festivities commemorating the event.

Pioneer History of Kansas, 365 pages with illustrations, was recently published by its author, Adolph Roenigk, of Lincoln. Much of the book is concerned with the settlements along the Smoky, Solomon, Saline and Republican rivers. The history was begun by John C. Baird in 1908, who collected data for the first hundred pages, but died before the work could be concluded. Mr. Roenigk, who had contributed to Mr. Baird's researches, continued and finished the book. W. K. Cone, Dr. N. C. Fancher, Theophilus Little, J. W. Hopkins, Guy W. Von Shriltz, D. B. Long, Luther R. Johnson, Martin Hendrickson, Hercules H. Price, Ferdinand Erhardt, Clarence Reckmeyer and Henry Benien were among the narrators.

The diary of Mark S. Davis, who made an overland journey from Wabash, Ind., to Missouri and Kansas in 1868, was published in the Indiana Magazine of History for March, 1933. Land claims were located in Cherokee county by members of the party.