Kingman County, KS.

 History  of  Brown Spur


1909 Description
 
      Brown Spur was another early day village that served as a trading center for the farm families through the years. It's located nine miles northwest of Kingman. Many of the earlier settlers of the 1880's and 1890's in that area came from Indiana. It was built up by the Missouri Pacific Railroad line. At one time there was considerable business in livestock and grain at this point. There were three elevators owned by the Farmers Company of Elevators. The early grocery and mercantile stores were operated by Dave Stratton, Art McCollom and Roy Beeson. There was a Post Office with Warren Nash as the first Postmaster. There also was a lumberyard, blacksmith shop, cream station, a few houses, the Methodist Church and the Evangelical United Brethren Church nearby.
      Some of the names of the area families and patrons throughout the years were: Frisbie, Litchfield, VanKirk, Wyer, Stead, Travis, Cheatum, Shepherd, Gibbons, Dorner, Elwood, Hobson, Lecklider, Simmons, Bruch, Cooprider, Hodges, McPheeters, Sutton, Wilker, Spain, Baker, Cubbit, Wooldridge, Boggs, Kistler, Hampel, Wiekel, McClure, Meisenheimer, Eberhart, Birney, Williamson, Dutton, Winfrey, Layman, Lindt, McIlrath, Potter, Madison, Fulton, McCullough, Connery, McCartney, Boldt, Ramey, Hughes, Lane, Elder, Kimble, Taylor, Cates, Keller, Mueller, McMichael, Mohr, Prather, Kinsler, Nichols, McCutchen, Tennal, Moore, Lewis, Snell, Wohlford, McAtee, Belts, Corner, Rudicel, Day, Hinshaw, Anderson, Baker, Pritner, Tucker, Nunnemaker, Antrim, Dunsworth, Graber and Krehbiel.
      Several descendants of these families have through the years continued to live in this same community or elsewhere in the county, whereas some have disappeared and long been forgotten.
      Unfortunately with the change of times, Brown Spur has become a wide spot in the road, (Highway #14), and for a number of years the only existing business has been a large elevator, located beside the railroad track, which in 1984 handles the area grain farmers' business.

Adapted from:
Kingman County, Kansas, And Its People.
(Kingman: Kingman County Historical Society. 1984)
Used by permission
 
September 1, 2001 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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