Transcribed from volume II of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed July 2002 by Carolyn Ward.


Meeker, Jotham, missionary, was born at Xenia, Ohio, Nov. 8, 1804. His boyhood was spent on a farm, after which he learned the printer's trade. He then joined Rev. Isaac McCoy in mission work among the Indians, beginning his career as a missionary among the Pottawatomies at Carey, Mich., in 1825. Two years later he was sent to the Ottawa mission at Thomas, Mich., and while there he devised a system of applying the English alphabet to the phonetic spelling of the Indian words, which greatly simplified the work of the mission teacher. In 1833, at the suggestion of Mr. McCoy, he came to Kansas with an old-fashioned hand printing press—the first ever brought to Kansas—for the purpose of printing books in the Indian language. The first one of these was known as the "Delaware First Book." Copies of several of the books thus printed by Mr. Meeker are now in the possession of the Kansas State Historical Society. He died at the Ottawa mission in Kansas, in Jan., 1855.

Page 264 from volume II of Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc. ... / with a supplementary volume devoted to selected personal history and reminiscence. Standard Pub. Co. Chicago : 1912. 3 v. in 4. : front., ill., ports.; 28 cm. Vols. I-II edited by Frank W. Blackmar. Transcribed July 2002 by Carolyn Ward.

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