Pages 64-68, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.


64 HISTORY OF ALLEN AND  

Election Returns and Other Statistics

As has been already indicated in previous chapters of this work, the early settlers of Allen county were very largely Free State men and therefore Republicans. The immigration of the years immediately following the war, made up as it was to a very great extent of ex-Union soldiers, strengthened this sentiment, and it has persisted so strongly that Allen county has been regarded as practically a safe Republican county through all its history. The Grange movement in 1874 resulted in the defeat of a few Republican candidates for county office, but the "Reform" wave soon subsided and the Republican party quickly regained its normal majority. Even the Farmers' Alliance storm, which swept Kansas as a State into the People's Party column in 1892 and kept it there for eight years, did not shake Allen county from its Republican moorings, and it was one of the very few Kansas counties that never returned a Populist majority. An occasional opposition candidate has of course been elected from time to time, even from the beginning, but such an event has always resulted from a personal and not a party vote.

The politics of Allen county has been maintained, happily, on a high plane of honesty and decency. There has rarely been a campaign of bitter personal vituperation, and there has never been a serious charge of flagrant corruption of the ballot. The administration of the public affairs of the county has also been free from scandal, no officer in the history of the county having been called to account for the dishonest use of public funds committed to his care.

The publishers of this history are indebted to Mr. H. M. Miller, ex-clerk of the District Court, for the election returns which follow, and to Mr. Melvin Fronk, deputy county clerk for the other statistics. It is believed that the election returns, showing as they do the name, date of election and politics of every county officer since the adoption of the Wyandotte constitution, will be found of special interest and value. In the following table names of Democrats are marked by an *, names of Populists by a ¥. Names not thus marked are of Republicans.

Allen County Election Returns
WYANDOTTE CONSTITUTION

Vote for 244 | Against 159
HOMESTEAD CLAUSE
Vote for 161 | Against 152
REPRESENTATIVE 25TH DISTRICT—Jno. W. Scott, November, 1859.
FIRST ELECTION IN ALLEN COUNTY UNDER THE
CONSTITUTION DECEMBER
6, 1859
GOVERNOR
Charles Robinson 174 | Samuel Medary 136
  WOODSON COUNTIES, KANSAS. 65
LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR
J. P. Root 175 | *John P. Slough 124
SECRETARY OF STATE
J.W. Robinson 175 | *A. P. Walker 135
TREASURER
Wm. Tholen 176 | *Robert L. Pease 135
AUDITOR
G.S. Hillyer 175 | *Joel K. Goodin 135
SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTIONS
Wm. H. Griffith 175 | *J.S. Magill 135
 
CHIEF JUSTICE
Thos. Ewing 172 | *Jos. Williams 132
ASSOCIATE JUSTICE
S. A. Kingman (four years) 174 | *S. A. Stinson 135
L. D. Bailey (two years) 164 | *R. B. Mitchell 535
ATTORNEY GENERAL
B F. Simpson 165 | *Orlin Thurston 141
CONGRESSMAN
M. F. Conway 175 | *J. A. Haldeman 155
DISTRICT JUDGE, FOURTH DISTRICT
S. O. Thacher 172 | *Jas. Christian 136
SENATOR, TENTH DISTRICT
P. P. Elder 169 | *Wm. Pennoch 76
W. Spriggs 769 | *Jno. R. Goodin 139
REPRESENTATIVE TENTH DISTRICT
W. W. Lawrence 172 | *Jno. M. Beck 133
Jacob Morrall 171 | *J. L. Arnold 131
W. F. M. Arny 173 | *A. R. Morton 120
S. J. Crawford 172 | *J. M. Wilson 121
B. L. G. Stone 166 | *Samuel Anderson 120
N. B. Blanton 179 | *P. Bowen 121
REPRESENTATIVE ELECTION, NOVEMBER, 1860
REPRESENTATIVE TWENTY-FIFTH DISTRICT
John W. Scott 224 | *N. B. Blanton 8
I. W. Tibbits 108 | *John Mesel 1
REPRESENTATIVE ELECTION. NOVEMBER. 1862
REPRESENTATIVE FIFTY-FOURTH DISTRICT
A. W. J. Brown 162 | *Jas. Faulkner 86
REPRESENTATIVE FIFTY-FIFTH DISTRICT
*J. H. Campbell 48 | J. A. Christy 43
GENERAL ELECTION, DECEMBER 6, 1859—Votes cast, 310
County Attorney S. A Ellis | Supt. of instructions Merritt Moore
Register of Deeds J. M. Perkins | Surveyor A. G. Carpenter
County Clerk J. H. Signor | *Coroner Chas. Fussman
SPECIAL ELECTION, MARCH 26, 1860—Votes cast for ticket, 607;
Votes cast locating county seat, 971
Probate Judge J. G. Richard | Treasurer H. W. Signor
Sheriff J. C. Redfield | Assessor H. Doran
GENERAL ELECTION, NOVEMBER 1861—Votes cast, 209
County Attorney *S. A Riggs | Supt. of Instructions Z. J. Wisner
Probate Judge J. E. Childs | County Clerk M. A. Simpson
Sheriff J. C. Redfield | District Clerk B. F. Pancoast
Surveyor A. G. Carpenter | Treasurer N. Hankins
Assessor A. A. Stewart | Coroner J. A. Hart
Register of Deeds E. A. House |    
NOVEMBER, 1862—Votes cast, 369
Probate Judge A. L. Dornburg | Surveyor W. W. Murray
Clerk District Court Wm. C. O'Brien | Coroner S. K. J. Collins
Treasurer John Harris | Assessor Enoch Bray
Supt. of Instructions Z. J. Wisner |    
NOVEMBER, 1863—Votes cast, 314
Sheriff J. C. Redfield | Assessor F. M. Power
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County Clerk John Francis | Supt. of Instructions J. B. Hitchcock
Treasurer John Harris | Surveyor W. W. Murray
Register of Deeds Chas. Boland | Coroner Chas. Fussman
Commisioner 1st Dist Wm. Jones | Commissioner 3rd Dist D. B. Stewart
Commissioner 2nd Dist H. D. Parsons |    
NOVEMBER, 1864—Votes cast. 332
County Attorney Jas. H. Campbell | Clerk District Court Geo. A. Miller
Probate Judge A. L. Dornburg | Supt. of Instruction E. K. Lynn
NOVEMBER, 1865—Votes cast, 368
Sheriff C. F. Coleman | Coroner J. T. Cornell
Clerk District Court John Francis | Surveyor J. M. Cowan
County Clerk John Francis | Commissioner 1st Dist J. M. Mattoon
Treasurer John Harris | Commissioner 2nd Dist H. D. Parsons
Register of Deeds Chas. Boland | Commissioner 3rd Dist Peter Long
Assessor F. M. Power |    
NOVEMBER, 1866—Votes cast 586
Sheriff Wm V. Crow | Supt. of Instruction M. A. Simpson
Clerk District Court John Francis | Surveyor G. DeWitt
Probate Judge A. L. Dornburg | County Attorney N. F. Acers
NOVEMBER, 1867—Votes cast 661
Sheriff John Harris | Coroner D. Horville
Treasurer John Francis | Surveyor G. DeWitt
County Clerk W. F. Waggoner | Commissioner 1st Dist Z. J. Wisner
Register of Deeds G. M. Brown | Commissioner 2nd Dist J. L. Arnold
Assessor John Paxson | Commissioner 3rd Dist Peter Long
NOVEMBER, 1868—Votes cast 896
Probate Judge John Paxson | Assessor J. H. Vannuys
Supt. of Instruction M. Simpson | County Attorney N. F. Acers
Clerk District Court John Francis |  
NOVEMBER, 1869—Votes cast 735
Treasurer John Francis | Coroner C. Gillihan
Sheriff John Harris | Surveyor G. DeWitt
County Clerk W. F. Waggoner | Commissioner 1st Dist Z. J. Wisner
Register of Deeds G. M. Brown | Commissioner 2nd Dist D. Horville
Clerk District Court John Paxson | Commissioner 3rd Dist Peter Long
NOVEMBER, 1870—Votes cast 1273
Probate Judge John Paxson | Clerk District Court John Paxson
Supt. of Instruction M. A. Simpson | County Attorney H. M. Burleigh
NOVEMBER, 1871—Votes cast 1465
Sheriff H C. Amsden | Surveyor G. Dewitt
Treasurer W. C. Thrasher | Commissioner 1st Dist Paul Fisher
County Clerk H. A Needham | Commissioner 2nd Dist Don Horville
Register of Deeds R. B. Stevenson | Commissioner 3rd Dist A. W. Rowland
Coroner C. Gillihan |    
NOVEMBER, 1872—Votes cast 1726
Probate Judge John Paxson | County Attorney *J. C. Murray
Clerk District Court C. M. Simpson | Supt. of Instruction G. Dewitt
NOVEMBER, 1873—Votes cast 1359
Treasurer W. C. Thrasher | Coroner F. Root
County Clerk H. A Needham | Commissioner 1st Dist I. Bonebrake
Sheriff J. L. Woodin | Commissioner 2nd Dist D. Horville
Register of Deeds G. M. Brown | Commissioner 3rd Dist A. W. Rowland
Surveyor L. J. Richards |    
NOVEMBER, 1874—Votes cast 1325
Clerk District Court C. M. Simpson | Probate Judge *N. F. Acers
*Supt. of Instruction J. E. Bryan | Rept. 47th Dist E. H. Funston
*County Attorney J. H. Richards | Rept. 48th Dist R. V. Blair
NOVEMBER, 1875—Votes cast 1205
Treasurer J. B. Young | Commissioner 1st Dist M. Hawley
Sheriff J. L. Woodin | Commissioner 2nd Dist L. H. Gorrell
County Clerk T. S. Stover | Commissioner 3rd Dist J. W. Christian
Register of Deeds G. M. Brown | Rept. 47th Dist J. L. Arnold
Coroner C. Gillihan | Rept. 48th Dist S. H. Stevens
Surveyor G. Dewitt |    
NOVEMBER, 1876—Votes cast 1563
Clerk District Court C. B. Simpson | Probate Judge W. G. Allison
Supt. of Instruction Frank Root | Rep. 52nd Dist J. L. Arnold
County Attorney Peter Bell | Rep. 53rd Dist L. W. Keplinger
  WOODSON COUNTIES, KANSAS. 67
NOVEMBER, 1877—Votes cast 1258
Treasurer J. B. Young | Coroner C. Gillihan
County Clerk T. S. Stover | Commissioner 1st Dist Peter Long
Register of Deeds Jesse Fast | Commissioner 2nd Dist J. D. Sims
Sheriff A. Hodgson | Commissioner 3rd Dist J. W. Christian
Surveyor G. DeWitt |    
NOVEMBER, 1878—Votes cast 1878
Clerk District Court Wm Davis | Probate Judge W.G. Allison
County Attorney W. H. Slavens | Commissioner 1st Dist Peter Long
Supt. of Instruction Frank Root |    
NOVEMBER, 1879—Votes cast 1575
County Clerk T. S. Stover | Surveyor G. DeWitt
Treasurer W. H. McClure | Coroner A. J. Fulton
Register of Deeds Jesse Fast | Commissioner 2nd Dist A. J. McCarley
Sheriff J. D. Sims |    
NOVEMBER, 1880—Votes cast 2427
Rep. 52nd Dist B. Stevenson | County Attorney J. O. Fire
Rep. 53rd Dist J. W. Cox | Supt. of Instruction Frank Root
Probate Judge W. G. Allison | Commissioner 3rd Dist H. Lieurance
Clerk District Court Wm Davis |    
NOVEMBER, 1881—Votes cast 1679
Treasurer W. H. McClure | Surveyor G. DeWitt
County Clerk T. S. Stover | Coroner A. J. Fulton
Register of Deeds J. T. Fust | Commissoner 1st Dist. G. W. Moon
Sheriff D. Worst |    
NOVEMBER, 1882—Votes cast 2203
Clerk District Court A. C. Scott | Probate Judge W. G. Allison
County Attorney G. A. Amos | Commissioner 2nd Dist A. J. McCarley
Supt. of Instruction J. E. Henderson |    
NOVEMBER, 1883—Votes cast 2802
Treasurer *H. H. Hayward | Surveyor F. Kelsey
County Clerk R. W. Duffy | Coroner A. J. Fulton
Sheriff *S. Riggs | Commissioner 3rd Dist W. A. Ross
Register of Deeds K. P. Duncan |    
NOVEMBER, 1884—Votescast 3193
Probate Judge W. G. Allison | County Attorney G. A. Amos
Clerk District Court M. P. Jacoby | Commissioner 1st Dist *J. W. Pine
Supt. of Instruction J. E. Henderson |    
NOVEMBER, 1885—Votes cast 2546
Treasurer * H. H. Hayward | Surveyor G. Dewitt
County Clerk R. W Duffy | Coronor A. J. Fulton
Sheriff J L. Brown | Commissioner 2nd Dist H. L. Henderson
Register of Deeds J. P. Duncan |  
NOVEMBER, 1886—Votes cast 2391
County Attorney *C. E. Benton | Supt. of Instruction *M. E. Chamberlain
Probate Judge J. L. Arnold | Commissioner 3rd Dist W. A. Ross
Clerk District Court M. P. Jacoby |  
NOVEMBER, 1887—Votes cast 2698
County Clerk R. W. Duffy | Coroner A. J. Fulton
Treasurer Wm. Cunningham | Surveyor A. O. Christian
Register of Deeds J. P. Duncan | Commissioner 1st Dist C. C. Kelsey
Sheriff D. D. Britton |  
NOVEMBER, 1888—Votes cast 3332
Probate Judge J. L Arnold | Supt. of Instruction E. T. Barber
County Attorney H. A. Ewing | Commissioner 2nd Dist H. L. Henderson
Clerk District Court M. P. Jacoby |  
NOVEMBER. 1889—Votes cast 2447
Treasurer Wm Cunningham | Coroner W. H. McDowell
County Clerk E. M. Eckley | Surveyor G. DeWitt
Register of Deeds J. F. Nigh | Commissioner 3rd Dist D. R. Inge
Sheriff L. Hobart |    
NOVEMBER, 1890—Votes cast 2909
Rep. 21st Dist L. B. Pearson | Clerk District Court M. P. Jacoby
Probate Judge J. L. Arnold | Supt. of Instruction E. T. Barber
CountyAttorney H. A. Ewing | Commissioiner 1st Dist Wm. Braucher
NOVEMBER, 1891—Votes cast 2725
Treasurer G. M. Nelson | Surveyor G. Dewitt
County Clerk E. M. Eckley | Coroner H. A. Brown
68 HISTORY OF ALLEN AND  
Sheriff L. Hobart | Commissioner 2nd Dist E. I. Crowell
Register of Deeds J. F. Nigh |  
NOVEMBER 1892—Votes cast 3065
Rep. 19th Dist L. B. Pearson | Supt of Instruction H. H. Jones
Probate Judge J. L. Arnold | County Attorney A. H. Campbell
Clerk District Court F. L. Travis | Commissioner 3rd Dist E. D. Lacey
NOVEMBER, 1893—Votes cast 3593
Treasurer G. M. Nelson | Coroner H. A. Brown
County Clerk Jas. Wakefield | Surveyor G. DeWitt
Sheriff C. C. Ausherman | Commissioner 1st Dist N. L. Ard
Register of Deeds J. C. Coffield |  
NOVEMBER, 1894—Votes cast 2953
Rep. 19th Dist G. DeWitt | Clerk District Court F. L. Travis
Probate Judge J. B. Smith | Supt. of Instruction H. H. Jones
County Attorney R. H. Bennett | Commissioner 2nd Dist J. M. McDonald
NOVEMBER, 1895—Votes cost 2682
Treasurer M. L. Decker | Coroner J. E. Jewell
County Clerk Jas. Wakefield | Surveyor L. P. Stover
Sheriff C. C. Ausherman | Commissioner 3rd Dist E. D. Lacey
Register of Deeds J. C. Coffield |  
NOVEMBER, 1896—Votes cast 3535
Probate Judge J. B. Smith | Supt. of Instruction G. Billbe
County Attorney ¥C. S. Ritter | Commissioner 1st Dist ¥Jas. Lockhart
Clerk District Court H. M. Miller |  
NOVEMBER, 1897—Votes cast 3123
Treasurer M. L. Decker | Surveyor L. P. Stover
County Clerk C. A. Fronk | Coroner J. E. Jewel
Sheriff H. Hobart | Commissioner 2nd Dist J. M. McDonald
Register of Deeds H. P. Fowler |  
NOVEMBER, 1898—Votes cast 3192
Clerk District Court H. M. Miller | Probate Judge J. B. Smith
Supt. of Instruction G. Billbe | Commissioner 1st Dist J. D. Christian
County Attorney G. R. Gard |  
NOVEMBER, 1899—Vote cast 3393
Treasurer Frances Wilson | Surveyor G. DeWitt
County Clerk C. A. Fronk | Coroner F. D. Teas
Register of Deeds H. P. Fowler | Commissioner 1st Dist ¥Jas. Lockhart
Sheriff H. Hobart |  
NOVEMBER, 1900—Votes cast 4825
County Attorney *J. P. Goshorn | Supt of Instruction ¥Hattie Olmstead
Clerk District Court S. C. Brewster | Commissioner 1st Dist E. H. Tobey
JUDGES WHO HAVE SERVED ALLEN COUNTY SINCE THE ADOPTION OF THE
WYANDOTTE CONSTITUTION
Solon O. Thacher December 6, 1859 to 1864 | Wm. Sprlggs March to November, 1867
D. P. Lowe | *John R. Goodin November, 1867 to 1874
One Term of Court, October, 1864 | H. W. Talcott November, 1874 to 1884
D. M. Valentine November,1864 to 1867 | L. Stillwell November, 1884 to —
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Pages 64-68, transcribed by Carolyn Ward from History of Allen and Woodson Counties, Kansas: embellished with portraits of well known people of these counties, with biographies of our representative citizens, cuts of public buildings and a map of each county / Edited and Compiled by L. Wallace Duncan and Chas. F. Scott. Iola Registers, Printers and Binders, Iola, Kan.: 1901; 894 p., [36] leaves of plates: ill., ports.; includes index.


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