The old buildings long since deserted, stand as an old landmark of what was once known as Half Way. The store and postoffice were the elements composing this place, the name of which is significant of being about midway between Beloit and Concordia, on the summit of the divide between the Republican and Solomon river valleys.
In all early day it was thought best to establish a mail route with Concordia as distributing office. On May 16, 1872, Cransdale was located and Samuel Hannum was appointed postmaster by Judge A.J. Croswell, postmaster-general, which he held until 1877, when the office was moved to the residence of John C. Orput, who lived half way between Concordia and Beloit, and given the name of Half Way.
Mr. Orput was appointed by D.M. Key, postmaster-general. In April, 1878, he resigned, and John S. Abbey was appointed and the office moved to his residence, where it remained until the present year (1901) when a rural delivery was established and the postoffice abolished.
George W. Chapman
James H. Lindley
Frank S. Bishop
Transcribed from E.F. Hollibaugh's Biographical history of Cloud County, Kansas biographies of representative citizens. Illustrated with portraits of prominent people, cuts of homes, stock, etc. [n.p., 1903] 919p. illus., ports. 28 cm.
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