The History of the Early Settlement of Norton County, Kansas

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previous; he wore long hair which was a prevailing custom among hunters.  He was known on the range as Longhaired Jesus.  His wife is the only woman who lived on the Solomon west of Kirwin in the winter of 1872; her christian name was Lenore, so when the postofflce was established Sol Peak gave it the name of Lenora, supposing that to be her name.  Hansen went to Texas on a buffalo hunt in 1876 and his wife followed him the next year, they have never returned to this county.

Nate Andes, who was a relative of Hansen, came with him and took a claim on Marsh creek in 1873; he was killed by Indians on the Republican in 1874 and was brought back and buried on Sol Peak's farm, two miles west of Lenora.

Jack Madlock, another buffalo hunter, came here in 1879, he took the land on the Solomon now owned by Christian Miller.  He left in 1877 and went to the Black Hills and has never been heard from in this country since.

George W. Brock came in 1872 and took land near Peak's on the Solomon.  He was the first postmaster at Lenora.  He left in 1874 and went to Iowa.

S. C. Sedoris came in 1872 from Kentucky and settled on the Solomon at the mouth of Marsh creek.  He was known by the early settlers as "Old Kentuck".  He was second postmaster at Lenora: the mail carriers sometimes called him old "Tige," because of his universal habit of growling everytime (sic) the mail passed.  He never brought his family to this country; he sold out to McEnroe in 1876 or 1877 and went to Texas where he lived at last accounts.

Lawrence K. DuBois, with his three sons, George E., Albert W., and Hiram Wilmot, and his two sons-in-law, Will Hendricks and Joe Parker, came in September 1874, from Appanoose county, Iowa.  They all live in this county at this time except Parker, who left in 1879 and now lives in Missouri.

hendricks.JPG (34759 bytes) Willis Hall Hendricks was born in Appanoose county, Iowa, September 13,1836; raised on a farm, removed with his parents to VanBuren county, in 1837.  He came to Norton county in April 1874 and located on the southeast quarter of section four, township five, range twenty-four on Elk Creek, where he still resides.  He has been a successful farmer and stock raiser ever since; was trustee three years of Lenora township; was elected commissioner for the third district in 1892, defeating Pogue, republican.  He has always been a third party [Greenback-Labor party] man casting his first vote for General Weaver [James B. Weaver] for president in 1880.

He was married June 13, 1874, at eighteen years of age to Miss Dora Ann DuBois, at Cawker City.  They have five children, two boys and three girls; Abram Allen, born June 21, 1875; Lois Myrtle, born February 6, 1877; Clara Belle, born February 17, 1879; Maryette, born January 31, 1881; 

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