The History of the Early Settlement of Norton County, Kansas

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tlement of Norton county, a man of ability and culture and one to whom the post is proud to give its name. 

The descriptive book contains the names of one hundred and seventeen on its rolls, fourteen of which are known to have died. 

On January 2, 1886, the post passed
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through the ordeal of a fire in which were lost ten muskets, Bible, charter, two swords and valuable books and blanks.  The post now occupies a hall neatly fitted up over the store building occupied by Hugh Kirkpatrick as a general store and owned by Mme. Broquet.  The Womans Relief Corps, Sons of Veterans and Ladies' Aid Society use the same hall. 

There are Grand Army Posts in the following places in the county: Edmond, Lenora, Oronoque and Almena. 

The post is in good condition meeting on the first and third Saturday nights of each month.  Decoration day is observed by all loyal citizens and old soldiers and before the post was organized the observance of the day was a marked feature of our people, but since its organization the day and service has been under the immediate supervision of the post, and have always been materially assisted by its auxiliary, the W. R. C., No. 149, which was organized February 24, 1887. 

Since its organization the post has purchased muskets, fifes, snare and bass drums, and received many rare and fine presents from individuals and the W. R. C.  It has tried to do its work of charity among the comrades, has always loyally supported every and all undertakings by the good citizens of our city, and I believe is held in high esteem by them. 

On May 30, 1892, we enjoyed a visit from Mother Bickerdyke, the army nurse who ranked Sherman and Grant, (so they acknowledged) and while her stay among us was only a few days yet we have always felt honored by her visit and consider it a marked feature in the history of our post. 

We have held many reunions in the grove south of town, procuring tents and securing able speakers and often enjoyed three days of varied pleasure and amusement.  Some of our camp fires have been distinguished by the presence of the best oratorical ability in the line of camp fire talkers in the state of Kansas. 

The Great Commander has dealt kindly with us, and although the silver threads are mixed with gold and the step is not so elastic as it was a few years ago, yet the present members of Capt. Jarvis Post feel as though there are many more happy reunions and camp fires for them to enjoy this side of the great camping ground." 

Capt. Jarvis Relief Corps No. 149, auxiliary to Capt. Jarvis Post No. 209, G. A. R, was instituted February 24, 1887, with thirty-five charter members.  The officers for the first year were: Mrs. Mary White, president; Mrs. W. Adams, senior vice president; Mrs. F. M. Duvall, junior vice president; Mrs. J. Bridegroom, secretary; Mrs. F. M. Snow, treasurer; Mrs. George Kingsbery, conductor; Mrs. W. J. Bower, guard.  As is well known the object of the W. R. C. is to inculcate lessons of patriotism and love of country, and to assist the Grand Army in extending relief and sympathy to their dependent ones, and to cherish and emulate the memories of their noble comrades and heroic dead.  Capt Jarvis Corps has ever been foremost in this grand work and has always worked in harmony with the post, of which it is proud to be called an auxiliary.  Only once has Capt. Jarvis Corps been visited by the death angel, that of the first president, Mrs. White.  The past presidents were: Mrs. Mary White, Mrs. W. Adams, Mrs. J. Bridegroom, Mrs. C. D. Jones, and Mrs. F. S. Hazelton, Mrs. George 

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