Kingman County, KS.

 History  of  Mt. Vernon


 
         Evan Township was named in honor of Mr. Evan Humphrey, a skilled farmer and community leader. He and his family lived one-fourth mile south of the Mt. Vernon Store and Blacksmith Shop. An avenue of trees marked the drive leading to the Humphrey farmstead. The Mt. Vernon Church was located across the road from the Mt. Vernon Store and on the Humphrey land. The Mt. Vernon Church congregation consisted mostly of Baptists and Methodists. The minister, who served the Mt. Vernon Church on alternate Sundays, lived in Murdock, Ks. He traveled via horse and buggy. A grove of trees on the church plot afforded ample shade for outdoor services, picnics, ice cream socials, and other community events.
         The Mt. Vernon Blacksmith Shop stood south of the store, and was manned by skilled local blacksmiths. It served the community well.
         The Township Hall was located across the road north of the church plot. Here, the Anti-Horse Thief Association held its meetings and its annul oyster supper for the community. The township trustees met there as well as other organizations.
         Mr. and Mrs. Burch donated a cemetery plot, hence, the name Burch Cemetery which is located one mile west and one and one-half mile north of Mt. Vernon. Memorial Services were held there annually for many years under the direction of the Mt. Vernon Church and the late Captain Baughman, one of several Civil War Veterans in the community Christian Faith, Community pride, patriotism, interest in education, and foresight were factors the structure of a strong commumty.
___Submitted by Gladys Lansdown

Adapted from:
Kingman County, Kansas, And Its People.
(Kingman: Kingman County Historical Society. 1984)
Used by permission
 
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September 28, 2001 / John & Susan Howell / Wichita, Kansas / howell@kotn.org

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