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1878 History of Jewell County, Kansas


The following is a transcription of a history of Jewell County, Kansas published in 1878. It reflects the attitudes of the time. This is taken from a microfilmed copy. Some of the print was difficult to read and I have indicated with a question mark in brackets ([?]) when I was unsure of the spelling, particularly of names. Submitted by Patricia Seitas.

History of Jewell County, Kansas, with a Full Account of the Early Settlements and Indian Atrocities Committed Within Its Borders; Its final Settlement, Organization and Progress, Its Present Society, Churches and Schools, Its Towns, Streams; Topography; Soil and Products, Its Population; Township Organization and Officers, Its Industries; Business, Resources, Etc. by M. Winsor and James A. Scarbrough, Jewell City, Kansas, Diamond Printing Office, 1878


Jackson Township

was originally a portion of Big Timber township, and was organized April 16, 1872.

The First Election

took place May 14, 1872, at which A. W. Vale was elected trustee; Milton Ringland, clerk; M. Jennings, treasurer; G.W. Byers and A.B. Marsh, justices of the peace, and R.A. Badley and John Maudlin, constables.

The First Settlers

were Frank Bregren, S.E. Wilson and Walker Vale, who came in 1870, and G.W. Byers, M. Jennings, A.B. French, H.A. French and Andrew Eisenmann, who settled in the spring of 1871.

Jackson township is situated in the extreme northeast corner of the county, and consists of Township 1, south, Range 6, west. It contains six miles square of fine rolling land, the north half sloping towards the Republican river, and the south half towards White Rock creek. That portion lying immediately along the Republican embraces a beautiful tract of rich bottom land. The people as a class will compare favorable [sic] with any other community in the county, in point of intelligence, industry, sociability and morals.

Schools and Churches

There are four school districts in the township, all of which have comfortable school houses, in which regular terms of school are taught. There are two church organizations -- the Baptists and United Brethren -- each of which have regular preaching and Sabbath Schools.

The Present Township Officers,

elected November 6, 1877, are M. Jennings, trustee; W.G. Whiting, clerk; John Hobson, treasurer; R.M. Clark and G.W. Higgins, justices of the peace, and A.L. Skeels and H.A. French, constables.


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