|Overbrook was founded in 1886, when the Kansas, Nebraska, &
Dakota built through the area. W. T. Coffman and J. B. Fairchild were the
founders. They had farms side by side on which they started the town. They
gave the railroad half-interest in the town in return for the railroad coming
through the townsite.
The earliest description of Overbrook in a newspaper was in the Burlingame Independent, Nov. 11, 1886.
By 1888 the town had two general stores, a grange store, a depot, a druggist, a hardware store, two blacksmiths, two carpenters, a confectioner, and a barber.
excerpt used by permission of the author
The Early Years of Osage County
(North Newton: The Mennonite Press. 1982)
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