21. Four towns on the Missouri Pacific Railroad in Kansas are said to have been named after members of a Chicago baseball club, in the order of their batting average. What are the names of these towns?
This rumor has apparently persisted for decades (it even fooled a Kansas State Universtity professor, who claimed that the towns were Allen, Comiske, Raff, and Admire). Kansas-L researchers must be among the best in the world, however, because they turned up this additional information:
Since the previous information was originally posted, Edward Kennington provides additional facts further clarifying this matter for us:
"On question #21 of Kansas trivia, there was mention that the towns in Kansas were mistakenly noted by Ripley's Believe it or Not as being named after players on the "Chicago White Sox" organization. The players were in fact part of the Chicago White Stockings Organization in the 1880's but that organization is today known as the Chicago Cubs:
The Chicago White Stockings (1871-1893)
The Chicago Colts (1894-1897)
The Chicago Orphans (1898-1902)
The Chicago Cubs (1903-present)
"Today's Chicago White Sox was first organized in 1901, and the original White Stockings / Cubs team had already changed their name numerous times."
Edward goes on to explain:
"I believe the towns were in fact named after the White Stockings / Cubs team. Here is the line-up that inspired the names of these Kansas towns:
First base / Manager: Charles Comiskey
Second base: Yank Robinson
Third base: Arlie Latham
Shortstop: Bill Gleason
Outfielder: Tip O'Neil
Outfielder: Tommy McCarthy
Catchers: "Doc" Bushong, Jack Boyle, and Jack Milligan
Pitchers: Bob Carruthers, Silver King, Dave Fouts, Elton Chamberlain, and Nat Hudson"
22. In 1891 a reporter for the Salina Republican was discovered in the attic of a meeting hall, spying on the state convention of the Farmer's Alliance. Who was he, and what honorable position did he eventually attain? (Tie-breaker...who was with him in the attic, but was not discovered?)
"Oct. 21.-The Kansas Farmers Alliance met at Salina in secret session. Henry J. Allen, reporter for the Salina "Republican," who was discovered hiding in the garret, was evicted, but L. Kiene of the Topeka "Daily Capital," who was not discovered, furnished reports of the meeting."
23. People from Southwestern Kansas may be familiar with the dream of a rich eastern businessman over a century ago. He had already made several million dollars manufacturing and selling patent medicine, and was looking for a new project. When he came to the Dodge City area, he discovered the new project he was hoping for. The project was begun, and he sold stocks in his company worth $1 million. These stocks were bonded, and sold in London at par. He made half a million dollars in this project before selling it to a trust company in New York in 1887. Though work continued for a number of years, it was never completed. In fact, the project suffered from several natural disasters, an early ruling from the U.S. Supreme Court (that was recently overturned in a much-publicized hearing) and from alack of understanding of soil mechanics. A piece of it was recently unearthed and is on display outside the museum at Ingalls. A newspaper article regarding the discovery of this piece cited its weight as 15 tons. The question: Name this folly and tell why it failed.
Asa T. Soule had grand dreams of building a canal from Ingalls to Spearville (east of Dodge City) to take water from the Arkansas and use it for irrigation. It never worked and Mr. Soule unloaded his interest in the Eureka Irrigation Canal for $1,000,000. Traces of the canal can still be seen east of town.
24. This man was on the losing side in the war of 1812. He was first reviled then revered by his followers. His brother served as a brigidier general in the British army. Though the brother was killed in a pivotal battle of that war, this man lived until 1837. Many historians consider that he was an inept bumbler and was successful only through his brother's guidance. Among the facts that tend to support this theory is: In spite of his brother's explicit instructions not to engage the enemy, he suffered a humiliating defeat at the hands of American forces in November of 1811. Many years later, the site of this battle became part of a presidential campaign slogan. Who was this man and, most importantly, what was his link to Kansas?
Tenskawatawa, sometimes known as "the Shawnee Prophet", ignored the advice of his brother, Tecumseh, and, in 1811, led his people in an assault upon an entrenched American force force, armed with rifles and under the command of William Henry Harrison. The Shawnees suffered severe losses and were scattered, some of them still following their discredited leader as he withdrew to the west. Tecumseh, meanwhile, had been given a commission in the British army in Canada and was killed two years later, in the Battle of Thames, Ontario.
25. Kansas was a dangerous place back in the early days, and none more so than Douglas county, where bands of armed men were likely to ride out of the trees to attack, and often kill, unwary passers-by. Sometimes the attackers had robbery in mind, and sometimes they were simply doing what they considered to be the proper sort of thing.
On 1 December of 1855, a small army of Missourians, acting as a posse comitatus under the command of "Sheriff" Jones, laid siege to Lawrence in the opening stages of what later became known as "The Wakarusa War." Governor Shannon brought about a peace and lifting of the siege, but a young man who had come to the aid of the Free Staters rode of to his home about six miles west of the town. He was met on the way by a group of pro-slavery men from Lecomptom and was shot in cold blood without even drawing his own weapon. His body was returned to Lawrence where the entire citizenry followed it to its burial, in the presence of his young wife and children, in Pioneer Cemetery. This event, more than any other, hardened the Free-Staters to the realization that they had come not simply for an election to determinewhether Kansas would be free or slave, but to fight a war over the issue. The war in Kansas, catching the public eye and elevated to a national scale by John Brown, merged seamlessly into the American Civil War, the most costly conflict in both human and economic terms that the nations has ever experienced.
26. An author lived in Pittsburg, Kansas between 1901 and 1903. He was the author of a regionally well-known story that was later made into a movie by the same name starring John Wayne. He is reported to have been the first American writer to earn one million dollars in profits from his writing. Who is the author, and what is the well-known story?
Harold Bell Wright, Shepherd of the Hills.
27. A native of Garnett who moved to Chicago, this turn-of-the-century poet's work can be found in most anthologies of American literature. Name this poet.
Edgar Lee Masters was born in Garnett, Kansas on Aug 23, 1868 while his parents, Hardin W. Masters and Emma Dexter, were homesteading there. He spent his early childhood near Petersburg, Illinois; moved to Lewistown, Fulton Co., Illinois at age 12; and spent adult life primarily in Chicago, Illinois. He died in 1950, buried in Oakland Cemetery, Petersburg, Menard Co., Illinois.
28. On October 26, 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-525, establishing a National Historic Site in Kansas to commemorate a landmark Supreme Court decision. What was the court case? (Either the name or the decision is okay.) Where is the National Historic Site? (The city and the building.)
On October 26, 1992, Congress passed Public Law 102-525, establishing Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site to commemorate the landmark Supreme Court decision aimed at ending segregation in public schools. Topeka was the city and Sumner School was the building.
29. This Kansan was Commander of the pilot ship during the flight of Apollo 17 to the moon. (1) Who was he? (2) What high school did he graduate from? (3) What college did he graduate from?
Captain Ronald E. Evans, USN retired, was bBorn 10 Nov 1933 in St. Francis, KS (his parents reside in Iola, KS). He graduated from Highland Park High School in Topeka, and received his bachelor's degree in Electrical Engineering from University of Kansas in 1956.
30. WHO AM I?
Vivian Vance (born Vivian Jones) played Ethel in "I Love Lucy."
31. When Dr. James Naismith was hired by the University of Kansas in 1898, he was hired to fill two positions. What were they?
What most people don't know is that Dr. Naismith was a very religious man, and served as Chapel Director at Kansas as well as Physical Education instructor after earning a doctor of medicine degree in Denver. (He graduated from medical school. He studied as an undergraduate for the ministry while maintaining an interest in physical education.) Dr. Naismith had reluctantly agreed to coach the new college team for the exclusive purpose of promoting recreational activity, which was his intended purpose in inventing the game of basketball.
32. Erected in about 1856 and destroyed by fire in 1883, it was where Horace Greeley organized the Republican Party in Kansas on May 18, 1859. What was the name of the structure, what town was it in and what occupied the grounds in 1954, at the time of the Kansas [Territorial] Centennial?
From A Town Between Two Rivers, Osawatomie, Kansas, 1854-1954", published by "Osage Valley Centennial, Inc., in 1954" and contains all kinds of info about the first 100 years of the town:
33. One of the largest towns in the region of Kansas was once burned to the ground to prevent the spread of disease and then burned again, several years later, because "'evil spirits' dwelt there." What was the name of the town?
Uniontown in Shawnee county, Kansas. Uniontown today is a cemetary where the residents are said to be buried in a mass grave.
34. What city was founded by the "Vegetarian Kansas Emigration Company" in 1856?
35. What part of Kansas was once sold to the Conferate states? Who sold it? What were the terms of the sale?
The Indians sold the Cherokee Neutral Lands to the Confederacy for $500,000.00. Half of this was paid in gold, the other half in Confederate "dollars." In addition, the Indians were suppose to provide 4 troops?/divisions? of soldiers to fight for the Confederacy. Since the Confederacy lost, the Indians later sold the land to the United States.
36. L. Frank Baum's children's novel The Wizard of Oz has become almost synonymous with Kansas, helped in large part by the beloved movie that was based on the book. Not a few Kansans can get misty-eyed hearing "Somewhere Over the Rainbow"! While the movie followed the story in the book closely, there were some significant differences, and my question deals with one of them. In the movie, Dorothy was safely returned home to Kansas, but we never found out what happened to her companions. My question: whatever happened to the Cowardly Lion?
The Cowardly Lion became King of the Beasts in the grand old forest that lies over the hill of the Hammer-Heads.
37. On October 5, 1871, an Abilene Law Enforcement Officer shot and killed two men. Who was the lawman, who were the victims, and why was the death of the second man considered so peculiar?
On October 5, 1871, there was a gun battle with Phil Coe, proprietor of the Bull's Head Saloon in Abilene. Wild Bill was in the Alamo when he heard a shot in the street. He jumped to his feet to see what had happened. Coe said he shot at a stray dog. It is not clear if Coe fired at Hickok. Hickok shot Coe in the stomach and he died.
38. There are four things I remember with great fondness and miss terribly from my youth on a Miami Co., KS farm. I wouldn't return to that hard life for anything but if I were wealthy I'd arrange to experience these four things regularly. Our family left that farm (and farm life) in 1959 therefore I can't "go home" for these treats.
(1) The smell of freshly mowed alfalfa; (2) the smell of a newly plowed field; (3) Kansas sunsets over a full and unobstructed horizon; and (4) ripe wheat waving in the wind.
39. What is the meaning of the phrase "out of Missouri by Jennison"?
The phrase "out of Missouri by Jennison" was used (wink, wink) to explain the pedigree of horses of doubtful origin. "Doc" Jennison of Mound City was such a talented horse thief and did such a thorough job of redistributing the horse flesh wealth of Missouri. It was a bitter joke for Missourians that the phrase found it's way to common use in such places as Illinois and Iowa describing stolen horses.
40. Who was the first baby born in Barber County? What year? Who were the parents?
The first child born in the county was Ralph Duncan, son of A. L. Duncan, born in the spring of 1873.