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Historical Index  Biographical Index  Index of Illustrations

  PREFACE

     The History of Johnson County as here set forth is not an attempt at metaphysical disquisition, nor a profusion of legendary lore; neither is it an effort to analyze the unknown motives of man or to seek the hidden causes for certain human events. The constant object before the writer has been to present the story of Johnson County as told by the men and women whose faith, courage, foresight and industry have made the county what it is today. The story of the adventures, struggles and achievements of these pioneers form an indispensable and most interesting part of this work. They possess the value of authenticity, and are the plain, unvarnished tales of those who bore the burden of the days of trying endeavor and who endured almost incredible hardships. Confronted by drouths, pests, plagues and repeated failures, and rent by political dissention of the border war period, these brave pioneers never lost faith in the future greatness of Johnson county, and many of this noble band of self-sacrificing men and women still live to exult in its beauty and progress, and to prophesy that the astounding development of today is but the fore runner of still greater things to come.

     The data for this work has been gathered with painstaking exactness and it is hoped that its accuracy is commensurate with the efforts that have been put forth to make it so, and that it may be a valuable work of reference for present and future generations.

     The editor desires to acknowledge the cordial and valuable assistance accorded him by the many citizens of the county in compiling this work. Grateful acknowledgment is hereby made to the many contributors whose articles embellish these pages, and the cooperation of the press of the counts has been a help deeply appreciated and deserves due recognition. I wish to express my sincere thanks to the good people of Johnson county, one and all.

ED BLAIR.

Olathe, Kan., December 1, 1915.  

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  HISTORICAL INDEX

CHAPTER I--PRIMITIVE PERIOD   17

Indian Tribes -- Early Explorers -- Indian Treaties -- Black Bob Reservation -- Shawnee Tradition -- Bread Dance -- Corn Dance -- Journey of The Soul -- Chief Bluejacket -- Early Trappers and Traders.

CHAPTER II--INDIAN MISSIONS   25

Establishment of Methodist Mission -- Founding of Manuel Training School -- Location and Opening of School -- Influence of School -- Rev. Thomas Johnson and Other Missionaries -- Charles Bluejacket -- Capt. Joseph Park -- Mission Abandoned -- Murder of Thomas Johnson -- Col. Alexander Soule Johnson -- William Johnson and His Recollections -- Baptist Mission -- Quaker Mission -- Memories of Missions.

CHAPTER III--THE SANTA FE TRAIL   54

Its Course -- When First Traveled -- Established By The Government -- Santa Fe Trail Markers -- Dedication of Monument at Olathe -- Santa Fe Marker at Lone Elm -- Pioneers' Experiences on the Old Trail -- "The Santa Fe Trail" -- Recollections of a "Bullwhacker."

CHAPTER IV--DESCRIPTIVE AND POLITICAL   71

Topography -- Organization of County -- First Election -- County Officers -- Members of the First Territorial Legislature -- Border Trouble -- Members of the Legislature -- County Statistics.

CHAPTER V--EARLY EVENTS AND INSTITUTIONS    81

First Business Concerns -- First Marriage -- Horace Greeley Visits Johnson County -- Old Settlers -- The Mehaffie House -- The First Twenty Years.

HISTORICAL INDEX CHAPTER VI--OLATHE    102

Olathe and Its Institutions -- Merchants' Association -- First Hotel -- Voters in 1859 -- Old Landmarks and Border Day Experiences -- Churches -- State Institute for the Deaf -- Banks -- Fifty Years of Olathe -- A "County Seat Town."

CHAPTER VII--SPRING HILL  121

Location and Enterprises -- Banks -- Churches -- Reminiscences at Spring Hill -- The Old Hotel -- The Pioneer Store -- Early Days at Spring Hill -- Stage Line and Early Business Ventures -- Locating the Town and Organization of Town Company -- Spring Hill Beginnings -- War Times.

CHAPTER VIII--GARDNER   139

Settlement and Townsite Company -- Business Firms -- Gardner Raided Three Times -- The Last Raid -- Churches -- Gardner of Today -- Gardner's Early Days.

CHAPTER IX--EDGERTON  149

Location -- Churches -- Commercial Enterprises -- Cemetery -- The Press.

CHAPTER X--OVERLAND PARK   152

Strang Line -- Business Houses -- Additions -- Aviation Park -- Exposition Club -- Bank.

CHAPTER XI--DE SOTO    155

Location and Business Firms -- Organization of Town Company and First Building -- Churches -- De Soto During the Civil War -- A Pioneer's Experience -- Introduction to the Shawnee Indians.

CHAPTER XII--OTHER TOWNS AND VILLAGES    159

Shawnee -- Quantrill Visits Shawnee -- Lenexa -- Aubry -- Stilwell -- Stanley -- Merriam -- Bonita -- Morse -- Ocheltree -- Monticello -- Wilder -- Kenneth -- Choteau -- Switzer -- Lackman -- Craig -- Zarah -- Holliday -- Oxford.

CHAPTER XIII--CIVIL WAR AND BORDER WAR  185

Free State and Pro-Slavery Conflict -- Johnson County in the Civil War -- Maj. J T. Hadley Promoted -- Lieutenant Pellett Recruits

 HISTORICAL INDEX

a Company -- Colonel Hayes Wounded -- General Order No. 11 -- Battle of Westport -- Beginning of Quantrill's Band -- When Quantrill Raided Olathe -- Quantrill Passed through Johnson County on Way to Lawrence -- Spring Hill Looted -- The Red Legs -- Battle of Bull Creek -- Battle of "Blowhard" -- War-time Clippings from the Olathe "Mirror" -- Grand Army of the Republic.

CHAPTER XIV--PUBLIC SCHOOLS    210

Organization -- Growth and Development of the Schools.

CHAPTER XV--RAILROADS    212

Promoting Early Railroads and Voting Bonds -- Pioneer Railroad Builders.

CHAPTER XVI--THE GRANGE    219

The Organization and Progress of the Grange in Johnson County -- The Grange Insurance Company.

CHAPTER XVII--WHAT THE FIRST WOMAN SAW HERE   222

What The First Woman Saw Here -- An Interview with Jonathan Millikan -- Henry Wedd -- Some Early Day Events in Johnson County and Kansas -- A Pioneer's Recollections -- A Story of Early Days -- Fifty Years After -- Reminiscences -- A Retrospective View -- Yeager Raid Incidents. 



















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 BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX

Adair, B. F. 273

Allison, S. H. 294

Anderson, W. R. 368

Anderson, W. W. 408

Ainsworth, H. C. 369

Azendorf, Henry 283

Bell, I. N. 441

Berkshire, J. H. 438

Black, George 434

Blair, Ed. 309

Bradley, William 365

Braun, C. J. 421

Branick, Elias 266

Bradshaw, Harry 255

Breyfogle, L. D. 445

Breyfogle Family 444

Breyfogle, H. L. 444

Brown, W. C. 409

Brown, G. W. 280

Buckley, Jerry 421

Bruner, Maj. J. B. 311

Busch, Casper 293

Busch, Deitrich 256

Busch, Herman 272

Burgess, H. L. 415

Burke, W. R. 358

Caenen, Remi 334

Calvert, A. J. 461

Carroll, E. G. 338

Carpenter, A. G. 352

Case, H. H. 285

Cave, L. L. 425

Champion, Frank 385

Chamberlin, J. H. 332

Chamberlin, W. H. H. 343

Clark, Capt. Emanuel 382

Coker, L. H. 467

 BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX

Cook, G. W. 462

Cosgrove, J. H. 349

Crawford, Frank 386

Day, Dudley 419

Dare, T. W. 388

Delahunt, Charles, Sr. 337

De Tar, Miss Mary E. 287

De Vault, Lafayette 398

Deweese, J. E. 267

Donham, R. M. 457

Dowell, J.N. 391

Dwyer, D. C. 329

Edgington, A. N. 302

Ellis, G. T. 447

Elliott, G. W. 264

England, W. C. 282

Fagan, W. W. 378

Ferguson, S. E. 432

Folmer, G. .W. 396

Foster, A. J. 316

Foster, J.R. 335

Fraser, William 372

Graham, W. W. 442

Gray, W. L. 455

Graves, Col. W. C. 363

Greer, Dr. T. S. 289

Hale, D. R. 288

Hancock, J. H. 387

Haney, F. C. 394

Hannon, J. F. 351

Haskin, W. P. 360

Harrison, W. H. 350

Haskin, E. H. 275

Hatfield, Dr. F. J. 284

Harbaur, C. E. 326

Hayden, G. C. 322

Hedrick, F. D. 341

Heider, Martin 420

Hendrix, P. K. 428

Henry, H. L. 324

Hershey, I. H. 342

Hedges, Frank 412

Hedges, G. H. 410

Hogue, S. R. 375

Hollenback, B. F. 308

 BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX

Hollenback, F. P. 466

Holmes, Joseph 377

Howell, G. H. 345

Huff, George 299

Huff, John 406

Hundley, R. C. 294

Huggins, J. O. 291

Hunt, A. J. 292

Hunt, A. L. 313

Irvin, James 450

James, T. W. 354

James, Col. Andy 402

Jessup, Miss Fern 352

Kellogg, Sherman 404

Kelly, W. H. 323

Kelly, W. J. 252

King, Harry 402

Klusman, H. H. 454

Knabe, G. C. 374

Knox, E. V. 258

Krumm, A. H. 456

Kuhlman, J. J. 400

Lansdown, Harrison 325

Lanter, F. R. 274

Legler, E. A. 257

Lemen, J. R. 427

Lesueur, J. P. 260

Linn, W. T. 346

Lorimer, F. M. 298

Little, John T. 247

Lott, Miss Alice S. 401

Marty, John 290

Mathews, H. A. 440

McAnany, Patrick 330

McCann, Michael 372

McKaig, J. F. 433

McCarthy, Florence 404

McClintock, W. J. 314

McFeatters, Rev. M. 289

McKoin, W. H. 371

Meredith, M. T. 272

Miller, E. L. 335

Miller, M. G. 463

Millikan, A. R. 380

 BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX

Millikan, Jonathan 276

Mize, Johnson 419

Moll, A. E. 278

Moon, A. O. 296

Moore, G. W. 278

Moore, R. R. 266

Mossman, C. H. 364

Mossman, F. E. 423

Mower, George 362

Murdock, D. E. 453

Murphy, P. H. 363

Murray, Roy 295

Nance, W. A. 344

Nall, John 346

Noland, T. W. 393

Newton, E. D. 399

Ording, Rev. J. A. 270

Pack, W. M. 418

Parks, Horace 328

Pearce, J. A. 317

Pellett, J. S. 269

Pettyjohn, J. L. 413

Phillips, H. L. 370

Post, Smith 422

Rankin, J. F. 320

Rea, J. W. 467

Reeder, Benjamin 436

Rebsamen, A. J. 365

Riley, Thomas 339

Rudy, Scott 340

Rose, Miss Jennie 360

Rutter, W. R. 449

Ruttinger, Frank 253

Ryan, D. H. 428

Secrest, J. R. 460

Sharpe, W. F. 392

Shellhammer, C. H. 424

Sitterman, W. M. 355

Sheridan, Patrick 468

Simpson, Joseph 452

Sloan, Dr. J. R. 458

Smallwood, C. N. 259

Smith, Andrew 265

Smith, C. B. 252

Smith, E. L. 336

Smith, G. P. 361

 BIOGRAPHICAL INDEX

Sowers, G. S. 451

Speer, W. S. 327

Steed, J. S. 395

Stephenson, Jewett 315

Strang, W. B. 249

Strongman, John 319

Swank, J. T. 437

Taggart, David 304

Taylor, B. S. 268

Thorne, J. R. 381

Tibbetts, W. M. 390

Tillotson, B. H. 254

Todd, J. B. 400

Todd, C. E. 287

Toynbee, J. W. 459

Turner, W. T. 366

Uhls, Dr. L. L. 347

Wallace, J. K. 458

Walker, A. J. 410

Walker, Ralston 306

Walmer, Edwin 464

Warner, E. D 300

Wedd, George 431

Wedd, Henry 356

Weeks, Fred 397

Wickens, W. W. 391

Widner, Albert 446

Williams, A. P. 329

Williams, Irwia 332

Wilkinson, S. E. 259

Wilkerson, W. F. 386

Wilson, W. J. 320

Young, O. H. 425

Zehring, C. E. 430

Zimmerman, Capt. W. H. 251

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 INDEX TO ILLUSTRATIONS

Page

Ed. Blair................................................................................................ Frontispiece

Johnson County Court House.............................................................................. 16

Old Mission Building .......................................................................................... 25

Santa Fe Trail Marker, Olathe............................................................................ 57

Santa Fe Trail Marker, Lone Elm....................................................................... 63

Johnson County Hospital ................................................................................. 102

Hotel Olathe, Olathe........................................................................................ 109

Old Fire Wagon, Olathe.................................................................................. 117

Hedges Brothers Office, Olathe....................................................................... 119

Cooperative Store, Spring Hill ........................................................................ 127

Old Hotel, Spring Hill ..................................................................................... 132

Spring Hill Banking Company ......................................................................... 136

Farmers' Bank, Gardner.................................................................................. 141

Kelly's Elevator, Edgerton............................................................................... 146

Strang Line Depot, Overland Park.................................................................. 152

Scene at Aviation Field, Overland Park........................................................... 153

Voight Brothers' Building, Overland Park ....................................................... 154

Street Scene, Lenexa...................................................................................... 162

School Building, Lenexa.................................................................................. 165

Trail Inn, Lenexa............................................................................................. 167

Bradshaw Brothers' Store, Lenexa.................................................................. 171

Judging Colts, Stanley..................................................................................... 176

Residence of E. H. Haskin, Lenexa................................................................. 182

Group of Civil War Veterans.......................................................................... 184

Strang Gas-Electric Cars................................................................................ 212

John T. Little.................................................................................................. 246

Jonathan Millikan........................................................................................... 277

Benjamin F. Hollenback................................................................................. 309

Andrew Rudy and Mrs. Elvira Rudy............................................................... 341

Florence McCarthy and Family ..................................................................... 405

Home of W. W Anderson and Family............................................................ 409

Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Reeder...................................................................... 437

J. R. Secrest and Family ................................................................................ 461

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