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History of Montgomery County, Kansas

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History of Montgomery County, Kansas

By Its Own People. Illustrated. Containing Sketches of Our Pioneers— Revealing their Trials and Hardships Planting Civilization in this County— Biographies of their Worthy Successors, and Containing Other information of a Character Valuable as Reference to the Citizens of the County.
  • compiled by Lew Wallace Duncan, b. 1861
  • published by Press of Iola Register, Iola, Kansas, 1903
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Index To Montgomery County

Chapter I.
Land Titles
Chapter II - Important Events
  • The Drum Creek Treaty
  • The Elk Valley Flood of 1885
  • The Volcanic Upheaval of 1894 at Coffeyville
  • The Reed Family Tragedy
  • Why Did Pomeroy Trust York?
  • The Montgomery County High School
  • The Dalton Raid at Coffeyville
Chapter III - The Press of Montgomery County
  • Age, The Living (Independence)
  • Argus, The Montgomery (Independence)
  • Bulletin, The Cherryvale (Cherryvale)
  • Call, The Weekly (Independence)
  • Call, The Daily Evening (Independence)
  • Chief, The Osage (Independence)
  • Circular, The (Coffeyville)
  • Courier, The Independence (Independence
  • Courier, The Daily (Independence)
  • Courier, The Workingman's (Independence)
  • Champion, The Cherryvale (Cherryvale)
  • Chronicle, The (Caney)
  • Clarion, The Cherryvale (Cherryvale)
  • Commonwealth. The Kansas (Cherryvale)
  • Democrat. The Kansas (Independence)
  • Democrat, The Montgomery County (Coffeyville)
  • Democrat. The (Elk City)
  • Eagle, The (Elk City)
  • Enterprise, The (Elk City)
  • Gaslight, The Coffeyville (Coffeyville)
  • Globe. The Cherryvale (Cherryvale)
  • Globe, The (Elk City)
  • Herald, The Cherryvale (Cherryvale)
  • Herald, The (Havana)
  • Itemizer, The (Independence)
  • Independent, The Gate City (Cotteyville)
  • Journal, The Coffeyville (Coffeyville)
  • Kansas Populist, The (Cherryvale)
  • Kansan, The Independence (Independence)
  • Light, The (Liberty)
  • Monitor, The Montgomery (Independence)
  • News, The Cherryvale (Cherryvale)
  • News, The Independence (Independence)
  • Phoenix, The (Caney)
  • Pioneer, The Independence (Independence)
  • Press and Torch, The (Havana)
  • Republic, The Cherryvale (Cherryvale)
  • Republican, The Cherryvale (Cherryvale)
  • Republican - Plaindealer. The (Cherryvale)
  • Recorder, The (Havana)
  • Review, The (Liberty)
  • Reporter, The Daily (Independence)
  • Record. The (Parker)
  • Ross' Paper (Coffeyville)
  • Star, The Coffeyville (Coffeyville)
  • Star, The Daily Evening (Independence)
  • Star, The (Elk City)
  • Star, The Independence (Independence)
  • Star and Kansan. The (Independence)
  • Southern Kansas Farmer, The (Cherryvale)
  • Telegram. The Morning (Cherryvale)
  • Tribune, The South Kansas (Independence)
  • Times, The (Elk City)
  • Times, The (Caney)
  • Torch, The Cherryvale (Cherry vale)
  • United Labor (Independence) .
  • Vidette, The Westralla (Westralia)
  • Vidette. The (Havana)
Chapter IV - Gas and Oil Development
Chapter V - The Political History of Montgomery County
  • Organization of the County
  • Temporary County Seat
  • Election for County Seat, Contest and Result
  • Commissioners fix Boundaries of Townships
  • First Trustees
  • Commissioners' Wrangle with County Officers
  • Prosperity of 1871
  • York Defeats Pomeroy
  • Elections of 1871-2
  • Election of 1873
  • Elections of 1874-5
  • Elections of 1876-7
  • Elections of 1878-9
  • Election of 1880
  • Elections of 1881-2
  • Elections of 1883-4
  • Elections of 1885-6
  • Elections of 1887-8
  • Elections of 1889-90
  • Elections of 1891-2
  • Elections of 1893-4
  • Elections of 1895-6
  • Elections of 1897-8
  • Elections of 1899-1900 (Constitutional Amendment)
  • Elections of 1901-2
Chapter VI - Towns of Montgomery County
Lost Towns:
  • Claymore
  • Coffeyville— Old Town
  • Colfax
  • Montgomery City
  • Morgantown
  • Old Liberty
  • Parker
  • Radical City
  • Samaria
  • Tally Springs
  • Verdigris City
  • Westralia
Villages and Postoffices
  • Bolton
  • Havana
  • Jefferson
  • Sycamore
  • Tyro
  • Wayside, Dearing and Crane
Cities of Montgomery County
Land Office
Town Company Troubles
City of the Third Class
First School House
First Sunday School
First Saw-mill
Frank Bunker and Cabin
First Barbecue
Mail Facilities
Mayor DeLong's Fight
Hard Times
The Hull Baby
The First Murder
Building the Mo. Pac. Ry.
Court House Bonds Enjoined
Construction of the Water Works
Political Fervor of 1888
Boniface and Stephenson Convicted
Emmett Dalton Sentenced
First Franchise for Gas
Milton Cannon Murdered
Vote on Water Works Purchase
Murder of McTaggart
Establishment of the Brick Plant
Twentieth Kansas Recruited
Extension of the Santa Fe to Bartlesville
Postoffice Business Increase
Destructive Wind Storm of
Establishment of Factories
Double Murder
Financial and Commercial
Natural Resources
A Grain Center
Municipal Advancement
Schools and Churches
Debt and Taxation
Early Settlers
First Newspaper
Railroad Bonds
Building of the K. O. C. & Sw. Ry
Discovery of Natural Gas
Chartering of the C. O. & T. Ry
Places of Worship
Elk City
First Settlers
Rise and Fall of Bloomfield, or Fish Trap
M. D. Wright's Advent
Municipal Government Organized
Railroad Agitation
Prospecting for Gas
Early Beginnings
Coming of the Railroads
Discovery of Gas and Oil
The Edgar Zinc Company
Brick Plants and Factories
Churches and Pastors
Water Works
Corbin City
Park and Auditorium
Lodges and Associations
Fairview Cemetery
Municipal Government
Town Building in the Southeast Corner of the County
  • Early Settlers
  • Religion
  • Wedding Bells
  • First Murder
  • First Preliminary on the Charge of Murder
  • Bonding the County
  • Murder and Mob Violence
  • Rival Towns
  • Tally Springs
  • Old Cofteyville
  • Parker
Chapter VII - The Medical Profession
  • The Doctor of and His Outflt
  • The Staff of the Independence Medical College
  • Some Early Doctors
Chapter VIII - Agriculture
  • Indian Agriculture
  • The New-Comers
  • Exposition Prize of 1876
  • Supremacy of the "Cow Man" Over the Farmer
  • Adaptation of Crops
  • Area of the County in Acres
  • Crop Yields and Profits
  • Products
Chapter IX - Manufacturing
Chapter X. History of the Bench and Bar
  • General Observations
  • Status of the Independence Town Company
  • Character of Population Induced Litigation
District Courts
  • Location of Permanent Capital
  • Wilson County Contest
  • Appointment of First Judge
  • Eleventh Judicial District Boundaries
  • Language of the Statute Fixing Court Terms
  • First Court House
Judges of the District Court
  • Impeachment of Judge H. G. Webb
  • County Attorneys
  • Attorneys, or Members of the Bar

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