Friday, February 24, 2012

Strawn Kansas.

Strawn City Kansas.
Date unknown.

Strawn City is situated in Pleasant Township, on the south bank of the Neosho River, and is a point on the Neosho division of the Missouri Pacific Railway. The town site was surveyed in 1871. The first settlers were Enos Strawn, Hiram Hoover, J. Chesnut, J. Jacobs, W. Jacobs, T. L. Harrell and E. Benedict. It contains two stores (a dry goods and grocery by Mr. Wingard, and a grocery by Mr. Fletcher), a shoe shop by Mr. Prather, one blacksmith shop, a hotel kept by R. Smith, and the postoffice by F. Newkirk. On the west side of the town, on an eminence overlooking the country, stands a fine large frame schoolhouse, 26x40, with a bell. An iron bridge costing $15,000 spans the river, near town. Valuable limestone and sandstone quarries are on the town site. Population about one hundred and fifty.

Strawn's Post office open September 21, 1871 and ran to January 18, 1963.

The following Families used Strawn as their P. O., address although they maay not live in the same Township.

DR. WILLIAM A. DUMBAULD, P. O. Strawn, was born in Perry County, Ohio, in 1846, and lived there thirty-one years, and came to Kansas in 1879, and located in Coffey County, and engaged in the practice of medicine in Strawn. He was educated in the Cincinnati College of Medicine and Surgery and graduated from that institution in the class of 1874, and has been engaged in the practice of his profession since in Ohio and Kansas. He was married in Licking County, Ohio, in 1867, to Miss Jennie Walker, a native of Ohio. They have three children -- Lida, Della and Bun. Dr. Dumbauld is a member of the Masonic Order and the I. O. O. F., and is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He studied medicine with Dr. B. Coleman, of Homer, Ohio, for three years.

F. M. NEWKIRK, railroad agent, Strawn, was born in Kentucky in 1842, and in 1872 came to Kansas, and went into business as a merchant at Strawn until 1875. In 1873 he was appointed station agent of the M. K. &T. R. R., and is engaged in handling grain. He was married in Kentucky in 1870 to Miss Lillie A. Wingard. They have four children -- Arthur, Samuel, Minnie, and Mary. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church.

JAMES JACOBS, farmer, P. O. Strawn, was born in Allen County, Ohio, in 1833; lived there twenty-two years, and came to Kansas in 1855, and located in Coffey County, Le Roy Township, and moved to where he now lives, in Pleasant Township in 1857. Has been engaged in farming and stock-raising, and is a large dealer and shipper of livestock. Mr. Jacobs was married in Allen County, Kan., in 1863, to Miss Nancy S. Hall, a native of Georgia. They have four children -- Mary Lizzie, Anna May, Charlie Clinton, and Florence Alta. Mr. Jacobs has been Township Treasurer, is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church, and of the G. A. R. He enlisted in 1862 in Company F, Twelfth Kansas Volunteer Infantry and served three years.

JAMES M. PIERATT, farmer, section 36, P. O. Strawn, was born in Kentucky in 1844, and lived there ten years. He came to Kansas in 1854, and located in Douglas County, and lived there until 1867, when he came to Coffey County and located on a farm in Pleasant Township. He was married in Douglas County, Kan., in 1864, to Miss Margaret J. Kennedy, a native of Ohio. They have four children -- Marian R., William I., James M., and Martha. His wife died September 29, 1882, aged thirty-five years, two months and twenty-five days. Mr. Pieratt is a large farmer and stock-raiser, and is engaged in shipping cattle.

CONLEY F. SMITH, merchant, Strawn, was born in Virginia in 1852, and lived there sixteen years. In 1869 he came to Kansas and located at Strawn, and engaged in farming. In the spring of 1882 he engaged in merchandising. He was married in Strawn in 1876 to Miss Susie A. Daylong, a native of Indiana. They have one child -- Eliza E. Mr. Smith's father, Emanuel Smith, was born in Virginia in 1818, and lived in his native State about fifty years, and came to Kansas and located at Strawn, Coffey County. He was married in Virginia in 1838, to Miss Eliza Mann, a native of Virginia. They have eleven children -- Lydia, Catharine, Emeline, William, Caroline, James, Conley, Archimadis, Thomas, L. H., and Eliza. Mr Smith is Postmaster at Strawn.

ENOS STRAWN, farmer, Section 33, P. O. Strawn, was born in Perry County, Ohio, in 1812, and lived there twenty-five years; then moved to Delaware County, Ind., and remained there until 1855, when he came to Coffey County, Kan., and located in Pleasant Township, where he is now engaged in farming and stock- raising. He was first married in Delaware County, Ind., to Miss Mehethelan Dodd. They had six children -- Rebecca, James, Joshua, Martha, Phineas and Jane. Mr. Strawn was married to his second wife in 1860, Miss Sarah Farrell, of Trumbull County, Ohio. They have two children -- Kate and Sarah. Mr. Strawn has been Probate Judge of Coffey County one term, and one of the commissioners appointed to locate the county seat. He has been a Justice of the Peace for forty-one years.

N. S. WILKINSON, merchant, Strawn, was born in Indiana, in 1843, and lived there until 1865. He then came to Kansas, and located in Coffey County, where he has been engaged in farming and stock-raising, and is now a merchant. He was married in Coffey County, in 1868, to Miss Adelia Price, of Indiana. They have five children -- Ada, Clara, Anna, Nathan and Charles. He is a member of the Baptist Church.

D. L. WINGARD, merchants born in South Carolina, in 1825, and lived there twenty-five years, when he moved to Georgia, and lived there fourteen years. He moved to Indiana in 1864, and to Kentucky in 1867, and came to Kansas in 1872, locating at Strawn, Coffey County, as a merchant. He was married in South Carolina in 1848. He lost his first wife, and was again married in Georgia, in 1852, to Miss Lorena Shaw. They have three children -- Lillie E., Sallie E., and Eda L. He was again married in 1868, in Kentucky, to Miss Maggie A. Newkirk. They have four children -- Gracie, Frankie L., Lennie E., Agnes S. Mr. Wingard has been a Notary for five years, and agent of Adams Express Company, and is a member of the Christian Church.

Civil War.

One of the early citizans of Strawn was Albert Cummins, he served in the Ohio 96th, Infantry, his service is: Enlisted August 4, 1862, Age 20. Battles: Chiclasaw Bayou, Arkansas Post, Vicksburg, Jackson, Sabine Cross Roads, Fort Gaines, Fort Morgan, Spanish Fort, Fort Blakely, Mobile and Whistler. Mustered out with company July 7, 1865.

The town of Strawn is in the Township of Pleasant; Township 20 South, Range 13 & 14 East. To see a full size map of the Township take this link.
http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/223986/page/33

Businessman of Strawn 1878.

Enos Strawn, Section 33, Farmer, Stock Raiser and J. P., from Perry County Ohio, caame to county 1855.

James Smith, Section 33, Farmer, Blacksmith, from Washington County Virginia, came to county 1870.

D. L. Wingard, Section 33, Merchant and Notary Public, from Lexington Dist. S. P., came to county 1872.

Arthur Veach, Section 35, Farmer, Stock Raiser and Minister, from Harrison County, West Virginia, came to county 1857.

George Hamman, Section 29, Farmer, Stock Raiser, from Pike County, Ohio, came to county 1870.

T. L. Horrell, Section 28, Farmer, Stock Raiser and Dealer, from Madison County Ohio, came to county 1857.

C. S. Perkins, Section 27, Farmer, Stock Raiser and Feeder, from Hartford Conn., came to county 1871.

James Jacobs, Section 33, Stock Raiser and Feeder, from Allen County, Ohio, came to county 1855.

J. E. King, Section 8, Farmer, Stock Raiser and Dealer, from Cattaraugus County, New York, came to county 1871.

Sidney Updegraft, Section 20, Farmer, Stock Raiser, from Allen County Indiana, came to county 1866.

Samuel Hodges, Section 16, Farmer, Stock Raiser and T. Trustee, from Herkimer County, New York, came to county 1872.

P. Sowders, Section 21, Farmer, Stock Raiser and Dealer, from Dearborn County, Indiana, came to county 1871.

Alfred Jones, Section 11, Farmer, Stock Raiser and Dealer, from Randolph County, N. C., came to county 1859.

L. C. Knight, Section 30, Farmer, Stock Raiser and T'p Trustee, from Sangamon County, Illinois, came to county 1862.

George L. Hoover, Section 22, Farmer, Stocker Raiser and J. P., from Boone County, Indiana, came to county 1858.

W. M. Wilcox, Section 8, Farmer Stock Raiser and Dairyman, from Onondaga County, New York, came to county 1869.

If you wish to learn more about the people of Strawn City, and a lot more take this link.
http://homepages.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~idahosim/strawn,_kansas.htm

1 comment:

JGilmore said...

My grandfather, Charles Anderson was born in Strawn in 1898. His family names were Anderson, White, Williamson