Monday, April 9, 2012

William C. Sweezey & Olivet Kansas.

Olivet Kansas.
Date taken unknown.

Map of Olivet Kansas.
Township 18 Southrange 15 East.
  The town of Olivet was started in 1869 by a company of Swedenborgians, among who were A.J. Bartels, Dr. W.C. Sweezey, Dr. J. Parker Ball, and T.B. and William Haslam. A mill was erected, also a church, school house, a good store, hotel and several dwelling houses; but the town soon seemed to be doomed to destruction. The mill was burned; the Haslams failed in business; a prairie fire swept over the town, and burned up a large number of the dwellings. The city was unable to pay its bonds which had been issued for city iprovements. The inhabitants abandoned the place. The city was sold for taxes, and the purchasers of the tax certifictes, when they came to pay the taxes for the succeeding years, found a bigger elephant on their hands than they bargained for, and in all but a name the city of Olivet has long since been snuffed out.

Olivet Post office open April 15, 1870, moved to Penfield in 1888.

Sweezey Farm.

One of the founding fathers was William C. Sweezey, a Physician and Surgeon, his office was in Olivet. He open a store in 1870. Mr. Sweezey came to the county in 1870. He was from Patchogue L. I. New York. Although he had his office in town he had a farm out side of town.

Civil War Record.
Party: Name: William C. Sweezey or Sweesey.
Age: 32.
Regiment: 140.
Date Enrolled: 1864/09/15.
Where Enrolled: Bennington, Indiana.
Company: B.
Discharge Date: 1864/11/12.
Notes: Discharge to accept commission. Primary Surgeon 11/12/64, Field and Staff. (SWAZY.)

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