Friday, June 1, 2012

Zenith Kansas Now Sylvia, Reno Co., Kansas.

There were two Zenith Kansas, one in Stafford County and the other in Reno County.  I was unable to find out when Zenith was established, but the Post Office opened May 12, 1876.  The Postmasters were:

Thomas J. Anderson, May 12, 1876.
J. B. Wright, October 1, 1884.
Thomas J. Talbott, December 21, 1885.

Zenith changed its name to Sylvia, in 1886.

Sylvia, the third largest town in Reno county, is a station on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R., and is located on the north branch of the Ninnescah river in Sylvia township, 30 miles southwest of Hutchinson, the county seat, it is in the midst of a locality famous for wheat and corn crops and is a town frequently heard from in connection with those products, being an important buying and shipping point for live stock and grain. The town has a bank, a mill, an elevator, a weekly newspaper (the Sun), telegraph and express offices, and an international money order postoffice with three rural routes. The population, according to the census of 1910, was 634. Sylvia was founded in 1886 and organized as a city of the third class the next year. T. J. Ialhott was its first mayor.

Postmasters of Sylvia were:

H. S. Austin, April 23, 1887.
Thomas Litchfield, July 20, 1889.
H. S. Austin, December 18, 1893.
J. A. Whitehurst, August 23, 1889.
C. W. Tipton, June 26, 1897.
E. H. Smith, March 11, 1899.
Amanda M. Baird, April 2, 1901.
Frank Forney, August, 22, 1902.
Joseph E. Aldrich, January 21, 1907.
L. G. Waggoner, May 1, 1913.

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