Friday, October 19, 2012

Wanamaker & Bishop Kansas.

Wanamaker Kansas 1912.

Wanamaker, a hamlet in Shawnee county is located 5 miles west of Topeka, the county seat, state capital and the postoffice from which it receives mail. The population in 1910 was 17.  Wanamaker was started in 1888.

Wanamaker Post Office.

Post Office open November 18, 1889 and ran to December 14, 1903.  The first appointed postmaster was Alexander McRoberts.

Shawnee County.
Mission Township Map, 1898.
Wanamaker can be found on the county map in Twonship 11-South and Range 15-East.  On the Township map Wanamaker is found in section 33.

Land Owners For Section 33., 1898.

Elizabeth Bright
Frank crdley
Ella Nelson
J. R. Nede---?
Kansas National Bank.
The Ex. Farm Co.

Land Owners For Section 33., 1913.

O. I. Walker
F. J. Sherman.
O. W. Blanchard.
M. J. Daily.
A. C. Blodgett.
Henry B. Hayden
A. M. Smith.
E. B. Nelson
S. L. Nelson.

Wanamaker School.

Wanamaker school is in section 32, it sat on the land own by A. C. Moore.

History of Bishop-Wanamaker Kansas

L. R Fridley, Station agent at Bishop station, must have thought the whole world was ending when a tornado blew through the place.  It indirectly led to the end of the town.  Bishop station was a railroad depot or simply a boxcar cleverly adapted to the purpose.  It was six miles west of Topeka on the Rock Island railroad.  Today, the site is about a mile west, due to expansion.  It was probably established as a convenience for the farmers of the vicinity who shipped hay, grain and Livestock.  During World War I., and did not outlast the war.
Wanamaker was the town where Bishop station was located.  This was its more popular name although it was changed to the name of Bishop in 1903.  Wanamaker existed before Bishop station.  The town had a post office in 1891, Alexander McRoberts serving as postmaster.  The post office changed names in 1903 to Bishop although Wanamaker is still used by area residents.  Wanamaker was also known to be a post office for three missions.
The population declined untill, in 1910, only seventeen people lived there.  When the tornado hit in 1917 the Fridley's were lucky.  Many homes there were destroyed beyond repair.  In the big wind a cow was seen sailing through the air for a distance of a mile, then deposited on the ground with no serious injuries.  Before the storm ended , nine people were killed and $500,000 of damage had accrued, over a path thirty miles long.  Bishop station was not rebuilt and the town of Bishop succumbed.


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