Tuesday, November 6, 2012

White Rock Kansas

Republe County, 1884.
White Rock Township Map, 1884.
On the county Map White Rock can be found in Township 2-South and Range 5-West. 
On the Township Map, White Rock can be found in section 7.
Business men of White Rock Township who used White Rock as their P. O. address as of 1884.  http://www.kansasmemory.org/item/224009/page/45
White Rock Post Office.
Post Office open July 27, 1870 and ran to September 15, 1900.
History & Biogaphical Sketches of White Rock, 1883.
White Rock Kansas, 1912.
White Rock, a village of Republic county, is located on the west side of the Republican river in White Rock township about 14 miles north, west of Belleville, the county seat. It was the first settlement west of the Republican river and was settled in 1866 by Thomas Lovewell. The town was laid out in 1871. Indian outrages were common and before 1870 some 25 people were either killed or carried away from this settlement. At one time White Rock was an important point. It was in the path of the leading emigrant route from Nebraska to the homestead territory. In 1873 there were 3 general stores, a sawmill, a corn mill and a hotel. At present there are no business houses, only about 30 people, and the mail conies by rural route from Courtland.
White Rock Massacre.

White Rock Massacre.  Early in April, 1867, a small band of Cheyennes found their way into the settlements on White Rock creek, and under the guise of being friendly Otoes, were admitted into the home of a settler named Ward and given food. One of the savages noticed a rifle belonging to the host and, taking it down, shot him as he unsuspectingh- smoked his pipe. The two Ward boys made a dash for their lives, the Indians firing at and wounding one of them fatally. Mrs. Ward barricaded herself in the house and waited the next move of the savages, who procured an ax, chopped down the door and looted the house. The confiscated plunder was loaded on two mules, the property of Mr. Ward, and, with Mrs. Ward as prisoner, the Indians hurriedly left to join their tribe on the Solomon. Cloud and Clay county settlers started in pursuit, but as the Indians had several days' start they were never overtaken. The fate of Mrs. Ward was never learned.

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