Thursday, January 17, 2013

Grasshopper Falls, Sautrell Falls, And Valley Falls Kan..

Jefferson County.
Delaware Township, Map. 1899.
Post Office History.
Grasshopper Falls post office open December 21, 1855, and ran to November 12, 1863, first postmaster was A. J. Whitney, name changed to Sautrell Falls.  Sautrell Falls post office open November 12, 1863 and ran to May 14, 1864, first postmaster wass stephen H. Dunn  name changed back to Grasshopper Falls.  Grasshopper post office open May 14, 1864 and ran to April 26, 1875, postmaster unknown name changed to Valley Falls.  Valley Falls post office open April 26, 1875 and ran to ?, First postmaster was Justin Hillyer.  Postmaster for Valley Falls, of 1899, was E. P. Karr.
Grasshopper Falls Kansas, 1867.
This place is situated in the west part of Jefferson county, on Grasshopper Creek, nine miles west of Oscaloosa, the County Seat, and 17 miles north-east of Topeka, and 29 miles west of Leavenworth.  It is a place of considerable importance and is surrounded by a very attractive county.
Trades, Professlons, & amp;c.

Myers & Beland, Rruggists.
William Benedix, Bakery and Confectionary.
D. J. Birdsell, Physician.
Joseph Bishop, Carpenter.
E. Boling, Carpenter.
Keech & Calvin, Blacksmiths and Wagon Makers.
David Coulter, Painter.
S. P. Coulter, Cabinet Maker and Carpenter.
J. W. & A. J. Cowan, Dry Goods.
Mrs. W. A. Cowan, Dressmaker.
A. M. Cowan, Physician.
J. A. Cody, Lumber Dealer.
Crosby Brothers, General Store.
R. H. Crosby, Notary Public.
William Crosby, Justice of the Peace.
J. R. Divilbiss, Physician.
S. W. Dunn, Livery Stable.
J. Ellinwood, Nursey.
Adam Faulk, Carpenter.
Andrew Faulk, Wagonmaker.
C. Gearhart, Photographer.
S. C. Gesshart, Real Estate.
Grasshopper Falls, Lodge No. 21, A. F, & A. M.
REv. E. A. Harlow, Methodist.
W. C. Hicks, Stoves, Tin, Hardware and Agricultural Imps.
E. D. Hillyer, General Store.
Mrs. Isbell, Dressmaker and Milliner.
George T. Isbell, Pub. of weekly Jeffersonian.
J. Johnson, Coal Mine.
Huron & Johnson, Groceries.
William McAdams, Cabinetmaker.
William McGinnis, Tailor.
G. McDaniel, Drugs and Groceries.
Joseph Miller, Flour and Saw and Woolen Mill.
Johnson & Morse, Lawyer.
H. Northoles, Coal Mine.
L. Northrop, Physician.
J. Ratz, Boots and Shoes.
J. Roop, Blacksmith.
Perry & Shepherd, Clothing, Furniture and Insurance.
Luther Sikes, Wagonmaker.
A. Spaulding, Lawyer and Notary.
Rev. J. Spillman.
Calvin Smith, Flour Mill and General Store.
H. Smith, Barber.
E. Summerfelt, Wagonmaker.
Gragg & Tate, Grocers.
J. Ward, Saloon.
T. Weltig, Meat Market.
J. J. Wintersburg, Saddles and Haruess.
Adam Wiser, Hotel.
J. Wiser, Constable.

History of Valley Falls, Kansas, 1883.

Patron's Directory for Delaware Township, 1899.

M. Blue, Farmer, P. O. Valley Falls.
J. C. Evans, Farmer, P. O. Valley Falls.
T. A. Hatfield, Farmer, P. O. Valley Falls.
G. W. Hull, Farmer, P. O. Valley Falls.
E. P. Karr, Editor and Postmaster, P. O. Valley Falls.
Louis Myers, Circut Judge, P. O. Valley Falls.
B. Riehle, Farmer, P. O. Valley Falls.

History Of Valley Falls, Kansas 1912.

Valley Falls, formerly Grasshopper Falls, the largest town in Jefferson count}' and one of the important towns of northeastern Kansas, is located in the northwestern part of the count}-, 16 miles from Oskaloosa, the county seat, and about 25 miles from Topeka. It is in Delaware township on the Delaware river, which furnishes power for its flour mills. It is an important shipping point and railroad center, having three of the large roads converging there — the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe, the Missouri Pacific and the Union Pacific. r>esides the regular lines of business, Valley Falls has a creamery, flour mills, spacious elevators for storing grain, waterworks, electric light plant, an opera house and two weekly newspapers. The principal shipments are grain, live stock and produce. The population in 1910 was 1.150. St.
Joseph's school (Roman Catholic) is located here.

Grasshopper Falls was settled in 1854 by Henry Zen, who had visited the locality two years before, accompanying Maj. Ogden to Fort Riley. Zen was often visited by the Kickapoo Indians after erecting his cabin, but was never molested. In the fall he was ordered to leave the country by the agent for the Indians. The next settlement was a permanent one, by James Frazier, Robert Riddle, H. B. Jolley and A. J. Whitney. who drove their stakes on Christmas day, 1854. Their first act was to stake out the boundaries of a town and plat the lots. They then began the erection of a cabin but before it was finished the provisions ran low and one of the number went to Weston, Mo., for a new supply. He was gone eleven days and there was much suffering in the camp before he returned. About this time Zen returned and with him was Henry Webber. Stephen H. Dunn came in March, 1853, whh his wife and started a blacksmith shop. A grist mill was built by a company composed of James Frazier, Robert Riddle, A. J. Whitney and Isaac Cody. The latter was the father of "Buffalo Bill," and was elected representative to the legislature from Jefferson county. In the spring of 1855 the town was surveyed and named Grasshopper Falls. The legislature changed the name to "Sautrelle Falls," but the citzens never recognized the name and it was later changed to Valley Falls. The streets were named after the pioneer women.

Considerable trouble was occasioned by the location on the town site of a pro-slavery man by the name of .-V. T. Pattie. He refused to recognize the rights of those who founded the town and built a shanty in the middle of the street, finally becoming so offensive that he was driven out of town. This -action on ihc part of the free-state men resulted in Grasshopper Falls being raided and looted in Sept.. 1856.  The Store of William and R. H. Crosby, which had been built in the spring of that year, was burned. This was the beginning of a long list of depredations committed by each side in turn, which continued throughout the border war. The Crosby store was rebuilt and Pattie's buildings were used as a temporary home for immigrants.

At the land sales the rights of the town company were not recognized and the land which they had staked out, comprising 320 acres, was laid off in quarter sections and sold at the appraised value. Different men had to buy these lands and as some of them never turned their holdings over to the cotmty the stockholders suffered a loss. This condition of affairs gave rise to considerable trouble in the waj^ of land contests. In the year 1857, after the land sale, a number of buildings went up, including a Lutheran church, a steam sawmill and a large hotel. The first school was established in that year and ;\liss Libbie Pennock, of Leavenworth county, was the teacher.

Grasshopper Falls was incorporated as a town in 1869, and in 1871 it was incorporated as a city. S. C. Gephart was the first mayor and John Beland the first clerk. In 1875 the name was changed to Valley Falls by act of the legislature.

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