Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Zenith Kansas.

Zenith Kansas.
Stafford County.
Fairview township map, 1904
On the county map Zenith can be found in township 24-south and range 11-west.  On the township map Zenith can be found in section 14.
Zenith Post Office.
Zenith post office open February 25, 1902 and ran to January 4, 1974, first postmaster was James F. Ramsay.
Zenith Kansas, 1912.

Zenith, a hamlet in Stafford county, is located on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe R. R., 8 miles east of St. John, the county seat. It has general stores, telegraph and express offices, and a money order postoffice with one rural route. The population in 1910 was 40.

Zenith's Town History.
Zenith is located north of Ninnescah creek on Chicago and Northern R. R. ( 1886 ) now ATSF R. R. on Kinsley branch one mile west of Emo-Stanfford County line.  Post Office was moved to this location.  The vice president of ATSF R. R. A. A. Robinson, established a town five miles west of Sylvia.  Upon the urging of H. S. Tompson one of the Sylvia town site owners, he named the new site  Zenith.  It was on the stagecoach route from Hutchinson serving Freeman, Lieburg, Cedarville to southwest of Anderson with two round trips weekly.
The town also had a Post Office with James F. Ramsay as first postmaster, had two elevators, two Blacksmith shopes, Cream station, Presbyterian Church, Zenith Bank, School, Depot, Stockyard Water Well, Restaurant, Filling station, Grocery Store Ect.  In 1937, oil was discovered and by January 1941, Zenith oil field had over 234 oil wells, with potential of 466,198 barrels per day.

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