Transcribed from History of Jewell County, Kansas, with a Full Account of the Early Settlements and Indian Atrocities Committed Within Its Borders; Its final Settlement, Organization and Progress, Its Present Society, Churches and Schools, Its Towns, Streams; Topography; Soil and Products, Its Population; Township Organization and Officers, Its Industries; Business, Resources, Etc. by M. Winsor and James A. Scarbrough, Jewell City, Kansas, Diamond Printing Office, 1878. Transcribed by Carolyn Ward, 2001.

1878 History of Jewell County, Kansas

Holmwood Township

lays immediately on White Rock creek, and is one of the best Townships in the county. There is plenty of good timber and good water. It is thickly settled by a good class of citizens, and the society is unsurpassed. It was organized January 7, 1873.

The First Township Officers

were: John A. Robertson, Trustee; M. Farnham, Clerk; J.B. Scripture, Treasurer; John A. Gates and wm. Ireland, Justices of the Peace, and William Hess [?] and David Korb, Constables.

Schools and Churches

There are four school districts in the Township, in all of which there are good substantial school houses, in which regular terms of school are taught. We have no report of churches by first settlers.


is a thriving little town on White Rock creek and is a place of considerable trade.

The Present Township Officers,

elected November 6, 1877, are: D.M. Callembar [?], Trustee; John A. Robertson, Clerk; Geo. W. Sterling, Treasurer; John A. Gates and W.B. Williams, Justices of the Peace, and W.G. Hunter and William Robertson, Constables.