Transcribed from History of Labette County, Kansas and its Representative Citizens, ed. & comp. by Hon. Nelson Case. Pub. by Biographical Publishing Co., Chicago, Ill. 1901

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The rapid growth of the county is in a measure indicated by the increased vote cast from year to year. The first election held in Neosho county was in 1864, at which there were but 35 votes cast in the whole county. At this time there was probably no one in what is now Labette county who had the legal qualifications of an elector, but had there been there was no provision made for the casting of votes. It was not until July, 1866, that the commissioners of Neosho county established voting precincts in what is now Labette county. Our citizens might have participated in the election in November, 1866, had they been disposed to do so, but as I have elsewhere stated, there was a mutual understanding between those residing in what is now Neosho county and those residing in what is now Labette county, that the latter would refrain from voting for the officers of Neosho county, and that at the ensuing session of the Legislature the county should be divided. However, at that election the people in the south half of the county voted for a full set of county officers for themselves. Of course this vote was without any legal significance. No record of the result was kept, and I have been unable to ascertain anything in reference to the number of votes cast. C. H. Bent, who was elected to the Legislature at this time, was the only officer elected who was permitted to perform official duties by virtue thereof. I might here state that at this election there were something over 300 votes cast in Neosho county. For state senator, J. W. Scott received 225 votes, and Willoughby Doudna received 82 votes. This is probably the average vote between the two parties in the county. The first legal election held in Labette county was on April, 22, 1867. At this election a full set of county officers were elected, to serve until the ensuing regular election in the fall; and the question of locating the county seat was also voted on. The record of the canvass of this vote has been lost, and I have now no means of ascertaining the number of votes cast; but some time thereafter there was published what was said to be the correct vote on the question of locating the county seat, from which statement it appears that the entire vote cast on that subject was 380. This may fairly be presumed to be the total vote of the county at that time.

At the November election in 1867 the canvass does not show the total number of votes cast, nor the votes cast for each candidate, except for the office of judge of the district court. For this position N. F. Acres received 202 votes, and J. R. Goodin 192 votes. On the question of locating the county seat there were cast 397 votes. This was probably the highest number of votes cast at that election. At the election held November 3, 1868, each precinct in the county returned its vote. The presidential electors received 783 votes; 617 of which were cast for the Grant electors, and 166 for the Seymour electors. The candidates for the several State offices on the two tickets received substantially the same proportion of votes. The political lines were not as strictly drawn on the county offices.

On November 5, 1869, the board met to canvass the vote cast on the 2d of that month. For some informalities, which presented an excuse but did not amount to a reason for their action, the commissioners rejected the vote of every precinct in the county except those of Oswego and Hackberry. If it had required the rejection of either of these to enable them to count in the parties whom they desired to have elected, it may be presumed that on some pretense it would have been done. By the course pursued a set of officers were declared elected who had been overwhelmingly defeated at the polls, and those who, had been elected by a large majority of the votes actually cast were deprived of their positions, some of them for a a year and some of them during their whole term. I do not mean to say that every officer declared elected had been defeated; no recordhas been preserved of the complete vote, and I have no means at hand of ascertaining what the vote of the entire county was; but certain it is that the sheriff, treasurer, register of deeds, and a part of the commissioners who were elected were compelled to contest far their offices or to be deprived of them entirely. Mr. McCue, who had been beaten for county attorney by a large majority, but who was declared elected, refused to qualify, and Mr. Waters, who had been elected but counted out, took the office without opposition. Some of those who had been counted out contested for the office, while others declined to go through the trouble and expense of litigation. After a protracted contest through all the courts, the true result was finally ascertained, and those who were determined to secure their rights, even at a sacrifice, were finally awarded their offices.

At the November election in 1870 as many as 1,706 votes were cast for some of the positions, but generally the aggregate vote on any one office was a few short of 1,700. The Republican State ticket generally received about 1,025 to 1,050 votes, and the Democratic candidates about 640 to 660 votes; while on the county ticket the vote for the respective candidates of the two parties was more nearly equal.

In 1871 there were 1,794 votes cast for sheriff; of these G. W. Franklin, the Democratic candidate, received 959, and L. S. Crum, the Republican candidate, 835. I. W. Patrick, the Republican candidate for register of deeds, was elected by a majority of 150. In 1872 the Grant electors received 1,779 votes, and the. Greeley electors 1,014, making a total vote on the national ticket of 2,793. The candidates on the two tickets for State offices received substantially the same proportion of votes. In 1873 S. L. Coulter, the Republican candidate for probate judge, received 1,765 votes, while Davis Vulgamore, the Democratic candidate, received but 487. C. F. Smith, the Republican candidate for treasurer, had no opposition, and received 2,346. In 1874 the total vote was 2,076. For the office of governor, Thomas A. Osborn received 1,108 votes, James C. Cusey 730, and W. K. Marshall 77. In 1875 the total vote was 2,450. S. B. Abbott, Republican candidate for sheriff, received 1,252 votes, and Nixon Elliott, the Democratic candidate, 1,112. In 1876 the total vote was 3,529. The Hayes electors received 2,092, the Tilden electors, 1,372, the Cooper electors 8, and the Smith electors 17. In 1877 but 2,683 votes were cast. For chief justice, A. H. Horton, the Republican candidate, received 1,562; Samuel A. Riggs, the Greenback candidate, 824; and W. R. Wagstaff, the Democratic candidate, 253 votes. In 1878 the vote was 3,385. J. P. St. John, the Republican candidate for governor, received 1,594; J. R. Goodin, the Democratic candidate, 968; D. P. Mitchell, the Greenback candidate, 804. There were 3,102 votes cast in 1879. The Republican candidate for treasurer received 1,591; the Democratic candidate, 886; the Greenback candidate, 574. In 1880 the total vote was 4,672. The Garfield electors received 2,721; the Hancock electors, 1,462; and the Weaver electors, 420. In 1881 the vote was 3,163. The Republican candidate for treasurer received 1,340; the Democratic candidate, 1,311; the Greenback candidate, 474. In 1882 the vote was 4,020. For governor St. John received 1,941 votes, Glick 1,669, and Robinson 329. In 1883 there were 4,015 votes. The Republican candidate for treasurer received 2,057, Democratic candidate 1,571, the Greenback candidate 242. In 1884 the Blaine electors received 3,475, the Cleveland electors 2,094, the Butler electors 316, and the St. John electors 149. In 1885 the vote was 3,763. The Republican candidate for treasurer received 2,378 votes, and the Democratic candidate 1,347. In 1886 the vote was 4,802. For governor, John A. Martin received 2,427 votes, Thomas Moonlight 2,195, and C. H. Branscomb 125. In 1887 there were 4,799 votes cast. For treasurer the Republican candidate received 1,903, the Union Labor candidate 2,448, and the Democratic candidate 417. This was the first election in the county in which the Republican party received a general defeat. Not infrequently, one or more of the opposition ticket had been elected, but at this election, with one exception, the entire Union Labor ticket was elected. In 1888 the vote was 6,072. The Harrison electors received 2,870 votes, the Cleveland electors 976, the Streeter electors 2,125, and the Fisk electors 85. In 1889 the vote was 4,733. The Republican candidate for treasurer received 2,120 votes, the Union Labor candidate 2,086, the Democratic candidate 507. In 1890 the vote was 5,555. For governor, Humphrey received 2,165 votes, Willits 2,434, Robinson 914, Richardson 21. In 1891 the vote was 5,125. For treasurer the Republican candidate received 2,333 votes, the People's party candidate 2,449, the Democratic candidate 275, the Prohibition candidate 40. In 1892 the total vote was 6,174. The Weaver electors received 3,116 votes, the Harrison electors 2,950, and the Bidwell electors 93. In 1893 there were 4,774 votes; most of the Republican ticket was elected, receiving about 2,150 votes, while the Populist candidates received about 2,020, the Democratic 330, and the Prohibition 76. In 1894, of the 5,930 votes cast, the Republican candidate for governor received 2,817, the Populist 2,564, the Democratic 291, and the Prohibition 83. The vote on the county ticket did not greatly vary from this, In 1895 the vote was 4,972. The Republican candidate for sheriff received 2,546 votes, the Populist 2,103, the Democratic 289, and the Prohibition 109. In 1896 the Republican candidate for governor received 3,211, the Populist 3,648, the Prohibition So, out of a total vote of 6,952. On the presidential ticket, the Middle-of-the-Road Populists polled 30 votes, the Nationalists 9, the Gold Democrats 18, the Prohibitionists 35, the Republicans 3,186, and the Democrats and Populists combined 3,669. Most of the Populist county ticket was elected. In 1897 the vote was 5,804. The Populists and Democrats bad a majority of about 50 to 75 on most of the county ticket; the Republicans elected one or two candidates. In 1898 the vote of 6,075 was divided as follows on governor: the Republican candidate received 3,027 votes, the Populist 2,979, and the Prohibitionist 69. The county ticket was divided between the Republicans and Populists, majorities running to something like 100 on either side. In 1899 the Populists carried the election by about 500 majority. The total vote was 5,426. In 1900 there was a vote of 6,727. There were four presidential tickets voted for. The Republicans had about 3,300 votes, the Democrats about 3,400, the Prohibitionists 43, and the Socialists 18. The Republican candidate for governor had 3,169 votes, and the Populist 3,558. Most of the Populist county ticket was elected by less than 100 majority.

The result of the votes which I have given above in the several years fairly represents the average strength of each of the parties. Especially in county matters the votes on different offices have varied quite largely, local and personal considerations entering into the result very much more than in State and national matters.


On June 5, 1867, an order was made dividing the county into three districts as follows: District No. 1, townships 31 and 32, in range 21; District No. 2, townships 33 and 34, in range 21; District No. 3, the remainder of the county.

On July 7, 1870, a new division was made, and the several districts were constituted as follows: District No. 1, all of range 21; District No. 2, townships 33, 34, and 35, in all of the ranges west of range 21; District No. 3, townships 31 and 32, in all the ranges west of range 21. This division remained in operation until 1893.

It is evident that between these two divisions another one was made which does not appear of record; for at the November (1869) election the person elected from the first district resided in the second, and the person elected from the second district resided in the first, as the districts were constituted in 1867.

Under a new division made July 15, 1893, and which is still in operation, the county was divided as follows: the townships of Neosho, Montana, Oswego, Richland, Hackberry, Fairview and Liberty, and the cities of Oswego and Chetopa constitute the first commissioner district; the second district is composed of the townships of Mount Pleasant, Elm Grove, Howard, Canada, Mound Valley and Osage; the township of Labette, Walton and North, and the city of Parsons make up the third district.


Labette county, without any bill making it such, was recognized as the Eighty-fifth representative district from 1867, when our first member was admitted, to 1871, when the next apportionment was made, at which time it was divided into two districts, the northern half constituting the Forty-third and the southern part the Forty-fourth. In this apportionment Elm Grove township was entirely left out of any district, and it was not until 1873 that it was made a part of the Forty-fourth district. We were a part of the Sixteenth senatorial district up to 1871, when we were made the Fifteenth district.

In the apportionment of 1876 we were continued as the Fifteenth senatorial district, and divided into three representative districts, the northern portion being the Forty-fourth, the central portion the Forty-fifth, and the southern portion the Forty-sixth district.

In 1881 we were made to constitute the Ninth senatorial district, and, commencing as before, on the north, the Thirty-third, Thirty-fourth and Thirty-fifth representative districts.

In the 1886 apportionment we were constituted the Tenth senatorial district, and the Twenty-eighth, Twenty-ninth and Thirtieth representative districts, numbering from the north.

In 1891 the act of apportionment made us the Eleventh senatorial district, and gave us but two instead of three representatives, as we had theretofore had. The townships of Mound Valley, Osage, Walton, Labette, Liberty, North, Neosho and the city of Parsons, were made to constitute the Twenty-sixth representative district and the remainder of the county the Twenty-seventh district.

In 1897, no change was made in the senatorial districts. In the apportionment of the state into representative districts in that year, the townships of Mound Valley, Osage, Walton, Labette, Liberty, North, Neosho and the city of Parsons were made to constitute the Twenty-seventh representative district, and the balance of the county, the Twenty-eighth representative district.


JUDGE OF DISTRICT COURT. - 1867, William Spriggs; 1868-69, John R. Goodin; 1870, William C. Webb; 1870-73, Henry G. Webb; 1873-82, Bishop W. Perkins; 1883-89, George Chandler; 1889, John N. Ritter; 1890-94, Jerry D. McCue; 1895-1901, A. H. Skidmore.

STATE SENATOR.- 1867-68, J. W. Scott; 1869-70, John C. Carpenter; 1871-72, Henry C. Whitney; 187376, J. H. Crichton; 1877-80, Angell Matthewson; 1881-84, W. B. Glasse; 1885-92, Charles H. Kimball; 1893-96, J. H. Reilly; 1897-1900, George Campbell; 1901, G. W. Gabriel.

REPRESENTATIVES. - Eighty-fifth District: 1867, Charles H. Bent; 1868, W. C. Watkins; 1869, Dr. D. D. McGrath (on account of sickness. Dr. McGrath did not take his seat in the Legislature); 1870, Walter P. Bishop; 1871, Dr. J. M. Mahr. - Forty-third District: 1872, J. J. Woods; 1873, W. W. Harper; 1874, J. L. Williams; 1875, J. J. Woods; 1876, M. W. Reynolds. - Forty-fourth District: 1872, D. C. Constant; 1873, W. H. Mapes; 1874, W. H. Mapes; 1875, R. W. Wright; 1876, H. G. Webb. - Forty-fourth District:* 1877-78, G. W. Gabriel; 1879-80, J. H. Martin; 1881-82, J. B. Swart. - Forty-fifth District: 1877-78, F. A. Bettis; 1879-80, H. C. Blanchard; 1881-82. J. B. Swart. - Forty-fifth District: 1877-78; F. A. Bettis; 1879-80, H. C. Blanchard; 1881-82, J. S. Waters. - Forty-sixth District: 1877-78, J. H. Hibbits; 1879-80, T. J. Calvin; 1881-82, T. J. Calvin. - Thirty-third District: 1883-84, G. W. Gabriel; 1885-86, David Kelso. - Thirty-fourth District: 1883-84, J. S. Waters; 1885-86, H. C. Cook. Thirty-fifth District: 1883-841 J. H. Crichton; 1885-86, J. B. Cook. - Twenty-eighth District: 1887-88, F. R. Morton; 1889-90, W. W. Cranston; 1891-92, J. I. Tanner. - Twenty-Ninth District: 1887-88, J. H. Morrison; 1889-90, H. S. Coley; 1891-92, P. A. Morrison.-Thirtieth District: 1887-88, R. S. Lybarger; 1889-90, J. S. Hileman; 1891-92, Alex. Duncan. - Twenty-sixth District: 1893-94, J. L. Humphrey; 1895-96, D. M. Bender; 1897-98, Benjt. Johnson; 1893-94, P. A. Morrison; 1895-96, W. J. Lough; 1897-98, Charles R. Walters; 1899-1900, G. W. Gabriel; 1901, Grant Hume. - Twenty-eighth District: 1899-1900, Thomas J. Flannelly; 1901, M. I. Daviss. ==========

* This was the new Forty-fourth district, established by thee apportionment of 1876.

PROBATE JUDGE. - The party who was elected April 22, 1867, failed to qualify in time. June 5, 1867, Bergen Van Ness was appointed, and reappointed July 3d; 1868, D. C. Lowe; January to September, 1869, Henry M. Minor; September to November, 1869, Merrit Read; November, 1869, to July, 1870, W. A. Whitlock; July to December, 1870, Walter P. Bishop; December, 1870, to March, 1873, B. W. Perkins; March, 1873, to July, 1880, S. L. Coulter; July, 1880, to January, 1885, Nelson Case; 1885-86, S. L. Coulter; 1887-90, T. J. Calvin; 1891-92, E. A. Richcreek; 1893-94, George Campbell; 1895-96, J. C. Richcreek; 1897-98, Daniel Pfaff; 1899-1900, Lewis W. Crain; 1901, W. C. Burns.

COUNTY ATTORNEY. - 1867, W. J. Parkinson; 1868, C. H. Bent, W. P. Bishop; 1869, W. P. Bishop, B. W. Perkins (J. D. McCue and J. H. Gunn, special county attorney); 1870-72, J. S. Waters; 1873-74, E. C. Ward; 1875-76, Willard Davis; 1877-80, J. S. Waters; 1881-82, Lewis C. True; 1883-84, George S. King; 1885-86, J. D. Conderman; 1887-88, T. C. Cory; 1888, A. A. Osgood, 1889-90, John H. Morrison; 189192, Joseph R. Hill; May 20 to Nov. 12, 1892, Frank H. Atchinson; 1893-94, M. E. Williams; 1895-96, Albert B. Switzer; 1897-1900, Frank Brady; 1901-, W. S. Hyatt.

SUPERINTENDENT OF PUBLIC INSTRUCTION. - 1867, John F. Newlon; 1868, Enos Reed; 1869-1870, R. J. Elliott; 1871-72, J. W. Horner; 1873-78, Mary A. Higby; 1879-80, J. Covalt; 1881-82, M. Chidester; 1883-86, Mrs. Anna C. Baker; 1887-88, Mrs. Anna Hickenbottom; 1889-90, Miss Agnes Beaty; 1891-94, Mrs. Lucy Best; 1895-96, Mrs. Ida Martin; 1897-98, Mrs. Hattie Ham; 1899-1900, Annie S. Arnold; 1901-, Mrs. Kate Southwick.

REGISTER OF DEEDS. - 1867, Elza Craft; 1868-69, Charles Beggs; 1870-71, James W. Peace; 1872-81, I. W. Patrick; 1882-83, J. M. Cunningham; 1884-87, Asa Smith; 1888-89, J. K. Russell; 1890-91 J. A. Flora; 1892-93, Andrew W. Mackie; 1894-97, H. H. Graue; 1898-, A. D. Swanwick.

SHERIFF. - 1867, Benjamin A. Rice; 1868 to April 5, 1869, John N. Watson; 1869, Frank D. Howe; 1870, John T. Weaver; October, 1870-71, Joseph C. Wilson; 1872-75, G. W. Franklin; 1876-77, S. B. Abbott; 1878-79, J. H. Macon; 188o-83, D. M. Bender; 1884-85, Jonas T. Lampson; 1886-87, C. B. Woodford; 1888-89, Jonas T. Lampson; 1890-93, William Cook; 1894-97, John W. Bennett; 1898-, A. F. Edwards.

COUNTY SURVEYOR. - 1867, Z. Harris; 1868 to April 5, 1869, S. R. Southwick; April 5, 1869, to 1871, E. G. Davidson; 1872-73, Wade H. Prichard; 1874-75, Samuel Terrill; 1876-77, Wade H. Prichard; 1878-79, George Thornton; 1880-81, J. M. Wells; resigned in September, 1881, and B. R. Cunningham was appointed; 1881-85, B. R. Cunningham; 1886-87, W. W. Dentler; 1888-89, C. C. Robbins; 1890-91 J. W. Boggess; 1892-93, A. B. Bushnell; 1894-97, E. P. Bayless; 1898-99, A. B. Bushnell; 1900-, E. P. Bayless.

COUNTY ASSESSOR. - April 22, 1867, Francis Wall elected, but failed to qualify; A. W. Jones appointed; 1868, J. R. Morrison.

CLERK DISTRICT COURT. - 1867-68, R. S. Cornish; 1869-70, Robert Steel; 1871-72, D. S. Morrison; 1873-74, R. J. Elliott; 1875-84, H. C. Cook; 1885-88, E. B. Baldwin; 1889-90, Colin Hodge; 1891-92, J. A. Jones; 1893-96, Elmer C. Clark; 1897-1900, John Mayer; 1901-. J. W. Weaver.

COUNTY TREASURER. - April to September, 1867, C. C. Clover; September 3, 1867, James C. Watson appointed, but failed to qualify; October, 1867, to July, 1868, R. M. Bennett; 1868-69, Henry C. Bridgman; January to October, 1870, Wm. Logan; 1870-72, Henry C. Bridgman; 1872-76, Charles F. Smith; 1876-80, George M. Caldwell; 1880-82, George Thornton; 1882-84, Geo. M. Caldwell; 188488, C. W. Littleton; 1888-90, W. H. Porter; 18go-92, William Slaughter; 1892-94, Martin V. Davis; 1894 to November 21, 1895, when he resigned, J. R. Monroe, - his term was filled out by H. S. Atwood, who was appointed November 21, 1895, and served until October 13, 1896; 1896-98, E. W. Minturn; 1898-, David Jennings.

COUNTY CLERK. - March to July, 1867, Austin T. Dickerman; July to December, 1867, D. W. Clover; January to November, 1868, Charles E. Simons; November 20, 1868; to January 6, 1869, Charles C. Beggs; January 6 to November, 1869, John D. Coulter; November, 1869-79, L. C. Howard; 1880-81, W. H. Keirsey; 1882-85, Frank W. Felt; 1886-87, W. W. Cook; 1888-89, W. J. Millikin; 1890-91, Geo. W. Tilton; 1892-93, D. H. Martin; 1894-97, J. F. Thompson; 1898-, E. H. Hughes.

AUDITOR. - W. A. Starr, July 14, 1882, to his death, December 14, 1883; W. B. Glasse, March 4, 1884-88; George S. King, January 3 to November 27, 1891.

HEALTH OFFICER. - June 1, 1885, to April 13, 1891, Elmer E. Liggett; April 13, 1891-92, L. T. Strother; 1893-95, E. Tanner; 1896, C. Rockhold; 1897, A. B. Temple; 1898, George S. Liggett; 1899, A. B. Temple; 1900, E. Tanner; 1901, T. B. Allison.

CORONER. - 1867-69, George Kingsbury; 1870-71, J. H. Logan; 1872, J. F. NewIon; 1873, William Pinkerton; 1874-77, D. B. Crouse; 1878-79, W. R. Moore; 1880-81, W. W. Inglish; 1881-82, Lewis Peterson, who resigned in 1882, and P. Davis was appointed; 1883-87, E. W. Dorsey; 1888-89, A. A. Clarady; 1890-91, T. J. Finley; 1892-93, J. H. Miller; 1894-95, T. J. Finley; 1892-97, J. W. French; 1898, William Roe, who died before his term of office expired, - D. N. Mathews was appointed April 30, 1898, to fill the term until the next general election; 1899, J. W. French, elected to fill William Roe's unexpired term; 1900-, G. W. Smith.

COUNTY COMMISSIONERS. - March 10, 1867, Governor Crawford appointed Samuel W. Collins, Charles H. Talbott and Bergen Van Ness commissioners to organize the county. April 22, 1867, William Shay, David C. Lowe and Nathan Ames were elected; Mr. Shay failing to qualify, John G. Rice was appointed in his place, 1868, 1st, William Logan; 2d, Isaac Butterworth; 3rd, James F. Molesworth. 1869, 1st. William Logan; 2d, Elisha Hammer; 3rd, James F. Molesworth.

Subsequent to 1869 the commissioners were as follows: First District: 1870, William Steel; 1871, Gilbert Martin; 1872-77, D. J. Doolen; 1878, H. S. Coley; 1879-81, D. J. Doolen; 1882-84, W. G. Hoover; 1885-90, D. A. Jones; 1891-93, Gilbert A. Cooper; 1894-96, D. U. Watson; 1897-, D. S. Romine. - Second District: 1870-71, J. W. Morey; November, 1871, Abner De Cou was elected, but died before taking his seat; February 10, 1872-73, George Foland; 1874-75, H. M. Debolt; 1876-77, C. Leib; 1878-79, H. M. Debolt; 1880-82, A. N. Russell; 1883-84, M. Breidenthal; April 5, 1884, Mr. Breidenthal died, and E. B. Baldwin was appointed in his place, and served from April 18 to December 3, 1884; December 3, 1884-88, Lewis Goodwin; 1889-1894, Milo Hildreth; 1895-97, J. C. Goodell; 1898-, Philip Gers. - Third District: November 3, 1869, J. P. Hutton declared elected, but died before qualifying; July 7, 1870, W. H. Carpenter was appointed; November, 1870, J. M. Richardson was elected, but Carpenter claimed there was no vacancy, and Richardson never took his seat; W. H. Carpenter continued to serve until the following November election; November, 1871-73, William Dick; 1874-77, W. A. Starr; 1878-80, P. W. Shick; 1881-83, J. J. Henderson; 1884-89, J. E. Brooks; 1890-92, J. W. Scott; 1893-95. J. A. Jarboe; 1896-98, G. W. Gabriel; 1898-, R. D. Talbot.

List and Terms of Chairmen of Board of County Commissioners. - 1867, David C. Lowe; 1868, William Logan; 1869, James F. Molesworth; 1870, William Steel; November 14, 1870, to January 12, 1871, J. W. Morey; 1871, W. H. Carpenter; November, 1871, to January 1872, J. W. Morey; 1872-73, William Dick; 1874-77, D. J. Doolen; 1878, H. S. Coley; 1879-81, D. J. Doolen; 1882-83, J. J. Henderson; 1884, W. G. Hoover; 1885-86. J. E. Brooks; 1887, D. A. Jones; 1888-89, J. E. Brooks; 1890, D. A. Jones; 1891-92, Milo Hildreth; 1893, Gilbert A. Cooper; 1894, Milo Hildreth; 1895, J. A. Jarboe; 1896, D. U. Watson; 1897, J. C. Goodell; 1898, G. W. Gabriel; 1899, D. S. Romine; 1900, Philip Gers; 1901, R. D. Talbot.


October 10, 1882, to July 11, 1891, bank of C. M. Condon; July 11, 1891, First National Bank of Oswego up to $50,000, and Oswego State Bank for amounts beyond what the National Bank was to have. There have since been changes, the Parsons banks, as well as those in Oswego being made depositories.


1868, January 14th, proceedings ordered published in Humboldt Union; subsequently the Neosho Valley Eagle was established at Jacksonville and did a part of the county printing; later the Oswego Register was established and did most of the county printing; 1860, Register; 1870, Register; 1871, Advance and Register; 1872, Advance; 1873, Advance; 1874, Independent; 1875, Register, during year transferred to Independent; 1876, Herald; 1877, Independent; 1878, Independent; 1879, Independent; 1880, Democrat; 1881, Independent; 1882, Independent; 1883, Independent; 1884, Republican; 1885, Independent; 1886, Independent and Democrat; 1887, Bee and Sun; 1888, Bee and Sun; 1889, Independent and Sun; 1890, Independent and Sun; 1891, on January 9th the Independent was designated as the official paper; this order was revoked on February 9th, and an order made that Mills' Weekly World be the official paper, and on February 10th this order was revoked and another one made designating the Labette County Statesman as the official paper; 1892 October 2, 1893, Mills' Weekly World; October 2, 1893 - January 8, 1894. Labette County Times-Statesman; January 8, 1894 - January 14, 1896, Parsons Independent; January 14, 1896-February 3, 1897, Parsons Eclipse; February 3, 1897-, Oswego Blade.