A Century of Greenwood County, KS History - Eureka Herald, 1968


The Kaw Indians are to be removed south to their new reservation. Mr. Stubbs, Kaw agent, has charge of the removal and is contracting for oxen and transportation for this purpose.

A grand celebration was observed on the 4th of July. The parade formation was in this order: Martial music, mounted battalion, foot battalion, silver cornet bank, orators and chaplain, other officers of the day, county officers, mayor and city council, independent military and fire companies, Masons, Odd Fellows, etc., citizens on foot, and other men, women and children of the county.

Ad appearing in the Jan. 9 issue - Will the gentleman who visits our wood pile after night be kind enough to steal some of the knotty sticks. We do not like to chop them any better than he does. His tracks in the snow show where he went. FIFTH & SYCAMORE.

On January 8, the following resolution was passed by the city council - "Resolved, That watering horses at the public spring is forbidden."

The country people grumble about the loose horses and cattle in town. We don't blame them. If a farmer has anything a cow or horse can eat in his wagon, it is pretty sure to be injured if not entirely eaten by the hungry brutes that roam the streets.

A saloon was started in the winter of 1873, south of the Metropolitan Hotel, but was of short duration.

The Presbyterians bought the Town Hall following the tornado of 1873, remodeled it and used it for a church.

The city tax levy in 1872 was 7 1/2 mills on the dollar and the county tax was 10 mills.

The cornerstone of the Methodist Church was laid September 16, 1873.

Something new - women's milking shoes, at the Badger Store.


Adopted by the physicians of Greenwood County on September 2, 1873: Office prescription or advice - $1.00 to $5.00. Visits within city limits - $1.50. Visits to the country - first mile, $2.50, each additional mile, 75 cents. Midwifery, ordinary case - $10; plural birth, $10 for each child. Night visits 50 cents extra. For opening boils, etc. - $1.00 to $5.00. Fractures - $5.00 to $50.00. Excision of tonsils - $15.00 to $25.00. Amputation - $50.00 to $200.00. Extraction of teeth - $2.00 each. Administering ether - $3.00.

(from the Herald, November 20, 1873)

Get on a horse - one with style preferred - ride with reckless haste to the point on the line of fire where the greatest body of men are about to go, and at once order them to do it, repeating the order until you find they are about to do something else, and change your order accordingly. At a favorable opportunity, spring from your saddle, grab a handful of soot and dirt, blacken your face so as to have the appearance of desperate work having been done by you. Yell at every man you meet not to do something he hasn't though of. Keep your horse in constant motion and when you see the last sprit of fire subdued by the men who didn't do the yelling, ride back home and after managing to meet your friends and neighbors and tell them how you saved Brown, Smith and others from destruction, wash your face. I saw about 15 men go through the above program and it did make things lively.


Last Monday evening it clouded up and along towards midnight the entire sky was overcast. The lightening was incessant and vivid. About one o'clock the wind came and apparently from all directions at once. The roaring was terrific, the Methodist Church went down with a crash, a complete wreck. Mr. Kefauver's house was blown to fragments. (Mrs.) Martz's barn was scattered all over the prairie. Small buildings and sheds in the path of the tornado were upset and knocked to pieces. The town hall was badly twisted. Dr. Wassam's office was blown against the Eureka Herald building, forcing the cornice through into the bookstore and letting in water. If Eureka had not been more solidly built that the average Kansas town, it would have had another El Dorado or Coffeyville disaster. (7-3-73)

A school boy in Eureka, in writing a sketch of Washington, ended his essay with "Washington married the famous belle, Martha Curtis, and in due time became the father of his country."

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