From the collections at the Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum. Reprinted with permission from The Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum and the Leavenworth Times. Donated by Debra Graden.

January In Local History


The Leavenworth steel bridge inaugurated with a big celebration, January 2, 1894.

The First Presbyterian church of Leavenworth, the first white Presbyterian church in Kansas, organized January 1, 1856.

Col. D. R. Anthony established The Leavenworth Conservative, January 28, 1861.

A Free State mob took possession of Leavenworth January 4, 1857 and Gen. Calhoun and other Pro-slavery men fled to Weston.

Capt. R. P. Brown, member-elect of the Free-State Legislature, brutally murdered by a Pro-Slavery mob in Salt Creek Valley, January 18, 1856.

The Pemberton Mills, in Leavenworth, fell with a sudden crash. January 18, 1858 and more than 200 out of the 700 employees were killed.

Guards frozen to death at Fort Leavenworth, January 1, 1864.

Chief Justice Samuel D. Lecompte arrived in Leavenworth, January 1, 1855 and subsequently organized the U. S. District Court here.

At the county and territorial election on January 15, 1856, and attack was made on the polls at Easton by Pro-Slavery men. The Free State men under Stephen Spark, put up a vigorous defense and a Pro-slavery man named Cook was mortally wounded.

William E. Murphy elected mayor of Leavenworth, January 21, 1856.

Charley Fisher, an alleged fugitive slave from Louisiana, kidnapped from the Planters House in Leavenworth, where he was employed and taken to Missouri, January 13, 1859. He afterward escaped.

John Grund and Eliza Tennell, married in Leavenworth January 13, 1856, and a son born to them, January 14, 1857.

Leavenworth Lodge No. 2, A. F. & A. M., organized January 18, 1855.

A German society, the Leavenworth Maennar Ger-Sangverein, organized January 23, 1859.

Charles H. Durfee, a prominent Leavenworth citizen, born January 8, 1855.

Frank M. Gable and Sarah E. Spears, married in Delaware township, January 20, 1864.

January 1, 1864, 23 below zero.

January 29, 1873, 36 below zero.

On January 4, 1866, Henry J., John W., and B. F. Freeland, well known brothers of Platte county, started from Leavenworth by hack, for St. Louis. Near Quindaro they were attacked by outlaws and Henry J. was killed and robbed.

The contract for Leavenworth's first river bridge was let January 4, 1869 to Boomer & Co., of Chicago for $700,000.

Joshua Hall, pioneer of Easton, born January 10, 1825.

Mrs. Amos Rees, Leavenworth pioneer, born January 21, 1809.

Judge Henry M. Aller, of Leavenworth, died January 4, 1897.

William M. Clough, attorney, died in Leavenworth, January 26, 1883.

Thomas C. Thruston shot and killed by W. W. Embry, in Leavenworth, January 7, 1880.

George Prior drowned at East Leavenworth, January 21, 1872.

Sulphur reported to have been found in immense quantities 8 feet below the surface by Ed. Dowling, near East Leavenworth.

Gotleib Maier, pioneer of Easton, born January 13, 1831.

Kickapoo Cannon captured by Leavenworth Free-State men, January 5, 1858.

Earthquake shocks felt throughout Kansas, January 7, 1906.

Kickapoo postoffice established with Thomas D. Armond, postmaster, January 24, 1855.

Terrible blizzard in Kansas, January 2 to 8, 1886, the mercury getting as low as 20 below zero; good ice harvest.

Severe cold spell January 14 to 19, 1888, the temperature ranging from 14 to 25 below zero; ice on the Missouri River 18 inches thick and heavy wagon crossing.

Severe cold spell, January 2 to 25, 1884; temperature from 4 to 26 below zero.

January 13, 1899, 30 below zero in Kansas. On the same day, one year previous, it was 60 above zero.

Elijah cody, pioneer merchant of Weston and uncle of "Buffalo Bill" cody, died in Denver, January 17, 1866.

Kansas admitted to the Union, January 29, 1861.

Joshua Turner settled near Easton January 1, 1855.

Garret V. Keller, settled at Springdale, January 18, 1859.

Willard S. Angell, pioneer of Tonganoxie, born January 3, 1832.

W. C. Sprague, well known Leavenworth miller and Flora Rush, married here, January 17, 1877.

Gustav Schmeckel arrived in Leavenworth January 1, 1868 and was married to Marianna Schwelling, Jan. 10, 1875.

Martin Smith, prominent Leavenworth citizen, born January 1, 1832.

Dr. Joseph L. Wever, of Leavenworth, became surgeon of the 7th Kansas Cavalry, January 14, 1862.

Valentine Carl Becker, pioneer of Kickapoo township, born January 28, 1835.

Platte City incorporated by the legislature, January 24, 1845.

Rev. Thomas W. Barry, B. D., became pastor of St. Paul's church in Leavenworth, January 1, 1878.

Adolph Lange, Leavenworth druggist, born January 15, 1844.

Coal first encountered in the State prison coal mine at Lansing, January 18, 1881.

John B. Baker, pioneer of Sherman township, born January 29, 1824.

James W. Christy, who operated a stage between Platte City and Leavenworth for many years, died January 21, 1879.

Judge Samuel Latta, distinguished pioneer Leavenworth jurist, born January 1, 1820.

George Linck, pioneer Leavenworth bottler, born January 27, 1849.

Rev. J. B. McCune, early pastor of the Leavenworth Cathedral and founder of the boys school connected therewith, born January 14, 1853.

Frank W. Marshall, early Leavenworth business man and Mary C. Wagh, married here, January 11, 1865.

Julius W. Niehaus and Clara T. Webster, married here January 6, 1870.

David Steiger, pioneer Leavenworth Cigar manufacturer, born January 9, 1840.

Sebastian Wager, pioneer Leavenworth Stone Mason and contractor, born January 18, 1923.

Ethbert Caulk, pioneer of Kickapoo and Easton townships, arrived in Kansas, January 1, 1863.

Fritz Heinrich Boll and Sophia Khon married in Leavenworth, January 15, 1880.

C. B. Brace, pioneer Leavenworth business man and manufacturer, born January 4, 1822.

Charles Peterson, early settler of Sherman township, born, January 28, 1842.

Michael Hennessy, pioneer of Easton, born January 15, 1834.

J. F. Collier, pioneer of Leavenworth and Millwood, and Mary Orr, married January 1, 1865.

William T. Marvin, pioneer of Round Prairie and Julia M, Sessions, married Jan. 24, 1861.

In January, 1857, the Leavenworth, Pawnee and Western railroad was organized; in January 1858, the telegraph was extended from St. Louis to Leavenworth; in January 1855, the first grist mill in the vicinity of Leavenworth, was put in operation at East Leavenworth; in January, 1861.

Gen. Alex Caldwell moved to Kansas from Pennsylvania; in January 1873.

R. G. Dun and company established a mercantile agency in Leavenworth in January 1881, J. P. Bauserman, organized in Leavenworth county the first canning and preserving company in Kansas.

G. J. R.

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