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Ottawa County Directories


ADA--A village containing about 50 inhabitants, settled some 10 years ago, and located on Salt Creek, in the northwestern part of Ottawa county, 12 miles from Minneapolis, the county seat, 30 from Salina, on the Kansas Pacific Ry, the nearest shipping point and 148 from Topeka. It has 2 churches--Methodist and Baptist--and a good district school, and ships grain and stock. Weekly mail. Jacob B. Lane, postmaster.

Ballard Dr, physician.
Horton Phoebe, physician.
Howe Rev R P, (Methodist).
Mason Henry, live stock.
Renfrew Rev, (Baptist).
Wright Samuel, live stock.


AILANTHUS--A settlement located on the south fork of the Solomon River in the northwestern part of Ottawa county, 5 miles from Minneapolis, the county seat.


BENNINGTON--Township of the same name, is situated in the southern central part of Ottawa county, nine miles from Minneapolis, the county seat. Solomon river furnishes water power here, running one saw and one grist mill. Salina, 13 miles, and Solomon City, 17, on the Kansas Pacific Ry, are respectively the nearest railroad station and shipping points. Settled in 1874. Population, 100. Has a Presbyterian church and public school. Shipments, grain and live stock. Express, Kansas Pacific. Daily stage to Solomon City and Cawker City. Daily mail. George P. Parker, postmaster.

Arnott M A, agricultural implements.
Bushnell Rev H jr, (Presbyterian).
Dale I C, carpenter.
Green Rev (Methodist).
Hawkins L, prof of music.
Knight E K, agricultural implements.
Markley J & B, flour mills.
Nelson Alex, carpenter.
Nelson Hans, carpenter.
Osborne J K, physician.
Parker George P, general store and express agent.
Stratle Daniel, blacksmith.
Williams Mrs Elmira, music teacher.


BLUFFTON--A rural district located on the Saline River, in the southwestern part of Ottawa county, 14 miles from Minneapolis, the county seat, 15 from Brookville on the Kansas Pacific Ry, the nearest station and 148 from Topeka. Stage to Salina and Lincoln Center. W. H. Wheeler, postmaster.


CALEDONIA--A small settlement formed in 1876 and located in the southwestern part of Ottawa county, 8 miles from Minneapolis, the county seat, and about 120 from Topeka. It is on the line of the proposed Solomon valley R. R. Solomon City on the Kansas Pacific Ry is its nearest shipping point at present. Principal exports grain, pork, flax and produce. Stage to Solomon City. Daily mail. Mr. Frost, postmaster.


CHURCHILL--A small settlement on the Saline River, in the southwestern part of Ottawa county, 16 miles from Minneapolis, the county seat, 14 from Brookville on the Kansas Pacific Ry, the nearest shipping point, and 151 from Topeka. The principal exports are grain, wool and hogs. Stage to Saline and Lincoln Center. Daily mail. Settled, 1866. Population, 25. T. B. Sears, postmaster.


COAL CREEK--A hamlet located on the Solomon river in the southeastern part of Ottawa County, 20 miles from Minneapolis, the county seat, 15 from Solomon City on the Kansas Pacific Ry, its nearest shipping point, and 120 from Topeka. Daily mail. C. B. Kennedy, postmaster.


CULVER--A small settlement located on the Saline River, in the southern part of Ottawa County, 10 miles from Minneapolis, the county seat, and 132 from Topeka. Saline, on the Kansas Pacific Ry, 14 miles distant, is the nearest shipping point. It contains a Presbyterian church and public school. Stage to Minneapolis and Saline. Daily mail. R. H. Lesley, postmaster.


DELPHOS--On the Solomon River, in the northwestern part of Ottawa County, was settled in the summer of 1870, and has a population of about 100. It is 12 miles from Minneapolis, the county seat, 40 from Solomon City, on the Kansas Pacific Ry, the nearest shipping point, and 145 from Topeka, and contains a flour and saw mill, 2 churches, Methodist Episcopal and Universalist, and a district school. The principal exports are grain, live stock, poultry, butter and eggs. Stage to Solomon City. Express is carried by the stage company. Daily mail. George W. Strickler, postmaster.

Bishop Rev Jay (Universalist).
Disney L S, blacksmith and hotel.
Goven A D, blacksmith.
Kiser & Billingsley, general store.
McDonough C, hotel.
Malin J, blacksmith.
Payne J H, physician.
Seymore & White, general store.
Stanley M M, druggist.
Starr N, blacksmith.
Strickler J T, physician.
Strickler & Clark, general store.
Tallman Rev L A, (Methodist Episcopal).
Webster S C, blacksmith.
White & Kiser, millers.


EATON--Ottawa County. (See Lindsey).


GROVER--A settlement formed in 1865, on Pipe Creek, in Logan township, northern part of Ottawa County, 8 miles from Minneapolis, the county seat, 33 from Solomon City, on the Kansas Pacific Ry, the nearest shipping point, and 138 from Topeka. Stage to Minneapolis and Clay Center. Daily mail. Population about 200. John Gibbs, postmaster.

Harvey Rev Wm, (Methodist).


LAMAR--An incorporated village of about 300 population, settled in 1870, and located on Pipe Creek, in the northern part of Ottawa County, 14 miles from Minneapolis, the county seat, 32 from Clay Center, on the Ft. Kearney branch of the K. P. Ry, the nearest shipping point and 136 from Topeka. Live stock is the principal export. Stage to Minneapolis and Clay Center tri-weekly. Daily mail. Mrs. Louisa M. McConnell, postmistress.

Bardick Miss Ida, teacher.
Cooper Rev L S, (Wesleyan).
McConnell D, general store.
Peck J L, shoemaker.
Smith Myron, physician.


LINDSEY--A settlement formed in 1864, on the Solomon River and Lindsey Creek, in the central part of Ottawa County, 2 miles from Minneapolis, the county seat, 25 from Solomon City, on the Kansas Pacific Ry, the nearest shipping point, and 130 from Topeka. Shipments, wheat, corn and pork. Express is carried by the Southwestern Stage Co., which runs between here and Beloit and Solomon City. Daily mail. M. G. Best, postmaster.

Knight R, blacksmith.
Osborn J K, physician.
Potter O B, propr Lindsey House.
Seidel Rev, (Lutheran).


MINNEAPOLIS--A city of the third class which is located on the Solomon River in the central part of Ottawa County, of which it is the seat of justice. It was first settled in 1867 and is a thriving village of about 700 inhabitants. The river furnishes power for a grist mill and a saw mill, which, excepting a few small shops, are the only manufacturing interests. Churches--Methodist, Baptist and Presbyterian. Distance to Solomon City, the usual shipping point by rail, sout 30 miles, to Topeka 135. Mail daily. David D. Hoag, postmaster.

Barnes H S, general store.
Botsford C L, lawyer.
Bushnell Rev H, (Presbyterian).
Clark C D, physician.
Crosby E, druggist.
Crosby D R, furniture.
Crosthnail B H, physician.
Cummins J P, lawyer.
Davis C B, furniture.
Davis L A, general store.
Drum D M, physician.
Green Rev S A, (Methodist).
Heald C S, grocer.
Henry & Son, general store.
Hoag & Troup, books and stationery.
Hunter W H, hotel.
Jordan M R, lawyer.
Kilborn F, groceries and furniture.
McHenry J, physician and druggist,
McKenzie & Johnson, general store.
Moneypenny W A, grocer.
Smith A J, general store.
Smith J W, express agent.
Tallett M D, grocer.
Thompson & Johnston, lawyers.
Thorn J W, hotel.
Young & Joslyn, hardware.


PIPE CREEK-- In Logan township, in the northern part of Ottawa County, 14 miles from the county seat. Shipments of grain are made from Concordia and Clay Center. Settled in 1875, has a population of about 20, contains a Methodist church, a public school, and receives mail, by carrier, weekly. Edwin Colton, postmaster.

Ablurd William, physician.
Felt Charles, carpenter.
Little R F, school teacher.
Reefsnyder John, blacksmith.
Romange J, carpenter.
Wasup Henry, farmer.


SUMNERVILLE--A postoffice located on Solomon River, on the mail route between Solomon City and Beloit, in the northern part of Ottawa County, 14 miles from Minneapolis, the county seat, 25 from Salina, the nearest station, and 135 from Topeka. Daily mail. John D. Henry, postmaster.


WINDSOR--A small settlement in Culver township, in the southwestern portion of Ottawa county, 14 miles from Minneapolis, the county seat. It is situated on Saline river, which affords water power for a number of saw mills in the neighborhood. Settled first in 1864. Has a common school. Shipments, wheat, corn and hogs. Stage communication with Salina and Lincoln Center. Mails, twice daily. Mrs. Callie E. Berg, postmistress.


YALE--A postoffice located in the northeastern part of Ottawa County, 16 miles from Minneapolis, the county seat, 25 from Solomon City on the Kansas Pacific Ry., the nearest shipping point, and 130 from Topeka. Hogs and grain are the chief exports. Daily mail. J. B. McCoy, postmaster.



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