Historical Directory of Kansas Towns [N]
Narka--Republic; named for the daughter of a Rock Island official;
Naron--Pratt; Former name of Byers, Kansas;
Natrona (aka Olympia)--Pratt; C.R.I.P. R.R. 1887;
Naylor--Cherokee; Naylor, pioneer
Neodesha--Wilson; founded in 1867; S.L.S.F. R.R.
A man by the name of Richard Thatcher who met and became
friends with Boston Corbett (who shot J. Wilkes Booth) lived in
The community of Neosho was located just inside the Neosho County line,
South of Petrolia (Allen County) and almost to the Woodson/Wilson County
Neosho Falls--Woodson; M.K.T. R.R.; Neosho Falls is in the NE
corner of Woodson County and at one time was the county seat.
Neosho Rapids--Lyon; M.K.T. R.R.;
Netawaka--Jackson; M.P. R.R. Central Branch;
Netherland--Reno; German name;
Neville--Sherman County or Cheyenne County;
Located in Grant Township, Sherman Co., Kansas. It
was originnally in S. Benkleman Township, Cheyenne Co., Kansas some
31/2 miles north-northeast. Simom Kemp was the Postmaster in 1895 and
Post office was relocated while the Neville school and the Neville
church remain in Cheyenne County.
[Sandi Pope (firstname.lastname@example.org) contributed this information]
Newman--Jefferson; C.R.I.P. R.R.; K.P. R.R.; H. L. Newman, town promoter
Newton--Harvey; Chisholm Trail; July 1871 A.T.S.F. R.R. extended
its line to Newton, which then succeeded Abilene as the terminus
of the Chisholm Trail;
Nickel--Kiowa; located 16 miles southwest of Greenburg; P.O. closed in
Nicodemus--Graham; established in 1877 by Exodusters; best-known and
most successful of the Black settlements; town named for an escaped
Negro slave; W. R. Hill, town promoter;
Willianna Hickman (Nicodemus settler) was one of the Exodusters
traveling to Kansas in 1878. I have
heard that a picture of her with quotes was published in the Ellis
Review in 1936, but I do not have an exact date. Can you help me find
information on her? It is for an exhibit we are creating: African
Americans in the West. Thank you for your help.
[Tricia O'Connor (email@example.com) contributed this information.]
I work for the Delaware Theatre Company and we will produce a
play entitled "Flying West" next season. Nicodemus is the Kansas town
in which the play is set. I am also from Kansas and so I have taken it
upon myself to research this town and it's history for the theatre. Do
you have any more information on Nicodemus other than what's on this
website or do you know where I can look. I would really appreciate it!
[Amy Mussman (firstname.lastname@example.org) contributed this information.]
My grandparents, Samuel Brady
Howell and Susie Helen Corbet first met and were married in
Nonchalanta, Ness County, KS on 11 Apr 1888. Sam homesteaded and ran a
feed store. Susie worked at the Nonchalanta Hotel. According to "Ness,
Western County Kansas", by Minnie Dubbs Millbrook, 1955: "Lewis Odom
platted the town of Nonchalanta on July 30, 1885. He asked Dr.
Yingling to suggest a name for the town, stating he didn't care for
what it was as long as it sounded good. Thus, the word "nonchalant"
came into the doctor's mind. This with and extra "a" on the end
sounded good to Mr. Odom and so the town was named. Nonchalanta lasted
longer than some of the other boom towns. When the railroad failed to
come, by 1890 little was left of Nonchalanta, but the ghostly stone
buildings. In July 1899, a cloud, funnel-shaped with a green edge came
and finished the towns of Riverside and Nonchalanta. This storm
covered a swath four miles wide and the accompanying hail killed sheep
and drove horses into wire fences where they were cut."
[Tom Howell (email@example.com) contributed this information]
Normanville--Doniphan; 1861; NW 1/4 S29 T4S R19E. P.O. Mar. 21,
1862, William Normile, postmaster; Name changed in 1864 to Ridge
Farm, then re-named Wolf River in 1865, and discontinued in 1866.
Norton--Norton; platted in 1872 near the site of a famous stage
coach stop, Station 15; By 1885 Norton was a well established city.
My gr'grfather, Frederick Mason Duvall, was a "pioneer newspaper
publisher" in Norton; 1877-1944. He also served in the Kansas State
Legislature and, upon his death in 1944, the Kansas State Legislature
adopted a a resolution (HR24) honoring is life and work for the State.
His newspaper was "The Norton Courier". He was married to (Muhulda)
Alice Newell, daughter of another pioneer Kansas family. Would like to
know any info on the Newell's and early Norton.
[Mary Duvall (firstname.lastname@example.org) contributed this information.]
Nortonville--Jefferson; A.T.S.F. R.R;
Norwich--Kingman; town named Norwich because of its English settlers;
S.F. R.R.; M.P. R.R.
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