Historical Directory of Kansas Towns [S]
Sabetha--Nemaha; 1858; located on St. Joseph and California Road;
P.O. 1858, Arthur W. Williams, postmaster;
"I have heard stories that Sabetha was settled by a traveler who was
stranded in the area when one of his two oxen died. The oxen were
named Hercules and Pellas. Because of this, the traveler could not
finish his journey to California. The Man dug a well and named the
site after the Sabeth (Sunday)."
[Information contributed by Ronal Nash (firstname.lastname@example.org)]
At the first settling of Nemaha Co. not
nearly enough trees were native to the area for building houese. Trees
were cut up stream on the Misouri River and the logs floated
downstream to Rulo, NB where the settlers came with wagons to load the
logs. They would stop over at the Pawnee Reservation (between
Hiawatha, KS and Falls City, NB) for Indian men to help with the
loading and unloading. On Saturday, the whites would tell the Indian
cheif that there would be no work tomorrow because it was the
"Sabeth". The cheif, when telling his men contorted the word in to
"Sabetha" and that is where the largest town in Nemaha County gets its
name. I have always been a history buff. It was my remarkable
priveledge to grow up in Sabetha with Nanny Bingham as my next door
neighbor. She was in her upper 80's when I knew her and this was one
of her stories. One of the men bringing back logs to build his own
house was her father.
[David King (email@example.com) contributed this information.]
I am seeking information on the Steinfpad family from the 1890's. My
grand mother was Mildred Pearl Steinpfad.
[Charles R. Colman (firstname.lastname@example.org) contributed this information.]
Saffordville--Chase; named for Jacob Safford, a Vermonter who was
educated in Oberlin, Ohio, practiced law in Nebraska, and served
as supreme court justice in Kansas.
Salina--Saline; K.P. R.R. Apr. 1867; Smoky Hill Trail;
Most of my family is from the Salina area, and the old Bowles family
homestead is between Salina and Brookeville, I believe, I'm not really
sure. My Grandma Bowles was from Industry, and grew up under the name
of Gerry Loader, born in 1913. Grandpa Clifford Bowles, born 1909 -
died 1997, is from the Salina area as far as I know. They had nine
kids. One, Geraldine, born 1946, died as a small child. As our family
is spreading across the country, I would like to find out the location
of the former Bowles' family homestead, and any other information
there is about my Grandparents' family history. Typical stuff, I
suppose, where their parents came from, with dates and the like.
[Boom Bowles (email@example.com) contributed this information.]
Sallyards--Greenwood; S. G. Sallyards, rancher
Sanford--Pawnee; Sanford Arnold, pioneer and townsite owner
Saratoga--Pratt; located 3 m. east of Pratt.
Sargent--A.T.S.F. R.R. 1872
Satanta--Santa Fe Trail Jornada Route
Sawe Place or Suie Place--Wilson;
Sayre--Ford; Kaye Sayre, pioneer
Scammon--Cherokee; named for a coal miner; first named
Stilson and then Scammonville for four Scammon brothers
Scandia--Republic; settlement of Swedes promoted by the
Scandinavian Agricultural Society of Chicago.
Schoenchen--Ellis; German name;
Schroyer--Marshall; Peter Schroyer, town promoter; post office
Schulte--Sedgwick; German name;
Scranton--Osage; Santa Fe Trail; name came from Pennsylvania;
Sedan--Chautauqua; founded in 1875.
Selkirk--Wichita; located west of Leoti.
Seneca--Nemaha; 1857; located on Ft. Leavenworth/Ft. Laramie
Military Road at crossing of South Fork Nemaha River; P. O. 1857,
John E. Smith, postmaster; home station for Overland Stage and
Pony Express; Oregon Trail.
Severance--Doniphan; John Severance, town promoter
Severy--Greenwood; S.L.S.F. R.R. 1879; named Gould as a Frisco station;
Howard Branch of Santa Fe R.R.;
Shaffer--Rush; Franklin P. Shaffer, postmaster
Shamrock--Seward; C.R.I.P. R.R. 1888
Sharon Springs--Wallace; Smoky Hill Trail; K.P. R.R.
Shawnee Mission--Johnson; Santa Fe Trail;
My great aunt Estella Margarethe Mahne I was
told, was the first white child born in Shawnee Mission about 1892. We
don't have any non verbal documentation of this event. If anyone has
knowledge of this event could you please contact us. Your help is
[Information contributed by Beverly Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org)]
Shawnee--Johnson; an Indian village on the Santa Fe Trail; was formerly
known as Gum Springs and was a large town in Kansas Territory.
Sherwin--Cherokee; named after Landowner
Shields--Lane; Shields, pioneer
Sibleyville--Douglas; Siblyville was a Santa Fe Railroad stop in
Wakarusa Township; known as Sibley by the railroad.
Sidney--Ness; U.P. R.R.
Silver Creek--Chase; (see Hunt's Station)
Silver Lake--Shawnee; Oregon Trail; K.P. R.R.
Simpson--Mitchell; Alfred Simpson, grain dealer;
Skellyville--Kingman; Skelly is a well-known name in oil, and
when oil was discovered on "Poverty Ridge" in Kingman County, the
place was named Skellyville.
Skiddy (Camden)--Morris; located on Morris/Geary county line;
1870 started by mixed colony from Pennsylvania/New Jersey
organized by W. E. Tomlinson; Named for Francis Skiddy of New
York, a magnate of the old Union Pacific Railroad; M.K.T. R.R.
Slade--Reno; C.R.I.P. R.R. 1887
Smalley (aka Smally)--Pratt; C.R.I.P. R.R. 1887
Smith Center--Smith; founded by L. T. Ruse, his farm was the
Smithton--Doniphan; P.O. 1855-58, Alfred Barnett, postmaster;
first Masonic lodge in KT; name changed 1858 to LaPorte.
Solomon City--Dickinson; K.P. R.R.;
My father Cecil Laverne Poe was
born in South Cedar in 1918 and his family resided in Buffville at
that time. His parents names were Alec (aka Alex) E. Poe and Lulu C.
Wert. I am not able to find any info on either of these 2 towns...
[Vickie Richardson (VIZRichardson@worldnet.att.net) contributed this
South Clear Creek--Arapahoe;
I am searching for the census information on Rufus Basom who is in
the 1860 federal census on page 689 in Arapahoe County, South Clear
[Jim Corman (email@example.com) contributed this information.]
South Mound--Neosho; M.K.T. R.R.;
Sparks--Doniphan; John Sparks, pioneer
GRANDFATHER, AND GRANDMOTHER RAN GAS STATION, MOTHER WORKED AT DINER.
[Donald Leroy Miller (firstname.lastname@example.org) contributed this information.]
Springdale--Leavenworth; Springdale was the location of the Springdale
Friends Church, the first Quaker meetinghouse in Kansas.
Spring Valley--Leavenworth; P.O.; located about 12 miles from
St. Bridget--Marshall; Located north of Axtell, Kansas near the Nebraska
state line. Have old Irish family located there in 1850's. Father Tom
Dolezal at email@example.com has a lot of data from church records, etc.
[Information contributed by Donald Holtaus (DHolth7366@aol.com)]
St. Francis--Cheyenne; founded in 1887 and named to honor one of
its founding citizens, Francis Emerson.
St. George--Pottawatomie; K.P. R.R.;
St. John--Stafford; founded in the middle 1870's; A.T.S.F. R.R.
St. Mary's Mission--Pottawatomie; originally a Jesuit Mission to
the Potawatomi Indians founded in 1848; Trade and rest stop on
the Oregon Trail; K.P. R.R.;
St. Paul/Osage Mission--Neosho; M.K.T. R.R.;
St. Paul--Neosho; Originally called Osage Mission, founded
by Jesuit Missionairies in 1847 to bring education to the Osage
Indians. One-time county situs of Neosho County. Name St. Paul at turn
of the Century after Catholic Saint.
[Information contributed by Keith A. Smith (KAS@AOL.com)]
Stafford--Stafford; In the middle 1870's the Sod Hotel was
constructed at what is now Stafford. This community was called
Sodtown until Stafford County was organized in 1879; A.T.S.F. R.R.
Stanton--Located on the Marais Des Cygnes River.
Sterling--Rice; A Quaker community originally named Peace; 1876
the name was changed to Sterling by two young settlers from New
York who named it for their father, Sterling Rosan; A.T.S.F. R.R.
Stickney--Barton; Judson W. Stickney, postmaster;
Stippville--Cherokee; F. M. and Sarah J. Stipp, pioneers
Stockton--Rooks; Stockton was named because of the near perfect
environment this area provides for raising livestock.
Stone City--Cherokee; located 1 mile east and 1.5 miles north of
West Mineral; The only thing left of Stone City is the stone foundation
of the old bank building, and that's out in the middle of a pasture.
Stone Corral--Rice; Santa Fe Trail;
Stranger--Leavenworth; named for Stanger Creek;
My grandfather Orlie E.
Burwell was born there i beleive in 1902.i think there still is some
kind of building there or a railroad building. im interested in the
place,cause no one remembers my grandfather's parents first name.
[Molly Hawkins (firstname.lastname@example.org) contributed this information.]
Strawn--Coffey; Enos Strawn, pioneer; M.K.T. R.R.
Strong City--Chase; A.T.S.F. R.R.;
Stull--Douglas; named after Silvester Stull, postmaster;
Stuttgart--Phillips; German name;
Sublette--Haskell; Santa Fe Trail Jornada Route;
Suie Place or Sawe Place--Wilson;
Summit Siding--Ellsworth; K.P. R.R.;
Sumner--Atchison; located along the Missouri River 3 m. south of
Atchison; founded by John P. Wheeler, a surveyor who came west to
estabish a town in the newly organized territory of Kansas.
Sunflower--Wyandotte; C.R.I.P. R.R.; K.P. R.R.
Susank--Barton; Susank family, pioneers;
Sutphen--Dickinson; German name;
Sutton Valley--Anderson; founded in 1855 by James Sutton and many
of his relatives.
Swamp Angel--Once located 6 miles east of Manhattan, Kansas. Now
there is only a road called "Swamp Angel" to prove it even existed.
Swedeland (White City)--Morris; M.K.T. R.R.
Sycamore is located 6 miles north of Independence. My great
grandfather, J.F.Mayo, owned the general store and ran the post office
there in the 1930's.
[Mary Ann Svehla (email@example.com) contributed this information.]
Syracuse--Doniphan; 1858; SW 1/4 S36 T3S R19E (N 1/2 S1 T4S R19E
Syracuse--Hamilton; seat of Hamilton County in 1888; Santa Fe
Trail Mountain Route; A.T.S.F. R.R.
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