Republican Valley Empire

H. Buckingham, Editor

Published at Clyde, Kansas

Vol. I, No. 1—May 31, 1870

Mr. Moses Heller is the oldest inhabitant in the locality; a man named Parks came here and squatted a little earlier, but was afterwards drowned. Mr. H. is hale and hearty. He came here from Missouri early in fall of 1860 and lives where his son, David, now resides. On 11 May 1864, he was commissioned Postmaster of Elk Creek and has held that office since. For many years he was frequently visited by various tribes of Indians, but was never molested by them.

Mr. Joseph Fogle who lives on Buffalo Creek was accidentally shot on the 18th and his leg injured.

June 7

S.C. Chester to sell seven-year-old bull brought from Indiana by Chas. Pierce of Clay Co.

A couple on Upton creek, who had been married about a year, were made glad on Sat. night on the reception of a couple of little strangers weighing about seven pounds each. We are indebted to Dr. Ransopher for the item; he happened to be there at the time and was formally introduced.

We regret to learn of the drowning of a son of Mr. J. Landgraff of Waterville. Details.

Mr. D.H. Weens from Iowa will soon start a bakery.

Married at Salt Marsh on 31st ult., by R. Hodges. J.P. at the residence of the bride's parents, Mr. John H. Smock, formerly of Illinois, and Miss Sibel Jerado, formerly of Wisconsin.

June 14

Mr. Jacob Hart, late of Pennsylvania, has opened a shop over DeLong & Ransopher's drug store.

June 21

The recent marriage at Clay Center of Mr. Hiram Kearns of Manhattan to Miss Ann Johnson created no little surprise to the friends of both parties.

We had the pleasure of a call from Mr. Love of Marshall Co., son-in-law of Mr. E. Kennedy.

A Swede named Andrew Johnson was yesterday declared by Judge Johnson as incapable of managing his own affairs and his brother was appointed guardian. He had been of sound mind until the last few weeks.

A few days ago, Mr. Wm. Funneil, the oldest man in this section, called on us. He is eighty four years old and vigorous. His native place is England. All his life he has been a farmer. His son is George Funneil.

June 28, 1870

Mr. John Shearer living two miles north of town had a bad accident and had two ribs broken.

Jacob Thorp has opened a barber shop; Jacob Hart a book store and E.P. Mulford has opened a livery stable in Clyde.

July 5, 1870

Mr. Edward Linney has been appointed postmaster at Concordia.

In the late Boston Herald we note the silver anniversary of Mr. John Kennedy who is the brother of our enterprising fellow-citizen, Mr. E. Kennedy of Clyde Mills.

Mr. Edwin Davis, brother of our citizen Mr. Chas. Davis, left for his home in Pittsburgh last week. The brothers had not seen each other in fourteen years.

July 12

Mr. E. Cline, who was charged with selling liquor without a license, was discharged.

Mr. J. McBride was arrested on Tues. last for resisting an officer and running off Texas cattle.

Mr. Levi Woody, one of the liveliest boys in town left last week to visit Nora, Illinois. It is generally believed he will commit matrimony.

July 19, 1870

John Shore, age 11, was accidentally shot on the 11th. The wound is painful, but not serious.

A.W. Green was shot on 10th inst. by a man in ambush. B.F. Darling, a hired man, had become intimate with Green's wife and Green had ordered him to keep away. Subsequently, Darling had become armed and demanded of Green his wife or at least a private interview with her. Green was arrested and transported to Manhattan.

July 26, 1870

Green, who was recently shot by an assassin near Concordia, is much better.

Mr. A. Hanson and son, residing at Exeter in Clay Co. found the dead body of an unknown man lying on the prairie. A coroner's jury ruled the man died from exhaustion and want of water. Papers found on him indicate he was James Ralph from 10 Park Street, Charltan, Dover, England, and that he had been in this country but a short time.

Last week Mr. Henry Burns met with an accident which may cause him to lose his life. While crossing the river with his team in the company of his brother, he dove into the water which was shallower than he thought and struck the bottom with such force as to render him insensible. His recovery in considered doubtful.

August 9, 1870

Died at Riverdale, Clay Co. of consumption on 2d, Mrs. Ellen Hageman, aged about 26 years, wife of T.J. Hageman. She was formerly from Groesbeck, Ohio.

We learn from Mr. Jas. MacIntosh who has just arrived from Junction City that John Sanderson as shot and killed by a mob on Sat. and his brothers, Tom and George, wounded. It appears that John was arrested for a murder committed two years ago, and was being taken to a small town called Humboldt, for trial when the mob killed him.

A Scotchman named McKinley and his wife, living west of Belleville, Republic Co. lost their lives. He was digging a well using a rope ladder, When he did not return Mrs. McKinley found him at the bottom of the well. She ran to get a neighbor who went to find another. Upon returning, they found Mrs. McKinley bending over her husband, dead. They had suffocated from “damps.” They left no children.

August 16

A gentleman who resides on Upper Poet's Creek writes that death is making sad havoc among children in the settlement. On the 5th two little ones were placed in graves; on Sunday, the mother of one of them, making five deaths in a few days. All suffering from scarlet fever. On 5th, buried Emma Cooper and E.N. Dugger; on the 7th Deanthy A. Dugger, mother of the infant child.

Mr. Henry Burns, the young man who was injured a few weeks ago by diving from his wagon into the river, died on Tuesday last.

September 6, 1870

We regret to learn of the death of Mr. Sandy McNab, oldest son of Prof. A.B. McNab of Prospect Hill, Washington Co. His age was about 19 years. He fell from a train on the Missouri Pacific road and a leg and arm were crushed. The limbs were amputated, but lived only four hours after the operation.

Died at the residence Mr. D. Turner on 2d, William Andrew, youngest son of John and Christina Waterston, (late of Milwaukee, Wisconsin), aged 1y, 4m, 17d.

Died at the residence of his grandfather, Mr. Lockland McIntosh (late of Wisconsin) on the 5th James W. McIntosh, aged 15y, 8m.

October 4

We regret to learn of the death of Franky, infant son of Mr. and Mrs. Simpson of Waterville, which occurred on 17th ult. Little Franky was an unusually bright boy and the idol of his parents.

October 11

Died October 5th, son of Mr. Tillman Lamb, aged seven years.

Compiler’s note: The newspaper moved to Concordia after Nov. 1 and the name changed to Republican Valley Empire; next issue December 24th, 1870. Volume 1, Number 24

December 31, 1870

Our esteemed friend, Mr. J. Findley of Salt City, Republic Co., was married on the 15th to Miss Martha E. Campbell of Blue Mont.

Our old friend, J. Scarbrough, Esq. has gone East—to bring back his mother to keep house for him.

Mrs. Jane Adams, late of Pennsylvania, aged 83, took a homestead in Republic Co. She seemed unusually vigorous for a person of her age.