Kansas History

This page contains a collection of things that occurred in Kansas during the year 1865. Wherever possible, a link has been provided to a page containing more information.



Jan. 6, 1865 - A contract was signed by Miss Mary Ward, now wife of H. J. Smith, President of the First National Bank, to teach four months of school in the Ottawa district for $50 per month. Miss Lottie Meyers was engaged as assistant teacher.

Feb. 6, 1865 - Emporia, which then contained a population of about 500, was granted the privilege of sloughing off her township organization and assuming the form of a village government.

Apr. 26, 1865 - Boston Corbett shoots John Wilkes Booth, the killer of Abraham Lincoln. Shortly afterward, Corbett moves to Concordia, Kansas.

Aug. 21, 1865 - A German named Shank was drowned while attempting to cross the Neosho River at Hamilton's Crossing, in Coffey County, in a wagon drawn by a span of horses. Everything lost.

Dec. 27, 1865 - The Jefferson county safe was robbed. The Treasurer, S. C. Gephart, had just made his settlement with the county, and had but little money on hand, but this was all taken.

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