Jan 9, 1871 -The first marriage in Parsons was that of Thomas Deckery to Mary J. Kinnison
Jan. 10, 1871 - First National Bank of Fort Scott was organized.
Jan. 23, 1871 - The first settler to file for land ownership in Great Bend township was Edward J. Dodge . (Allison, Boothe, Rath, Peacock, et. al. were said to be 'squatters'). Two years later Dodge completed construction of a stone house.
March, 1871 - Girard was incorporated as a city of the third class.
Apr. 13, 1871 - Augusta became officially chartered as a city of the third class.
May 23, 1871 - The first session of the district court was held at Winfield, in Cowley county, by Henry G. Webb, judge of the Eleventh judicial district.
May 30, 1871 - A school district was organized for the town of Cedar Vale and the immediate vicinity.
Jun. 16, 1871 - A severe wind and rain storm swept over Harvey County, and assuming the violence of a hurricane, destroyed much property.
Jun. 22, 1871 - A tornado struck the town of El Dorado, inflicting great damage
June 1871 - The Excelsior Mills, for the manufacture of flour, were started in Fort Scott by E. A. Deland and F. C. Bacon.
Aug. 20, 1871 - The first paper was published in Clay County, the Independent, whose first issue bears that date; E. P. Huston and David Downer were the editors.
Sep. 12, 1871 - The city of El Dorado was organized under the laws applying to cities of the third class
Oct. 8, 1871 - The Fort Scott Gas Works were completed and began operations.
Nov. 30, 1871 - A very destructive fire breaks out in Hiawatha, in the drug store of Mitchell & Zehrung, on the east side of the Public Square.
Dec. 6, 1871 - Ardent Free-Stater James Montgomery died in Linn County at the age of 55, of natural causes.