Kansas History

This page contains a collection of things that occurred in Kansas during the year 1874. Wherever possible, a link has been provided to a page containing more information.



Mar. 4, 1874 - McPherson was incorporated as a city of the third-class.

May 7, 1874 - The first newspaper in Sabetha was the Advance, established on this date by George W. Larzelere and James H. Wright.

May 18, 1874 - Documents were filed with the governor, representing that the population of Edwards county was more than 600 and asking for its official organization.

Jun. 27, 1874 - The lending library undertaken by the Ladies' Library Association in Blue Rapids opened its doors. A library building was built in 1876 and was still being used as the Blue Rapids Library in 2007, 133 years of continuous service.

Jul. 1, 1874 - The money order system was established at the Newton Post Office.

Jul. 4, 1874 - The Southern Kansas Gazette was first published in Augusta by C. H. & J. A. Kurtz On May 18, 1874, a memorial was filed with the governor, representing that the population of the county was more than 600 and praying for its organization.

Aug. 1, 1874 - Gov. Osborn issued his proclamation declaring Edwards county to be legally organized, with the officers and county seat recommended in their petition.

Aug. 8, 1874 - A destructive conflagration swept through Ellsworth sweeping away the entire block of frame buildings on the east side of Douglas Avenue, between First and North Main streets, and also several on North Main Street. The loss occasioned by that fire is set down at not less than $25,000.

Sep. 15, 1874 - Edwards County sent a report to the governor of Kansas in which they said: "Our crops are totally destroyed; not one bushel of vegetables or grain being saved for man or beast", this being due to a plague of grasshoppers.

Sep. 29, 1874 - The Caledonia Flour Mill at Independence was established by a man named Ballentyne.

Oct. 1, 1874 - A permanent Post Office was established in Sedan, Kansas, under the management of S. U. Stearns.

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