Kansas History

This page contains a collection of things that occurred in Kansas during the year 1879. Wherever possible, a link has been provided to a page containing more information.



Jan. 7, 1879 - The first birth in Oberlin, Kansas occurred, a son born to Mr. and Mrs. J. W. Allen.

Jan. 13, 1879 - The town of Hays was visited by a fire which carried away the Gibbs House, which was the hotel built by Joseph Perry in 1867, as well as two grocery stores and a harness shop.

May 5, 1879 - The public school system of Anthony was inaugurated by the engagement of Misses Clara Sherwood and Sarah Bidwell as teachers.

May 30, 1879 - The "Irving, Kansas Tornado" passed through Marshall county, measuring F4 on the Fujita scale and had a damage path 800 yards wide and 100 miles long; eighteen people were killed and sixty were injured.

Jun. 12, 1879 - Humphrey & Counter publish the first issue of the Oberlin Herald, the first newspaper in Decatur County.

Jun. 24, 1879 - West Marion, located on the east side of the southwest quarter of Section 31, Town 19, Range 4, was laid out.

Sep. 23, 1879 - The A. T. & S. F. Marion and McPherson line was completed to McPherson, occasioning a gala celebration attended by thousands.

Dec. 15, 1879 - The county of Decatur is officially organized.

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