June 16, 1898 - 300 vigilantes lynched the murderer of 15-year-old Miss Myrtle Hofmaster in Great Bend.
July 17, 1898 - A train was robbed just outside Andover. After being forced to flag the train, Depot Agent, S.B. McClaren escaped and ran to the nearby Methodist Church (where an ice cream social was being held), to spread the alarm. Will Belford, 28 years old, was shot while trying to stop the bandits, and died five weeks later. The robbers escaped, but were captured on August 12, 1898 in Maize, Kansas. Both were tried in Butler County Court. Sam Smith was charged with first degree murder and hanged. Thomas Wind, was charged with second degree murder and sent back to prison.
November 1, 1898 - Allen County is to have a new town. It is located on the Missouri Pacific Railroad midway between Iola and La Harpe and will be known as Gas City. E.K. Taylor platted 100 acres into 50' X 140' residential lots with 15 foot alleys and 25' X 140' business lots with 15 foot alleys. The streets are nearly all graded and everything is ready for the erection of buildings.
December 10, 1898 - The first day on which the lots in the town of Gas started selling. The lots will continue to sale for one week, after which none will be sold again for thirty days. Terms of sale: One-half cash, and the balance at 8 per cent.