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The Luray Herald from Luray, Kansas • 1

The Luray Heraldi
Luray, Kansas
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LIRAY, RUSSELL COUNTY, KANSAS, FRIDAY, AUGUST 29, 1902. Telephone 16 VOLUME NUMBER 27. 1 4 44ifc4 AT 1 1 history of the settlement jtf of 3Lurfiv jrfi Captain jfritts. wishing to raise stock, cheap land, healthy country, no wonder that the writer, in company with J. W.

Van-Scoyoc and John H. Wright, wended westward to this country. This occurred in March, 1871, and "Was there-suit of advice from the United States land office. In making our way hither by wagon we found Spillman Creek, Lincoln county, to be the frontier settlement. These hardy pioneers told us that the hostile Indians were on Wolf Creek and there was some hesitation on our part whether to turn or proceed.

My advice was asked and my reply was that I always felt less danger in front, speaking of army life. When the truth was known, this was a custom and seven or eight feet high, and was made for protection against the Indians. I mention this more jmrticu-larly as I am informed that he shows to be the first homesteader in Russell county. John H. Wright selected his land on Bacon creek, Lincoln county.

J. W. VanScoyoc and John Fritts come next as homesteaders. In our first experience here we had to learn something of the country as there were no settlers to gain knowledge from, and in fact this preparatory work got away with many insomuch as to cause them to be discouraged and leave, and others would have done likewise but circumstances prevented it. It will be necessary, in order to give credit to those who assisted in the first move towards developing this country, to assign or give a brief mention of the part each one acted and name of person that so acted.

During the spring of 1871, David Schurr and his family and brother, George, settled on land, and without pomp or ceremony, hitched his team to a hap-good breaker and turned over the virgin soil, the first furrow broken in this section. Thus the credit falls due to one, deserving and still living with us, sharing all the comforts as well as the hardships during that time. His brother, George, while not furnishing as many permanent settlers, has played his part in a way that all Will Phentrope, John Fink, and Frank Herman Buck Skin were active, energetic, and took a prominent part in early times, but one remained among the trio to endure until something worthy was accomplished. This the reader can readily guess. To be continued.

ar. E. C. MILLER, COMEDIAN. i 10 12 gallon jars for Pickles, A lot of remnants that are bargains, A lot of summer hats cheap, The two best grades of Plainville flour, A lot of 50 and 75c Shirts going at 38c, A lot of shoes at any reasonable price, Cero-Fruto for your breakfast, BARGAIN! IN ALL LINEi.

giving a history of this part II of Russell county it will be necessary to bring to view a few persons while not one among us were somewhat connected in its devel-opement and have continued to manifest an interest in its success. These persons reside at Bunker Hill, or at least those that h. ve remained up to date. Many others have played a conspicuous part with us, but I will only mention those that personally used their influence in our behalf. The writer is so closely connected with its developement that the pronoun or we, will be used often and I presume that I will be accused of egotism but I wish it distinctly understood that 1 only played my part, and the fact that I was first here and there was not altogether my fault.

I am aware of the fact that I know sufficient to interest the most latent reader, if it be possible for me to clothe it in proper language to meet the requirements. This section of the state was covered with a mat of short grass called buffalo grass, and it being nutrituous, afforded nourishment for millions of American bison or buffalo. These animals, or quadrupeds, had roamed over this vast territory for ages, affording the aborigines food and an amusement and entei'tainment for the whites that happened this way, and in fact furnished the United States soldiers here sufficient meat during a series of years. Afterwards the hunters and adventurers carried on such an unmerciful slaughter that in a few years they became scarce and their carcasses dotted in different stages of decomposition and the remains, bones, were picked up by settlers and shipped east, and in fact there was quite an extensive trade carried on in that line for some time. There remains at this time but few relics to shov that such an animal ever existed.

How soon civilized and enlightened man can extinguish from our nlundane sphere a harmless and inoffensive animal simply for amusement! Such a country was designated and classed as the great American desert in our early geographies, but people who had been used to the timber and the slow and tiresome process of clearing and opening up these were not slow to take advantage of making an effort to test a soil unequaled in fertility, where your oxen had only to be yoked or your team harnessed, hitched to a plow and commence operations. Not only this but the opening and advantages presented to those CAPTAIN JOHN FRITTS. Historian-Author. Luray possesses in her popularton-sorial artist. E.

C. Miller, a citizen of much versality. While at present engaged in the Luray barber shop, he is widely and popularly known as a comedian of high skill and merit His favorite roles are black face, Irish, Dutch and silly kid, although he is an all round man, at home in any role. He is now organizing a mis-strel troupe and band which will go on the road sometime during the early autumn. A number of plays will enter into the company's repertoire and Mr.

Miller's previous experience in this line of work is a sufficient guar- Weeks Jordan. among these frontier settlers to test those contemplating a home in this land as they did not wish to have any one in front of them withou they possessed some of the elements required in frontier life and if they turned back upon their representations, they were not considered brave enough to face the dangers that were likely to occur in its settlement. In our selections, different motives prompted us so there was no difficulty in choosing to suit us, as all the land was open for entry except one quarter section, 160 acres, homesteaded by John Deering on what is known as Lynx creek. He had homesteaded his land and built a house, encircling it with a stockade, all made of red cedar taken from Wolf Creek. This building yet stands just west of Luray, but has been sided and does not show up in its original architecture.

The stockade was cedar posts set in the ground GRIFFITH'S HARDWARE STORE Is the place i.ow to get WANTS TO SEE CALL ON HIM AND GET HIS PRICES ON antee that everything will be firstclass. He came to Luray from Lucas where he had successfully conducted a barber shop fo" several months, and became the leasee of S. P. Bush's shop. His patrons are unstinted in their priase of his work of which he is the master.

He may be found in his shop at all times and when he is not employed in some branch of tonsorial work he will likely be busy repairing watches, clocks or jewelry, in which he is very skillful. He is still a young man, although he he has a wife and an interesting family of children. VK J. H. REEDER.

As we struck a snap in some few purchases and are willing to divide the benefits with our customers, and are a little overstocked in a few Summer Ooods, Such as Screen Doors, Screen ZHJlire etc. For a limited time only to reduce stock we will sell a good screen door complete for 75c. Good heavy castor machine oil per gallon, 2Sc. Genuine liberty cylinder oil per gallon 45c. And screen wire, gasoline and oil stoves accordingly.


H. Reeder of Hays City for Distric Judge the people'have an opportunity of elevating to the bench a man erfectly qualified and eminently trustworthy. He has resided in Hays since 1878 and in that time he has gained an enviable standing as an attorney at lay with an honorable and highly successful record. His private and domestic life is as worthy of emulation as his public career. His fellow citizens of Hays apeak of him in the most complimentary language and being our near neigbor togather with tin; knowledge I sel I gasoline as cheap as anyone and kerosene cheaper Phone 17.

C. A. GRIFFITH ml his unswerving republicanism guar antees to him the sufforage of this count v..

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