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Homesteading in Ellis County

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Prentis, Noble Lovely. "History of Kansas". Winfield, KS: E. P. Greer, 1899.

Ellis County was organized in 1867. The county was named after a first lieutenant of Company I, Twelfth Kansas Infantry, George Ellis. On April 3, 1864, Lieutenant Ellis was killed in action at Jenkins Ferry, Arkansas. The early fort, Fort Fletcher which later became Fort Hays, and the Kansas Pacific Railroad attracted the county's first settlers. Eventually more settlers came, including those of English, Scottish, Danish, Bohemian, Bukovina German, Hungarian, and Volga German descent.

Contact Us:
Bukovina Society
103 W. 8th St.
Ellis, KS 67637

Ellis County Historical Society
100 W. 7th St.
Hays, KS 67601
(785) 628-2624

Volga German Society
P.O. Box 1314
Hays, KS 67601


William G. Culter's History of the State of Kansas (1976) was first published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL.

Nobel L. Prentis' A History of Kansas was published in 1904 by Caroline E. Prentis.


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