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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 Society103 W. 8th St.Ellis, KS 67637
Ellis County Historical Society100 W. 7th St.Hays, KS 67601(785) 628-2624
Volga German SocietyP.O. Box 1314Hays, 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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