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Platted on July 1, 1879 by Willis Ellsworth and Asa Jones, Gettysburg was named after Joseph Getty, an early day resident. Gettysburg was one of the towns in the running for the county seat. Millbrook was its main competitor.
The first school was built in 1884 and the post office at Vernon was moved here in 1881. On April 27, 1889, the post office was moved to Penokee.
The ethnicity of its settlers is unknown.
Clary, Blossom and Ruth Siegrist. "Centennial Tid-Bits." Hill City, KS: Hill City Times, 1980.
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