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Prentis, Noble Lovely. "History of Kansas". Winfield, KS: E. P. Greer, 1899.
Jewell County was
officially organized in 1870, and the current county seat is Mankato. The
county was named Jewell County to honor Lieutenant-Colonel Lewis R. Jewell, a
member of the Sixth Kansas Cavalry. This county is located along the
Kansas-Nebraska border and is approximately 150 miles from the Missouri River.
The first settlers in Jewell County were William
Harshberger and his wife, as well as A. Clark and his wife.
The rumored history of Jewell County is particularly
bloody. The Sioux and the Pawnee tribes fought a gruesome battle outside of an
early settlement, leaving the warriors of the Pawnee tribe dead. Several
massacres followed. One notable occurrence was in the
spring of 1867 when some members from the Cheyenne tribe started a massacre
that killed many of the residents. Any survivors of this massacre left the
settlement, threatening to wipe it off the map.
Cutler, William G. History
of the State of Kansas. Chicago IL: A. T. Andreas, 1883.
Paragraphs written by intern Holly Younger in 2012
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