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Originally named Spring City, this town was formed in 1874. The name changed to Lenora in 1876, because their post office, located two miles west, was named Lenora. The town was platted on June 28, 1879. James Gilleece, born in Ireland in 1834, settled in the area west of Lenora with his wife, Mary Dunlap Gilleece in 1873. The James Dunlap family also settled there. These two families were among the first settlers in this area.
The ethnicity of its settlers included the Irish.
Bowers, D. N. Seventy Years in Norton County, Kansas, 1872-1942. The Norton County Champion, Norton, Kansas, 1942.Nicholson, John H. A History of Norton County, Kansas. Masters Thesis, Colorado State College of Education, 1941.
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