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Catholics from Canada homesteaded along the Solomon River in 1873, and the area was known as a "French" settlement for several years afterwards. Beginning in the 1880's, however, Catholics of German and Irish descent were the more dominant ethnic group.
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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