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Homesteading in Osborne County

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Prentis, Noble Lovely. "History of Kansas". Winfield, KS: E. P. Greer, 1899.

Organized in 1871, Osborne County is named after a private of Company B, Second Kansas Cavalry, Vincent B. Osborne. While aboard the steamer Anna Jacobs near Joy's Ford along the Arkansas River, Private Osborne lost his right leg.

Although the 1870 census revealed only thirty-three residents, Dutch, German, and German-speaking Swiss settlers soon rushed to the area. The first settlers included Zara M. Hill, who made the county's first land entry, and the two Bullock brothers, who established the county's first permanent settlement in 1870. By 1880, the county's inhabitants numbered 12,518.

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Osborne Genealogical and Historical Society
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Osborne, KS 67473
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William G. Culter's History of the State of Kansas (1976) was first published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas in Chicago, Illinois.

Nobel L. Prentis' A History of Kansas was published in 1904 by Caroline E. Prentis.


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