First and Only Paper in Flourishing Territory 1854

First Press in the Kansas Territory 1854

The Press in Kansas; Towns Springing Up 1854

Herald of Freedom Founded in Lawrence 1855

Vol. 1, No. 31. J. Speer & W. W. Ross, editors.: * 1855

Lincoln in Kansas! His first speech! 1859

From the State Capital....Sol Miller is a "brick." 1862

The Press of Kansas. We believe the following to b 1862

We have neglected to notice the Fort Scott Monitor 1863

*The fight between Ewing and Anthony is still wagi 1863

*Additional News from Lawrence! Terrible Scenes!.. 1863

*The Raid on Lawrence! Particulars and Incidents!. 1863

*It will be remembered that John Speer of the Lawr 1864

Vol. 1, No. 1. M. M. Murdock, editor and proprieto 1872

Modern Improved Methods of Printing 1900

Spirit of Kansas

Articles in database from Spirit of Kansas:    17

Ross's Paper. All the friends of E. G. Ross, and e ...
June 29, 1872, Spirit of Kansas (ID 1163)

Ross's Paper. All the friends of E. G. Ross, and everybody who knows him ought to be his friend, are delighted to see his new paper again out, as fresh, and fair, and vigorous, and able as ever. Ross is one of the men who never says die. Tornadoes had better let him alone. He is used to them. They are barking up the wrong tree, or rather, upsetting the wrong shop. Ross will not stay blown over. He knows how to pick himself up. Personally we wish him the most abundant success.

The Southwest. This new candidate for public favor, published at Humboldt by Col. Smith, is a sheet worthy of the enterprising town. Politically it is for Greeley....


The Chief. It is no longer the White Cloud Chief, ...
July 29, 1872, Spirit of Kansas (ID 1176)

The Chief. It is no longer the White Cloud Chief, but the Troy Chief, a move that seemed mysterious to many, but that Sol Miller makes plain to everybody. It makes no difference where he publishes a paper so far as making a good paper is concerned....


For Sale. The new and first rate hand press of The ...
August 3, 1872, Spirit of Kansas (ID 1177)

For Sale. The new and first rate hand press of The Spirit. Our large increase of circulation has compelled us to get more "power" in some way....


At the annual meeting of the Kansas and Northweste ...
November 16, 1872, Spirit of Kansas (ID 1205)

At the annual meeting of the Kansas and Northwestern Associated Press, held at Leavenworth on the 14th, T. D. Thacher of the Journal was elected president.

Col. G. P. Smith of the Humboldt Southwest has purchased an interest in the Democratic Standard of this city and will act, for the present, as business agent and traveling correspondent.


The Spirit of Kansas is the official paper of the ...
April 19, 1873, Spirit of Kansas (ID 1243)

The Spirit of Kansas is the official paper of the Order of Patrons of Husbandry in the state of Kansas. It will aim to represent and promote the interests of that order, and of agriculture in general, in Kansas and the West.

H. M. Dickinson, editor of the Cattle Trail of Kansas City, called at the Spirit office. The Cattle Trail is devoted to the interests of cattle men.


May 17, 1873, Spirit of Kansas (ID 5865)

From the Garnett Plaindealer:

The editors and publishers of the state will meet in the city of Atchison on Tuesday, the 20th. I. S. Kalloch will deliver the oration...and Capt. Jas. W. Steele, the accomplished editor of the Kansas Magazine, is expected to read an original poem or one of his characteristic frontier sketches. Col. Smith, the efficient superintendent of the Atchison and Nebraska Railroad, has very courteously proferred to give the association an excursion to Lincoln, the capital of Nebraska, a city of nine thousand in habitants and only five years old....Important questions will be discussed before the association, such as the abolishment of a free exchange list, the payment of postage by subscribers in the county, the best plan to adopt in regard to advertising agencies, &c....


The Editorial Convention. We surrender a large por ...
May 21, 1873, Spirit of Kansas (ID 1255)

The Editorial Convention. We surrender a large portion of our space to the Editorial Convention at Atchison on Tuesday last....We extract from the Globe of Wednesday. After taking a ride about the city,...the convention was called to order in Corinthian hall....The following persons became members of the association: J. T. Stevens, Spirit of Kansas, Lawrence; A. W. Wagenhals, Globe, Atchison; Jno. H. Galks, Press, Oxford; W. M. Allison, Telegraph, Winfield; W. R. Spooner, Union, Humboldt; Geo. W. Cooper, Journal, Garnett; J. B. Pollock, Mirror, Olathe; Peter Bell, Advocate, Kalida; H. N. Farey, Newspaper, Solomon City; J. F. McDowell, Workingman's Journal, Columbus; Frank A. Root, Express, Holton; W. E. Wilkinson, Courier, Seneca; L. V. Taft, Beacon, Manhattan; W. D. Wood, Nonpareil, Seneca; J. B. Dutton, Globe, Atchison; Edward Cooper, Globe, Atchison; D. W. Houston, Commercial, Leavenworth; A. B. Wilder, Republic, Belleville; W. T. McElroy, Union, Humboldt; W. S. Winter, Occasional, Fort Scott; C. M. Shaw, Commercial, Leavenworth; C. T. Ewing, Headlight, Thayer; Geo. Rice, Globe, Atchison; S. L. Roberts, Chief, Netawaka; G. W. Burchard, Tribune, Independence; Lewis Miller, Journal, Ottawa.

...Mayor Blair introduced Sen. John J. Ingalls, who...delivered the address of welcome....In response to Mr. Ingalls, Mr. Thacher made...remarks....The president then announced that the convention was ready to transact business....The officers for the following year were selected: President, T. D. Thacher; vice-presidents, P. J. F. Simmons, Lewis Walker, P. H. Tiernan, Frank Root; secretary, J. S. Wilson; treasurer, W. F. Chalfant; orator, J. W. Steele; alternate, W. S. Burke. Noble L. Prentis was appointed to read the poem at the next convention. Fort Scott was selected as the place for the next convention.

The following resolutions were reported by the committee appointed, and adopted.

Whereas, the 42d Congress, at its last session, revising our postage laws, repealed forever provisions which gave newspapers free exchange and made them free of postage in the counties in which they were published.

Resolved, that it is the sense of this Association that such action was unwise, and in opposition to the best interests of newspaper publishers, and newspaper readers, which two classes constitute the entire population.

Resolved, that the secretary of the Association be requested to forward copies of these resolutions to our Senators and Representatives in Congress, and request them to use their influence to have the objectionable legislation repealed. Signed, W. R. Spooner, C. W. Shaw, R. B. Taylor, committee.

In the evening, the president called the meeting to order and introduced Capt. James W. Steele, who read the poem "Coronado's March."....Music by the band, after which I. S. Kalloch of Lawrence delivered the following oration. The subject of Mr. Kalloch's address was "The Moral Responsibility of the Press."

"...Too few appreciate the moral responsibility involved in editing a newspaper. Every man owes a duty to his profession. He should understand its nature, obey its laws and be true to all its sacredness....His imbecility will weaken it or his ignorance will degrade it....It is a shame and disgrace for men who read, and who live by what they read, to be subjected to the influence of men who write from self interest alone...who use the press for the sole purpose of accomplishing their little, narrow and selfish schemes....There are too many editors with grievances and grudges, whose papers are the mere organs of their spite and spleen. They have lost an office or they want an office, and their productions are the bile of their disappointments....They are without conscience, honor or shame. Their papers, instead of filling the atmosphere with fragrance like the expanding petals of the rose, only open their dark, damp, narrow, leathery leaves to fill it with poison.

"There is a peculiar force in printed words. What a man says may pass unnoticed. What he prints, even the lightest vagaries and fancies, the briefest item of the passing hour, becomes clothed with almost imperishable life. The newspaper is the power of the age; the life of the century; the foremost herald and handmaid of civilization....It is the modern lyceum and college: common people's cyclopedia. Is it too much to ask that those to whom so sacred a trust is committed should feel the moral responsibility of their position?..."

Atchison, May 21, 1873. ...Arrived here about noon, found the knights of the quill of the state all in fine quarters at the Otis House....At the close of the proceedings, a despatch was received from the mayor of Lincoln, Neb., inviting us to visit that city....The Atchison & Nebraska RR Co. issued us free passes, and tomorrow morning we take the train and steam away....At eight p.m. we again assembled at Price's Hall and listened to a fine poem from Capt. Steele...and an oration from I. S. Kalloch. That gentleman did himself credit in his effort....Wednesday morning,...four coaches well filled with editors, their wives, daughters and pretty cousins were on the track....Away we went past Doniphan, Troy, Iowa Point, White Cloud and soon entered the magnificent valley of the Nemaha....We reached about 1 o'clock the beautiful town of Falls City. Here we found prepared for us...a splendid dinner....Then off we speed, and arrive at Lincoln about 4 o'clock....We quickly fill the hotels and many of the private houses and get supper;...take the train and go to the state penitentiary, about 3 miles from the city....The heavy iron doors swing open and soon the editors of Kansas, with their ladies, are locked within the walls of a state prison. Here we found two large halls, finely decorated with flags and evergreens. Gen. Roberts of Lincoln delivered a welcome address, which was responded to by T. D. Thacher of Lawrence. Now we hear the magic words: "Now, let the song and the dance begin." The band plays and away whirl the dancers, till the morning. Once more aboard the train, and we are off for Atchison, where we arrive about 3:25 p.m.; get dinner, give each other the friendly grip, and now separate, each seeking his home and duties for another year.... -- J. T. S.

The Dickinson County Chronicle and the Abilene Journal have consolidated under the name of the Abilene Chronicle-Journal with W. H. Johnson as editor.

Col. John M. Haberlein, editor of the Leavenworth Freie Presse, died in Leavenworth on Friday, the 16th. The Times contained the following brief sketch of his career: "Col. Haberlein was born in Bavaria, Germany, Sept. 20, 1820, and came to this country in 1855, first settling in Missouri, afterwards removing to Illinois. He left Illinois in 1859, settled in Lawrence, and commenced the publication of the Lawrence Freie Presse. Eight months afterward he came to Leavenworth at the solicitation of his friends, and immediately resumed the publication of his paper, calling it the Kansas Freie Presse. Since that time it has been published daily in the German language, and gave the editor who did so much of good work for it an honored name in social and political circles....He was an honest editor. The insinuating middle man of corrupt combinations approached him more than once, but the bribes were spurned and the editor of the Freie Presse expressed his views of men, measures and corporations fearlessly, frankly, and with marked ability. All his political convictions were on he side of freedom and equality...."


July 26, 1873, Spirit of Kansas (ID 5869)

**Quantrell's Last Fight. The Story of the Officer who Captured Him, Authentic Proof of Quantrell's Death in Louisville. (Correspondence, Louisville Commercial)

Tompkinsville, Monroe Co., Ky., June 23, 1873 - As the fate of Quantrell, the Missouri and Kansas bandit and guerrilla, yet remains a mystery to many people, especially to those of Lawrence, Kan., who suffered most from his fiendish deeds, I propose to give the basis of his last days and deeds.

I was major of the Thirty-Seventh Regiment of Kentucky mounted infantry volunteers. To Company D of that regiment belonged one Edward R. Terrill, who was by birth a Kentuckian. In the late war, Terrill joined the Confederate army but deserted it and attached himself to the regiment and company above mentioned, where he served until his time was out, and was mustered out of the United States service at Louisville, Ky., December 29, 1864. Terrill returned to his home which, I think, was in Nelson or Marion county.

At the time of Terrill's discharge from the army, the country about Lebanon, Danville and Bardstown, Ky., was infested with the guerrilla bands of Marion, Magruder, Colton, Sue Munday, Pratt, One-Armed Berry, etc. Terrill, being a young man fresh from the service, was restless and naturally fond of an exciting and adventurous life, he went to Louisville, Ky., where Gen. Palmer was commanding, and applied to the general for arms and permission to organize a company of scouts to fight guerrillas.

The following is a letter (copied) to me by Terrill in the year 1876 (1866?).

My Dear Sir: I have received your letter of October 9. I was glad to hear from you. I had wrote to you several times but never heard from you until I received your letter. I was a private in Capt. Middleton's Company D, Thirty-Seventh Regiment, Kentucky Volunteers. My name is Edwin R. Terrill. After I was mustered out of the Thirty-Seventh, I got permission from Gen. Palmer to raise a scouting party to drive the guerrillas out of the state. I had several fights with Sue Munday's, Marion's, Colton's, Magruder's and Quantrell's men. Quantrell came into Kentucky about December 1864 with 80 men from Missouri. He made his rendezvous in Nelson County, near Bloomfield.

In the month of April 1865, I was on a scout in Nelson County. It was raining very hard. I was on the Bloomfield and Louisville Pike, at Smileytown, six miles from Bloomfield, when I, at the head of ninety brave men, charged Quantrell. Quantrell and his men were well armed with three and four revolvers and a Ballard carbine each.

I stopped at Smileytown, inquired of a Negro, who told me that three of Quantrell's men had just passed through the gate. I immediately followed them until I came in sight of Robert Wakefield's barn, where I discovered some 15 or 16 of Quantrell's men, with him in the barn, sheltering from the rain.

We charged on them. They made a short stand in the barn. I ordered my men to dismount and follow me into the barn after them. As soon as we dismounted, they broke out of the barn and we after them. Quantrell and three of his men ran together in the same direction, and the rest in another. We all knew Quantrell by the description we had of him. It was a running fight. I shot Quantrell in the right shoulder; he was on foot and the ball ran down the small of his back. One of my men shot Quantrell's forefinger off his right hand. We took him to the house of Robert H. Wakefield. We killed in this fight two men, named Hockensmith and Glassscock, and another man whose name I never learned. We wounded Quantrell and captured him. We carried him to Louisville, where he was beyond doubt recognized by many who knew him as the Quantrell of Lawrence, Kan., notoriety. He died in Louisville of the wounds described in the fight described. I received several bad wounds in fighting these guerrillas. If I ever get better I will give you the particulars of these fights. - Your most obedient servant, Edwin R. Terrill.

In June 1869, I was in Louisville as a petit juror in the United States Court, then in session there, and was associated on the same jury with John or Jonathan Davis, alias Judge Davis, of Spencer County, who told me that while Quantrell and his men were in that vicinity Quantrell often stopped at his house; that Quantrell's proper surname was Clark; that he said he had one sister, and that his mother was then alive and her address was Alexandria, Virginia. Judge Davis said Quantrell was a man of smooth address, about six feet high, weighed 180 pounds, hair and beard a little sandy, full face, blue eyes, fresh appearance; was not very talkative, and was about thirty years old. He was a sober and good looking man generally. Quantrell told him that he was in the Lawrence, Kan., massacre, but the command was led by Bill Anderson.

I believe these statements are true, and that the fate of Quantrell need no longer be a mystery.

Terrill is now dead, having died of wounds, I think, in the year 1868 or '69. Quantrell's men reported, while with him in Kentucky, that Quantrell had some trouble with Gen. Price of the Confederate Army in Missouri in the year 1864 and that Gen. Price ordered Quantrell arrested, and to avoid this he went with eighty men to Kentucky, and made his appearance in Kentucky in a raid around Lebanon, in the direction of Bradfordsville and Danville, in the winter of 1865. On this raid, near a school, not far from Bradsfordville, some of the party stated that they were Quantrell's men, from Missouri. I am, with much respect, &c., -- Samuel Martin.


The Spirit of Kansas became a Grange organ or advo ...
March 18, 1874, Spirit of Kansas (ID 1319)

The Spirit of Kansas became a Grange organ or advocate when there were only a dozen organized Granges in Kansas. It cost something then to be a Patron, and still more to advocate the cause of the Patrons. The only strictly agricultural paper in the state, to whom the farmers naturally looked for support in their efforts toward reform, then turned the cold shoulder to them and actually proved itself their bitterest enemy. The partisan press of the state had nothing but sneers for the agents of the Grange, while the Order was weak, however patriotic and liberal they may be now that it has become a power in the land. Under these circumstances, and feeling that they must have some medium, free and independent, through which to talk to the people , a few farmers procured the columns of the Spirit and it has ever since been recognized by the fathers of the Order as the pioneer and organ of the movement. Thanking our many Patrons for their liberal support, we assure them that the Spirit will continue to be the fearless advocate of their rights, and the enemy of their oppressors. To bring the paper within reach of everybody we offer it at the following low rates. One copy one year, $1.50. Ten copies to one address, $1.25. Twenty copies to one address, $1.00. In advance. Send by money order or registered letter to Spirit of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas.

The Spirit of Kansas is issued weekly in Frazer's Hall, Massachusetts Street, by Ross & Stevens. Terms $200 a year in advance.


By James. T. Stevens.: It is with much regret that ...
June 24, 1874, Spirit of Kansas (ID 1353)

By James. T. Stevens.

It is with much regret that we find ourselves separated in business from our old partner and friend, E. G. Ross, and it is with a good deal of misgiving that we take the editorial chair so ably filled by him for the past year and a half, and we sincerely hope now that his arduous labors are somewhat lightened that health and strength will soon once more be his to enjoy. But our case is not as bad as it might be, for Mr. Ross is still at the head of the job department of this office, and if at any time we should find ourselves against a stump, we could easily call on friend Ross, and we know he would cheerfully lend us any assistance necessary.


March 24, 1875, Spirit of Kansas (ID 5876)

Members of the Kansas Editorial Association are hereby notified that the annual meeting will take place at Manhattan Wednesday, April 7, 1875, at 7:30 o'clock p.m. and arrangements have been completed for the proposed excursion to Galveston, Texas....Two Pullman, one passenger and one baggage car have been tendered by the MK&T Railroad for the round trip. The excursionists will pay for their Pullman car and hotel expenses.... - D. R. Anthony, president; Wm. W. Creighton, secretary.


The Patron's Gleaner, which has been published at ...
January 6, 1876, Spirit of Kansas (ID 1476)

The Patron's Gleaner, which has been published at Emporia under the auspices of the State Grange, has ceased to exist, and the subscription list and good will transferred to the Spirit of Kansas. The Spirit from this time forward will publish all official matter connected with the Grange, which will be furnished by the secretary and other officers. This will make the Spirit more than ever a Grange paper....Subscribers for the Gleaner will receive the Spirit for the unexpired term....Bro. P. B. Maxson, editor of the Gleaner, says: "I will say that in view of the foregoing facts, and of the prospects of the future, I have made arrangements with Bro. J. T. Stevens of Lawrence, the editor of the Spirit of Kansas, to take the Gleaner and merge it into the Spirit, and wish here to say that Bro. Stevens has at all times, and under all circumstances, stood true to the interests of our Order...."


April 20, 1876, Spirit of Kansas (ID 5911)

An important and interesting meeting of the editors living along the line of the Leavenworth, Lawrence & Galveston Railroad was held in this city Friday...for the purpose of consulting with the authorities of the railroad in reference to forwarding immigration, development of the country, the increase of its business and the promoting of its welfare.

The following gentlemen were present: Chatman of the Independence Courier, Yoe of the Independence Tribune, Peffer of the Coffeyville Journal, Ewing of the Thayer Headlight, Rivers of the Chanute Tribune, McElroy of the Humboldt Union, Allison of the Iola Register, Dodge of the Garnett Plaindealer, Cooper of the Garnett Journal, Sharpe of the Ottawa Republican, Snow of the Ottawa Triumph, Ross of the Lawrence Standard, Stevens of the Spirit of Kansas, and Thacher of the Lawrence Journal....


May 25, 1876, Spirit of Kansas (ID 5920)

The Standard of this city has gone boots, body and breeches into the Democratic party. We had hoped that Maj. Ross would do valiant work during the present campaign for the Independent party. But now, as the jaws of the Democratic party have closed over him, we remember him as a courteous gentleman, a good neighbor, and one who deserved a better fate.


June 15, 1876, Spirit of Kansas (ID 5925)

The Commonwealth says: "Frank Root is going to establish another paper in North Topeka, or rather he will resurrect the North Topeka Times. He will remove his job office there and his family also. Frank says he knows what he is doing and that he will make the Times a permanent and living institution. It certainly takes nerve to start another paper in this city, but Frank has it. He is a good printer, a sprightly journalist, and an honorable man."


July 13, 1876, Spirit of Kansas (ID 5930)

The Law of Newspapers - 1. All subscribers, who do not give express notice to the contrary, are considered as wishing to continue their subscriptions. 2. If subscribers order the discontinuance of their papers, the publishers may continue to send until arrearages are paid. 3. If subscribers neglect or refuse to take their papers from the post office to which they are sent, they are held responsible until the bills are settled, and their papers ordered discontinued. 4. The courts have decided that refusing to take a newspaper or periodical from the post office, or ordering it and leaving it uncalled for, is prima facia evidence of intentional fraud.


September 21, 1876, Spirit of Kansas (ID 5938)

Newspapers at the Centennial - The special correspondent of the London Times says it would be difficult to find an apter illustration of the big way in which Americans do things than that furnished by the Centennial Newspaper Building in the exhibition grounds. Here you may see any one or, if you like, all of the 8,129 newspapers published regularly in the United States, and see them, one and all, for nothing! You are...invited, nay pressed, to confer the favor of entering the building and calling for what paper you like. It is about as cool and agreeable a place - quite apart from its literary attractions - as a visitor to the Exhibition could wish to be offered a chair in....They are pigeon-holed on shelves in the alphabetical order of their states or territories and their towns, the names of which are clearly labeled on the shelves. The proprietors of the Centennial Newspaper Building are advertising agents, the largest in all America - G. P. Rowell & Co. of New York. Their enterprise will cost altogether about $20,000,...including the building and the expense of running it for six months. The 8,000 and odd American newspapers are declared by the same authority to exceed the "combined issues of all other nations of the earth."