Interesting Facts About Kansas

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  • (Interesting Fact) A reference to the fire side of Hailfire Peaks was made by Gobi in Banjo-Kazooie (when you meet him at Click Clock Woods).
  • (Interesting Fact(s)) It is estimated that enough straw is incinerated each year in the U.S. to build 5 million 2000 square foot homes.
  • (Interesting Fact) During the days in which exploration of the states was prominent, the lechuguila species created a deadly obstacle for those who were exploring the southwest by ways of horses, because when riding, the leaves which were very sharp would puncture the horses' legs.
  • Kansa: a member of the Siouan people of the Kansas river valley in Kansas
  • A state in the central US; pop. 2,688,418; capital, Topeka; statehood, Jan. 29, 1861 (34). It was acquired by the US as part of the Louisiana Purchase in 1803
  • a state in midwestern United States
  • a river in northeastern Kansas; flows eastward to become a tributary of the Missouri River
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Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini
Why Do Men Have Nipples? Hundreds of Questions You'd Only Ask a Doctor After Your Third Martini
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James Smith, R. Q. M, 7th KS. Cavalry
James Smith, R. Q. M, 7th KS. Cavalry
Regimental Quatermaster, 7th Kansas Cavalry William Cutler wrote the following about this gentleman: HON. JAMES SMITH, Secretary of State, came to Kansas in March, 1860, and located on a farm in Vermillion Township, Marshall County, where he remained until the early part of the war. In August, 1861, he enlisted in Company A, Seventh Kansas Cavalry and served in that regiment until he was mustered out, October 1, 1865, having re-enlisted as a veteran. Mr. Smith enlisted as a private, and served in that capacity until the last year of his term of service, when he was promoted to First Lieutenant and Regimental Quartermaster. After leaving the army he returned to Marshall County and the following month (November, 1865) was elected member of the Kansas House of Representatives. He became County Clerk in January, 1870, holding the office two terms continuously, and afterwards the office of County Treasurer for the same period. He was elected Secretary of State in 1878, and re-elected in 1880. Mr. Smith was born at Elder's Ridge, Armstrong Co., Pa., July 29, 1837. His early education was acquired at the schools and academy of his native town, and later at Jefferson College, Washington County, Pa., from which institution he graduated. He was married in Vermillion Township, Marshall Co., Kas., January 23, 1868, to Miss Jennie Edgar, a native of Galesburg, Ill. Their three children are Mary, Clarence and Ida. Mr. Smith is a member of the A. F. & A. M., K. of P., G. A. R. and K. of H. From "History of Marshall County, Kansas Its People, Industries and Institutions" by Emma E. Foster, 1917 The following letter by James Smith to his brother, tells a story of early days of the war better than anyone else can. It will be remembered that after the war “Jim Smith” served this county as representative, county clerk, county treasurer, secretary of state for six years and private secretary to Gov. John A. Martin and Gov. Lyman U. Humphry, and quartermaster-general for four years. He died at Topeka on May 28, 1914. Smith’s letter follows: W. H.—Before answering your letter of long ago I was anxious to have a talk with “Boots” alias Elihu Holcomb, who knew more than I did about the Little Blue fight. I have not been able to get to see him, but the following are facts that I gleaned from Holcomb long ago. On the evening of November 10, 1861, about 8 o’clock, Companies A, B and H, Seventh Kansas Cavalry, under command of Lieut.-Col. D. R. Anthony marched out of Kansas City. On that march Bob Henderson rode side by side with “Boots” and during the night they became well acquainted and Bob’s conversation made a lasting impression on Holcomb. Bob, calm and cool in anticipation of a fight, but at the same time expressed his firm belief that he would be killed in the first fight and in this belief he went into the fight early on the morning of the 11th of November. Of the engagement I copy the following from the second volume of the adjutant-general’s report: “The first engagement in which the regiment was represented was fought on the 11th of November, 1861, by companies A, B and H, under command of Lieut. Col. D. R. Anthony, with a rebel force outnumbering his four to one under command of the notorious Col. Up Hays. The rebels were driven from their camp but occupied a strong position just beyond amongst the rocks and trees on the hills along the Little Blue river. After a desperate fight and being unable to dislodge the enemy from his natural strong position, Colonel Anthony ordered the camp destroyed and having captured all the horses of the command Colonel Anthony with his force retired from the field. In this skirmish companies A, B and H had nine killed and thirty-two wounded.” I understood (Ihad not yet recovered from typhoid fever and was not in the fight) that Bob was the first soldier killed in that first engagement of the Seventh Kansas. His body was brought back in a wagon (we had no ambulance yet) to Kansas City and received a soldier’s burial. It was taken up and removed to Pennsylvania. His bloody cavalry jacket, his testament, which, rollicking boy, as he was, he read daily, his violin, and other belongings were sent to his mother. For some particulars about these see Uncle Dan Auld. The village of Barrett was intensely loyal in 1861. The Barretts, Leavitts, Blackburn, Puntney, Todd, and the Wells, although Kentuckians, honest old Henry Rebb, O. C. Allen, Uncle Tommy Edgar, Dan C. Auld, Soren Jensen, all the Wilsons, Uncle Isaac Clark, Bob Smith, Johnny Burke, Leslie, Brooks, Foster, Ephraim Lewis and scores of others of like loyalty made up the Vermillion Valley. The news of the firing on Sumter was received by us just as it was received by loyal men everywhere, but I think none of us thought for a moment that there would be a four-year war. I know we boys believed that the government would crush treason at one fell blow, and not until the news of the defeat at Bull Ru
Dickinson County Courthouse (Abilene, Kansas)
Dickinson County Courthouse (Abilene, Kansas)
This nice and ugly 1956 Modern courthouse was designed by the firm of Cayton and Murray. Although Dwight D. Eisenhower was born in my home state in the town of Denison, he called the town of Abilene his hometown. I can see why he liked it so much when I visited here. Also of interest to me is the fact that the city of Abilene, Texas, which is about ten to fifteen times larger that Abilene, Kansas, was named for this community.

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