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A History of

Haskell/Bush City

  

The following excerpt is taken from The History of Anderson County, Kansas, written by Harry Johnson in 1936. 

During the spring of 1880 a post office, called Haskell in honor of Dudley C. Haskell, Republican representative to the United States Congress, was established out on the prairie in Lincoln Township on the mail route from Garnett to Mound City. The office was kept in the farm home of M.B. Clark, two and one-half miles east of the present site of Bush City, and Mr. Clark became the first postmaster of the office.  Haskell was filed as a townsite in March 1887, but no improvements or attempts toward the establishing of a town were made at that place.

In 1886 the Kansas, Nebraska & Dakota railroad was built through the county and a townsite was platted in the central part of Lincoln Township on its route. The plat was published and lots at the new townsite were offered for sale in July of that year. The new location was to be called Bush City, so-named for Colonel L.L. Bush, of Lancaster, Pa., part-owner of the townsite and instrumental in the laying of the railroad along this route. The west part of the town was located on the Charles Ax place and the east part land belonging to Mr. Woodworth.

The first store building erected in this new town was built by John Mulford, and Mr. Kincaid of Kincaid opened the first store, general merchandise, in this building. Van Sharp conducted this store for Mr. Kincaid and Dale Gear, of baseball fame, was a clerk. Olds & Comine erected the present bank building and conducted a general merchandise store there previous to the bank’s occupancy.

Soon after the town of Bush City had been platted and improvements begun, the post office was moved from the Clark residence, east of town, to the new townsite. Dave Huggins was the first postmaster after its removal.

The schoolhouse which served the Bush City vicinity was located on the Chris Rebstock farm, one-half mile north of town. Soon after the town was started, the schoolhouse was moved within the city limits. Later it was moved to the William McMillan property, across the street, and is still standing, now being used as a bar. About 1896 the second schoolhouse, a frame building also, was built by Will Cook. This building was also moved to another location and used as a garage until it was torn down. Later the present two-story brick building was constructed. The Baptist Church of Bush City was built in 1895. Services are still conducted in this church edifice.

Bush City has not grown into a large town. It perhaps has not had more than 109 residents at any time and its population now numbers about fifty people.

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