History of Americus, Kansas
From: History of Emporia and Lyon County Kansas
By: Laura M. French
Emporia Gazette Print
Emporia, Kansas 1929


Americus, established in the autumn of 1857, has had for its proudest boast during the years that never has a saloon been located on the town site. The town's paramount interests have been its churches and its schools, and the quality of its citizenry attests to their influence. The Americus Town Company consisted of T. C. Hill, G. H. Rees, E. Yeakley, John Moser, E. Columbia, William Grimsley, E. M. Sewell, B. Wright, N. B. Switser, A. I. Baker, J. W. Voak, J. Voak, W. Thompson, David Swim, F. Barrett and Elisha Goddard. Officers of the Town Company were A. I. Baker, president; T. C. Hill, treasurer, and David Swim, secretary.

A post office was established in 1858, and E. Yeakley was the first postmaster. School District No. 2 was organized in 1858, and G. W. Torrance was its second teacher. A log schoolhouse was replaced the next year by a frame building, and a handsome brick building now houses the Americus schools. The first jail in the county - then Breckinridge - was at Americus, when that town was the county seat. Its walls later were weatherboarded and the building still stands as a landmark in Americus. A sawmill was established in 1859 by J. Kuhns. Americus for many years was noted for the manufacture of cheese, and Thomas Anderson was the proprietor of the cheese factory. The town is situated in the Neosho Valley eleven miles northeast of Emporia, and is surrounded by excellent farms. A term of the United States District Court was held in Americus in 1858, lasting but two days. The grand jury returned twenty nine indictments, mostly for trespass on school lands. Americus has three churches - Methodist, United Presbyterian and Free Methodist.

The late J. S. Gibson, of Americus, writing in 1919 of early days in Americus, said in part "My mother died October 28, 1858 . . . This was the first death in Americus, and there was but one team of horses in the funeral procession, the rest of the conveyances being drawn by oxen."

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