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


Bushong, first called Weeks, was established in 1886, at the time the Missouri Pacific Railway Company built its tracks across Northern Lyon County. Joseph Weeks owned the farm on a part of which the Missouri Pacific wished to build its station, and he donated to the railway company about twenty acres of land. The company built on part of this land, sold part of it as town lots, and still owns some of it, unoccupied. Mr. Weeks platted another twenty acres and sold it as town lots. There was no town company. The name later was changed to Bushong. The town is twenty two miles northwest of Emporia.

Joseph Fulls was the first postmaster, and the first station agent was R. D. Cottrell, and Mr. and Mrs. Cottrell also built and operated the first hotel. Bushong was incorporated in 1927, and L. A. Grimsley was the first mayor. R. D. Cottrell died in 1896, and Mrs. Cottrell now is Mrs. C. E. Lewis, wife of the postmaster, who was appointed under Taft, and who has held the postmaster job for more than nineteen years. The town, with a population of 150, maintains a two room grade school, and a four room rural high school is located in Bushong. The rural high school district has a valuation of $1,600,000.00. The town is proud of the many graduates from this school, who have made names and places for themselves in the world. The percentage of young people who have left the town and attained success, says Mr. Lewis, is unusually large. The Methodist Church and Sunday School are well attended.

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