Towns of Sedgwick County, Kansas (Page 3)
From: History of Wichita and Sedgwick County, Kansas
Past and Present
O. H. Bentley, Editor-in-Chief
C. F. Cooper & Co. Publisher.
The history of Sedgwiek county would certainly not be complete without some mention being made of the town of
El Paso, now Derby, situated ten miles south of Wichita on section 12, township 29, range 2 east.
Furley is a hamlet on the Rock Island railway, in Lincoln township. It was named in honor of Dr. C. C. Furley,
since deceased, and at one time an eminent physician of Wichita. In an early day the medical firm of Furley &
Russell was widely known in this locality. Dr. Farley was identified with a prospective railway company, known
as the Omaha. Abilene and Wichita Railway Company. It proposed to unite the towns named. When the Rock Island came
into Kansas it covered a large portion of the new company's proposed line. In the adjustment of routes the naming
of Furley fell to Dr. Furley and his associates, and so the town was named Furley, and it perpetuates the name
of an eminent surgeon and an early settler. The town is located upon the northeast quarter of section 16, in Lincoln
township, and it is fortunate in being upon one of the great trunk lines of railway. There are railways and railways,
and branch lines and feeders and all that, but it is not every town so fortunate in its location as to be upon
a great trunk line, and it means something. The building of this line of the Rock Island developed the country
fast. It gave the farmers a new market; it gave them easy access to Wichita, the shire town of the great county
of Sedgwick. Around Furley are fine farms Uncle Philo Griffin is one of the old settlers. D. R. Bump is a prosperous
farmer on the southwest. The Harrison estate owns extensive land holdings near Furley; Jasper Lowrey lives east
of the town; Obediah Jordan, Chris Shepard, William Riser, H. I. Merrell, Owen Yazel, James McGrew, Oren Smith,
and Oscar Matson are familiar names in Lincolr. township.
Garden Plain sprang into being upon the building of the Wichita & Western railroad from Wichita to Kingman.
Goddard is located on section 31 in Attica township. It was laid out and a railway station established upon
the building of the Wichita & Western Railway. It became a good trading point from the first, and the tourist
upon the trains running through that town always expects to see Henry Williams and Smith, the landlord, at the
depot. They meet all trains and the town would be lonesome without them. Chris Shepard used to be there and buy
hogs and cattle, but growing easy financially he bought some land at Furley and now enjoys the results of his strenuous
labors. In an early day Orrin Herron run a livery stable in the town; Orrin used to drive the various candidates
about that portion of the county and in those days he could pitch bundles, load hay or feed a threshing machine.
Al Lyman used to live there and William Black used to live north of the town; he was a county lawyer and was in
all of the early law suits of that section. Goddard is fourteen miles west of Wichita; the country around is essentially
a wheat raising country. Ferdinand Holm, Charles M. Miles, Martin Holm, John Roeder, O. M. Pittinger, M. L. Henshaw,
Samuel Eberly, Sam Nolan, and C. P. Schafer are familiar names in this, township.
Greenwich is a hamlet in Sedgwick county, and it has a population of about 100 souls. It contains schools and
churches and several good stores. The building of the St. Louis, Fort Scott & Wichita railroad called Greenwich
into being, it is about twelve miles east of Wichita. The railroad is now operated by the Missouri Pacific Railway
Company. Greenwich is located upon the southwest quarter of section 15 in Payne township; this township was named
in honor of Capt. David L. Payne, the original Oklahoma boomer. Payne's ranch, one of the old time ranches run
by Captain Payne, was located in this township a little south and west of Greenwich. Payne township is a fine body
of land, and is in a high state of cultivation. Mess Phillips and son carried on a general store in Greenwich for
many years. The Phillips family, Devores, Herman Herr, H. W. Ruble, and Hjadens are very familiar names in and
about Greenwich. Payne township is a full congressional township and is six miles east and west and six miles north
and south. The township raises hogs and cattle, small grains of all kinds grown in this part of Kansas and Greenwich
afford a most excellent grain market.
THE TOWN OF HATFIELD.
It was back in 1883 that a small, but determined bunch of men in Wichita headed by the redoubtable Col. J. W. Hartzell, projected a line of railway from Wichita to McPherson, to a connection with the Union Pacific at that point, and in an exuberant moment they drove Colonel Hartzell's black team to Mt. Hope, where a railroad meeting was held, attended by Bill Daily, Tom Randall and Jim McCormick, and the farmers for miles around; Uncle Cooney McCormick was there and so was Uncle Vincent from over the line in Haven township. This meeting was most enthusiastic, and it was resolved to build this line at once. Then began an era of rustle and hot haste along the proposed line, and aid was voted by the townships of Delano, Park, Union and Haven joined, and under the stress of the time and of the prospects, Bill Williams and Henry Haskins put their farms into a town site and the town of Hatfield was placed upon the map of Sedgwick county. The first store was placed in a corn field, streets were laid out and some Wichita men showed their faith in the town to the extent of building several buildings in Hatfield. Grant and Luckel put in a general store and a postoffice was applied for and everything looked favorable for a town; but Colonel Hartzell was a financier only on paper, the railroad was not built on the line proposed, Colwich overshadowed Hatfield, Andale and Maize were actual towns on a sure enough railroad. The Grant and Luckel store was moved to Maize, the town site relapsed into a corn field, it seems that providence never intended it for anything but a corn field. It could not escape its manifest destiny, a corn field it was, and is, and always will be, to the end of time. Exit Hatfield.