History of Prospect Township, Kansas
From: History of Butler County, Kansas
BY: Vol. P. Mooney
Standard Publishing Company
Lawrence, Kansas 1916


This township was organized April 1, 1872, out of the territory comprising township 26, range 6, and an election ordered held at the residence of William Shepherd, southwest corner of section 14, on April 20, 1872. The following officers were elected: S. White, trustee; William Sample, treasurer; S. D. Andrews, clerk; V. M. Pruden and R. P. Edington, justices of the peace; Napoleon Chrisham and J. B. Sherman, constables.

The boundaries of this township were afterwards changed, presumably for the purpose of permitting the citizens thereof to assist El Dorado in procuring the F. E. & W. V. railroad, giving the township one mile of said road. The township now contains, in addition to the original territory, a strip of land three miles wide and sixteen miles long. It also has about seven miles of the Missouri Pacific railway, and the thriving little town of Pontiac, containing depot, stock yards, switching facilities, also a general store by Siegrist Brothers, blacksmith shop and other lines of business represented, all doing a good business. It is also one of the principal shipping points for hay in the county. The township is well watered and the soil adapted to all kinds of agriculture and stock raising.

Prospect township has within its borders one of the principal industrial and commercial enterprises in the county, the stone quarry and crusher, owned and operated by R. E. Frazier, of El Dorado. This institution furnishes employment for from fifty to one hunderd and fifty people during each month of the year. Immense quantities of building stone, ballast and screenings are shipped out of this quarry daily. The estate of the late Charles Parker owns and operates a like institution adjoining the above on its east, but upon a somewhat smaller scale.

The first patent under the homestead laws was issued September 30, 1869, to Sarah C. Saxby for the heirs of ____ Saxby, deceased, on land in sections 4 and 5. Prior to this time Amos A. Lawrance had issued script or land warrants on about 2,100 acres in 1865.

Among the early homesteaders were: William Crimble, who homesteaded the present county farm; H. K. and James Johnson, Abe Musselman, Bias Hinkle, Cornelious Coble, I. A. Moulton, J. J. Donnelly, Charles Eckel, John S. Friend, Frank Cour, J. B. Sherman and also Phineas Hathaway, a gentleman of the old school and a Uuiversalist preacher, fond of good living, and enjoyed a joke or a roast on himself or anyone else. It is told of him that while on a shopping expedition in El Dorado, he called at a grocery and while purchasing some sugar of one of the parties, who, by the way, was a good church member, said to him: "Well, Brother F., I presume you still believe in literal hell fire and eternal damnation, do you?" "Yes, sir; yes," replied Brother F. "I do." "Well," said Phineas, "I am glad of it, I am glad you do; it is the only thing in the world that makes you give sixteen ounces for a pound."

Very few, if any, of the original homesteaders now own or reside upon their homesteads. Among the early settlers were George C. Haver, Henry Martin, Beamis Brothers, J. E. McCully, John Teter, William Bailey and many others.

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