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Ever wonder where the street you lived on got it's name?

On July 6, 1872 a group of men, who called themselves the “Town Company of the Town of McPherson”, met to discuss the problem confronting them, that of choosing suitable names for the streets of McPherson.

The town company consisted of 12 incorporators to be elected annually. The charter members of the company were as follows from Saline County, L. G. Skancke, Oscar Seitz, R. H. Bishop and James T. Marlin. From McPherson county, John W. Hill, Thomas E. Simpson, James R. Fisher, Solomon Stevens, Harim A. Hendry, Landon Raff, Joseph B. Haight and Thomas J. Woodside.

McPherson was originally two quarter sections of section 28 and 29, Township 18, range three of government land. These quarter sections were taken in trust by Solomon Stevens for the town company on which this town was to be located. (All lots in the original town have his name on the deeds.)

J. B. Chamberlain, County surveyor, was hired to survey the town into blocks and lots. For this he and seven other men were paid a total of $155.25. After the town was laid out in blocks, a suitable name for each street had to be found.

At this particular session, James Marlin, suggested the center street running North and South be called Main Street; the 1stStreet west to be called, Maple; the second west, Walnut; the third west, Chestnut; the fourth Locust; the fifth, Mulberry and the sixth Elder.

The first Street east of Main should be called Ash; the second east Elm; the third east Oak, the fourth Tulip; the fifth Cottonwood and the sixth Poplar street.

Because at that time McPherson was more or less a bald prairie with no trees or shrubs of any kind, Mr. Marlin also suggested the planting of trees along the streets. It was agreed that Main Street should be planted with four varieties of trees namely, Maple, Elm, Walnut and Linden. Also each street to be planted with the varieties of tree after which they were named. Not only would this present shade and beauty but it would coincide with the streets title.

This more than anything else determined the farsighted McPherson civic leaders. They not only resorted to the systematic laying of streets, but did much from the beginning, toward making their little village a haven of beauty, peace and rest. Their purpose was plainly visible to all.

The men then decided upon calling the center street running east and west, Kansas Avenue. The remaining 12 streets were to be named after the 12 incorporator's, or such name as an incorperator chose instead of his own.

The 1st St., North, running east and west was called Olive Street, the second, Hill; the third, Woodside; the fourth Simpson; the fifth, Euclid; the sixth, Marlin; the seventh,Elizabeth; the eighth, Sutherland; the ninth, Skancke; the tenth, Bishop; the eleventh, Seitz and the twelfth Street, Haight.

Because L. G. Skancke, a Norwegian, was the man most responsible for their being a town of McPherson, we should first acquaint you with some facts of his special spot in connection with McPherson history. While working in the land office at Salina, Kansas, he became interested in a section of land called “McPherson Flats”. This land, it was rumored was to be settled by a group of Kentuckians. He was successful in interesting his friends, Mr. James T. Marlin, Mr. Oscar Seitz and Mr. R. H. Bishop, in securing this land for a town. McPherson has paid homage to these four benefactors by naming Skancke, Bishop, Marlin and Seitz streets in their honor.

Landon Raff, submitted the name Olive, the given name of his wife, rather than to use his own. H. A. Hendry, like Mr. Raff, did not use his own name. Instead he chose Sutherland, Sutherland, being his wife's family name. She was a descendent of the prominent Dr. Sutherland, of Mansfield Ohio.

Solomon Stevens was a celebrated bachelor. He was commonly called Sol Stevens and his is remembered by his almost continual wearing of a large sombrero hat. Besides his adeptness at naming streets, he had other accomplishments. He was the first County Treasurer; also the first state senator from the 25th district. He served in the state legislature in 1875 – 1876. He was born in Campbell County, Tennessee, and came west in 1865. After leaving McPherson, Mr. Stevens became very successful in Colorado with his mainly mining projects.

Hill Street was named for John W. Hill, another member of the town company, who served the initial year. Mr. Hill came to McPherson County from Ashtabula, Ohio. After the Civil War had ended and the government had passed the Homestead act of 1862, veterans of Ashtabula County formed the soldiers free homestead colony, membership fees of which were two dollars.

John Hill was elected vice president of the organization. In the company of Dr. E. L. King and T. S. Edwards they formed a committee to secure location for the colony. The committee found their ideal location, after much traveling of the Western plains, in this county. The colony settled on what was called King City. Mr. Hill with several other enterprising man, then moved to the new McPherson Flats in 1871 to be one with the pioneers of this new city.

Joseph B. Haight migrated to McPherson from New York State. Thomas J.Woodside was a prominent banker at Toronto Canada, before securing land in this county. Both men were instrumental in McPherson's bid for fame.

The above is extracted from a 1938 issue of McPherson County News



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