A History of the Early Settlers in Emporia
NAxxxx.0024

Summary Information

Repository
Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Graves, Roscoe, 1893-1988.
Title
A History of the Early Settlers in Emporia
ID
NAxxxx.0024
Date
1961
Extent
0.05 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
Typescript of an address by Judge Roscoe Graves to the Emporia Forum Club (1961) and the Emporia Rotary Club (1964).

Preferred Citation note

Recommended citation: A History of the Early Settlers in Emporia, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Roscoe Witchell Graves

Roscoe Witchell Graves was born May 21, 1893. His father was Judge Charles B. Graves, who was prominent in Emporia’s early history. His mother was Hattie Sarah Hawkins, who graduated from the Kansas State Normal School in Emporia in 1870. Roscoe Graves graduated from Washburn University and Washburn Law School. He practiced law for six years in Burlington before opening his law practice in Emporia in 1928. From 1932 to 1957 he served as Home Services chairman for the Lyon County Chapter of the Red Cross. From 1955 until his retirement, Mr. Graves was a judge of the Emporia Police Court. Mr. Graves was also a trustee of Washburn Law School for many years, and was a president of the Lyon County Bar Association. He was also active in the First Congregational Church, and belonged to the Masons and the Order of the Eastern Star. Mr. Graves and his wife, Myrtle, had two children, Charles, and Helen Frances. Myrtle died in March, 1971, and Mr. Graves moved to California some time shortly after that to live with his daughter. He died in California on June 3, 1988, and he was buried in Memorial Lawn Cemetery in Emporia, Kansas.

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Scope and Contents note

A History of the Early Settlers in Emporia is a 13 page typescript of an address presented “to the Emporia Forum Club March 6, 1961 and to the Emporia Rotary Club January 7, 1964.” The address covers the early history of Emporia from the purchase of the land by the Emporia Town Company in 1857, to the death of one of the last of the early settlers, Lyman B. Kellogg, in 1918. The text provides some description of the Emporia Town Company, the early buildings of the town, and early difficulties with digging water wells. The latter half of the text focuses on three prominent men in Emporia’s history: Senator Preston B. Plumb, who represented Kansas in the United States Senate; Reverend Solomon G. Brown, who founded the Christian Church of Emporia; and Judge Lyman B. Kellogg, who was the first president of the Kansas State Normal School in Emporia.

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Arrangement note

Single item.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives September 2007.

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431
archives@emporia.edu

Processing Information note

Processed by: Shari Scribner and Michael Redmann, September 2007.

Processing Information note

Processed by: Shari Scribner and Michael Redmann, September 2007.

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

A History of the Early Settlers in Emporia is also available at Emporia State University’s William Allen White Library (978.162 G78h). Roscoe Graves’ mother, Hattie Sarah Hawkins, appears in a photograph of the Kansas State Normal School graduating class of 1870 (P Nah:4c). Biographical sketches of Charles B. Graves, Solomon G. Brown, Lyman B. Kellogg, and Preston B. Plumb appear in  History of Kansas by A. T. Andreas (1883), available in the William Allen White Library (978.1 An25h1).

Obituaries of Roscoe Graves appear in the Emporia Gazette on June 13, 1988, and October, 17, 1988. Articles about Roscoe Graves also appear in the  Emporia Gazette on September, 7, 1957, and May 21, 1968. Obituaries of Lyman B. Kellogg appear in the  Emporia Gazette on October 9-11, 1918.

The Walter M. Andersen Collection contains photographs relating to Preston B. Plumb, Lyman B. Kellogg, Kansas State Normal School, and buildings from the early history of Emporia.

Other materials about Lyman B. Kellogg are contained in the Kellogg Collection (ESU001). Other materials about Preston B. Plumb are available, including The Life of Preston B. Plumb, by William E. Connelley (Nb:3p Plumb).

Separated Materials note

None.

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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Emporia (Kan.) -- History.
  • Emporia Town Company.

Personal Name(s)

  • Brown, Solomon G., 1821-1885.
  • Graves, Roscoe, 1893-1988.
  • Kellogg, Lyman Beecher, 1841-1918.
  • Plumb, Preston B., 1837-1891.

Subject(s)

  • Frontier and pioneer life -- Kansas.

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Collection Inventory

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Typescript - A History of the Early Settlers in Emporia by Roscoe Graves, 1961. 

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