This is an except of a chapter from "Story of The Old Home Town" Jewell City, Kansas by my grandfather, Everett Palmer. As published in the Jewell County Republican in 28 weekly installments beginning April 28, 1933
Excursion to Atchison
In 1880 Atchison had some ambition of being a trade rival of Kaunas City. The extension of the Central Branch Railroad encouraged this feeling, and so early in February 1880, a special railroad car was placed at the disposal of Jewell City and a gay party of 50 citizens left Jewell City at 5 am on Feb. 10 to make the first excursion to Atchison.
New Bank Organized
On Jan. 30, 1880, the Republican announced the organization of a new bank to be known as the "Jewell City Bank." J C Poslethwaite was instrumental in the organization of the institution and was it's cashier. John H Schaeffer of Philadelphia, Pa. was the president. The stone building now occupied by the United Telephone Co. Was built for the new bank. In later years it was used by J C and R C Postlethwaite as a law office.
Benjamin Musser was operating a private bank in Jewell City at the time. It was "The Citizens Bank." the Republican files do not show when this bank was opened, but the first advertisement for it appears April 16, 1880.
Jewell City Schools
The number of pupils enrolled in the Jewell City schools on Jan. 30, 1880, was 154, with an average attendance of 125.
The following had scholarship of 90 percent or above.
Pheb Gray, L R Clark, Anna Deach, Birdie Barker, Lizzie Berry, Retta McChesney, F W Hiddleson, principal.
Dora Marks, Nellie Worick, Winifred Karstetter, Della Kansletter, May Sorick, Martial Merritt, J W Berry, Teacher.
Sally Richard, Flora Pound, Lizzie Woods, Ora Pound, Frank Deach, Thos. Gildner, Samuel Glidner, Johnny Kistler, Velcey McChesney, Robby Postethwaite. Mrs Deach, Teacher.
Site Selected for Jewell City Cemetery
Located: SW1/4, Sec. 25 W. Buffalo Township
At a public meeting early in January 1880, a committee composed of Patrick Fay, C C King, O N Gray, H C Jennings and J C Postethwaite was appointed and authorized to purchase land of Wiliam Runyan, west of Jewell City, on behalf of the Jewell City Cemetery Co.
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