|Republic County, Kansas|
Republic County Courthouse, 2010
Location in the state of Kansas
Kansas's location in the U.S.
|Founded||February 27, 1860|
720.31 sq mi (1,866 km²)
716.38 sq mi (1,855 km²)
3.93 sq mi (10 km²), 0.55%
7.2/sq mi (2.8/km²)
|Time zone||Central: UTC-6/-5|
- 1 History
- 2 Law and government
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Cities and towns
- 6 Townships
- 7 Education
- 8 Notable people
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 Further reading
- 12 External links
History[edit | edit source]
19th century[edit | edit source]
Republic County was first settled around 1860 by Daniel and Conrad Myers. The territory was principally inhabited by Pawnees, Iowas, and Otoes who greeted the incoming settlers - mostly farmers - peaceably. By 1868, Republic County was holding elections.
In 1887, Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway built a branch line from Neva (3 miles west of Strong City) to Superior, Nebraska. This branch line connected Strong City, Neva, Rockland, Diamond Springs, Burdick, Lost Springs, Jacobs, Hope, Navarre, Enterprise, Abilene, Talmage, Manchester, Longford, Oak Hill, Miltonvale, Aurora, Huscher, Concordia, Kackley, Courtland, Webber, Superior. At some point, the line from Neva to Lost Springs was pulled but the right of way has not been abandoned. This branch line was originally called "Strong City and Superior line" but later the name was shortened to the "Strong City line". In 1996, the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway merged with Burlington Northern Railroad and renamed to the current BNSF Railway. Most locals still refer to this railroad as the "Santa Fe".
Law and government[edit | edit source]
Republic County was a prohibition, or "dry", county until the Kansas Constitution was amended in 1986 and voters approved the sale of alcoholic liquor by the individual drink with a 30% food sales requirement.
Geography[edit | edit source]
According to the 2000 census, the county has a total area of 720.31 square miles (1,865.6 km2), of which 716.38 square miles (1,855.4 km2) (or 99.45%) is land and 3.93 square miles (10.2 km2) (or 0.55%) is water.
Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]
- Thayer County, Nebraska (north)
- Jefferson County, Nebraska (northeast)
- Washington County (east)
- Cloud County (south)
- Jewell County (west)
- Nuckolls County, Nebraska (northwest)
Demographics[edit | edit source]
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,835 people, 2,557 households, and 1,685 families residing in the county. The population density was 8 people per square mile (3/km²). There were 3,113 housing units at an average density of 4 per square mile (2/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.56% White, 0.26% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. 0.94% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 24.1% were of German, 13.6% Swedish, 12.4% Czech, 9.2% English, 9.0% Irish and 8.6% American ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 2,557 households out of which 25.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.80% were married couples living together, 4.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.10% were non-families. 31.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.80.
In the county the population was spread out with 22.30% under the age of 18, 4.50% from 18 to 24, 22.10% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 26.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,494, and the median income for a family was $39,215. Males had a median income of $25,260 versus $17,274 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,433. About 6.00% of families and 9.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.40% of those under age 18 and 8.90% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns[edit | edit source]
Incorporated cities[edit | edit source]
Name and population (2004 estimate):
- Belleville, 1,984 (county seat)
- Scandia, 380
- Courtland, 295
- Cuba, 210
- Republic, 146
- Munden, 111
- Narka, 84
- Agenda, 73
Unincorporated cities[edit | edit source]
Ghost towns[edit | edit source]
Townships[edit | edit source]
Republic County is divided into twenty townships. The city of Belleville is considered governmentally independent and is excluded from the census figures for the townships. In the following table, the population center is the largest city (or cities) included in that township's population total, if it is of a significant size.
/km² (/sq mi)
km² (sq mi)
km² (sq mi)
|Water %||Geographic coordinates|
|Albion||00900||174||2 (5)||92 (36)||0 (0)||0.12%|
|Beaver||05150||137||2 (4)||91 (35)||3 (1)||3.04%|
|Belleville||05625||231||3 (7)||89 (34)||0 (0)||0.11%|
|Big Bend||06550||242||3 (7)||92 (35)||1 (0)||1.39%|
|Courtland||16050||450||5 (12)||94 (36)||0 (0)||0.06%|
|Elk Creek||20275||175||2 (5)||94 (36)||0 (0)||0.15%|
|Fairview||22575||155||2 (4)||94 (36)||0 (0)||0.49%|
|Farmington||23200||81||1 (2)||93 (36)||0 (0)||0.20%|
|Freedom||24675||186||2 (5)||90 (35)||0 (0)||0.28%|
|Grant||28050||77||1 (2)||95 (37)||0 (0)||0.15%|
|Jefferson||35325||107||1 (3)||95 (37)||0 (0)||0.05%|
|Liberty||40325||52||1 (1)||93 (36)||0 (0)||0.19%|
|Lincoln||41075||103||1 (3)||92 (36)||0 (0)||0.09%|
|Norway||51575||163||2 (5)||92 (36)||1 (0)||1.19%|
|Richland||59575||318||3 (9)||92 (36)||0 (0)||0.11%|
|Rose Creek||61200||170||2 (5)||94 (36)||0 (0)||0.44%|
|Scandia||63375||541||6 (15)||92 (36)||1 (0)||1.23%|
|Union||72300||51||1 (1)||93 (36)||0 (0)||0.18%|
|Washington||75700||95||1 (3)||93 (36)||0 (0)||0.24%|
|White Rock||77975||88||1 (2)||92 (36)||1 (0)||1.09%|
Education[edit | edit source]
Unified school districts[edit | edit source]
Notable people[edit | edit source]
Arts and Entertainment[edit | edit source]
Athletes[edit | edit source]
- Herb Bradley, Major League Baseball player
- Thomas Bushby, player for the Cincinnati "Football" Reds in 1934 and the Philadelphia Eagles in 1935.
- Lloyd Cardwell, American football player
- Larry Cheney, Major League Baseball player
- Ronald Severa, Olympic water polo player, 1956 and 1960.
- Anthony Zuzzio, offensive lineman for the Detroit Lions.
- Dean Nesmith professional football player, olympic athletic trainer
Clergy[edit | edit source]
- Allen Wikgren, pastor and Bible scholar
- Richard B. Wilke, writer of the Disciple ministry series was first a local pastor in Scandia.
Journalists[edit | edit source]
Medicine[edit | edit source]
Philanthropy[edit | edit source]
Politicians[edit | edit source]
- Clay Aurand, member of Kansas Legislature
- Charles H. Blosser, (1895—1989) namesake of Blosser Municipal Airport in Concordia, Kansas.
- Edwin C. Johnson, Governor of Colorado
- William C. Perry, 34th Chief Justice of the Oregon Supreme Court
- Isaac O. Savage, state senator in the Kansas legislature.
Settlers[edit | edit source]
- Ransom Henry Gile, early settler in Scandia
- Thomas Lovewell, founded settlement of White Rock and namesake of Lovewell Reservoir
See also[edit | edit source]
Information on this and other counties in Kansas
- List of counties in Kansas
- List of Kansas county name etymologies
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Kansas
- Kansas locations by per capita income
Other information for Kansas
- List of cities in Kansas
- List of unified school districts in Kansas
- List of colleges and universities in Kansas
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ "2010 County Population and Housing Occupancy Status". U.S. Census Bureau. http://factfinder2.census.gov/faces/tableservices/jsf/pages/productview.xhtml?pid=DEC_10_PL_GCTPL2.ST05&prodType=table. Retrieved April 7, 2011.
- ^ Savage., I. O. (1901). Carolyn Ward, transcribed July 2006. ed. A history of Republic County, Kansas : embracing a full and complete account of all the leading events in its history, from its first settlement down to June 1, '01. Jones & Chubbic, Beloit, KS. p. 35. http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/republic/history/1901/031.html.
- ^ "Map of Wet and Dry Counties". Alcoholic Beverage Control, Kansas Department of Revenue. November 2006. http://www.ksrevenue.org/abcwetdrymap.htm. Retrieved 2007-12-28.
- ^ "Census 2000 U.S. Gazetteer Files: Counties". United States Census. http://www.census.gov/tiger/tms/gazetteer/county2k.txt. Retrieved 2011-02-13.
- ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ^ Greta Granstedt Biography at the Internet Movie Database
- ^ Harry A. Pollard at the Internet Movie Database
- ^ "Herb Bradley". Retrosheet.com. http://retrosheet.org/boxesetc/B/Pbradh102.htm. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
- ^ "Tom Bushby". Pro Football Reference.com. http://www.pro-football-reference.com/players/B/BushTo20.htm. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
- ^ "Larry Cheney Stats". Baseball Almanac.com. http://www.baseball-almanac.com/players/player.php?p=chenela01. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
- ^ "Tony Zuzzio". DatabaseFootball.com. http://www.databasefootball.com/players/playerpage.htm?ilkid=ZUZZITON01. Retrieved March 28, 2012.
- ^ "KATS Hall of Fame". Kansas Athletic Trainers Society. http://ksathletictrainers.org/main/halloffame.shtml. Retrieved September 14, 2012.
- ^ "In memoriam: Allen Wikgren". The University of Chicago Chronicle. June 11, 1998. http://chronicle.uchicago.edu/980611/wikgren.shtml. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
- ^ Cutler, William (1883). "4". History of the State of Kansas. Chicago, Illinois: A. T. Andreas. http://www.kancoll.org/books/cutler/republic/republic-co-p4.html#BIOGRAPHICAL_SKETCHES_FULCOMER-NORRIS. Retrieved April 2, 2012.
- ^ Cutler, William (1883). "3". History of the State of Kansas. Chicago, Illinois: A. T. Andreas. http://www.kancoll.org/books/cutler/republic/republic-co-p3.html#BIOGRAPHICAL_SKETCHES_ARBUTHNOT-DUNCAN.
- ^ Savage, I. O. (1901). Carolyn Ward (Transcribed July 2006). ed. A history of Republic County, Kansas : embracing a full and complete account of all the leading events in its history, from its first settlement down to June 1, '01. Beloit, Kansas: Published by Jones & Chubbic. p. 11. http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/republic/history/1901/011.html. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
- ^ Project Vote Smart - Rep. Aurand Biography
- ^ "JOHNSON, Edwin Carl, (1884 - 1970)". United States Congress. http://bioguide.congress.gov/scripts/biodisplay.pl?index=J000127. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
- ^ Former justice dies at age 85. Statesman Journal, November 1, 1985.
- ^ "Kansas Legislators Past and Present > Saar to Scott". Kansas State Library. http://www.kslib.info/government-information/legislative-information/kansas-legislators-past-and-present/saar-to-scott-%28c%29.html. Retrieved March 25, 2012.
- ^ Cutler, William (1883). "REPUBLIC COUNTY, Part 6: Scandia". History of the State of Kansas. Chicago, Illinois: A. T. Andreas. http://www.kancoll.org/books/cutler/republic/republic-co-p6.html#SCANDIA. Retrieved April 3, 2012.
- ^ Blackmar, Frank (1912). Kansas: a cyclopedia of state history, embracing events, institutions, industries, counties, cities, towns, prominent persons, etc.. Chicago, Illinois: Standard Publishing Company. p. 907. http://skyways.lib.ks.us/genweb/archives/1912/w/white_rock.html.
- ^ "Lovewell Family Meets at Lovewell Lake". The Superior Express. June 7, 2007. http://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=2176&dat=20070607&id=HQgzAAAAIBAJ&sjid=8xEGAAAAIBAJ&pg=2656,7796. Retrieved March 27, 2012.
Further reading[edit | edit source]
- History of the State of Kansas; William G. Cutler; A.T. Andreas Publisher; 1883. (Online HTML eBook)
- Kansas : A Cyclopedia of State History, Embracing Events, Institutions, Industries, Counties, Cities, Towns, Prominent Persons, Etc; 3 Volumes; Frank W. Blackmar; Standard Publishing Co; 944 / 955 / 824 pages; 1912. (Volume1 - Download 54MB PDF eBook),(Volume2 - Download 53MB PDF eBook), (Volume3 - Download 33MB PDF eBook)
[edit | edit source]
- Republic County - Official Website
- Republic County - Directory of Public Officials
- Republic County - Information, Skyways
- Cutler's History of Republic County, Kansas
- Republic County GenWeb
- Republic County Historical Society Museum
- Republic County Map, KDOT
- Kansas Highway Map, KDOT
- Kansas Railroad Map, KDOT
- Kansas School District Boundary Map, KSDE
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