– Michelle has shared a couple of stories with us about the Kansas Oklahoma connections. And she’s got another great one today. She used to live in Bartlesville. So she’s got a special place in her heart for Bartlesville and many Kansans should as well. And she’s going to tell you why. Good morning, Michelle.
– Good morning, Deb. Today we will learn how a Kansas Civil War Cavalry Unit and the communities of Bartlesville and Dewey in Oklahoma are connected. During the Civil War, Kansas sent thousands of young men to fight. Leaders from Fort Scott appealed to Brigadier General Nathaniel Lyon in July, 1861 and three companies of Home Guard infantry were organized. Three companies of men were not enough to protect Southeastern Kansas from the threat of Confederate invasion from Missouri, Arkansas or the Indian Territory. On August, 1861, the 6th Kansas regimen of volunteer cavalry was organized. Two young men, Jacob Bartels and Nelson Carr joined the 6th Kansas and rode off to war. During the war, the 6th Kansas saw action in Missouri, Arkansas and the Indian Territory. The men of the 6th Kansas were described as brothers who would fight to the death to protect their fellow soldiers, homes, and families. As wars end, many of these young men returned to their families. Some like Jacob and Nelson struck out in search of new opportunities. The Indian Territory was just the place to start a new life. There was only one problem. Jacob and Nelson were white and could not legally live in the Indian Territory. Eventually, Nelson became a postmaster at Oswego Kansas and opened a small trading post. There, he met the father of Sarah Annie Rogers, a Cherokee woman. She was attractive and kind. When the couple married in 1866 Nelson and Sarah made their home in the Indian Territory. In 1870, Nelson cut a channel from one side of the Caney River to the other and laid the foundation for and built the first mill and what would become Washington County, Oklahoma. Meanwhile, Jacob returned to Quindaro Kansas after the war. He met Nannie Journeycake, the daughter of a Delaware chief and preacher. The couple married in 1866, and then in 1873, they made their way to the Cherokee Nation. Jacob established a post office along Turkey Creek and in 1875, he purchased Nelson’s mill. And a feed of skill and engineering, Jacob had the mill moved several miles North of its original location. The settlement that grew up around the mill was named Dewey. There, Jacob and Nannie built a fine hotel and raised their family. The two former warriors who fought together in the civil war, laid the foundations for the eventual towns of Bartlesville and Dewey in the Indian Territory. As the years passed, Jacob and Nelson reminisced about their war time service. In 1893, the two men became charter members of Bartlesville Post 37 Department of Oklahoma Grand Army of the Republic. Today, you can visit Bartlesville and Dewey and see the legacies left by both men. I want to thank Debbie Neece and the Bartlesville Area History Museum, for many of today’s amazing images. I hope you’ll join me next time for another historical adventure somewhere around Kansas.
– Thank you for sharing your day with us. I’m Deb Goodrich and I’ll see you somewhere around Kansas.