Migration to Indiana

Do you have newspaper clippings buried in your genealogy files? I have to admit that I have a lot. For my CRAWFORD research, many of those clippings came from Walter Salts, a Warren county, Indiana historian who maintained a collection of newspaper clippings.

While going back thru my research for James H. Crawford, I came across one of those clippings that provides a glimpse into the move from Warren County, Indiana to Dodge City, Kansas.

The liveliest time that we have seen in West Lebanon for a coon’s age was last Monday, when the people gathered to see the emigrants pulling and tugging through the mud and slop and loading the cars with their household goods, dogs, chickens, birds, hogs, hay, corn, potatoes, flour, wheat, harrows, stoves, wagons, drills, plows, boxes, barrels, fruit cans, horses, mules, and cows, making altogether about sixty-five tons in seven freight cars. The emigrants’ freight will leave here today, and the men and their families will leave on Thursday by the regular passenger train, at 9 o’clock a.m. Our best wishes go with them.
The families that leave for Kansas are: James H. Crawford, J. M. Fleming, R. P. Adams, Mart. Etnire, Charley Dickerson,
Ranking and Briggs.
Without families, E. Brice, S. Tullis, Wilson and Manford.
Feb. 26, 1878. Subscriber

While the clippings tell of the J H Crawford family leaving Warren County, Indiana, I also found two articles in the Dodge City papers which tell of their arrival.

Newcomers to Dodge
The newcomers who arrived last Saturday from West Lebanon state of Indiana are E. Brice, wife and three children; J. H. Crawford, wife and six children; W. P. Armour, wife and two children, J. O’Hara, wife and one child, J. M. Fleming and wife; Joseph Briggs, wife and one child; Thompson Rankins wife and six children; U.R. Rogers, wife and two children; Geo. Jones, wife and two children; Chas. Dickerson and wife; David Wilson and son; David Manford and Charles Brown. They brought with them about twenty-five horses and mules, farming implements and household furniture. They go to work at once on their claims about nine miles north-west of Dodge.

“Local News,” The Globe-Republican (Dodge City, Kansas), 5 March 1878, page 3; digital image, Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 11 February 2023).

Emigration to Dodge
Last Saturday was the date of the arrival of several enterprising farmers, all of whom have declared themselves well pleased with the country and its farming land, and have taken claims in the northwestern portion of this county. Judging from their general appearance and the find blooded horses they bring with them, they are men of more than ordinary means. and will be a valuable accession to the agricultural industry of this section.
The names of the new comers are as follows: W. P. R. Moore, Joseph Briggs, J. H. Crawford, John O’Hara, Charles DIckinson, Ulyses Rodgers, George Jones, J. M. Fleming, David Wilson, Edwin Brice and David Monford.
Some of the gentlemen are old acquaintances of farmer WiIlkins, who is doing everything in his power to get them suitably located on the beautiful prairie northwest of the city. They brought most of their household goods and farming implements with them and are going to work in dead earnest, with every prospect of success. We hope their most sanguine expectations may be fully realized.

“Emigration to Dodge,” Dodge City Times (Dodge City, Kansas), 9 March 1878, page 2; Newspapers.com (www.newspapers.com : viewed online 11 February 2023).

Thanks to these various newspaper articles, I not only have the names of those who migrated together along with lots of details about what they took with them

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