History from Kansas State Historical
Morton County was
organized on November 17,1886, by John
Beatty; J. W. Soules; George Bowman; Dill
Barney; J. H. Haines; Charles
Haines; M. M. Durkee; H. C. Helton; W. W.
Anderson; Lewis Darraugh; and Mass
Named for Indiana Governor, and
later U. S. Senator, Oliver P. Morton, the
county contains the cities of Richfield,
The establishment of a
German prisoner of war camp in Elkhart in
1944 was a major event in the county.
the animosity towards the prisoners,
the county took advantage of the labor and
manpower to add improvements and harvest
crops, particularly broom corn.