History from Kansas State Historical
Nemaha County was
organized on April 4, 1858, by W. W.
Moore; Walter Beeles; Greenbury Key;
Thomas, John and Jacob
Newton; John O'Laughlin; and B. F.
Hicks. Containing the cities of Centralia,
Oneida, Goff, Corning, Sabetha (part),
Bern and Wetmore, the county was
named for the Nemaha river, an Indian word
meaning either "muddy water" or "no
The first railroad to
enter the county, the Atchison and Pike's
Peak, reached Seneca in 1866. The first
church was a Christian
Church organized in Granada Township
in 1856. The township also had the first
school in 1857.
Nemaha is home to two
interesting Kansans, Jean Harlow, then
Harlean Carpenter, attended elementary
school in the county
in 1921-1922. Also Governor Willis
J. Bailey (1903-1905) and Congressman
(1899-1901) was from the county.