Welcome to Pratt County Kansas Genealogy Research


Pratt KS  circa 1920

 My name is Bob Jenkins
and I created this website to provide genealogy
 information and links to genealogy information  to assist people in researching
 their Pratt County Kansas ancestors.

 I would appreciate any contribution that you would like to make  to this site:
 biographies, obituaries, birth, marriage, death info,  grave info, photographs....etc


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   Pratt County Data

 Brief History from Kansas State Historical Society:

 Pratt County was organized on July 25, 1879, by John Sillin; Thomas Goodwin; L. H. Naron; and L. C. Thompson.
 Containing the cities of Preston, Iuka, Byers, Cullison, Coats, Sawyer and Pratt, the county was named for Caleb Pratt, who
 migrated from Massachusetts to Lawrence, became active in politics, served in the First Kansas Infantry in the Civil War and
 was killed during the War.

 The first church was founded in Iuka in 1877. It was a Union church that later divided into Presbyterian and Methodist
 churches. The first county fair was held in 1907 and still continues. The first school district, No. 1, was formed in Iuka in

 J. S. Barnes migrated to Pratt in 1885 and became an important public servant. He was elected to the legislature in 1905
 where he was the author of the Barnes High School Law allowing for county levy of taxes to establish high schools, a
 railroad switch law requiring railroads to extend side tracks to farmers' elevators and established the Fish and Game Law
 which provided funds to establish the headquarters at Pratt.

 A trapper named Johnson came to the county in 1872. He built a cave into the Ninnescah River bank with a curving entrance
 to protect himself from Indians. Because of this he was able to fend off a band of Indians who had spotted him. He survived
 on rendered skunk oil after his provisions ran out, earning him the name of "Skunk Johnson." He and the cave became well
 known in the area.

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