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1928 Flood Souvenir Photos

Franklin County Sheriffs

Franklin County Sheriffs Compiled by Louis Reed from election records *Indicates that there is information in FCHS Biographical Files. +Indicates a photo in FCHS Photo Files. Richard Golding (Pro-Slavery Party, appointed August 25, 1855 by the territorial legislature, resigned June 1856) … Continue reading

What’s New

8-28-2015  Read a short bio of Etta Blanche Smith Dahlgren at People/Surname Index/Dahlgren.  Etta Blanche was an important benefactor to FCHS and a number of other area organizations.  A slide show of her is coming soon. 8-7-2015  Information and a short … Continue reading


[nggallery id=87] Old Christmas Photos: click to read captions and follow arrows to advance through the images. Newer Christmas Photos: [nggallery id=88]  Click on first image to read captions. Transcription of scanned newspaper article: “Christmas was Rude to County’s Settlers” … Continue reading

Pioneer Stories

Ho For California!Part of Helen McCowen Carpenter’s 1857 diary as she and her family prepare to leave Franklin County for California.  The families lived near Norwood in north-central Franklin County. Photos courtesy of Grace Hudson Museum & Sun House, Ukiah, … Continue reading

Gormley (Gormly), Charles E.

Check out “Themes/Music/Gormley’s Band” to see photos and a description of Charles Gormley’s band.

Gormley’s Band

[nggallery id=42] After the Spanish-American War, Charles E. Gormley, who had been connected with the 20th Kansas Regimental Band, was persuaded to move to Ottawa by E.H. Van Osdell, a local businessman.  For the salary of $30 per month, he … Continue reading


  Pomona   Establishment of Town The town of Pomona is beautifully situated ten miles west of  Ottawa on elevated land near the Marias des Cygnes River in one of the most  picturesque locations in the State. It was named … Continue reading


Williamsburg Williamsburg photo gallery: To view enlarged photos and read text, click on first one and advance with arrows beneath. [nggallery id=103]

Underwood & Underwood Stereographs

Underwood & Underwood The following information from the files of the Franklin Co. Historical Society is identified as having been furnished by E. Roy Underwood, older son of Bert Underwood.  At the time, Roy lived in Summit, New Jersey.  The … Continue reading