A Full List of the Killed on Beaver Creek

KIRWIN, KS, Oct. 23, 1878 – After a journey of 300 miles since I wrote you from Oberlin, Decatur county, Kas., dated Oct. 12th, I reached Kirwin late this evening, by way of of the Republican Valley and Red Cloud.  I have no time this evening to give you the more minute details of the continued and horrible outrages and murders of the savage and murderous Cheyenes in the valley of Beaver Creek, in the counties of Decatur and Rawlins, Kansas.  I will send you a detailed account of the massacre on Beaver creek, Rawlins county, as soon as time and circumstances permit.  I send you in this communication the death list of those who were murdered on Beaver Creek, Rawlins County, Kansas, October 1, 1878.

Death List

  • Harry Abbott, English
  • Alexander Foster, English
  • Rudolph Springler, Bohemian
  • Peter Jeanocek, Bohemian
  • Henrick Jeanocek, Bohemian
  • Frank Socher, Bohemian
  • Arnold Kubitz, German
  • Anton Stenner, German
  • Rev. George Frubers, German (Preacher in the United Brethren Church)
  • Henry Shidler, English
  • Frederick Hemper, English
  • T. J. Marshall, English

I have thus far particularized these nationalities as the murders occurred in what is known as the Bohemian and German settlement.

Yours truly, E.C. Towne

The Atchison Daily Champion, Atchison, Kansas.  Tuesday, October 29, 1878.  Page 4.  © Transcribed by Darren McMannis for the Kansas Council of Genealogical Societies, Inc.