Frank Stahl: A Life on the Prairie
Francis Marion (Frank) Stahl came from Ohio to Kansas in 1857 when he was 16. He rode the Santa Fe trail twice, prospected for gold in Colorado, fought in the Civil War and Indian Wars, served as chief of police in Topeka, and was a leader in the Kansas temperance movement. (Click here for a short 1918 bio.)
The diaries below were transcribed from copies of his handwritten originals. The autobiography, based on his own notes, was transcribed from the published book. The digital archives below have copies of many original documents about Frank and his family back to the 1700s.