Frank Stahl: A Prairie Life

Francis Marion (Frank) Stahl was born in Ohio and moved to Kansas in about 1856. He rode the Santa Fe trail twice, prospected in Colorado, fought in the Civil War, was chief of police in Topeka, and a leader in the Kansas temperance movement. (Click here for a short biography published in 1918.) The documents below are in his own words. Also included is information on his ancestors, descendants, as well as original documents that chronicle his life. I hope you enjoy seeing a bit of his world through his eyes.


SANTA FE TRAIL DIARY

1865 cattle drive from Leavenworth, Kansas
to Fort Union, New Mexico


ONE-WAY TICKET TO KANSAS

Autobiography
( U. of Kansas Press, 1959)


PERSONAL DIARY

(1869 through 1885)


Frank's ancestors

Copies of documents from his life

Frank's descendants



(Feel free to use any of these materials, but please exercise common courtesy and give appropriate credit.)

Special thanks to Teresa San Martin who made the original diaries available.

For comments or corrections please e-mail: frankstahlbio [at] gmail [dot] com.

(Site last updated on 16 October 2017)