Frank Stahl: A Life on the Prairie

Francis Marion (Frank) Stahl was born in Ohio and moved to Kansas in 1857. He rode the Santa Fe trail twice, prospected in Colorado, fought in the Civil War, served as chief of police in Topeka, and was a leader in the Kansas temperance movement. (Click here for a short bio published in 1918.) The materials below are in his own words. Also included is information on his family history and original documents that chronicle his life. 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

Documents from his life

Frank's descendants



(Special thanks go to Teresa San Martin who shared the original diaries. Feel free to use any of these materials, but please use common courtesy and give appropriate credit.)

(Site last updated on 2 Aug 2018)