One-Way Ticket to Kansas, the Autobiography of Frank M. Stahl, as told and illustrated by Margaret Whittemore. U. of Kansas Press, 1959. Transcribed by John D. Meredith

Table of Contents

Start here: Introductory remarks (by transcriber)

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I......Seven Times One Are Seven - (Birth in New Harrison,Ohio - neighbors - Mexican-American War - home schooling; - the sow in the schoolhouse)
II.....Woods and Streams - (local wildlife -encounters with a panther - fishing - shinny matches in winter)
III.....Farm Work - (farm work and crops - father's stance on liquor - father's skills as cobbler and mother's as seamstress)
IV......Making Barrels - (barrel making- winning a shooting match)
V......The Whisky Bottle - (train trip to Dayton - caught in a drunken riot - log rolling - barn raising)
VI.....Slave or Free? - (reading Uncle Tom's Cabin - issues of slavery in Kansas - presidential election campaigns)
VII....The One-Way Ticket - (decision to emigrate to Kansas - the train from Greenville west to Jefferson City)
VIII...Heading Up the Missouri - (traveling the Missouri river on the New Lucy - activities on board - first encounter with slaves -- arrival in Kansas City and lodging at the Gillis House)
IX.....Out Where the West Begins - (walking west into Kansas - a promise of work falls through - left alone)
X.....A Friend in Need - (meeting Robert Simerwell - arrival at Six Mile Creek -- working for Simerwell on the farm - Simerwell's missionary work and family)
XI....."Keep the Mill A-Going" - (Auburn's first steam mill - James Lane visits Auburn - joining the Independent Order of Good Templars - parents move from Ohio to Kansas - drought of 1860 and closing of the mill)
XII....Western Kansas Diggings - (prospecting in Colorado - following the Platte river to Denver - arrival and impressions of the new town)
XIII...There's Gold in Those Hills - (cutting logs for houses - meeting Jim Beckworth - prospecting in Central City - looking for gold in the San Juan mountains - a wild goose chase - meeting Kit Carson and avoiding Indian war parties - retrieving cattle from thieves - return to Central City and Denver - outbreak of the Civil War -- return to Kansas)
XIV....The Long, Long Trail - (Kansas enters the union - carrying guns and ammunition from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Union on the Santa Fe Trail - routines of trail life - Council Grove and other waypoints along the trail - taking the Cimarron cutoff - returning via Raton Pass and Bent's Fort)
XV....With the Cavalry in Arkansas - (enlistment in the 2nd Kansas Cavalry - father's death - with the army in Arkansas - Fort Smith - fighting at Cane Hill - battle of Prairie Grove - Wild Bill Hickock - wounding at Dardanelle and convalescence at Fort Smith - working in the commissary department and defending a local family from depradations - travel back to Auburn and meeting Jennie Dickson)
XVI..."Git Along, Little Dogies, Git Along!" - (end of the war -- driving cattle from Fort Leavenworth to Fort Union on the Santa Fe Trail - reunion with Colonel Cloud at Fort Larned - Cimarron cutoff -- encounter with Indians - return via the Aubry cutoff)
XVII...On the Trail of the Indian - (Enlistment in the 18th Kansas Cavalry and Indian fighting - Fort Harker - engaging Indians in the Spillman Creek fight - escape under cover of darkness - 1867 treaty and cessation of hostilities)
XVIII...Stone Fences - (courting - building stone fences - marriage - dealing with local Indians - leadership in the Masons - election to public office)
XIX...Prohibition Picnics - (working for temperance - Kansas institutes prohibition - beginnings of the annual temperance picnic - chasing bootleggers - made chief of police in Topeka)
XX...."Old Alfalfa's" Raids - (raids on liquor establishments - surprise raids - run-in with Carrie Nation)
XXI...Gambling Must Go - (Raids on gambling establishments - disguises and subterfuge)
XXII. .Mission Accomplished - (made superintendent of the Kansas Temperance Union - public speaking tours - return visit to New Harrison - reflections on a life)

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