Historical Time Line
From the earliest settlement to the Civil War.
The History of Lone Jack
1820        -        Missouri Compromise.

1821        -        Statehood for Missouri.

1825        -        Osage Indians are removed from the lands that will become Jackson County.

1826        -        On December 15th, the county of Jackson was formed.  At this time
it                                         encompassed  nearly 100 miles in length.

1827        -         David Butterfield built a cabin between present day Greenwood and Lone Jack.

1829        -        Isaac Dunaway established a claim and made improvements on ground just
to                           the SE of Lone Jack.  Other early settlers included the Crisp, Graham,
Powell,                           Webb, Austin,  Brown and Hawkins families.

1831        -         A Baptist Church formed and the congregation met in members homes.

1832        -         James "Squire" Bridges built the first cabin in Lone Jack.

1833        -         The first subscription school was held and taught by Mr. Patterson.

1835/36    -         Snow School was built.

1836        -         A log store was built by Thomas Beattie at the crossroads.

1837        -         On June 20th, Bettie Snow died and was buried on the property of her
uncle,                                John  Snow.  He gave an acre of land to the town for a cemetery to
safeguard                             her final  resting place.

1837        -         The Methodist Church was chartered.

1837/38    -         The Baptists built a log meeting house.  They named this church
Pleasant                                   Gardens.

1839/40   -         The Christian Church was organized.

1839        -         Warham Easley organized the first post office.

1840        -         Nathan Hunt built a mill to the west of town.

1841        -         Just south of the existing town, "New Town" was platted by Warham Easley.

1841        -         A sawmill of tread-wheel design was built near the town by Stephen Easley.  
It                           was later sold to Noah Hunt.

1842        -         The Free Public School opened in town.

1842        -         A large colony of people from North Carolina and Tennessee settled in
the                                 area.

1845        -         A proposal to start a new county named, Donelson County was initiated.
Lone                          Jack was to be the county seat.  The move failed by one vote in the
state                                      legislature.

1849        -         A large frame meeting house was erected by the Baptist Church, six
hundred                              yards to the NE of the crossroads.

1853/54     -        A Woman's Christian Temperance Union was formed.  Membership
was                                   200-250 women in its peak years.

1858        -         Dr. E. D. Porter started a private seminary west of the crossroads on land
that                          today the old high school sits.  His residence is reportedly just to the west
of                             the school building.

1859/60        -     Dr. E. D. Porter built a steam powered mill ½ mile west of the crossroads.

1854 - 1861   -    The War began for Lone Jack during the border disputes that erupted along
the                            Kansas/Missouri state line.

1862         -        The Battle of Lone Jack took place, August 16th.  806 Federal Troops and
  1,500 to 3,000 Confederate troops fought in the town square for five hours.
  It was a Confederate victory.

1863         -         General Thomas Ewing issued General Order #11, depopulating Jackson,
  Cass, Bates, & Vernon Counties.  Lone Jack residents had 15 days to leave
  the county.  Six Lone Jack men were killed by Kansas troops as they were
  packing to leave.