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HISTORY 
OF
GRENOLA, ELK COUNTY, KANSAS

  


Wide brick Main Street in Grenola, Elk, Kansas
Picture taken by
Clarence A. Olin
   July 2000

Grenola was formed in 1879 when the two communities of Greenfield and Canola relocated along the new railroad line.   The community for a time was a rowdy cow town, being a major shipping point for the cattle driven north from Oklahoma and Texas.   Later, in the early 1900's, the discovery of oil and gas in the area made Grenola a bustling business place.   By 1920 the population had risen to 1500.   The population of Grenola today is 316.

The Grenola Mill and Elevator was established in 1909 and served the community until 1986.   On May 12, 1990 the structure was opened as the home of the Grenola Historical Society Museum.  The museum preserves and depicts the history of Grenola with scenes of early day life and photographic displays of early setters of Grenola.

LONGHORN CATTLE DRIVE

Stone marker in downtown Grenola
Picture taken by
Clarence A. Olin
     July 2000

  

1881 TO 1884
GRENOLA, KANSAS BECAME
THE LARGEST SINGLE CATTLE
SHIPPING POINT IN THE
UNITED STATES.

THE
"SOUTHERN KANSAS RAILROAD"
WAS BUILT BETWEEN THE TWO
SMALL TOWNS OF CANOLA AND
GREENFIELD ABOUT 6 MI. APART.
THE TWO TOWNS CLOSED RANKS
AND TOOK GRENOLA AS THE CITY
NAME USING THE "GRE" FROM
GREENFIELD AND THE "NOLA"
FROM CANOLA.  AS THIS
WAS ABOUT 75 MI. SHORTER
DRIVE FOR THE CATTLE,
DROVES BEGAN COMING IN.

GREEN LAWN CEMETERY
GRENOLA, ELK, KANSAS


Picture taken by
Clarence A. Olin
     July 2000

We had wanted to do a history on Green Lawn Cemetery in Grenola, Elk County, Kansas but we were unable to get the information.   So we decided that the history about this town would give an understanding of the place where the cemetery is located.   This town became home for some of the children of my great grandparents, my daughter's great great grandparents Peter and Hannah Larson Olin.   Because this was the home of their daughter and son-in-law, William Kyle and Albertina Olin Crumpacker, they would visit this lovely town.   The town is located in southwestern Elk County just south of US 160, nestled in the valley of the Big Caney River.   It was during one of these visits in 1912 that my great grandfather, my daughter's great great grandfather Peter Olin became seriously ill and departed from his family.  My great grandmother, my daughter's great great grandmother remained after his death in Walnut, Kansas where they had been living since 1909.   She passed away in 1913 and was buried next to her husband Peter in the Green Lawn Cemetery in Grenola, Kansas.

Their grandson Dwight Albert Crumpacker, son of William Kyle and Albertina Olin Crumpacker, had died of scarlet fever in 1904 and had also been buried at Green Lawn cemetery.

  

 


Art Work ©Penny Parker
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Clarence A. Olin
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or
Lois Olin Nader
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