Marihugh remembers hitching Nellie and dashing to Detonia

Dentonia Post Office


March 10, 2022

A 1937 photo of the Dentonia Store when it was owned and operated by Harvey and Julia Rogers. The pickup was new. Their son Gary Rogers and the family dog are in the photo. Photo courtesy of Harvey and Julia Rogers and found in the Virginia Alexander collection. 

The Dentonia Post Office was organized on Aug. 25, 1882, and discontinued on Dec. 31, 1903. Bruntzel's Quick Reference to Kansas gives the location as Section 29 of Odessa Township.

Dentonia is not found on the 1878 Jewell County map nor is it listed in the 1880 Kansas Gazetteer. But the "Dentonia P.O." is located in Section 29 on the 1884 Jewell County Atlas and "Dentonia" is located in Section 29 on the 1887 Jewell County Map.

The town must have sprung up in the early 1880s. Informative essays about Dentonia have been written by Max Atwood and Raymond Griffeth. Both grew up near Dentonia. Ot...

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