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Louisburg Historical Log Cabin

! Strangers who visit Louisburg, Kansas, --- forty miles south of Kansas City, are seldom in town long before they have been informed of, or visited a curious structure, that is becoming a much talked about object, not only in this part of the state, but throughout different sections of the United States. The structure is Louisburgs Historical Log Cabin, 14x16 feet, located on the lawn of Homer L Williams residence. ! This cabin is lled with old relics and heirlooms, nearly all of which are curiosities to the people of this progressive age. A remarkable cabin notable for the fact it is only one of its kind in the United States. It is true that there other historical cabins, but none other of this obsolete kind. Family heirlooms handed down for several generations, and relics have been placed in the care of Homer L Williams the originator and manager, for safe keeping and for preservation; so that the younger generation may see the things their forefathers lived with, perhaps realizing the wonderful difference and various changes that time has brought about. The cabin is free to all visitors there being no tole charged to gain admission. The old saying the latch string is always out is the one and only motto known to frequenters of this place. This saying has been popular, being used to a great extent since the invasion of prosperous times. It is more than a saying at the cabin, what is found there is reality--- the rich, the poor, and the wandering receive the same courtesies.

Louisburg Historical Log Cabin


Building of the Cabin ! Erected in the fall of 1910 and built entirely without the aid of a nail, a bolt, or steel or iron, other than was used in the construction of cabins built in Kansas when the state was sparsely settled; it is of the kind that were so numerous before and up to fty years ago, but which in this day and age, are almost a forgotten thing. The logs and other material were contributed by friends, and it was deemed, indeed a favor to have ones log or material used in the building. Long before it was completed more than enough material was on the ground, with much more proffered stuff if needed. On the erection of this cabin was not let to a contractor but the work was donated--- and freely-by the few remaining veterans and early pioneer settlers. Of course the young men of the community were interested and assisted in many ways, thereby learning the means employed many years ago in building without the use of nails, bolts and modern material. Practically every old settler in this part of the country had a hand in its erection. Some hewed logs others split clapboards,built the old fashioned replace, others hauled the logs and stones. Some coming as far as twenty ve miles with their logs. The door, the only entrance is about fty years old and was taken from and old cabin built south of Westline, Missouri in the sixties. It is of walnut, hand made, and so hung that it has the squeak so familiar in the old time cabins.

Louisburg Historical Log Cabin


! The rst log was dumped on the ground May 14, 1910. On the 26th day of the following June the rst log was laid. The re was kindled on Thanksgiving morning, but on Christmas Eve the Cabin was ofcially dedicated and opened to the public, when a multitude of old settlers, accompanied by their wives, sons and daughters and neighbors gathered in and around the Cabin before a roaring re in the re place, coffee was made in a kettle extending down from one of the cranes over the re, and potatoes were baked in the bed of coals. The little room was taxed to its limits with old folks while the younger people were content by standing on the piazza and peeping through the windows. In the early part of the evening Edward R Shields an Indian in his seventies, headed a party of old men who went possum hunting, and about 10 oclock brought in a big fat possum. No one of the aged ladies would venture to cook it and it was hung from the mantle board before the revelry begun. ! The Yule log too was brought into the house and laid in the re place, lighted with great ceremony, and while it lasted there was drinking of sweet cider, eating of big red apples and cake, telling of stories of log cabin days, violin music, jig dancing and singing of songs as they had learned in their childhood days. This was surely a return to dreamland for the old folks. The Yule log was to burn during the yule tide, if it went out it was a sign of ill luck. However the log did not burn full time, but superstition failed to present itself and the cabin success was continued. The Cabin was erected from logs hewn on the inside and rough on the outside. The four corners of the cabin were built as what is known as the dovetail saddle. It is log gabled, has log sheathing, with genuine three foot clapboards used for the roof, has long joists, is chinked and daubed, and contains two old fashioned windows draped in old style drapery. The replace and chimney are built of rocks and stone taken from all the historical places for miles around. The mantle is built from carthage stone and pressed brick (by the way the only modern thing about the Cabin). The crane in the replace is 140 years old, doing service in three states before coming to its present home. There are two very ancient dog irons resting on the stone in front of the replace. In the top of the mantle piece, cut in marble are the words ERECTED BY MY FRIENDS 1910. Resting on the top of the mantle is found the cabin creed; If all men were his brothers keeper, and check the race for gold, how beautiful this world would be.

Louisburg Historical Log Cabin

Louisburg Historical Log Cabin


Relics with a History ! Soon after the completion of the building the relics and heir-looms began to come in until today the ceiling, walls and oor is completely covered with them. Many were contributed while others were left with the management for safe keeping. Some of the most valuable are listed below. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! A ax hackle brought from Ireland in the year 1617. A violin made before the Revolutionary War. A homespun quilt that is 216 years old. A wood canteen used in the war of 1812. A very obsolete padlock dated 1787. A gold cloth bonnet made in Paris and used in 17th Century. A woolsey linsey comfort that is 92 years old. A pine torch that was cut in the spring of 1793 and used to light a party through

the Allegheny Mountains returning from the second inauguration of President Washington. It has been carried over 11 states of the union and still burns brightly. ! ! ! ! A candle stick set on the mantle that is over 300 years old. A rose leaf and petal that fell from Lincolns cofn. A soldier picked up the rose A genuine colonial candle made from Bay Berries. There are not the substitute A chip off the famous Washington elm secured by a local boy last summer while

and returning to his mess divided it leaf by leaf with his comrades. but the genuine and came from New Jersey. a concrete and iron structure was being built to preserve the historical tree where Washington took charge of the American Army July 3, 1775. ! ! ! ! ! ! A cloyed apple over 60 years old. A guillotine ax that came from Germany said to be 160 years old. A home made hand cut steel square the gures being cut in the 17th Century. A mahogany square used in England to nish the interior work of a number of A sampler of 1812 that was part of the day school work in that time. A corn planter model, probable the rst that was patented for a wireless drop

castles prior to 1850.

planter.

Louisburg Historical Log Cabin


! ! ! ! ! ! ! corn. ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! ! A piece of linen sheet that John Wesley slept between when he visited this A sun glass 200 years old. A method showing how chewing tobacco wad rst made. A piece of wood out of the keel of the old Constitution. A dozen buttons off Mary Jane Holmes dress. An original bill of sale of a negro woman and child in 1838. A facsimile of a sale bill written in 1848. A skillet that Abraham Lincoln ate corn bread from in 1860 at Springeld, Illinois. Prole work that is 84 years old. All kinds of Indian relics. A display of taxidermist work including some rare specimens, including an A pair of Spectacles that dates back to the 17th century. Bleeding Flumes now gone into discard and substituted by the physician. Relics from Andersonville Prison. A genuine New York Herald, containing all the facts of the assassination of country in 1735. Letters written before the stamp act when postmaster sealed them. All sort of coins including the old fashioned shin plaster, the Missouri defense A clock 150 years old made entirely of wood. A bible 102 years old which is printed with the long s. A potato masher used since 1853. Several pairs of wooden shoes. An old hand clamp corn sheller, probably one of the rst inventions of shelling

bond of 4.50 down to present day money.

A lady who is 92 years old kept the skillet all the years and gave it to the cabin.

Iguana, comes Central America.

Lincoln; also a familiar Ulster County (New York) Gazette 1800 giving facts of the death of Washington. ! A collection of old fashioned spinning equipment such as the wool wheel 80 years old, a ax and cotton wheel about 60 years old, winding blades, check reels, wool

Louisburg Historical Log Cabin


cards that run past the century mark, spinning reeds and shuttles from 50 years to a century, samples of weaving from 65 to 102 years old and a knitting machine about 70 years old. ! The collection of guns consists of a intlocks of 1812 down to the present day arms of all patterns and designs, some 50 different ones, ofcers swords, Calvary mens sabers all sorts of arms used in the late war of the rebellion. A 12 pound brass eld piece contributed by the U S Gov., one sword taken from a Mexican spy with Mexico in 1847. ! Naturally there are hundreds of relics and once a person visits this cabin he soon realizes its value to the town. Mr Williams has been asked many times why he did not move it to a larger city where he could soon realize a fortune from the receipts, but his reply is simple; he point his nger toward the cabin and sats reas that. ! It would appear to many that the people would tire of it, but such is not the case. Only last April some one hundred old residenters and their wives and friends gathered on the grounds and enjoyed a log raising, when night appeared a another and larger room was practically completed. This addition is to be used especially for pictures and literary works of which there are many. ! Seldom a week passes that the cabin does not have between ten and fty out of town visitors. Many people living in Kansas City have registered. During the summer months it is no rare thing for the cabin manager to welcome several automobile car loads of Kansas City people on Sunday afternoon, and many are contributors of valuable relics. ! Homer L Williams, the manager, is a man 52 years old. When a boy he learned the blacksmiths trade which he followed until 1890, since which time he has been associated with a mercantile store, being a registered undertaker. He has lived in this country 48 years. He is not a wealthy man, yet he owns a pretty home and is comfortably situated. Williams, while not educated in a college sense, has always been a reader of good books, and his memory is most remarkable. There is not a relic in the several thousand that he does not know the complete history and he needs no notes to relate same to his visitors.

Louisburg Historical Log Cabin


! Homer Williams is a popular man and has a wide acquaintance extending over several surrounding counties, and besides he is personally acquainted with every sales man making Louisburg. He never was active in politics. Only three weeks ago his party, realizing the needs of a strong man to oppose a Democratic probate judge, drafted him as their candidate. Williams will not make a canvass, never the less he is probably the only man in Miami County, a county that has gone Democratic solid the last two elections, who has a winning show against a clean second termer.... ! ! ! ! ! ! Adna Devinney White

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Notes.
Homer Lee Williams born August 10, 1860, Paola, KS. died March 23, 1935, Adna Devinney White born May 27 1889, Louisburg, KS, died August 2, 1950

Louisburg, KS, buried Louisburg City Cemetery.

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