We have the original abstract of our Kansas Historic Landmark home dating back to the land grant of 160 acres from the Osage Land Trust. In past BLOG posts, I have told how three individual lives, immigrants from France and Germany, converged in Wichita, Kansas. How through love, hope, taking risks and even tragedy ended up as three blood lines merged into a family for which the Steinbuchel house is named. It took eight-teen years from the time the land was acquired via land grant, divided, plated and developed until 1905 Park Place was built in 1888. It was another nine-teen years before the blended Hahn-Stackman-Steinbuchel family made it their home in 1907.
Land Treading and Transfers
- 1870 – Land designated for grant from the Osage Trust Lands which were bought in 1820 via treaty
- 1873 – 160 acres, which included the land our house is on, was granted to Mr. George Sharpe
- 1871 – 40 Acres of the original grant was sold to Mr. William Polk
- 1872 – A portion of the land was sold to to Doc Lewellen – the same Lewellen who had the trading post a few blocks south.
The Homestead Cabin
Praise the bridge that carried you over-George Colman
The simple hearth of the small farm is the true center of our universe-Masanobu Fukuoka
The Stackman Bridge and Dam
“City commission yesterday voted to name the new Central avenue bridge for Frederick P. Stackman, father of Mrs. Rene Gouldner. He died 34 years ago at age 46 but had already amassed considerable holdings in Wichita real estate. Mrs. Gouldner was then but a child and remembers that the Little river was just a small creek, and the cattle feeding ground was on the site of the municipal pool. The Stackman farm of 130 acres in Riverside purchased by her father in 1882 was then “out in the country.” Mr. Stackman moved to Wichita in 1873 from Topeka.”
The Bridge Today
- The Woodman Bridge
- Turning Right on Central, the Stackman bridge
- then south onto Seneca, the Central bridge just after Museum (formerly named Stackman) Drive.
A Story. My father used to say that stories are part of the most precious heritage of mankind. — Tahir Shah, In Arabian Nights