Firsts In Butler County, Kansas
Surnames in the articles below are: Aikman, Hildebrande, Olmstead, Rider & Wells
FIRST WOMAN TO HOLD A COUNTY OFFICE IN BUTLER COUNTY
Mrs. Florence Olmstead, 1890-92, was the first woman to hold a county office in Butler. She secured the adoption of county uniformity of text-books, and organized the teachers' reading circle. She died from a homerrhage of the lungs, before the expiration of her term of office, December 24, 1892.
Bert C. Wells, El Dorado's First City Manager
This was taken from an article published sometime between 1963-1965 in the El Dorado Times.
FIRST ALL-WOMAN JURY
The first all-woman jury to sit on a District Court case in Kansas serviced in El Dorado on November 27, 1912. Judge G. P. Aikman appointed Mrs. Eva Rider as the first woman baliff in Kansas in a trial which dealt with land purchase misrepresentation.
FIRST WHITE SETTLER IN BUTLER COUNTY
The man long credited with being the first white settler in Butler County was William Hildebrande, who arrived in May 1857, and built a cabin in what is now El Dorado Township. The neighbors said that Hildebrande harbored horse thieves. In 1859, a party of neighbors surrounded the Hildebrande home, seized and beat him and warmed him to leave the county within 24 hours. He did so.
(Taken from the book "Butler County's Eighty Years" ~ Transcribed by Peggy Thompson)