James B. Hovey
I am the librarian at Spring Hill Middle School in Spring Hill, Kansas.Our students are doing research and writing a magazine about the history of our town.The founder of our town was a James B. Hovey, who founded it in 1858.But his later life is somewhat of a mystery.The community would like, if possible, to learn more about him.Especially, where he originated from and where he is buried.
We know a few things about him such as:
He founded Spring Hill, KS and named it Spring Hill after Spring Hill, Alabama (suburb of Mobile) because he thought both locations were beautiful
He was the first postmaster, a justice of the peace, president of the Republican Club (and an abolitionist), president of the Spring Hill Literary Society, and a captain in the Home Protection Company during the Civil War
He built the first building, a hotel, in Spring Hill and it was rumored to be used for the Underground Railroad
He also secured the first minister, a Methodist, to come to Spring Hill
He advertized for a wife in the "Boston Globe" and then went to NYC to meet and marry his wife who was said to be educated, Latin scholar and a musician. They both lived in Spring Hill for a while and Horace Greeley stopped off at their cabin on his tour of the West.
Eventually he left Spring Hill and records state that by 1874 he may have been living at or near Upper Alton, Illinois but the "Spring Hill New Era" newspaper, in 1883, referred to him as "Dr." Hovey and placed him in St. Louis, MO.
If anyone out there knows more about him our students and community would be excited to find out.