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Frank Alonzo "Lon" Schermerhorn, Sr
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Birth: Aug. 3, 1843
Rensselaer County
New York, USA
Death: Feb. 18, 1923
Riley County
Kansas, USA

Bugler, Schermerhorn Alonzo Manhattan March 30, 1864 Assigned to new Co. A, March 18, 1865.

The first store was located on Elkhorn Creek, Lincoln Co, KS by F.A. Schermerhorn Dec. 23, 1867.


The Schermerhorn ranch had been often mentioned, in connection with the old history of this section of Lincoln county, but I never saw a description given of its location; nor what it was composed of or was represented to be. It was located on the northeast quarter of section 28, range 7, in what is now Elkhorn township. Mr. Schermerhorn kept a general store there where the settlers could get a few of the most needed things necessary to sustain life. It was about two miles due south of the present Rocky Hill bridge, where the Moffitts had their dwelling in 1864, and about three miles east of where Ferdinand Erhardt had his home. Gen. Alfred Sully had headquarters at this place in 1868 and investigated the conditions in this part of the country.

ELKHORN POSTOFFICE, Established: Feb 27, 1868, Discontinued: July 26, 1871 First appointee: F. A. Schermerhorn

F.A. (Frank Alonzo "Lon") Schermerhorn, appointed first Lincoln County Clerk Oct. 4, 1870
Lincoln Sentinel
Lincoln, Kansas
March 1, 1923

Lon Schermerhorn
Lon Schermerhorn died at his home in Riley County last week, Tuesday. Mr. Schermerhorn was one of the early settlers in the county but moved away from here many years ago, but all the old-timers remember him and his family.

His funeral was held last Thursday from his late home. As far as we have been able to learn he leaves one son, Rev. W.D. Schermerhorn, who for some time was pastor of the M.E. Church here in Lincoln, and one daughter, Mrs. Porter of Salina.
The Manhattan Daily Nationalist
Manhattan, Kansas
Monday, February 19, 1923
Page 1



Was Closely Identified With Early History of Fort Riley and the Southwest Part of County.

F. A. Schermerhorn, one of the old pioneers of Kansas and a resident of Riley county since its early history, died at his home in Manhattan, Sunday, February 18, about noon, aged 80.

Mr. Schermerhorn had been ill only a comparative short time, though his health the past few years was poorly. For a number of years he has spent the cold season of Kansas in Florida, but because of his poor health did not make the trip this winter.

During his early residence in Riley county he located on a farm near Ogden, where his children grew to young men and women. He was closely identified with the early history of Fort Riley and Ogden and the southwest part of the county where he resided, and became one of the formost and substantial residents of the county. He also held offices of Riley county in early years.

There were seven children in the family, five sons and two daughters, as follows: Vin, William, Fred, Charles, Frank, Dora, now Mrs. Porter of Salina, and Mamie, now Mrs. Piercey of Washington state. His wife proceeded him in death a number of years. During his later years he was remarried, and made his home in Manhattan.

At a late hour this afternoon funeral arrangements had not been completed, pending word from relatives, but it is believed that the funeral would be held on Wednesday afternoon at Ogden at the Union church

From Dog Soldier Justice, by Jeff Broome
Page 108

Times were rough for the settlers. The month after the Indian raid (May 30, 1869), a man named Pat Clary (Cleary) got into a gunfight at the Shermerhorn Ranch (Lincoln Co, KS). He wounded four men before escaping to the west. Schermerhorn was shot through the hand. George Green, whose wife had successfully fought off the Indian on May 30, was shot in the side. Mr. Lynden was shot in the thigh and Henry Tucker, no doubt with his arm still in a sling (wounded at Beecher's Island), had a thumb and finger shot off. All would recover. {Junction City Weekly Union, July 10, 1869.} 
Family links: 
  David Thomas Schermerhorn (1813 - 1877)
  Emily Pomeroy Schermerhorn (1817 - 1850)
  Mary H. Myers Schermerhorn (1849 - 1910)*
  Anna Cordelia Warner Schermerhorn (1856 - 1939)*
  Ida Patient Schermerhorn (1868 - 1870)*
  Vincent Edward Schermerhorn (1869 - 1954)*
  William David Schermerhorn (1872 - 1942)*
  Frank Alonzo Schermerhorn (1873 - 1954)*
  Dora Mima Schermerhorn Porter (1876 - 1946)*
  Mary Mayme Schermerhorn Piercey (1879 - 1952)*
  Charles E. Schermerhorn (1882 - 1933)*
  Frederick James Schermerhorn (1885 - 1939)*
  Sabra J Schermerhorn (1838 - 1840)*
  Frank Alonzo Schermerhorn (1843 - 1923)
  Edward Dow Schermerhorn (1848 - 1937)*
*Calculated relationship
Ogden Cemetery
Riley County
Kansas, USA
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Frank Alonzo "Lon" Schermerhorn, Sr, may you rest in peace.
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- Randy Eutsler
 Added: Nov. 10, 2008
A true pioneer. I salute you.
 Added: Jun. 8, 2006

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