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Leavenworth County was created by Kansas Territory from non-county area in 1855. On 29 Jan 1859 lost land to Wyandotte County.

1859 Leavenworth, Leavenworth Co, KS, Voter Registration

Second Ward, Choctaw Street, Block 82

Addleman Byron plasterer
Berger Henry laborer
Berry Harvy laborer
Colidron G G painter
Colidron H W carpenter
Combs John butcher
Gilstine Patrick lumberman
Harrington Patrick laborer
Loasekamp Jacob laborer
Madden James plasterer
Marony John laborer
Martin John D machinist
Mayhem Seth laborer
Murphy Jeremiah laborer
Myer Gollieh laborer

(Leavenworth Voters, 1859, Debra Graden, Orem, UT: Ancestry, Inc., 1998,

1860 Census of Leavenworth County

2nd Ward

Leavenworth City

p. 94; 14 Jul 1860 by F.M. Gallagher

940/853 Combs Wm J. 35 M Butcher 600 75 PA
Combs Francis 30 F PA
Combs George 9 M KS
Combs Ellen 7/12 F KS

Note: Resides in a hotel with nine others in HN/FN


GEORGE WILLIAM COMBS, superintendent of the milling and pattern-making department of the Great Western Manufacturing Company, residence 108 South Esplanade street, was born in Hartford, Conn., in 1851, and located here with his people in 1858. At the age of seventeen he began his profession of pattern-maker with the present firm, and after completing his profession and doing a year's work as a journeyman, he received his appointment to the reputable position he now holds. In 1872 he married Miss Nellie S. COOKE, who was born in England and reared and educated in this country. They have a family of two sons - George, Jr., and Frederick. Mr. Combs is a member of the Methodist Church and has worked actively in the development of the social and public life of this city, and has represented this ward, the second, as alderman in the city council for two consecutive terms.

(Source: William G. Cutler's History of the State of Kansas, BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES (CADELL - CORLETT), first published in 1883 by A. T. Andreas, Chicago, IL William G. Cutler's History of Kansas, Leavenworth County, Part 18.)

Great Western Is 100 Years Old
by Mary F. Murdock
Leavenworth Times, Jan. 12, 1968

One hundred years ago, in 1869, an established industrial enterprise in Leavenworth adopted a new name, Great Western Manufacturing Company, and, though the years, it became one of the largest industries in the city…

…Designs for most of the products were drawn by George W. Combs and many of these designs are still being used…

Excerpted; full text on Leavenworth Co KSGenWeb

Dr. Combs Outlives Insurance Policy

Dr. G. Ralph Combs, a well-known Leavenworth physician who practiced medicine in the city for more than 65 years, has outlived his insurance company's mortality table on a life insurance policy he took out in 1913. As of his 96th birthday which Dr. Combs celebrated Jan. 3 by having, as he put it, "a couple highballs," he beat the 100,000-to-three odds of outliving his insurance. He is able to withdraw all the money now, but he has decided to leave it with the company to draw more interest for his beneficiaries.

Dr. Combs, who was one of the last doctors in the city to make house calls while practicing in his 80s, and his wife, Helen, live at the Cushing Memorial Hospital Pavillion. Confined to a wheelchair since an automobile accident more than two years ago, Dr. Combs' life of service is intermingled with the history of a growing Leavenworth.

Family Here 117 Years

Born at 108 S. Explanade, Dr. Combs' father, George W. Combs, came to Leavenworth with the doctors grandfather. William J. Combs, in 1858 from Hartford, Conn.

Dr. Combs' grandfather was a butcher by trade and in Leavenworth his first establihment was a small shop on Cherokee. He soon enlarged his business by establishing himself on the levee where he supplied meats and ice to steamboats operating on the Missouri River. He was the first to store ice in Leavenworth with his business at Third and Choctaw.

Father an Inventor

Dr. Combs' father started his career in Leavenworth as a pattern maker for the Great Western Manufacturing Company and is credited with the invention of many devices used in the milling business and other industries that are still made at the present day plant. Dr. Combs' mother, the former Nellie S. COOK, was a seamstress in Leavenworth.

Dr. Combs began school in Leavenworth at the old Third Avenue School and he graduated from Leavenworth High School in 1897. He went off to the University of Minnesota where he studied chemistry, history and some of the arts. Completing his course at Minnesota, he enrolled in the University of Pennsylvania medical school from which he graduated in 1902. He took his internship at the German Hospital in Philadelphia and at the Kensington Hospital for Women.

Opens Practice in 1905

Source: From the collections at the Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum. Reprinted with permission from The Leavenworth County Historical Society and Museum and the Leavenworth Times. Leavenworth County KSGenWeb

Mount Muncie Cemetery

Combs G. Ralph 1879 1983 Schott stone - southside
Combs Helen Schott 1890 1978 Schott stone - south side

Leavenworth County Kansas Digital Library

Important: All Records collected for this county may not have been added here as yet. See also the Combs Research List Archives