Category: Memorials


George Washington Carver Memorial Plaque

George Washington Carver made Minneapolis, Kansas his hometown from 1880-1884, when he graduated from Minneapolis High School. This famous scientist who lived here and invented over 300 uses for the peanut, sweet potato, soy beans, and pecans, is best remembered for the one thing he did not invent: peanut butter! (Actually created hundreds of years ago by Native South Americans)

Born the son of slaves on or around July 12, 1864, in Diamond Grove, Missouri, George Washington Carver valued education, set new standards in agriculture, and had a sense of humor: \”When I was young, I said to God, God, tell me the mystery of the universe. But God answered, that knowledge is for me alone. So I said, God, tell me the mystery of the peanut. Then God said, well, George, that\’s more nearly your size.\”

When only a week old, George, a sibling, and his mother were kidnapped by Confederate raiders. Only George was found and returned to the Moses Carver family. His rescuer was paid with a $300 racehorse.

From an early age, George liked to walk early in the morning, studying the plants. He once said, \”Reading about nature is fine, but if a person walks in the woods and listens carefully, he can learn more than what is in books, for they speak with the voice of God.\”

Around the age of 13 George moved to Fort Scott, Kansas, attending school while supporting himself doing laundry at a local hotel. He moved several more times as a teenager. While living in Olathe, Carver became acquainted with ex-slaves Ben and Lucy Seymour. He eventually moved to Minneapolis, Kansas, with the Seymours in the summer of 1880 and finished high school.

1890 Enrolled at Simpson College to study piano and art, their first Black studentrn1891 Transferred to State Agricultural College (now Iowa State University), Ames, IArn1893 Paintings get honorable mention at Chicago World’s Fairrn1894 Bachelor of Agriculture Degree earned at Amesrn1894 Appointed member of faculty, Iowa State Collegern1896 Master of Agriculture Degree, Iowa State Collegern1896 he became director of the Dept. of Agricultural Research at what is now Tuskegee Universityrn1916 Named Fellow, London Royal Society for the Encouragement of the Artsrn1923 Recipient, Spingarn Medal for Distinguished Service to Sciencern1928 Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science, Simpson Collegern1935 he was appointed collaborator in the Division of Plant Mycology, U.S. Department of Agriculturern1939 Recipient, Roosevelt Medal for Contributions to Southern Agriculturern1939 Honorary Membership, American Inventors Societyrn1941 Honorary Degree, University of Rochesterrn1941 Recipient, Award of Merit by Variety Clubs of Americarn1942 Honorary Degree, Doctor of Science, Selma University, Alabamarn1943 George Washington Carver died at Tuskegee, Alabama on January 5

Osborne County Veterans Memorial

Erected in 2000, This granite obelisk is dedicated to the memory of all Osborne County military veterans who ever served in active duty. Located on the north side of the historic courthouse square, the black African/grey granite memorial was funded primarily with private donations from hundreds of veterans and their families. A companion book listing all known veterans who have livedin Osborne County is kept in the Office of the County Clerk in the courthouse.

George Washington Carver Memorial Marker

Granite Marker at the Carver Homestead

One of Beeler’s most famous pioneer settlers was George Washington Carver, who journeyed by wagon from Highland, Kansas to Eden Township in Ness Countv with J.F. Beeler.

In August 1886, Carver established a claim on the SE ¾ of 4-19- 26 approximately l½ miles south of present day Beeler. He maintained a small conservatory of plants and flowers and a geological collection; as well as working for George H. Steeley on his ranch and doing odd jobs in town.

While trying to prove up his claim he broke out seventeen acres, all of which were plowed, and planted rice, corn, Indian corn and garden produce. Also, he planted forest trees, mulberry, plum and apricot fruit trees and shrubbery. He made all these necessary improvements with a spade, hoe and corn planter, but no domestic animals.

In early 1888, after successive years of drought, Carver obtained a $300.00 loan from rnGeorge A. Borthwick, Vice-President of the Bank of Ness City, stating he wanted to further his education. In June of that year Carver left the area, and on January 1, 1891 he deeded his claim over to Fred C. Borthwick for one dollar and other valuable considerations.

Shortly after his death in 1943, there was a movement by the Ness County Historical Society to erect a monument marking the site of his homestead. After many years of fund raising, a stone marking was dedicated in his honor on Sunday, October 11, 1953. This site was entered on the National Register of Historic Places on November 23, 1977 by the Kansas State Historical Society. This marker simply states:

Dedicated to the memory of
George Washington Carver


who rose from slavery to fame
and gave to our country an
everlasting heritage

Ness County is proud to honor
him and claim him as a prioneer
This stone marks the northeast
corner of the homestead on which
he filed in 1886

Erected by friends and the
Ness County Historical Society

In the late 1950’s, a highway marker was erected on K-96 highway just west of Beeler by the Kansas Historical Society and the State Highway Commission. This marker pays homage to the inventor and humanitarian and directs travelers to the "Homestead of a Genius".


A mile and a half south of Beeler, Kansas, is a quarter section which was homesteaded by one of the great scientist of America, George Washington Carver. Through his discoveries agriculture in the South was evolutionized. From sweet potatoes and peanuts alone he made paint, soap, wallboard, milk, medicines, cosmetics and 500 other products, worth millions of dollars. A Negro, whose parents were slaves, he has been called the foremost genius of his race.

Carver was born in Missouri in 1864. He came to Kansas as a boy, drifting from Fort Scott to Paola, Olathe, Minneapolis and Highland. He did odd jobs, took in washing, cooked, attending school when he could. At 17, classed with 6th graders in Minneapolis, he was reported "perfect in deportment." He was 22 when he homesteaded here, and built a sod house. Two years later hernmortgaged his claim to go to college. At 32, with a master’s degree, he went to Tuskegee Institute, Alabama, on a salary of $1,500. Although Edison once rnoffered him $100,000 a year, he remained there until his death in 1943.


Erected by the Kansas Historical Society and State Highway Commission