Gateway Chapter

Covering St. Joseph, Missouri and Doniphan, Brown & Nemaha Counties, Kansas

Saint Joe was a major jumping-off point for California and Oregon emigrants from 1844 into the ’60s. The Saint Joe Road ran near the Sac and Fox Presbyterian Mission on the way to cross the Big Blue River and meet the Independence Road.


Gateway Chapter protects and promotes the St. Joe Road in the City and the Northeast Kansas counties of Doniphan, Brown and Nemaha including branches from river crossings at Amazonia and Iowa Point. Doniphan’s Courter-Ritchey Cemetery contains graves from the 1849 Cholera epidemic. The Sac tribe built a log crossing on the Wolf River and collected a toll. In ’52, Francis Marshall set up a ferry service on the Big Blue River.


President: Jackie Lewin
Vice President/Communications Chair: Carol McClellan
Treasurer: Fred Swain
Secretary: Sandy Smith
Past President: Corky Smith

Board Members who are Committee Chairs:

Wagon/Educational Camp Chair: Cindy Weaver
Nominating Committee Chair: Dave Berger
Program Committee Chair: Bill Leppert

At Large Board Members:

Dr. Bob Corder
Jerry Mogg
Lauren Manning
Glendon Hartman
Shirley Myers