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This is a portrait of Catherine (Kate) German, who was taken captive with her sisters, Sophia, Julia, and Adelaide, by Cheyenne Indians after their family was killed. On September 11, 1874, the John German family, consisting of his wife and seven children, was attacked by a band of Cheyenne east of Ft. Wallace, Kansas. Only the four youngest, Sophia, Catherine, Julia, and Adelaide, were spared and taken captive. The two youngest, Julia and Adelaide (aged 7 and 5), were subsequently abandoned on the prairie in what is now the Texas panhandle. Sophia and Catherine were kept by their Cheyenne captors. Fort Wallace received word of the killings and began the search to find the girls and to negotiate their release. They found Julia and Adelaide, who had survived on their own for 6 weeks, and on February 26, 1875, the Cheyennes released Catherine and Sophia. The two girls were reunited with their younger sisters at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas.


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The B-B-Blizzard

Posted by Jocelyn Wehr (Digital Archivist) on Dec 14, 2010

The B-B-Blizzard, a single-issue newspaper out of Kinsley, Kansas, was a collaborative effort of stranded train passengers caught in a blizzard in January 1886. Editor F. Weber Benton, with the help of the local Kinsley Graphic and Kinsley Mercury publishers, hoped "to give immortality to events that might otherwise be lost to history."

Find other unique and interesting newspapers online by visiting the Chronicling America website, a collection of digitized newspapers from across the country that gives you the ability to search for keywords within the text. Be sure to follow the most recent digitization efforts of Kansas newspapers at the Kansas Historical Society.  

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