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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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Women's Fashion and Gossip

Posted by Jocelyn Wehr (Digital Archivist) on Jul 20, 2011

Beginning in June 1897, a recurring column first appeared in the Wichita Daily Eagle, signed by the anonymous "Bab." The columns, often titled "Feminine Facts and Fancies," "Woman's Ways and Woman's Work," "The New Woman and the The Old," and "Woman at Home and Abroad," covered such topics as fashion, interior design, marriage, and childrearing. Was this a nickname for an actual female columnist named Barbara or a mocking representation of women's supposed "babbling" and gossiping? You be the judge.                                                            

Fashion accessories and other personal artifacts from the time period can also be found on Kansas Memory, including this dress and purse, in addition to photographs of some fashionable women.


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