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A. J. Skeen family in Eskridge, Kansas

A. J. Skeen family in Eskridge, Kansas
Date: 1889
This is a studio portrait of Andrew Jackson Skeen and his family in Eskridge, Kansas. Skeen was the foreman of the Tanner Ranch at Eskridge. Other members of the family are identified as Ed, Patsy, Fred, Frank, John, Sarah 'Sally', William, Benjamin, Charles, Andrew, and his mother, Malinda Denning Skeen.


Aaron Lane Lanning and Sarah Emma Preston Lanning with their daughters

Aaron Lane Lanning and Sarah Emma Preston Lanning with their daughters
Date: 1930
This is a photograph showing front row (left to right) Sarah Emma Preston Lanning and Aaron Lane Lanning; and second row (left to right) Pauline Lanning King, Hallie Lanning Athon, and Eva Lanning Green.


A family posed in front of their house

A family posed in front of their house
Date: Between 1875 and 1899
In this photograph, an unidentified African-American family is standing in front of their house. The location is not identified.


Agnes DeDonder (Huntsman) and Philip DeDonder.

Agnes DeDonder (Huntsman) and Philip DeDonder.
Date: Between 1930 and 1935
This is a photo of Agnes DeDonder (Huntsman) and Philip DeDonder, children of Francis and Anna DeDonder taken by the old barn on the DeDonder farm at "Sandy Hook," Rossville township, Shawnee County, Kansas. Agnes is wearing her graduation gown.


Alfred Mossman Landon and Helen Landon

Alfred Mossman Landon and Helen Landon
Creator: Miller
Date: Between 1889 and 1891
This photograph shows Alfred Mossman Landon with his sister Helen.


Alfred and Wilfred Neidiger

Alfred and Wilfred Neidiger
Date: 1924
This is a miniature photograph, possibly from an automatic photo booth, of Alfred and Wilfred Neidiger. They lived in Cimarron, Kansas, while attending high school.


Allen D. Birch and family gathered to listen to radio

Allen D. Birch and family gathered to listen to radio
Date: 1920-1929
Allen D. Birch and family are gathered to listen to radio at their home in Topeka, Kansas, in the 1920s.


Austin Smith to Jedediah Smith

Austin Smith to Jedediah Smith
Creator: Smith, Jedediah Strong, 1799-1831
Date: September 24, 1831
This letter is from Austin Smith to his father, Jedediah Smith, Sr. In the letter, Austin informs his father of the death of his brother, Jedediah Strong Smith, who was killed by Comanche Indians on May 27, 1831, near the Cimarron River.


Bell family of Harveyville, Kansas

Bell family of Harveyville, Kansas
Date: 1858-1930
Several photographs of members of the John and Elizabeth LaVars Bell family of Harveyville, Kansas. Their children Minnie Bell, John Clyde Bell, Lelia Bell, Blanche Bell Cox, Grace Bell, and Reuben Glenn Bell are pictured, as well as several grandchildren.


Bennie Horak and Emily Dodge, Delia, Kansas

Bennie Horak and Emily Dodge, Delia, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1970
Siblings Bennie Horak and Emily (Horak) Dodge are looking at a book, Delia, Kansas. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


Burns and Bill Hesse, Rossville, Kansas

Burns and Bill Hesse, Rossville, Kansas
Date: 1961
This picture shows Burns and Bill Hesse, brothers and lifetime Rossville, Kansas, residents. They succeeded their father, William, in the family business, Hesse Lumber Company. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


Celinda and Lydia Hickok

Celinda and Lydia Hickok
Date: Between 1850 and 1880
Unmounted tintype portrait, possibly of sisters Celinda and Lydia Hickok.


Children of Mark Watson Howe

Children of Mark Watson Howe
Creator: Miss Ladd
Date: Between 1910 and 1919
This is a portrait of Mark Watson Howe's children, Bernice, Clifford, and Richard. The family lived near Esbon, Kansas.


Children on a rock pile, Tom Pratt home, Sheridan County, Kansas

Children on a rock pile, Tom Pratt home, Sheridan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1915
Pratt children eat watermelon atop a pile of rocks. The rocks were meant for construction of the second story of the Pratt home and came from a sheep barn on the John Fenton Pratt ranch that had been destroyed by a tornado in 1911. Cottonwood Ranch was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1983.


Christmas cards from the Martha Menninger Nichols family

Christmas cards from the Martha Menninger Nichols family
Date: 1954-1965
These are photographs of eight Christmas cards sent by the Martha Menninger Nichols and Bill Nichols family through the years. There is a message on the back of most of the cards.


Clara Livona McCreery Howe and Melvia McCreery Dye

Clara Livona McCreery Howe and Melvia McCreery Dye
Date: Between 1910 and 1919
This is a portrait of sisters Clara Livona McCreery Howe and Melvia McCreery Dye. Clara married Fletcher Bowman Howe on December 31, 1868, and five years later, they moved to a homestead near Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas. Melvia married Vern Dye and they lived in Alberta, Canada.


Clara Livona McCreery Howe and Melvia McCreery Dye

Clara Livona McCreery Howe and Melvia McCreery Dye
Date: Between 1905 and 1909
This is a portrait of sisters Clara Livona McCreery Howe (right) and Melvia McCreery Dye. Clara married Fletcher Bowman Howe on December 31, 1868, and five years later, they moved to a homestead near Esbon, Jewell County, Kansas. Melvia married Vern Dye and they lived in Alberta, Canada.


Clyde H. Forinash

Clyde H. Forinash
Creator: Stevenson, E. S. & Lady, El Dorado, Butler Co. Kansas
Date: 1886-1889
Two photographs of Clyde H. Forinash as a young child. He grew up in Wabaunsee County, Kansas, with his parents, A. Emery Forinash and Fredrica Kirkberg Forinash, and his younger siblings, including Maud who is pictured.


Cordts sisters

Cordts sisters
Date: 1930s
A poster announcing the Cordts Sisters Big Indoor Circus.


Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday
Creator: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
Date: January 30, 1859
Cyrus K. Holliday wrote from Lawrence, Kansas Territory to his wife, Mary Holliday, who, accompanied by Mrs. Edward C. K. Garvey, had returned to Meadville, Pennsylvania to give birth to her second child. Meanwhile, Cyrus Holliday (who was Vice President of the upper territorial legislative body, the Council) had passed four bills, including one establishing Topeka as the Shawnee county seat. He bought new clothes for the session, since Lawrence had become more refined, with a new hotel. Holliday mentioned emigration to Pikes Peak, the Topeka bridge, trouble in L[i]nn county, and meeting three women, Mrs. Smith, Mrs. [Robert] Morrow, and Mrs. O'Donell (possibly Mrs. William O'Donnall) in Lawrence. He proposed that Liz, Mary Holliday's younger sister, return with her.


Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday
Creator: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
Date: March 31, 1859
Cyrus K. Holliday wrote from Topeka, Kansas Territory to his wife, Mary Holliday, who had returned to Meadville, Pennsylvania to give birth to their second child, Charles. Cyrus had been joined in Kansas Territory by his mother and two brothers, James T. and George K. Holliday. Cyrus sadly told of his mother's death at George's home in Wakarusa, Kansas Territory. He suggested that Mary wait to return to Topeka until May 1st, when Alfred Huidekoper of Meadville would issue him a loan. Cyrus also mentioned his political aspirations and two upcoming elections, the first at the Osawatomie Republican Convention, the second for delegates to the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention.


Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday
Creator: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
Date: January 7, 1855
Cyrus K. Holliday wrote from Topeka, Kansas Territory to his wife, Mary Holliday, in Meadville, Pennsylvania. After a loving introduction, he described Kansas Territory's sunny, breezy climate. Holliday mentioned letters received from his brother and Mr. Thomas Willson, both named in previous letters, who also wanted to emigrate. He described the principle building in Topeka, which served as meeting hall, hotel, and church, and where he slept with Frye W. Giles, a free state supporter from Chicago. Holliday ended with concern for Lizzie, Mary Holliday's younger sister.


Damian and Rita Henry

Damian and Rita Henry
Date: Between 1942 and 1945
Here is a photograph showing Damian Henry (September 26, 1938 -) and Rita Henry (July 31, 1922-June 11, 1987), the children of Leo and Agnes (Kelly) Henry. The photograph was probably taken in Seneca, Kansas.


Damian and Sonja Henry

Damian and Sonja Henry
Date: 1943-1945
Two photographs showing Damian Henry (September 26, 1938- ) and Sonja Henry (September 16, 1941-April 6, 1945), the children of Leo and Agnes (Kelly) Henry. Sonja died of lockjaw at age 4 years.


DeDonder children with their mother, Anna Germonprez DeDonder

DeDonder children with their mother, Anna Germonprez DeDonder
Date: Between 1970 and 1975
This is a photo of Anna Germonprez DeDonder with her children: standing left to right: Agnes (Huntsman), Anita (Ingenthron), Philip, Margaret (Kelley); seated left to right: Cecelia Sue (Noonan), Anna Germonprez DeDonder, Lillian (Tollefson).


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