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Albert R. Greene to Franklin G. Adams

Albert R. Greene to Franklin G. Adams
Creator: Greene, A.R.
Date: August 18, 1897
In this letter to Franklin G. Adams, Albert R. Greene explains that he recently met with Charles C. Haynes, with whom he discussed the waning days of the Overland Stage. Greene explains that Haynes was old but that his eye was as "keen as when he ran the gauntlet of hostile Indians and brought his coach into the home station bristling with arrows."

Alfred Mossman Landon

Alfred Mossman Landon
Date: September 03, 1936
Governor Alfred M. Landon in Des Moines, Iowa, with other dignitaries: President Roosevelt, Governor Hearring, Iowa; Senator Duffy, Wisconsin; Senator Dickinson, Iowa; Senator McGill, Kansas; Governor Cochran, Nebraska; Governor Peterson, Minnesota; and Senator Shipstead, Minnesota. The occasion is unknown.

Bill Dillon and Samuel Ford

Bill Dillon and Samuel Ford
Date: Between 1917 and 1919
This is a postcard showing privates Bill Dillon and Samuel Ford taken in Des Moines, Iowa, during World War I. Dillon worked for P. H. Beck near Glasco, Kansas. He started working for Beck at age 15 and left in 1917 when he went into the Army.

Gil Carter with Des Moines baseball team trainer

Gil Carter with Des Moines baseball team trainer
Date: Between 1957 and 1959
Kansan Gil Carter (on the right) is pictured here with the trainer of the Des Moines minor league baseball team. Carter trained briefly with the Des Moines club, but did not become a member of the team's roster. In 1957, Chicago Cubs scout Buck O'Neil signed Carter to a minor league baseball contract. He spent the next three seasons playing for teams in the Cubs organization, including the Carlsbad Potashers (1958-59) and the St. Cloud Rox (1960). Carter is best known for the home run he hit on August 11, 1959 for the Potashers. The official scorekeeper put the home run distance at 650 feet. However, estimates based on aerial photograph measurements were reported at 700-733 feet, which would make it the longest home run in baseball history. In his three years in the minors, Carter batted for a .264 average, hit 72 home runs, and had 266 RBIs. He led the Sophomore League in home runs in 1959, with 34; he was named to the Northern League All-Star Team in 1960. In the early 1960s, Carter was the starting left fielder for the Wichita Rapid Transit Dreamliners, a team that won national semi-pro baseball championships in 1962 and 1963. His national tournament performance in 1962 (.484 batting average and six home runs) earned him a spot on the National Baseball Congress All-American Team. Carter was born and raised in Topeka. He lived in Wichita for nearly four decades before returning to Topeka in 2000. Digital reproduction of the photograph was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.

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