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Aerial views of the Council Grove Dam and Reservoir

Aerial views of the Council Grove Dam and Reservoir
Creator: United States. Army. Corps of Engineers.
Date: Spring 1966
Two photographs show the Council Grove Dam and Reservoir from the air


Harry Richmond James, World War I soldier

Harry Richmond James, World War I soldier
Date: 1918-1923
Around 1919, the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning veterans (primarily members of the 35th and 89th infantry divisions) and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records. This file contains information on Harry Richmond James, who died in France from illness, October 1918. He was a member of Company E, 34th Engineers.


John Holt's military service scrapbook

John Holt's military service scrapbook
Creator: Holt, John Paul
Date: 1957-1963
This is John Holt's scrapbook containing photographs and printed materials collected during his military service. In June 1957, John had the choice of either enlisting or being drafted, so he decided to enlisted in the U. S. Army Corp of Engineers. At the time he enlisted, he was married and had two daughters. He entered the Army on June 11, 1957 in Kansas City, Kansas; basic training at Fort Polk, Louisiana, June 1957-August 1957; advanced training at Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri, August 1957-November 1957; duty station, Fort Hood, Texas November 1957-May1958; Far East Command Korea May 1958-May 1959; D Battery, 3rd Mal Battalion(NH) 67th Artillery Waukesha, Wisconsin, May 1959-June 1960; discharged from active duty June 10, 1960 and discharged from the Army Reserves June 1963. Also included in the scrapbook, is an oral interview conducted by Erin Trimble on April 1, 2004.


Major James B. McPherson, McPherson, Kansas

Major James B. McPherson, McPherson, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1938
This postcard shows the statue of Major James Birdseye McPherson in McPherson, Kansas. This bronze monument honors the career of a Union General and the namesake of McPherson, Kansas. Located in the city park and across from the county courthouse, it was unveiled in July of 1917 and is considered the first life-sized equestrian statue erected in the state. The inscription on the base reads "James B McPherson Post No 187 G.A.R.".


Paul, Robert, and Richard Rude, World War I soldiers

Paul, Robert, and Richard Rude, World War I soldiers
Date: Between 1918 and 1920
Around 1919, the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning veterans (primarily members of the 35th and 89th infantry divisions) and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records. This file contains information on three brothers, Paul, Robert, and Richard Rude, all from Cowley County, Kansas.


Ruby M. Johnson to Governor Edward F. Arn

Ruby M. Johnson to Governor Edward F. Arn
Creator: Johnson, Ruby M.
Date: July 12, 1951
Farmer Ruby M. Johnson of Randolph, Kansas, writes Governor Edward F. Arn of Topeka, Kansas, concerning flood control on the Kansas River and its tributaries. The 1951 flooding of the Missouri and Kansas rivers and their tributaries resulted in one of the most devastating natural disasters to strike the Midwest. The flood lent support to the Pick-Sloan plan authorized by Congress in the Flood Control Act of 1944. The plan called for a series of large dams and levees on rivers in the Missouri River basin. Many farmers opposed building large dams and reservoirs, favoring control through small dams and conservation practices. Mr. Johnson challenges the arguments of General Lewis A Pick, Chief of Army Engineers, on the effectiveness of the proposed Tuttle Creek dam north of Manhattan (Riley County). Mr. Johnson's farm was located within the bounds of the proposed Tuttle Creek reservoir and he protests the government's efforts to remove farmers from this area.


The Tuttle Creek story

The Tuttle Creek story
Creator: Blue Valley Film Committee
Date: Between 1954 and 1956
The people of the Blue River Valley in Kansas produced this short film as part of their campaign against the construction of a dam and reservoir on the Big Blue River in the Flint Hills of Northeast Kansas, north of Manhattan. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers proposed a series of flood control projects in the Missouri River basin beginning in the late 1930s. The Pick-Sloan plan authorized by Congress in the Flood Control Act of 1944 called for a series of large dams and levees on rivers in the basin. The film argues that the large flood control measures proposed by the Corps of Engineers are unnecessary and ineffectual and flood prevention methods through small retention dams in individual watersheds are less invasive and more effective. Despite heavy local opposition, construction of the Tuttle Creek dam began in 1952 and it became fully operational by July 1962. The dam displaced 3000 people and ten towns including Stockdale, Randolph, Winkler, Cleburne, Irving, Blue Rapids, Shroyer, Garrison, Barrett, and Bigelow.


Written material on Kansas River flood control review

Written material on Kansas River flood control review
Date: 1948
This report constitutes the written material submitted as part of a public hearing to review a Kansas River flood control plan. The public hearing was held in Topeka, Kansas, on December 16, 1948. The comments are relative to the U. S. Corps of Engineers' report entitled "Review Report on the Kansas River, Colorado, Nebraska and Kansas."


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