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This is a portrait of Catherine (Kate) Elizabeth German, who was taken captive with her younger sisters, Sophia, Julia, and Adelaide, by Cheyenne Indians after their family was killed. Kate was born on March 21, 1857. 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 four of the children, Catherine, Sophia, 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 March 1, 1875, the Cheyennes formally released Catherine and Sophia German at the Darlington Agency in Indian Territory (Oklahoma). The two girls were reunited with their younger sisters at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in June of 1875.

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10,000th Kaydet is delivered Friday to armed forces

10,000th Kaydet is delivered Friday to armed forces
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: July 29, 1944
This article from the Wichita Eagle covers the release of the 10,000 Boeing/Stearman Kaydet training airplane and the B-29 "X" airplane. Both airplanes had their production numbers painted on their fuselage to represent their respective milestones in aircraft production. The "X" on the B-29 denoted the fact that the official production numbers for the B-29 were classified during World War II.


1000 B-29's

1000 B-29's
Creator: Boeing Airplane Company
Date: 1945
This article, published in the March 1945 edition of the Boeing Magazine, covers the completion of the 1,000 B-29 Superfortress in Wichita, Kansas.


11th - 17th Annual Kansas Day Meetings

11th - 17th Annual Kansas Day Meetings
Creator: Ackerman, Gertrude
Date: 1902-1908
This series of documents represents officer and program listings for the 11th through 17th Annual Kansas Day banquets. This is part of a bigger collection from Gertrude Ackerman.


$190,235,814 For Dairy Products

$190,235,814 For Dairy Products
Date: 1917
This promotional brochure was designed as a talk to encourage the construction of good roads in the state of Kansas. It described comparable rural roads in Wisconsin that promote crop and dairy production.


1941 calendar with a photograph of the WIBW Round-Up Gang

1941 calendar with a photograph of the WIBW Round-Up Gang
Date: 1941
This is a calendar with a photograph of the WIBW Round-Up Gang and an advertisement for Pe-Ru-Na, cold medicine. The calendar was distributed by Consolidated Drug Trade Products, a Division of Consolidated Royal Chemical Corp in Chicago, Illinois.


1951 flood in northeast Kansas

1951 flood in northeast Kansas
Date: 1951
Here are twelve photographs, possibly used to illustrate a publication, showing the 1951 flood in the towns of Topeka, Lecompton, Lawrence, and Perry.


1969 SCABA baseball yearbook, Topeka, Kansas

1969 SCABA baseball yearbook, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Shawnee County Amateur Baseball Association, Inc.
Date: 1969
Shown here is the 1969 yearbook published by the Shawnee County Amateur Baseball Association, Inc. (SCABA), a youth baseball organization with facilities at Lake Shawnee in Topeka, Kansas. The yearbook includes photos of teams who participated in each of the SCABA age divisions offered in 1969--Minor League, Midget, Gopher, Pony, and Pony Express. Also identified are the championship teams in each league, as well as the team sponsors. Among the players pictured in the yearbook is Lon Kruger, the Silver Lake native who would become well-known for his basketball career, first as a player at Kansas State University, and later as a collegiate and NBA coach. In the summer of 1969, Kruger played for the Bluejays, the co-champions in SCABA's Pony Express League, and winner of the league tournament. Digital reproduction of the yearbook was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


19th Annual Kansas Day Club Banquet

19th Annual Kansas Day Club Banquet
Creator: Kansas Day Club
Date: 1910
These records contain the program and addresses for the 19th Annual Kansas Day Club Banquet.


$200 Reward! for runaway slaves

$200 Reward! for runaway slaves
Creator: Williams, G.D
Date: June 7, 1860
Wanted poster offering a reward of $200 for the capture of two slaves from Saline County, Missouri. It includes the names and descriptions of the two slaves.


365-day roads an investment, not a tax

365-day roads an investment, not a tax
Date: 1910-1919
Brochure promoting good roads as a investment comparable to other enhancements financed by the farmer and found on his individual land holding.


$5,000 Reward, Dead or Alive!

$5,000 Reward, Dead or Alive!
Creator: Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909
Date: Between 1898 and 1902
View of "$5,000 Reward, Dead or Alive!" drawing by Frederic Remington.


50th-63rd Annual Kansas Day Meetings

50th-63rd Annual Kansas Day Meetings
Creator: Ackerman, Gertrude
Date: 1941-1954
This document represents the 50th - 63rd Annual Kansas Day Meeting Participant Lists, Speeches and Addresses, and Correspondence. This document is part of a bigger collection from Gertrude Ackerman.


5 big days chautauqua Redpath Vawter

5 big days chautauqua Redpath Vawter
Creator: Redpath Vawter Chautauqua
Date: July 08, 1923-July 12, 1923
This is a program for Redpath Vawter Chautauqua held in Laurens, Iowa. The program includes information on artists and acts including Phillips Sisters Orchestra, John G. Abraham, Edna Means, Black and White Minstrels Filipino Jackies, Governor George A. Carlson, Robert Burlen, Colonial Players and Singers, and Pattison Kline. The program also contains a performance schedule. Chautauquas brought entertainment and culture to communities featuring speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day. Chautauquas expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s.


70th anniversary edition supplement to the Washington County Register

70th anniversary edition supplement to the Washington County Register
Creator: Washington County Register
Date: September 16, 1938
This special anniversary edition supplement celebrates the seventieth anniversary of the Washington County Register. The supplement highlights the pioneers and businessmen of the county along with photos and advertisements. It contains short histories of Washington County towns and also brief descriptions of the businesses in the various communities. Many businesses also have adds in this supplement. It contains lists of pioneers, graduates from Washington County schools, and soldiers buried in Washington County cemeteries.


8,000 students affected, state officials see no trouble adjusting schools to new rule

8,000 students affected, state officials see no trouble adjusting schools to new rule
Creator: Topeka Journal
Date: May 17, 1954
This article discusses how the state of Kansas will work to conform to the ruling made in the Brown v. Board of Education decision on May 17, 1954. The U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that the segregation of schools based on race was unconstitutional. Many cities in Kansas, including Topeka, Atchison, Salina, Wichita, and Pittsburg were already working to integrate their schools. Topeka had an estimated 625 African American students who would be affected by the court's ruling, and the article lists the numbers for other cities and towns in the state.


9th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Company D

9th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Company D
Date: Between 1861 and 1864
This is a poster for the 9th Kansas Volunteer Cavalry, Company D. It contains the names of officers, enlisted men, and those soldiers that were transferred, discharged, died, and deserted. The home towns of the soldiers are listed also. The poster has colored illustrations depicting the Civil War. The company was organized in Iola, Kansas. A history of the company is at the bottom of the poster but it is difficult to read. Portions of the poster have deteriorated.


A. C. Griffith business card

A. C. Griffith business card
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A business card for dentist Dr. A. C. Griffith, D.D.S. His office was located on the second floor opposite the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) temple in Canton, Kansas.


A.E. Hunt's 'aeroplane' that never flew used principles involved in today's whirlies

A.E. Hunt's 'aeroplane' that never flew used principles involved in today's whirlies
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: January 8, 1956
This article published in the the Wichita Eagle deals with the accomplishments of early aviation enthusiast A.E. Hunt. Hunt, of Jetmore, Kansas, built a flying machine in 1910 containing design elements that would later be refined and used in some of the world's first helicopters. In fact, the article compares the features found on Hunt's rotary aircraft to a Cessna CH-1 helicopter in order to demonstrate the similarities between the basic elements of each craft's design.


A.L. Coffman campaign photo and card

A.L. Coffman campaign photo and card
Creator: Hathaway, Corliss
Date: 1960
This studio portrait of Albert Leaverne Coffman of Topeka was taken in 1960 to be used in his primary campaign for Shawnee County Sheriff. Also shown is a small campaign card. Coffman (who was known as Al, Vern, or most often, by his nickname 'Pooch'), operated a service station on the southeast corner of California and 10th streets in Topeka. He was perhaps best known in the community as manager of the Topeka Decker Oilers semi-pro baseball team in the late 1940s and 1950s. During that period, the Decker Oiler team was a perennial contender for the state semi-pro title, competing each year in the state tournament in Wichita. The team won the state championship in 1948, placed second in three consecutive years (1950-1952), and finished third in 1955 and 1957. Coffman's political campaign for sheriff was unsuccessful; he finished second of three contenders in the Democratic primary. 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.


A Christmas carol

A Christmas carol
Creator: Remington, Frederic, 1861-1909
Date: Between 1898 and 1902
View of "A Christmas Carol" drawing by Frederic Remington.


A Crisis for the Husbandman

A Crisis for the Husbandman
Creator: Daniels, Percy
Date: 1889--1891
The contents of this book are six lectures that were delivered to the Girard, Kansas, Grange by Colonel Percy Daniels, a civil engineer. The chapters correspond to individual speeches with titles such as "The Condition of Agriculture," "The Cause, a Living Octopus and a Dead Industry," "The Cause, The Annual Penalty Imposed on Labor," Our Idolatry--the Golden Calf," "The Remedy," and "American Despots to the Rear." Reviews of various lectures as well as some addition materials are included. Daniels later served as a Populist Lieutenant Governor of Kansas. Dates in the publication range from 1889 through 1891. It was published by Western Herald Print of Girard, Kansas.


A Kansas Pacific Railway map of Kansas and Colorado

A Kansas Pacific Railway map of Kansas and Colorado
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: Between 1865 and 1880
This map by the Kansas Pacific Railway Company features their "Golden Belt Route" from Kansas City to the "rich silver discoveries in Colorado." It advertises the "shortest and quickest, therefore the cheapest, route to Colorado." The map includes all of the counties of Kansas and eastern Colorado and most of the cities, towns and communities.


A Kansas bungalow

A Kansas bungalow
Creator: Martin, William H., 1865-1940
Date: 1909
This photomontage or exaggerated postcard shows an African-American family standing in front of a giant watermelon that resembles a home. It was used as an advertising item for the Palace Clothing Company for a raincoat sale being held in the Arts Building of the Topeka Fair Grounds. The photo content would not be considered "politically correct" by current standards.


A Man's Reasons Against Woman Suffrage

A Man's Reasons Against Woman Suffrage
Date: March 9, 1910
Frank Foxcroft of Boston, Massachusetts, presented these remarks against woman's suffrage before the Judiciary Committee of the New York Legislature. He argues that most women do not want the ballot and that women already have too many burdens. He continues by discussing various other arguments opposed to woman's suffrage. He mentions Kansas on page 4 of the pamphlet. His remarks were printed by the Massachusetts Association Opposed to the Further Extension of Suffrage to Women.


"A Movie" of the Story of Paw and Maw

"A Movie" of the Story of Paw and Maw
Creator: Brinkley, John Richard, 1885-1942
Date: 1939
The Story of Paw and Maw: "A Movie" is an illustration copied from Dr. Brinkley's Doctor Book. Dr. John R. Brinkley was an unothodox medical doctor and a pioneer in using the radio to publicize his views. This illustration refers to XERA, a radio station in Villa Acuna, Mexico.


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