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Dandridge E. Kelsey papers

Dandridge E. Kelsey papers
Date: 1847-1903
This collection includes various letters, newspaper clippings, legal instruments and court records from cases in which Dandridge E. Kelsey was either plaintiff or defendant (including the 1890s case involving Kelsey and his son Scott in a dispute over ownership of title to the Shawnee County farm), records regarding Salida, and materials related to his membership in fraternal orders such as the Order of Odd Fellows and the Order of Good Templars. Kelsey served with the 83rd Indiana Infantry, Company B during the Civil War. He traveled around much of the country during his enlistment and then returned to Indiana, though he thereafter began taking exploratory trips out to Kansas. In 1868, after moving to Kansas, he continued his life as a farmer for the next ten years. In 1878, he joined a railroad surveying gang and went to Colorado. Between 1878 and 1892 he divided his time between Kansas and Salida, Colorado, where he was involved in mining, land subdivisions, and other speculative adventures, which apparently did not prosper. He returned permanently to Shawnee County in 1892 and died there in 1904.


E. B. Crew to Governor John St. John

E. B. Crew to Governor John St. John
Creator: Crew, E. B.
Date: September 09, 1880
A letter from temperance supporter E. B. Crew of Delphos to Kansas Governor St. John, contending "that the cost of liquors in this State exceeds the expense of the State government", and asks for statistics to help prove his argument. Crew if the Grand Worthy Secretary of the Kansas Independent Order of Good Templars, a temperance organization.


Independent Order of Good Templars of Kansas, Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules

Independent Order of Good Templars of Kansas, Constitution, By-Laws, and Rules
Creator: Independent Order of Good Templars
Date: 1858
This lodge was located in the city of Tecumseh, Douglas County, Kansas Territory. Male and female members were allowed. The primary purpose of the organization was to oppose the manufacture, sale, purchase, or use of alcoholic beverages.


James Grimes to Governor John St. John

James Grimes to Governor John St. John
Creator: Grimes, James
Date: November 12, 1879
After receiving Kansas Governor St. John's invitation acceptance, James Grimes instructs the Governor on the best train routes to Parsons, Kansas. Grimes is the treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Kansas, International Organization of the Good Templars.


James Grimes to Governor John St. John

James Grimes to Governor John St. John
Creator: Grimes, James
Date: October 29, 1879
James Grimes follows up on his October 17th request for Kansas Governor St. John to visit Parsons, Kansas and speak on prohibition. Grimes serves as the treasurer of Grand Lodge of Kansas of the International Order of Good Templars and he is writing on their letterhead.


James Grimes to Governor John St. John

James Grimes to Governor John St. John
Creator: Grimes, James
Date: November 06, 1870
James Grimes of Parsons, Kansas, discusses the best dates for Kansas Governor St. John to visit. Grimes is the treasurer of the Grand Lodge of Kansas, International Organization of the Good Templars.


John Waller to Governor John St. John

John Waller to Governor John St. John
Creator: Waller, John L.
Date: May 11, 1880
This letter from John Waller of Lawrence, sends an urgent appeal to Kansas Governor St. John to send temperance workers into the colored districts, so their voters may be better informed about the purpose and importance of the Prohibition Amendment.


L. Brown to Governor John St. John

L. Brown to Governor John St. John
Creator: Brown, L.
Date: July 20, 1880
In this letter, L. Brown of Girard, Kansas, suggests to Kansas Governor St. John that a plea for County Mass Temperance meetings should be issued by the Governor and endorsed by himself to build support for the proposed constitutional amendment concern prohibition. Brown wrote on stationery from the Office of the Grand Worthy Chief Templar of the State of Kansas, Independent Order of Good Templars.


Temperance history correspondence

Temperance history correspondence
Date: 1858-1902, bulk 1900-1902
This correspondence was sent and received by Kansas State Temperance Union secretaries T.E. Stephens, A.D. Wilcox, and J.E. Everett. Each exchanged letters with religious leaders across the state, including Rev. H.G. Fraser from Ottawa, Rev. C.C. Brown of Tonganoxie, Rev. J.M. Leonard of Iola, Rev. R.A. Bolton of Junction City, Rev. James Kerr of Scandia, Rev. J.K. Miller of Manhattan, Rev. A.W. Cummings of Canton, Rev. John A. Holmes of Harper, Rev. W.H. Eaton of Cherryvale, Rev. H.H. Bowen of Glen Elder, and Rev. Fred Grey of Alton. Organizations involved in the temperance movement include the Kansas State Temperance Union (KSTU), the Twentieth Century Total Abstinence Union (TCTAU), the Anti-Cigarette League, the American Anti-Saloon League (AASL), the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and others. This collection also includes local subscription lists for those supporting the Kansas State Temperance Union in Phillipsburg, Lakin, LeRoy, Cimarron, Dodge City, Liberal, Greensburg, Cunningham, Sedgwick, Mount Hope and Colwich. Other correspondents include attorney John Wiswell in Columbus, Elmer Lawrence, publisher of The Sunbeam, a weekly Christian journal in Galena, and several members of the Independent Order of Good Templars, including George F. Fullinwider of El Dorado, S.S. Jackson of Scranton, and Mrs. Kate A. Billings of Clyde. Much of the correspondence concerns efforts to advance anti-liquor agendas in local, state, and national politics. Considerable correspondence with organizations in other states is included. Although Kansas was the first state to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors in 1880, the law was largely unenforced.


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