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A.B. Campbell to Governor John Martin

A.B. Campbell to Governor John Martin
Creator: Campbell, A. B.
Date: April 1, 1886
A.B. Campbell, Kansas Adjutant General, of Parsons, telegrams Kansas Governor John Martin, of Topeka, stating that another railroad engine has been killed and that he is leaving to investigate. This is in response to the local authority's request for National Guard troops during the railroad strike in the three state area.


A.O. Brown to Governor John Martin

A.O. Brown to Governor John Martin
Creator: Brown, A.O.
Date: March 30, 1886
A.O. Brown, mayor of Parsons, Kansas, telegrams Kansas Governor john Martin, of Topeka, requesting immediate help from the "troops" over a labor dispute. Strikers had driven a freight train off the tracks near Parsons. In February 1885, railroad shop workers walked off the job because of a cut in pay and reduced hours of work. Governor Martin was able to negotiate a settlement to the strike but problems continued throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.


Abelard Guthrie to Hiram Hill

Abelard Guthrie to Hiram Hill
Creator: Guthrie, Abelard
Date: January 18, 1859
Abelard Guthrie wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Guthrie reported that there had been "considerable progress" in Quindaro lately: a railroad was being constructed, telegraph wires were hung, and a factory and foundry had been established. Guthrie told Hill that if Hill would forget the Kansas Avenue grading disagreement and repay him his debt, Guthrie would travel to Washington to obtain a railroad grant.


Brookfield Telegraph Insulator from the Plowboy Site, 14SH372

Brookfield Telegraph Insulator from the Plowboy Site, 14SH372
Date: 1864-1921
This glass telegraph insulator was collected from the Plowboy site in Shawnee County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2017. The Plowboy site was home to the Kansa, the Potawatomi, and Euro-Americans. At various times, the site contained a farm, a trading post, and a post office with nearby military trails, Mormon routes, a railroad and the California-Oregon trail. The Brookfield company made over 100 types of insulators, all meant to insulate the wires from touching other conductors. Most of these were manufactured in their Brooklyn, New York plant.


Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill

Charles Chadwick to Hiram Hill
Creator: Chadwick, Charles
Date: December 14, 1859
Charles Chadwick wrote from Quindaro, Kansas Territory, to Hiram Hill in Massachusetts. Chadwick reported that the Republicans (anti-slavery supporters) had been successful in recent elections. However, the economy was worse than the year before, according to Chadwick, money was scarce, and the city of Quindaro had not started collecting property taxes because the amounts would exceed the value of the property. A newspaper "The Kansas Tribune" had begun to circulate after a period in which there had been no newspaper, and the Parkville and Grand River Railroad was slated to be constructed through the town.


Charles M. Stebbins to Alfred Gray

Charles M. Stebbins to Alfred Gray
Date: September 18, 1858
Stebbins was building a telegraph line from St. Louis, Missouri, to Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, and wrote Gray about what would be required to get him to run the line through Quindaro, Kansas Territory. Stebbins included a draft of a document for raising subscriptions to underwrite the cost of building the telegraph line. Details included maintaining a telegraph office in Quindaro for a year and providing up to $1000 in telegraph services if $1000 was raised to pay to Stebbins.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, United States Postal Service

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, United States Postal Service
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the United States Postal Service. Topics in the correspondence cover but is not limited to postal law, Mother's Day telegrams and mail threats. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


John James Ingalls to Elias T. Ingalls

John James Ingalls to Elias T. Ingalls
Creator: Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900
Date: April 3, 1860
Ingalls devoted much of his April 3, 1860, letter from Sumner to the territory's agricultural prospects, which were still not particularly good: "Corn, pork, and hides" were Kansas's only exports, and they were not very profitable as prices were low. "Considerable attention," wrote Ingalls, "is being paid to the hemp crop" and the wheat seemed to be doing pretty well; various kinds of fruit also "flourishes. . . . I have never seen finer apples than the farmers across the river bring to market. . . . But little is raised in Kansas yet, though much attention is being given to 'orchardizing' this spring." Ingalls was actually considering a move to the Gold County (Colorado) for better business prospects.


Joseph Harrington Trego to Alice Trego

Joseph Harrington Trego to Alice Trego
Creator: Trego, Joseph H. (Joseph Harrington), 1823-1905
Date: January 24, 1858
Joseph Trego wrote from Sugar Mound, Kansas Territory, to his wife, Alice, at their family's home in Illinois. Trego described how, since the shelter being built around the mill equipment was not yet complete, the wind and rain interfered with their ability to work. Though the work was hard, he favored the milling business over other means toward income. Trego responded to a newspaper article from the Rock Island Advertiser that his wife had sent him, deeming their coverage of the Kansas troubles "sensational." He expected that Fort Scott would soon be destroyed by free state militiamen, as "Bourbon County Bandits" (proslavery supporters) had been harassing extensively free state supporters in the area. Despite all this disorder, the development prospects of Mound City, in Linn County, appeared favorable.


L. B. Breese General Merchandise and Drug Store, Elmdale, Kansas

L. B. Breese General Merchandise and Drug Store, Elmdale, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1910
These three photographs show exterior views of the L. B. Breese General Merchandise and Drug Store in Elmdale, Kansas. The first picture shows several adults and children outside the store, as well as some horse-drawn wagons. The second picture shows a group of adults and children posing in front of the store. Horse-drawn wagons and a dog are also visible in the photograph. The third photograph shows a group of men and women posing in front of the store. Pictured are Clara Richter Kuhle; Reverend G. B. Mehl, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church; Mae Spencer, store owner L. Bud Breese, Veola Jeffrey, Mrs. J. J. Jeffrey and an unidentified man. The "Drug Store" sign on the corner of the building shows the traditional mortar and pestle pharmacy symbol.


Order of Railroad Telegraphers pass

Order of Railroad Telegraphers pass
Date: January 01, 1908-December 31, 1908
Order of Railroad Telegraphers pass issued to R.F. Andrews.


Scenes of Sherman County, Kansas

Scenes of Sherman County, Kansas
Date: 1900-1930
Multiple scenes of Sherman County, Kansas.


Seth Padleford to James B. Abbott

Seth Padleford to James B. Abbott
Creator: Padelford, Seth
Date: September 15, 1855
Seth Padelford wrote from Providence, Rhode Island, to James Abbot in Hartford, Conneticut. Padelford confirmed receipt of Abbott's telegraph the day before, and sent him a check for $100 in support of the free state cause.


Southwest dust storms produce much electrical energy

Southwest dust storms produce much electrical energy
Creator: Kansas City Times
Date: February 20, 1937
According to this article, the dust storms that swept through Kansas during the "dirty thirties" generated high levels of electricity. Fred Ellis, a Western Union telegraph operator who was interviewed for this article, contributes this rise in electricity to the friction caused by dust particles swirling together into dust storms.


Telegrapher's house in Wallace, Kansas

Telegrapher's house in Wallace, Kansas
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: Between 1960 and 1969
This is a photograph showing the telegrapher's house in Wallace, Kansas.


Wells Fargo & Co. Express, The Royal Tailors, Topeka, Kansas

Wells Fargo & Co. Express, The Royal Tailors, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1912 and 1919
This black and white photographs shows the store fronts of the Wells Fargo & Co. Express, and The Royal Tailors: Sheafor & Snyder at 730 Kansas Avenue in Topeka, Kansas.


Western Union pass

Western Union pass
Date: 1935 and 1936
Western Union authorizes the acceptance of collect messages by F.A. Melluish until December 31, 1936.


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