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Albert D. Searl's surveying chain

Albert D. Searl's surveying chain
Date: between 1852 and 1855
Brass and steel surveying chain. Albert D. Searl used this chain to survey town sites in Kansas Territory. He came to Kansas from Massachusetts in 1854. He apparently was associated with S.C. Pomeroy, agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company that organized antislavery settlements in the territory. Searl laid out the city limits and streets of Lawrence, Kansas, in September 1854, and three months later conducted the first regular survey of Topeka. Later he surveyed Manhattan, Osawatomie, Burlington, El Dorado, and other Kansas towns.


Albert D. Searl's transit

Albert D. Searl's transit
Creator: Phelps & Gurley
Date: between 1845 and 1851
Solid brass Vernier transit on walnut tripod. Albert D. Searl used this transit to survey town sites in Kansas Territory. He came to Kansas from Massachusetts in 1854. He apparently was associated with S.C. Pomeroy, agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company that organized antislavery settlements in the territory. Searl laid out the city limits and streets of Lawrence, Kansas, in September 1854, and three months later conducted the first regular survey of Topeka. Later he surveyed Manhattan, Osawatomie, Burlington, El Dorado, and other Kansas towns.


Albert Dwight Searl

Albert Dwight Searl
Creator: Storm, F. D.
Date: About 1900
This cabinet card shows Albert Dwight Searl, (1831-1902), a surveyor and Civil War solider. He arrived in Lawrence, Kansas, on September 15, 1854 with the second party of the New England Emigrant Aid Company. A surveyor by profession, Searl went to work laying out the entire city of Lawrence and the city of Topeka, Kansas. He also surveyed the Kansas towns of Manhattan, Burlington, El Dorado, and Osawatomie before the start of the Civil War. In 1861, Searl enlisted as a private in the Eighth Kansas Volunteers and within a short period of time he was promoted to second lieutenant and later a first lieutenant of Company D. During the final years of the war, Searl transferred to the 9th Kansas Calvary before he mustered out of service. After the war, Searl resumed his career by surveying towns along the Union Pacific Railroad and he became the chief engineer for the St. Louis, Lawrence & Denver Railroad and the St. Louis, Lawrence & Western Railroad. As construction on the railroad moved across Kansas and into the Colorado territory, Searl found himself moving from Lawrence in 1872 to Leadville, Colorado. In Colorado, he surveyed the Denver and Rio Grande Railroad and was engaged in a number of mining ventures. On October 20, 1902 Albert Dwight Searl died at his home in Leadville, Colorado, at the age of seventy-one. Burial was in Lawrence, Kansas.


Alphabetical correspondence, U-W

Alphabetical correspondence, U-W
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883: Glick)
Date: 1883-1885
These letters are from Kansas citizens as well as U.S. government offices to Kansas Governor G. W. Glick. There is also a letter from the President of the United States office. The correspondents discussed various topics including cases, congress, immigration/international affairs, stocks, coal, publication/newspaper articles, and requests for surveys/aid/visits. Due to the large amount of correspondence Kansas Governor G. W. Glick received from the public, the letters are divided and listed in alphabetical order.


Applications: Miscellaneous posts

Applications: Miscellaneous posts
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1865-1868 : Crawford)
Date: 1865-1867
These letters, spanning 1865 to 1867, are from Kansas citizens to Kansas Governor Samuel Crawford regarding appointments to various government offices. The positions they applied to included detective, state marshal, surveyist, and any positions available for a veteran with military qualifications.


Counties, Allen - Davis

Counties, Allen - Davis
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877 - 1878
A letter from S. Wilcox on August 27, 1877, invites Kansas Governor Anthony to attend a meeting in the city of Elmore on September 13 in regard to lands held by the Railroad Companies. A letter on August 7, 1877, from the Board of County Commissioners, appoints Alfred Meier as County Engineer. A letter on February 2, 1878, from Thomas Ping, states Willis R. VanFrank is an applicant for the position of County Surveyor and recommends him for the commission. A petition from residents of Crawford County recommend and request Albert Allen as a qualified person to fill the vacancy as Surveyor. A letter of resignation on February 9, 1878, from R. D. McCord as Probate Judge of Clay Center. Additional documents also pertain to similar matters of resignations, appointments, and concerns relating to counties in and around Allen and Davis, Kansas.


Counties : Clay

Counties : Clay
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879
This folder on Counties, Clay comes from the Correspondence series of the Governor St. John Papers. The letters in this file include a resignation letter to Kansas Governor St. John for the position as Surveyor for Clay County. A separate letter informs Governor St. John of the vacancy in the office of Surveyor for said county. There are also recommendation letters for certain individuals to be appointed County Surveyor for Clay County.


Counties : Doniphan

Counties : Doniphan
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1882
This folder on Counties, Doniphan comes from the Correspondence series of the Governor St. John Papers. The letters in this file primarily focus on the appointment of County Surveyor for Doniphan County. Several of the correspondence pertain to Henry A. Hills as the new County Surveyor for said county. A separate letter from Charles Corbusier writes to Kansas Governor St. John to inform him that he will not be able to fulfill his role as reelected County Surveyor for Doniphan County. Other letters are applications from certain individuals requesting the position as County Surveyor.


Counties, Labette - Montgomery

Counties, Labette - Montgomery
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877 - 1878
A report from the Board of County Commissioners, certify that Wade H. Pritchard, County Surveyor of Labette County, Kansas died on November 26, 1877, creating a vacancy in the office of Surveyor. In the report by the Board of County Commissioners, they recommend George Thornton as the successor. A letter of resignation from H. A. Parmelee as County Surveyor on November 12, 1878. A letter on January 25, 1877, from Carry Oaks regarding the abolishment of the Fiscal Agency of New York. A letter on January 31, 1877, in relation to a comprise contract between County Commissioners and the holders of the County Railroad Bonds. A petition for the appointment of Jonathan Harris as Sheriff of Marion County. A letter on August 9, 1877, from H. D. Morgan, requests a copy of the petitions from Marion County asking for the appointments of Howe and Harris as Sheriff. The following documents pertain to similar matters of resignation, appointments, and concerns relating to counties in and around Labette and Montgomery, Kansas.


Counties : Mitchell

Counties : Mitchell
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1883
A letter from the Commissioners, Sheriff, District Court, and Register of Deeds for the County of Mitchell writes to Kansas Governor St. John to recommend a person they believe would be suitable to fill the Office of County Surveyor. The following is a resignation letter for County Surveyor, in this letter is a recommendation for a certain person to fill said position. A separate letter informs the Governor that the people of Mitchell County are concerned about not getting enough rain for their crops and provides a petition for an extension of time to pay the annual interest to the state.


Counties, Norton - Ottawa

Counties, Norton - Ottawa
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877 - 1878
This file includes a letter of resignation in March of 1887 from O. H. Todd as Surveyor of Osage County, Kansas. A letter on September 11, 1878, from Thomas Beaumont regards the property belonging to John Landis and his murder. In a letter on April 9, 1878, G. P. Crosby tenders his resignation as County Surveyor of Ottawa County and recommends D. R. Crosby to fill the duties of the office. A petition on April 9, 1878, requets to have D. R. Crosby as County Surveyor.


Counties, Reno - Rice counties

Counties, Reno - Rice counties
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877 - 1878
A letter on May 18, 1878, from H. W. Beatty, County Clerk, asks if Charles Taylor is still entitled as Reno County Surveyor if he resides in Iuka, Kansas. A letter certifying that Charles A. Taylor has moved from Reno County and now resides in Iuka, Pratt County. A petition asks that Thomas C. Austin be appointed Surveyor caused by the vacancy in the office due to the removal of Charles A. Taylor as County Surveyor of Reno County. A letter on August 24, 1878, from H. S. Fitch, County Clerk, states the people believe there was a misappropriation of funds of Reno County.


Counties : Riley

Counties : Riley
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1882
Letters to Kansas Governor St. John in relation to a vacancy in the office of County Surveyor for Riley County, Kansas. There are letters of endorsement and petitions from individuals supporting the appointment of certain people as County Surveyor. There are a few letters that inform the Governor that the present Riley County Surveyor, James Lee, has failed to qualify or give bonds.


Counties, Sumner

Counties, Sumner
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877 - 1878
A certificate of election from Stacy B. Douglass, states at a meeting held on November 9, 1877, the Board of County Canvassers declared S. T. Wood as Surveyor of Sumner County, Kansas. A letter on February 12, 1878, from John G. Woods, informs Governor Anthony that S. T. Woods was nominated by the Republican Convention last fall, but failed to reach the County Seat in time to qualify under the statute, yet his appointment would give satisfaction to the people of Sumner County. A letter on February 12, 1878, from S. T. Woods, encloses various papers relating to his appointment as Surveyor of Sumner County. The following documents also pertain to matters of Surveyor for Sumner County.


Counties : Washington

Counties : Washington
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1881
A letter on August 22, 1881 from G. B. Vroom writing to Kansas Governor St. John to tender his resignation as Surveyor of Washington County. In the letter Vroom offers a recommendation of a person to fill his position.


County Affairs, Anderson County

County Affairs, Anderson County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885 to 1888, are from residents of Anderson County, Kansas regarding state positions to Kansas Governor John Martin. There are letters of resignation and recommendations for individuals to fill vacancies in the county surgeon, office of coroner, and the county surveyor. The county surveyor endorsement, for A. R. Mumans also has a signed petition. Established as one of the original 33 counties in 1855, Anderson County was named for proslavery speaker of the territorial legislature, Joseph C. Anderson.


County Affairs, Cowley County

County Affairs, Cowley County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning August through December of 1887, are from the Cowley County, Kansas Clerk's office regarding the surveyor and coroner positions to Kansas Governor John Martin. The letters discussing the vacancy in the surveyor position include the resignation of W. A. Haighs and the recommendation of B. R. Finch. The letters discussing the vacancy in the coroner position include the certification of the removal of H. L. Wells and the recommendation of H. D. Cooper. Cowley County was organized on February 28, 1870 and named for First Lieutenant Matthew Cowley, C. I, Ninth Kansas Cavalry, who was killed at Little Rock, Arkansas, in August, 1864.


County Affairs, Decatur County

County Affairs, Decatur County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1886 to 1887, are from the residents and offices of Decatur County, Kansas regarding county affairs to Kansas Governor John Martin. The letters discuss a cycle of resignation, appointment, failure to qualify, and the reappointment of another individual to the office of coroner as well as the county surveyor. With the failed qualifications of the elected county surveyor, the rest of the letters are recommendations and applications for the reappointment of a county surveyor. Decatur county was founded on December 11, 1879 and named for Commodore Stephen Decatur, of War of 1812 fame.


County Affairs, Franklin County

County Affairs, Franklin County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning the month of January 1887, are from the Franklin County, Kansas District Court, surveyor, and attorney regarding the county surveyor to Kansas Governor John Martin. A. C. Titus, the county surveyor, wrote to turn in his resignation. The county attorney, John D. Deford, made the resignation official, opening a vacancy. The District Court made a recommendation of A. M. Baum as the successor. Franklin County was one of the first 33 counties organized by the Territorial Legislature in 1855.


County Affairs, Jefferson County

County Affairs, Jefferson County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning April 1888, are from the offices and residents of Jefferson County regarding the county surveyor to Kansas Governor John Martin. There are three letters. O. Hosford wrote his resignation from the county surveyor. The other two letters are also signed petitions from the Board of Jefferson County Commissioners and county clerk offices choosing Thomas Riggs to succeed Hosford. Jefferson county was one of the original 33 counties created by the Territorial Legislature. It was organized on March 27, 1856 and named for Thomas Jefferson.


County Affairs, Labette County

County Affairs, Labette County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, dated July 6, 1887, are from the Labette County, Kansas Clerk's office regarding the county surveyor to Kansas Governor John Martin. Both letters verify the vacancy of county surveyor due to the death of the current county surveyor, H. H. Deulter. One letter is a signed petition and the other is from the county clerk, W. W. Cook, appointing A. B. Bushnell as Deulter's successor. Labette County was organized on March 10, 1867.


County Affairs, Lincoln County

County Affairs, Lincoln County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning February through March, 1886, are from the Lincoln County, Kansas surveyor and clerk regarding the county surveyor to Kansas Governor John Martin. D. L. Hollingsworth wrote his resignation from the county surveyor. The county clerk, H. H. Gilpin, verifies the vacancy and suggests the appointment of John M. Brunt as the successor. Lincoln county was founded on October 4, 1870 and named for President Abraham Lincoln.


County affairs : Linn County

County affairs : Linn County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1870
A letter notifying Kansas Governor Harvey Judge Underhill has resigned as Probate Judge of Linn County and recommends John C. Quinn as the successor. A letter of resignation from D. Underhill as the Probate Judge for Linn County. A petition requesting J. F. Harrison be appointed as Linn County Surveyor.


County Affairs, McPherson County

County Affairs, McPherson County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning the month of June, 1886, are from the residents and offices of McPherson County, Kansas regarding the county surveyor to Kansas Governor John Martin. There was a vacancy for the county surveyor due to the removal of the current one, Frank Harsh. One letter is from a resident, W. B. Kelly, endorsing Arvine Bass as the successor. The second letter is from the county clerk office recommending Arvine Bass as well. McPherson County was organized on March 1, 1870 and named for Civil War General James McPherson.


County Affairs, Miami County

County Affairs, Miami County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885 to 1887, are from the residents and offices of Miami County, Kansas regarding the county surveyor to Kansas Governor John Martin. The resignations of two county surveyors, R. Boyd and J. E. Wright, are included. Other letters are from residents endorsing candidates and from the county clerk's office with signed official petitions appointing the county surveyor, J. E. Wright. J. E. Wright's resignation, two years later in 1887, is included. Miami County was originally named Lykins County when created as one of the original 33 by the Territorial Legislature in 1855. The county was not organized until April 2, 1857.


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