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Advertisements for W. W. Gavitt Medical Company, Topeka, Kansas

Advertisements for W. W. Gavitt Medical Company, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1902
These images show advertisements for the W. W. Gavitt Medical Company located at 5th and Madison Streets in Topeka, Kansas. The first image is an advertisement for Gavitt's System Regulator, advertised to cure "all blood, stomach, kidney, and liver troubles." The second image is a group of advertisements for three different businesses owned by W. W. Gavitt: a business of investment bankers and brokers, a medical company, and a mercantile company. The W. W. Gavitt Medical Company manufactured "standard and proprietary remedies."


Ben S. Paulen, Kansas Governor

Ben S. Paulen, Kansas Governor
Date: 1915
This photograph represents Ben S. Paulen while in office serving as Kansas Senator for District 13.


Ben S. Paulen, Kansas Governor

Ben S. Paulen, Kansas Governor
Date: Between January 12, 1925 and January 14, 1929
This portrait shows the 23rd governor of Kansas, Ben S. Paulen from Fredonia, Kansas.


Ben S. Paulen, Kansas Governor

Ben S. Paulen, Kansas Governor
Date: Unknown
This portrait represents Kansas Governor Ben S. Paulen prior to being in office from 1925 to 1929. At the time the portrait was taken, Paulen was the Chairman of the State Board of Social Welfare.


Between Millstones

Between Millstones
Creator: Kelly, H. B.
Date: 1896
This short pamphlet discusses the problems that high tariffs and the gold standard create for workers and farmers. It clearly presents Populist ideas about the dire situation of Kansas farmers by giving several examples of how businessmen and merchants benefit from the oppression of common laborers. The pamphlet was written by H. B. Kelly and printed by the Jeffersonian Publishing Company in Lawrence, Kansas; each pamphlet cost five cents.


Business directory, Coronado, Kansas

Business directory, Coronado, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1889
This image shows a photographic business directory titled, "Coronado, the Railroad Town of Wichita County, Kansas." There are 25 photographs of business buildings with a list of the businesses below the pictures. Business number 2 (pictured on the top row, second from the left) is listed as "A. J. Wright Drugs, Stationery, Perfumes, Holiday articles." Other businesses listed include a bank, hardware stores, grocery stores, general merchandise stores, a church, livery barns, a contractor, a barber shop, lumber yards, a law office, a hotel, a meat market, and a blacksmith.


Campaign songs, as sung by the National Quartette

Campaign songs, as sung by the National Quartette
Date: 1892
This volume of campaign songs includes four pieces that vividly express the major beliefs of the Populist Party. The first song, "For Trampling on the Grass," criticizes the businessmen and bankers who were trampling on the rights of the common people. The second song, "The Republican's Lament," pokes fun at the Republicans who were no longer able to dominate the Populists now that "they have ceased to head our whippings, and have ceased to take our word." The third song, "The Wall Street Badge" describes how the government, according to the Populists, was now in the hands of Wall Street. The final song, "One of His Legs is Longer Than It Really Ought to Be," provides a comic perspective on some of the upcoming elections, including the race between Chester I. Long and "Sockless Jerry" Simpson.


Charles Boswell

Charles Boswell
Date: Between 1880 and 1884
This black and white illustration shows Charles Boswell, (1802-1884), benefactor for Washburn University. Boswell was born in 1802 in Norwich, Connecticut, where he made his fortune as a wholesale grocer and banker. In the latter part of his life he was also associated with the Hartford Fire Insurance Company. When Boswell moved to West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1860, his interest turned to education and helping struggling colleges in the west. One of the many colleges that benefited from his financial assistance was Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas. In 1884, Boswell gave the college ten thousand dollars toward the building of a library with the stipulation that five thousand additional dollars were to be raised. The challenge was meet and when the native limestone structure was completed, in 1886, the building was dedicated the Boswell Library. Boswell also established a $10,000.00 endowment at Washburn in memory of his only son who died during his junior year at Yale University. When Boswell passed away in October of 1884, he left provisions in his will that established a trust fund for Washburn and made the college a one-third residuary legatee of his estate.


Christian Balzac Hoffman

Christian Balzac Hoffman
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
A photograph showing Christian Balzac (C.B.) Hoffman seated in a chair reading a book. Born in Switzerland, where his family was in the milling business, C. B immigrated with his family to Wisconsin and then Kansas. The family originally located in Leavenworth when they came to Kansas but they moved to Dickinson County where C. B.'s father Christian was one of the founders of Enterprise, Kansas. After college, C. B. joined his father's milling business but he was involved in numerous other businesses. C. B. Hoffman was active in politics and evolved from a Republican to a Populist to a Socialist. As his beliefs evolved, he gradually cut ties with family in Enterprise. By 1910, he was divorced from his first wife and Hoffman and his second wife were living in Kansas City, Kansas. He ran for U.S. Senator from Kansas on the Socialist ticket in 1914.


Commercial National Bank in Alma, Kansas

Commercial National Bank in Alma, Kansas
Creator: Meier, Gustav H., 1865-1941
Date: Between 1908 and 1913
This is a photograph showing an interior view of the Commercial National Bank located at 226 Missouri in Alma, Kansas. The man at the teller cage is Alma banker and landscape photographer Louis Palenske and the on the right is his wife Emma Thoes Palenske.


Cyrus Kurtz Holliday

Cyrus Kurtz Holliday
Date: between 1870 and 1890
Portrait of Cyrus Kurtz Holliday, a distinguished Kansas pioneer, founder of Topeka, successful businessman, and a public spirited citizen.


Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday

Cyrus Kurtz Holliday to Mary Dillon Holliday
Creator: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
Date: March 31, 1859
Cyrus K. Holliday wrote from Topeka, Kansas Territory to his wife, Mary Holliday, who had returned to Meadville, Pennsylvania to give birth to their second child, Charles. Cyrus had been joined in Kansas Territory by his mother and two brothers, James T. and George K. Holliday. Cyrus sadly told of his mother's death at George's home in Wakarusa, Kansas Territory. He suggested that Mary wait to return to Topeka until May 1st, when Alfred Huidekoper of Meadville would issue him a loan. Cyrus also mentioned his political aspirations and two upcoming elections, the first at the Osawatomie Republican Convention, the second for delegates to the Wyandotte Constitutional Convention.


Dr. H. C. Perdue's Neosho County Advertiser, Erie, Kansas

Dr. H. C. Perdue's Neosho County Advertiser, Erie, Kansas
Date: Between 1887 and 1889
This pamphlet titled The Neosho County Advertiser was published by Dr. H. C. Perdue, M. D., in Erie, Kansas. It contains approximately 50 pages of descriptions of medical cures and other advertising. Descriptions of Dr. Perdue's Ague Cure and other medical treatments are on pages 2-28, and other advertisements are on pages 29-49, plus the inside and outside of the back cover. Besides information on Dr. Perdue's medical practice, there are numerous advertisements for drug stores. Drug stores listed in the advertisements (and their town locations, all in Kansas) include: Palace Drug Store, Erie; Ira Steinberger Drug Store, Erie; New City Drug Store, Erie; Dr. C. E. Steadman, Druggist, Osage Mission; I. N. Wherrett General Merchandise and Drugs, Vietsburg; M. Devine, Druggist, Osage Mission; Baldwin House Drug Store, Thayer; W. R. Kramer, Druggist, Chanute; John McCarthy, Druggist, Galesburg; and Mrs. Samuel Whelpley, Druggist, Morehead. Druggists listed as references for Dr. Perdue include Charles H. Eaton and J. T. Brown, both of Erie. Other businesses and professions advertised include attorneys, real estate agents, merchants, banks, doctors, clothing stores, millinery and dress making stores, grocery stores, jewelry stores, candy stores, cigar stores, meat markets, bakeries, livery stables, abstracters, tree nurseries, buggy harness stores, carpenters, hardware stores, fur dealers, barber shops, lumber companies, monument dealers, dry goods, dentists, hotels, and furniture stores.


Dr. Henry H. Miller

Dr. Henry H. Miller
Date: Between 1880 and 1910
Dr. Henry H. Miller was born in Alliance, Ohio, on May 4, 1850. He set up his medical practice in Rossville, Kansas, in June 1872. Until his death on May 1, 1916, he devoted his life to medicine. He also was elected the first mayor of Rossville in 1881 and was one of the organizers of the Peoples State Bank and the Rossville State Bank. In 1968, Mr. and Mrs. Clyde Miller gave the doctor's building site for the Rossville Community Library in memory of his grandfather, Dr. H.H. Miller, and his uncle, Dr. Henry B. Miller. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


Fred W. Freeman

Fred W. Freeman
Creator: Karl
Date: Between 1911 and 1915
This is a photograph of Fred W. Freeman, who served a president of Merchants National Bank in Topeka, Kansas from 1911-1928. He entered the banking business in 1882 and was involved in Topeka banking for 46 years.


George Docking

George Docking
Date: Between January 14, 1957 and January 9, 1961
This portrait shows George Docking, 1904-1964, a native of Clay Center, Kansas. He served as the Democratic governor of Kansas from 1957 to 1961. His son, Robert B. Docking, 1925-1983, also served as a Democratic governor of Kansas from 1967 to 1975.


George Docking

George Docking
Date: Between 1957 and 1961
This portrait shows George Docking, 1904-1964, a native of Clay Center, Kansas. He served as the Democratic governor of Kansas from 1957 to 1961. His son, Robert B. Docking, 1925-1983, also served as a Democratic governor of Kansas from 1967 to 1975.


George Docking

George Docking
Date: Between January 14, 1957 and January 9, 1961
This is an informal portrait of Governor George Docking, 1904-1964, sitting at his desk signing paperwork at the Statehouse in Topeka, Kansas. Docking, a native of Clay Center, Kansas, served as a Democratic governor of Kansas from 1957 to 1961. His son, Robert B. Docking, 1925-1983, served as a Democratic governor of Kansas from 1967 to 1975.


George Storch

George Storch
Creator: Ingalls, Sheffield
Date: Between 1905 and 1915
A portrait of George Storch, copied from History of Atchison County Kansas by Sheffield Ingalls. Storch was born in Bavaria, Germany, February 22, 1835, and at age seventeen, he came the United States and settled in Atchison, Kansas. After working on area farms, Storch opened a mercantile business. With the money from the store, Storch was able to invest in land and engage in the banking business. In 1873, he organized the German Savings Bank in Atchison, Kansas. Storch was active in politics and served two terms in the Kansas House of Representatives.


Georgia Neese Clark Gray

Georgia Neese Clark Gray
Date: 1949
This is a signed studio portrait of Georgia Neese Clark Gray, 1900-1995. Gray was National Committeewoman for the Democratic Party, 1936-1964. On June 9, 1949, President Harry S. Truman appointed her as the first woman to serve as the U. S. Treasurer. She served from 1949-1953. She was born in 1898 in Richland, Kansas, to Albert and Ellen Neese, Gray attended school in Topeka and graduated from Washburn College in 1921. During college, she developed an interest in acting and after graduation attended the Franklin Sargent School of Dramatic Art and spent nearly ten years acting with various stock companies. She married her manager, George M. Clark in 1929. They divorced in the mid-1940s. She started working at her father's Richland State Bank as an assistant cashier in 1935 and became president in 1937 following his death. She became active in the state Democratic Party and was elected National Committee Woman in Kansas in 1936, a position she held until 1964. She was an articulate and well-liked representative of the party and an early supporter of Harry Truman. It was this support that brought about her nomination as the first woman to be Treasurer of the United States. She served in that office from June 1949 until January 1953 when Truman left office.


Georgia Neese Clark Gray

Georgia Neese Clark Gray
Date: Between 1935 and 1940
A formal portrait of Georgia Neese Clark Gray, 1900-1995, of Richland, Kansas. Gray was National Committeewoman for the Democratic Party, 1936-1964, and was appointed by President Harry S. Truman on June 9, 1949 as the first woman to serve as the U. S. Treasurer, 1949-1953.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Banking Board

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Banking Board
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the Banking Board. Correspondence mainly focuses on applications of employment with the Board. File is incomplete, because the responses by Governor Clyde have been removed prior to arriving at the Kansas Historical Society. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Budget Director applications

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Budget Director applications
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to applications of employment as Budget Director for the State of Kansas. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Robert B. Docking

Governor Robert B. Docking
Date: Between 1967 and 1969
This color photograph was given to people visiting the governor's office. It shows Governor Robert B. Docking and the Kansas Capitol. Docking, a Democrat from Arkansas City, Kansas, served as governor from January 9, 1967 to January 13, 1975.


Governor Robert Blackwell Docking

Governor Robert Blackwell Docking
Creator: Stauffer Publications
Date: November 3, 1970
This black and white photograph shows Kansas Governor Robert Blackwell Docking celebrating his re-election as governor. Docking, a World War II veteran and banker from Arkansas City, Kansas, was elected the thirty-eighth governor of Kansas in 1966. He successfully won re-election in 1968, 1970, and 1972. He served more terms than any Kansas Governor, but a constitutional amendment approved during Docking's tenure allowed a governor to serve only two four year terms.


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