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Agreement, Construction of Office Building in Leavenworth

Agreement, Construction of Office Building in Leavenworth
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: September 29, 1855
A. H. Reeder enters into an agreement with H. M. Hook for the latter to "erect" an office building on lot #8, block #3 of Leavenworth, Kansas Territory. Hook agrees to build the structure, "16 feet by 32 feet similar to the office of M. I. Parrot" (perhaps, Marcus J. Parrott) for $400. Hook is to be paid out of the rent received on this property when finished, as well as from what rent he receives on three other properties he has leased from Reeder.


Agreement with the Lapland Exhibit Company

Agreement with the Lapland Exhibit Company
Creator: Bull, Niels
Date: May 17, 1893
This is an exclusive contract between Niels Bull, his wife Margarita Bull, their six year old son Morten Bull of Singsaas, Herred, Norway, and the Lapland Exhibit Company of Chicago, Illinois, by P. H. Coney, President and Superintendent, and Emil Arner, Vice-President and Manager. The Bull family agrees to work, exhibit, and perform in native costume at the World's Columbian Exposition at Chicago, Illinois or elsewhere in the United States of American for the Lapland Exhibit Company. Their family pay rate was 12 kroners per day. The contract was canceled October 31, 1893. Patrick H. Coney, a Topeka native, was the Exposition's manager. Emil Arner may have been from Salina, Kansas. See also Kansas Memory item 227115.


Atchison land sale between Samuel Pomeroy and Theodore Hyatt

Atchison land sale between Samuel Pomeroy and Theodore Hyatt
Date: June 29, 1857
"This agreement made this 29th day of June 1857 Between Samuel C. Pomeroy of the City of Atchison Kansas Territory. . .and Theodore Hyatt of the City of New York" addresses the sale of certain portions of city lots in Atchison and other land to the latter, as well as "one half of said Pomeroy's interest in the Squatter Sovereign," etc. Pomeroy received several thousand dollars in this exchange.


Charles Blair and John Brown, contract for fabrication of spears

Charles Blair and John Brown, contract for fabrication of spears
Creator: Blair, Charles
Date: March 30, 1857
Executed on March 30, 1857, with this agreement Blair promised to produce and deliver "One Thousand Spears; with handles fitted of equal quality to one doz already made and sent to Springfield, Mass." Specifications are briefly described, and then the contract reads: "In consideration whereof, John Brown late of Kansas" agreed to make a partial payment of $500 within ten days and another $450 as a final payment thirty days later.


Disposition of baseball contract for Ed Wilson of Topeka

Disposition of baseball contract for Ed Wilson of Topeka
Date: August 01, 1951
This contract disposition form dated August 1, 1951, was used in a minor league baseball player transaction involving Topekan Ed Wilson. Under its terms, the contract rights to Wilson's services were assigned mid-season by the Paris (IL) Lakers of the Mississippi-Ohio Valley League to the Fulton (KY) Railroaders of the Kentucky-Illinois-Tennessee League. Wilson's minor league career spanned the period 1948-1953. Besides the Paris and Fulton clubs, he played for minor league teams in Miami (OK), Topeka, Iola, and Hannibal (MO). In the 150 minor league games for which his pitching statistics are available, he compiled a 56-32 record, with a 3.62 ERA. Digital reproduction of the form was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


East Abilene Town Company records

East Abilene Town Company records
Date: 1887-1900
The East Abilene Town Company was organized and incorporated in 1887 with L. A. Bigger of Hutchinson, Kansas as its president. M. A. Low was principal stockholder. The company originally purchased 445 acres of land which was platted into the first addition of the Kansas Town and Land Company to Abilene, Kansas. Mr. Bigger was also President of the Reno Town Company in which the Kansas Town and Land Company owned controlling interest. Materials include the company charter and bylaws, director's minutes, general correspondence, leases and land contracts, treasurer's statements and expense accounts, tax lists and certificates, legal documents, and ledger books.


Exhibit contract for the World's Columbian Exposition

Exhibit contract for the World's Columbian Exposition
Date: April 12, 1893
This is a contract, written in Swedish, by representatives of Lapland (the Sami people) allowing them to exhibit and perform at the World's Columbian Exposition in 1893 held in Chicago, Illinois. Patrick H. Coney, a Topeka native, was the Exposition's manager. One of the people signing the contract was Emil Arner, who may have been from Salina, Kansas. See also Kansas Memory item 318789.


Garden City Sugar and Land Company Lease

Garden City Sugar and Land Company Lease
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: February 17, 1915
This file includes a letter and lease for the Sugar and Land Company in Garden City, Kansas. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Hiram Hill and Thaddeus L. Whitney, Articles of Agreement

Hiram Hill and Thaddeus L. Whitney, Articles of Agreement
Creator: Hill, Hiram, 1804-
Date: January 6, 1855
Thaddeus L. Whitney of Lawrence, Kansas Territory agreed to build a house in Lawrence for Hiram Hill of Williamsburgh, Massachusetts. Dimensions and materials were described in detail. Construction was to be completed "in good workmanlike manner." The time and amount of payment also were established. The articles of agreement were signed by Whitney, Hill, and S. N. Simpson as witness.


Isaac Tichenor Goodnow and Clark W. Lewis, contract for construction of  building at Bluemont Central College

Isaac Tichenor Goodnow and Clark W. Lewis, contract for construction of building at Bluemont Central College
Creator: Goodnow, Isaac T. (Isaac Tichenor), 1814-1894
Date: April 27, 1859
This document outlines an agreement between Isaac Goodnow, Agent for Bluemont Central College in Manhattan, Kansas Territory, and Clark Lewis of Pottawattomie County. Lewis was to construct a second College building, an "edifice of stone." The indenture describes in detail the building's specifications, completion date of contruction, and the schedule of payments due to Lewis for his labor and materials.


Isaac Tichenor Goodnow and Jasher H. Brous, contract for construction of building at Bluemont Central College

Isaac Tichenor Goodnow and Jasher H. Brous, contract for construction of building at Bluemont Central College
Creator: Goodnow, Isaac T. (Isaac Tichenor), 1814-1894
Date: April 19, 1859
This document outlines an agreement between Isaac T. Goodnow, Agent for Bluemont Central College, and Jasher H. Brous, for construction of a College building. It includes details of individual rooms and specifications of the entire building, as well as a schedule for payments that would be made to Brous.


Julia Wright's teaching contract

Julia Wright's teaching contract
Date: September 3, 1904
This is Julia Wright's teacher's contract for a term of five school months. She taught in Norton County and was paid $35.00 per month. In 1906, she married Edward Ray Sloan, who later served three terms in the Kansas House of Representatives from 1923 to 1929.


Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union Carry A. Nation Home

Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union Carry A. Nation Home
Date: 1923-1938
This correspondence and miscellaneous papers concern the Carry A. Nation Home, a home for elderly women in Kansas City, Kansas, established by the Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union. A number of letter are to and from Mary E. Dobbs, Wichita, Kansas, who was the corresponding secretary for the WCTU. Also included are inquiries about working at the home, rulings and minutes of board meetings, copies of resident contracts, house rules, a "brief" history, and a receipt book. There is a printed copy of the 1923 constitution and by-laws for the Ingleside Home for Aged Women in Topeka, Kansas. There are several other groups of official Kansas WCTU records on Kansas Memory. They can be found by selecting Collections - Manuscript - KWCTU/Mary Evelyn Dobbs.


Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union permanent records

Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union permanent records
Date: 1910-1939
These permanent records of the Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union include the records of the treasurer, contracts concerning publications, sworn statements of elected trustees, correspondence with potential speakers, candidate information relating to prohibition laws in Kansas, and meeting minutes. There is also correspondence concerning the Kellogg-Briand Pact, an international peace agreement signed in 1928. One letter clearly disapproves of Maude Royden, an English suffragist, from fulfilling her presentation for the Y.W.C.A on account of her tobacco use. A copy of the charter of the Woman's Christian Temperance Union of Kansas, signed by Secretary of State Frank J. Ryan is also included. There are several other groups of official Kansas WCTU records on Kansas Memory. They can be found by selecting Collections - Manuscript - KWCTU/Mary Evelyn Dobbs.


Kansas mining camp material

Kansas mining camp material
Date: 1914-1980
Various images and items from throughout Kansas that could not be pinpointed to or not tied to one specific mining camp. Many are contracts or laws adopted in Kansas City or Pittsburg but do not specify as to which specific mining camp.


Land contract between the Union Pacific Railway Company and Alice Moore

Land contract between the Union Pacific Railway Company and Alice Moore
Date: January 12, 1893
Land contract made between the Union Pacific Railway Company and Miss Alice Moore of Arapahoe County, Colorado. Moore bought 160 acres in Wallace County, Kansas, from the railroad for $880.


Leavenworth Association town shares memorandum

Leavenworth Association town shares memorandum
Creator: Leavenworth Town Association
Date: June 25, 1855
Tlhis legal document is signed by three trustees of the Leavenworth Town Association (Oliver Diefendorf, William S. Yohe, and J. M. Day). This contract sells lot #19 in block #17 to John A. Halderman for $175.00. The specific terms of the agreement are contained in this document.


"Leavenworth Journal" equipment lease

"Leavenworth Journal" equipment lease
Creator: Halderman, John Adams
Date: April 30, 1858
Dated April 30, 1858, and executed in Leavenworth, Kansas Territory, this handwritten document is an "agreement made and entered into" by John Adams Halderman and Hugh Ewing, representing the "Leavenworth Journal," with C. H. McLaughlin and William B. Hutchison, to lease all the newspaper equipment for $25 per month. Among other more technically-oriented conditions of the lease pertaining to the upkeep of the business, McLaughlin and Hutchison agreed "to make it a free-state Democratic paper, sustaining the ___ ___ course of Senator Douglas . . ."


Legal abandonment of land near Lawrence

Legal abandonment of land near Lawrence
Creator: Pratt, Caleb S
Date: October 15, 1855
This document dated October 15, 1855, and signed by Caleb S. Pratt, Levin B. Dennis, Joshia Smith, and R. T. Hooton, appears to be their statement of abandonment for any claim to "lands situated in the vicinity of Lawrence" (640 acres) as defined within the agreement. It seemed that Charles Robinson was to locate "a Wyandotte Indian Float" on this same section of land.


Minor league baseball contract offered to Ad Lindsey

Minor league baseball contract offered to Ad Lindsey
Date: January 19, 1923
This is a minor league baseball contract offered in 1923 to Adrian (Ad) Lindsey by the Salina Millers, a team in the Class C Southwestern League. Lindsey was on the Salina roster in 1922, but records indicate he played in Montreal during the 1923 season. A native of Oklahoma, Ad Lindsey moved to Kansas in his youth and was a multi-sport athlete at the University of Kansas, lettering in football, basketball, and baseball. He played minor league baseball not only in Salina and Montreal, but also in Bartlesville and Wilkes-Barre. During WWI, he was a teammate of Grover Cleveland Alexander on the 342d Field Artillery baseball team (see Kansas Memory Item Number 225688). Lindsey, however, is better known as a football player and coach. He captained the KU football team in 1916 and was twice named to the All-Missouri Valley Conference team. At the close of WWI, he was a member of the Eighty-Ninth Division football team that won the American Expeditionary Forces championship. Lindsey would later become the head football coach at KU (1932-38), after serving in a similar capacity at Bethany College (1922-26), and the University of Oklahoma (1927-31).


Minor league baseball contract offered to Ray Etzel of Topeka, Kansas

Minor league baseball contract offered to Ray Etzel of Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1947
This is a minor league baseball contract offered by the Miami (Oklahoma) Owls to Raymond Etzel of Topeka, Kansas. The Miami club, an affiliate of the Topeka Owls, proposed to pay Etzel $155 per month, but he did not join the team. A veteran of World War II, Etzel played baseball in the Marine Corps while stationed in San Francisco during his last year of military service. In 1946, he pitched for the minor league Chanute Owls during his only season as a professional player. Afterward, he played semi-pro baseball in Topeka and also became active in the Shawnee County Amateur Baseball Association. Ray Etzel was a life-long Topeka resident (1921-2006). He worked for the U.S. Postal Service as a rural mail carrier for 37 years, and later worked for the legislative post office. Digital reproduction of the contract was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


Pittsburg, Kansas

Pittsburg, Kansas
Date: Between 1909 and 1962
Here are multiple photographs of mining near Pittsburg, Kansas. The Pittsburg mining camp was founded in 1876 specifically to be a center for smelting lead and zinc since it was at the approximate center of what is now known as the Weir-Pittsburg Coal Field. Images include mining equipment, miners, mines, and miscellaneous contracts and paperwork.


Power of Attorney from Andrew H. Reeder to John A. Halderman

Power of Attorney from Andrew H. Reeder to John A. Halderman
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: April 27, 1857
Andrew H. Reeder grants his "Power of Attorney" to John A. Halderman, who had served him faithfully in various capacities since 1854, via this notarized, handwritten document dated April 27, 1857. It specifically details what such power meant in terms of the property holdings Reeder had in Kansas Territory, etc.


Quindaro Town Company agreement

Quindaro Town Company agreement
Creator: Walker, Joel
Date: November 1, 1856
The document outlines the details related to the establishment of the Quindaro Town Company in Kansas Territory. It calls for the distribution of lots (shares) among the four founders (Joel Walker, Charles Robinson, Abelart Guthrie, and S. N. Simpson) and outlines plans for selling the remaining lots. It also specifies how proceeds from the sale of lots would be used for various improvements and the number of lots designated for civic purposes.


South Arkansas Valley Town Company records

South Arkansas Valley Town Company records
Date: 1887-1917
The South Arkansas Valley Town Company was organized and incorporated in 1887 to do business from Dodge City, Kansas. It was chartered to buy and sell land in the Bloom and Kingsdown townsites of Ford County on the right of way of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway. W. C. Shinn, President of the Directors, purchased 382 shares of company stock in the name of C. F. Jilson (trustee for the CRI&P). The company was disbanded and the final dividend paid in 1906. These records include correspondence, land contracts, financial statements, town lot price lists, and assorted ledgers.


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