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Ada L. James to Lucy B. Johnston

Ada L. James to Lucy B. Johnston
Creator: James, Ada L.
Date: November 6, 1912
Ada James, President of the Political Equality League of Wisconsin, sent this telegram to Lucy Johnston, President of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association in Topeka, Shawnee County. James congratulated Johnston on the successful passage of a universal suffrage amendment to the state constitution.


Anna Howard Shaw to Lucy B. Johnston

Anna Howard Shaw to Lucy B. Johnston
Creator: Shaw, Anna Howard, 1847-1919
Date: November 6, 1912
Anna Shaw, president of the National American Woman Suffrage Association, sent this telegram to Lucy Johnston, president of the Kansas Equal Suffrage Association, announcing that women in Kansas had gained the vote.


Arthur Capper to Major General Clarence Danielson

Arthur Capper to Major General Clarence Danielson
Creator: Capper, Arthur, 1865-1951
Date: June 02, 1944
Arthur Capper's telegram to General Danielson relays the concerns of Kansas farmers who fear that their supply of POW labor is about to run out.


B. S. Gaitskill and C. D. Sample to Clyde M. Reed

B. S. Gaitskill and C. D. Sample to Clyde M. Reed
Creator: Gaitskill, B.S.
Date: December 6, 1919
In this telegram, B. S. Gaitskill and C. D. Sample, court appointed receivers, tell Clyde Reed, secretary to Kansas Governor Henry J. Allen, of Topeka, of the following places where shipments of coal have gone. Coal mine operations in southeast Kansas stopped due to labor strikes and the state took control of the mines. Volunteers carried out the day-to-day work. During this period, court appointed receivers directed all activities.


C. B. Woodward to Governor John Martin

C. B. Woodward to Governor John Martin
Creator: Woodward, C.B.
Date: March 13, 1886
Labette County sheriff, C.B. Woodward, tells Kansas Governor John Martin of Topeka he is unable to control the strikers who have captured the train engines by force. He is requesting military support. 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.


C. D. Samples and B. S. Gaitskill to Clyde Reed

C. D. Samples and B. S. Gaitskill to Clyde Reed
Creator: Sample C.D.
Date: December 10, 1919
C. D. Sample and B. S. Gaitskill, court appointed receivers during the state takeover of the southeast Kansas coal fields, telegram Clyde Reed, secretary to Kansas Governor Henry J. Allen, of Topeka, requesting engineers to operate steam shovels. The state has called on volunteers to take the place of mine workers who refused to return to work after the state takeover of the mines. Many workers volunteering to help during this time were inexperienced. This caused delays in coal operations and deterioration in some of the mine fields.


Clem Blangers to Senator Arthur Capper

Clem Blangers to Senator Arthur Capper
Creator: Blangers, Clem
Date: January 30, 1946
A telegram from Clem Blangers, Salina, Kansas, to Kansas Senator Arthur Capper of Topeka. Blangers, Secretary of the Salina Building Trades Council, requested something be done for the returning war veterans and the jobs that they had left behind that were now being filled by German prisoner of war workers. He asked that the prisoners be removed so that the veterans can have work available.


Clyde Reed to Cryus Dudley

Clyde Reed to Cryus Dudley
Creator: Reed, Clyde Martin, 1871-1949
Date: December 17, 1919
In this letter, Clyde Reed, secretary of Governor Arthur Capper, tells Cyrus Dudley, mayor of Preston, Kansas, that a shipment of coal has been delivered under emergency. "There is no way it can be changed after coal has been shipped." The state took over operations of the southeast Kansas coal fields following several labor disputes that resulted in a mine workers' strike. To remedy the problem during the winter of 1919, the Kansas State Supreme Court granted authority to operate the mines to the state of Kansas. Volunteers were called in to man the mines during this period. Frequent exchanges such as this occurred when coal deliveries to communities were delayed or unsatisfactory coal shipments were received. In this telegram, Mr. Reed tells the mayor to increase his stock of coal while there is opportunity.


Earl M. Smith to Senator Arthur Capper

Earl M. Smith to Senator Arthur Capper
Creator: Smith, Earl M.
Date: April 20, 1945
This is a telegram from Earl M. Smith, Concordia, Kansas, to Kansas Senator Arthur Capper, Washington D.C. With World War II taking much of the male labor force overseas, prisoners of war were brought in to do many of the jobs left behind. Smith, the president of the Cloud County Farm Bureau, requested that more prisoner of war workers from the Concordia camp be available to help with a labor shortage that the area was having.


Edwin M. Watson to Harry Colmery

Edwin M. Watson to Harry Colmery
Creator: Watson, Edwin
Date: June 15, 1944
Edwin M. Watson, Secretary to the President of the United States, invites Harry Colmery to be present at the signing of the G. I. Bill. Harry Colmery was a member of the committee that worked on the G. I. Bill of Rights and is credited with writing the initial draft of the bill. He testified in Congress in favor of the bill. This telegram invites him to the signing ceremony at the White House. Mr. Colmery had served as National Commander of the American Legion in 1937 and was an advocate for veterans rights and benefits throughout his life.


F.A. Winfrey to Governor Alfred Mossman Landon

F.A. Winfrey to Governor Alfred Mossman Landon
Creator: Winfrey, F. A.
Date: June 17, 1933
F. A. Winfrey, Director of the Red Cross office in St. Louis, Missouri, responds to a request by Governor Alfred Landon of Topeka, Kansas, for assistance with drought conditions in Southwest Kansas. A survey of conditions in drought stricken areas had revealed desperate conditions in at least four Kansas counties with assistance needed, in some cases, as soon as twenty-four hours. The Governor had already negotiated emergency freight rates with railroad companies operating within the state. The area seriously effected by the drought involved at least three states including Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas.


Fred Iles correspondence

Fred Iles correspondence
Date: 1906-1930
Fred Iles was assistant right of way and tax agent for the Kansas Town and Land Company which bought and sold lands on the right of way of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company. In 1917, he assumed Ernest Warren Cline's position as right of way agent, responsible for representing the railroad's interest in all matters concerning the acquisition and disposition of land on the right of way. This correspondence includes Iles' activities and expenses accounts at the behest of E. W. Cline and the CRI&P Railway.


G. D. Stockwell to Representative Albert Cole

G. D. Stockwell to Representative Albert Cole
Creator: Stockwell, Glenn Dale, 1901-1964
Date: August 17, 1951
This is a telegram from Glenn Dale Stockwell, sent from Topeka, Kansas, to United States Representative Albert Cole, Washington, D.C. Stockwell, who was a resident of the Blue River Valley and a leading opponent of the Tuttle Creek dam construction, writes about the record rainfalls and the river discharge figures showing how inadequate the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program is for flood control.


George W. Scott papers

George W. Scott papers
Creator: Scott, George W., 1850-1920
Date: 1889-1899
Business correspondence, arranged chronologically, of George W. Scott, one of the first residents of Edgerton, Kansas. A large portion of the collection is correspondence between Scott and Frank S. Hammond, Scott's partner in a 20,000 acre ranch in the Texas panhandle. Much of the correspondence deals with their attempts to raise cattle, lease the land, and sell or trade the property. Hammond worked as a general manager for several railroads (Kansas City, Fort Scott, and Memphis Railroad Company; Kansas City, Shreveport, and Gulf Railway Company; and the Kansas City, Watkins, and Gulf Railway Company) that were in the process of expanding their lines, and mentioned these activities in his letters. Due to their real estate investments in Texas, many letters come from banks, insurance agents, and land surveyors in the panhandle. Scott also served as secretary for the Johnson County Fair Association and owned the Gardner Lumber Company. Scott frequently corresponded with creameries, dairy farmers, wholesale dry goods retailers and seed merchants, including the Kansas Seed House owned by Frederick W. Barteldes in Lawrence. Also included are invoices, checks, contracts, and inventory lists from various businesses.


Governor Alfred Mossman Landon to Red Cross

Governor Alfred Mossman Landon to Red Cross
Creator: Landon, Alfred Mossman, 1887-1987
Date: June 17, 1933
Governor Alfred Landon of Topeka, Kansas, appeals to the Red Cross office in St. Louis, Missouri, for drought relief assistance. A survey of drought conditions in Southwest Kansas had revealed desperate conditions. Landon, 1887-1987, had already negotiated emergency freight rates with railroads operating within the state. See F. A. Winfrey, Red Cross, to Governor Alfred Landon, dated June 17, 1933.


Governor John Martin to Colonel A.B. Campbell

Governor John Martin to Colonel A.B. Campbell
Creator: Martin, John Alexander, 1839-1889
Date: April 5, 1886
Kansas Governor John A. Martin of Topeka telegrams Adjutant General Colonel A. B. Campbell of Parsons about conditions in Parsons during the 1886 Missouri Pacific Railway Strike. Colonel Campbell has written the governor asking permission to provide arms for the citizens of Parsons to protect the peace. In this telegram, Governor Martin asks the Colonel if it would "be better for the citizens to organize a militia company under command of Major Kniffin or some other experienced officer?"


Governor John Martin to Colonel A.B. Campbell

Governor John Martin to Colonel A.B. Campbell
Creator: Martin, John Alexander, 1839-1889
Date: March 15, 1886
In this telegram to Colonel Campbell, Kansas Governor John Martin of Topeka responds to a request for militia units at Parsons, Kansas, to help maintain order during a strike of railroad workers. The governor does not favor using the militia except in the "direst necessity." He asks Colonel Campbell to insist that the sheriff and people of Labette County, Kansas, preserve the peace. 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.


H.A. Kinney to Governor Walter Huxman

H.A. Kinney to Governor Walter Huxman
Creator: Emergency Dust Bowl Committee
Date: April 23, 1937
Secretary of the Emergency Dust Bowl Committee H. A. Kinney of Liberal (Seward County) sends Governor Walter Huxman of Topeka (Shawnee County) a copy of a telegram the committee sent President Franklin Roosevelt. The telegram appeals to the federal government for assistance in stopping the removal of top soil in the drought stricken areas of Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Colorado, and Kansas. The telegram advises that the present program of management by individual farmers is inadequate. H. A. Kinney was also Secretary of the Liberal Chamber of Commerce.


Irwin G. Bingham, World War I soldier

Irwin G. Bingham, World War I soldier
Creator: Bingham, Irwin G.
Date: 1917-1919
Around 1919, the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning veterans (primarily members of the 35th and 89th infantry divisions) and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records. This file contains information on Irwin G. Bingham, Supply Company, 353rd Infantry, 89th Division.


J.B. Van Dyne to H.M. Hoxie

J.B. Van Dyne to H.M. Hoxie
Creator: Van Dyne J.B.
Date: May 18, 1885
J.B. Van Dyne of the Missouri Pacific Railway Company, Sedalia, Missouri, responds to of the Missouri Pacific Railway vice president H.M. Hoxie of St. Louis, Missouri, regarding the treatment of striking workers. Railway employees in Parsons were refusing to return to work following successful negotiation of the railroad strike. Kansas Governor Martin has asked railway Vice President Hoxie to determine the accuracy of complaints that negotiation agreements were violated.


J. D. Rogers to Representative Albert Cole

J. D. Rogers to Representative Albert Cole
Creator: Rogers, J. D.
Date: August 17, 1951
This is a telegram from J. D. Rogers, Marysville, Kansas to United States Representative Albert Cole. Rogers writes that he is opposed to the Pick-Sloan Missouri Basin Program which he believes will destroy more productive property than it will save. He is in favor of a flood control program that will conserve all productive property in the entire Kansas River watershed.


J. P. Thomas to Governor Henry J. Allen

J. P. Thomas to Governor Henry J. Allen
Creator: Thomas, J.P.
Date: December 19, 1919
The mayor of Portis Kansas, J. P. Thomas, telegrams Kansas Governor Henry J. Allen about the poor condition of coal received. The state had taken over the southeast Kansas coal fields following a series of coal strikes in the winter of 1919. Communities experienced delays in shipments of coals and oftentimes coal not well suited to their needs.


Kansas Adjutant General U.S. War Department correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General U.S. War Department correspondence
Date: April 1902 - June 1904
Correspondence sent and received by the Kansas Adjutant General's Office and the U.S. War Department between April 1902 - June 1904. Letters were also sent to Governor William E. Stanley and Governor Willis J. Bailey. Kansas Adjutant Generals during this period were Simeon M. Fox and Samuel H. Kelsey. Correspondents include Brigadier General William Crozier at the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, J. Parker and E.J. McClernand, Majors of Cavalry, and Quartermaster Generals Marshall I. Ludington and Charles F. Humphrey. Frequent correspondence was made with the Headquarters of the Department of the Missouri, in Omaha, the Headquarters of the Northern Division, in St. Louis, and the Headquarters of the Department of the Lakes, in Chicago. Topics discussed include military maneuvers, annual reports, and transportation arrangements.


Kansas Adjutant General U.S. War Department correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General U.S. War Department correspondence
Date: July 1904 - December 1906
Correspondence sent and received by the Kansas Adjutant General's Office and the U.S. War Department between July 1904 - December 1906. Letters were also sent to Governor Willis J. Bailey and Governor Edward W. Hoch. Kansas Adjutant Generals during this period were Samuel H. Kelsey and James W.F. Hughes. Correspondents include Brigadier General William Crozier at the Office of the Chief of Ordnance, Quartermaster General Charles F. Humphrey, and James W. Cheney, librarian of the War Department. Frequent record-keeping information is solicited on behalf of the Secretary of War, the Office of the Commissary General, and the Surgeon General's Office. Topics discussed include general orders, army appropriation bills, payment of expenses, and annual reports.


Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence

Kansas Adjutant General general correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1865
Correspondence sent and received by the Kansas Adjutant General's Office. Thomas J. Anderson succeeded Cyrus K. Holliday as Adjutant General in April 1865. Notable correspondents include Edmund G. Ross, William McEntyre Dye, and Sidney Clarke. Several letters were also received from publisher D.R. Anthony regarding the copying and distribution of the 1864 Adjutant General's Report. Many letters acknowledge the sending and receipt of muster rolls. This correspondence also includes several petitions nominating a new Brigadier General, including Colonel Sandy Lowe of Douglas County replacing General William Fishbacker. A searchable, full-text version of this correspondence is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


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