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This is a portrait of Catherine (Kate) Elizabeth German, who was taken captive with her younger sisters, Sophia, Julia, and Adelaide, by Cheyenne Indians after their family was killed. Kate was born on March 21, 1857. On September 11, 1874, the John German family, consisting of his wife and seven children, was attacked by a band of Cheyenne east of Ft. Wallace, Kansas. Only four of the children, Catherine, Sophia, Julia, and Adelaide, were spared and taken captive. The two youngest, Julia and Adelaide (aged 7 and 5), were subsequently abandoned on the prairie in what is now the Texas panhandle. Sophia and Catherine were kept by their Cheyenne captors. Fort Wallace received word of the killings and began the search to find the girls and to negotiate their release. They found Julia and Adelaide, who had survived on their own for 6 weeks, and on March 1, 1875, the Cheyennes formally released Catherine and Sophia German at the Darlington Agency in Indian Territory (Oklahoma). The two girls were reunited with their younger sisters at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas in June of 1875.

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1951 flood, Neosho County, Kansas

1951 flood, Neosho County, Kansas
Date: July 6, 1951
These are two aerial views of Neosho County, Kansas, that were taken by and published in the Chanute Tribune newspaper. The two photographs show a flooded oil storage facility and farmstead.


A gas line on the Mahan-Tarr ranch in Barber County, Kansas

A gas line on the Mahan-Tarr ranch in Barber County, Kansas
Date: March, 1955
Here are two photographs showing Cities Service's gas line on the Mahan-Tarr ranch in Barber County, Kansas. One photograph shows the ditching machine digging a trench for the gas line. The land was owned by Mrs. T. C. Mahan of Coldwater and her sister Mrs. Sewell Tarr of Huntsville, Arkansas who inherited the land from their father Frank Markham.


Alfred Mossman Landon, Kansas Governor

Alfred Mossman Landon, Kansas Governor
Date: Between 1930 and 1939
This photograph represents Alfred Mossman Landon, (1887-1987), standing in an oil field. He was governor of Kansas from 1933 to 1937, and ran an unsuccessful campaign for the Republican Presidential nomination in 1936, losing to President Franklin Roosevelt.


Applications for Positions

Applications for Positions
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: February 20, 1915
This file includes a letter from Great Bend, Kansas with the enclosing of an application for the position as Deputy Oil Inspector. The file is incomplete and does not include the application. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Cities Service Petroleum Corporation, Augusta, Kansas

Cities Service Petroleum Corporation, Augusta, Kansas
Date: June 1916
This black and white photograph shows a group of people standing in the oil field, discovered by the Cities Service Petroleum Corporation, in Augusta, Kansas. According to the back of the photograph, the well was flowing 1,800 barrels of oil daily.


Cities Service Petroleum Corporation, El Dorado, Kansas

Cities Service Petroleum Corporation, El Dorado, Kansas
Date: Between 1914 and 1916
This black and white photograph shows a team of horses and mules inside the pipe yard of the Cities Service Petroleum Corporation at El Dorado, Kansas. These horse drawn wagons were responsible for transporting the heavy equipment to the oil fields.


Derby Oil Company, Wichita, Kansas

Derby Oil Company, Wichita, Kansas
Date: Between 1940 and 1949
This black and white photograph shows the exterior view of the Derby Oil Company in Wichita, Kansas.


Derby Refinery, Wichita, Kansas

Derby Refinery, Wichita, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
These four black and white photographs show the Derby Petroleum Refinery in Wichita, Kansas.


"Dickinson No. 1" oil well, Lane County, Kansas

"Dickinson No. 1" oil well, Lane County, Kansas
Date: May 13, 1925
The "Dickinson No. 1" oil well spudding in on May 13, 1925. In the oil and gas industry, "spudding" refers to the process of beginning to drill a well.


Doyle Derrick audio interview on experiences in World War II

Doyle Derrick audio interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Derrick, Doyle Earl
Date: 1 February 2008
Technical Sergeant Derrick enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1939 and served until 1943. He was 29 years old when he enlisted. After basic training, he served as an instructor in Norman, Oklahoma and was then assigned to a bomber squadron in the Pacific as a technical sergeant. The were involved in the fighting at Guadacanal and the Philippines. He used the G. I. Bill for farming training at Highland Community College. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Feb 1, 2008. Derrick was born in Rogersville, Tennessee, on January 29, 1910. His family moved to Kansas when he was 7 or 8 years old. His father had a brother in Kansas who encouraged them to move here to go into farming. Derrick graduated from Highland High School and completed 2 years at Emporia State Teachers College. After two year of college, Derrick and a friend Vern Frisky "hoboed" for a year, ending up on the West Coast. He spent most of the 1930s in Alaska working on an oil pipeline. At some point after the war, he returned to Alaska. He was living in Wathena, Kansas at the time of this interview. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the nine community institutions that received these grants. The transcript from the interview is presented here; the original audio copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Drilling the Mahan-Tarr #1 oil well in Barber County, Kansas

Drilling the Mahan-Tarr #1 oil well in Barber County, Kansas
Date: December, 1954
Here are three photographs showing Purcell-Mull Drilling Company drilling Mahan-Tarr #1 in Barber County, Kansas. The well is located in the Medicine Lodge field. The well was owned by Mrs. T. C. Mahan of Coldwater and her sister Mrs. Sewell Tarr of Huntsville, Arkansas who inherited the land from their father Frank Markham.


Drilling the Mahan-Tarr #2 oil well in Barber County, Kansas

Drilling the Mahan-Tarr #2 oil well in Barber County, Kansas
Date: April 1956
Here are four photographs of Mahan-Tarr #2 oil well in Barber County, Kansas. The land was owned by Mrs. T. C. Mahan of Coldwater and her sister Mrs. Sewell Tarr of Huntsville, Arkansas who inherited it from their father Frank Markham.


Earl and Shirley Anne Burgess with a Mobil Oil Company truck in Cimarron, Kansas

Earl and Shirley Anne Burgess with a Mobil Oil Company truck in Cimarron, Kansas
Date: February 07, 1934
This is a photograph of Earl and Shirley Anne Burgess with a Mobil Oil Company truck in Cimarron, Kansas. After the Cimarron State Bank closed in 1932, Earl Burgess drove this truck.


Early oil well in Seward County, Kansas

Early oil well in Seward County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1912
This is a view of men collecting oil from an early oil well in Seward County, Kansas.


Elk County, Kansas

Elk County, Kansas
Creator: Smith, H. F.
Date: c1927
This map of Elk County, Kansas shows oil and gas wells, dry holes and abandoned, schools, churches, cemeteries, and state and county roads. It also shows names of rural landowners.


Excerpts from taped interviews with John Stadler

Excerpts from taped interviews with John Stadler
Creator: Stadler, John
Date: 1979
This oral history interview with John Stadler, Stevens County, describes his experiences during the dust bowl of the 1930s. He devotes much of the interview to reminiscing about how these dust storms interrupted the daily routines of those living in western Kansas. Stadler worked for the local gas company, and he also supervised the drilling of 443 wells near Hugoton. Copied from Dust Storms as Remembered by Hugoton Citizens.


First roustabout gang on Stapleton lease, Butler County, Kansas

First roustabout gang on Stapleton lease, Butler County, Kansas
Date: April 16, 1916
This photograph shows the six Butler County men who made up the first roustabout gang on the Stapleton oil lease. Top row, left to right: Jim Johnson, Cecil Morgan. Bottom row, left to right: Cal Andrews, Charlie Lee, Jim Chastain, Dick Guthrie. This publication was funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Geological team, Bartlesville, Oklahoma

Geological team, Bartlesville, Oklahoma
Date: 1915
This black and white photograph shows a geological team at Bartlesville, Oklahoma. The group of men were a part of a 220 team of geologist searching for oil in a three state region. The exploration started in 1914 in Butler County, Kansas, and extended up to the Nebraska border and down into Oklahoma.


Globe Oil Refinery, McPherson, Kansas

Globe Oil Refinery, McPherson, Kansas
Date: Between 1933 and 1939
This black and white photograph shows a view of the Globe Oil & Refining Company in McPherson, Kansas. The facility located southwest of McPherson was built in five months at a cost of one million dollars. The National Cooperative Refinery Association acquired the company in 1943.


Globe Oil and Supply Company, Wichita, Kansas

Globe Oil and Supply Company, Wichita, Kansas
Creator: Smith, Edgar B.
Date: Between 1930 and 1950
These three black and white photographs show the Globe Oil and Supply Company in Wichita, Kansas. The first image shows employees boxing cans of anti-freeze. The second image is a storage area and the third shows production equipment.


Goddard Woman's Club project book

Goddard Woman's Club project book
Creator: GFWC Goddard Woman's Club
Date: 1968-1969
This project book was created by the Goddard Woman's Club of Kansas which is an affiliate of the General Federation of Women's Clubs promoting civil, social and educational culture services to it's community. The program covered in the project book is the club's efforts to create and provide educational programs about the Shell Oil Company held at the Goddard Public Library. At the time of the programs, the Shell Oil Company had approximately forty-five producing wells and sixty thousand acres of land in and around Wichita, Kansas. It contains correspondence, program outlines, applications, newspaper clippings, photographs, and educational programming ephemera focusing on educating children of their community.


Goddard Woman's Club project book

Goddard Woman's Club project book
Creator: GFWC Goddard Woman's Club
Date: 1969-1970
This scrapbook was created by the Goddard Woman's Club of Kansas which is an affiliate of the General Federation of Women's Clubs promoting civil, social and educational culture services to it's community. The first program covered in the project book is the club's efforts to create and provide educational programs about the Shell Oil Company which had approximately forty-five producing wells and sixty thousand acres of land in and around Wichita, Kansas. The second program covered is the Winnie the Pooh Summer Reading Fun at the Goddard Public Library. Items include programs, correspondence, photographs and newspaper clippings.


Goddard Woman's Club project book

Goddard Woman's Club project book
Creator: GFWC Goddard Woman's Club
Date: 1967-1968
This project book was created by the Goddard Woman's Club of Kansas which is an affiliate of the General Federation of Women's Clubs promoting civil, social and educational culture services to it's community. The program covered in the project book is the Club's efforts to create and provide educational programs about the Shell Oil Company held at the Goddard Public Library. At the time of the programs, the Shell Oil Company had approximately forty-five producing wells and sixty thousand acres of land in and around Wichita, Kansas. It contains correspondence, program outlines, applications, newspaper clippings, photographs, and educational programming ephemera.


Gordon oil field, El Dorado, Kansas

Gordon oil field, El Dorado, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
This photograph shows Mr. and Mrs. Eliga Carter at Gordon oil field, El Dorado, Kansas.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Oil Inspector applications

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Oil Inspector applications
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to applications of employment as oil inspector in cities across Kansas. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


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