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15 Mine in Crawford, Kansas

15 Mine in Crawford, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1940
Two photographs of 15 Mine, in either Cherokee County or Crawford County, Kansas. The mine could have also been called Camp 15. Two men stand in front of the mining out buildings.


8,000 students affected, state officials see no trouble adjusting schools to new rule

8,000 students affected, state officials see no trouble adjusting schools to new rule
Creator: Topeka Journal
Date: May 17, 1954
This article discusses how the state of Kansas will work to conform to the ruling made in the Brown v. Board of Education decision on May 17, 1954. The U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that the segregation of schools based on race was unconstitutional. Many cities in Kansas, including Topeka, Atchison, Salina, Wichita, and Pittsburg were already working to integrate their schools. Topeka had an estimated 625 African American students who would be affected by the court's ruling, and the article lists the numbers for other cities and towns in the state.


A. Hood & Sons Implement Company, Columbus, Kansas

A. Hood & Sons Implement Company, Columbus, Kansas
Date: 1914
This is a photograph of the building which housed The A. Hood & Sons Implement Company, 116 West Pine Street, Columbus, Ks. In 2007, Jason & Lisa Hulvey purchased the building and the Evan's Drug Store business from Evan McNemar.


A.M. Coville to George W. Martin

A.M. Coville to George W. Martin
Creator: Coville, A.M.
Date: March 27, 1909
In this letter to Kansas State Historical Society Secretary Geroge W. Martin, A.M. Coville relates his knowledge of the Kaw Indian White Plume. Coville explains that when he first met White Plume in 1875 he "claimed to be over 90 years old, and he certainly looked to be 100. His hair was white his face wrinkled and features shrunken." Coville also mentions that White Plume had survived an attack with the "Plains Indians" in which he had been scalped, surviving only by being rescued by his tribesmen.


A.S. Wilson to Henry J. Allen

A.S. Wilson to Henry J. Allen
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1919-1923 : Allen)
Date: January 24, 1919
A.S. Wilson, an attorney in Galena, Kansas, writes to Governor Henry J. Allen to indicate his interest in a law that would allow second class cities to separate the schools based on "white and colored children." He included a petition with signatures with the letter.


Albert Myatt and Sherman Johnson , prisoners 9326 and 9124

Albert Myatt and Sherman Johnson , prisoners 9326 and 9124
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: February 1, 1901
This photograph shows inmates, Albert Myatt, prisoner #9326 and Sherman Johnson, prisoner #9124. Albert Myatt was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary on April 21, 1900 from Cherokee County, Kansas for robbery. Inmate Sherman Johnson was received at the penitentiary on November 25, 1899 from Oklahoma for larceny. Aliases for him includes Walter Coles.


An appeal for help in behalf of the colored refugees in Kansas

An appeal for help in behalf of the colored refugees in Kansas
Creator: Rust, Horatio Nelson, 1828-1906
Date: January 22, 1881
This flyer, distributed by the Southern Refugee Relief Association of Chicago, Illinois, describes the dire situation of the African-American refugees relocated in Kansas. The secretary of this association, Horatio N. Rust, had taken this opportunity to pass along information relayed to him by Elizabeth Comstock, an aid worker in Topeka. Comstock was thankful for the donations of food and other goods, but asked for more assistance in feeding, clothing, and sheltering these refugees. The flyer also includes short excerpts of letters by agents of the refugee association who had direct knowledge of the emigrants' situation.


Basketball game, Treece, Kansas

Basketball game, Treece, Kansas
Creator: Atkinson Studio
Date: 1940
This photograph shows the Junior-Hi Midgets basketball team playing a game in Treece, Kansas. The photograph was copied from an album loaned by the family.


Baxter National Bank, Baxter Springs, Kansas

Baxter National Bank, Baxter Springs, Kansas
Date: Between 1870 and 1900
A photograph showing the Baxter National Bank in Baxter Springs, Kansas. This bank was robbed by Jessie James in May 1876. At the time the photograph was taken, the structure was called the Douthit Building.


Baxter Springs as a military post

Baxter Springs as a military post
Creator: Thompson, Hugh L.
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
This pamphlet recounts the history of Baxter Springs, Kansas, as military institution during the Civil War. It also describes the murder of the Rev. John Baxter for whom the town was named. It describes the attack on General James G. Blunt and his forces at Baxter Springs on October 6, 1863. The author, Hugh L. Thompson, wrote the account from memory and claimed to be the "only man who was sent there at all times when the U.S. troops occupied the place." Thompson was a member of the 3rd Wiscosin Cavalry Volunteers, Company C.


Boy with tricycle, Treece, Kansas

Boy with tricycle, Treece, Kansas
Date: Between 1955 and 1959
This is a photograph of Joey Leatherman with his tricycle, Treece, Kansas. The photograph was copied from an album loaned by the family.


Brewery and residence, Baxter Springs, Kansas

Brewery and residence, Baxter Springs, Kansas
Date: Between 1955 and 1965
Photographs of a brewery and residence located on the site of the original spring in Baxter Springs, Kansas.


Bridge near Baxter Springs, Kansas

Bridge near Baxter Springs, Kansas
Creator: Grantham, J. W.
Date: 1908
This is a postcard showing a horse drawn carriage on a bridge near Baxter Springs, Kansas.


Businesses, Galena, Kansas

Businesses, Galena, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1930
Photographs showing the interior of two Galena businesses.


Businesses on Pine Street in Columbus, Kansas

Businesses on Pine Street in Columbus, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1912
This is a photograph showing businesses and people on Pine Street in Columbus, Kansas.


Business street scene, Empire City, Kansas

Business street scene, Empire City, Kansas
Date: Between 1870 and 1880
A group of people posing for a photograph in Empire City, Kansas. A saloon is visible in the foreground.


Carona mining camp, Cherokee County, Kansas

Carona mining camp, Cherokee County, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1940
Photographs of Carona, Kansas. Carona, originally named Carbona, is located in Cherokee County approximately 3 miles west of the town of Scammon. The post office in Carona was established in 1905 and closed in 1988. A settlement continues at this site as well as a few businesses. Photographs include images of the public school, union hall, and store.


Cherokee County exhibition

Cherokee County exhibition
Creator: Cherokee County Breeders' Association
Date: Between 1870 and 1910
A poster for the Cherokee County fair. There is no year given but the dates are from October 11th to October 14th. Highlights of the fair include: $2,500 in premiums; good races daily; and shows of mechanical arts. Fair officers are A. T. Lea, president, and D. C. Nichols, secretary.


Cherokee County organization records

Cherokee County organization records
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: 1866-1912
In order for an unorganized county to be recognized by the state of Kansas, a certain number of householders/legal electors had to petition the governor. The governor would appoint a census taker. Initially, unorganized counties were required to document that they had at least 600 inhabitants in order to be recognized as a county by the state legislature. Over time the number of residents needed to organize a county changed to 1500 and later to 2500 residents. The census was submitted to the governor who then issued a proclamation indicating that the requirements had been met, appointing county commissioners and a county clerk, and naming a county seat. Not all of these documents are available for each county. Included in this file are letters about the population of Cherokee County, issues on where the county seat should be located, and boundary line issues between Labette County and Cherokee County.


Children in  Treece, Kansas

Children in Treece, Kansas
Date: 1957
Three photographs of children and their mother in a yard at an unidentified house in Treece, Kansas. The photographs were copied from an album loaned by the family.


Children playing on a World War I memorial cannon in Columbus, Kansas

Children playing on a World War I memorial cannon in Columbus, Kansas
Date: 1941
This is a photograph showing children playing on a World War I memorial cannon located on the fairgrounds in Columbus, Kansas.


Civil War monument in Baxter Springs, Kansas

Civil War monument in Baxter Springs, Kansas
Creator: Galloway and Robertson
Date: May 31, 1886
A photograph showing a Civil War monument in Baxter Springs, Kansas. This monument is dedicated to the soldiers killed in the Battle of Baxter Springs, October 6, 1863, and other engagements in the vicinity.


Clarence Fry, prisoner 9675

Clarence Fry, prisoner 9675
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: March 2, 1901
This photograph shows inmate Clarence Fry, prisoner #9675. He was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary on March 2, 1901 from Cherokee County, Kansas for burglary and larceny. This was his third term at the penitentiary.


Colonel P. M. Hoisington to the Adjutant General of Kansas

Colonel P. M. Hoisington to the Adjutant General of Kansas
Creator: Hoisington, PM
Date: December 8, 1919
In this letter, Colonel Hoisington, of the 4th Infantry, Kansas National Guard, informs the Kansas Adjutant General of supplies and cost related to the use of volunteers during the 1919 coal strike in southeast Kansas. Volunteers were brought in to work in all areas of the coal mining industry. The governor's goal was to assure that individual families, towns, and businesses received coal shipments in a timely fashion.


Columbus, Kansas

Columbus, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1940
Here are several photographs and postcards of Columbus, Kansas. Columbus is the county seat of Cherokee County and the commercial center for the area. Being a railroad junction, shipping was an important part of its value to the early mining era. Columbus was founded in 1868 and its first post office was opened in 1869. Images include schools, churches, street scenes, the courthouse, the electric light plant, and parks.


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