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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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A list of lands in Gove County, Kansas still held by U.S. Government

A list of lands in Gove County, Kansas still held by U.S. Government
Creator: Denning, J.M.
Date: December 1912
This is a list of lands in Gove County, Kansas, that, as of December 1912, were still held by the U.S. Government. No land patent had ever been issued by the U.S. The list is in order by legal description of the land.


A local history of Jerome Township, Gove County, Kansas

A local history of Jerome Township, Gove County, Kansas
Creator: Baker, Fred
Date: 1918
This is a local history of Jerome Township, Gove County, Kansas, as recollected by Fred Baker, Gove City, Kansas. Baker wrote this sketch and submitted it in March 1918 to the Golden Belt Educational Association at Hays, Kansas, and was awarded a prize. Also included is a letter from Judge J.C. Ruppenthal, Russell, Kansas, to William Connelly, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas, who received the sketch from Baker and wished for it to be donated into the Society's holdings.


Artifacts from a Lithic Workshop, 14GO405

Artifacts from a Lithic Workshop, 14GO405
Date: Unknown
Shown are some of the artifacts collected from a lithic workshop and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1986. Those shown here were all manufactured on Smoky Hill silicified chalk and include scrapers, bifaces, and modified flakes. Smoky Hill silicified chalk is often referred to as Smoky Hill Jasper and numerous other names. The chert outcrops in Gove County and many other western and north central Kansas counties. Shown here are some of the wide variety of colors found in this chert.


Biface from 14GO302

Biface from 14GO302
Date: Unknown
The site in Gove County where this biface was recovered is associated with two nearby quarry's for Smoky Hill silicified chalk. The site may itself be a lithic workshop. The site was first recorded in 1977 and revisited during the 1997 Kansas Archeology Training Program. A biface like this one could have been used as a cutting tool or, with more work, turned into a specific tool.


Castle Bluffs in Gove County, Kansas

Castle Bluffs in Gove County, Kansas
Date: Between 1908 and 1910
This is a photograph of Castle Bluffs in Gove County. Edwin Boyer and his Buick are on the far right. A couple of men are standing on some of the bluffs.


Castle Rock, Kansas, on the Smoky Hill

Castle Rock, Kansas, on the Smoky Hill
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This is a photograph of Castle Rock located near the Smoky Hill River in Gove County, Kansas. Castle Rock was a landmark on the Butterfield Overland Dispatch route. The chalk was deposited in the area by an ancient inland sea. The formation was formed by the weathering of the chalk by wind and water. It received its name because it is said to look like a castle rising above the prairie. Alexander Gardner photographed the Union Pacific Railway, Eastern Division, as it was being built across Kansas. Along the route, he documented towns, forts, rivers, wildlife, plants, and landscape. This image is from a series Across the Continent on the Kansas Pacific Railroad.


Castle rock in Gove County, Kansas

Castle rock in Gove County, Kansas
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
This photograph shows Castle Rock in Gove County, Kansas. It is part of Alexander Gardner's photographic series Across the Continent on the Union Pacific Railway.


Clearing snow from the railroad tracks at Grainfield, Kansas

Clearing snow from the railroad tracks at Grainfield, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1915
This is a photograph showing a Union Pacific train clearing snow from the tracks at Grainfield, Kansas.


Council of National Defense Woman's Committee correspondence

Council of National Defense Woman's Committee correspondence
Date: 1918
This collection consists of correspondence between individuals and committee members to the state chair of the Woman's Committee of the Kansas Council of National Defense. The Council of National Defense was established at the federal level in 1916 as an emergency agency under the Army Appropriation Act and abolished in 1921. It was created in reaction to World War I to coordinate resources and industries for national defense and improve civilian morale. The Woman's Committee of the Kansas Council of National Defense performed the same functions at the state and local levels, coordinating women's activities for national defense. The materials are organized alphabetically by county. The digitization of this collection was paid for through the Margot R. Swovelan Endowment Fund.


Edwin Boyer's plowing outfit near Grainfield, Kansas

Edwin Boyer's plowing outfit near Grainfield, Kansas
Creator: Reed, W. H.
Date: 1906
This is a photograph of Edwin Boyer's plowing outfit on his farm near Grainfield, Kansas. The outfit consists of a Reeves steam engine, two Campbell packers, Lacrosse plows, and two harrows.


Edwin Boyer and family at Chair Rock Castle Garden in Gove County, Kansas

Edwin Boyer and family at Chair Rock Castle Garden in Gove County, Kansas
Date: Between 1908 and 1910
This is a photograph of Edwin Boyer and family members posed in a Buick automobile at Chair Rock Castle Garden, in Gove County, Kansas.


Edwin Boyer and family members at Castle Rock in Gove County, Kansas

Edwin Boyer and family members at Castle Rock in Gove County, Kansas
Date: Between 1908 and 1910
This is a photograph of Edwin Boyer and family members in his Buick automobile in front of Castle Rock, located in Gove County, Kansas.


Edwin Boyer and family members at a rock formation in Gove County, Kansas

Edwin Boyer and family members at a rock formation in Gove County, Kansas
Date: Between 1908 and 1910
This is a photograph of Edwin Boyer and family members sitting near at a rock formation in Gove County, Kansas. The people are quite small in this image.


Edwin Boyer cranking his Buick automobile near Grainfield, Kansas

Edwin Boyer cranking his Buick automobile near Grainfield, Kansas
Date: Between 1908 and 1910
This is a photograph showing Edwin Boyer cranking his Buick automobile on a road near Grainfield, Kansas. The people in the photograph are: Robert Albin, resting his arms on the window; Thomas Bishop Albin, with mustache; S. R. Scott's sister is at the steering wheel; Flora Albin Boyer, front seat; Tom Rice, young boy on running board; Otto Albin, back seat; Lon Rice, young boy in back seat; Rose Albin Rice, back seat; Stanley Richmond Scott, back seat; and Stella Albin Scott.


Edwin Boyer driving his Buick in Grainfield, Kansas

Edwin Boyer driving his Buick in Grainfield, Kansas
Date: 1908
This is a photograph showing Edwin Boyer driving his Buick in Grainfield, Kansas. Part of a grain elevator is visible in the background.


Eighth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1891-1892

Eighth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1891-1892
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1893
This biennial report from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture contains two parts and the page numbering starts over at the beginning of Part II. The volume contains a section on each county, providing summary information about the history of the county, a description of the landscape, crops, livestock, schools, and churches. A large number of tables with statistics about Kansas residents and crop yields, broken down by county, are also included. Other chapters are devoted to interesting subjects such as apiculture, artificial forests, loco weeds, and chinch bugs.


Eleventh biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1897-98

Eleventh biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1897-98
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1899
This biennial report from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture includes information on beef and pork production, farm poultry, Kansas mineral products, livestock, and other agricultural topics. Also covered are county statistics for population, acreages, productions, livestock, assessed valuation of property, and a listing of churches for each county. Proceedings and other activities of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture are included.


Engine with plows in Gove County, Kansas

Engine with plows in Gove County, Kansas
Date: Between 1908 and 1910
This photograph shows a 35 horsepower engine with sixteen 14 inch plows in Gove County, Kansas. Edwin Boyer is sitting on the plow and several other individuals are in the photo. A wooden structure is also in the image.


Fifteenth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1905-1906

Fifteenth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1905-1906
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1907
This biennial report from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture includes information on the selection, cultivation, and harvesting of Indian corn, ideas for improving the conditions of farm life, and information on commercial fertilizers. There are various kinds of statistics for each county that include population, acreages, livestock, and assessed valuation of property. There are also a number of tables listing statistics for all counties. The proceedings and activities of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture are included beginning on page 977. Please see the table of contents on image 8 to determine appropriate page numbers. Page numbering starts over after page 1264. This section contains compiled statistics from the 1905 Kansas decennial census but individuals are not listed. A general index starts on page 61 of the Decennial Census section at the back of the volume.


Fifth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture

Fifth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Creator: Kansas. State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1887
This biennial report covers the years 1885-86. The volume contains two parts and the page numbering starts over at the beginning of part II. The volume contains numerous agricultural statistics and information about other industries. It also contains information about Kansas weather, schools, churches, various agricultural issues such as Texas fever, chinch bugs, vacant public lands, etc. A major part of the volume is devoted to information gathered during the 1885 statewide census conducted by the Board of Agriculture. Part I contains a number of tables with statistics about Kansas residents broken down by county. Part I also contains a section on each county, providing summary information about the history of the county, nativity of residents, a description of the landscape, crops, livestock, schools, newspapers, banks, and a list of county officers for 1887. Proceedings and other activities of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture are in Part II.


Friendship Fan quilt

Friendship Fan quilt
Creator: W.I.O.N. Club
Date: 1936
This is a Friendship Fan quilt pieced of cotton fabrics, many of them feed sacking. Quilt is made up of 30 square blocks, each featuring a fan with eight arms radiating from a gold quarter-circle. One arm on each fan block has an embroidered name, except for two blocks reading "W.I.O.N." and "1936." Hand quilted in grid and scallop designs, with gold cotton binding and muslin backing. The quilt belonged to Hazel Hughes (1894-1994), and was made in rural Gove County, Kansas, by members of her W.I.O.N. club (Women in Our Neighborhood). This social and needlework club met frequently throughout the 1930s. The quilt may have been made to commemorate Hughes' tenure as president in 1936.


George Martin correspondence on the 1878 route of the Cheyenne Indians through Kansas

George Martin correspondence on the 1878 route of the Cheyenne Indians through Kansas
Date: Bulk 1905-1906
These letters were written to George Martin, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, documenting the 1878 route of the Cheyenne Indians through Kansas. Some of the letters include county maps where the writers marked the route. Letters were written by M. W. (Mike) Sutton from Dodge City; R. M. Wright, Dodge City; J. W. McNeal, Guthrie, Oklahoma; C. F. Colcord, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Geo. L. Kious,Selden, Kansas; J. D. Greason, Atwood, Kansas; C. P. Lynn, Ness City, Kansas; and Hill P. Wilson, Topeka, Kansas. Most of the letters pertain to the events and/or route through one or two counties known to the specific author. Counties mentioned include Barber, Buffalo (now part of Finney), Clark, Comanche, Decatur, Foote / Gray, Gove, Lane, Meade, Rawlins, and Sheridan. County maps exist for Clark, Comanche, Decatur, Gove, Meade, Rawlins, and Sheridan plus a state map. It is not clear who added the information to the maps. This collection of correspondence was digitized with funds donated by the Shears/Hubbard families in memory of William Chalfant.


George Pine Crippen

George Pine Crippen
Date: Between 1880 and 1890
This is a photo of George Pine Crippen. He became a member of the Kansas House of Representatives in 1913 from District 104, Gove County, Kansas. After serving in the Legislature, he remained in Topeka and worked for the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway.


Gillespie Farm, Gove County

Gillespie Farm, Gove County
Date: 1900s ?
This is a photo of several unidentified men sitting in a field on the Gillespie Farm, Gove County, Kansas.


Gove County, Kansas

Gove County, Kansas
Creator: Augustus Gast Bank Note & Lithographic Company
Date: 1941
This map shows the cities and townships of Gove County, Kansas. A red line on the map indicates the Texas cattle trail from San Antonio, Texas, to the Dakotas, and blue dots represent watering places for cattle and horses. Handwritten notes on the map identify homesteads and landmarks.


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