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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 map showing the location of the farming and grazing lands of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad company in the fertile valley of the Arkansas River in Kansas

A map showing the location of the farming and grazing lands of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad company in the fertile valley of the Arkansas River in Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1892
This brochure advertises the advantages of settling in south central and western Kansas. Included are a photograph of the Beeson farm near Dodge City, Kansas, and a full width map of the Arkansas Valley in Kansas. Also included are testimonials by numerous settlers and descriptions of Rush, Finney, Ford, Pawnee, Gray and Kearney Counties.


Anna M. Hogsett to Governor Payne Ratner

Anna M. Hogsett to Governor Payne Ratner
Creator: Hogsett, Anna
Date: October 22, 1942
This letter from Mrs. Anna Hogsett of Brownell, Kansas, to Governor Payne Ratner, details her efforts to help her son Luther who refused to join the U.S. military because he objected to war of any kind. In addition, Mrs. Hogsett's letter is important because it details the stance of many Jehovah's Witnesses toward armed conflict and violence.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Ness City, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Ness City, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 10, 1931
This black and white photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company depot at Ness City, Kansas. Several carts are also visible. Built in 1903, the depot measured 24' x 103'.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company section house, Ness City, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company section house, Ness City, Kansas
Date: May 10, 1931
This black and white photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's section house in Ness City, Kansas. The structure was built in 1887 and measured 14' x 14'.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Beeler, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Beeler, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 10, 1931
This black and white photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, built in 1887, at Beeler, Kansas.


Band posed in front of a sod hotel, Beeler, Kansas

Band posed in front of a sod hotel, Beeler, Kansas
Date: Between January 01, 1880 and December 31, 1890
This sod house consisted of five rooms and was not finished at the time this photo was taken. A half way house where stage coaches stopped to change horses, passengers and receive meals. The stage coach went from Topeka to Denver.


Bazine, Ness County, Kansas

Bazine, Ness County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This is a photograph of a commercial district in Bazine, Ness County, Kansas. It shows a number of buildings, horse drawn wagons, and a windmill in the distance in the center of the street.


Brownell High School Album

Brownell High School Album
Date: 1916-1960
This is an album containing photographs of Brownell High School including the school building; the 1939 girls' basketball team; the foundation of the first rock schoolhouse named Vansberg built by Jake Stull in 1884; and members of the senior classes from 1916-1960. For the years 1928, 1932 and 1933 there are no photographs of the senior class members only lists of names.


Burrell soddy, Ness County, Kansas

Burrell soddy, Ness County, Kansas
Date: Between 1886 and 1887
This photograph shows Frank, Henry and Otis Burrell with their dogs in front of the Burrell homestead in Ness County, Kansas. The sod house was located in northern Ness County and was built by Warren Burrell across the corner of three quarters of land.


Buttons from the Village on Pawnee Fork, 14NS403

Buttons from the Village on Pawnee Fork, 14NS403
Date: 1867
These two buttons were recovered from the Village on the Pawnee Fork (also called Hancock's Village) in Ness County during excavations in 1977. It was there, in 1867, that a village of several hundred Southern Cheyenne and Southern Teton Oglala was destroyed by order of Major General Winifred S. Hancock. The site is listed in the National Register of Historic Places. "Bullet" buttons, such as these, are generally considered for military use. They predate the 1867 destruction of the village and may have, by that time, been used by civilians. They all have a steel wire shank for attachment.


Cash register

Cash register
Creator: National Cash Register Company.
Date: 1912
1912 cash register manufactured by the National Cash Register Company of Dayton, Ohio. Model number 442 and serial number S193881K. The ornate brass register sits on an oak base with the cash drawer. This cash register was used in a dress shop in Ness City until the 1970s. It was factory refurbished in 1924.


Catholic Church, Ness County, Kansas

Catholic Church, Ness County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This is a view of a large wood/frame Catholic church and its congregation in Ness County, Kansas. Also visible are parked automobiles, a post and wire fence, and utility poles and power lines.


Circus parade

Circus parade
Date: Between 1940 and 1950
This is a view of elephants in a circus parade in Ness City, Kansas. Several business are visible in the background.


Claude Ryan on his horse in Brownell, Kansas

Claude Ryan on his horse in Brownell, Kansas
Date: Between 1945 and 1950
This is a photograph showing Claude Ryan on his horse in Brownell, Kansas.


Commemorative spoon

Commemorative spoon
Date: between 1890 and 1920
Sterling commemorative spoon. Scene of the "Christian Church Utica, Ks."engraved in bowl. Obverse of the handle bears the State Seal.


Commercial Hotel in Ransom, Kansas

Commercial Hotel in Ransom, Kansas
Creator: Ekstrand Drug & Book Company
Date: Between 1910 and 1915
This is a postcard showng the Commercial Hotel in Ransom, 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.


Cyle Horchem, Garver Flying Circus

Cyle Horchem, Garver Flying Circus
Date: Between 1920 and 1924
This black and white photograph shows Cyle Horchem, co-founder of the Garver Flying Circus. The Garver Flying Circus established around 1920 or 1921, Karl Garver from Attica, Kansas, and Cyle Horchem an ex-army flyer from Ransom, Kansas, performed spectacular aerial stunts across the Kansas sky. The group of daredevils successfully entertained the crowds of spectators with death defying acts until tragedy struck in 1924 when Ruth Garver "Champion Lady Parachute Jumper" fell to her death from one thousand feet with a tangled parachute. Later that year, Cyle Horchem slipped and fell to his death as he climbed on to a wing while in flight. Karl Garver continued to perform at air shows but eventually sold his airplanes and died of alcohol poisoning in 1926.


Early settler families outside of church

Early settler families outside of church
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
This is a view of a number families outside of church in Ness County, Kansas. The group includes men, women, and a large number of children.


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.


Elton Margheim video interview on experiences in World War II

Elton Margheim video interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Margheim, Elton
Date: November 26, 2006
Elton Margheim was inducted into the Army (Infantry) in 1944 and served in the Twelfth Armored Infantry. Interviewed by Lynette Stenzel on Nov 26, 2006, Margheim talked about military experiences in the Second World War. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Frank Stull American Legion #152 (Ness City) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


F. Sheldon to Governor John St. John

F. Sheldon to Governor John St. John
Creator: Sheldon, F.
Date: April 28, 1880
In this letter, Kansas Governor St. John is invited to deliver a temperance address in Ness County, Kansas. Sheldon is the editor of the Ness County Pioneer newspaper published in Sidney, Ness County, Kansas.


Farmer's Co-Op, Ness City, Kansas

Farmer's Co-Op, Ness City, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1939
This is sepia colored photograph shows a group of men standing in front of the Farmer's Co-Op Grain & Supply Company in Ness City, Kansas.


Farm scene

Farm scene
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
This is a view of a family riding in a horse-drawn wagon in Ness County, Kansas. Several structures are in the background.


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