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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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1000 S. Esplanade, Leavenworth, Kansas

1000 S. Esplanade, Leavenworth, Kansas
Date: 2002
This is a view of a large two story house located at 1000 South Esplanade in Leavenworth, Kansas.


319 Broadway, Leavenworth, Kansas

319 Broadway, Leavenworth, Kansas
Date: 2002
This large two story house is located at 319 Broadway in Leavenworth, Kansas.


365-day roads an investment, not a tax

365-day roads an investment, not a tax
Date: 1910-1919
Brochure promoting good roads as a investment comparable to other enhancements financed by the farmer and found on his individual land holding.


6th Infantry Band, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas

6th Infantry Band, Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas
Date: 1904
A formal view of the members of the 6th Infantry Band at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas, under the leadership of Assistant Bandmaster Toner.


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.


818 S. Esplanade, Leavenworth, Kansas

818 S. Esplanade, Leavenworth, Kansas
Date: 2002
This is a view of a two story wood-framed house located at 818 South Esplanade in Leavenworth, Kansas.


A.B. Treadwell and Phillip Searls, prisoners 6949 and 9065

A.B. Treadwell and Phillip Searls, prisoners 6949 and 9065
Creator: Kansas. Dept. of Corrections
Date: January 25, 1905
This photograph shows inmates A.B. Treadwell, prisoner #6949, and Phillip Searls, prisoner #9065. A.B. Treadwell was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary on May 14, 1894 from Lyon County, Kansas for burglary, escaping prison and larceny. Phillip Searls was received at the penitentiary on October 6, 1899 from Oklahoma for larceny. Varient spelling of his names includes Phillip Searls.


A. G. Brown and Moses Chambers, prisoners 9178 and 3250

A. G. Brown and Moses Chambers, prisoners 9178 and 3250
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: January 30, 1901
This photograph shows inmates, A. G. Brown, prisoner #9178 and Moses Chambers, prisoner #3250. A.G. Brown was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary on December 22, 1899 from Oklahoma for forgery. Inmate Moses Chambers was received on May 14, 1884 from Leavenworth County, Kansas for murder and sentenced to death by hanging.


A. L. Lemley and Morgan Wright, prisoners 8990 and 6774

A. L. Lemley and Morgan Wright, prisoners 8990 and 6774
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: January 30, 1901
This photograph shows inmates, A. L. Lemley, prisoner #8990 and Morgan Wright, prisoner #6774. A.L. Lemley was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary on Jly 1, 1899 for larceny from Sedgwick County, Kansas. Inmate Morgan Wright was received at the penitentiary on December 28, 1893 from Cowley County, Kansas for murder.


Aaron Jackson, prisoner 9686

Aaron Jackson, prisoner 9686
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: March 14, 1901
This photograph shows inmate, Aaron Jackson, prisoner #9686. He was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary on March 14, 1901 from Shawnee County, Kansas for larceny.


Aaron Zadik and Daul Mans, prisoners 9196 and 8443

Aaron Zadik and Daul Mans, prisoners 9196 and 8443
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: February 17, 1901
This photograph shows inmates, Aaron Zadik, prisoner #9196 and Daul Mans, prisoner #8443. Aaron Zadik was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary on January 1, 1900 from Oklahoma for larceny and escaping prison. Inmate Daul Mans was received at the penitentiary on February 10, 1898 from Elk County, Kansas for rape.


Abernathy desk chair

Abernathy desk chair
Creator: Abernathy Furniture Company
Date: between 1918 and 1925
Oak desk chair with a blond finish, made by the Abernathy Furniture Company of Leavenworth, Kansas, and Kansas City, Missouri. LaVern Clair Noyes of Osborne acquired the chair from the Larosh Family of Osborne County, possibly in trade for services. Noyes was a custom harvester who also sold insurance and real estate.


Act of Incorporation, Wyandotte City

Act of Incorporation, Wyandotte City
Creator: Fields, Henry C.
Date: June 8, 1858
This act of incorporation for Wyandotte City declared that the town would be incorporated into Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory. Incorporation was decided in court after several taxpayers presented a petition for Wyandotte City's incorporation into the territory and for permission to establish a local government. The document was recorded by Henry C. Fields, clerk of the court at Leavenworth.


Address to the Voters of Kansas

Address to the Voters of Kansas
Creator: Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891
Date: September 25, 1867
The numerous authors of this pamphlet (Republicans) support the constitutional amendments to approve voting rights for blacks, for women, and to restrict voting rights to "loyal persons." They offer arguments for their position as well as criticizing the Democratic Party in Kansas for their opposition to these amendments. Forty five men signed the document, which was the result of a meeting in Lawrence. The following signed the document S. C. Pomeroy, Atchison; E. G. Ross, Lawrence; S. J. Crawford, Topeka; N. Green, Manhattan; Chas. Robinson, Lawrence; Geo T. Anthony, Leavenworth; Lewis Bodwell, Topeka; R. B. Taylor, editor Wyandotte Gazette; J. P. Root, Whandotte; James Rogers, Burlingame; S. Weaver, Editor Lecompton New Era; L. R. Elliott, Editor Atchison Daily Free Press; W. A. Starrett, Lawrence; Wm. Larimer, Jr., Leavenworth; John Ritchie, Topeka; John Ekin, Topeka; Sol. Miller, Editor White Cloud Chief; A. H. Foote, Lawrence; C. B. Lines, Wabaunsee; R. G. Elliott, Jefferson county; G. A. Crawford, Bourbon county; John Speer, Kansas Tribune; A. Low, Doniphan; R. W. Jenkins, Pottawatomie county; Ed. Russell, Leavenworth; J. H. Pillsbury, Editor Manhattan Independent; S. D. Houston, Manhattan; W. K. Marshall, Atchison; F. G. Adams, Kennekuk; P. L. Hubbard, Atchison; A. Hunting, Manhattan; J. B. Abbott, De Soto; Joseph Denison, Manhattan; T. H. Baker, Manhattan, H. W. Farnsworth, Topeka; I. H. Smith, Topeka; D. R. Anthony, Leavenworth; G. W. Higginbotham, Manhattan; John Pipher, Manhattan, R. L. Harford, Manhattan; Jas. Humphrey, Manhattan; Wm McKay, Manhattan; R. P. Duvall, Manhattan; Pardee Butler, Pardee; and L. F. Green, Baldwin City. Only the language restricting voting to "loyal" persons was passed in the election on November 5, 1867. Blacks and women were not given voting rights as a result of the 1867 election.


Administration building, Kansas State Penitentiary

Administration building, Kansas State Penitentiary
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: Between 1920 and 1929
This is a view of the administration building at the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas.


Administration building at the Kansas Women's Industrial Farm, Lansing, Kansas

Administration building at the Kansas Women's Industrial Farm, Lansing, Kansas
Date: 1936
This is a photograph of the administration building at the Kansas Women's Industrial Farm in Lansing, Kansas. In 1916, this facility was established, and, for a year, it was a branch of the men's prison at the Kansas State Penitentiary in Leavenworth County. In 1917, it began operating as a separate, satellite unit. The Industrial Farm was under the supervision of the State Board of Administration before coming under the control of the Board of Penal Institutions, which was eventually reorganized as the Department of Corrections. It housed women who had committed crimes against the state. In 1980, the facility became co-correctional and the name was changed to the Kansas Correctional Institution at Lansing in 1983.


Adolph Fontroy and William Gentry, prisoners 9303 and 9498

Adolph Fontroy and William Gentry, prisoners 9303 and 9498
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: January 25, 1901
This photograph shows inmates, Adolph Fantroy, prisoner #9303 and William Gentry, prisoner #9498. Variations of spelling for Adolph Fantroy includes Fontroy. William Gentry was received at Kansas State Penitentiary on October 25, 1900 from Labette County, Kansas for prostitution.


Adolph Fontroy and William Gentry, prisoners 9303 and 9498, Kansas State Penitentiary

Adolph Fontroy and William Gentry, prisoners 9303 and 9498, Kansas State Penitentiary
Creator: Kansas. Dept. of Corrections
Date: January 25, 1901
Glass plate negative of Adolf Fontroy and William Gentry, prisoners 9303 and 9498, of the Kansas State Penitentiary in Lansing, Kansas.


Aerial photographs of Leavenworth County, Kansas

Aerial photographs of Leavenworth County, Kansas
Date: August 05, 1963
These five aerial photographs show the Union Pacific Railroad line in Leavenworth, Kansas, as well as parts of Leavenworth and the Missouri River.


Aerial view of the Kansas Women's Industrial Farm, Lansing, Kansas

Aerial view of the Kansas Women's Industrial Farm, Lansing, Kansas
Date: 1962
An aerial view of the Kansas Women's Industrial Farm in Lansing, Kansas. This photograph is from the James C. Flory hearing on December 7, 1962, as part of an exhibit used during the proceedings.


Agreement, Construction of Office Building in Leavenworth

Agreement, Construction of Office Building in Leavenworth
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: September 29, 1855
A. H. Reeder enters into an agreement with H. M. Hook for the latter to "erect" an office building on lot #8, block #3 of Leavenworth, Kansas Territory. Hook agrees to build the structure, "16 feet by 32 feet similar to the office of M. I. Parrot" (perhaps, Marcus J. Parrott) for $400. Hook is to be paid out of the rent received on this property when finished, as well as from what rent he receives on three other properties he has leased from Reeder.


A hanging in Kansas

A hanging in Kansas
Creator: Topeka State Journal Company
Date: February 18, 1916
This newspaper article published in the Topeka State Journal illustrates the confusion surrounding the history of state death penalty laws in Kansas. The article concerns the possible execution, under federal law, of a convict at the federal penitentiary at Leavenworth. The article claims that should this execution proceed "Kansas will see its first legal hanging in its history as a state." The article concludes by saying "that there never has been a hanging under state law in Kansas." In fact, between 1862-1888 there were nine legal executions in Kansas under state law, three under military law, and two under federal law. The state repealed its capital punishment law in 1907.


Aiken J. Sexton correspondence

Aiken J. Sexton correspondence
Creator: Sexton, A.J.
Date: 1862
Letters from Aiken J. Sexton to his wife, Catherine. Aiken was a private from Company E of the 12th Wisconsin Volunteers and wrote these letters as he traveled through Kansas during the Civil War.


Akers, Logan & Company, Kansas Territory

Akers, Logan & Company, Kansas Territory
Creator: Akers, Logan & Co.
An advertisement for Akers, Logan & Company, describing the services it provided as a general land and real estate company in Leavenworth City and Lecompton, Kansas Territory.


Al Hickerson and Abe Hyatt, prisoners 8939 and 9294

Al Hickerson and Abe Hyatt, prisoners 8939 and 9294
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: February 24, 1901
This photograph shows inmates, Al Hickerson, prisoner #8939 and Abe Hyatt, prisoner #9294. Al Hickerson was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary on May 3, 1899 from Oklahoma for burglary. Inmate Abe Hyatt was received at the penitentiary on March 21, 1900 from Shawnee County, Kansas. Aliases for his surnmae includes Hyde.


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