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1st Regimental Band, Hiawatha, Kansas

1st Regimental Band, Hiawatha, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This is a view of the members of the First Regimental Band of Hiawatha, Kansas, sometime during the 1890s.


Abstract of articles purchased during the 4th quarter, 1878

Abstract of articles purchased during the 4th quarter, 1878
Creator: Potawatomi Indian Agency
Date: October 01, 1878-December 14, 1878
This item details the goods and services purchased for the Kansas Agency in the final quarter of 1878. This abstract lists who purchased the item, what item was purchased, as well as the price of the item. Items purchased include buttons, coffee, nails, rice, scissors, and many other items needed for the Kickapoo tribe that lived on the Kansas Agency. During this period, the Kansas Agency was officially known as the Potawatomi Agency but was often referred to as the Kansas Agency because it was the only one in Kansas at the time.


Abstract of census returns

Abstract of census returns
Creator: Undersigned Citizens of Kansas Territory, John Stroup (first signature),
Date: 1859
This 1859 abstract of census returns shows information at the township level for most Kansas counties. Some counties are listed without data. The census lists the number of voters in three different ways--the number of votes cast June 7, 1859; number of voters on June 7, 1859 who were under 6 month provision; and number of voters under 3 month provision. It also lists the number of inhabitants. The election on June 7, 1859, was to elect delegates to the Wyandotte constitutional convention.


Academy baseball team, Hiawatha, Kansas

Academy baseball team, Hiawatha, Kansas
Date: Between 1905 and 1915
This postcard is a studio portrait of the Hiawatha Academy baseball team. The image is undated, but it was likely made between 1905 and 1915. The Hiawatha Academy was an educational institution that accepted its first students in the fall of 1888. It ceased operation at the close of the school term in May 1915.


Aloysius Bichlmeier, World War I soldier

Aloysius Bichlmeier, World War I soldier
Date: 1919
Around 1919, the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning veterans (primarily members of the 35th and 89th infantry divisions) and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records. This file contains information on Aloysius Bichlemeier, 29th Sanitary Train. Aloysius died of pneumonia on October 6, 1918 at Camp Cody, New Mexico.


Aloysius Winklebauer and Cyril Winklebauer video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Aloysius Winklebauer and Cyril Winklebauer video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Winklebauer, Aloysius
Date: April 21, 2007
Aloysius Winklebauer was inducted into the Army (Infantry) in 1942 and served until 1946 in the 95th Infantry, 97th Infantry, 386th Regiment Headquarters Co. He was stationed in both Europe and the Pacific. He was born January 22, 1921, and grew up in Horton. Before and after the war he worked in Construction. The transcript also contains an interview with Aloysius's brother Cyril. He was stationed in Brazil but it is not clear in what branch of the military he served. They were interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Apr 21, 2007. 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 Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Atlatl Weight from Brown County

Atlatl Weight from Brown County
Date: Unknown
This atlatl weight was found in Brown County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1981. Atlatl weights serve to increase the throwing power of an atlatl, a stick with an attachment that was used to throw a dart and spear.


Bird's eye view of Hiawatha, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Hiawatha, Kansas
Creator: Fowler, T.M.
Date: 1879
This black and white lithograph is a bird's eye view of Hiawatha, Kansas, which is the county seat of Brown County. The streets are identified while prominent places within the town have numbers associated with them. A legend is provided to identify some of the buildings.


Boy in regalia

Boy in regalia
Date: 1995
A Kickapoo boy dances in his regalia, which is based on traditions from the elders and also adds a contemporary take in the beaded Mickey Mouse patch on his sleeve. He learned beading from his grandmother, who had learned from her mother. His grandmother served as head woman dancer in pow wows.


Brown County-township boundary changes

Brown County-township boundary changes
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: 1902
Brown County was one of the original counties included when Kansas was created. Therefore, it does not have the same organization records that were required to create a county at a later date. organize a county changed to 1500 and later to 2500 residents. However, included with the Secretary of State County Organization series is this letter regarding boundary changes between Mission and Hiawatha townships in Brown County. A complete transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Brown County exposition

Brown County exposition
Date: September 4- 7, 1894
This fair poster advertises bicycle racing and other entertainments at the Brown County exposition in Hiawatha, Kansas.


Brown County fair, Hiawatha, Kansas

Brown County fair, Hiawatha, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1910
This poster announces the Brown County Fair in Hiawatha, Kansas. The poster includes a small illustration of farm produce.


Carroll Loyd video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Carroll Loyd video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Loyd, Carroll
Date: October 2, 2007
Carroll Loyd was inducted into the United States Army in 1945 and served until 1946 in Army Counterintelligence. He did basic training at Camp Roberts, California. Most of his training for counterintelligence was at Camp Halabird, Maryland. He studied Japanese and the Japanese culture. He was sent to Tokyo after the war had ended. He was born on a farm near Hiawatha on June 17, 1921. He graduated from Powhattan Rural High School in 1939. He had numerous farm deferments before he was drafted. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Oct 2, 2007. 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 Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Celt from the Leary Site, 14BN1336 and 25RH1

Celt from the Leary Site, 14BN1336 and 25RH1
Date: 1194-1477 CE
This complete celt was collected from the Leary site and donated to the Kansas Historical Society. The Leary site was a large Oneota village that likely was periodically occupied by other groups. The site straddles the state line between Kansas and Nebraska, with a large portion on the Richardson County, Nebraska side and a smaller portion on the Brown County, Kansas side. The site was primarily occupied during the Late Prehistoric Period, with a few radiocarbon dates suggesting 1194 to 1477. This woodworking tool would have been manufactured by grinding or pecking it into a general shape followed by polishing. It would have been hafted onto a handle and required periodic resharpening.


Central Branch Union Pacific Railroad offers land from Atchison to Kirwin and Bull City

Central Branch Union Pacific Railroad offers land from Atchison to Kirwin and Bull City
Creator: Union Pacific Railroad, Central Branch
Date: January 1880
This brochure encourages the purchase of land twenty miles either side of the Central Branch Union Pacific Railroad. The Central Branch Union Pacific Railroad lies primarily from Atchison to Concordia and north. There is a full map of the area on the reverse side of the brochure. Also included are brief descriptions of Marshall, Brown, Jackson, Riley, Pottawatomie and Nemaha counties. There is a drawing of the Blue Rapids Woolen Mills and power plant.


Charter of the Brown County Kansas University Students' Association

Charter of the Brown County Kansas University Students' Association
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: January 14, 1902
This is a charter for "The Brown County Kansas University Students' Association" filed in the office of the Kansas Secretary of State. The purpose of the organization was to maintain a scholarship at Kansas University for the benefit of students from Brown County. The charter includes the names of members Sara E. Greenfield, A. J. Eicholtz, Grant W. Harrington, Ida McKnight, Mabel McLaughlin, Edith Johnson, Stella W. Aten, Adele Baker, Scott Hopkins, and T. D. Smith.


Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad & Missouri Pacific Railroad sign board, Pierce Junction, Kansas

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad & Missouri Pacific Railroad sign board, Pierce Junction, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: June 22, 1958
This photograph shows the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad & Missouri Pacific Railroad sign board in Pierce Junction, Kansas. The sign and tracks were part of the Missouri-Kansas Division, Sub. Division at milepost 33.6.


Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot, Fairview, Kansas

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot, Fairview, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: September 15, 1957
This photograph shows the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot in Fairview, Kansas. The two-story wooden structure was part of Western Division, Sub. Division 6-A at milepost 58.7 The building is still standing but the tracks have been removed.


Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot, Fairview, Kansas

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot, Fairview, Kansas
Date: Between 1890s and 1919s
This photograph shows a group of men and a dog in front of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot in Fairview, Kansas. The building is still standing but the tracks have been removed.


Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot, Horton, Kansas

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot, Horton, Kansas
Date: Between 1880s and 1890s
This photograph shows the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot in Horton, Kansas. At the top of the two-story brick building several individuals are visibly position along the window frames while two individuals stand below.


Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot, Horton, Kansas

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot, Horton, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: June 22, 1958
This photograph shows the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot in Horton, Kansas. In the foreground equipment is on a flatcar. The one-story wooden structure was part of the Missouri-Kansas Division, Sub. Division 36-A at milepost 40.8.


Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot, Horton, Kansas

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot, Horton, Kansas
Date: 1954
This photograph shows the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot in Horton, Kansas. In the foreground a car is parked in front of the depot.


Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad sign board, Mercier, Kansas

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad sign board, Mercier, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: September 15, 1957
This photograph shows the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad sign board in Mercier, Kansas. The sign and tracks were part of the Western Division, Sub. Division 6-A at milepost 46.5.


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.


Cyril Winklebauer video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Cyril Winklebauer video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Winklebauer, Cyril
Date: 1 January 2007
Sergeant Cyril Winklebauer was drafted into the Army (Air Force) in April 1943 and served until February 1946. He did his basic training in Miami Beach, Florida, and cook's training at Camp Lee, Virgina. He worked as a cook at Love Field, Dallas, Texas, for seventeen months. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Jan 1, 2007. He was born October 30, 1922, in Horton, Kansas. He graduated from Horton High School in 1941. He met his wife-to-be at a USO in Dallas. 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 video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


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