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10th Infantry Band, Fort Riley, Kansas

10th Infantry Band, Fort Riley, Kansas
Date: 1950s
View of the 10th Infantry Division band and troops on parade at Fort Riley, Kansas. Our catalog record estimates this photo was taken around 1960. Another credible source suggests the photo dates from the early 1950s as the 10th Division left Fort Riley in 1955.


3/4 Grooved Axe from Geary County

3/4 Grooved Axe from Geary County
Date: Unknown
This 3/4 grooved axe was found in Geary County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1963. While 3/4 grooved axes are frequently recovered from late Archaic sites, their use is not restricted to that time period. Axes like these are made by pecking a hard stone into a rough shape and then grinding and polishing it into its final state. They get their name from the hafting groove the encircles 3/4 of its body.


353rd Infantry Band, Camp Funston, Kansas

353rd Infantry Band, Camp Funston, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1919
This is a view, taken from behind, of the 353rd Infantry, 89th Division, All Kansas Band, performing in front of the YMCA Auditorium building at Camp Funston, Kansas. Visible are the band, its audience, and camp buildings.


353rd Infantry Band, Camp Funston, Kansas

353rd Infantry Band, Camp Funston, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1919
This is a formal view of the members of the 353rd Infantry, 89th Division, All Kansas Band seated in the Y.M.C.A. Auditorium building at Camp Funston, Kansas.


353rd Infantry Band at Camp Funston, Kansas

353rd Infantry Band at Camp Funston, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1919
This is a photograph of the members of the 353rd Infantry, 89th Division, All Kansas Band posed in the Y.M.C.A. Auditorium building at Camp Funston, Kansas.


4th Cavalry musician with helicon at Fort Riley, Kansas

4th Cavalry musician with helicon at Fort Riley, Kansas
Date: Possibly between 1864 and 1884
This is a photo of a 4th Cavalry musician, holding a helicon (a predecessor of the sousaphone), at Fort Riley, Kansas.


6th Cavalry Band, Fort Riley, Kansas

6th Cavalry Band, Fort Riley, Kansas
Date: 1900
View of the mounted 6th Cavalry Band at Fort Riley, Kansas.


6th Cavalry Band, Fort Riley, Kansas

6th Cavalry Band, Fort Riley, Kansas
Date: 1900
View of members of the 6th Cavalry Band of Fort Riley, Kansas, posed with their instruments on the wooden steps of a stone building.


A. Barnes to Governor John St. John

A. Barnes to Governor John St. John
Creator: Barnes, A.
Date: August 22, 1880
A letter from A. Barnes of Junction City to Kansas Governor St. John. Barnes sends a list of speakers he would prefer attend the upcoming campaign and also references a controversial temperance article written by noted Kansas lawyer, Judge Humphrey.


A Plan to Place the Business of Farming Upon a Paying Basis

A Plan to Place the Business of Farming Upon a Paying Basis
Creator: Geary County Farmer's Alliance and Industrial Union
Date: 1891
At its meeting in Junction City on December 17, 1890, the Geary County Farmer's Alliance and Industrial Union appointed a committee of John Hay, J. L. Hulse and Jas. H. Gabby to report to the group on how farmers might be more profitable. They reported on Jan. 10, 1891, and their plan was adopted by the Geary County Farmer's Alliance and Industrial Union. It calls for farmers to work together to impact prices and supplies rather than being at the mercy of purchasers and speculators. It encouraged an effort to jointly hold back cattle from the Kansas City market for one day in an effort to increase the prices paid to farmers.


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.


African American soldier

African American soldier
Creator: Emery, A. G.
Date: Between 1881 and 1885
Portrait of an unidentified African American soldier who served in the 9th Cavalry at Fort Riley, Kansas.


Albe Burge Whiting

Albe Burge Whiting
Creator: Leonard, J. H.
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This cabinet card shows Albe Burge Whiting, (1835-1928). Whiting a native of Johnson, Vermont migrated to the Kansas territory in 1856 and settled near Fort Riley. He founded the town of Milford and was instrumental in operating a saw mill, general store, and flour mill before moving, in 1877, to Topeka, Kansas. In the capital city, Whiting engaged in a number of business ventures from a partnership in a drug store to owning and operating a paint and glass business. His company also held the contract to supply the windows for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company building at Ninth and Jackson Streets in Topeka. Whiting's success in business gave him the means to give back to the community. In 1907, Whiting and his wife Kate purchased 160 acres of land which established the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Topeka as a 1,000 year endowment trust for Washburn University, the Topeka Y.W.C.A. and the Topeka Y. M. C. A. In addition to the endowment, Whiting served fifty-one years as a Washburn trustee and was a member of the executive committee. To honor his years of service to the college, in June of 1930, the field house at Washburn was named the Whiting Field House. The dedication came two years after the building's completion in December of 1928 and the passing of Albe Burge Whiting.


Albe Burge Whiting

Albe Burge Whiting
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This cabinet card shows Albe Burge Whiting,(1835-1928). Whiting a native of Johnson, Vermont migrated to the Kansas territory, in 1856, and settled near Fort Riley. He founded the town of Milford and was instrumental in operating a saw mill, general store, and flour mill before moving, in 1877, to Topeka, Kansas. In the capital city, Whiting engaged in a number of business ventures from a partnership in a drug store to owning and operating a paint and glass business. His company also held the contract to supply the windows for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company building at Ninth and Jackson Streets in Topeka. Whiting's success in business gave him the means to give back to the community. In 1907, Whiting and his wife Kate purchased 160 acres of land which established the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Topeka, as a 1,000 year endowment trust for Washburn University, and the Topeka Y.W.C.A. and Y. M. C. A. In addition to the endowment, Whiting served fifty-one years as a Washburn trustee and was a member of the executive committee. To honor his years of service to the college, the field house at Washburn was named the Whiting Field House in June of 1930. The dedication came two years after the building's completion in December of 1928 and the passing of Albe Burge Whiting.


Alexander C. Spilman to Samuel N. Wood

Alexander C. Spilman to Samuel N. Wood
Creator: Spillman, A. C.
Date: January 14, 1861
From Salina, Alexander Carraway Spilman wrote "as one of your [Wood's] constituents" regarding his opposition to a Junction City proposal that to change the boundary line between Dickinson and Davis counties to increase the size of the former at the expense of the latter. Spilman believed "A change in the lines of Dickinson would necessarily involve a change in the lines of Saline which is something that must not be done under any circumstances."


Alf Landon's campaign truck, Junction City, Kansas

Alf Landon's campaign truck, Junction City, Kansas
Creator: Smith, Guy E.
Date: Between 1932 and 1934
This black and white photograph shows Alf Landon's campaign truck in Junction City, Kansas. Landon was elected in 1932 as the twenty-sixth governor of Kansas and was re-elected in 1934.


Ambulance 356 at Fort Riley, Kansas

Ambulance 356 at Fort Riley, Kansas
Creator: Holt & Holt
Date: Between 1914 and 1919
This is a panoramic photograph showing a group of soldiers from Ambulance 356, Sanitary at Fort Riley, Kansas.


Andrew Amthauer

Andrew Amthauer
Date: 1865
A portrait of Andrew Amthauer, a Geary County pioneer, copied from a photograph panel.


Andrew Mitchler and Thomas Finch, prisoners 9435 and 9409

Andrew Mitchler and Thomas Finch, prisoners 9435 and 9409
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: February 1, 1901
This photograph shows inmates, Andrew Mitchler, prisoner #9435 and Thomas Finch, prisoner #9409. Andrew Mitchler was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary on July 2, 1900 from Anderson County, Kansas for rape. Inmate Thomas Finch was received at the penitentiary on June 12, 1900 from Geary County, Kansas for larceny.


Ansley Gray to Governor John St. John

Ansley Gray to Governor John St. John
Creator: Gray, Ansley
Date: April 10, 1880
Ansley Gray of Junction City, writes Kansas Governor St. John to determine what day he may come visit him.


Ansley Gray to Governor John St. John

Ansley Gray to Governor John St. John
Creator: Gray, Ansley
Date: July 26, 1880
This is a letter from temperance worker Ansley Gray, Junction City, Kansas, who is planning a trip to visit several Kansas cities. Gray requests railroad discounts from Kansas Governor St. John.


A rare specimen found on hill above Fort Riley, Kansas. 420 miles west of St. Louis Mo.

A rare specimen found on hill above Fort Riley, Kansas. 420 miles west of St. Louis Mo.
Creator: Gardner, Alexander, 1821-1882
Date: 1867
One side of a stereograph showing two unidentified men looking at a plant specimen near Fort Riley, Geary County, Kan. The men are next to Alexander Gardner's photographic outfit.


Army maneuvers at Camp William Gary Sanger, Fort Riley, Kansas

Army maneuvers at Camp William Gary Sanger, Fort Riley, Kansas
Creator: Pennell, Joseph Judd, 1866-1922
Date: October 1903
This is a view of tents at Camp William Gary Sanger, Fort Riley, Kansas.


Art Work on Eastern Kansas

Art Work on Eastern Kansas
Creator: Western Photogravure Company
Date: 1900
This pictorial book gives a brief overview of eastern Kansas. This is part nine of twelve. Views of Manhattan from Mount Prospect, the Jane C. Stormont Hospital and Christ's Hospital in Topeka, and Fort Scott National Cemetery are some of the featured photographs.


Art Work on Eastern Kansas

Art Work on Eastern Kansas
Creator: Western Photogravure Company
Date: 1900
This pictorial book gives a brief overview of eastern Kansas. This is part eight of twelve. Views from Burnett's Mound in Topeka, the Republican River in Junction City, and the Goodlander hotel in Fort Scott are some of the featured photographs.


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