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Angell Plow

Angell Plow
Creator: Angell, Charlie J.
Date: 1926
One-way disk plow manufactured by Charles Angell of Plains, Kansas. Angell, a wheat farmer, developed a plow that set all disks at the same angle, or "one-way," to increase tilling efficiency. Farmers liked that it plowed faster and easily broke up hard soil, but its overuse created a fine, dusty layer that quickly blew away in heavy winds. This is a smaller version of the actual plow, which was ten feet wide. Angell made this four-foot model for use in his family's vegetable garden.


Angell disc plow advertising pamphlet

Angell disc plow advertising pamphlet
Creator: Ohio Cultivator Company
Date: Between 1930 and 1935
This is a pamphlet for the Angell disc plow, invented by C. J. Angell (Charles John/Charlie John), a wheat farmer from Plains, Kansas. It was manufactured by the Ohio Cultivator Company in Bellevue, Ohio. It contains testimonials from the following men from Plains, Kansas: J. D. Golliher, D. B. Baty, Clyde Atkinson, and W. W. Coons


Bone Awl from the Lundeen Site, 14MD306

Bone Awl from the Lundeen Site, 14MD306
Date: 1237-1435 CE
This bone awl was recovered during excavations at the Kansas Archeological Training Program in 1998. It was found in Meade County at the Lundeen site, a Middle Ceramic period camp site that was part of Wilmore Complex. The awl was made from a medipodial of a deer or antelope and used as a perforating tool.


Carpenters in Plains, Kansas

Carpenters in Plains, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1909
This black and white photograph shows carpenters building a two-story brick structure in Plains, Kansas. In the foreground to the right, the following is visible written across the metal container "Manufactured by Nelson, MFG & Supply Company, Hutchinson, Kansas".


Charlie John Angell

Charlie John Angell
Date: Between 1915 and 1927
Charlie Angell, Sr. of Plains, Kansas, was a wheat farmer with a special knack for machines. In the 1920s, Angell sought to develop a plow that was particularly suited to the environmental conditions in the windy, semi-arid plains of western Kansas where he lived and farmed. He eventually perfected a new type of implement. It became known as the one-way disc plow because its vertical discs were mounted on the same axle and, therefore, they all moved the soil in the same, single, direction. It plowed faster, handled heavy stubble well, broke hard sun-baked soil, and destroyed weeds. Charles Angell built close to 500 plows on his Meade County farm, then sold the rights to the Ohio Cultivator Company.


Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railraod depot, Plains, Kansas

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railraod depot, Plains, Kansas
Date: 1972
This photograph shows the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot in Plains, Kansas. The one-story wooden structure no longer stands.


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

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot, Fowler, Kansas
Date: 1972
This photograph shows a general view of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railroad depot in Fowler, Kansas. In the background a grain elevator is visible.


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

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot, Meade, Kansas
Date: 1972
This photograph shows the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot in Meade, Kansas. The wooden structure is no longer standing.


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

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot, Plains, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1909
Theses series of photographs show a general view of the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad depot in Plains, Kansas. The first photograph shows the depot with the background of rolling stock. The second image shows a steam locomotive in front of a one-story wooden structure.


Claude Grim, World War I soldier

Claude Grim, World War I soldier
Date: 1918
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 Claude Grim, Company F, 137th Infantry, 35th Division.


Corner-Notched and Side-Notched Arrow Points from Meade County

Corner-Notched and Side-Notched Arrow Points from Meade County
Date: 1000-1850 CE
These two arrow points were found near Fowler, in Meade County, and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1967. The smaller, corner-notched point, is of a type considered by Archeologists to be the earliest form of arrow points found on the Great Plains. The larger, side-notched point is an example of those used by Native Americans from about 800 years ago until they changed to metal arrow points in the 18th- and 19th-centuries. The notches aided in hafting the points to the arrow shaft.


Correspondence on the Lone Tree massacre, Meade County

Correspondence on the Lone Tree massacre, Meade County
Creator: Scott, Charles F., b. 1860
Date: 1931-1932
This is correspondence among Charles F. Scott, Harold C. Short, Frank Fuhr, Mrs. F.C. Montgomery and George A. Root. The correspondence focuses on the Lone Tree massacre, Meade County, 1874, where a group of United States Surveyors were killed by Indians.


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.


Courthouse in Meade County, Kansas

Courthouse in Meade County, Kansas
Date: 1910
This is a postcard showing the Meade County courthouse located in Meade, Kansas.


Crazy quilt

Crazy quilt
Creator: Haywood, Martha E. Hutchison
Date: between 1888 and 1915
Crazy Quilt made up of irregularly shaped cotton and silk fabric pieces assembled around a central blue medallion featuring the embroidered letter "H." Each fabric piece is decorated with featherstitched outline embroidery, and some have painted designs and additional needlework. Pink sateen binding and backing. Tied with pink cotton yarn. The elaborate embroidered "H" at center stands for "Haywood." This quilt was begun in 1888 by Martha Hutchinson Haywood and used as a bedcover in the sod house she shared with her husband, Charles, and their children in Fowler, Kansas. The Haywood cattle brand appears on the quilt, as well as a horse depicting the steed ridden by Charles when Martha first saw him. The embroidered names "Carl" refer to the Haywoods' eldest son. The "C" may refer to their middle son Clarence, and the quilt also incorporates pieces of a graduation gown worn by their daughter, Nettie. "Ben" was Charles' brother.


E.D. Smith to George W. Martin

E.D. Smith to George W. Martin
Creator: Smith, E.D.
Date: June 09, 1906
This is a letter from E.D. Smith, Meade County, to George W. Martin, Kansas State Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas. Smith writes to Martin telling how much he enjoyed reading volume eight of the Historical Society's report, but that he disagrees with W.E. Richey's paper on Coronado's trip to Kansas. Smith believes that Coronado's route wasn't exactly the way Richey recounts.


Ed Angell and A. V. Angell plowing a field in Meade County, Kansas

Ed Angell and A. V. Angell plowing a field in Meade County, Kansas
Date: 1904
This photograph shows Ed Angell, left, and A. V. Angell, right, using a Port Huron steam engine to plow a field on their farm in Meade County, Kansas.


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.


Ezra Blake, World War I soldier

Ezra Blake, World War I soldier
Date: 1932
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 Ezra Blake, Headquarters Company. Ezra was killed in action on September 28, 1918.


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.


Fowler Band, Pratt, Kansas

Fowler Band, Pratt, Kansas
Date: August 17, 1910
This is a view of the members of the Fowler Band in Pratt, Kansas. Spectators and buildings are visible in the background. The town of Fowler is in Meade County.


Fred Iles correspondence

Fred Iles correspondence
Date: 1906-1930
Fred Iles was assistant right of way and tax agent for the Kansas Town and Land Company which bought and sold lands on the right of way of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company. In 1917, he assumed Ernest Warren Cline's position as right of way agent, responsible for representing the railroad's interest in all matters concerning the acquisition and disposition of land on the right of way. This correspondence includes Iles' activities and expenses accounts at the behest of E. W. Cline and the CRI&P Railway.


Garden grown by the Wiebe family in Meade County, Kansas

Garden grown by the Wiebe family in Meade County, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: 1935
This is a photograph of the Wiebe family and their garden in Meade, Kansas. Visible in the photograph are people with various garden tools and a child with a bicycle. The windmill in the background was built of old automobile frames costing less than $2.00 and made the irrigation of the garden possible. The photograph was removed from the Relief Garden Program of 1935 portion of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee collection.


George Allen's children, Meade, Kansas

George Allen's children, Meade, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: 1896
This is a view of George Allen's children seated on a horse that is drinking from a water trough. A dog and several other horses are also visible in the photograph.


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