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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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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.


Aerial views of railroad tracks, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Aerial views of railroad tracks, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1964
These two aerial photographs show railroad tracks, including the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, going through Neodesha in Wilson County, Kansas. The Standard Oil Company processing and storage facility is visible alongside the tracks.


Aiken and Sons Mill, Guilford, Wilson County, Kansas

Aiken and Sons Mill, Guilford, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1869-1876
This is a view across the Verdigris River of Guilford's' first mill, the Aiken and Sons Mill, in Wilson County, Kansas.


Altoona Ice Company, Wilson County, Kansas

Altoona Ice Company, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1890-1920
This photograph shows a horse and wagon and a horse and buggy at the loading dock of the Altoona Ice Company in Wilson County, Kansas. The man in the wagon is loading a block of ice.


Archer Daniels Midland Company, Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas

Archer Daniels Midland Company, Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1928-1966
These two photographs show the exterior doorway of the Archer Daniels Midland Company, Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas, and the machinery inside the plant. The Archer Daniels Midland Company was incorporated in Kansas in 1928 to produce vegetable oils and related products.


Asa Coleman and George Shanklin, prisoners 7771 and 8555

Asa Coleman and George Shanklin, prisoners 7771 and 8555
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: February 18, 1901
This photograph shows inmates, Asa Coleman, prisoner #7771 and George Shanklin, prisoner #8555. Asa Coleman was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary on May 5, 1896 from Oklahoma for forgery. Inmate George Shanklin was received at the penitentiary on May 13, 1898 from Wilson County, Kansas for rape.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Benedict, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: May 28, 1955
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot at Benedict, Kansas. It was located in the Eastern Division, Fredonia District, near milepost 144.0. The one-story wooden structure with batten siding is no longer standing.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Benedict, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: May 28, 1955
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot at Benedict, Kansas. It was located in the Eastern Division, Fredonia District, near milepost 144.0.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Fredonia, Kansas
Creator: Kelley, Frank O.
Date: 1972
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot at Fredonia, Kansas.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Rest, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: June 18, 1955
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's box depot and tracks in Rest, Kansas. It is part of the AT&SF Eastern Lines, Eastern Division, Fredonia District, located at milepost 139.0.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Vilas, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: June 18, 1955
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's box depot in Vilas, Kansas. The wooden structure is part of the AT&SF Eastern Lines, Eastern Division, Fredonia District, at milepost 134.8.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company sign board, Benedict, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company sign board, Benedict, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: September 4, 1965
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company sign board in Benedict, Kansas. The tracks were part of the Eastern Division, Fredonia District, at milepost 144.0.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company sign board Rest, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company sign board Rest, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: July 16, 1962
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company tracks and sign board in Rest, Kansas. In the background a one-room schoolhouse is somewhat visible. The tracks were part of the AT&SF Eastern Lines, Eastern Division, Fredonia District, at milepost 139.0. The tracks are no longer in place.


Baseball team in Neodesha, Kansas

Baseball team in Neodesha, Kansas
Date: 1954
This photograph shows members of the 1954 Neodesha baseball team that competed in the Southeastern Kansas Ban Johnson League. The team's coach was Kenneth Page (standing in the back row, fifth from the right). The only player identified is left-handed pitcher Ted Worthington (front row, second from the right), then of rural Lecompton and later of Tecumseh. During his high school years (1951-54), Worthington was on three state championship teams, including the 1951 Berryton High team and the 1952 and 1953 Topeka Mosby-Mack American Legion teams. In 1955 and 1956, he played for the McAlester Rockets, a minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees in the Class D Sooner State League. His minor league record was 5-10, with an ERA of 4.92. Digital reproduction of the photograph was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


Birds-eye view of Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Birds-eye view of Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1883
This birds-eye view of Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas, is a black and white photographic copy of a lithograph.


Birds-eye view of the glass and brick plants near West Mound, Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas

Birds-eye view of the glass and brick plants near West Mound, Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1908-1918
These two photographs are a black and white birds-eye view of the glass and brick plants taken in 1908, and a hand-colored postcard from 1918. The plants are located near near West Mound in Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas.


Blacksmith, Neodesha, Kansas

Blacksmith, Neodesha, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1892
This black and white photograph shows a group of men standing before the blacksmith shop in Neodesha, Kansas. Standing second from left is T.J. Norman, Neodesha blacksmith on whose garden plot William M.Mills drilled the first commercially successful oil well in Kansas and in the Mid-Continent Field. Norman moved from the above location to a new place of business on the west bank of the Verdigris river east of town when the well was drilled in 1892.


Brick plant, Buffalo, Wilson County, Kansas

Brick plant, Buffalo, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: Between 1903 and 1930
These two photographs show workers at the brick plant in Buffalo, Wilson County, Kansas, which opened in October of 1903. In the first photograph a man is standing beside the brick kiln. In the second, a man is standing in a warehouse beside trolleys holding finished bricks.


Brick schoolhouse, Altoona, Wilson County, Kansas

Brick schoolhouse, Altoona, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1940
This is a photograph of an unidentified two-story brick schoolhouse in Altoona, Wilson County, Kansas.


Bridge over Verdigris River near Guilford, Wilson County, Kansas

Bridge over Verdigris River near Guilford, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1920
This is a distant view of an iron bridge over the Verdigris River near Guilford, Wilson County, Kansas. People are standing on the bridge and a horse and buggy is parked on it.


Buffalo bricks, Wilson County, Kansas

Buffalo bricks, Wilson County, Kansas
Creator: Kansas. Industrial Development Commission
Date: 1903-1966
This photograph shows a pallette of bricks manufactured at the plant at Buffalo, Wilson County, Kansas. The plant operated from 1903 to 1973.


Cement plant, Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas

Cement plant, Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1918
This is a hand-colored postcard showing the exterior of the cement plant in Fredonia, Wilson County, Kansas.


Charles Dee Seward, World War I soldier

Charles Dee Seward, World War I soldier
Date: 1922
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 Charles Dee Seward. Charles died in France from an airplane crash on April 6, 1918. He was the first man from Neodesha to lose his life in WW I and reportedly the first Kansan to die in the war. The Seward-Ayars Post of the American Legion in Neodesha was named in his honor.


Chipped Stone Axe from 14WN353

Chipped Stone Axe from 14WN353
Date: 1-1500 CE
This chipped stone axe was recovered from an archeological site in Wilson County, Kansas that dates to the Early to Late Ceramic periods. The axe could have been hafted onto a handle and used for working wood. It is likely made of Florence chert from the Flint Hills.


Christmas postcard

Christmas postcard
Creator: H. Wessler
Date: 1910
Christmas postcard. Greeting on obverse reads "Wishing You A Jolly Merry Christmas" below an image of Santa Claus. Sent to Miss Iva Capps of Buffalo, Kansas from her Cousin Ed W. Green one cent stamp postmarked December 23, 1910 from Fredonia, Kansas. Card copyrighted 1910 by H. Wessler.


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