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Aftermath of a dust storm in Kansas

Aftermath of a dust storm in Kansas
Date: Between 1934 and 1936
This photograph shows agricultural equipment covered with dust after a storm, possibly in Scott County, Kansas.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Grigston, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 10, 1931
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, built in 1887, at Grigston, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Scott City, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Scott City, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: May 10, 1931
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, built in 1887, at Scott City, Kansas.


Band, Scott City, Kansas

Band, Scott City, Kansas
Date: June 9, 1906
This is a view of the members of a band, posed with their instruments, at the Scott City, Kansas, railroad depot. The photograph's caption identifies the occasion as "Arrival of Immigration Bureau, special train, at Scott City, June 9, 1906." Also visible are spectators, a Pullman car and Pullman porters, passenger cars, a horse-drawn carriage, horse-drawn wagons, the train depot building, utility poles and power lines, and unidentified buildings in the background.


Barrell from Chemical Corporation of Colorado

Barrell from Chemical Corporation of Colorado
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This black and white photograph taken at the Armstrong Air Service in Scott City, Kansas, shows the top of a barrel containing Colorado.44 25% DDT. The emulsifiable concentrated chemical was manufactured by the Chemical Corporation of Colorado in Denver. The spray from the barrel was found to be adulterated with 2.76% 2,4 - D. It had been used to spray a sugar beet field that contained garden webworm.


Black Friday meets its master

Black Friday meets its master
Creator: Garden City Daily Telegram
Date: April 10, 1935
Several articles about life in the Dust Bowl can be found on the front page of this newspaper from Garden City. Articles of particular interest include two articles on "raging dusters," one on the winter wheat crop, and a brief article discussing the postponement of community meetings to distribute aid under the soil erosion program. The newspaper also includes articles about other newsworthy events occurring in Garden City and around the state of Kansas.


Branding cattle, Scott City, Kansas

Branding cattle, Scott City, Kansas
Date: 1906
This photograph shows cattle being branded on the J.W. Lough's ranch near Scott City, Kansas. In the foreground a woman dressed in white is branding a cow while ranch hands look on. Several cattle are visible in the background.


Cane seed, Scott City, Kansas

Cane seed, Scott City, Kansas
Date: 1906
This photograph shows a gathering of horse-drawn wagons loaded with cane seed at the elevator in Scott City, Kansas. In the background boxcars and the ATSF depot are visible.


Colorado, Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad Company offices, Scott City, Kansas

Colorado, Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad Company offices, Scott City, Kansas
Date: Between 1911 and 1917
This photograph shows a man standing in front of the Colorado, Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad Company offices in Scott City, Kansas. The rail line ran between Garden City, Kansas and Wiona, Kansas. In 1917 financial difficulties forced the rail line to cease operation. The tracks were later removed and use for World War efforts.


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.


Counties : Scott

Counties : Scott
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1880
A letter from O. P. Reeve writes to Kansas Governor St. John to inform him that the counties of Scott, Lane, Wichita, and Greeley are unorganized but also unattached and are without protection. He asks the Governor how to acquire a copy of the "Code of Kansas".


County Affairs, Scott County

County Affairs, Scott County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1886, are from the residents and offices of Scott County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements are met for its organization. There are Governor's Proclamations electing an official to verify the requirements as well as claiming the official organization of the county. Other letters discuss the appointment of a census taker, register of deeds, and probate judge. Scott County was organized on June 29, 1886 and named for General Winfield Scott.


Dust storm over a western Kansas town

Dust storm over a western Kansas town
Creator: Potter
Date: February 21, 1935
This is a photograph showing a dust cloud rolling over a western Kansas town, possibly Scott City.


Dust storm, Scott City, Kansas

Dust storm, Scott City, Kansas
Creator: Potter
Date: 1935
This photograph shows the skies over the city of Scott City, Kansas darkened by a dust storm.


Dust storm, Scott City, Kansas

Dust storm, Scott City, Kansas
Creator: Potter
Date: February 21, 1935
This photograph shows a dust storm approaching Main Street in Scott City, 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.


El Quartelejo Monument Scott County, Kansas

El Quartelejo Monument Scott County, Kansas
Creator: Walker, Russell W.
Date: February 28, 1948
This black and white photograph shows a view of the El Quartelejo Monument in Scott City, Kansas. This site located north of Scott City, Kansas and along Ladder Creek inside the Lake Scott State Park, is the archeological remains of a Indian pueblo. A group of Taos Indians migrated to the region from New Mexico around 1664 to escape Spanish oppression and to live among the Plains Apache Indians. To honor this historical area, a granite marker was erected in 1925 by the Kansas Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution. In 1964, the ruins were recognized as a National Historic Landmark. The ruins are deteriorating and are considered a "at risk" site.


E. M. Carson's corn crop in Scott County, Kansas

E. M. Carson's corn crop in Scott County, Kansas
Creator: Potter
Date: 1915
A postcard showing E. M. Carson's corn crop in Scott County, Kansas. The harvested corn crop was 12,000 bushels.


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.


Fifth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture

Fifth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Creator: Kansas. State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1887
This biennial report covers the years 1885-86. The volume contains two parts and the page numbering starts over at the beginning of part II. The volume contains numerous agricultural statistics and information about other industries. It also contains information about Kansas weather, schools, churches, various agricultural issues such as Texas fever, chinch bugs, vacant public lands, etc. A major part of the volume is devoted to information gathered during the 1885 statewide census conducted by the Board of Agriculture. Part I contains a number of tables with statistics about Kansas residents broken down by county. Part I also contains a section on each county, providing summary information about the history of the county, nativity of residents, a description of the landscape, crops, livestock, schools, newspapers, banks, and a list of county officers for 1887. Proceedings and other activities of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture are in Part II.


Forrest Jeffries to the U.S. Department of Justice

Forrest Jeffries to the U.S. Department of Justice
Creator: Jeffries, Forrest
Date: April 21, 1943
Forrest Jeffries wrote to the U.S. Department of Justice concerning difficulties faced by Jehovah's Witnesses in Scott City, Kansas, beginning in June of 1942. According to Jeffries' account, the Scott City Jehovah's Witnesses were threatened with violence and told to stop handing out their magazines. Jeffries and several other Jehovah's Witnesses were taken to jail in order to keep them safe from mob violence.


Foster Lumber Company, Scott City, Kansas

Foster Lumber Company, Scott City, Kansas
Date: 1906
This photograph shows a view of the Foster Lumber Company and other businesses in Scott City, Kansas.


Fred Robertson to Charles H. Sessions

Fred Robertson to Charles H. Sessions
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: April 17, 1917
Fred Robertson of the United State Attorney's Office, Kansas City, writes the secretary to Governor Arthur Capper, Charles H. Sessions in response to a letter he received. The letter acknowledges receipt of a letter from W. A. Lewis of Pence (Scott County), who is alarmed by the behavior of a German neighbor. During World War I, citizens suspicious of the patriotic allegiances of their neighbors often sent reports of such suspicions to the Governor. The Governor's Office often forwarded these reports to the United States District Attorney for investigation.


Golden Charles Dresher photograph collection

Golden Charles Dresher photograph collection
Creator: Dresher, G. C.
Date: Between 1870 and 1940
This collection consists of 326 photographs taken by G. C. (Golden Charles) Dresher of Canton, McPherson County, Kansas. The photos mostly concern the Dresher family, their friends and the surrounding area. Photographs of McPherson College students and the flooding of Cow Creek are also included. Dorothy May (Dresher) Richards, the daughter of G. C. Dresher, donated the original glass plate negatives to the Kansas Historical Society in 1999.


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