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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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70th anniversary celebration of Wallace County, Kansas

70th anniversary celebration of Wallace County, Kansas
Date: 1938
Actors portray pioneers, Native Americans, and Abraham Lincoln for the 70th anniversary celebration of the creation of Wallace County, held in Sharon Springs on Aug. 31, 1938. R.R. Dollarhide portrayed Lincoln and Mr. Weed, the cashier at the Peoples State Bank, portrayed a Native American.


70th anniversary celebration of Wallace County, Kansas

70th anniversary celebration of Wallace County, Kansas
Date: 1938
The children of pioneer settler Sam Chisum ride in a wagon pulled by mules. Chisum came to Wallace County, Kansas by trail from Texas in 1872. The event, held on Aug. 31, 1938 in Sharon Springs, marked the 70th anniversary of Wallace County, Kansas.


70th anniversary celebration of Wallace County, Kansas

70th anniversary celebration of Wallace County, Kansas
Date: 1938
Alfred Nelson displays his whiskers, grown for the 70th anniversary celebration of the creation of Wallace County, Kansas. The celebration was held in August 1938 in Sharon Springs.


7th Cavalry drill team, Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas

7th Cavalry drill team, Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas
Date: 1961
The 7th Cavalry drill team reenactment troop perform for the Fort Wallace memorial association, Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas, May 1961.


7th Cavalry reenactment, United States government cemetery, Fort Wallace, Kansas

7th Cavalry reenactment, United States government cemetery, Fort Wallace, Kansas
Date: 1961
A 7th Cavalry reenactment troop line up at the United States government cemetery at Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas.


Adobe house in Sharon Springs, Kansas

Adobe house in Sharon Springs, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1955
This is a photograph of an adobe house located near Sharon Springs, Kansas. The people in the photograph are (left to right) Eleanor Graham, who was born in the house, Darlene Graham and Charles Graham, the children of Elmer David Graham and Alice Steele Graham.


Aerial view of Sharon Springs, Kansas

Aerial view of Sharon Springs, Kansas
Date: Between 1925 and 1929
This is a postcard with an aerial view of Sharon Springs, Kansas showing the main street.


A group of women riding horseback, Wallace County, Kansas

A group of women riding horseback, Wallace County, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
A group of women ride out on to the prairie near Stockholm, Wallace County, Kansas. The text "Night Riders" has been etched into the negative image, and "at Stockholm Ks" has been written on the surface of the photograph.


Appointment of William H. Bush to postmaster at Pond Creek, Wallace County, Kansas

Appointment of William H. Bush to postmaster at Pond Creek, Wallace County, Kansas
Creator: Post Office Department
Date: February 02, 1869
These are appointment papers for William H. Bush from the Post Office Department. He was named the Post Master at Pond Creek, Wallace County, Kansas.


A traveling group of entertainers from Sharon Springs at Tribune, Greeley County, Kansas

A traveling group of entertainers from Sharon Springs at Tribune, Greeley County, Kansas
Date: 1925
A traveling group of actors from Sharon Springs, Kansas perform at Tribune, Greeley County, Kansas in June 1925.


Axel Lindberg's map of Township 15 South, Range 42 West, Wallace County

Axel Lindberg's map of Township 15 South, Range 42 West, Wallace County
Creator: Lindberg, Axel, 1895-
Date: 1910
A map drawn by Axel Lindberg (1895-?), "a boy at Weskan who has been in this country less than one year from Sweden, and he has only attended school five months." This map is one of several drawn by grade school children for a contest organized by Judge J. C. Ruppenthal of Russell, Kansas. The maps were to meet a "requirement of presenting historical data, together with excellence and accuracy of drawing." The maps are drawn over a template representing a legal (numbered) township and have keys on the back or on separate sheets. The map covers Township 15 South, Range 42 West, the Stockholm Township. It features creeks, farms, churches and schools. A letter relating to this contest can be viewed at Unit ID 309731.


Barracks, Fort Wallace, Kansas

Barracks, Fort Wallace, Kansas
Date: 1868
This photograph shows the barracks building at Fort Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas.


Bird's eye view of Sharon Springs, Wallace County, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Sharon Springs, Wallace County, Kansas
Date: 1908
This post card of a bird's eye view of Sharon Springs, Wallace County, Kansas was sent to mother and father Dr. and Mrs. J.W. Graves in Parsons, Kansas by daughter Laura Graves who was visiting in western Kansas.


Buildings at Fort Wallace, Kansas

Buildings at Fort Wallace, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1885
A view of several buildings at Fort Wallace, Kansas, including the mess hall on the west side of the parade ground, the powder house which was southwest of the mess hall, and the guard house. The mess hall (the long building in the center of the picture) faces east. The fort was abandoned in 1882 and the mess hall was torn down by settlers in 1888.


Cattle, Peter Robidoux ranch, Wallace County, Kansas

Cattle, Peter Robidoux ranch, Wallace County, Kansas
Date: 1900
Peter Robidoux (on horse in background on the left) and Mrs. Robidoux (in buggy) pose with some of their cattle herd on the Robidoux ranch 10 miles north of Wallace, Wallace County, Kansas.


Central Hotel, Sharon Springs, Kansas

Central Hotel, Sharon Springs, Kansas
Date: Between 1880s and 1890s
This black and white photograph shows the Central Hotel in Sharon Springs, Kansas. The two-story wooden structure was also known as the Martin Hotel.


Children swimming in Beaver Creek, Wallace County, Kansas

Children swimming in Beaver Creek, Wallace County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A group of children swim in the "old swimming hole" on Beaver Creek in Wallace County, Kansas.


Christmas program at a school near Sharon Springs, Kansas

Christmas program at a school near Sharon Springs, Kansas
Date: Between January 1927 and December 1928
This is a photograph of children in a Christmas program at a school south of Sharon Springs in Wallace County, Kansas.


Class photo, rural school, Wallace County, Kansas

Class photo, rural school, Wallace County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A rural school class pose with their teacher outside their frame schoolhouse, Wallace County, Kansas.


Class picture at a rural school in Wallace County, Kansas

Class picture at a rural school in Wallace County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A group of children pose outside their frame schoolhouse in Wallace County, Kansas. Neither the school nor any of the children is identified.


Class picture at a rural school in Wallace County, Kansas

Class picture at a rural school in Wallace County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1915
A class picture taken inside a rural school in Wallace County, Kansas. Neither the school nor any of the students is identified. The photo was submitted to the Woman's Kansas Day Club by Ruth Jackson of Sharon Springs, Kansas.


Class picture outside a frame schoolhouse in Wallace County, Kansas

Class picture outside a frame schoolhouse in Wallace County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
Students of a rural school in Wallace County, Kansas pose outside their frame schoolhouse. Neither the school nor any of the students is identified.


David Paul home, Weskan, Kansas

David Paul home, Weskan, Kansas
Creator: Steele
Date: 1923
This black and white photograph shows a group of people standing beside an automobile as cattle roam nearby. In the background the homestead of Mr. and Mrs. David Paul is visible. The two-story structure was original a hotel for men in 1888. For a number of years Fourth of July celebrations were held in the grove of trees. There is a windmill by the house. The photo is near Weskan, Wallace County.


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.


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