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A couple and their 1912 Buick Roadster, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas

A couple and their 1912 Buick Roadster, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: 1912
A couple pose in their 1912 Buick Roadster in front of a home in Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas.


An early airplane sits in a field in Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas

An early airplane sits in a field in Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1929
A crowd of men and boys gather around an airplane sitting in a field in Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas.


Avenue Hotel, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas

Avenue Hotel, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1909
A group of well-dressed men pose on the porch of the Avenue [Avanue] Hotel in Brewster, Kansas. A.E. Marshall was the proprietor of the hotel.


Brewster Garage, Brewster, Kansas

Brewster Garage, Brewster, Kansas
Date: 1916
These two black and white photographs show the service station and garage in Brewster, Kansas. The business was also a Ford agency that sold Goodyear tires, tubes and accessories.


Brewster baseball team, Thomas County, Kansas

Brewster baseball team, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: 1913
The town baseball team from Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas pose in their uniforms.


Brewster schoolhouse in Brewster, Kansas

Brewster schoolhouse in Brewster, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1905
This is a photograph of Brewster schoolhouse in Brewster, Kansas.


Earl D. Bear, World War I soldier

Earl D. Bear, World War I soldier
Creator: Bear, Earl D.
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 Earl D. Bear, Company M, 353rd Infantry, 89th Division.


Exterior view of the Charles Petty store, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas

Exterior view of the Charles Petty store, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: 1914
This photograph shows a group of men posing on the boardwalk in front of the Charles Petty store in Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas. There is no indication what kind of store this is. The men are unidentified.


Group of students in front of a school building, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas

Group of students in front of a school building, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: 1912
This photograph shows a large group of students of various ages posing in front of their school building in Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas.


Horney General Merchandise store, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas

Horney General Merchandise store, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: 1908
Two men and a woman pose in the interior of Horney's General Merchandise store in Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas.


Interior view of the Peacock Barber Shop, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas

Interior view of the Peacock Barber Shop, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: Between 1915 and 1925
This is a photograph of two customers getting a shave at the Peacock Barber Shop in Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas.


J.R. Shirley General Merchandise store, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas

J.R. Shirley General Merchandise store, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: 1912
This is a photograph of a man and a woman posing inside the J.R. Shirley general merchandise store in Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas. The couple are unidentified.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, towns Ada - Bunker Hill

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, towns Ada - Bunker Hill
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s and 1990s
These are panoramic photographs of Kansas towns beginning with Ada and ending with Bunker Hill. The Kansas Film Commission created the photos to promote Kansas locations to film companies. Many of the photographs show business districts and buildings. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. Towns and cities included in this part of the collection are: Ada, Agenda, Augusta, Alamota, Aliceville, Alison, Almena, Altamont, Altoona, Andale, Arcadia, Anthony, Arlington, Arma, Arnold, Ashland, Atchison, Atlanta, Atwood, Aurora, Barnard, Basehor, Bartlett, Beaumont, Belividere, Beloit, Belvue, Belleville, Bendena, Bentley, Beverly, Bird City, Black Wolf, Blakeman, Blue Rapids, Bloom, Bonner Springs, Brewster, Brookville, Brownell, Bucklin, Bucyrus, Buffalo, Burdett, Burden, Burdick, Burlingame, Burlington, Burns, and Bunker Hill. Some of the photos of communities show churches, grain elevators, water towers, parks, public/government buildings, railroad depots and tracks, and residences.


Kansas Town and Land Company agent's statements

Kansas Town and Land Company agent's statements
Date: 1888-1891
Lots lists and correspondence, arranged by townsite, relating to the business activities and sales of each townsite agent of the Kansas Town and Land Company. The Kansas Town and Land Company was chartered in 1887 to buy and sell lands on the right of way of the Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company. Townsites in Kansas include Agra, Aiken, Arkalom, Athol, Bonham, Brewster, Clayton, Dana, Dresden, Edson, Goodland, Groveland, Herington, Horton, Jasper, Jennings, Kanorado, Keats, Kensington, Liberal, Mahaska, Minneola, Narka, Neva, New Lebanon, Phillipsburg, Prairie View, Rexford, Selden, Severn, Smith Center, and Stuttgart. Townsites in Colorado include Arriba, Claremont, Limon, New Burlington, Peyton, and Siebert. Townsites in Nebraska include Murdock and Nora. Agents include G. A. Spaulding, F. O. Marshall, T. A. Scales, J. W. Weyand, G. B. Ohle, L. L. French, R. M. Day, Albert Harris, A. B. Montgomery, F. H. McClellan, Monroe Davis Herington, W. H. Kemper, George W. Ragon, R. M. Day, Hazen C. Ladd, E. W. Sandison, John S. Gillett, Edward Stone, E. W. Hall, W. J. Clark, P. C. Glenn, Ira Thompson, S. G. Hopkins, G. W. Buckley, Daniel W. Relihan, William A. Clute, R. S. Newell, C. A. Beery, J. H. Slater, C. G. McGhee, H. F. Hendricks, and Jacob Ritterbush.


Main Street, Brewster, Kansas

Main Street, Brewster, Kansas
Date: 1907
This is a photograph of of everyday activity on Main Street in Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas.


Memorial Day, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas

Memorial Day, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This is a photograph of a large group of people gathered in front of a building in Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas to celebrate Memorial Day.


Motorcycle used to deliver the mail from the Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas post office

Motorcycle used to deliver the mail from the Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas post office
Date: Between 1925 and 1935
In this photograph, a mail carrier poses with the motorcycle he uses to deliver the mail to rural homes served by the Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas post office.


Ray and Linda Crumbaker, Brewster, Kansas

Ray and Linda Crumbaker, Brewster, Kansas
Creator: Colcher, Larry A
Date: June 1998
These photographs are part of the Kansas State Historical Society's online exhibit, "Wheat People: Celebrating Kansas Harvest." This exhibit focuses on the people who have built Kansas's agricultural reputation. In June 1998, the KSHS staff followed harvesters from the Oklahoma border to far northwestern Kansas. They photographed and interviewed families from the top twenty wheat-producing counties in Kansas. The photographs featured here are of Ray and Linda Crumbaker of Brewster, Kansas.


Rock Island wheat festival special

Rock Island wheat festival special
Creator: Chicago, Rock Island and Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1926
This flyer advertises the dates that the Chicago, Rock Island, and Pacific Railroad Company "Wheat Festival Special" will visit numerous Kansas towns along its route. It will in Kansas August 2 through 7, 1926. The train is operated in cooperation with the Kansas Agricultural College, the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, the Kansas State Grain Inspection Department, the Southwestern Wheat Improvement Association, the Kansas City Chamber of Commerce and the Kansas Public Service Commission. The flyer lists speakers and their topics. Miss Vada Watson, the Kansas Wheat Queen, is one of the "special attractions" accompanying the train. A. W Large is in charge of the train for the railroad company.


Scenes of Sherman County, Kansas

Scenes of Sherman County, Kansas
Date: 1890-1930
These five scenes of Sherman County, Kansas include the George Hamlin sod house; the Goodland City Band; J.C. Gernhart and a threshing crew; the home of Josephine Hollenbeck near Brewster; and the sod house of Fred A. Hurd. Pictured in the Fred Hurd "soddie" photograph are, left to right: Lowell Hurd, Carol Hurd, Mrs. Fred Hurd, Aura Hurd Horton, and Stella Hurd Dimmitt.


Scenes of Sherman County, Kansas

Scenes of Sherman County, Kansas
Date: 1890-1930
Multiple scenes of Sherman County, Kansas.


Setting up a stage, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas

Setting up a stage, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: 1928
This is a photograph of a large group of people gathered around two men who are setting up a stage in the middle of the street for an unknown celebration, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas. The back of the photograph calls this a "bond stand."


Standard atlas of Thomas County, Kansas

Standard atlas of Thomas County, Kansas
Creator: Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Date: 1907
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory, portraits, and plats of towns as of the year of publication.


Students pose in front of their school bus, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas

Students pose in front of their school bus, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: Between 1923 and 1924
This photograph shows a group of students posing with their school bus outside the Brewster school building, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas.


Students pose with their school bus, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas

Students pose with their school bus, Brewster, Thomas County, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1930
This is a photograph of a group of students posing in front of their school bus outside a Brewster, Kansas school.


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