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Anna M. Hogsett to Governor Payne Ratner

Anna M. Hogsett to Governor Payne Ratner
Creator: Hogsett, Anna
Date: October 22, 1942
This letter from Mrs. Anna Hogsett of Brownell, Kansas, to Governor Payne Ratner, details her efforts to help her son Luther who refused to join the U.S. military because he objected to war of any kind. In addition, Mrs. Hogsett's letter is important because it details the stance of many Jehovah's Witnesses toward armed conflict and violence.


Brownell High School Album

Brownell High School Album
Date: 1916-1960
This is an album containing photographs of Brownell High School including the school building; the 1939 girls' basketball team; the foundation of the first rock schoolhouse named Vansberg built by Jake Stull in 1884; and members of the senior classes from 1916-1960. For the years 1928, 1932 and 1933 there are no photographs of the senior class members only lists of names.


Claude Ryan on his horse in Brownell, Kansas

Claude Ryan on his horse in Brownell, Kansas
Date: Between 1945 and 1950
This is a photograph showing Claude Ryan on his horse in Brownell, Kansas.


Jessie Norris and Martha Howell Ryan

Jessie Norris and Martha Howell Ryan
Creator: Potter
Date: 1913
This is a postcard showing (left) Jessie Norris and (right) Martha Howell Ryan who lived in Brownell, Kansas.


Jessie Norris and an unidentified man in a car

Jessie Norris and an unidentified man in a car
Date: Between 1910 and 1915
This is a postcard showing Jessie Norris with an unidentified man in a Model T four door touring car. The photograph was probably taken in Brownell, Kansas.


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.


Main street in Brownell, Kansas

Main street in Brownell, Kansas
Creator: Potter
Date: Between 1900 and 1905
This is a photograph of Main Street looking west in Brownell, Kansas.


Main street in Brownell, Kansas

Main street in Brownell, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1905
This is a photograph of Main Street looking west in Brownell, Kansas.


Map of  Township 6S, Range XXIIW, Ness County, Kansas

Map of Township 6S, Range XXIIW, Ness County, Kansas
Creator: Ogle, Geo. A. & Co.
Date: 1906
This map shows the township of the 6S, Range XXIIW in Ness County, Kansas. Some points of interest include: the names of landowners within the townships, the town of Brownell and the principal route of the Missouri Pacific Railroad Company.


Raccoon hunt, Brownell, Kansas

Raccoon hunt, Brownell, Kansas
Date: 1956
Here are two photographs showing William T. Ryan and two unidentified people with their dog and the results of their raccoon hunt. The photograph was possibly taken in Brownell, Kansas.


Ryan Hardware store in Brownell, Kansas

Ryan Hardware store in Brownell, Kansas
Date: 1910
This is a photograph showing Ben Skaggs standing next to a counter in the Ryan Hardware store in Brownell, Kansas.


Ryan family

Ryan family
Date: 1951
This is a photograph of the Ryan family taken on Easter Sunday in Brownwell, Kansas.


Skaggs' grainery in Brownell, Kansas

Skaggs' grainery in Brownell, Kansas
Date: 2000
This is a photograph showing Skaggs' grainery in Brownell, Kansas. It was razed in 2001.


Standard atlas of Ness County, Kansas

Standard atlas of Ness County, Kansas
Creator: Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Date: 1906
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory, portraits of residents, and plats of towns as of the year of publication.


Stephens and Ryan families

Stephens and Ryan families
Date: Between 1891 and 1899
This is a modern print of an older photograph of the Stephens and Ryan families. People in the front row are (left to right) Henry Thomas Stephens; Martin Lewis Stephens (Shack's father), who lived in Elk City, Kansas; Elisha Lash Stephens (Claude's father), who lived in McCracken, Kansas; Solomon Merritt Stephens, who lived in Cement, Oklahoma and the back row (left to right) Sarah Stephens Ryan (Mrs. William Ryan), who lived in McCracken, Kansas; Susie Stephens Ryan (Mrs. Francis Marion Ryan), who lived in Scott City, Kansas; Rachael Stephens Meadows (Mrs. William R. Meadows), who lived in Iresky, Kentucky; and Margaret (Peggy) Stephens Ryan (Mrs. John B. Ryan), who lived in McCracken, Kansas. The photograph was possibly taken in Brownell, Kansas.


Thomas Ryan and family

Thomas Ryan and family
Date: 1913
This is a photograph showing Thomas Ryan and his family taken on Thanksgiving. The photograph was taken at Thomas Ryan's home in Brownell, Kansas.


Thomas Ryan home in Brownell, Kansas

Thomas Ryan home in Brownell, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1915
This is a photograph showing the Thomas Ryan home in Brownell, Kansas. The children standing in front with their dog are (left to right) Gladys, Bill and Gayle Ryan.


Thomas and Martha Frances Ryan with their children

Thomas and Martha Frances Ryan with their children
Date: 1913
This is a photograph showing Thomas and Martha Frances Ryan with their children. People in the photograph are back row (left to right) Grace Ryan Skaggs, Ben Skaggs, Hazel Stetler Ryan, Claude Troy Ryan, Neva Lavon Ryan and front row (left to right) Laura Gladys Ryan, Thomas Ryan, Care Gayle Ryan, Martha Frances Ryan, and William Thomas Ryan. The photograph was probably taken in Brownell, Kansas.


William and Sarah Ryan with their children

William and Sarah Ryan with their children
Date: Between 1890 and 1895
This is a photograph of William and Sarah Ryan with their children. William and Sarah Ryan are seated in the front row. Sidney, their daughter, is standing behind Sarah. The other children are: Sidney, Granvill M., John B., Elijah L., Thomas, Suzie J., Margaret, Martha E., William Harvey, and Henry L.; however, the people in the photograph are not identified.


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