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1941 Canton High School senior class in Canton, Kansas

1941 Canton High School senior class in Canton, Kansas
Date: 1941
This is a photograph of the 1941 Canton High School senior class in Canton, Kansas. Members of the class are identified on the photograph.


A. C. Griffith business card

A. C. Griffith business card
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A business card for dentist Dr. A. C. Griffith, D.D.S. His office was located on the second floor opposite the Independent Order of Odd Fellows (I.O.O.F.) temple in Canton, Kansas.


Are You With or Against the Hun?

Are You With or Against the Hun?
Creator: Canton Pilot
Date: April 25, 1918
This article, published in the April 25, 1918, edition of the Canton Pilot, encourages readers to buy Liberty Bonds in order to "show the world where you stand."


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Canton, Kansas
Creator: Kelley, Frank O.
Date: Between 1950s and 1960s
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Canton, Kansas. The structure still stands and has been moved east of Salina, Kansas.


Buffalo herd

Buffalo herd
Date: Between 1950 and 1970
This sepia colored photograph shows a buffalo herd at the Canton Preserve in McPherson County, Kansas.


Buy liberty bonds or see U.S. lose

Buy liberty bonds or see U.S. lose
Creator: Canton Pilot
Date: May 2, 1918
This article, published in the Canton Pilot, strongly encourages readers to buy Liberty Bonds in order to win the war against Germany.


Canton, Kansas

Canton, Kansas
Creator: Lomax, Hugh
Date: 1929
This film presents silent footage of Canton, Kansas. Beginning with a steam engine pulling into a railroad depot, the film features many street scenes, people, schools and other small town scenes. It shows many people entering and leaving the post office or general store. It also shows many school children playing games on the playground and mothers with infants.


Charles Wilber Selzer, World War I soldier

Charles Wilber Selzer, World War I soldier
Date: 1923
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 Wilber Selzer, Company A, 13th Regiment, U.S. Marines. Charles died on October 9, 1918 at Brest, France.


Edwards' atlas of McPherson County, Kansas

Edwards' atlas of McPherson County, Kansas
Creator: Edwards, John P.
Date: 1884
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory, and plats of towns as of the year of publication.The History of McPherson county, Kansas, from 1870 to 1883, was compiled by H.B. Kelly, p. 7-10.


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.


Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union general correspondence

Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union general correspondence
Date: 1910-1939
This is correspondence sent and received by Mary Evelyn Dobbs, corresponding secretary of the Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union from 1907 to 1939. The letters arrived from people across the state, including the presidents of county chapters of the KWCTU. Most correspondence relates to planned public speeches and visits intended to establish and support new branches of the KWCTU. There are also communications from the state organization to local units. Specific items include a letter dated July 1, 1918, from Dobbs to F.L. Pinet with a manuscript entitled "Early Factors in Kansas Prohibition" intended for publication in the Kansas Teacher, advertising contracts for the KWCTU periodical Our Messenger, and a letter written to Dobbs from Clara E. Keys, a WCTU missionary in Africa. One letter recognizes Mary Sibbitt as the organizer of comfort kits provided for soldiers at Fort Leavenworth. Sibbitt, known as the "Kansas Cyclone," was an founding officer of the International Association of Women Ministers. There are several other groups of official Kansas WCTU records on Kansas Memory. They can be found by selecting Collections - Manuscript - KWCTU/Mary Evelyn Dobbs.


Maude Way Dresher

Maude Way Dresher
Creator: Ogden, J. H.
Date: 1899
This is a cabinet card with a portrait of Maude Way Dresher. She was married to Golden Charles Dresher and the mother of Margaret, Florence, Dorothy, and Donald Dresher.


Paul Sylvan Porter, World War I soldier

Paul Sylvan Porter, World War I soldier
Date: 1918-1919
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 Paul Sylvan Porter. Paul died of pneumonia on December 3, 1918 in Winfield, Kansas.


Paxson sisters

Paxson sisters
Creator: Ogden, J. H.
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
Here are two cabinet cards showing the Paxson sisters. One shows (left to right) Melissa Paxson Way, Mary Jane Paxson Ecroyd, and Sitnah Paxson McNees and the other photo shows Melissa Paxson Way, Annie Paxson, Sitnah Paxson McNees, and Mary Jane Paxson Ecroyd.


Plat book of McPherson County, Kansas

Plat book of McPherson County, Kansas
Creator: North West Publishing Co.
Date: 1903
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory and plats of towns as of the year of publication.


Pleasant and Sitnak Paxson McNees

Pleasant and Sitnak Paxson McNees
Creator: Ogden, J. H.
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This is a cabinet card showing Pleasant and Sitnak Paxson McNees. They lived in Canton, Kansas.


Standard atlas of McPherson County, Kansas

Standard atlas of McPherson County, Kansas
Creator: Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Date: 1921
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory, and plats of towns as of the year of publication.


Temperance history correspondence

Temperance history correspondence
Date: 1858-1902, bulk 1900-1902
This correspondence was sent and received by Kansas State Temperance Union secretaries T.E. Stephens, A.D. Wilcox, and J.E. Everett. Each exchanged letters with religious leaders across the state, including Rev. H.G. Fraser from Ottawa, Rev. C.C. Brown of Tonganoxie, Rev. J.M. Leonard of Iola, Rev. R.A. Bolton of Junction City, Rev. James Kerr of Scandia, Rev. J.K. Miller of Manhattan, Rev. A.W. Cummings of Canton, Rev. John A. Holmes of Harper, Rev. W.H. Eaton of Cherryvale, Rev. H.H. Bowen of Glen Elder, and Rev. Fred Grey of Alton. Organizations involved in the temperance movement include the Kansas State Temperance Union (KSTU), the Twentieth Century Total Abstinence Union (TCTAU), the Anti-Cigarette League, the American Anti-Saloon League (AASL), the Women's Christian Temperance Union (WCTU) and others. This collection also includes local subscription lists for those supporting the Kansas State Temperance Union in Phillipsburg, Lakin, LeRoy, Cimarron, Dodge City, Liberal, Greensburg, Cunningham, Sedgwick, Mount Hope and Colwich. Other correspondents include attorney John Wiswell in Columbus, Elmer Lawrence, publisher of The Sunbeam, a weekly Christian journal in Galena, and several members of the Independent Order of Good Templars, including George F. Fullinwider of El Dorado, S.S. Jackson of Scranton, and Mrs. Kate A. Billings of Clyde. Much of the correspondence concerns efforts to advance anti-liquor agendas in local, state, and national politics. Considerable correspondence with organizations in other states is included. Although Kansas was the first state to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors in 1880, the law was largely unenforced.


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