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Appeal for the Kansas sufferers!

Appeal for the Kansas sufferers!
Creator: Foster, Daniel, 1816-1864
Date: 1860
This pamphlet, written by Daniel Foster, general agent of the New England Kansas Relief Committee, attempts to dispel any doubts about the severity of the nine-month drought in Kansas Territory. Many settlers had left Kansas Territory, and those remaining needed relief. Foster calls on people to provide aid to those in Kansas by contributing money or goods. The pamphlet lists names of people serving on a Boston committee who had met to discuss relief efforts in Kansas, including such well-known individuals as John A. Andrew, George Luther Stearns, Samuel Gridley Howe, and Thomas H. Webb.


Architectural building blocks

Architectural building blocks
Creator: American Manufacturing Concern
Date: 1914
The American Manufacturing Concern in Jamestown, New York made these wooden building blocks. Alice Elizabeth Bouse (1912-2002) of Centralia, Kansas received the set as a Christmas gift in 1914.


Businesses on Main Street, Centralia, Kansas

Businesses on Main Street, Centralia, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1909
This photograph shows a view of Main Street in Centralia, Kansas. A drug store can be seen on the right side of the street and an outdoor bandstand is visible in the background near the middle of the picture. A few men are partially visible in the shade of the buildings on the left, and a few carriages and wagons are partially visible along the street.


Delbert Martin Moyer, World War I soldier

Delbert Martin Moyer, 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 Delbert Martin Moyer, Company M, 125th Infantry. Delbert was killed in action on July 31, 1918.


Emigrants Guide or Handbook of the Central Branch Union Pacific Railroad & Company

Emigrants Guide or Handbook of the Central Branch Union Pacific Railroad & Company
Creator: Vaughan, W.R.
Date: 1879
This publication is from the Central Branch, Union Pacific Railroad Company. It promotes land sales targeting recent emigrants interested in purchasing agricultural land in central and eastern Kansas.


Omby Roberts, Prisoner 3290

Omby Roberts, Prisoner 3290
Creator: Kansas State Penitentiary
Date: December 12, 1908
This photograph shows inmate Omby Roberts, 3290. He was received at the Kansas State Penitentiary when he was 27 years old for statutory rape. He was sentenced to five to twenty years in the penitentiary but was paroled by the Governor of Kansas on May 20, 1910.


Plat book of Nemaha County, Kansas

Plat book of Nemaha County, Kansas
Creator: Stinson, A. R.
Date: 1908
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.


Recollections of early days in Kansas

Recollections of early days in Kansas
Creator: Baker, Orinda S.
Date: November 30, 1905 and December 7, 1905
This reminiscence, published in two parts, details the experiences of Orinda S. Baker and her family, who moved to Centralia, Nemaha County, in 1860. The Bakers, like other Kansas families, suffered from hunger and sickness during the severe drought that struck Kansas that same year. Included at the end of Part I there are two letters regarding the drought and the aid received from the East. Part II begins with a letter from Phil C. Day regarding relief goods sent to Kansas; Baker had written to out-of-state friends about the suffering of Kansans and acted as coordinator of relief supplies. In January 1862 Baker and her family moved to Topeka when her husband, Floyd P. Baker, was elected to the State House of Representatives. The rest of her reminiscence relates her experiences while living in Topeka, with the exception of a selection discussing a particularly fierce snow storm that hit on January 18, 1861.


Report of Kansas U.S.O. Committee

Report of Kansas U.S.O. Committee
Creator: United Service Organization
Date: 1941
This item details the amount of contributions to the United Service Organizations (U.S.O.) from cities and counties in Kansas during 1941. Totaling almost $90,000, the U.S.O. campaign in Kansas was quite successful and helped support a number of services for Americans serving in uniform during World War II. The report lists the contributions by city and the nature of the fund raising. There was a campaign in movie theaters that raised almost $9,000 from 84 cities. The list includes the names of the theaters. Local newspapers, which provided publicity, are often listed as well. The members of the local U.S. O. committees are listed, occasionally.


Robert Bryan Greene, World War I soldier

Robert Bryan Greene, 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 letters and their transcriptions from Robert Bryan Greene, Company E, 139th Infantry, 35th Division. Greene was killed in action on September 27, 1918.


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