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A. Hood & Sons Implement Company, Columbus, Kansas

A. Hood & Sons Implement Company, Columbus, Kansas
Date: 1914
This is a photograph of the building which housed The A. Hood & Sons Implement Company, 116 West Pine Street, Columbus, Ks. In 2007, Jason & Lisa Hulvey purchased the building and the Evan's Drug Store business from Evan McNemar.


An appeal for help in behalf of the colored refugees in Kansas

An appeal for help in behalf of the colored refugees in Kansas
Creator: Rust, Horatio Nelson, 1828-1906
Date: January 22, 1881
This flyer, distributed by the Southern Refugee Relief Association of Chicago, Illinois, describes the dire situation of the African-American refugees relocated in Kansas. The secretary of this association, Horatio N. Rust, had taken this opportunity to pass along information relayed to him by Elizabeth Comstock, an aid worker in Topeka. Comstock was thankful for the donations of food and other goods, but asked for more assistance in feeding, clothing, and sheltering these refugees. The flyer also includes short excerpts of letters by agents of the refugee association who had direct knowledge of the emigrants' situation.


Businesses on Pine Street in Columbus, Kansas

Businesses on Pine Street in Columbus, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1912
This is a photograph showing businesses and people on Pine Street in Columbus, Kansas.


Cherokee County exhibition

Cherokee County exhibition
Creator: Cherokee County Breeders' Association
Date: Between 1870 and 1910
A poster for the Cherokee County fair. There is no year given but the dates are from October 11th to October 14th. Highlights of the fair include: $2,500 in premiums; good races daily; and shows of mechanical arts. Fair officers are A. T. Lea, president, and D. C. Nichols, secretary.


Children playing on a World War I memorial cannon in Columbus, Kansas

Children playing on a World War I memorial cannon in Columbus, Kansas
Date: 1941
This is a photograph showing children playing on a World War I memorial cannon located on the fairgrounds in Columbus, Kansas.


Columbus, Kansas

Columbus, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1940
Here are several photographs and postcards of Columbus, Kansas. Columbus is the county seat of Cherokee County and the commercial center for the area. Being a railroad junction, shipping was an important part of its value to the early mining era. Columbus was founded in 1868 and its first post office was opened in 1869. Images include schools, churches, street scenes, the courthouse, the electric light plant, and parks.


Columbus fair, Columbus, Kansas

Columbus fair, Columbus, Kansas
Creator: Cherokee County Breeders' Association
Date: October 15, 1889-October 17, 1889
This poster announces the first annual fair of the Cherokee County Breeders' Association to be held in Columbus, Kansas. Highlights of the fair include $3,000 in premiums, first class exhibitions, and a good band. Fair officers are A. D. Watts, president; Henry Neal, vice president; Dr. E. A. Scammon, treasurer; and L. M. Pickering, secretary.


Court House, Cherokee County, Kansas

Court House, Cherokee County, Kansas
Date: Between 1905 and 1950
Five views of the Cherokee County courthouse, located in Columbus.


Fifth annual fair of the  Cherokee County Agricultural and Stock Association

Fifth annual fair of the Cherokee County Agricultural and Stock Association
Creator: Cherokee County Agriculture and Stock Association
Date: September 26 - 29, 1882
This poster announces a fair to be held at Columbus, Kansas, sponsored by the Cherokee County Agricultural and Stock Association. Highlights include races, exhibitions, and a good band of music. Fair officers are John Henderson, president, and H. C. Pursel, secretary.


Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas

Government surplus cotton mattress project in Columbus, Kansas
Date: 1941
Here are photographs showing the government surplus cotton mattress project at the American Legion Pavilion cotton mattress center on the fairgrounds in Columbus, Kansas. The cotton mattress program was sponsored by the United States Department of Agriculture Extension Service, Agricultural Adjustment Administration, and the Surplus Marketing Administration. It was started in February 1940, and had a threefold purpose. First, it was designed to supply cotton materials to rural families who could not afford to purchase mattresses. Second, the program helped to reduce the cotton surplus. Third, the mattress program provided demonstrations through which rural people learned how to make cotton mattresses. Mattresses were made in community work centers under supervision of the home demonstration agent and others trained in mattress making. Representatives from the families participating in the program helped one another in actual construction of the mattresses. Eligible families received material to make one full-size double-bed mattress for each two persons in the family, but the total could not exceed three mattresses to a family. Participating families were excepted to pay for needles, thread and incidental expenses.


Governor's proclamations

Governor's proclamations
Date: 1869-1977
This collection of proclamations issued by Kansas Governors declares first, second or third-class status for Kansas towns and cities. Proclamations are arranged in alphabetical order by town name. Included are descriptions of city limits, plat maps and censuses.


Harry Earnest Gray, World War I soldier

Harry Earnest Gray, World War I soldier
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 Harry Earnest Gray, Company H, 353rd Infantry, 89th Division. Gray was killed in action during the Meuse-Argonne Offensive on November 2, 1918.


Highland grade school, Columbus, Kansas

Highland grade school, Columbus, Kansas
Date: 1998
A photograph showing the north side of Highland grade school in Columbus, Kansas.


J.S. Vincent to Governor John St. John

J.S. Vincent to Governor John St. John
Creator: Vincent, J.S.
Date: April 14, 1879
J.S. Vincent writes Kansas Governor St. John questioning why the drug store licensing act was published, unless it has become a law of the State. Vincent suspects it involves the "work of the whiskey men." He urges the Governor to come speak on the matter in Columbus, Kansas.


J.S. Vincent to Governor John St. John

J.S. Vincent to Governor John St. John
Creator: Vincent, J.S.
Date: August 07, 1879
J. S. Vincent of Topeka, reminds Kansas Governor St. John of the Governor's intention to speak there on temperance, and would like him to visit in the fall, when they plan to reorganize their unions.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject residences

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject residences
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s-2000s
These are panoramic photographs of locations in Kansas created by the Kansas Film Commission to promote scenes to film companies. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject and then location. The subject of this part of the collection is residences, arranged alphabetically by city.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, towns Caldwell - Everest

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, towns Caldwell - Everest
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s and 1990s
These are panoramic photographs of Kansas towns beginning with Caldwell and ending with Everest. 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: Caldwell, Caney, Carbondale, Cassoday, Cedar Bluffs, Cedar Vale, Centropolis, Chanute, Chase, Chautauqua, Chetopa, Circleville, Clay Center, Clayton, Climax, Clinton, Clyde, Codell, Coffeyville, Colby, Coldwater, Collyer, Colony, Columbus, Concordia, Corona, Courtland, Cuba, Damar, Deering (Dearing), Delavan, Delia, Denison, Denmark, Denton, Derby, De Soto, Dorrance, Dover, Dresden, Dunlap, Durham, Dwight, Easton, Edson, Elk City, Elk Falls, Elkhart, Ellinwood, Ellsworth, Elmdale, Emporia, Ensign, Eudora, and Everest. There are interiors of the Brown Grand Theatre in the Concordia folder. The theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1973.


Kansas State Temperance Union expense journals

Kansas State Temperance Union expense journals
Creator: Kansas State Temperance Union
Date: 1898-1911
This collection consists of 7 volumes of records from the Kansas State Temperance Union. The first volume lists the members and the dues they paid by local organization. The index lists the communities that have members listed and these communities have been included in the categories. Note: other communities are listed elsewhere in the records, particularly the speaker expenses volume. The second volume is the cash book (expense journal) for the years 1901-1904. Volumes three through five are the cash books for 1907-1910, 1909-1910, and 1910-1911. Volume 6 contains speaker expenses and contribution from the communities where they spoke, listed by name of speaker. Several speakers are listed. Volume 7 is an expense journal for 1907-1911. There are also some loose papers inserted into the volumes, mostly correspondence and form letters.


Kansas, her resources and developments

Kansas, her resources and developments
Creator: Griswold, Wayne
Date: 1871.
A guide containing information on living in the state of Kansas. This booklet reports on various topics that include but are not limited to, emigration, population and education in Kansas.


Leland Justin Webb

Leland Justin Webb
Creator: Martin, H. T.
Date: Between 1880 and 1890
This cabinet card shows Leland Justin Webb,1846-1893, civil war veteran, lawyer and politician. The son of William Craw Webb and Emily E. Abbot Webb, he established his career as a public servant at the age of fifteen when he mustered into the Union Army. Leland served with Company H, of the 16th Wisconsin Infanty,1861-1862 and later with Company I of the 30th Wisconsin Infantry. From March of 1864 to July of 1865, he served as a private with Company E, of the First Regiment of the Illinois Light Artillery. Leland finished out his military career in 1869 with the 10th Kansas Volunteer Infantry and Company G of the 19th Regiment Kansas Volunteer Cavalry. He returned to private life and resumed his education. On December 11, 1869, Leland was admitted to the Kansas Bar Association. He practiced in the Fort Scott, Kansas area for a short period of time before entering politics. In May of 1870, Leland was elected the first mayor of Columbus, Kansas. He held the position for a year before moving to Winfield, Kansas and was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives to represent the Eighty-Eight District,1877-78. He continued to remain politically active. In 1880, Leland moved to Topeka, Kansas to practice law. He also ran for justice of the peace a position he held from 1883-85. During the remaining years of his life, Leland was an active and prominent member in the Orders of Sons of Veterans, the Grand Army of the Republic, and Sons of the Revolution. He held a number of positions that included: Past Commander of Lincoln Post No. 1, and Past Commander-in-Chief of the Sons of Veterans United States. On February 23, 1893 after a brief illness Leland J Webb passed away at the age of forty-seven.


Liechti family, Doniphan County, Kansas

Liechti family, Doniphan County, Kansas
Date: 1895
This photograph shows the Jacob and Eva Matilda,Cowger-Liechti family in front of their home in the Columbus District of Doniphan County, Kansas. They are identified from left to right: Jacob Liecht holds daughter Ethel; Anna Louetta stands in front of her father; Eva Liecht holds daughter Viola; children Will and Mae stand in front of her.


Miles Brown to Governor John St. John

Miles Brown to Governor John St. John
Creator: Brown, Miles
Date: November 18, 1880
A letter to Kansas Governor St. John from Miles Brown of Columbus. In the letter, Brown expresses concern and frustration over conflicting interpretations of the prohibition amendment by local authorities, and inconsistencies in the assessed punishments for alleged liquor offenses.


Miles Brown to Governor John St. John

Miles Brown to Governor John St. John
Creator: Brown, Miles
Date: September 14, 1880
In this letter, Miles Brown pens a letter to Kansas Governor St. John, requesting his presence at temperance meetings to be held in Columbus. Brown also makes several vague and obscure references to Republican opposition to the temperance amendment.


Miles Brown to Governor John St. John

Miles Brown to Governor John St. John
Creator: Brown, Miles
Date: October 23, 1880
A telegram from Miles Brown to Kansas Governor St. John, asking him to address the mass temperance convention in Columbus on October 28th.


Missouri- Kansas-Texas Railroad depot, Columbus, Kansas

Missouri- Kansas-Texas Railroad depot, Columbus, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: September 01, 1959
This black and white photograph shows the Missouri- Kansas-Texas Railroad depot at Columbus, Kansas. It was located on the Northern Division, Joplin Subdivision at mile post 419.0.


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