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Andrew H. Reeder to John A. Halderman

Andrew H. Reeder to John A. Halderman
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: August 11, 1856
The former governor writes this letter from Easton, Pennsylvania, to his former secretary and attorney, John A. Halderman, in order to secure Halderman's services to retrieve some personal papers and settle some matters of business pertaining to town lots and shares. According to Reeder, "the Sheriff posse at the sacking of Lawrence broke open my trunk and stole the contents. The clothing is probably by this time worn out," and he is not concerned about other contents, with the exception of "some private papers" that someone had informed him could be retrieved. He asks Halderman to get the papers, which included "certificates of stock in Leavenworth, Tecumseh, Lecompton, Lawrence, Easton, Pawnee" etc., and then take care of business matters that are reflected therein. Reeder also asks Halderman "to attend to my Leavenworth lots" and explains in considerable detail about these matters.


J. H. McGee & Brother business photograph

J. H. McGee & Brother business photograph
Date: Between 1881 and 1889
This photograph shows J. H. McGee & Brother mercantile business in Easton, Kansas. According to the 1885 Kansas Census, J.H. (John Hutchcraft) McGee was a merchant in Easton, Kansas.


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 pioneer, extra

Kansas pioneer, extra
Date: January 18, 1856
This newspaper clipping from the Kansas Pioneer, published in the territory city of Kickapoo near Leavenworth, Kansas, describes the violence and tension between pro-slavery and free state forces during the Bleeding Kansas era. The article goes on to encourage pro-slavery supporters to take up arms against Abolitionists. The Extra indicated the messenger came from Eastin and that pro-slavery men were leaving for Eastin. It is not clear if the paper meant the city of Easton in Leavenworth County, or if it was referring to Lucien Eastin, editor of the Kansas Weekly Herald, legislator and Brigadier General in the Kansas Militia. The language in the Extra is inflammatory.


Memoranda of Stock in Towns

Memoranda of Stock in Towns
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: [1855]
This document was an undated "Mem. Of Stock in Towns," which appeared to have been written in longhand by Reeder himself and included the number of shares he had purchased (and how they were acquired) in fifteen different towns: Leavenworth, Pawnee, Tecumseh, Marysville, Lecompton, Montgomery (Dickinson Co.), Reeder (Dickinson Co.), Richmond, Whitfield (Shawnee Co.), Topeka, Douglas, Omaha City, Chetolah (Davis/Geary Co.), Grasshopper Falls, and Easton. Interestingly, he held thirty-four shares in Pawnee, his most famous (or infamous) investment venture, but he had thirty-six shares in Montgomery, twenty in Douglas and there appears to be a good number in Omaha City.


Muster Roll, Kansas Volunteers for the Protection of the Ballot Box, Leavenworth County

Muster Roll, Kansas Volunteers for the Protection of the Ballot Box, Leavenworth County
Date: 1857
The Kansas Volunteers for the Protection of the Ballot Box were free state supporters who were determined to see that fair elections were held in Kansas. James Lane was appointed to organize companies throughout the territory. General Order No. 1 (which can be found on this web site), included instructions for listing the members of each company. This muster roll was prepared as a result of that order. The company was recruited in Leavenworth County from the area of Easton. The captain was Joseph Hicks. The muster roll identified the officers and enlisted men, their age, birthplace, and the location from which they came to Kansas. Instead of listing where the company members lived in Kansas, this muster roll indicated how long they had been in Kansas under the column "Residence in Kansas." The "Remarks" column was used to indicate if the company member had a weapon. [The ages of company members range from eighteen to fifty-two.]


Standard atlas of Leavenworth County, Kansas

Standard atlas of Leavenworth County, Kansas
Creator: Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Date: 1903
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory, portraits of residents, and plats of towns in the year of publication.


Students at Easton School in Easton, Kansas

Students at Easton School in Easton, Kansas
Date: Between 1895 and 1900
This is a photograph showing students at Easton School, District 22 in Easton, Kansas.


Students at Easton School in Easton, Kansas

Students at Easton School in Easton, Kansas
Date: Between 1895 and 1900
This is a photograph showing students at Easton School, District 22 in Easton, Kansas.


Thomas Ewing Jr. to E. Peabody

Thomas Ewing Jr. to E. Peabody
Date: April 9, 1859
Although Thomas Ewing, Jr. was heavily involved in the promotion and development of the Leavenworth, Pawnee, and Western Railroad Company with his arrival in Kansas Territory, this seems to be one of the few letters in the letter press books containing fairly substantial references to those concerns up to that date. Here, Ewing wrote E. Peabody of St. Louis, Missouri, regarding a recent company board meeting in Leavenworth, Kansas, and plans to "connect with the Hannibal & St Jos: rail road, by the shortest & cheapest route to Bucklin or Easton," bypassing Platte City and Plattesburgh.


William H.P. Bristow territorial loss claim

William H.P. Bristow territorial loss claim
Creator: Strickler, Hiram Jackson
Date: 1859
Report of H.L. Strickler, Commissioner to Audit Claims of Citizens of the Territory of Kansas, contained in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set of congressional and executive documents. William H. P. Bristow operated a store in Easton and on September 15-16, 1856, the items listed in his claim (#183) were taken by a Lindsay Greeming who was in a territorial militia company commanded by H. C. Dunn. The claim provided a very detailed list of fabric and clothing that was taken from Mr. Bristow's store. Each claimant had to submit an itemized list and have two witnesses attest to the losses claimed. Even though many of these claims were approved for payment, no funds were ever appropriated or distributed.


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