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"'Jap' Coberly," drawing by Myron A. Waterman

"'Jap' Coberly," drawing by Myron A. Waterman
Creator: Waterman, Myron A.
Date: between 1890 and 1893
Pencil sketch of Jasper "Jap" Coberly (1845-1906) by Myron A. Waterman (1855-1937). Waterman first gained recognition as a political cartoonist and illustrator in the early 1890s while working as the editor of the Fort Scott Lantern. He held a number of other occupations throughout his life including working in the drug store business and serving as a deputy state bank commissioner of Kansas from 1894 to 1901. Waterman was a staunch prohibitionist and a member of the First Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas, moving there from Fort Scott in 1893. In 1901 or 1902 he relocated to Kansas City, Kansas. Coberly was a long-time resident of Fort Scott.


8,000 students affected, state officials see no trouble adjusting schools to new rule

8,000 students affected, state officials see no trouble adjusting schools to new rule
Creator: Topeka Journal
Date: May 17, 1954
This article discusses how the state of Kansas will work to conform to the ruling made in the Brown v. Board of Education decision on May 17, 1954. The U.S. Supreme Court had ruled that the segregation of schools based on race was unconstitutional. Many cities in Kansas, including Topeka, Atchison, Salina, Wichita, and Pittsburg were already working to integrate their schools. Topeka had an estimated 625 African American students who would be affected by the court's ruling, and the article lists the numbers for other cities and towns in the state.


A. T. Chamblin to Hiero T. Wilson

A. T. Chamblin to Hiero T. Wilson
Creator: Chamblin, A. T.
Date: July 7, 1853
A. T. Chamblin writes Hiero T. Wilson, a Fort Scott sutler, to inquire where H. Company is and if a George G. Newman is still part of the company. Mr. Chamblin was at that point located in St. Paul, Minnesota. This letter was contained in the Hiero T. Wilson Post Sutler's Day Book. In 1844, Hiero T. Wilson partnered with John A. Bugg as the post sutlers. Bugg had been named sutler in 1843 but sold his 1/2 interest to Wilson in 1849. A complete transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Addison Danford

Addison Danford
Creator: Jacoby,
Addison Danford was a free state supporter and served as a delegate to the Leavenworth Constitutional Convention. At the time, he lived in Linn County, Kansas Territory. Danford moved to Fort Scott, Bourbon County, and served as Adjutant General of Kansas after the Civil War.


Adjutant General's report, Kansas Colored Volunteers correspondence

Adjutant General's report, Kansas Colored Volunteers correspondence
Creator: United States. Adjutant General's Office
Date: 1863-1864
This bound letter book contains copies of letters sent and received by the Adjutant General's Office in Fort Scott, Kansas. They were assigned to recruit a regiment of colored soldiers. Letters were received from the War Department in Washington, D.C. and from the Office of the Governor in Kansas. The letters focus on the recruitment and commissioning of troops and officers for the Kansas Colored Volunteer's regiments. Many of the letters were written by or sent to General James G. Blunt. It appears the book was kept by Major T. J. Anderson, Assistant Adjutant General. Names of many individuals appear in the volume.


Aiken J. Sexton correspondence

Aiken J. Sexton correspondence
Creator: Sexton, A.J.
Date: 1862
Letters from Aiken J. Sexton to his wife, Catherine. Aiken was a private from Company E of the 12th Wisconsin Volunteers and wrote these letters as he traveled through Kansas during the Civil War.


An illustrated historical atlas of Bourbon County, Kansas

An illustrated historical atlas of Bourbon County, Kansas
Creator: Edwards Brothers of Missouri
Date: 1878
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. It has a History of Bourbon county, Kansas, by Col. James H. Brown, p. 9-12.


Art Work on Eastern Kansas

Art Work on Eastern Kansas
Creator: Western Photogravure Company
Date: 1900
This pictorial book gives a brief overview of eastern Kansas. This is part twelve of twelve. Views of the Cottonwood River dam in Emporia, Kansas State Agricultural College in Manhattan, Haskell Institute in Lawrence, the rail yards in Atchison, and the Bourbon County courthouse in Fort Scott are some of the featured photographs.


Art Work on Eastern Kansas

Art Work on Eastern Kansas
Creator: Western Photogravure Company
Date: 1900
This pictorial book gives a brief overview of eastern Kansas. This is part six of twelve. The Blue River in Manhattan, the Montgomery County courthouse in Independence, and a street scene in Fort Scott are some of the featured photographs.


Art Work on Eastern Kansas

Art Work on Eastern Kansas
Creator: Western Photogravure Company
Date: 1900
This pictorial book gives a brief overview of eastern Kansas. This is part seven of twelve. The stockyards in Kansas City, Kansas, the Soldier's Home in Leavenworth, and Ft. Scott High School are some of the featured photographs.


Art Work on Eastern Kansas

Art Work on Eastern Kansas
Creator: Western Photogravure Company
Date: 1900
This pictorial book gives a brief overview of eastern Kansas. This is part eight of twelve. Views from Burnett's Mound in Topeka, the Republican River in Junction City, and the Goodlander hotel in Fort Scott are some of the featured photographs.


Art Work on Eastern Kansas

Art Work on Eastern Kansas
Creator: Western Photogravure Company
Date: 1900
This pictorial book gives a brief overview of eastern Kansas. This is part eleven of twelve. Views of Bridal Veil Park in Fort Scott, the Kansas City stock yards, and Washburn College in Topeka are some of the featured photographs.


Augustus Wattles to William Hutchinson

Augustus Wattles to William Hutchinson
Creator: Wattles, Augustus, 1807-1876
Date: April 28, 1858
Wattles, writing from Fort Scott, Kansas Territory, describes the violence in the southern portion of Kansas Territory shortly before the Marais des Cygnes massacre.


B.F. Johnson to General James William Denver

B.F. Johnson to General James William Denver
Creator: Johnson, Benjamin F.
Date: January 23, 1858
In this letter to General James W. Denver, B.F. Johnson asks Denver if the New York Indians had made a treaty with the United States Government. Johnson also asks Denver if the land set aside for the New York Indians near Fort Scott, Kansas, was open "for settlement either by Preemption or in any other way." Johnson is writing from Wyandotte City, Kansas Territory.


Beer Bottle from Fort Scott, 14BO302

Beer Bottle from Fort Scott, 14BO302
Date: 1880-1910
This beer bottle was recovered from the Fort Scott National Historic Site during excavations conducted there between 1968 through 1972 by Kansas Historical Society archeologists. When Fort Scott was built it was on the western military frontier, but is now located within the city limits of Fort Scott. The aqua bottle has an applied crown neck finish and was made on a two-piece mold. The letters "AB" appear on the base in addition to the mold number. This indicates the bottle was manufactured by Adolphus Busch, who founded two glass companies, the Adolphus Busch Glass Company at St. Louis, Missouri, and the American Glass Company at Streator, Illinois.


Better than ever! The fifth annual fair of the Bourbon County Fair Association

Better than ever! The fifth annual fair of the Bourbon County Fair Association
Creator: J.B. Savage, Mammoth Show Print
Date: October 6 - 9, 1885
Advertising the approaching Bourbon County, Kansas fair, this poster tells of entertainment that will include horse racing, baseball, cycling, and live music. Fair officers are J. W. Davis, president; J. F. Cottrell, treasurer; and E. W. Hulbert, secretary.


Booster class possibly in Fort Scott, Kansas

Booster class possibly in Fort Scott, Kansas
Creator: Lutes, F. C.
Date: October 1920
This is a panoramic photograph showing members of a booster class possibly in Fort Scott, Kansas.


Bourbon County Courthouse

Bourbon County Courthouse
Date: Between 1892 and 1900
A photograph of the Bourbon County Courthouse located on the west side of National Avenue between Second and Third streets, Fort Scott, Kansas. The building burned to the ground on Jan 12, 1929.


Butter Paddle from Fort Scott, 14BO302

Butter Paddle from Fort Scott, 14BO302
Date: 1842-1853
Butter paddles, also known as butter hands or Scotch hands, were used to press butter against the side of the butter tub, forcing excess buttermilk out and stiffening the butter. This curved wooden butter paddle was recovered from the Fort Scott National Historic Site during excavations conducted there between 1968 through 1972 by Kansas Historical Society Archeologists. When Fort Scott was built it was on the western military frontier, but is now located within the city limits of Fort Scott.


C. B. Woodward to Governor John Martin

C. B. Woodward to Governor John Martin
Creator: Woodward, C.B.
Date: March 13, 1886
Labette County sheriff, C.B. Woodward, tells Kansas Governor John Martin of Topeka he is unable to control the strikers who have captured the train engines by force. He is requesting military support. In February 1885, railroad shop workers walked off the job because of a cut in pay and reduced hours of work. Governor Martin was able to negotiate a settlement to the strike but problems continued throughout Kansas, Missouri, and Texas.


C. G. Allen's response to Redpath and Hinton's call for information about John Brown

C. G. Allen's response to Redpath and Hinton's call for information about John Brown
Creator: Allen, C. G.
Date: December, 1859
Allen, a "minister of the Gospel" at Cottonwood Falls, Kansas Territory, writes in response to James Redpath's and R. J. Hinton's call for "anecdotes & reminiscences" concerning "the brave & philanthropic [John] Brown," who the preacher first met in 1856 in Lawrence, Kansas. Allen left Lawrence when a call came for volunteers to aid in the defense of Osawatomie, Kansas, in August of that year. While there engaged, he saw his first "Border Ruffians," whom he described as "miserable specimens of humanity. They were ragged & dirty. Their cloths & faces were to a considerable extent covered with tobacco spit." Allen and the men with whom he traveled missed the Battle of Osawatomie by moving south before the attack in an effort to find the attackers before they reached the town.


C. W. Blair's residence in Fort Scott, Kansas

C. W. Blair's residence in Fort Scott, Kansas
Creator: Tresslar, E. P.
Date: Between 1884 and 1889
This is a stereograph showing C. W. Blair's residence in Fort Scott, Kansas.


Central School, Fort Scott, Kansas

Central School, Fort Scott, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
Central School was built between 1871 and 1873 and located on National Avenue between Fourth and Fifth Streets. The building was considered the first modern grade school in Fort Scott.


Chamfering drawknife

Chamfering drawknife
Date: between 1850 and 1860
Cooper's left-handed chamfering drawknife. James Cracroft used this tool while he was working as a cooper in Kansas from 1867 until his death in 1900. He brought coopering tools from Indiana at the close of the Civil War, first using them in Fort Scott, Kansas, until about 1880 and thereafter at Hartford, Kansas. Coopers made barrels using special tools like this chamfering knife.


Championship of Woman

Championship of Woman
Creator: Train, George Francis, 1829-1904
Date: 1867
This pamphlet contains excerpts from and/or newspaper accounts of thirty speeches that George Francis Train, a supporter of women's rights, gave in Kansas over a two week period in October and November of 1867. Train came to Kansas after participating in an excursion to the Rocky Mountains with approximately 200 newspapermen to hunt buffalo. Numerous Kansas women's suffrage supporters are mentioned in the booklet. Train gave speeches in Leavenworth, Lawrence, Olathe, Paola, Ottawa, Mound City, Fort Scott, LeRoy, Humboldt, Burlington, Emporia, Junction City, Topeka, Atchison, Wyandotte, and possibly other communities. Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton were also campaigning in Kansas and shared the podium and/or communicated with Train. Train was an author, speaker, and a celebrity for his eccentricity.


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