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A. M. Richardson to Governor John St. John

A. M. Richardson to Governor John St. John
Creator: Richardson, A. M.
Date: November 12, 1879
In this letter, temperance worker A. M. Richardson seeks help from Kansas Governor St. John in securing railroad passes for other temperance supporters and lecturers. Governor St. John serves as president of the State Temperance Union and Rev. A. M. Richardson is the 1st vice president and general agent.


Anderson County Courthouse, Garnett, Kansas

Anderson County Courthouse, Garnett, Kansas
Date: Between 1901 and 1910
This photograph represents the Anderson County Courthouse in Garnett, Kansas. The three-story building designed by architect George P. Washburn was constructed between 1901 and 1902. Designed in the Romanesque style the structure features a bell tower, hip roof and semicircular corner towers. A statue of the Roman goddess Justina stands over the west entrance of the roof. In 1972 the building was listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Anderson County fair, Garnett, Kansas

Anderson County fair, Garnett, Kansas
Date: 1895
This poster announces the Anderson County fair at Garnett, Kansas. An illustration of a sulky, or chariot, race is included. M. L. White is the fair secretary.


Anderson County fair at Garnett, Kansas

Anderson County fair at Garnett, Kansas
Creator: Donaldson Lithograph Company
Date: September 03, 1895-September 05, 1895
Livestock and farm equipment are featured on this fair poster for Anderson County, Kansas. The fair dates are advertised as September 3-6, 1895, in Garnett. M.L. White is advertised as secretary of the fair.


Anderson County fair at Garnett, Kansas

Anderson County fair at Garnett, Kansas
Creator: Donaldson Lithograph Company
Date: September 03, 1895-September 05, 1895
A crowd is gathered on the fair grounds in this Anderson County, Kansas, fair poster. Adults, children, livestock, farm implements, and buildings are featured. M.L. White is listed as secretary of the fair.


Arthur Capper

Arthur Capper
Date: Between 1915 and 1929
A portrait of Arthur Capper who served as the twentieth Governor of Kansas 1915-1919, and as a Kansas senator in the U.S. Senate 1919-1949. Capper was the owner and publisher of "Capper's Weekly" and "The Topeka Daily Capital".


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Garnett, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: 1966
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot at Garnett, Kansas. The one-story brick structure was on the Eastern Line, Eastern Division, Third District, at mile post 82.8. The depot still stands and serves as a visitor center for the Prairie Spirit Rail Trail State Park.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Garnett, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1931
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, built in 1899, at Garnett, Kansas.


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

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Garnett, Kansas
Date: Between 1930s and 1940s
This photograph shows the first Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Garnet, Kansas. The same depot can be seen in Kansas Memory item 214846.


Band, Garnett, Kansas

Band, Garnett, Kansas
Date: Between January 01, 1910 and December 31, 1919
Unidentified Band in Garnett, Kansas.


Bandstand, Garnett, Kansas

Bandstand, Garnett, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
A winter view of the bandstand in the north part of the public square in Garnett, Kansas. Visible are buildings and businesses, tethered horses, an automobile, and a portion of the courthouse at the right side of the photograph.


Big show at Garnett, Kansas

Big show at Garnett, Kansas
Creator: Anderson County Fair Association
Date: August 26, 1884-August 29, 1884
This Anderson County fair poster advertises horse racing, which will include a fenced track and new stables along with "many other improvements." Featured is an illustration of a horse race along with four images of livestock. D. D. Judy is the president of the Anderson County Fair Association and M. L. White is the secretary.


Children's parade, Garnett, Kansas

Children's parade, Garnett, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This black and white photograph shows a group of children gathered on Fourth Avenue in Garnett, Kansas for a possible parade. In the background the storefronts of the Fourth Avenue Hotel, J.J. Anderson & Son Implements and M.L. White Abstracter are visible.


Christopher George Morris, World War I soldier

Christopher George Morris, 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 Christopher George Morris, 3rd Company, Concentration Brigade, Casual Detachment. Christopher died of pneumonia on November 1, 1918, while stationed at Kelly Aviation Field, San Antonio, Texas. He was born November 3, 1895, in Garnett, Anderson County, Kansas. He grew up on a farm near Garnett.


Commemorative spoon

Commemorative spoon
Date: between 1901 and 1920
Sterling commemorative spoon. Scene of the "Court House Garnet[sic], Kans." in bowl. The courthouse was built from 1901 to 1902.


Dr. Martha Cunningham

Dr. Martha Cunningham
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
This black and white photograph shows Dr. Martha Cunningham, one of the first female doctors to practice in Kansas. Martha was born on January 1, 1854, in Greencastle, Indiana. She moved to Kansas with her parents, in 1865, to a farm near Birch Swith, four miles southwest of Garnett, Kansas. She taught school for a few years before devoting her life to the medical profession. In 1886, Cunningham graduated from the Women's Division of the Chicago School of Medicine. She practiced for over twenty-five years in the Garnett community.


Dr. Martha Cunningham, Garnett, Kansas

Dr. Martha Cunningham, Garnett, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1912
This black and white photograph shows Dr. Martha Cunningham, seated in the buggy, with her sister Belle. The buggy is in front of her office at the corner of Fifth Avenue and Oak Street in Garnett, Kansas. A graduate from the Chicago School of Medicine, Martha and her reliable horse Prince made house calls for over twenty-five years in the Garnett community. Her name and office hours are on the door in the background.


E. B. Reynolds to Governor John St. John

E. B. Reynolds to Governor John St. John
Creator: Reynolds, E. B.
Date: September 19, 1879
E. B. Reynolds, a strong supporter and campaigner for the temperance movement, expresses concern over the lack of publicity given the upcoming state convention and suggests circulars be prepared for widespread distribution.


Fair at Garnett, Kansas

Fair at Garnett, Kansas
Date: August 25 - 28, 1891
This poster announces a fair to be held at Garnett, Kansas, in Anderson County.


Farris Addition, West Sixth Avenue, Garnett, Kansas

Farris Addition, West Sixth Avenue, Garnett, Kansas
Creator: Strain's Studio
Date: Between 1930 and 1938
View of houses in the Farris Addition, West Sixth Avenue, Garnett, Kansas.


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.


Governor Arthur Capper

Governor Arthur Capper
Creator: Adams, Ken
Date: Between 1919 and 1949
A portrait of Arthur Capper who held office as the twentieth Kansas Governor from 1915 to 1919. After serving as Governor, he served in the U.S. Senate from 1919 to 1949. Along with his political roles, he was the owner and publisher of the Capper's Weekly and The Topeka Daily Capital newspapers.


Graves Drug Store, Garnett, Kansas

Graves Drug Store, Garnett, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1950
Interior view of Graves Drug Store. Shown is the soda fountain, employees, and a customer.


Homer Henry Benjamin

Homer Henry Benjamin
Date: Between 1917 and 1919
Homer Henry Benjamin served in the 137th Inf. 35th Div WW I as a Army Wagoner.


Kansas City, Lawrence and Southern Kansas Railroad

Kansas City, Lawrence and Southern Kansas Railroad
Creator: Kansas City, Lawrence & Southern Railroad
Date: 1883
Map and timetable of the Kansas City, Lawrence and Southern Kansas Railroad line from Kansas City to Harper, Kansas. The route included branches to Lawrence, Burlington, Coffeyville, and Hunnewell. The company advertised itself as "passing through the great wheat belts of the Neosho and Arkansas Valleys to the grazing and cattle fields of south-western Kansas and Indian Territory." The company encouraged settlement along 150 miles of the Oklahoma border with descriptions of the soil and climate for those emigrating to southern Kansas.


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