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1st Regimental Band, Hiawatha, Kansas

1st Regimental Band, Hiawatha, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This is a view of the members of the First Regimental Band of Hiawatha, Kansas, sometime during the 1890s.


Academy baseball team, Hiawatha, Kansas

Academy baseball team, Hiawatha, Kansas
Date: Between 1905 and 1915
This postcard is a studio portrait of the Hiawatha Academy baseball team. The image is undated, but it was likely made between 1905 and 1915. The Hiawatha Academy was an educational institution that accepted its first students in the fall of 1888. It ceased operation at the close of the school term in May 1915.


Bird's eye view of Hiawatha, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Hiawatha, Kansas
Creator: Fowler, T.M.
Date: 1879
This black and white lithograph is a bird's eye view of Hiawatha, Kansas, which is the county seat of Brown County. The streets are identified while prominent places within the town have numbers associated with them. A legend is provided to identify some of the buildings.


Brown County exposition

Brown County exposition
Date: September 4- 7, 1894
This fair poster advertises bicycle racing and other entertainments at the Brown County exposition in Hiawatha, Kansas.


Brown County fair, Hiawatha, Kansas

Brown County fair, Hiawatha, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1910
This poster announces the Brown County Fair in Hiawatha, Kansas. The poster includes a small illustration of farm produce.


Carroll Loyd video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Carroll Loyd video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Loyd, Carroll
Date: October 2, 2007
Carroll Loyd was inducted into the United States Army in 1945 and served until 1946 in Army Counterintelligence. He did basic training at Camp Roberts, California. Most of his training for counterintelligence was at Camp Halabird, Maryland. He studied Japanese and the Japanese culture. He was sent to Tokyo after the war had ended. He was born on a farm near Hiawatha on June 17, 1921. He graduated from Powhattan Rural High School in 1939. He had numerous farm deferments before he was drafted. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Oct 2, 2007. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Dale Campbell video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Dale Campbell video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Campbell, Dale
Date: April 27, 2007
Dale Campbell was inducted into the United States Army in 1944 and served until 1946 in the 473rd Infantry Regiment and later the 88th Division. He trained at Camp Blanding, Florida, and was sent to Italy. Interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Apr 27, 2007, Campbell talked about military experiences in the Second World War. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Doctor's bag

Doctor's bag
Creator: Hettinger Brothers Manufacturing Company
Date: Unknown date
Black leather doctor's bag with brass hardware. Carried by Dr. George Campbell McKnight (1866-1942) of Hiawatha, Kansas. After graduating from Rush Medical College in Chicago in 1892, he returned to Hiawatha and entered into a surgical and medical practice. In addition to practicing medicine, McKnight also served as Mayor of Hiawatha from 1914 to 1920. The bag was made by Hettinger Brothers Manufacturing Company of Kansas City, Missouri.


E.A. La Fever to George and family

E.A. La Fever to George and family
Creator: La Fever, E.A.
Date: January 19, 1879
This is a letter from E.A. La Fever, Hiawatha, Kansas, to a friend and his family. La Fever writes about daily life, from trying to build a stable for his livestock to buying wood from nearby Indians.


E. H. Campbell to Governor John St. John

E. H. Campbell to Governor John St. John
Creator: Campbell, E. H.
Date: October 7, 1879
A Richmond, Missouri, temperance supporter writes to Kansas Governor St. John, wondering if any "plan of work" was adopted at the recent Kansas Convention and stressing the importance of a "concert of action." He and Charles Nye have been asked to undertake a campaign in Hiawatha, Kansas.


Ebberly J. Leigh

Ebberly J. Leigh
Date: 1903
This black and white photograph shows Dr. Ebberly J. Leigh,(1860-1939), a physician from Hiawatha, KS, from the book entitled "Annals of Brown County, Kansas" by Grant W. Harrington. Leigh, a native of Highland, Kansas, graduated in 1884 with a medical degree from Rush Medical School in Chicago, Illinois. Upon graduation he returned to Kansas where he practiced alongside his father Dr. Jonathan Leigh in Hiawatha. For over fifty years Dr. Ebberly Leigh served as the physician for many of the pioneer families of Brown County. Actively involved in the community, Dr. Leigh held a life long membership in the fraternal organizations of the Masons and Independent Order of Odd Fellows. He also organized the fraternal organizations of the Oak Leaf Camp of the Modern Woodmen and the Life and Annuity Association. Dr. Ebberly Leigh's lifelong dedication to the Hiawatha community came to a close on February 18, 1939 when he died at the age of seventy-nine after a lengthy illness.


Ethel Franklin to Governor Henry Allen

Ethel Franklin to Governor Henry Allen
Creator: Franklin, Ethel
Date: June 18, 1919
Ethel Franklin of the Telephone Operators Union at Horton, Kansas, writes to Kansas Governor Henry Allen of Topeka informing him of the telephone operators plan to strike if certain matters are not settled including wages, disruptive and irregular work schedules, and lack of overtime pay. She asked the governor his advice on seeking overtime pay for Sundays and holidays.


Ewing Herbert, Jr. to Jennie Owen

Ewing Herbert, Jr. to Jennie Owen
Creator: Herbert, Ewing
Date: April 06, 1938
This is a letter from Ewing Herbert, Jr., editor of the Hiawatha Daily World, to Jennie Owen, Topeka, Kansas. Herbert gives a brief history of a Hiawatha band that was organized after the civil war and that was still recruiting members.


Formosa Tea Leaf quilt

Formosa Tea Leaf quilt
Creator: Hawks, Gertrude
Date: 1948
Cotton quilt in the Formosa Tea Leaf design. Each block consists of a large star rendered in two shades of blue with red tips, set in a white background. Eight-pointed stars are quilted in the corners of each block. Quilt top has light blue border quilted in a grid. Light blue binding and white cotton backing. Gertrude Hawks made the quilt in 1948. She embroidered the pattern name, date, and her name in blue thread on the backing. Hawks lived in the Hiawatha, Kansas area all of her life, and took up quilting to pass time after her husband died in 1947. Hawks' family believes this is her only quilt for which she specifically purchased the fabric, likely in Hiawatha. The pattern for this quilt originally ran in the Kansas City Star in 1931.


General Order No. 10

General Order No. 10
Creator: Kansas. Militia
Date: August 29, 1861
General Order No. 10, dated August 29, 1861, addresses the formation and organization of the Kansas Home Guard regiment created after the issuance of Major General John C. Fremont's General Order No. 9. It also lists the superintendents who will oversee the organization of the companies from Leavenworth, Atchison, White Cloud, Hiawatha, Grasshopper Falls, Junction City, Topeka, Emporia, Lawrence, and Wyandotte. In addition, General Order No. 10 mentions that Colonel W.R. Judon, of Fort Scott, is raising another regiment of Home Guards in which loyal Kansans may serve.


Gertrude Schupbach Hawks

Gertrude Schupbach Hawks
Date: 1949
This is a photograph of Gertrude Schupbach Hawks, a quilter, who lived near Hiawatha, Kansas. She was born August 22, 1891, and died May 14, 1975. She married Joseph Hawks on April 16, 1913. Gertrude quilted to pass the time after her husband's death in 1947. She did not belong to a quilt guild but often quilted with a friend. Gertrude used fabric scraps leftover from other sewing projects to make her quilts. Only one quilt was made with fabrics purchased from a store in Hiawatha. Several of her quilts are in the Historical Society's collection.


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.


Harold Arnold video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Harold Arnold video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Arnold, Harold Eugene
Date: May 4, 2007
Harold Arnold enlisted in the Navy in 1944 and served until 1946 on the USS Kwajalein. Interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on May 4, 2007, Arnold talked about military experiences in the Second World War. He describes a program the Navy had that allowed men who were graduating from high school before they were 18 to join the Navy. He did training at Camp Wallace, Texas. He was then assigned to the USS Kwajalein, an escort class carrier that transported airplanes in the Pacific. He provides a detailed description of being in Typhoon Cobra (December 17-18, 1944)aboard ship. He left the Navy in May-June, 1946. He attended Kansas State University and bought his home using the G. I. Bill. He was born in Holton, Kansas, in 1926. He lived in Hiawatha and Holton as an adult. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Henry J. Weltmer, World War I soldier

Henry J. Weltmer, 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 Henry J. Weltmer, Company F, 137th Infantry.


Hiawatha Band in Soldiers Parade, Topeka, Kansas

Hiawatha Band in Soldiers Parade, Topeka, Kansas
Date: May 10, 1898
This is a view of the Hiawatha Band of Hiawatha, Kansas, in formation in the 1898 Soldiers Parade in Topeka, Kansas. Visible are the Kansas State Capitol building, spectators, American flags, utility poles and power lines, and buildings and businesses.


Hiawatha, Brown County, Kansas

Hiawatha, Brown County, Kansas
Creator: Everts, L.H. & Co., Philadelphia, PA
Date: 1886
This plat shows the city of Hiawatha in Brown County, Kansas. The map has been scaled one inch to 600 hundred feet and shows blocks of the original city along with the Schilling's additions and the Knapp, Moon, and Davis additions. The rail lines for the Missouri Pacific Railroad and the St. Joseph & Grand Island Railroad are also visible on the plat.


Hiram Bickerdyke, Julia A. Chase, and George Washington Martin Correspondence

Hiram Bickerdyke, Julia A. Chase, and George Washington Martin Correspondence
Creator: Bickerdyke, Hiram
Date: June 12, 1905-March 03, 1910
These items contain correspondence between Hiram Bickerdyke (son of Mary Ann "Mother" Bickerdyke), Julia A. Chase (author of "The Straight of It"), and George Washington Martin (Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society). The primary concern of the letters is to correct the deficiencies Bickerdyke found in Chase's article on Indian raids near Salina, Kansas, in 1868.


Homer White, World War I soldier

Homer White, World War I soldier
Date: 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 Homer White, 42nd Rainbow Division. White died on February 3, 1919 in Koblenz, Germany from wounds he received in a motorcycle accident.


Ira J. Lacock

Ira J. Lacock
Creator: Hickox, R.A., Hiawatha, Kansas
Date: Between 1884 and 1889
This cabinet card shows Ira J. Lacock (1831-1900), a lawyer from Hiawatha, Kansas. Lacock was a native of Washington County, Pennsylvania and graduated from Washington and Jefferson College in 1856 and later admitted to the bar in 1858. He moved in 1860 to Hiawatha, Kansas where he built a thriving law practice. During the Civil War, he organized and became captain of the Hiawatha Guards. This local militia attempted to join the First Kansas Infantry but later disbanded when their services were not needed. In 1862, he ran on the Republican ticket and was elected to the Kansas House of Representatives from the eleventh district. He was re-elected in 1863 and in 1865. At the start of Lancock's third term, his constituents asked that he resign for his failure to support a bill that allowed the railroad companies to obtain land that was originally entitled to the school district. On February 12, 1866, Lacock resigned his seat in the legislature and returned to Hiawatha. On August 16, 1866, he purchased the Union Sentinel newspaper. For a year he published and edited the paper before selling it on November 7, 1867. He was elected county attorney of Brown County in 1872, 1878, and 1888. For a number of years he also served as a Mason and master of Hiawatha Lodge, No. 35. On June 18, 1900 while addressing a meeting at the court house, Ira J. Lacock dropped to the floor dead at the age of sixty-nine.


John Batchelder audio interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

John Batchelder audio interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Batchelder, John
Date: 30 March 2007
John Batchelder enlisted in the Army in March 1946 and was sent to Camp Robinson in Little Rock, Arkansas, for basic training. Upon graduation, he was assigned to the 5250th Technical Intelligence Company and sent to Camp Pendleton, California, before being sent to Toyko, Japan. He served as the motor sergeant in charge of the motor pool for the 5250th General Headquarters Company and was also in charge of training and licensing military personnel to drive the Company's jeeps, automobiles, and trucks. The motor pool staff performed maintenance on General Headquarters Company vehicles but replacement parts were scarce. He was discharged from the Army in 1947. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Mar 30, 2007. He was born on a farm south of Hiawatha on January 27, 1921. He graduated from Hiawatha High School and from Highland Junior College in 1941. He returned to farming near Denton, Kansas, after the war. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the nine community institutions that received these grants. The transcript from the interview is presented here; the original audio copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


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