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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.


Daniel L. Chandler to John Stillman Brown

Daniel L. Chandler to John Stillman Brown
Creator: Chandler, Daniel L.
Date: April 26, 1862
A letter written by Daniel L. Chandler from Mound City, Kansas, to John Stillman Brown, a Unitarian minister who lived west of Lawrence. Chandler described promotions and staff changes in the regiments at Mound City, as well as a petition to prevent his removal as hospital steward. Chandler also wrote of the deaths of soldiers and a new order that would discharge soldiers who spent two months in the hospital.


Drawing by Myron A. Waterman

Drawing by Myron A. Waterman
Creator: Waterman, Myron A.
Date: between 1890 and 1893
Pencil sketch by Myron A. Waterman (1855-1937) of a street scene, possibly Mapleton. 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.


Jonathan Coleman Burnett

Jonathan Coleman Burnett
Creator: Martin, T.H.
Date: Between 1870 and 1880
This sepia colored cabinet card shows Jonathan Coleman Burnett (1825-1899). A lawyer from Morristown, Vermont he migrated, in the spring of 1857, to Leavenworth, Kansas. His arrival in the Kansas territory prompted him and seven other Vermonters to organize a "Vermont Colony". The group set out for southeast Kansas, in May of 1857, and founded the town of Mapleton in Bourbon County. The town never developed into a thriving community but Burnett remained in the area. As anti-slavery forces debated the future of the territory, Burnett was chosen, in 1859, as a delegate to the Wyandotte Convention. He represented Bourbon, McGee and Dorn counties. After the convention he continued his career as a public servant by serving as a land office register in Humboldt, and in Ft. Scott. In 1861, Burnett was elected as a Republican to the first Kansas senate from the Ninth District of Bourbon County. Later in life he moved to Lawrence, Kansas to work as a director and land commissioner for the Leavenworth, Lawrence, & Galveston Railroad. He also pursed farming and livestock raising in Russell County. On July 2, 1899, Jonathan Burnett died at the age of 74 in Wichita, Kansas and was buried in Lawrence, Kansas.


Standard atlas of Bourbon County, Kansas

Standard atlas of Bourbon County, Kansas
Creator: Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Date: 1920
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.


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