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Albe Burge Whiting

Albe Burge Whiting
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This cabinet card shows Albe Burge Whiting,(1835-1928). Whiting a native of Johnson, Vermont migrated to the Kansas territory, in 1856, and settled near Fort Riley. He founded the town of Milford and was instrumental in operating a saw mill, general store, and flour mill before moving, in 1877, to Topeka, Kansas. In the capital city, Whiting engaged in a number of business ventures from a partnership in a drug store to owning and operating a paint and glass business. His company also held the contract to supply the windows for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company building at Ninth and Jackson Streets in Topeka. Whiting's success in business gave him the means to give back to the community. In 1907, Whiting and his wife Kate purchased 160 acres of land which established the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Topeka, as a 1,000 year endowment trust for Washburn University, and the Topeka Y.W.C.A. and Y. M. C. A. In addition to the endowment, Whiting served fifty-one years as a Washburn trustee and was a member of the executive committee. To honor his years of service to the college, the field house at Washburn was named the Whiting Field House in June of 1930. The dedication came two years after the building's completion in December of 1928 and the passing of Albe Burge Whiting.


Albe Burge Whiting

Albe Burge Whiting
Creator: Leonard, J. H.
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This cabinet card shows Albe Burge Whiting, (1835-1928). Whiting a native of Johnson, Vermont migrated to the Kansas territory in 1856 and settled near Fort Riley. He founded the town of Milford and was instrumental in operating a saw mill, general store, and flour mill before moving, in 1877, to Topeka, Kansas. In the capital city, Whiting engaged in a number of business ventures from a partnership in a drug store to owning and operating a paint and glass business. His company also held the contract to supply the windows for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company building at Ninth and Jackson Streets in Topeka. Whiting's success in business gave him the means to give back to the community. In 1907, Whiting and his wife Kate purchased 160 acres of land which established the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Topeka as a 1,000 year endowment trust for Washburn University, the Topeka Y.W.C.A. and the Topeka Y. M. C. A. In addition to the endowment, Whiting served fifty-one years as a Washburn trustee and was a member of the executive committee. To honor his years of service to the college, in June of 1930, the field house at Washburn was named the Whiting Field House. The dedication came two years after the building's completion in December of 1928 and the passing of Albe Burge Whiting.


Baseball trophy

Baseball trophy
Date: 1926
"Goldsmith Trophy Awarded Dr. J.R. Brinkley, Milford, Kansas, owner Brinkley's Goats, Winners Base-Ball Championship, Rocky Mountain News Times, Denver 1926." The Goats won six of seven games during the tournament, defeating Milliken's Whiz Bangs of Denver in the championship on August 16. During the 1920s John R. Brinkley (1885-1942) sponsored several baseball teams in Milford, both to promote the town and advertise his clinic's goat gland procedure.


Brinkley radio station and hospital, Milford, Kansas

Brinkley radio station and hospital, Milford, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1939
This photograph shows Dr. John R. Brinkley's radio station, KFKB, and hospital in Milford, Kansas.


Dr. John R. Brinkley

Dr. John R. Brinkley
Date: Between 1920 and 1940
Dr. John R. Brinkley, a physician from Milford, Kansas, famous for his goat gland transplants.


Dr. John R. Brinkley

Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Shields, Montie,Olathe, Ks
Date: Between 1920 and 1940
Dr. John R. Brinkley, a physician from Milford, Kansas, famous for his goat gland transplants.


Dr. John R. Brinkley

Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Lippe Studio Del Rio, TX
Date: Between 1920 and 1940
Dr. John R. Brinkley, a physician from Milford, Kansas, famous for his goat gland transplants.


Dr. John R. Brinkley

Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Lippe Studio Del Rio, TX
Date: Between 1920 and 1940
Dr. John R. Brinkley, a physician from Milford, Kansas, famous for his goat gland transplants.


Dr. John R. Brinkley

Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Lippe Studio Del Rio, TX
Date: Between 1920 and 1940
Dr. John Brinkley standing outside of ruins of log building, in Del Rio, Texas.


Dr. John R. Brinkley

Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Lippe Studio Del Rio, TX
Date: Between 1930 and 1939
This black and white photograph shows Dr. John R. Brinkley standing next to a "possibly" salt-water fish that he recently caught. In the background, a crowd of people have gathered to take a closer look at the huge fish. Brinkley a physician from Milford, Kansas, became famous for his controversial goat gland transplants and unconventional medical practice.


Handbook of Pottawatomie and Riley Counties, Kansas

Handbook of Pottawatomie and Riley Counties, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1889
This handbook was published by the Modern Argo, Kansas City, for potential immigrants to Pottawatomie and Riley counties in Kansas. A short description of Davis County is also included. This pamphlet encouraged agricultural settlement by extolling the virtues of this 'beautiful Kansas (river) valley'. Crops grown in the area included corn, wheat, oats, and rye. A number of stock farms, such as Juniatta Stock Farm and Woodside Stock Farm, are described in the booklet. The booklet contains information about dairying operations and orchards. There are descriptions of the towns of Manhattan (including the State Agricultural College), Wamego, Louisville, Westmoreland, Milford, and Belvue. Some illustrations of farms and businesses are also included.


Harmonica

Harmonica
Creator: M. Horner, Inc.
Date: between 1928 and 1935
Hohner Chromatic harmonica with box. Belonged to Roy Faulkner (1911-1981), the "Lonesome Cowboy." He sang and played guitar, violin, musical saw, and harmonica on radio stations throughout the Midwest, including WIBW in Topeka. Faulkner also worked at KFKB in Milford, Kansas, a station owned by John R. Brinkley, the infamous "Goat Gland Doctor." In addition to radio performances, Faulkner also toured the U.S. with the Purple Sage Riders (not Gene Autry's Riders of the Purple Sage). He retired from show business in 1950, at which time he retired to Topeka.


John R. Brinkley personal correspondence

John R. Brinkley personal correspondence
Date: 1926-1942
Letters to and from John R. Brinkley, his wife, Minnie, and their son, Johnnie Boy. The letters are of a personal nature, covering such topics as the Brinkley's anniversary, their son's birthday, distance from one another, and John Sr.'s declining health.


KFKB Trophy

KFKB Trophy
Date: 1930
Gilded sheet metal replica of a 1920's radio microphone atop base. Two looped handles on upper sides with ovoid opening in top center of microphone. Awarded to KFKB by Chicago's Radio Digest in 1930. Dr. John R. Brinkley (1885-1942) established KFKB in Milford, Kansas in 1923, and used the station to promote both his goat gland procedure and his line of patent medicines. In 1931 the FCC refused to renew Brinkley's radio license, prompting him to establish XER just across the Texas Border in Villa Acuna, Mexico.


Katherine Amelia Whitney Whiting

Katherine Amelia Whitney Whiting
Creator: Leonard, J. H.
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This cabinet card shows Katherine Amelia Whitney Whiting (1838-1907). Whiting a native of Waterbury, Vermont received her formal education at the Fairfax and Barrer Academies. She taught school in the Vermont area before marring Albe Burge Whiting on November 15, 1858. Within a year of their marriage the couple were moving to the Kansas territory. In August of 1859, the Whiting's settled near Fort Riley, and founded the town of Milford. For nearly twenty years the couple operated a number of business in the Milford area before moving, in 1877, to Topeka, Kansas. In the capitol city, Mr. Whiting engaged in a number of business ventures which gave him and his wife the means to give back to the community. As philanthropists the Whitings purchased in 1907 160 acres of land that established the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Topeka, as 1,000 year endowments for Washburn College, the Topeka Y.W.C.A. and the Topeka Y.M.C.A. Katherine Whitney Whiting died August 11, 1908 at her Topeka home at the age of 69. Burial was at Mt. Hope Cemetery.


M. S. Riddle to Governor John St. John

M. S. Riddle to Governor John St. John
Creator: Riddle, M. S.
Date: July 19, 1880
In this letter, Kansas Governor St. John receives an invitation from Reverend Riddle to deliver a temperance lecture in Milford, where the people "need enlightenment on the question." Riddle offers to entertain the Governor at the Parsonage, "in our humble way."


Milford Drug Store, Milford, Kansas

Milford Drug Store, Milford, Kansas
Date: Between 1897 and 1910
This photograph shows an exterior view of the Milford Drug Store in Milford, Kansas. Clyde T. Beard was the proprietor. The building has a sign reading "I. O. O. F. 1897" at the top of the façade. The other signs read "Drug Store," "Pure Drugs," and "Wall paper, Jewelry and Stationery, Window shades."


Monday Morning

Monday Morning
Creator: Herschel C. Logan
Date: 1934
A black ink on rag paper woodcut showing a farmhouse with a woman rocking on the front porch, the laundry hanging on a line in front of her. According to the artist, this was sketched near Milford, Kansas. Monday Morning was drawn by Herschel C. Logan, who was born April 19, 1901 in Magnolia, Missouri , and shortly after his birth the family moved to Winfield, Kansas. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts for one year. Logan was a commercial and advertising artist in Salina, Kansas, until his retirement in 1968. He was a member of the Prairie Print Makers. After retirement, Logan moved to Santa Ana, California.


Musical saw

Musical saw
Date: between 1925 and 1940
Musical saw with copper blade and rhinestone inlay on wooden handle. Belonged to Roy Faulkner (1911-1981), the "Lonesome Cowboy." He sang and played guitar, violin, musical saw, and harmonica on radio stations throughout the Midwest, including WIBW in Topeka. Faulkner also worked at KFKB in Milford, Kansas, a station owned by John R. Brinkley, the infamous "Goat Gland Doctor." In addition to radio performances, Faulkner also toured the U.S. with the Purple Sage Riders (not Gene Autry's Riders of the Purple Sage). He retired from show business in 1950, at which time he retired to Topeka. He bought the musical saw from Sears & Roebuck when he was 17 years old.


Souvenir Album of the Artists and Others at Radio Station KFKB Together with Photographs of the Hospital Staff and Appended Radio Log

Souvenir Album of the Artists and Others at Radio Station KFKB Together with Photographs of the Hospital Staff and Appended Radio Log
Creator: KFKB Broadcasting Association
Date: September 1929
KFKB was the radio station operated by Dr. John Brinkley in Milford, Kansas. This souvenir booklet contains photographs of Brinkley, the radio station performers and staff, and the staff at the Brinkley Hospital. Radio performers include Bob Larkan and his Music Makers; Steve Love and his orchestra; Arthur Pizinger and his orchestra; Mrs. L. McChesney, the Tell Me a Story Lady; and Uncle Sam McRee, Sr. The souvenir album also has photographs of various members of the musical groups. The daily program schedule for the radio is opposite the title page. The hospital section of the booklet has directions on how to travel to the Brinkley Hospital, photos of the Brinkley family, and individual photos of staff of the hospital with short descriptions of their duties. The album has an excerpt from a Brinkley booklet titled Your Health. The final section of the album is titled "State and City Index with New Waves." It is a listing of various radio stations all over the United States, their call letters and brief technical information. Note: Most of the information is the same as that in the January 1930 souvenir album (KM item # 213222) but some of the photos of staff are different.


Souvenir album of the artists and others at radio station KFKB together with photographs of the hospital staff and appended radio log

Souvenir album of the artists and others at radio station KFKB together with photographs of the hospital staff and appended radio log
Creator: KFKB Broadcasting Association
Date: January 1930
KFKB was the radio station operated by Dr. John Brinkley in Milford, Kansas. This souvenir booklet contains photographs of Brinkley, the radio station performers and staff, and the staff at the Brinkley Hospital. Radio performers include Bob Larkan and his Music Makers; Steve Love and his orchestra; Arthur Pizinger and his orchestra; Mrs. L. McChesney, the Tell Me a Story Lady; and Uncle Sam McRee, Sr. The souvenir album also has photographs of various members of the musical groups. The daily program schedule for the radio is opposite the title page. The hospital section of the booklet has directions on how to travel to the Brinkley Hospital, photos of the Brinkley family, and individual photos of staff of the hospital with short descriptions of their duties. The album has an excerpt from a Brinkley booklet titled Your Health. The final section of the album is titled "State and City Index with New Waves." It is a listing of various radio stations all over the United States, their call letters and brief technical information. Note: Most of the information is the same as that in the September 1929 souvenir album (KM item # 213221) but some of the photos of staff are different.


Standard atlas of Geary County, Kansas

Standard atlas of Geary County, Kansas
Creator: Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Date: 1909
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory, portraits, and plats of towns as of the year of publication.


Standee

Standee
Date: 2016
Standee advertising the 2016 movie "Nuts!", a documentary feature film by Penny Lane that uses a combination of historical footage, interviews, and hand-drawn animated re-enactments to tell the story of the rise and fall of Dr. James R. Brinkley. The standee features a cartoon illustration of Dr. Brinkley standing outside the Milford city limits holding a goat in his arms. There is an oval cutout at the goat's face, allowing people to stand behind the standee and pose for pictures. This standee was on display in the lobby of Tivoli Cinemas in Kansas City, Missouri for the film's run that began on July 1, 2016.


The story of paw and maw

The story of paw and maw
Creator: Brinkley Hospitals
Date: Between 1920 and 1930
This pamphlet was published by the [Dr. John] Brinkley Hospital and Sanitarium, Milford, Geary County, Kansas. The subtitle of the pamphlet is "Dedicated To The Prostate Man." The pamphlet uses a fictional "Paw and Maw" to warn about the dangers of prostate disease. The publication indicates that the surgeons at the Brinkley Hospital are prostate specialists. The pamphlet does not indicate the author.


Union Pacific Railroad Company depot, Milford, Kansas

Union Pacific Railroad Company depot, Milford, Kansas
Date: Between 1920s and 1930s
This photograph shows the Union Pacific Railroad depot in Milford, Kansas. The one-story wooden structure with clapboard siding is no longer standing.


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