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Aerial views of railroad tracks, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Aerial views of railroad tracks, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1964
These two aerial photographs show railroad tracks, including the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway, going through Neodesha in Wilson County, Kansas. The Standard Oil Company processing and storage facility is visible alongside the tracks.


Baseball team in Neodesha, Kansas

Baseball team in Neodesha, Kansas
Date: 1954
This photograph shows members of the 1954 Neodesha baseball team that competed in the Southeastern Kansas Ban Johnson League. The team's coach was Kenneth Page (standing in the back row, fifth from the right). The only player identified is left-handed pitcher Ted Worthington (front row, second from the right), then of rural Lecompton and later of Tecumseh. During his high school years (1951-54), Worthington was on three state championship teams, including the 1951 Berryton High team and the 1952 and 1953 Topeka Mosby-Mack American Legion teams. In 1955 and 1956, he played for the McAlester Rockets, a minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees in the Class D Sooner State League. His minor league record was 5-10, with an ERA of 4.92. Digital reproduction of the photograph was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


Birds-eye view of Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Birds-eye view of Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1883
This birds-eye view of Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas, is a black and white photographic copy of a lithograph.


Blacksmith, Neodesha, Kansas

Blacksmith, Neodesha, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1892
This black and white photograph shows a group of men standing before the blacksmith shop in Neodesha, Kansas. Standing second from left is T.J. Norman, Neodesha blacksmith on whose garden plot William M.Mills drilled the first commercially successful oil well in Kansas and in the Mid-Continent Field. Norman moved from the above location to a new place of business on the west bank of the Verdigris river east of town when the well was drilled in 1892.


Charles Dee Seward, World War I soldier

Charles Dee Seward, World War I soldier
Date: 1922
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 Charles Dee Seward. Charles died in France from an airplane crash on April 6, 1918. He was the first man from Neodesha to lose his life in WW I and reportedly the first Kansan to die in the war. The Seward-Ayars Post of the American Legion in Neodesha was named in his honor.


Class portrait, Neodesha High School, Wilson County, Kansas

Class portrait, Neodesha High School, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: May 1894
This is a class portrait taken at Neodesha High School, Wilson County, Kansas. The grade level is unknown.


Commercial House hotel, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Commercial House hotel, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: Between 1870 and 1890
This is a view looking down the street at the Commercial House hotel in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas. The Commecial House was originally called the Neodesha House.


Conductors and brakeman, Neodesha, Kansas

Conductors and brakeman, Neodesha, Kansas
Date: Between 1890s and 1900
This photograph shows two conductors and a brakeman, from the St. Louis-San Francisco Railway Company, standing next to a steam locomotive in Neodesha, Kansas. In the background the depot is somewhat visible.


Construction of South School, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Construction of South School, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1903
This photographs shows the South School in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas, under construction.


Courthouse Steps Log Cabin quilt

Courthouse Steps Log Cabin quilt
Creator: Williams, Mrs. C.E.
Date: between 1880 and 1910
Log Cabin quilt in the Courthouse Steps pattern. Silk fabrics include rep, brocade, and velvet weaves. Binding of black silk rep, and a backing of gold-colored sateen. This quilt came from the home of Adolph and Elizabeth Bauman of Neodesha, and was made about 1890 by Elizabeth's aunt, Mrs. C.E. Williams, also of Neodesha. The Baumans married in 1887. Adolph's business interests in Neodesha included a mercantile, the oil industry, and the Neodesha Building and Loan Association.


Crowd watching a hot air balloon take off in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Crowd watching a hot air balloon take off in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows a crowd or people watching a hot air balloon take off in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas.


 DeMoss Mill on the Fall River in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

DeMoss Mill on the Fall River in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1890-1900
These are two photographs of the DeMoss Mill on the Fall River in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas. Number 1 was taken across the river from the mill and number 2 shows the dam from downstream. There is an oil derrick upstream from the mill.


Elementary school class picture, Neodesha Grade School, Wilson County, Kansas

Elementary school class picture, Neodesha Grade School, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: Between 1882 and 1885
These are two copies of a photograph of a Neodesha Grade School class in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas.


Factory workers, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Factory workers, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1966
These photographs show workers operating machinery in an unidentified factory in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas. The machinery includes presses, grinders and welders.


Fire hose wagon photograph

Fire hose wagon photograph
Date: Between 1890 and 1910
This is a photograph of a Camac horse-drawn fire hose wagon used by the Neodesha Fire Department in Wilson County, Kansas.


Fundy's Mill and the Congregational Church, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Fundy's Mill and the Congregational Church, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1909
This photograph shows Fundy's Mill and, beside it, the Congregational Church in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas. The windmill burned down in 1909.


Glenn M. Morrow, World War I soldier

Glenn M. Morrow, 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 Glenn M. Morrow. Glenn died of influenza on October 1, 1918 while stationed at the Great Lakes Training Station in Illinois.


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.


Group portrait of the Modern Woodmen, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Group portrait of the Modern Woodmen, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1912
This is a group portrait of the Modern Woodmen in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas, inside a meeting hall. The front row of men have axes. A sheep is also visible.


Gymnasium, Neodesha High School, Wilson County, Kansas

Gymnasium, Neodesha High School, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: Between 1960 and 1966
These two photographs show the exterior and interior of the new gymnasium building at Neodesha High School, Wilson County, Kansas.


Handbook of Wilson County, Kansas

Handbook of Wilson County, Kansas
Creator: C. S. Burch Publishing Company
Date: 1886
This handbook was published for possible immigrants to Kansas. It encouraged agricultural settlement in Wilson County by extolling the virtues of this 'beautiful Verdigris and Fall River region of Southeastern Kansas" and providing "a fair picture of the education, social, commercial, industrial and professional life, railways, markets and rapid material progress of a splendid country."


Highley log cabin near Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Highley log cabin near Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: Between 1866 and 1900
This is a photograph of the Highley log cabin which was built one mile northeast of Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas, in 1866.


Historical atlas of Wilson County, Kansas

Historical atlas of Wilson County, Kansas
Creator: Edwards, John P.
Date: 1881
This atlas includes plats of the villages, cities and townships of the county with names of landowners, and a county history, a patrons list, and business references.


Home of William Hill, 6th and Main, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas

Home of William Hill, 6th and Main, Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1940
This is an exterior view of the two story frame home of William Hill, on the northeast corner of 6th and Main Streets, in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas. There is a man sitting on the porch.


Houston Hotel photographs

Houston Hotel photographs
Date: 1893-1912
These photographs show three interior views of the old Houston Hotel, taken between 1893 and 1897, and one of the lobby at the new Houston Hotel, taken in 1912. The hotel was at 8th and Main Streets in Neodesha, Wilson County, Kansas.


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