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Clyde Reed to Cryus Dudley

Clyde Reed to Cryus Dudley
Creator: Reed, Clyde Martin, 1871-1949
Date: December 17, 1919
In this letter, Clyde Reed, secretary of Governor Arthur Capper, tells Cyrus Dudley, mayor of Preston, Kansas, that a shipment of coal has been delivered under emergency. "There is no way it can be changed after coal has been shipped." The state took over operations of the southeast Kansas coal fields following several labor disputes that resulted in a mine workers' strike. To remedy the problem during the winter of 1919, the Kansas State Supreme Court granted authority to operate the mines to the state of Kansas. Volunteers were called in to man the mines during this period. Frequent exchanges such as this occurred when coal deliveries to communities were delayed or unsatisfactory coal shipments were received. In this telegram, Mr. Reed tells the mayor to increase his stock of coal while there is opportunity.


Governor Henry J. Allen to Clyde M. Reed

Governor Henry J. Allen to Clyde M. Reed
Creator: Allen, Henry Justin, 1868-1950
Date: December 8, 1919
Kansas Governor Henry J. Allen writes to Clyde Reed, secretary to the Governor, of Topeka, telling him he has received a telegram from Cyrus Duly, Mayor of Preston, Kansas. The governor tells Mr. Reed "we are supposed to have a direct telegraph line in here, and I don't understand why this morning we received no list". Lists of communities needing coal and coal deliveries caused frequent correspondence between the governor's office, Secretary Reed, communities in need, and the court appointed receivers. State takeover of the southeast Kansas coal fields began November 1919 due to a labor strike. During this period, shipments were delayed and often refused.


Harvesting scene, Preston, Kansas

Harvesting scene, Preston, Kansas
Date: Between 1905 and 1906
These three photographs show farmers using horse drawn equipment to harvest hay and wheat on the N.M Stead farm three miles west of Preston, Kansas.


Official guide to the New Santa Fe Trail

Official guide to the New Santa Fe Trail
Creator: Taylor Motor Company (Hutchinson, Kan.)
Date: 1910s
This promotional guide book was designed to encourage the improvement of conditions of all roads that make up the integral part of the Santa Fe Trail. The automobile is advertised as the main means of transportation in the new age of discovering old trails of commerce through Kansas.


Postcard

Postcard
Date: 1911
Postcard. "Main St. Looking South Preston, Kans." Black and white photograph. Sent to Miss Lottie Reed of Hutchinson, Kansas by Martha. Green one-cent stamp. Postmark from Fort Preston, July 14, 1911[?]. Photo printed on Kruxo paper.


Standard atlas of Pratt County, Kansas

Standard atlas of Pratt County, Kansas
Creator: Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Date: 1906
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of land owners. It has a Patrons' Directory and portraits.


Standard atlas of Pratt County, Kansas

Standard atlas of Pratt County, Kansas
Creator: Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Date: 1922
The atlas contains a plat book of the villages, cities, and townships of the county, and a map of the state, United States and World. It also has a Patron's Directory and a Business Directory.


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