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Charles T. Clark to Governor John St. John

Charles T. Clark to Governor John St. John
Creator: Clark, Charles W.
Date: May 21, 1880
This letter from Charles T. Clark of Severance, Kansas, points out the serious criminal offenses attributable to alcohol that have occurred in his city. He indicates that Sol Miller, former editor of the Kansas Chief of Troy, Kansas, is against the prohibition amendment. He encourages Kansas Governor St. John to come address the local people and strengthen the cause of temperance. Clark was president of the Prohibition Club. He was also a lawyer and collector.


George Rush video interview on experiences in World War II

George Rush video interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Rush, George
Date: 31 January 2007
George Rush enlisted in the Navy in 1942 and served until 1945. He was a motor machinist 1st class working in the engine room of Landing Craft Infantry 345 (LCI). The LCI could carry 200 troops and they would land them on various islands in the Pacific. They were armed with rockets to clear enemy troops from fox holes on the beaches. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Jan 31, 2007. He was born October 18, 1919, near Severance, Kansas. He graduated from Highland High School. After the war, he became a farmer. He corresponded with his future wife during his military service and they married when he returned home. He used the G. I. Bill for manual training at Highland Community College. 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 video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Historical plat book of Doniphan County, Kansas

Historical plat book of Doniphan County, Kansas
Creator: J. S. Bird (Firm)
Date: 1882
This atlas contains a state and Indian history, county history, accounts of organizations in Doniphan county and lithographic views of residences, farms, and businesses in the county.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, towns Oakley - Syracuse

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, towns Oakley - Syracuse
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1988-2002
These are panoramic photographs of Kansas towns beginning with Leavenworth and ending with Norway. The Kansas Film Commission created the photos to promote Kansas locations to film companies. Many of the photographs show business districts and buildings. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. Towns and cities included in this part of the collection are: Oakley, Oberlin, Olathe,Olsburg, Osage City, Osawatomie, Ottawa, Overbrook, Palco, Palmer, Paola, Pawnee Rock, Paxico, Peabody, Penalosa, Penokee, Perry, Peru, Pfeifer, Plainville, Plevna, Potwin, Pratt, Pretty Prairie, Quenemo,Quinter, Ramona, Ransom, Raymond, Reading, Redwing, Republic, Rexford, Robinson, Roeland Park, Rolla, Rossville, Sabetha, Salina, Satanta, Scammon, Scranton, Sedan, Selden, Severy, Severance, Silver Lake, Smileyberg, Smolan, Soldier, Solomon, Sparks, Stafford County (Hudson), Sterling, St. Francis, St. George, St. Marys, St. Peter, Studley, Sun City, and Syracuse. Photos of courthouses are included for several communities. Some of the photos of communities show churches, grain elevators, water towers, parks, public/government buildings, railroad depots and tracks, and residences. There are aerial photographs for Ottawa, Paola, and Paxico.


Murl Higgins video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Murl Higgins video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Higgins, Murl
Date: 8 December 2006
Private First Class [PFC] Murl Higgins was drafted into the Army (Infantry) in 1942 and served until September 26,1945 in the Company B & Hdqtrs, 1st Battalion, 34th Infantry Regiment. He was trained in heavy weapons but ultimately worked as a barber. Higgins served in the Pacific going from Hawaii to Australia to New Guinea and then the Philippines. He talked about a friend (Sgt. James McFarland from Kentucky) who was killed. He was born near Ponca City, Oklahoma on December 30, 1910, and his family moved to the Pittsburg, Kansas, area when he was about 4 years old. His grandparents lived in Doniphan County, Kansas, and his family moved there when he was approximately 8 years old. He graduated from Severence High School in 1930. He attended barber school in Kansas City but he did not finish. After he got out of service, he worked in a service station, sold used cars, and ultimately worked as a barber for 17 years in St. Joseph, Missouri. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Dec 8, 2006. 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 video copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Plat book of Doniphan County, Kansas

Plat book of Doniphan County, Kansas
Creator: North West Publishing Co.
Date: 1904
This atlas includes plats of the townships and largest towns of Doniphan County with the names of landholders. It also includes a patrons' directory.


Union Pacific Railroad Company depot, Severance, Kansas

Union Pacific Railroad Company depot, Severance, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: April 24, 1960
This photograph shows the Union Pacific Railroad Company's box depot in Severance, Kansas. The one-story wooden structure was part of the Kansas Division, St. Joseph Branch at milepost 24.8.


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