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Atlas of Mitchell County, Kansas

Atlas of Mitchell County, Kansas
Creator: Gillen & Davy
Date: 1884
The atlas contains a plat book of the villages, cities, and townships of the county, and a map of the state, a railroad state map, United States and World.


Baseball team in Simpson, Kansas

Baseball team in Simpson, Kansas
Creator: St. Louis Art Co.
Date: Between 1900 and 1905
This photograph shows the Simpson, Kansas baseball team dressed in their uniforms with some of the players holding gloves. The coach of the team stands in the back row in a suit with players surrounding him. One player is dressed in an inverted color uniform.


Bert Floyd Rathbun journal

Bert Floyd Rathbun journal
Creator: Rathbun, Bert Floyd
Date: 1909-1910
Bert Floyd Rathbun documented a trip he and his family made by covered wagon to Wyoming to visit his brother Martin Oliver Rathbun. Rathbun's father, John Russell Rathbun, suffered from asthma, and his doctor suggested he try living in a drier climate. The Rathbuns left Simpson, Kansas, on August 14, 1909, and traveled to St. Francis, Kansas, where they wintered. On May 5, 1910, they started their trip west. He kept the journal in a "Farmers Pocket Ledger" provided by the Deere & Mansur Company of Moline, Illinois. There is information about the company's products and agricultural information in the ledger.


Billings family

Billings family
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This is a photograph of the Billings family, who settled near Simpson, Kansas. People in the photograph are identified as: back row (left to right) Frederick, Flora and Livingston, and front row Ornille, Benjamin and Eliza Wares Billings. The family came from Massachusetts and settled near Simpson, Mitchell County, Kansas.


Doris Jennings and Keturah Rathbun Prickett

Doris Jennings and Keturah Rathbun Prickett
Date: 1915
This is a photograph of Doris Jennings and Keturah Rathbun Prickett at Simpson High School in Simpson, Kansas.


Flora May Billings

Flora May Billings
Date: Between 1890 and 1892
This is a photograph of Flora May Billings taken in Simpson, Kansas.


Flora Rathbun

Flora Rathbun
Date: Between 1915 and 1920
This is a photograph showing Flora Rathbun, middle front, with either unidentified family or friends near Simpson, Kansas. Two boys on the back row are holding bows and arrows.


Haywood Rathbun

Haywood Rathbun
Date: 1916
This is a photograph of Haywood Rathbun standing in front of a building wearing his high school letter sweater in Simpson, Kansas. He contracted the flu and died in 1919.


John Russell Rathbun family

John Russell Rathbun family
Date: 1916
This is a photograph of the John Rathbun family and several unidentified people. The people are identified as (left to right): Keturah Rathbun, Flora Rathbun, Haywood Rathbun (wearing a Simpson High School letter sweater), John Russell Rathbun, Bert Rathbun, and three unidentified people. The young boy kneeling with a dog is probably Lovell Rathbun. The photograph was taken near Simpson, Kansas.


John Russell and Flora Rathbun's farmhouse in Mitchell, Kansas

John Russell and Flora Rathbun's farmhouse in Mitchell, Kansas
Date: Between 1915 and 1920
This is a photograph of John Russell and Flora Rathbun's farmhouse near Simpson, Mitchell County, Kansas.


Keturah Rathbun

Keturah Rathbun
Creator: Graham, Ella
Date: 1917
This is a portrait of Keturah Rathbun, possibly taken for her senior year at Simpson High School in Simpson, Kansas.


Lorraine Prickett

Lorraine Prickett
Date: 1922
This photograph shows Lorraine Prickett with two unidentified boys, possibly cousins. The photograph was taken near Simpson, Kansas.


Neosho Valley lands, Kansas : The great wheat and corn belt

Neosho Valley lands, Kansas : The great wheat and corn belt
Creator: Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway Company
Date: 1876
This large 1876 advertisement from the Missouri, Kansas and Texas Railway promotes their lands for sale along the Neosho River. The paper lists their land agents in 18 Kansas counties; indicates a 25 per cent discount for cash purchases and the back side is a sectional map of northeast Kansas.


Ralph Prickett

Ralph Prickett
Date: 1918
This is a photograph of Ralph Prickett dressed in his World War I uniform.


Ralph Prickett and Keturah Rathbun near Simpson, Kansas

Ralph Prickett and Keturah Rathbun near Simpson, Kansas
Date: 1917
This is a photograph of Ralph Prickett and Keturah Rathbun near Simpson, Kansas. Ralph and Keturah were married May 11, 1919.


Ruth and Vola McKee

Ruth and Vola McKee
Date: 1915
This is a photograph showing Ruth McKee with a baseball glove standing next to Vola McKee. The photograph was possibly taken in Simpson, Kansas.


Senior women at Simpson High School in Simpson, Kansas

Senior women at Simpson High School in Simpson, Kansas
Date: Between 1917 and 1918
This is a postcard showing senior woman at Simpson High School in Simpson, Kansas. Women in the photograph are: Hazel Porter, Ruth Templin, Ruth Lyon, Keturah Rathbun, Alice Woolman, Ruth McKee, Doris Jennings, and Vola McKee.


Standard atlas of Mitchell County, Kansas

Standard atlas of Mitchell County, Kansas
Creator: Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Date: 1917
This atlas has a plat book of the villages, cities, and townships of the county, a map of the state, United States and world, and a Patrons Directory and Business Directory.


Standard atlas of Morris County, Kansas

Standard atlas of Morris County, Kansas
Creator: Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Date: 1901
A plat book of the villages, cities and townships of Morris County, Kansas. Township plats show names of landholders. A patrons' directory and portraits are included.


Union Pacific Railroad Company depot, Simpson, Kansas

Union Pacific Railroad Company depot, Simpson, Kansas
Date: Between 1950s and 1960s
This photograph shows the Union Pacific Railroad Company depot in Simpson, Kansas. The one-story wooden structure with clapboard siding no longer stands.


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