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Annie Boice to Governor John St. John

Annie Boice to Governor John St. John
Creator: Boice, Annie E.
Date: September 15, 1880
In this letter, temperance worker, Annie Boice, requests Kansas Governor St. John secure for her a pass to the Kansas City fair.


Group of boys possibly taken in Wakeeney, Kansas

Group of boys possibly taken in Wakeeney, Kansas
Date: Between 1908 and 1910
This is a photograph showing a group of boys possibly taken in Wakeeney, Kansas. The only identified boy is Oscar Carlson, the blonde haired boy, 4th from the right in the middle row. In 1910, Oscar was living in Wakeeney, Kansas, with his parents Carl A. and Sophia L. Carlson.


I-70 across Kansas

I-70 across Kansas
Creator: Kansas Highway Commission
Date: 1970
This is a foldout pamphlet and map of Interstate 70 across Kansas. A history of the Kansas interstate system, brief town descriptions, and photographs are included.


John A. Nelson to United States Attorney

John A. Nelson to United States Attorney
Creator: Nelson, John A.
Date: November 19, 1879
A letter from U.S. Commissioner John A. Nelson, Wakeeney, Kansas, to the United States Attorney, Topeka, Kansas. Nelson asks where can he procure blank forms and at what cost.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject crops

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject crops
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s-2000s
These are panoramic photographs of locations in Kansas created by the Kansas Film Commission to promote scenes to film companies. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject and then location. The subject included in this part of the collection is crops.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject residences

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject residences
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1980s-2000s
These are panoramic photographs of locations in Kansas created by the Kansas Film Commission to promote scenes to film companies. The panoramics were created by taking individual photos and taping them together. The photographs are arranged alphabetically by subject and then location. The subject of this part of the collection is residences, arranged alphabetically by city.


Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union general correspondence

Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union general correspondence
Date: 1910-1939
This is correspondence sent and received by Mary Evelyn Dobbs, corresponding secretary of the Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union from 1907 to 1939. The letters arrived from people across the state, including the presidents of county chapters of the KWCTU. Most correspondence relates to planned public speeches and visits intended to establish and support new branches of the KWCTU. There are also communications from the state organization to local units. Specific items include a letter dated July 1, 1918, from Dobbs to F.L. Pinet with a manuscript entitled "Early Factors in Kansas Prohibition" intended for publication in the Kansas Teacher, advertising contracts for the KWCTU periodical Our Messenger, and a letter written to Dobbs from Clara E. Keys, a WCTU missionary in Africa. One letter recognizes Mary Sibbitt as the organizer of comfort kits provided for soldiers at Fort Leavenworth. Sibbitt, known as the "Kansas Cyclone," was an founding officer of the International Association of Women Ministers. There are several other groups of official Kansas WCTU records on Kansas Memory. They can be found by selecting Collections - Manuscript - KWCTU/Mary Evelyn Dobbs.


Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union memory book

Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union memory book
Creator: Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union
Date: Between 1941 and 1950
This memorial book contains photographs and biographical sketches of members of the Kansas Woman's Christian Temperance Union. Click "Text Version" below for a searchable index of the names contained in this volume.


Kansas illustrated.   An accurate and reliable description of this marvelous state for the information of persons seeking homes in the great west

Kansas illustrated. An accurate and reliable description of this marvelous state for the information of persons seeking homes in the great west
Creator: Bodine, L.T.
Date: 1879
This Kansas Pacific Railroad promotional pamphlet highlights the important natural and economic resources of Kansas. It includes lists of crop production by county, inducements for emigrants, and county descriptions.


Kansas suffrage mass meetings for June

Kansas suffrage mass meetings for June
Creator: The Farmer's Wife
Date: May 1894
This article lists the upcoming suffrage meetings for June and their locations. The first section's meetings will have Carrie Chapman-Catt, Annie Diggs, and Theresa Jenkins as the speakers; the second section's meetings will be addressed by Susan B. Anthony, Anna Howard Shaw, Helen Kimber and Rachel Child.


Mass meeting! In the interest of the pending woman suffrage amendment

Mass meeting! In the interest of the pending woman suffrage amendment
Creator: Kansas Equal Suffrage Association (1884-1913)
Date: 1894
This poster advertises a woman suffrage meeting in Wakeeney, Trego County, to be held on June 19th and 20th, 1894. The speakers were Carrie Chapman-Catt, Annie Diggs (a well-known Populist), and Theresa Jenkins. Women in Kansas did not gain full suffrage until 1912.


Standard atlas of Trego County, Kansas

Standard atlas of Trego County, Kansas
Creator: Geo. A. Ogle & Co.
Date: 1906
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.


Thomas Pratt Tidball, World War I soldier

Thomas Pratt Tidball, World War I soldier
Date: 1917-1919
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 Thomas Pratt Tidball, Company H, 4th Infantry. Thomas died on October 8, 1918 from injuries he received in action.


Trego County organization records

Trego County organization records
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: 1879
In order for an unorganized county to be recognized by the state of Kansas, a certain number of householders/legal electors had to petition the governor. The governor would appoint a census taker. Initially, unorganized counties were required to document that they had at least 600 inhabitants in order to be recognized as a county by the state legislature. Over time the number of residents needed to organize a county changed to 1500 and later to 2500 residents. The census was submitted to the governor who then issued a proclamation indicating that the requirements had been met, appointing county commissioners and a county clerk, and naming a county seat. Not all of these documents are available for each county. Included in this file is the governor's proclamation appointing county officers and designating Wakeeney as the temporary county seat. A complete transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


U.S. 40. The main street of America

U.S. 40. The main street of America
Creator: U.S. 40 Highway Association, Inc.
Date: 1920s
This pamphlet by the U.S. 40 Highway Association promotes U.S. Route 40 as the trans-continental highway from Atlantic City, New Jersey, to San Francisco, California. At the pamphlet's creation, the highway had not yet been completed and reached to eight miles west of Topeka, Kansas. Raymond M. Sawhill of Glasco, Kansas, was the secretary of the local organization. The pamphlet contains a map of the route and there are charts listing the distance between all the cities through which the highway would pass. The charts also list the population of each of the cities. This pamphlet proposes a northern and southern route through the middle and western portions between Manhattan, Kansas, and Limon, Colorado.


Union Pacific Railroad Company depot, Wakeeney, Kansas

Union Pacific Railroad Company depot, Wakeeney, Kansas
Creator: Kelley, Frank O.
Date: Between 1950 and 1960
This photograph shows the Union Pacific Railroad Company depot in Wakeeney, Kansas. The "streamline" depot built in 1941 features a flat roof, rounded edges and a smooth stucco exterior. Only two "streamline" depots including the one in Wakeeney were known to be built by the Union Pacific Railroad in Kansas. The other depot was built in the town of Oakley. The green and white depot in Wakeeney was razed in 1985.


Union Pacific Railroad Company depot, Wakeeney, Kansas

Union Pacific Railroad Company depot, Wakeeney, Kansas
Creator: Stair, L.E., Wakeeney, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1890
This photograph shows a group of men standing on the platform in front of the Union Pacific Railroad Company depot in Wakeeney, Kansas. The construction on the limestone building started in 1879 and was dedicated by Kansas Governor John P. St. John on July 4, 1879. The station provided rail service for a number of years until it was razed in 1941 to make room for a "streamline" depot.


WaKeeney grain elevator, WaKeeney, Kansas

WaKeeney grain elevator, WaKeeney, Kansas
Creator: Colcher, Larry A
Date: June 1998
These photographs are part of the Kansas State Historical Society's online exhibit, "Wheat People: Celebrating Kansas Harvest." This exhibit focuses on the people who have built Kansas' agricultural reputation. In June 1998, the KSHS staff followed harvesters from the Oklahoma border to far northwestern Kansas. They photographed and interviewed families from the top twenty wheat-producing counties in Kansas. The photographs featured here are of the WaKeeney Elevator in WaKeeney, Kansas.


Western Kansas world

Western Kansas world
Creator: Tilton, Winfield S., 1848-
Date: March 21, 1885-June 30, 1894
View and search this newspaper by clicking on the Chronicling America link below. This newspaper comes from the collections of the Kansas Historical Society and was digitized with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities as part of the National Digital Newspaper Program. The Western Kansas World was first issued on March 21, 1885. The World was published weekly on Saturdays and was the "Official County Paper of Trego County." With a unique and illustrative masthead that showcased the importance of homesteads, livestock, and agriculture on local livelihood, the World represented the character of an entire region. The World experienced several editorial changes before the turn of the century, but remains a current publication in WaKeeney.


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