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A. G. Shears to Governor John St. John

A. G. Shears to Governor John St. John
Creator: Shears, A. G.
Date: May 31, 1880
This letter to Governor John St. John is from A. G. Shears. He is anxious to help the prohibition amendment cause and requests liquor statistics and supportive newspapers from Kansas Governor St. John to be used by county temperance unions. Shears is from Yates Center, Kansas.


Allen Easum video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)

Allen Easum video interview on experiences in World War II (transcript)
Creator: Easum, Allen C., Jr.
Date: September 26, 2007
Allen C. Easum was inducted into the Army (Infantry) in 1945 and served until 1946 in the 40th Infantry Division, 160th Infantry. He was drafted in 1944 and went to bacis train at Fort Robinson, Arkansas. He was sent to Fort Dix, New Jersey, but the war in Europe ended. He was sent to the Philippines and later Korea. Interviewed by Nancy Porter on Sep 26, 2007, Easum talked about military experiences in the Second World War. He was born in Yates Center, Kansas on October 20, 1926. He attended school in Quincy, Kansas, but graduated from Liberty Memorial High School in Lawrence, 1944. After his service, he returned to Lawrence. He worked as a mechanic for Pickens and a Ford dealership before opening his own business A. C. E. Steering and Brakes. He operated that from 1963 through 1993. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Watkins Community Museum of History (Lawrence) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


American Legion Auxiliary, Woodson County

American Legion Auxiliary, Woodson County
Date: 1921
An account of the formation of the Woodson Post of the American Legion Auxiliary, Unit #13. Also listed are officers elected, meeting happenings, and members.


Automobile Club of Wichita Year Book

Automobile Club of Wichita Year Book
Creator: Automobile Club of Wichita, Kansas
Date: 1909-1910
The Automobile Club of Wichita published this year book for the years 1909-1910. Its content reflects that automobile travel was a recent introduction to the lives of Kansans. It includes advertisements from automobile dealers, garages, and other businesses in Wichita, Hutchinson, Newton, Winfield, El Dorado, Dodge City, Yates Center, Iola, Independence, Topeka, Emporia, Garden City, and Lawrence. It also lists the officers and board of directors of the club, its constitution and bylaws, the Kansas law regulation the use of automobiles, two Wichita ordinances (#2875 and 3002) related to the use of cars, and rules of the road. The bulk of the yearbook provides driving routes to and from various cities and towns in Kansas, as well as Colorado and Oklahoma. An index to the routes and maps is on pages 22-23. These driving routes include specific directions and include references to many small towns and local landmarks, etc. The yearbook also lists Wichita residents that own automobiles, their license numbers and the type of automobile they own. The booklet concludes with a list of members of the automobile club.


Bert's Tavern, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas

Bert's Tavern, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas
Date: March 2002
These two color snapshots show Bert's Tavern, in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas, whose tongue-in-cheek motto was, "We only look expensive."


Christian Church in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas

Christian Church in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas
Date: 1910
This is a picture postcard showing the Christian Church in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.


Farm scene north of Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas

Farm scene north of Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Industrial Development Commission
Date: Between 1960 and 1970
This is a photograph of a farm located north of Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas. It is a scene that includes a two story home and several farm buildings.


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 in centennial dress, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas

Group in centennial dress, Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas
Date: 1961
This is a photograph of six business and professional women dressed in centennial attire at the Yates Center in Woodson County, Kansas.


High School in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas

High School in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas
Date: 1918
This is a picture postcard showing the High School in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.


High School in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas

High School in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas
Date: 1912
This picture postcard shows the High School in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas


Interview on experiences in World War II

Interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Rehmer, Kenneth
Date: August 23, 2003
Rehmer enlisted in the United States Army in 1942 and served in the 607th Graves Registration; 3rd Platoon, 78th Division. Interviewed by Pattie Johnston on Aug 23, 2003, Rehmer talked about military experiences in the Second World War. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Watkins Community Museum of History (Lawrence) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Interview on experiences in World War II

Interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Mentzer, Merrill Burdette
Date: 29 January 2007
Technical Sergeant Mentzer enlisted in the Army (Air Force) in 1942 and served until 1946 in the 3rd Air Force. Interviewed by Loren Pennington on Jan 29, 2007, Mentzer talked about military experiences in the Second World War. 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 audio copy of the interview is available through the KSHS and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject camps - community colleges

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject camps - community colleges
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. Subjects included in this part of the collection are: camps, state capitol, caves, cemeteries, and community colleges.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject military academies - nursing homes

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, subject military academies - nursing homes
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 subjects included in this part of the collection are military academies, mining areas, museums, and nursing homes.


Kansas Film Commission site photographs, towns Talmage - Zurich

Kansas Film Commission site photographs, towns Talmage - Zurich
Creator: Kansas Film Commission
Date: 1990-1992
These are panoramic photographs of Kansas towns beginning with Talmage and ending with Zurich. 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: Talmage, Talmo, Tasco, Tescott, Topeka, Toronto, Tribune, Troy, Tyro, Ulysses, Uniontown, Utica, Valley Falls, Vassar, Vinland, Virgil, Volland, Wakarusa, Walnut, Wamego, Washington, Waterville, Wathena, Waverly, Weir, Weskan, Westfall, West Mineral, Westmoreland, Westphalia, Wheaton, Wheeler, White Cloud, Whitewater, Whiting, Wichita, Williamsburg, Winchester, Windthorst, Winoa, Worden, Yates Center, Yoder, and Zurich. 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 Valley Falls and interior photographs of the Columbian Theater in Wamego. There is a folder for Weston, Missouri, in this group of materials.


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 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.


Lake in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas

Lake in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas
Date: 1908
This is a picture postcard showing a lake or river near Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas. In the background there is a house on the bank and perhaps a boat dock.


Library in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas

Library in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas
Date: 1918
This is a picture postcard showing the Library in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.


Life and background of Abner Yates "Owner of a town"-Yates Center, Kansas

Life and background of Abner Yates "Owner of a town"-Yates Center, Kansas
Creator: Landes, Fannie Edith
Date: Between 1940 and 1955
An account of the life and background of Abner Yates. In 1865, Yates purchased many acres of land in Woodson County and eventually some of this land would become Yates Center, the county seat.


Methodist Episcopal Church in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas

Methodist Episcopal Church in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas
Date: 1925
This is a picture postcard showing the M. E. Church in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.


Missouri Pacific Railroad depot, Yates Center, Kansas

Missouri Pacific Railroad depot, Yates Center, Kansas
Date: 1967
This photograph shows the Missouri Pacific Railroad depot in Yates Center, Kansas. The one-story brick building with a pantile covered roof no longer stands.


Presbyterian Church in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas

Presbyterian Church in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas
Date: 1925
This is a picture postcard showing the Presbyterian Church in Yates Center, Woodson County, Kansas.


Ralph R. Chambers, World War I soldier

Ralph R. Chambers, World War I soldier
Date: 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 Ralph R. Chambers, 2nd Development Company, 164th Depot Brigade. Ralph died from pneumonia while at Camp Funston on October 12, 1918.


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