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Civil action: petition for partition

Civil action: petition for partition
Creator: District Court of Kansas, Third Judicial District
Date: 1859
This item is a petition for partition that was brought to the District Court of Kansas (Kansas Territory) in 1859. The District Court, located in Johnson County, was in session for the Fall Term of 1859. In this action, Lucy B. Armstrong claimed that she was the legal widow and heir of John B. Armstrong and, therefore, was entitled to full control over the Mr. Armstrong's assets.


Claim Against Union Pacific Railroad

Claim Against Union Pacific Railroad
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: 1915
This file includes general correspondence relating to claims against the Union Pacific Railroad company. Topics included, but not limited to, in the correspondence is complaints for a case lost in District Court where a railroad employer was injured while working, agreement signed by lawyers and parties filing against the Union Pacific Railroad company, and claims being tried based on court season scheduling. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Construction of second Shawnee County, Kansas, Courthouse

Construction of second Shawnee County, Kansas, Courthouse
Date: 1896
This photograph shows a large gathering of people during the construction of the second Shawnee County, Kansas, Courthouse at Fifth and Van Buren, Topeka, Kansas.


Construction of second Shawnee County, Kansas, Courthouse

Construction of second Shawnee County, Kansas, Courthouse
Date: 1896
This photograph shows workers with cut stones used to build the second Shawnee County, Kansas, Courthouse at Fifth and Van Buren in Topeka.


Courthouse in St. Francis, Cheyenne County, Kansas

Courthouse in St. Francis, Cheyenne County, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
This is a postcard image of the Cheyenne County court house, St. Francis, Kansas which shows a small brick addition attached to the courthouse.


Courthouse in St. Francis, Cheyenne County, Kansas

Courthouse in St. Francis, Cheyenne County, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 to 1930
This is a postcard image of the Cheyenne County, Kansas court house in St. Francis, showing newly planted trees on the courthouse square.


Courthouse in St. Francis, Cheyenne County, Kansas

Courthouse in St. Francis, Cheyenne County, Kansas
Date: January 15, 1910
This is a postcard of the Cheyenne County, Kansas court house in St. Francis. The postcard was sent to Lola M. McCormick of LaCrosse, Kansas from W.S. Booth, county clerk.


D. A. Banta to Governor Henry Allen

D. A. Banta to Governor Henry Allen
Creator: Banta, D. A.
Date: December 31, 1919
D. A. Banta, a district judge from Great Bend, writes Kansas Governor Henry Allen, of Topeka, about the proposed industrial court legislation. In the letter, Judge Santa tells the governor he has had opportunity to read the initial draft of the legislation and offers suggestions on how the document may be improved. The Court of Industrial Relations was created by special session of the Kansas legislature in 1920. During its viability, the court presided over several employee/employer disputes. In 1923 the law was declared unconstitutional by the United States Supreme Court. The court was abolished in 1925.


DeWitt Clinton Nellis

DeWitt Clinton Nellis
Date: Between 1881 and 1882
A photograph of DeWitt Clinton Nellis, lawyer and judge. Nellis came to Topeka, Kansas in 1871 where he taught school and studied law. He was admitted to the bar on February 21, 1873 and worked in the law office of Martin, Burns & Case. In 1873, he was appointed county attorney of Ellis County, Kansas and served four successive terms. On March 15, 1881, Nellis was appointed judge of the 17th Judicial District of Kansas by Governor John P. St. John. Nellis was a candidate for Kansas Attorney General but was defeated at the 1884 Republican convention in Topeka. In June 1885, he moved to Topeka and practiced law. Nellis developed hearing problems and retired from active practice in 1887. After leaving his law practice, he became secretary of the Kansas Farmer Company.


Dissatisfied Client in Court Case

Dissatisfied Client in Court Case
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: February 1915
This file includes a letter from Kendall, Kansas about corrupt practices in district courts in Kearny County. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Exterior views of the historic Wilson County Courthouse, Fredonia, Kansas

Exterior views of the historic Wilson County Courthouse, Fredonia, Kansas
Date: Between 1885 and 1918
This group includes five different photographs of the historic Wilson County courthouse that was built in Fredonia, Kansas, in 1885. Four have been made into postcards. One photograph by H. G. Luies of Fredonia, Kansas, was taken in 1904 and also shows a bandstand in front of the courthouse. Three of the photographs show horses and buggies in front of the courthouse.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, 25th District Judge applications

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, 25th District Judge applications
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to applications of employment as Judge for the 25th District in Finney County, Kansas. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, 29th District Judge applications

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, 29th District Judge applications
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to applications of employment as judge for the 29th District in Wyandotte County, Kansas. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, 34th District Judge applications

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, 34th District Judge applications
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to applications of employment as Judge for the 34th District in Reno and Kingman Counties, Kansas. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, 34th District Judge applications

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, 34th District Judge applications
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to applications of employment as Judge for the 34th District in Kingman and Reno Counties, Kansas. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Ethel C. Blades land rights

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, Ethel C. Blades land rights
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to the case of Ethel C. Blades regarding her rights of inherited land. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Governor Walter A. Huxman, correspondence files, box 4

Governor Walter A. Huxman, correspondence files, box 4
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1937-1939 : Huxman)
Date: 1937-1939
These folders contain correspondence with Governor Huxman and are subdivided into state agency files, folders 1 - 6, and subject files, folders 7 - 27. The state agency files contain routine correspondence to and from nearly all of the bureaus of the state government.


Harold R. Fatzer to J. Lindsay Almond Jr.

Harold R. Fatzer to J. Lindsay Almond Jr.
Creator: Fatzer, Harold R
Date: July 13, 1951
In this letter, Attorney General of Kansas Harold Fatzer responds to a letter by J. Lindsay Almond, Attorney General of Virginia. Almond had inquired about a school segregation suit against the Topeka Board of Education. Fatzer mentions a similar case in South Carolina, Briggs v. Elliott, and states that the plaintiffs in the Topeka case were arguing that segregation violated their rights under the 14th Amendment. Virginia would later join Kansas as one of the five states represented in the case Brown v. Board of Education. This case reached the U. S. Supreme Court, and in 1954 segregated school facilities were declared unconstitutional. Attached to this letter is Almond's initial inquiry.


Haskell County district court session in Santa Fe, Kansas

Haskell County district court session in Santa Fe, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: November, 1912
This is an interior view of people attending a session of the Haskell County district court in Santa Fe, Kansas. This image was obtained from a 1930 edition of the Sublette Monitor. The people are identified from left to right (top row) as: William Weider Lucus, sheriff; Myrtle Rice, court reporter; Judge William Howard Thompson; Albert Jasper, clerk of the district court and a Christian preacher; Clarence Glenn Dennis, county attorney and a lawyer in Sublette; (second row) T. W. Marshall, lawyer from New Ulysses; John Jacob Miller, pioneer publisher of The Sublette (then the Santa Fe) Monitor; an unidentified lawyer; Herbert White Stubbs, a lawyer from Ulysses; Henry Oscar Trinkle, lawyer from Garden City; Herbert Rhoades, lawyer from New Ulysses and later Nebraska; Charles E. Vance, a lawyer from Garden City; Albert Watkins, a lawyer from Dodge City; Arlon B. Crum, a lawyer from Lyndon, KS; Richard Joseph Hopkins, later a federal judge; Edgar Foster, a lawyer from Garden City; John Mars, a lawyer from Santa Fe; Lewis Antrim Madison, a lawyer from Dodge City, and Ralph Wallace, a Satanta merchant.


J. C. Ruppenthal to Professor William Picken

J. C. Ruppenthal to Professor William Picken
Creator: Ruppenthal, J. C. (Jacob Christian), 1869-1964
Date: May 12, 1910
This is a letter written by Judge J.C. Ruppenthal of Russell, Kansas addressing the misplacement of a map from a map contest he organized between the years 1907 to 1914 in his 23rd judicial district. The maps were to meet a "requirement of presenting historical data, together with excellence and accuracy of drawing." The map referred to in the letter is of Wallace County, Township 15 South, Range 42 West, from Axel Lindberg, and is Kansas Memory Item 309727.


John Morton

John Morton
Date: Between 1861 and 1883
This is a photograph of an oil painting of John Morton, Clerk of the U. S. District Court of Kansas and District Court Judge for Shawnee County, Topeka, Kansas.


John Quin to Governor Edward W. Hoch

John Quin to Governor Edward W. Hoch
Creator: Kansas. District Court (4th Judicial District)
Date: August 06, 1908
John Quin, Clerk of the District Court, Franklin County, sends Governor Edward W. Hoch, of Topeka, certified copies of the death warrant and journal entries for convicted murderer Mollie Stewart. A jury convicted Ms. Stewart of first degree murder, a crime punishable by death by hanging. According to state law (Laws of Kansas, 1872, Ch 166, Secs 2-3), the court must submit copies of the death warrant to the governor and await his execution order. While state executions were legal in Kansas from 1861-1907, the governors between 1872-1907 refused to issue execution orders, effectively banning state authorized executions during that period. Governor Hoch was a principal supporter of the 1907 law repealing executions in favor of life imprisonment. While Kansas has never executed a woman, several women have been sentenced to death in the state.


Judges in the 23rd judicial district

Judges in the 23rd judicial district
Date: Between 1900 and 1907
This is a photograph of judges in the old 14th judicial district and later the 23rd judicial district of Russell County, Kansas. The judges are J. H. Prescott, S. O. Hinds, W. G. Eastland, Lee Monroe, J. H. Reeder, and J. C. Ruppenthal.


Kansas State Temperance Union legal documents

Kansas State Temperance Union legal documents
Date: 1907-1908
This bound volume contains affidavits, warrants, and legal briefs naming the State of Kansas as plaintiff for cases pertaining to the sale of alcohol. The Kansas State Temperance Union actively prosecuted the "unlawful and illegal sales of intoxicating liquors." Although Kansas was the first state to adopt a constitutional amendment prohibiting the sale of intoxicating liquors, the law was largely unenforced. This volume includes accusations that Daniel Read Anthony, Jr. knowingly allowed the sale of alcohol to occur on his property. Kansas Attorney General F. S. Jackson is frequently mentioned throughout the volume. Due to water damage, some text is illegible or difficult to read.


Kansas Territory, U.S. District Court vs. Charles Robinson

Kansas Territory, U.S. District Court vs. Charles Robinson
Creator: United States. District Court (Kansas)
Date: 1856
Material relating to the Kansas Territory, U.S. District Court 2nd District versus Charles Robinson for treason. This charge was due to Charles Robinson being elected "governor of Kansas" under the Topeka Constitution of 1855, the first attempt to have Kansas admitted to the Union as a free state. In May, 1856, while en route east, he was arrested for treason and conspiracy against the United States. After several months in prison at Lecompton, the Proslavery capital, he was finally acquitted.


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