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Addie Colburn to Governor John St. John

Addie Colburn to Governor John St. John
Creator: Colburn, Addie M.
Date: Between May 25, 1879 and May 28, 1879
Addie M. Colburn of Tecumseh, Kansas, requests Kansas Governor St. John drop by the Teft House in Topeka to discuss temperance business with her.


Albert G. Boone to Thomas Nesbit Stinson

Albert G. Boone to Thomas Nesbit Stinson
Creator: Boone, Albert G.
Date: January 16, 1860
Albert G. Boone, writing from Westport, Missouri, to Thomas N. Stinson, described his unsuccessful efforts to sell a printing press for Stinson. Boone suggested that Stinson contact "Free Statemen" with whom he was on good terms to see if they could help him sell it. Boone added a postscript to the letter asking about the prospects of a treaty with the Pottawatomie.


Andrew H. Reeder to John A. Haldeman

Andrew H. Reeder to John A. Haldeman
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: October 06, 1855
In this letter to John A. Haldeman, Andrew H. Reeder informs Haldeman that he has been told that "a new assessment of $5 per share to pay for a Wyandot float of 640 acres has been laid on the town of Tecumseh."


Andrew H. Reeder to John A. Halderman

Andrew H. Reeder to John A. Halderman
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: August 11, 1856
The former governor writes this letter from Easton, Pennsylvania, to his former secretary and attorney, John A. Halderman, in order to secure Halderman's services to retrieve some personal papers and settle some matters of business pertaining to town lots and shares. According to Reeder, "the Sheriff posse at the sacking of Lawrence broke open my trunk and stole the contents. The clothing is probably by this time worn out," and he is not concerned about other contents, with the exception of "some private papers" that someone had informed him could be retrieved. He asks Halderman to get the papers, which included "certificates of stock in Leavenworth, Tecumseh, Lecompton, Lawrence, Easton, Pawnee" etc., and then take care of business matters that are reflected therein. Reeder also asks Halderman "to attend to my Leavenworth lots" and explains in considerable detail about these matters.


Andrew H. Reeder to John A. Halderman

Andrew H. Reeder to John A. Halderman
Creator: Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864
Date: October 6, 1855
This 1855 letter to John A. Halderman from former territorial governor Andrew H. Reeder of Westport, Kansas Territory, describes a new assessment of $5 per share for the town of Tecumseh's 640 acre Wyandot Float. Reeder also discusses the erection of a court house with bricks that had been intended for a hotel.


Annals of Kansas, January - February, 1855

Annals of Kansas, January - February, 1855
Creator: Wilder, Daniel Webster, 1832-1911
Date: January, 1855 through February, 1855
D. W. Wilder's "Annals of Kansas," published in 1886, provides a day-by-day chronicle of significant events in Kansas. These are digital images of Annals of Kansas entries for the territorial period of 1854-1861.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's box depot, Tecumseh, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's box depot, Tecumseh, Kansas
Date: Between 1940 and 1949
This photograph shows a steam locomotive in front of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's box depot in Tecumseh, Kansas. Also represented in the image is a man and car.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company box depot, Tecumseh, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company box depot, Tecumseh, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: June 29, 1957
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company box depot in Tecumseh, Kansas. The wooden structure is part of the Eastern Lines, Eastern Division, First District at milepost 48.2.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Tecumseh, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Tecumseh, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1919
This photograph shows an unidentified man standing beside the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Tecumseh, Kansas. The one-story wooden structure no longer stands.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Tecumseh, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Tecumseh, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This photograph shows a track view from the west of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Tecumseh, Kansas. On the right-hand side of the image is Buck Beach's wagon.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Tecumseh, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Tecumseh, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1919
This photograph shows Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway agent Mr. Moreland and an unidentified women standing beside the company's depot in Tecumseh, Kansas. From the script at the bottom of the page, the woman is possible going home for vacation.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Tecumseh, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Tecumseh, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1960
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot in Tecumseh, Kansas. The one-story wooden structure no longer stands.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company sign board, Tecumseh, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company sign board, Tecumseh, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: April 26, 1958
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company sign board in Tecumseh, Kansas. The sign and tracks are part of the Eastern Lines, Eastern Division, First District at milepost 46.0.


Atlas of Shawnee County, Kansas

Atlas of Shawnee County, Kansas
Creator: Beers, F. W. (Frederick W.)
Date: 1873
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has plats of towns as of the year of publication, a map of Shawnee County. It has a Table of Distances and business notices.


Baseball team in McAlester, Oklahoma

Baseball team in McAlester, Oklahoma
Creator: Sossamon, D. J.
Date: August 2, 1955
This is a photograph of the 1955 McAlester (Oklahoma) Rockets, a minor league baseball team in the Class D Sooner State League. An affiliate of the New York Yankees, the Rockets finished the season with a 65-75 record, placing seventh in the eight-team league. Among those pictured (seated in the front, on the right) is Kansan Ted Worthington, then of rural Lecompton and later of Tecumseh. During his two seasons as a left-handed pitcher for the Rockets, he compiled a 5-10 record, with an ERA of 4.92. Standing in the top row of the photo are (l to r): Dick Lindsay, Ken Travis, Bob Bleyenberg, John Davolio, Bob Coscia, Bob McLish, and Marv Crater. In the middle row are (l to r): Vic Caradona, Hugh Craig, Ray Farmer, Jim McKinney, Larry Weller, Paul Hinch, and Dave Kostenuk. In the front are (l to r): Tony Asaro, Morris "Blackie" Millet, John Polli (bat boy), Les Miller, and Ted Worthington. Digital reproduction of the photograph was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


Baseball team in Neodesha, Kansas

Baseball team in Neodesha, Kansas
Date: 1954
This photograph shows members of the 1954 Neodesha baseball team that competed in the Southeastern Kansas Ban Johnson League. The team's coach was Kenneth Page (standing in the back row, fifth from the right). The only player identified is left-handed pitcher Ted Worthington (front row, second from the right), then of rural Lecompton and later of Tecumseh. During his high school years (1951-54), Worthington was on three state championship teams, including the 1951 Berryton High team and the 1952 and 1953 Topeka Mosby-Mack American Legion teams. In 1955 and 1956, he played for the McAlester Rockets, a minor league affiliate of the New York Yankees in the Class D Sooner State League. His minor league record was 5-10, with an ERA of 4.92. Digital reproduction of the photograph was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


Benjamin D. Castleman territorial loss claim

Benjamin D. Castleman territorial loss claim
Creator: Strickler, Hiram Jackson
Date: 1859
Report of H.L. Strickler, Commissioner to Audit Claims of Citizens of the Territory of Kansas, contained in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set of congressional and executive documents. Benjamin D. Castleman, Tecumseh, Shawnee County, presented claim #216 for losses suffered in August and September, 1856. He operated as a merchant so his claim listed groceries, clothing, dry goods, medicines, guns, hardware, books and stationery, and tin and glassware. He stated that the damage was caused by about 50 well armed men under the command of James H. Lane and another group of 200 men under the command of "Captains A. Jameson, Cleveland, and Charles Moffet." Each claimant had to submit an itemized list and have two witnesses attest to the losses claimed. Even though many of these claims were approved for payment, no funds were ever appropriated or distributed.


Bergman's general store and post office in Tecumseh, Kansas

Bergman's general store and post office in Tecumseh, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
This is a postcard showing Bergman's general store and post office in Tecumseh, Kansas.


Caleb S. Pratt to Thomas W. Higginson

Caleb S. Pratt to Thomas W. Higginson
Creator: Pratt, Caleb S
Date: December 1, 1856
This letter was written by Caleb Pratt from Lawrence, Kansas Territory, to Reverend Thomas W. Higginson in Worcester, Massachusetts. Pratt thanks Higginson for the revolvers that he had furnished for Pratt's artillery company; Pratt truly appreciates "the high minded reflecting men of the north." Pratt also writes of the uneasy peace, stating that the free state population is still prepared to fiercely resist any encroachment on their liberty, although they are at times discouraged and war-weary. He also mentions the election of President Buchanan less than a month before. Pratt informs Higginson of the escape of the free state prisoners from Tecumseh, Kansas Territory, although he is sure that Higginson is already aware of the incident. Apparently, Pratt had hoped to help with their escape, but he was too late to assist. Pratt reports that other prisoners had also escaped from the prison in Lecompton, Kansas Territory.


Chieftains baseball team, Tecumseh, Kansas

Chieftains baseball team, Tecumseh, Kansas
Date: 1963
This photograph from 1963 shows the Tecumseh Chieftains, a youth baseball team that competed in the Babe Ruth League. Batboy Dick Dodson is seated in front of the players. Behind him, seated in chairs, are (l to r): Bill Reynolds; Ron Hasty; Charles Roberts; Bruce Hill; Phil Shoemaker; Gary Warthen; and, Larry Monroe. Standing are (l to r): John Triggs (coach); Les Witter (coach); Bob Gilbert; Robert Walker; Glen Rice; Ricky Singer; Clarence Payne; Robert Flohrschutz; David Mohler; and, Lee Dodson (manager). The team's record was 15-8. Digital reproduction of the photograph was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


E. L. Partridge to Samuel L. Adair

E. L. Partridge to Samuel L. Adair
Creator: Partridge, E. L. (Mrs. William)
Date: December 28, 1856
Mrs. E. L. Partridge writes Samuel L. Adair to report upon the condition of her husband, William, who is a prisoner in Tecumseh, Kansas Territory. Mr. Partridge was one of the free state men arrested after the May 1856 Pottawatomie Massacre of five pro-slavery settlers. Mrs. Partridge describes her husband's health and his prospects for being released.


Edward Hoogland to Thomas Nesbit Stinson

Edward Hoogland to Thomas Nesbit Stinson
Creator: Hoogland, Edward
Date: January 21, 1857
Edward Hoogland, writing from Dundee, Yates County, New York, expressed his views on how to turn Tecumseh, Kansas Territory into a "flourishing" town. He suggested to Thomas N. Stinson, a Tecumseh resident that the town, if properly advertised, would be attractive to settlers not comfortable residing in free state towns like Topeka or Lawrence.


Edward Hoogland to Thomas Nesbit Stinson

Edward Hoogland to Thomas Nesbit Stinson
Creator: Hoogland, Edward
Date: July 6, 1856
Edward Hoogland, a resident of Tecumseh, KT who was visiting his family in New York, described a meeting with Governor Wilson Shannon in St. Louis concerning territorial politics. Hoogland displayed a pro-slavery perspective in his comments on Kansas affairs. He described efforts to encourage settlement in Kansas Territory, especially Tecumseh, and to promote economic development in the territory. He mentioned an acquaintance who hoped to establish a sawmill and a gristmill in the territory.


Edward Hoogland to Thomas Nesbit Stinson

Edward Hoogland to Thomas Nesbit Stinson
Creator: Hoogland, Edward
Date: November 16, 1859
Edward Hoogland, writing from Tecumseh, Kansas Territory to Thomas N. Stinson, expressed his views on the prospects of completing a bridge over the Kansas River at Tecumseh. Hoogland and Stinson had been involved in an unsuccessful venture to finance and build a bridge at Tecumseh since 1857. Hoogland also proposed to Stinson a settlement of a debt that he owed to him for the acquisition of land.


Freemasons, By-Laws of Tecumseh Lodge No. 15

Freemasons, By-Laws of Tecumseh Lodge No. 15
Creator: Freemasons. Tecumseh Lodge No. 15
Date: 1859
The various types of freemasons groups are part of a secret international society. This lodge was located in Tecumseh, Douglas County, Kansas Territory.


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