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Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873 - 1876
The documents in this file address various topics related to the State of Kansas. This description does not cover all the topics in this file. A letter on December 2, 1875, from H. M. Aller, introduces three individuals to Kansas Governor Osborn and states that he vouches for these men's financial and social integrity. A letter on March 26, 1875, from James Brown, informs the Governor a re-survey was made by the order of the Secretary of the Interior in 1871. In the letter, Brown states the southeast corner of Kansas is 20 miles below Boston and hopes the Governor will issue a proclamation extending the jurisdiction of the State of Kansas. A letter on January 7, 1875, from W. P. Campbell, writes to Governor Osborn relating to the consolidation of the fifth, seventh, and ninth Judicial District.


Adjutant General

Adjutant General
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873 - 1876
A letter from J. C. Jones of Junction City, Kansas, asks to organize a regiment at Junction City. A letter on October 3, 1874, from Cochran B. Taylor in relation to supplies. Additional correspondence is from S. Wolf and Bro. of Leavenworth, Kansas to C. A. Morris, Adjutant General, regarding prices of blankets. A telegraph on July 6, 1876, from Kansas Governor Osborn to H. T. Benson states he has obtained an order for one thousand improved guns.


Agricultural College : Board of Regents

Agricultural College : Board of Regents
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873-1877
A letter on March 22, 1875, from H. P. Don, informs Kansas Governor Osborn that he signed a petition in connection with other members of the Kansas Senate and House asking that J. Lawrence be appointed as Regent of the State Agricultural College. A letter on December 17, 1875, from Jacob Minter concerning the appointment of Regent.


Agricultural College, Kansas State

Agricultural College, Kansas State
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873, 1875
A letter on February 8, 1873, from Secretary of the Agricultural College, R. D. Parker, gives a list of Regents and their terms in office. In the letter, Parker states that there is a vacancy and recommends ex. Governor James H. Harvey for the position. A letter on January 16, 1875, from J. A. Anderson, forwards a letter from Professor Kedzie. A letter on March 13, 1875, from Burt L. Kingsburg, requests a delay in the appointment of Regent until after the annual meeting in April.


A.J. Anthony's home, Ford County, Kansas

A.J. Anthony's home, Ford County, Kansas
Date: 1873
This is an exterior image of A. J. Anthony's home, one mile west of Dodge City in Ford County, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad time table number 28

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad time table number 28
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: April 20, 1873
This timetable was for the exclusive use of the employees of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad and included the eastern, Arkansas Valley and Wichita divisions.


Atlas of Douglas County, Kansas

Atlas of Douglas County, Kansas
Creator: Beers, F. W. (Frederick W.)
Date: 1873
Atlas of Douglas County, Kansas, from recent and actual surveys and records under the superintendence of F.W. Beers. Published by F.W. Beers and Co., New York.


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.


Attorney General

Attorney General
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873 - 1875
A letter on September 9, 1874, from Kansas Governor Osborn, encloses papers to A. L. Williams, Attorney General, that were presented to him in the case of securing a judge for the 6th Judicial District. A letter on November 24, 1875, from James McDermott shares facts regarding the Justice of Peace election for J. D. Manner and P. B. Smith. A separate letter on December 13, 1875, from James McDermott, states he has applied to the County Clerk for a certificate of vacancy of the Justice of Peace.


August Schulz diary

August Schulz diary
Date: 1872-1878
This diary was written by August(us) Schulz, who resided in McPherson County, Kansas. The diary describes the work and events that took place on the family farm in Canton Township, McPherson County. Schulz and his wife Luisa were born in Germany, according to the 1880 U. S. census. Augustus's age was listed as 54 and Luisa was 58. The first two pages of content labeled 1872 and 1873 are in German. They have four children, The two girls were Agnes, 24 years old, and Ottilie, age 16. The two boys were Alexander (23) and Hugo (20). In 1880 they were all living at home. Schulz provides details about the crops he is planting and several entries describe planting several hundred trees. The diary also mentions establishing land claims for the older children.


Band of Kansa men

Band of Kansa men
Creator: Baugh, John
Date: 1873
An informal portrait of a group of Kansa men who were photographed on the steps of an unidentified building after their removal to Indian Territory. The men are identified as: Albert Taylor, William Jones, Tony Butler, Roy Monroe, Elmer Franklin, Forest Chouteau, and Jesse Me-ho-ja.


Barber county organization records

Barber county organization records
Creator: Kansas. Secretary of State
Date: 1872 to 1873
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 memorial to Governor Osborn asking for a census to be taken of Barber County, an affidavit by H.T. McCarty to be the census taker, the completed census, and the proclamation by the governor naming county officials and designating Medicine Lodge as the temporary county.


Bender family house

Bender family house
Creator: Tresslar Brothers
Date: 1873
This is a stereographic photo of the Bender house in Labette County, Kansas. The "Bloody Benders" as the family would later be known, killed at least eleven people and buried them in the surrounding yard. A massive manhunt for them stretched over several states but the Benders were never caught.


Bender farm

Bender farm
Creator: Gamble, G. R.
Date: 1873
This photograph shows the graves found behind the Bender farm, Labette County, Kansas. The Bender family operated a remote road house on a farm near Cherryvale, Kansas. When several travelers disappeared, local residents became suspicious of the Benders. A search of the property revealed eleven bodies buried in the yard and all of them died of injuries consistent with blows to the head. The Bender family members escaped and were never found.


Bender murder graves, Labette County, Kansas

Bender murder graves, Labette County, Kansas
Creator: Ploetz, Julius
Date: May 9, 1873
A photograph showing a large group of men looking at the graves of those murdered by the Bender family, Labette County, Kansas.


Bird's Eye view of Council Grove, Kansas

Bird's Eye view of Council Grove, Kansas
Date: 1873
A bird's eye view of Council Grove in 1873. Locations of note shown are the grade school, primary school, courthouse, Congregational Church, Methodist Church, rail road depot, Maxey House, flouring mill, Kaw Indian Mission, and the Old Indian Mission. There are also additional handwritten locations which include C. H. Strieby's Shop, C. S. House, S. M. Shop, Call's House, Clute's House, A. M. Wrights House, McNay's House, Dr. Woodruff's House, and the City Jail. Included with the map is a typed description of visible buildings and landmarks.


Bird's eye view of Junction City, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Junction City, Kansas
Creator: Glover, E. S. (Eli Sheldon), 1844-1920
Date: 1878
A color lithograph of Junction City, Kansas, looking northwest with insets of the town and Fort Riley, Kansas. One inset is dated 1867. The lithograph shows the location of buildings, churches, hotels, railroad and structures on Fort Riley. A legend is provided to identify some of the buildings.


Bird's eye view of Paola, Miami County, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Paola, Miami County, Kansas
Creator: Glover, E. S. (Eli Sheldon), 1844-1920
Date: 1873
This colored lithograph is a bird's eye view of Paola, Miami County, Kansas. The references at the bottom identify the Paola High School; two railroad depots for the Missouri, Kansas and Texas and the Missouri River, Fort Scott, and Galveston; a cemetery; and several churches including an African American Baptist church. The business district is distinct but specific businesses are not identified. Steet names are shown. It was drawn by E. S. Glover and published by Strobridge & Co. Lithograph, Cincinnati, Ohio.


Blind Asylum : trustee

Blind Asylum : trustee
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873-1877
A letter on March 6, 1875 from R. C. Bates, asks to be appointed as Trustee of the Blind Asylum in place of S. Wood.


Blockhouse, Fort Hays, Kansas

Blockhouse, Fort Hays, Kansas
Creator: Van Vliet
Date: 1873
This is a photograph of the blockhouse at Fort Hays, Kansas.


Board of Agriculture Treasurer's Annual Reports

Board of Agriculture Treasurer's Annual Reports
Creator: State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1871-1873, 1876
These records include the treasurer's annual reports of the State Board of Agriculture and related vouchers. The January 10, 1872 report, written by treasurer Thomas Murphy, itemizes the proceeds of the Kansas State Fair. Murphy's reports were audited by J.K. Hudson and E.S. Niccolls. The 1873 report was prepared by treasurer George N. Veale and the 1876 report by J.C. Wilson. Additional auditors include A.J. Burdick, W.A. Johnston, J.P. Davis, C.H. Graham, and D.W. Finney.


Cavalry stables, Fort Hays, Kansas

Cavalry stables, Fort Hays, Kansas
Date: 1873
This is a view of the cavalry stables for one company at Fort Hays, Kansas.


Charitable and correctional institutions

Charitable and correctional institutions
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873 - 1876
A letter on March 22, 1876, from Mary H. Wilson, asks if there is an orphan home in the State of Kansas, as she wants to care for a little girl of ten or twelve years of age. A letter on January 19, from Mrs. Thomas Plowman, asks if there will be a change in Superintendent for the Blind Institute as she is not satisfied with the current Superintendent. A letter on March 20, 1875, from Albert Cavens, writes to Kansas Governor Osborn concerning his mute son and his treatment by management at the Mute School in Olathe. Additional letters address similar topics related to charitable and correctional institutions in the State of Kansas.


Cities and towns

Cities and towns
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873 - 1876
A copy of a telegraph on June 4, 1873, from Kansas Governor Osborn, advises Major R. J. Dodge to arrest and hold prisoners that act against the civil laws until Ford County is fully organized. A letter on July 5, 1873, from Major Richard Dodge, gives an account of the disturbances in response to the murder of Taylor in Dodge City, Kansas. A letter on July 14, 1873, from M. V. Cutler, informs Governor Osborn it has been quiet in Dodge City since the murder of Taylor, he also recommends an individual for the appointment as Probate Judge for Ford County. A letter from E. A. Perry, Librarian at Cherokee, Kansas, states the library has received many donations except the Laws of Kansas and requests assistance in obtaining those laws and reports. Additional documents are petitions or correspondence to Kansas Governor Osborn concerning laws of new towns and cities, the organization of counties, and requests for the veto of the Act of the Legislature of the State of Kansas relating to cities of the first class.


Coins from the Plowboy Site, 14SH372

Coins from the Plowboy Site, 14SH372
Date: 1853-1918
These coins were collected from the Plowboy site in Shawnee County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2017. The Plowboy site was home to the Kansa, the Potawatomi, and Euro-Americans. At various times, the site contained a farm, a trading post, and a post office with nearby military trails, Mormon routes, a railroad and the California-Oregon trail. On the top row is a shield nickel minted in 1873 and a wheat penny minted in 1916. On the bottom row are two half-dimes with a seated Liberty with stars and arrows, both minted in 1853, and a mercury dime minted in 1918.


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