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Abstract of articles purchased during the 4th quarter, 1878

Abstract of articles purchased during the 4th quarter, 1878
Creator: Potawatomi Indian Agency
Date: October 01, 1878-December 14, 1878
This item details the goods and services purchased for the Kansas Agency in the final quarter of 1878. This abstract lists who purchased the item, what item was purchased, as well as the price of the item. Items purchased include buttons, coffee, nails, rice, scissors, and many other items needed for the Kickapoo tribe that lived on the Kansas Agency. During this period, the Kansas Agency was officially known as the Potawatomi Agency but was often referred to as the Kansas Agency because it was the only one in Kansas at the time.


A new home in an old settlement

A new home in an old settlement
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1878?
A large poster distributed by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad to encourage land settlement in the Pottawattomie Reserve in eastern Kansas. Included on the poster is a full page map of the Pottawattomie Reserve on one side and four pictures of the land on the other. The poster/brochure was encouraging farming and settlement in this area because of ready access via the railroad to all markets east of Topeka. Included are brief descriptions of Topeka, Wamego, St. Mary's, Alma and other small towns. Prices and ways to purchase the land are detailed.


An illustrated historical atlas of Bourbon County, Kansas

An illustrated historical atlas of Bourbon County, Kansas
Creator: Edwards Brothers of Missouri
Date: 1878
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory, and plats of towns as of the year of publication. It has a History of Bourbon county, Kansas, by Col. James H. Brown, p. 9-12.


An illustrated historical atlas of Coffey County, Kansas

An illustrated historical atlas of Coffey County, Kansas
Creator: Edwards Brothers of Missouri
Date: 1878
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory, and plats of towns as of the year of publication. There are portraits, lithographic views and the History of Coffey County, Kansas; by Judge Burton L. Kingsbury, p. 9-11.


An illustrated historical atlas of Lyon county, Kansas

An illustrated historical atlas of Lyon county, Kansas
Creator: Edwards Brothers of Missouri
Date: 1878
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory, and plats of towns as of the year of publication. It contains lithographic views and portraits of residents. The History of Lyon County, Kansas, was written expressly for this work by Jacob Stotler.


An illustrated historical atlas of Miami County, Kansas

An illustrated historical atlas of Miami County, Kansas
Creator: Edwards Brothers of Missouri
Date: 1878
This atlas shows maps of each township with the names of landowners. It has a patrons' directory, lithographic views, and plats of towns as of the year of publication. It has a History of Miami County, Kansas, by E.W.Robinson, p. 9-12.


Arkansas River, Garden City, Kansas

Arkansas River, Garden City, Kansas
Date: July 1878
This photograph shows a view of the Arkansas River in Garden City, Kansas.


Arkansas Valley Guide pamphlet

Arkansas Valley Guide pamphlet
Creator: Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1878
This pamphlet from the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company represents a guide for individuals to purchase land and homes in Kansas. Information included with the pamphlet for potential home owners is schools, how much money to bring with them, cost of living, and the best crops to grow in Kansas.


Atlas map of Leavenworth County, Kansas

Atlas map of Leavenworth County, Kansas
Creator: Missouri Publishing Co.
Date: 1878
This atlas contains maps of the townships with plat owners names, lithograph illustrations, a history of Leavenworth County, and biographical sketches of local citizens.


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.


"Aunt Sally" steamboat on the Arkansas River

"Aunt Sally" steamboat on the Arkansas River
Date: 1878
A view of a large crowd of people aboard the steamboat "Aunt Sally" as it lies docked somewhere along the Arkansas River in Kansas. The boat is riding low in the water because of the weight of the crowd aboard it. Note that the photograph image is backward (see the reversed name on the paddle wheel housing near the stern).


Biggest and best! The Donniphan County Fair Association will hold its tenth annual exhibition

Biggest and best! The Donniphan County Fair Association will hold its tenth annual exhibition
Creator: Weekly Kansas Chief
Date: September 24, 1878-September 27, 1878
Indian war dances, a grand agricultural display, an animal show, and horse races are all advertised on this Doniphan County fair poster, with Thomas Henshall listed as president and T.W. Heatley as secretary for the Doniphan County Fair Association.


Bird's Eye View of Halstead, Harvey County, Kansas

Bird's Eye View of Halstead, Harvey County, Kansas
Creator: Morse, D. D
Date: 1878
This colored lithograph is a bird's eye view of Halstead, Harvey County, Kansas. It is on the route of the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad and the Little Arkansas River runs near the town. The structures identified in the legend include a school, Mennonite Church, hotels, depot, newspaper office, the Halstead Flour Mill, an elevator, lumder yard, and wagon shops. Street names are given. The lithograph was drawn by D. D. Morse and published by Lott & Zeuch Lithograph, Chicago, Illinois.


Bird's Eye View of Sterling, Kansas

Bird's Eye View of Sterling, Kansas
Creator: Morse, D. D
Date: 1878
This colored lithograph is a bird's eye view of Sterling, Rice County, Kansas. The streets are named but the buildings are not identified. The business district is obvious as are the residences. The Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad ran through Sterling. There is a large public building on its own block that is probably a public school, based on information from other maps. The lithograph was drawn by D. D. Morse and published by Lott & Zeuch Lithograph, Chicago, Illinois.


Bird's eye view of Larned, Pawnee County, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Larned, Pawnee County, Kansas
Creator: Cott & Zeuch, Lithographers
Date: 1878
This is a colored brid's eye view of Larned, Kansas, the county seat of Pawnee County. It had a U. S. Land Office and was on the route of the Atchison, Topeka, & Santa Fe Railroad. It does not contain a legend to buildings. Street names are visible. The inset in the lower left corner depicts the Larned House and the one in the lower right pictures the school. The image was drawn by D. D. Morse.


Birds-eye view, Kinsley, Kansas

Birds-eye view, Kinsley, Kansas
Date: 1878
This photograph represents a birds-eye view of Kinsley, Kansas. In the upper left corner the Arkansas River is identified and street names are labeled throughout the city.


Bridge over Arkansas River, Wichita, Kansas

Bridge over Arkansas River, Wichita, Kansas
Date: 1878
These two photographs show the first bridge over the Arkansas River at Douglas Avenue in Wichita, Kansas. The 800 ft long structure was built in 1872.


Businesses on Washington Avenue, Wellington, Kansas

Businesses on Washington Avenue, Wellington, Kansas
Date: 1878
This photograph shows a view of the businesses on Godfrey's Block, on the west side of Washington Avenue between Lincoln and 4th streets, in Wellington, Kansas. The business on the right end of the block has a sign reading, "Drugs, Books, Paints, Oils, Wall Paper, and Fancy Goods." The other business signs visible are Nuening and Hiddessen Furniture and Coffins; Staple and Fancy Dry Goods, Boots, Shoes, Notions, etcetera; and Godfrey's Block. Several men, a girl, and a boy are visible standing in front of the businesses.


Charles F. Morse to Governor George T. Anthony

Charles F. Morse to Governor George T. Anthony
Creator: Morse, Charles F. (Charles Fessenden), 1839-1926
Date: May 21, 1878
Charles Fessenden Morse, general superintendent of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Rail Road Company (AT&SF) of Topeka, Kansas, writes to Governor George Tobey Anthony, also of Topeka, concerning a strike of railroad employees occurring in the company's Eastern Division. The report describes the activities of the striking engineers and firemen and Morse's response during a five day period from April 3 through April 8, 1878. Organized strikes occurred on several AT&SF lines in Kansas east of Newton. Morse primarily discusses the actions of striking workers at Emporia and Topeka. The report further discusses the inadequate response by local law enforcement and the eventual use of the State Militia to restore law and order. This strike followed the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 which began in West Virginia but spread quickly across the country.


Chicago Soldiers Colony to Governor George Anthony

Chicago Soldiers Colony to Governor George Anthony
Creator: Chicago Soldiers Colony
Date: May 03, 1878
A letter from the Chicago Soldiers Colony in Collyer, Kansas, to Governor George Anthony. The group asks the governor to send a military detachment to the area to help prevent cattle drivers and their cattle from passing through the area. The group says that the cattle causes damage to the crops and that the herders are outcasts of society and should not be allowed in the area.


City Hall, Lawrence, Kansas

City Hall, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: Between 1878 and 1880
This glass plate negative shows the old city hall, located at the corner of Vermont and Henry Streets, in Lawrence, Kansas. The three story building was often referred to as "The Market House."


City hall in Lawrence, Kansas

City hall in Lawrence, Kansas
Creator: Weeks, R. E.
Date: Between 1878 and 1880
This is a stereograph showing the old city hall in Lawrence, Kansas.


Douglas Avenue, Wichita, Kansas

Douglas Avenue, Wichita, Kansas
Date: 1878
A photograph of several businesses on Douglas Avenue in Wichita, Kansas. The business three doors to the right is Fritz Schnitzler's Saloon with a portrait of him above the porch.


Drouthy Kansas

Drouthy Kansas
Creator: Worrall, Henry
Date: 1878
This painting by Henry Worrall, completed in 1878, challenges the assumption that Kansas was part of the "Great American Desert." Although there had, indeed, been a severe drought during 1860, Worrall believed that Kansas did not deserve this harsh reputation. In the foreground, his painting depicts the bountiful harvests of grain, watermelon, and potatoes, while the background includes rain showers and a rainbow stretching across the horizon. Although Worrall was a very productive artist, "Drouthy Kansas" quickly became his most famous work.


El Dorado, Kansas

El Dorado, Kansas
Creator: Morse, D. D
Date: 1878
This image is a color lithograph of El Dorado, Kansas, the county seat of Butler County, Kansas. The lithograph shows the location of buildings, churches, schools, and Walnut River. A legend is provided to identify some of the buildings. The lithograph was drawn by D. D. Morse and published by Lott & Zeuch, lithographers, Chicago, Illinois.


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