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Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1883
This file includes letters on topics such as agriculture, the American Institute of Christian Philosophy, bondsmen, and acknowledgement of receipts. In the first letter to Kansas Governor St. John the person requests the governor speak to the Legislature to adjust measures in securing the Fort Hays reservation as a school for the promotion of agriculture. There is a letter from Joe Anderson of Kansas City, Kansas requesting that Governor St. John be a bondsman for the Olathe Asylum. Other letters in this file discuss appointments, advocacy for temporary amendments, as well as other matters.


Agricultural College, Kansas State

Agricultural College, Kansas State
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1882
The documents in this file include letters for appointments sent from various individuals to Kansas Governor St. John for specific positions in the Agricultural College in Kansas. A few of these requests for appointments include petitions with signatures. There is a copy of resolutions from the Board of Regents of the Agricultural College. Also, there is an invitation to the governor to come visit the college. Many of the matters in this file are centralized around the Agricultural College, Kansas State.


Agricultural, State Board of

Agricultural, State Board of
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1883
The first letter to Kansas Governor St. John comes from the Office of State Board of Agriculture, the letter is advising Governor St. John of the upcoming annual meeting and where the meeting will be held. The second letter is a petition recommending David Harbough for Regent of the Agricultural College in Manhattan, Kansas, this petition includes five signatures, one of them being James Smith the Kansas Secretary of State. The last letter in this file is from F. P. Baker, in this letter he recommends S. S. Prouty for the position as Secretary State Board of Agriculture.


An appeal for help in behalf of the colored refugees in Kansas

An appeal for help in behalf of the colored refugees in Kansas
Creator: Rust, Horatio Nelson, 1828-1906
Date: January 22, 1881
This flyer, distributed by the Southern Refugee Relief Association of Chicago, Illinois, describes the dire situation of the African-American refugees relocated in Kansas. The secretary of this association, Horatio N. Rust, had taken this opportunity to pass along information relayed to him by Elizabeth Comstock, an aid worker in Topeka. Comstock was thankful for the donations of food and other goods, but asked for more assistance in feeding, clothing, and sheltering these refugees. The flyer also includes short excerpts of letters by agents of the refugee association who had direct knowledge of the emigrants' situation.


Anderson County fair

Anderson County fair
Creator: Anderson County Fair Association
Date: October 4, 1881
A poster for the Anderson County fair. Poster viewers are encouraged to "Develop our Resources; Promote Home Interests; and Encourage Home Industries." Highlights include a speed ring, cattle show, and moderate gate fees. Fair officers are D. D. Judy, president, and A. C. Messenger, secretary.


Andrew Atchison to John P. St. John

Andrew Atchison to John P. St. John
Creator: Atchison, Andrew
Date: August 22, 1881
In this letter, Andrew Atchison updates Kansas governor St. John on the condition of the Exoduster settlement near Dunlap, Kansas. Benjamin Singleton had established this colony in May, 1878, and according to Atchison, the black refugees (numbering around 200 families) were thriving. Another goal of Atchison's letter was to investigate the "practicability" of establishing a Business and Literary Academy in addition to their free public school. Atchison and some other white residents of the area had formed the Dunlap Aid Association to assist the Exodusters' efforts to obtain land and employment.


A state camp meeting will be held by the Kansas State Association of the M.E. Church

A state camp meeting will be held by the Kansas State Association of the M.E. Church
Creator: Holloway, S.S.
Date: August 10, 1881-August 21, 1881
A circular announcing a state camp meeting held by the Kansas State Association of the Methodist Episcopal Church at Riverside Park in Winfield, Kansas. Governor John St. John was to be present during the entire meeting along with other speakers and prominent temperance workers.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's carpenter shop, El Paso, Texas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's carpenter shop, El Paso, Texas
Date: March 17, 1931
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's carpenter shop in El Paso, Texas. The structure was built in 1881 and had dimensions 24' x 48'.


Attorney General

Attorney General
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1883
Letters to Kansas Governor St. John that talk about matters from the Office of Attorney General for the State of Kansas. Two of the letters pertain to the Insane Asylum in Osawatomie in relation to bonds. Other letters discuss vacancies in offices of counties, requests to employ specific persons to assist in cases before the Supreme Court, opinions regarding the validity of pardoning power, and laws of 1879 defining boundaries of Wallace county, among other affairs.


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B
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1883
This file discusses a number of different matters in Kansas. One letter, from M. Bailey of Chanute, Kansas writes to Kansas Governor St. John to complain about the Fiscal Agency on June 10, 1879. A separate letter from F. P. Baker requests Governor St. John increase the salary of a certain individual. There is a letter from A. Bedford of Boston, Massachusetts acknowledging receipt of the engraving of the Governor. Other letters in this file are regarding, the Bell Telephone for the Executive Department of Kansas, a bill for the electric signal bells in the Executive Department, appointments, and recommendation letters, among other topics.


Barbwire section

Barbwire section
Date: 1881
Harbaugh's Torn Ribbon, patented June 7, 1881 by Joseph W. Harbaugh of Lawrence, Kansas.


Biennial report of the State Reform School, 1882

Biennial report of the State Reform School, 1882
Creator: Kansas. State Charitable Institutions
Date: 1882
The Kansas State Reform School, also known as the Industrial School for Boys, was established in 1879 by a legislative act that appropriated $35,000 for the erection of buildings in Topeka, Kansas. Control and supervision of the school was placed in the hands of the Board of Trustees of Charitable Institutions. The school was located three miles north of the capitol building on an original tract of 170 acres that was given by the city of Topeka. The west wing of the main building was opened on June 1, 1881. The school taught boys the rudiments of useful employment as a means of supporting themselves after being discharged from the facility. The boys learned, among other things, tailoring, shoe and harness making, woodworking of various kinds, baking, and printing. Information included in this item is the superintendent's report, as well as tables listing the number of boys received, discharged, and escaped each month as well as another table listing what crimes the boys had committed before coming to the institution.


Bird's eye view of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Fort Leavenworth, Kansas
Creator: United States Army, Department of Missouri
Date: 1881
This black and white (brown) lithograph of Fort Leavenworth was created by Wilhelm Dannmeier, an architect, engraver, and lithographer who was top assistant to the Chief Engineer, Department of Missouri, United States Army. The names of the various buildings and areas are identified in the lower margin below the location of the building. The structures are not directly identified with numbers of letters. The major buildings on the post are listed. The Missouri River is on the right side of the lithograph.


Bird's eye view of Ogden, Riley County, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Ogden, Riley County, Kansas
Date: 1881
This lithograph is a bird's eye view of Ogden, Riley County, Kansas. It is a small community. There are only a few streets, houses, and businesses. There is a railroad depot, but the railroad is not identified. The two insets in the upper corners are grocery stores. The lower left inset is the Pacific House, a hotel. The lower right inset is not identified.


Blind, School for the

Blind, School for the
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1883
This file contains letters to Kansas Governor St. John that discuss topics related to appointing positions within the School for the Blind in Kansas. A letter from Richard Cordley of Emporia, Kansas recommends J. D. Parker, the former superintendent of the Blind Asylum in Kansas, for a position in the institution. Included is a petition to appoint Professor J. D. Parker position in the institution whenever a vacancy occurs.


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C
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1883
This file contains several letters related to a variety of topics such as recommendation letters, inquiries regarding appointments, requests for protection, donations, as well as other matters. Included in this file is a letter from A. N. Carpenter of Galesburg, Illinois informing Kansas Governor St. John that he has sent a small donation to the State, he requests the Governor to accept the Art and hopes that it proves satisfactory and beneficial. Accompanying these letters is a copy of the Preamble and Resolution adopted by the Legislature to the jurisdiction of the courts of the United States over municipal corporations existing under the laws of the several states.


Capitol, Topeka, Kansas

Capitol, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Cone, William Whitney
Date: 1880
This black and white photograph shows the east and west wing of the capitol in Topeka, Kansas. Located on twenty acres of land, once owned by Cyrus K. Holliday, work began on October 17, 1866 when the cornerstone was laid for the east wing. Thirty-seven years later, the statehouse, an example of French Renaissance architecture and Corinthian details, was completed at a total cost of $3,200,588.92.


Charitable Institutions, Bd. of Trustees

Charitable Institutions, Bd. of Trustees
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1883
There is a letter to Kansas Governor St. John informing him that members of the Board of Charities will be visiting Topeka to examine lands for a Reform School. A similar letter asks the governor to look at the proposed site of the Reform School. In addition, is a letter from the Board of Trustees of State Charities informing the governor they will be in Topeka on October 20th, 1879 and requests the governor meet with them. Also, in this file is an invitation to Governor St. John to attend a conference of charities.


Charitable Institutions, Board, A.T. Sharp

Charitable Institutions, Board, A.T. Sharp
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1881
This file contains numerous documents about A. T. Sharp of Ottawa, Kansas. The letters addressed to Kansas Governor St. John talk about the satisfaction of having A. T. Sharp in his position as Treasurer of State Board of Charities. Other letters are regarding recommendations for A. T. Sharp to be reappointed as Trustee State Board of Charities, this includes signed petitions.


Charitable Institutions, Board of Trustees

Charitable Institutions, Board of Trustees
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1882
This file includes several letters related to the appointments of Board of Trustees of Charitable Institutions. Most of the letters to Kansas Governor St. John are from individuals recommending certain people be reappointed members of the State Board of Trustees of Charitable Institutions. There are also letters asking Governor St. John not to reappoint certain individuals as a member of the Board of Trustees.


Cities & Towns : Atchison

Cities & Towns : Atchison
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1882
This file contains records of meetings held with the city council and mayor of Atchison, Kansas that discuss the number of inhabitants in the city and the desire to become a city of the first class. A city of the first class is a city with a population of 10,000 or more at the time of organization. The following document is a certificate showing that the city of Atchison has a population of over 15,000 and asks Kansas Governor St. John for a proclamation that the city be declared a city of the first class.


Cities & Towns : Atwood

Cities & Towns : Atwood
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1882
This file contains a letter to Kansas Governor St. John from an individual in the town of Attwood, Kansas requesting the governor to appoint a Justice of the Peace and Commissioner in Rawlins county which is unorganized. There is a letter that requests assistance from Governor St. John in prosecuting owners of cattle that destroyed his crops, he includes a copy of an appraisement showing the damages to be $328.


Cities & Towns : Kansas City

Cities & Towns : Kansas City
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1882
The following documents include a petition to Kansas Governor St. John to issue a Proclamation stating that Kansas City, Kansas is a city of the second class. The other document asks Governor St. John if the residents are not entitled to an immediate change in city government now that Kansas City is now recognized as a city of the second class.


Cities & Towns : Topeka

Cities & Towns : Topeka
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1881
This file includes a couple of letters from Hathaway and Robinson of Cleveland, Ohio to Kansas Governor St. John in relation to building a railway, he provides suggestions other contractors and builders. There is also a certificate from the Mayor and City Clerk of Topeka, Kansas showing that the city of Topeka has over 15,000 residents.


Claims : Indian Raid of 1878

Claims : Indian Raid of 1878
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1882
There is a letter written from Webb Bertram to Kansas Governor St. John requesting the State Commission investigate claims caused by the Indian Raid of 1878, he also asks that the session take place in Oberlin, Kansas instead of Norton Center. Similarly, is a letter from G. W. Morrell informing the Governor that he has a claim of $150 dollars and asks that the money be forward to him as soon as possible. The letters in this file pertain to claims caused by the Indian Raid in Kansas in 1878 when a band of Northern Cheyenne Native Americans attacked white settlers that later caused a fight in Oberlin, Kansas between Captain Rees' company and the Northern Cheyenne.


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