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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.


Arizona interests via the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad

Arizona interests via the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1882
This brochure encourages travel and immigration to Arizona via the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad. Arizona's history, its various mines, crops, cities, livestock and lumber are detailed. There is a large map of Arizona as well as one of the United States and Mexico showing the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad routes.


Arthur Bird Hittle photographs

Arthur Bird Hittle photographs
Date: 1882-1953
This series of photographs includes an individual photograph of Arthur Bird Hittle as a baby and young adult, a portrait of him with his wife Rosalie Hittle, and an image of him with three other men in uniform. Arthur Bird Hittle is the brother of Anna Hittle Rings.


A staff correspondent of the Chicago Inter Ocean, visits Kansas

A staff correspondent of the Chicago Inter Ocean, visits Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: April 06, 1882
One of a weekly series of booklets titled "The Inter Ocean" published by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad to promote the settling of Kansas. The topics in this eight page booklet include A Sweet Subject (sugar cane), The Land O'Mutton, Silk Culture in Kansas, Stockman's Paradise and About Ditch Farming. A farm of one thousand acres could be purchased from the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad for $6,000 on eleven years time.


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.


Ballot box fragment

Ballot box fragment
Date: 1882
Shallow rectangular pine ballot box with irregular sides and no lid. Portion of a ballot box used at the Stafford County seat election on Apr 5th, 1882. Before the polls closed, a tornado struck the building in which the election was held. The box was carried a half mile by the storm, and the ballots it contained were never found. Stafford was defeated by St. John in a follow-up election for the Stafford County seat. A white paper label adhered to the box's underside relates the story.


Berkey Brother's building in Wichita, Kansas

Berkey Brother's building in Wichita, Kansas
Date: 1882
The Berkey Brother's building can be seen here. Built in 1882, it was located on the first block of East Douglas in Wichita, Kansas. Six people can be seen in front of the building. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


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 Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Dodge City, Ford County, Kansas
Creator: Beck & Pauli
Date: 1882
This black and white lithograph shows Dodge City, Kansas, from a bird's eye view in 1882. The population was given as 1200. Street names are printed on the lithograph. The key at the bottom identifes public building, churches, schools, businesses including two newspapers and five hotels, the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad depot, and some industries. The Arkansas River is shown in the lower right corner of the image. The numbers and letters from the key can be difficult to locate on the lithograph. There is some damage in the lower left corner of the lithograph.


Bird's eye view of Dodge City, Kansas

Bird's eye view of Dodge City, Kansas
Date: 1882
A copy of a lithograph which provides an annotated "bird's eye view" of the streets and buildings of Dodge City, Kansas. The county seat of Ford County, Dodge City is identified as having a population of 1,200 in 1882.


Bird's eye view of Gunnison, Colorado

Bird's eye view of Gunnison, Colorado
Creator: Stoner, J. J.
Date: 1882
This lithograph is a bird's eye view of Gunnison, Colorado. The population was 5,500 in 1882. The legend identifies the following: Court House, Jail, schools, 2 railroad depots, 2 banks, The Gunnison Valley Planing Mill, the Post Office, Water works, Gas works, newspapers, hotels, and churches. Several mountain peaks in the background are identified. The insets on the lower left show a railroad round house and the Lewis House. The insets on the lower right show Buck's addition and the Georgia Avenue School. The street names are shown. The publisher of the lithograph was J. J. Stoner of Madison, Wisconsin, and the printer wa Beck & Paul Lithograph, Milwaukee, Wisconsin.


Birthday programs for Benjamin "Pap" Singleton

Birthday programs for Benjamin "Pap" Singleton
Date: August 1882-August 1883
Here are two announcements for the programs held on Benjamin "Pap" Singleton's birthday. For his 73rd birthday in 1882, the city of Topeka hosted a celebration at Hartzell Park with music, prayer, and speeches. For his 74th birthday in 1883, the city again hosted a celebration which included barbeque, skating, boating, and croquet.


Bismark Grove, Lawrence, Kansas

Bismark Grove, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: September 18, 1882-September 23, 1882
This is a colored lithograph of Bismarck Grove, Lawrence, Kansas. It served as the site of the Western National Fair Association. The upper image shows the exposition grounds including the agricultural hall, the main exhibition hall, the machinery hall, and tracks, stands, and stables for racing. The view in the lower lift depicts the "Art Hall and Vicinity." The entrance to the fair grounds, including a depot and main gate is shown at the lower right of the image. The legend at the bottom of the lithograph states that there are 258 acres in the fiar grounds, the cost of improvements was $100,000, the distance from the Union Pacific Depot in Lawrence was one mile, and the seating capacity in the Tabernacle is 5000. It also gives the distance from Lawrence to Leavenworth, Kansas City, and Topeka. Ramsey, Millett, & Hudson Lithograph, Kansas City (no state given) produced the lithograph.


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.


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 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 : Burlington

Cities & Towns : Burlington
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1882
The following is a certificate requesting the city of Burlington be made into a city of the second class. Included in the letter to Kansas Governor St. John is a description of the lands included within the limits of the city.


Cities & Towns : Columbus

Cities & Towns : Columbus
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1882
The following is a certificate sent to Kansas Governor St. John from the Mayor and Councilmen of the city of Columbus, Kansas showing a population of 2,159, included are signatures from the Mayor, Councilmen, and the City Clerk.


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.


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