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34th Annual 8th Grade Graduation Exercises Douglas County Common Schools,  Douglas County, Kansas

34th Annual 8th Grade Graduation Exercises Douglas County Common Schools, Douglas County, Kansas
Creator: Lawrence Studio
Date: 1923
Photograph of the 34th Annual Graduation Exercises Douglas County Common Schools. Combined group photogragh of the 1923 8th grade graduates from all rural schools in Douglas County, Kansas. Identified students in 1st Row, assumed to be left to right: 6th - Wayne Hall, 7th - ? Moust, 9th - Harley Dark, 11th - Roy ?, 13th - Delmar Parrish; 2nd Row - Fae McClanaghan; 3rd Row - Grace Dark, Almira Kittering. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


5 big days chautauqua Redpath Vawter

5 big days chautauqua Redpath Vawter
Creator: Redpath Vawter Chautauqua
Date: July 08, 1923-July 12, 1923
This is a program for Redpath Vawter Chautauqua held in Laurens, Iowa. The program includes information on artists and acts including Phillips Sisters Orchestra, John G. Abraham, Edna Means, Black and White Minstrels Filipino Jackies, Governor George A. Carlson, Robert Burlen, Colonial Players and Singers, and Pattison Kline. The program also contains a performance schedule. Chautauquas brought entertainment and culture to communities featuring speakers, teachers, musicians, entertainers, preachers and specialists of the day. Chautauquas expanded and spread throughout rural America until the mid-1920s.


7th and 8th grade class, Alma, Kansas

7th and 8th grade class, Alma, Kansas
Date: 1923
Black and white photograph of the 7th and 8th grade students, with their teacher Mr. M. O. Wright, in Alma, Kansas. Some of the students have been identified as Esther Mathies, Art Thowe, Helen Johnson, Alma Heitzman, Leola Haller, Willie Johnson, Genevieve Graves, Wilbur Noller, Alberta Thoes, Norman Anderson, Lola Simpson, Selena Feiden, Dorthory Johnson, Carl Diepenbrock, Arthur Zeckser, Paula Geisler, Othmar Undorf, Gus Delfs, Jack Miller, Victor Cox, and Harold Kraus.


A Fairbanks scale in Whitelaw, Greeley County, Kansas

A Fairbanks scale in Whitelaw, Greeley County, Kansas
Date: 1923
A Fairbanks scale, operated by the Tuell Brothers Elevator and located along the Missouri Pacific Railroad line in Whitelaw, Greeley County, Kansas.


A Kansas Wheatfield

A Kansas Wheatfield
Creator: Herschel C. Logan
Date: 1923
This artwork is a black ink on rice paper woodcut showing a field of haycocks at dusk or dawn. A Kansas Wheatfield was drawn by Herschel C. Logan, who was born April 19, 1901 in Magnolia, Missouri. Shortly after his birth, the family moved to Winfield, Kansas. He attended the Chicago Academy of Fine Arts for one year. Logan was a commercial and advertising artist in Salina, Kansas, until his retirement in 1968. He was a member of the Prairie Print Makers. After retirement, Logan moved to Santa Ana, California.


Abraham Coffman family in Topeka, Kansas

Abraham Coffman family in Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1923
This photograph from 1923 shows members of the Abraham Coffman family posing with the family automobile. Included are Abraham, his wife Lilly Mae, and their children Ted, twins Loyd and Floyd, Leavern, and Hazel. Coffman was a painter in Topeka, Kansas. Not pictured in the photo are the three youngest children, Ed, Abraham Jr., and Kenneth. The boys in the family would later become involved, to varying extents, in Topeka's baseball community. The Coffman name was especially associated with the Topeka Decker Oilers, a successful semi-pro baseball team in the late 1940s and 1950s. Vern Coffman was the team's manager, Ed was an outfielder, and Junior (Abraham, Jr.) was a mainstay in the pitching staff. Vern's sons, Harland and Burton, also played on the team. 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.


Aerial view of Long Street, Dighton, Lane County, Kansas

Aerial view of Long Street, Dighton, Lane County, Kansas
Date: 1923
An aerial view of Long Street and the surrounding area, Dighton, Lane County, Kansas.


Albert and Emile Martinek and their 1917 Mogul tractor, Rossville, Kansas

Albert and Emile Martinek and their 1917 Mogul tractor, Rossville, Kansas
Date: 1923
Albert and Emile Martinek pulling out hedge stumps with their 1917 Mogul tractor in March 1923. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


Alma High School Junior Class of 1923

Alma High School Junior Class of 1923
Date: 1923
Photograph of the 1923 junior class at Alma High School in Alma, Kansas. They are identified as (front row, left to right) Alice Lee, Anne Zeckser, Sadie Femmel, Kate Richmond, Myrtle Thoes, Homer Diepenbrock, Elmer Anderson, Milford Terras, and Elwin Thoes; (second row, left to right) Arlene Paetke, Della Schmidt, Selma Wolgast, Arnold Falk, H. R. Harold (coach), Charlie Freeman, Bill Stuewe, Homer Schmitz, and Fred Herman.


Annual Convention of the Kansas League of Women Voters

Annual Convention of the Kansas League of Women Voters
Creator: League of Women Voters of Kansas
Date: March 1, 1923-March 2, 1923
One page program lists the speakers for the Fourth Annual Convention of the Kansas League of Women Voters. The convention was held at the Hotel Lassen in Wichita, Kansas, March 1-2, 1923. The heading includes the names of the directors, officers and committee chairs.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company time tables

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company time tables
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Date: March 15, 1923
This brochure published by the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company provides time tables for the passenger trains that daily depart along the west coast lines to the east cost lines. On the backside of the brochure, a time table is printed for the Grand Canyon line that runs to the National Park in Arizona.


Cactus - east of Phoenix, AZ

Cactus - east of Phoenix, AZ
Creator: Hughes, James Clark, 1888-1964
Date: Fall 1923
In this photo the family has stopped east of Phoenix, Arizona to take a picture of a cactus and the desert. Twelve year old James Renwick Hughes poses outside the car. The rest of the family can be seen inside. The family must have been on their way to the next military base, Fort Sam Houston. James Clark Hughes was born in Topeka, Kansas, in 1888, and served in the Mexican Border Conflict, World War I, and World War II. He used an autographic camera to take pictures of friends, family, and places in the United States and Europe during World War I. A full biography of James Clark Hughes is available at the link below to Kansapedia.


Carey Brother's general hardware store, Tribune, Kansas

Carey Brother's general hardware store, Tribune, Kansas
Date: 1923
This black and white photograph shows the exterior view of the Carey Brother's general hardware store in Tribune, Kansas.


Carl Frederick Gryboski, World War I soldier

Carl Frederick Gryboski, World War I soldier
Date: 1918-1923
Around 1919, the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning veterans (primarily members of the 35th and 89th infantry divisions) and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records. This file contains information on Carl Frederick Gryboski. Carl died on October 15, 1918, from influenza. He enlisted in Great Bend, Kansas.


Central Congregational Church yearbooks

Central Congregational Church yearbooks
Date: 1916-1925
These are yearbooks of the Central Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas, containing the names and addresses of members and a directory of officers and organizations, such as the Mary Sheldon Missionary Society and Altruist Club. Financial reports and receipts, as recorded by the treasurer, and membership statistics, including marriages and deaths, are included.


Certificate from Kansas Board of Examiners in Optometry for Broer G. Gustafson, Lawrence, Kan.

Certificate from Kansas Board of Examiners in Optometry for Broer G. Gustafson, Lawrence, Kan.
Date: 1923
This is a certificate, issued to Broer Gustaf Gustafson of Lawrence, Kansas, designating him as a registered optometrist. Mr. Gustafson owned and operated a jewelry store at 911 Massachusetts St. in Lawrence.


Charles Wilber Selzer, World War I soldier

Charles Wilber Selzer, World War I soldier
Date: 1923
Around 1919, the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning veterans (primarily members of the 35th and 89th infantry divisions) and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records. This file contains information on Charles Wilber Selzer, Company A, 13th Regiment, U.S. Marines. Charles died on October 9, 1918 at Brest, France.


Clay County High School in Clay Center, Kansas

Clay County High School in Clay Center, Kansas
Date: Between 1915 and 1920
This is a postcard showing the Clay County High School in Clay Center, Kansas.


Combining wheat on the Trued Ranch, Greeley County, Kansas

Combining wheat on the Trued Ranch, Greeley County, Kansas
Date: 1923
Combining wheat on the Trued Ranch in Greeley County, Kansas.


Combining wheat on the Trued Ranch, Greeley County, Kansas

Combining wheat on the Trued Ranch, Greeley County, Kansas
Date: 1923
A view of a combine crew during wheat harvest on the Trued Ranch, Greeley County, Kansas.


Community fair in Alta Vista, Kansas

Community fair in Alta Vista, Kansas
Date: 1923
This photograph of the community fair was taken from atop the viaduct bridge in Alta Vista, Kansas.


Court of Industrial Relations annual reports

Court of Industrial Relations annual reports
Creator: Kansas. Court of Industrial Relations
Date: 1920-1924
These annual reports of the Kansas Court of Industrial Relations include legal cases and opinions, overviews of industrial conditions, financial statements, factory inspections, accidents, laws, employment services, and state mine inspections. The Kansas legislature created the Court of Industrial Relations by special legislation in January 1920 following a series of coal strikes in Southeast Kansas. The court's purpose was to resolve labor disputes between labor organizations and employers and it caused considerable debate throughout the United States. The United States Supreme Court declared the court unconstitutional in 1923. The Kansas Public Service Commission succeeded the court in 1925. Volumes 1(1920), 2(1921), 3(1922), 4(1923), and 5(1924) are included. The Court had 3 judges each session and the following served as judges at various times: W. L. Huggins, Clyde M. Reed, George H. Wark, Jas. A. McDermott, John H. Crawford, Henderson S. Martin, and Joseph Taggart.


Cow, sow and hen train

Cow, sow and hen train
Creator: Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railroad
Date: 1923
This is a draft for a flyer advertising a "Cow, Sow, and Hen Train" to be operated by the Gulf, Colorado, and Santa Fe Railway in cooperation with the Texas State Agricultural College. It lists the places for the meeting and the people representing the college and the railroad. The flyer specifically invites women as speakers. The presentation will have something for women as well as boys and girls clubs, for a program of interest has been prepared by members of the college Extension Service.


Davis W. Burns' grave, Lansing, Kansas

Davis W. Burns' grave, Lansing, Kansas
Date: December 18, 1923
A photograph of David W. Burns' grave in Mount Muncie Cemetery, Lansing, Kansas. Burns, a records clerk and parole officer at the Kansas State Penitentiary, appears in an inset on the photograph. He was shot and killed by a convict he was transporting from Texas. Printed on the back of the photograph is a eulogy written and read at the funeral by A. B. Carney, chairman of the state board of Administration.


Deluxe Transportation Company bus, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas

Deluxe Transportation Company bus, El Dorado, Butler County, Kansas
Date: 1923
This photogaph shows five passengers and a driver seated in a Deluxe Transportation Co. bus parked outside the El Dorado Hotel on South Main in El Dorado, Kansas. Lott Leonard is the bus driver, and the woman passenger is Alta Peterson Hyde. This publication was funded in part by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


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