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1942 Senior Class of Lecompton Rural High School, Lecompton, Kansas

1942 Senior Class of Lecompton Rural High School, Lecompton, Kansas
Date: 1942
Photograph of the 1942 Senior Class of Lecompton Rural High School. Three rows of students are posed in front of the entrance to the high school building. The students have been identified, from left to right, as: Front Row: Miss Loda Newcomb (class sponsor), Louise Webber, Mae Everett, Helen Banks, Margaret Goodrich, Bill Boydston, Dick Walters; Second Row: Francis Anderson, Henry Buchheim, Mary Dark, Lucille Sulzen, Lucille Pasley, Marvin Hartman, Mae Jean Damm; Back Row: Arlie Kampschroeder, Clifford Deister, Doyle Kellogg, Rolland Kampschroeder, Roy Norwood, Corrine Fleming; Bill Deister, Class President, was not present at the time of the photograph. Funded by the National Historical Publications and Records Commission through the Kansas State Historical Records Advisory Board.


Address by Col. E.L. Wilbur

Address by Col. E.L. Wilbur
Creator: Wilbur, Colonel E.L.
Date: February 8-11, 1942
Delivered at six regional meetings in Kansas (Dodge City, Salina, Chanute, Hays, Topeka, and Wichita) during the winter of 1942, Col. E.L. Wilbur's remarks strike at the heart of the effort on the home front during World War II. Explaining that the present crisis required more than a military solution, Wilbur extols the virtues and importance of civilian involvement in defense matters.


Aerial view of west Topeka, Kansas

Aerial view of west Topeka, Kansas
Creator: United States. Dept. of Agriculture
Date: May 24, 1942
An aerial view of west Topeka, Kansas, showing the Kansas River, Pottawatomie Indian Mission, and the Secruity Benefit Association buildings and grounds. This photograph was taken prior to the construction of Interstate 70. The Kansas State Historical Society built a complex on the Pottawatomie Indian Mission property.


Anna M. Hogsett to Governor Payne Ratner

Anna M. Hogsett to Governor Payne Ratner
Creator: Hogsett, Anna
Date: October 22, 1942
This letter from Mrs. Anna Hogsett of Brownell, Kansas, to Governor Payne Ratner, details her efforts to help her son Luther who refused to join the U.S. military because he objected to war of any kind. In addition, Mrs. Hogsett's letter is important because it details the stance of many Jehovah's Witnesses toward armed conflict and violence.


A resolution approving and requesting legislative action on a program of basic military training and drill in the high schools of the state of Kansas

A resolution approving and requesting legislative action on a program of basic military training and drill in the high schools of the state of Kansas
Creator: Sunflower Junior Statemens Club
Date: October 4, 1942
This resolution, produced by the Sunflower Junior Statemen's Club: Alumni Association of Sunflower Boys' State, asks that "a program of military drill and training" be required for all junior and senior high school boys throughout Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe stock train on Alma Branch, Burlingame, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe stock train on Alma Branch, Burlingame, Kansas
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Around 1942
This black and white photograph shows Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway steam engine 1080 pulling a stock train possibly on the Alma Branch near Burlingame, Kansas.


Auditorium and girls' gym, Haskell Institute

Auditorium and girls' gym, Haskell Institute
Date: 1942
This photograph shows what began as the auditorium for Haskell Institute and then was transformed into the girls' gym. Established in 1884 as the Indian Industrial Training School, Haskell Institute evolved into what is now Haskell Indian Nations University.


Bedroom for Johnson children, Shawnee Indian Mission

Bedroom for Johnson children, Shawnee Indian Mission
Creator: Wolfe Commercial Photo Service
Date: 1942
This photograph represents the bedroom belonging to the Johnson children in the North Building of the Shawnee Indian Mission after reconstruction in 1942. The furniture represented in the photograph is made of walnut. In 1968, the Shawnee Indian Mission was declared a National Historic Landmark and has since been under the operation of the Kansas Historical Society.


Beulah Mongold to Governor Payne Ratner

Beulah Mongold to Governor Payne Ratner
Creator: Mongold, Beulah
Date: January 23, 1942
In this letter to Governor Payne Ratner, Beulah Mongold of Topeka, Kansas, proposes that all vacant lots in town be utilized as Victory Gardens because "every foot of ground should be at work." A complete transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Biennial report of the Boys Industrial School, 1942

Biennial report of the Boys Industrial School, 1942
Creator: Kansas. State Board of Social Welfare
Date: 1942
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, etc., 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 3 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 are reports from various departments as well as general school statistics.


Boeing B-29 Superfortress Production in Wichita

Boeing B-29 Superfortress Production in Wichita
Date: 1941-1945
Final assembly line point in Wichita for the completed Boeing B-29 Superfortress bombers ready for delivery to the United States Air Force during World War II.


Brunswick Billiard Hall, Marysville, Kansas

Brunswick Billiard Hall, Marysville, Kansas
Creator: Hawkins, Omar F. (Omar Finlay), 1890-1967
Date: February 11, 1942
This is a view of a bartender serving beer to customers in the Brunswick Billiard Hall's bar in Marysville, Kansas. People in the photograph are identified (left to right) as: Shorty, "Unk" Cooper, "Nig" Hoover, George Meyburn, the bartender, Joe Reiter, and Herman Johanes. Hoover and Johanes were local barbers. There is a painting behind the bar. There are two identical banners for Pabst Blue Ribbon beer hanging from the ceiling.


Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas

Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1942 and 1944
This photograph shows soldiers training to shoot a 155 mm Howitzer at Camp Phillips in Salina, Kansas.


Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas

Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1942 and 1944
This photograph shows a group of people gathered at the Non-Commissioned Officers Club at Camp Phillips in Salina, Kansas.


Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas

Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1942 and 1944
These six post cards show military scenes of Camp Phillips in Salina, Kansas. The views include the chapel, the service club, Gate 2, soldiers at attention, post headquarters on McArthur Ave and 9th street east from Grant Ave.


Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas

Camp Phillips, Salina, Kansas
Date: Between 1942 and 1944
This photograph shows militrary troops marching at Camp Phillips in Salina, Kansas.


Carl Fredin to Governor Payne Ratner

Carl Fredin to Governor Payne Ratner
Creator: Fredin, Carl
Date: January 20, 1942
In this letter to Governor Ratner, Carl Fredin of Wadsworth, Kansas, offers his suggestions and ideas concerning the best way to go about creating Victory Gardens in Kansas. A complete transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


City commissioners act to permit operation of buses to Wichita aircraft plants

City commissioners act to permit operation of buses to Wichita aircraft plants
Creator: Wichita Eagle
Date: March 31, 1942
This article, published in the Wichita Eagle, details the efforts to develop a efficient method of transporting the thousands of aircraft industry workers to their jobs at various manufacturing plants in Wichita, Kansas.


Claire Eva Paine diary

Claire Eva Paine diary
Creator: Paine, Claire Eva
Date: 1942
This is a diary written by Claire Eva Paine, who lived at 900 Mulvane in Topeka, Kansas. She lived with Annie Paine Atkinson, her sister. At the time the diary was written, Claire was employed as an assistant in Dr. Don R. Paine's office. According to census records, Dr. Paine was an optometrist and Claire Eva Paine's brother. The diary documents her activities in 1942. She writes about family members, World War II, social events, movies, and expresses her displeasure with President Roosevelt. She did not record information for each day so there are gaps.


Claud McCamment to D.J. Fair

Claud McCamment to D.J. Fair
Creator: McCamment, Claud R
Date: January 30, 1942
In this letter to D.J. Fair, Director of the Kansas State Highway Commission, Claud McCamment, a Safety Engineer for the State, reports the results of his survey of five Kansas cities in preparation for the Kansas Federal Defense clinics to be held in those cities.


Conscientious objectors assigned to camps

Conscientious objectors assigned to camps
Creator: Selective Service
Date: July 29, 1942-September 30, 1942
List of vouchers of meals for Civilian Public Service (CPS) workers from late July to late September of 1942. Lists various restaurants at which CPS conscientious objectors ate, as well as the county in Kansas from which they came.


Dancing at a recreation center, Wichita, Kansas

Dancing at a recreation center, Wichita, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Dancers and musicians at a recreation center for servicemen and factory personnel, Wichita, Kansas. The musicians are playing violin, guitar and piano. The recreation center was part of the Works Progress Administration.


Daniel Hall to Senator Arthur Capper

Daniel Hall to Senator Arthur Capper
Creator: Hall, Daniel
Date: June 27, 1942
This letter from Daniel Hall of Topeka, Kansas, to Senator Arthur Capper, provides insight into the lives of detainees and prisoners of war held by the Japanese military during World War II. Hall details conditions within his camp near Shanghai, China, and requests that Capper use his influence to secure the release of all U.S. citizens being held at the camp.


Dean H. Umberger to Governor Payne Ratner

Dean H. Umberger to Governor Payne Ratner
Creator: Umberger, Dean H.
Date: August 26, 1942
This letter to Governor Ratner from Dean H. Umberger of the Kansas State College of Agriculture and Applied Science in Manhattan, Kansas, details the progress of the Victory Garden Program. Victory Gardens were planted throughout the United States during World War II to help ease the burden on the public food supply in the U.S.


Dr. C.F. Menninger and the nursing staff in 1942

Dr. C.F. Menninger and the nursing staff in 1942
Date: 1942
Dr. C. F. is shown with eight women, four in nurses' uniforms, in a photograph marked 'Neurology Class 1942." Dr. C.F. Menninger and his sons, Dr. Karl and Dr. Will, formed a group psychiatry practice in 1919. The Menninger Clinic as a sanitarium was established in 1925 with the purchase of a farm house and admittance of 12 patients in Topeka, Kansas. The philosophy was that mental illness could be treated with an integrated medical, psychodynamic, and developmental approach for the total health of patients.


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