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"A Movie" of the Story of Paw and Maw

"A Movie" of the Story of Paw and Maw
Creator: Brinkley, John Richard, 1885-1942
Date: 1939
The Story of Paw and Maw: "A Movie" is an illustration copied from Dr. Brinkley's Doctor Book. Dr. John R. Brinkley was an unothodox medical doctor and a pioneer in using the radio to publicize his views. This illustration refers to XERA, a radio station in Villa Acuna, Mexico.


Atlas of the Santa Fe Route

Atlas of the Santa Fe Route
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: 1889 and 1892
This atlas, in two editions, contains maps for the land traversed by the Santa Fe Railroad. Both first and second editions include state maps for Illinois, Kansas, Iowa, Colorado, Missouri, New Mexico, Arizona, California, Nevada, Utah, Oklahoma (Indian Territory) and Texas as well as complete maps of the United States and Mexico. Station lists, mileage charts, elevation diagrams, and route descriptions are available in each volume. While a list of Spanish words is included in the first edition only, both editions contain the same illustration of the Phoenix Hotel in Las Vegas Hot Springs, New Mexico.


A tribute to Dr. John R. Brinkley

A tribute to Dr. John R. Brinkley
Creator: Parmer, David
Date: Between 1936 and 1937
As the title indicates, David Parmer wrote this item about Dr. John R. Brinkley. Mr. Parmer lived in Columbus, Georgia. In 1933, Parmer had traveled to Villa Acuna, Doahuilla, Mexico, to introduce some entertainers on Brinkley's radio station XERA. Shortly after he returned to Georgia, Parmer's mother died. Mr. Parmer wites that he composed the tribute to Dr. Brinkley because this man whom he had just met sent condolences and flowers to Mr. Parmer. Parmer refers to Brinkley as a "noble man." The contents of this booklet were delivered on XERA by Mr. Parmer on February 2, 1936.


Birth record for Beatrice Ramos, born in San Francisco del Rincon, Mexico on May 29, 1929

Birth record for Beatrice Ramos, born in San Francisco del Rincon, Mexico on May 29, 1929
Date: 1929
This is a birth record for Beatrice Ramos, who was born in San Francisco del Rincon, Mexico on May 29, 1929. Her family immigrated to the United States in July of that year. Beatrice married Vincent Escobar in Topeka, Kansas, on October 30, 1948. (The couple's wedding portrait is Kansas Memory record no. 89850). She was active in Topeka's Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, and Fiesta Mexicana. Beatrice Escobar died in Topeka on October 13, 2013.


Building John R. Brinkley's radio tower, Villa Acuna, Mexico

Building John R. Brinkley's radio tower, Villa Acuna, Mexico
Date: Between 1935 and 1936
Men building the tower for John R. Brinkley's XERA radio station in Villa Acuna, Mexico. After losing his medical license and radio station in Milford, Kansas, Brinkley shifted his headquarters of operation to Del Rio, Texas, and built radio station XERA just over the border in Villa Acuna, Mexico.


Charles W. Ryan, World War I soldier

Charles W. Ryan, World War I soldier
Creator: Ryan, Mrs. C.L.
Date: 1919
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 W. Ryan, 158th Infantry. Ryan died on October 28, 1918 from pneumonia while serving overseas.


Colton's North America

Colton's North America
Creator: J. H. Colton & Co.
Date: 1861
Map of North America identifying countries, states, territories, cities, and rivers. This map is provided through a co-operative project between the Lecompton Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Society. Partial funding was provided by the Ross and Margaret Wulfkuhle Charitable Trust and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.


Copper kettle

Copper kettle
Date: between 1800 and 1880
Large cylindrical copper kettle with handles. This kettle is known as a "caso." It is like ones used for general cooking on the Santa Fe Trail. It was a common practice to rivet patches on such vessels. The green sulphate corrosion was often scraped off to be used as a coloring agent in paint or dye or as an additive in medicinal compounds.


Dr. Brinkley's doctor book

Dr. Brinkley's doctor book
Creator: Brinkley Hospitals
Date: 1936
This booklet was published by the Brinkley Hospitals of Little Rock, Arkansas. Brinkley moved his hospital operations to Little Rock from Milford, Kansas, after his Kansas medical license was revoked. The cover of the booklet indicated that the Brinkley Hospitals are "for the treatment of enlarged and infected prostate glands, rectal and colonic diseases, varicose veins, hernia, or rupture." He changed the name of his radio station to XERA and it was located in Villa Acuna, Coahuila, Mexico, just across the border from Del Rio, Texas, where the Brinkley's had a home. This volume claims that XERA is the most powerful radio station in the world. The pamphlet is a revised version of an earlier Brinkley hospital publication titled Your Health (Kansas Memory item 210693). It includes illustrations to accompany the medical information. There are some editing marks so this copy may have been used to plan a revision. It is an expansion of the information contained in "After Twenty One Years" (Kansas Memory item 213226).


Dr. John Brinkley's radio station XERA

Dr. John Brinkley's radio station XERA
Date: Between 1930 and 1940


Ford to Oscar E. Learnard

Ford to Oscar E. Learnard
Creator: Ford,
Date: November 14, 1860
This piece of correspondence was written by a man named Ford, from Missouri City, Arapaho Co., (later part of Colorado Territory). Ford had apparently left Burlington, Kansas Territory for "gold country" the previous year. He related some of his experiences in the gold fields and his desire to return to Kansas. Ford intended to stay "until I make enough to pay me for coming here and some more if I can," and he mentioned additional discoveries in the San Juan Mountains in Mexico, which caused "a great rush for those diggins."


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: Between 1898 and 1917
Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, dealing with the Mexican border troubles. Also visible are three other men, two of whom are soldiers, and two railway cars.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: Between 1898 and 1917
A view of Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, with troops. Funston is shown right of center with his left hand on the automobile.


Frederick Funston

Frederick Funston
Date: Between 1898 and 1917
An informal portrait of Frederick Funston, 1865-1917, dealing with the Mexican border troubles.


Horse chain mail

Horse chain mail
Date: 1540 - 1541 CE
Horse chain mail armor believed to be a part of Francisco Vasquez de Coronado's expedition to Kansas between 1540 and 1541.


Iron skewer

Iron skewer
Date: 1880
Long hand-wrought iron skewer. This skewer is known as an "espeton." It is a multi-purpose tool used to stir fire or roast ears of corn, buffalo meat, or beef over an open fire.


Iron trivet

Iron trivet
Date: between 1800 and 1880
Hand-wrought iron trivet with three legs. This trivet is known as a "tinamaiste." It was used to support a caso (kettle) over a campfire. As is typical for this form, the trivet is pieced together from scrap. The ring and two wide legs are made from old wagon tires; the thin leg from two scraps of horseshoes welded together.


John R. Brinkley correspondence and political material

John R. Brinkley correspondence and political material
Date: 1925-1976
Correspondence pertaining to John R. Brinkley. These letters contain information on Brinkley's political, medical, and business affairs. There are a number of letters dealing with his two radio stations, KFKB in Kansas and XERA in Mexico.


Juan and Atanacio Corona's passport

Juan and Atanacio Corona's passport
Date: July 15, 1921
This photograph of Juan and Atanacio Corona's passport shows stamps from the American Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico and the U.S. Public Health Service.


Map Illustrating the General Geological Features of the Country West of the Mississippi River

Map Illustrating the General Geological Features of the Country West of the Mississippi River
Creator: Sarony, Major & Knapp
Date: Between 1830-1860
Map illustrating the geological features west of the Mississippi River. The map was compiled from the surveys of W. H. Emory and from the Pacific Railroad surveys by James Hall (1811-1898) with assistance from J. Peter Lesley (1819-1903). This map is provided through a co-operative project between the Lecompton Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Society. Partial funding was provided by the Ross and Margaret Wulfkuhle Charitable Trust and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.


Map of North America from the latest authorities showing the proposed railroad routes from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans

Map of North America from the latest authorities showing the proposed railroad routes from the Atlantic to the Pacific Oceans
Creator: J. H. Colton & Co.
Date: 1854
Map of North America detailing the proposed railroad routes across the United States and routes to Mexico, Guatemala, Panama, Cuba, and Jamaica. A table of geographical statistics and a table of distances, as well as an illustration of Pyramid Lake in California, are included. This map is provided through a co-operative project between the Lecompton Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Society. Partial funding was provided by the Ross and Margaret Wulfkuhle Charitable Trust and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.


Meridian Highway International

Meridian Highway International
Creator: Nicholson, John Charles, 1862-1942
Date: March 7, 1928
This letter and accompanying map promote the use and expansion of the International Meridian Highway that began in Winnipeg, Canada, and ended in Mexico City, Mexico. The road follows the 6th Principal Meridian through the Great Plains area of the United States and is officially called U.S. Highway 81. The letter and map provide an update on road construction and indicate which sections of the road were paved, gravel, or earth. The letter argues that this highway should be designated the official segment of the Pan American Highway through the United States, and that the highway should be extended all the way to Argentina in South America. John C. Nicholson was president of the Meridian Highway Association with offices in Newton, Kansas.


Meridian Highway to be paved road

Meridian Highway to be paved road
Creator: Nicholson, John Charles, 1862-1942
Date: 1919
This circular, by John C. Nicholson, describes the history and present conditions of the Meridian Highway. Nicholson advocates for the highway's expansion and for the expansion and improvement of the federal highway system of which it is a part. Nicholson was among the organizers of the highway in Salina, Kansas, in 1911. He claimed it was the first north-south highway completed across the United States. The pamphlet also includes examples of Meridian Highway road signs. Nicholson was president of the Meridian Highway Association with offices in Newton, Kansas. The Meridian Highway ran along the 6th Principal Meridian and was later called U.S. Highway 81.


Nebraska and Kansas

Nebraska and Kansas
Creator: J. H. Colton & Co.
Date: 1854
This map of the Nebraska and Kansas territories by J. H. Colton shows forts, villages, missions, Indian lands, and various routes including the northern, central and southern routes of the Pacific Railroad; the Oregon route; the Santa Fe route; Cook's wagon route; Conde & Bartlet's route; and the route to Fort Smith. The map also includes an inset of parts of North, Central and South America; and the territory acquired from Mexico through the Gadsen Purchase. Woodcut illustrations include Indians, wolves, bear, deer, beaver, buffalo hunting, and settlers with wagon. The Kansas-Nebraska Act (1854) provided that each territory would decide whether or not to allow slavery through the constitution under which it would enter the union. In Kansas, this approach to managing the expansion of slavery (know as "popular sovereignty") precipitated a battle between proslavery and antislavery forces known as "Bleeding Kansas." This map is provided through a co-operative project between the Lecompton Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Society. Partial funding was provided by the Ross and Margaret Wulfkuhle Charitable Trust and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area. Copies of this map are available for viewing at both the Kansas Historical Society and Lecompton Historical Society.


Nicolasa Amador Perez

Nicolasa Amador Perez
Date: 1920s-1930s
A photograph of Nicolasa Amador Perez, Leon, GTO, Mexico. On the back of the photograph a note says "mother of Nicholas Perez."


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