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Albert R. Greene to Franklin G. Adams

Albert R. Greene to Franklin G. Adams
Creator: Greene, A.R.
Date: August 18, 1897
In this letter to Franklin G. Adams, Albert R. Greene explains that he recently met with Charles C. Haynes, with whom he discussed the waning days of the Overland Stage. Greene explains that Haynes was old but that his eye was as "keen as when he ran the gauntlet of hostile Indians and brought his coach into the home station bristling with arrows."


Anna Bayha

Anna Bayha
Creator: Le Clear Studio
Date: 1932
This is a photograph of Anna Bayha who taught domestic economy at Kansas State University. A note on the photograph indicates she was from Wheeling, West Virginia. The photo was taken by a Michigan photography studio.


Bark and Quillwork Container

Bark and Quillwork Container
Date: Unknown
This container was made by sewing layered strips of bark together. Porcupine quills were dyed and used to decorate the container. The bottom portion was decorated with a repeating cross and diamond pattern, most of which is now missing. The lid has the same pattern on the sides and the top is a red eight pointed star with a yellow center, edged in white cane. The container was first donated to the Kaw Mission, Council Grove, Kansas, and then to the Kansas Historical Society in 1980. It may have originated in northern Michigan. Kaw Mission was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.


C. Eugene Howe to Governor John St. John

C. Eugene Howe to Governor John St. John
Creator: Howe, C. Eugene
Date: March 02, 1880
Editor Howe, of the Battle Creek, Michigan "True Mission" temperance newspaper, requests a donation from Kansas Governor St. John to help sustain his operation, and offers a one year free subscription for $5.00.


Carey Mission letter, unknown author

Carey Mission letter, unknown author
Creator: Carey Missionaries
Date: February 19, 1828
In this letter from the Carey Mission (in Michigan Territory) the author details the expenditures accrued during the third quarter of 1827, part of which was a result of traveling expenses for four Native American students who left the Carey Mission for Worthington in Ohio.


Carpet sweeper

Carpet sweeper
Date: between 1885 and 1900
Bissell wooden carpet sweeper. "Furniture Protector" stenciled in gold on front and back. Faint "Bissell" stencil visible on top.


Chief Wiskigeamatyuk

Chief Wiskigeamatyuk
Date: 1918
This is a photograph showing Chief Wiskigeamatyuk, a member of the Potawatomi tribe and the grandson of Prairie Chief Senachwine. The photograph was taken in the Michigan Mountains. The Potawatomie were once located in the Great Lakes region before they were moved to Kansas Territory. On September 26, 1833, the Potawatomi of Illinois and Wisconsin signed the Treaty of Chicago, which ceded the last of their lands to the United States. The United States began removing the Potawatomi from their Wisconsin lands between 1835 and 1838. Most Wisconsin Potawatomi went to Iowa and later to Kansas and settled on reservations. Despite this, many stayed in Wisconsin. About 200 of the Potawatomi who went to Iowa and Kansas returned to Wisconsin and settled in the vicinity of Wisconsin Rapids. The Wisconsin Potawatomi are federally recognized, but they are included on the tribal roll of the Kansas Potawatomi.


D.D. Fishbank to Mrs. Francis Simmerwell

D.D. Fishbank to Mrs. Francis Simmerwell
Creator: Fishback, D. D.
Date: May 23, 1827
This letter, from D.D. Fishback to Mrs. Francis Simmerwell, addresses some of the problems faced by the missionaries at the Carney Mission, and indicates that the Baptist Female Charitable Society had raised $20 to help the missionaries "to Christianize, and civilize, the Heathen around you." The Carey Mission, which was located in present-day Michigan, was established along the St. Joseph river by Baptist missionary Isaac Mccoy and named for English Baptist missionary William Carey. The mission's primary task was educating the local Native Americans but it also served as a stopping point for American settlers as they headed west.


Daniel Boone Delaney, pamphlet "The Issue Fairly Presented"

Daniel Boone Delaney, pamphlet "The Issue Fairly Presented"
Creator: Delaney, Daniel Boone, 1877-1956
Date: ca. 1856
This pamplet, voicing the opinions of the Democratic National Committee, charged Black Republicans with inciting violence by their opposition to Kansas' admission to the Union under the Lecompton Constitution. As abolitionists, their "fanatical organization" purposely prolonged the conflict by promoting chaotic Territorial politics via their support of the Topeka movement. The document pointed out the role of emigrant aid societies in settling Kansas, blaming them as a source of conflict since Nebraska had had no aid sociey assistance and was not experiencing violence. Also included in the pamphlet was a summary of a debate in which Michigan's settlement and admission to the Union was compared to the current situation in Kansas Territory.


Doyle Derrick audio interview on experiences in World War II

Doyle Derrick audio interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Derrick, Doyle Earl
Date: 1 February 2008
Technical Sergeant Derrick enlisted in the Marine Corps in 1939 and served until 1943. He was 29 years old when he enlisted. After basic training, he served as an instructor in Norman, Oklahoma and was then assigned to a bomber squadron in the Pacific as a technical sergeant. The were involved in the fighting at Guadacanal and the Philippines. He used the G. I. Bill for farming training at Highland Community College. He was interviewed by Suzette McCord-Rogers on Feb 1, 2008. Derrick was born in Rogersville, Tennessee, on January 29, 1910. His family moved to Kansas when he was 7 or 8 years old. His father had a brother in Kansas who encouraged them to move here to go into farming. Derrick graduated from Highland High School and completed 2 years at Emporia State Teachers College. After two year of college, Derrick and a friend Vern Frisky "hoboed" for a year, ending up on the West Coast. He spent most of the 1930s in Alaska working on an oil pipeline. At some point after the war, he returned to Alaska. He was living in Wathena, Kansas at the time of this interview. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the nine community institutions that received these grants. The transcript from the interview is presented here; the original audio copy of the interview is available through the Doniphan County Historical Society (Troy) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Dr. and Mrs. Will Menninger in Lansing, Michigan

Dr. and Mrs. Will Menninger in Lansing, Michigan
Date: October 30, 1962
A photo of James F. Anderton (left),Dr. and Mrs. Will Menninger and Zenon C. R. Hansen (right), of the White Motor Co., at an air field in Lansing, Michigan.


Eleanor Richardson to her daughter

Eleanor Richardson to her daughter
Date: Unknown
Letter addressed to Miss Eleanor Richardson in Michigan from her mother, Eleanor, in Cincinnati, Ohio. The younger Eleanor married Jotham Meeker in 1830.


Exhibit of cattle and other articles sold by the Cary Mission from April 1829 to September 1, 1830

Exhibit of cattle and other articles sold by the Cary Mission from April 1829 to September 1, 1830
Creator: Simerwell, Robert, 1786-1868
Date: September 1830
This item lists the livestock and items sold by the Carey Mission, Michigan Territory, prior to the closure of the mission in early September of 1830 following the passage of the Indian Removal Act.


Expenditures and receipts of the Carey Mission 2nd quarter 1829 including June, July, and August 1829

Expenditures and receipts of the Carey Mission 2nd quarter 1829 including June, July, and August 1829
Creator: Simerwell, Robert, 1786-1868
Date: September 1829
This item includes a detailed breakdown of the expenditures and receipts of the Carey Mission, Michigan Territory, during a significant part of 1829. As such, this item details the tremendous amount of effort that went into running the Carey Mission, and the type of transactions and events that were required to support the education of Native Indians in the Michigan Territory shortly before the passage of the Indian Removal Act in 1830.


Expenditures and receipts of the Carey Mission first quarter which includes march april and may 1829

Expenditures and receipts of the Carey Mission first quarter which includes march april and may 1829
Creator: Simerwell, Robert, 1786-1868
Date: June 1, 1829
This item is a list of expenditures and receipts from the Carey Mission in the Michigan Territory from the first quarter of 1829, including the months of March, April, and May 1829. As such, this item contains a large amount of information regarding the activities and expenses related to the missionaries activities at the Carey Mission.


Flood in Florence, Kansas

Flood in Florence, Kansas
Creator: Stewart
Date: 1905
This is a postcard showing men in a horse-drawn wagon in front of the Horner Block during a flood in Florence, Kansas. The postcard was addressed to Chester A. Smith, superintendent of sewer construction in Greenville, Michigan.


Francis Barrow to Robert Simerwell

Francis Barrow to Robert Simerwell
Creator: Barrow, Francis
Date: May 27, 1828
In this letter to Robert Simerwell, Francis Barrow writes about life in and around Castleton, Vermont. Barrow tells Simerwell that they like the "yankees" but that many of the people they visit "ask to many question." In concluding, Barrow asks Simerwell about the general situation at Carey, and requests that Simerwell "I want you should tell me about the Indian when you write to me."


Guide thru Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas Showing the Township lines of the United States Surveys

Guide thru Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas Showing the Township lines of the United States Surveys
Creator: J. H. Colton & Co.
Date: 1857
Map showing the township lines of the United States surveys by John Calvin Smith in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Kansas. The map has an inset table of census statistics for 1850, including population, number of livestock, principal crops, products, and state finances. 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.


Interview on experiences in World War II

Interview on experiences in World War II
Creator: Jones, Elaine A.
Date: November 28, 2006
Jones enlisted in the Nurse in 1944 and served until 1945 in the Navy Nurse Corps. Interviewed by Marian Poe on Nov 28, 2006, Jones talked about military experiences in the Second World War. The 2005 Kansas Legislature passed a bill funding the WWII Veterans Oral History grant program. This transcript is from one of the community institutions receiving grants. The transcript of the interview is presented here; the original video copy of the interview is available through the Rice County Historical Society (Lyons) and through the Kansas State Historical Society.


Isaac McCoy to Robert Simerwell

Isaac McCoy to Robert Simerwell
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: February 19, 1831
In this letter to Robert Simerwell, Isaac McCoy relates the news of his recent travels. McCoy, who had been away from the Carey Mission for some time, explained that he had been busy working to achieve the best for the Indians and the Baptist Board of Missions. However, McCoy candidly admits that his efforts have been "all up-hill work."


Isaac McCoy to Robert Simerwell

Isaac McCoy to Robert Simerwell
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: July 22, 1830
In this letter to Robert Simerwell, Isaac McCoy explains what awaits Simerwell and the Indians at the Carey Mission, Michigan Territory, as well as all Indians that will soon be impacted by the passage of the Indian Removal Act. McCoy states that the Baptist Board of Missions has offered to lead the effort to re-settle the Indians if the U.S. Government is willing to help them do so.


Issac McCoy to James Barbour

Issac McCoy to James Barbour
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: October 1, 1827
This letter from Isaac McCoy, superintendent of schools among the Potawatomies and the Ottawas, to James Barbour, Secretary of War under President John Qunicy Adams, lists the equipment, animals, dwellings, land, and other important assets at the Carney Mission. Located "Twenty five miles S.E. of Lake Michigan, in Michigan Territory, among the Potawatomie indians," Carey Mission was dedicated to educating the local Native Indians according to the standards of Americans during the early to mid 1800s.


Issac McCoy to Robert Simerwell

Issac McCoy to Robert Simerwell
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: 1827
In this letter to Robert Simerwell and the missionaries at the Carney Mission, Isaac McCoy details the difficulties of life among the Ottawas at the Thomas Mission near Grand River in the Michigan Territory (present-day Grand Rapids, Michigan). In particular, McCoy struggles with sickness, the challenges posed by trying to learn the Ottawa language, and the fact that his life is one in which the concerns of others must come first and foremost.


Issac McCoy to Robert Simerwell

Issac McCoy to Robert Simerwell
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: April 12, 1830
In this letter to Robert Simerwell at the Carey Mission, Michigan Territory, Isaac McCoy addresses the "Indian removal question" that eventually resulted in the Indian Removal Act which was signed into law by President Andrew Jackson on May 26, 1830. McCoy states that "I think the measure of removal will carry," and he suggests that Simerwell will have to wait a short time before needed improvements to the Carey Mission can be addressed. In fact, McCoy explains that Simerwell may soon have to relocate depending on what might follow the passage of the Indian Removal Act.


Issac McCoy to Robert Simerwell and Bay

Issac McCoy to Robert Simerwell and Bay
Creator: McCoy, Isaac, 1784-1846
Date: March 29, 1829
In this letter, to Robert Simerwell and Mr. Bay, Issac McCoy relays the news that the Carey Mission will likely cease to function, and that the missionaries at Carey will leave for the Osage Mission "one year from next September." In addition, McCoy addresses the problems that many missionaries soemtimes faced, stating that he is "tired-tired-tired of my wanderings--I am lonesome and homesick."


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