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Abstract of census returns

Abstract of census returns
Creator: Undersigned Citizens of Kansas Territory, John Stroup (first signature),
Date: 1859
This 1859 abstract of census returns shows information at the township level for most Kansas counties. Some counties are listed without data. The census lists the number of voters in three different ways--the number of votes cast June 7, 1859; number of voters on June 7, 1859 who were under 6 month provision; and number of voters under 3 month provision. It also lists the number of inhabitants. The election on June 7, 1859, was to elect delegates to the Wyandotte constitutional convention.


A Cup and a Bowl from the Baker House, 14MO701

A Cup and a Bowl from the Baker House, 14MO701
Date: 1862
This reconstructed cup and bowl was found in pieces during excavations in 1972 by the Kansas State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) field school. The bowl has a red, black and green floral design, though difficult to see. The handless cup has a red, white and blue linear pattern. Both dishes were reconstructed by students at the field school. They were donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and house.


Banded Ware from the Baker Store, 14MO701

Banded Ware from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These decorated whiteware sherds were recovered from the Baker store in Morris County by the Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school in 1973. The three rim and body sherds are decorated with banded or annular ware by using a slip applied in bands of varying width and colors. These sherds were among the few from the site that were broken, but not burned. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and house.


Banded Ware Pitcher from the Baker House, 14MO701

Banded Ware Pitcher from the Baker House, 14MO701
Date: 1862
This pitcher fragment was recovered from the Baker house in Morris County by the Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school in 1972. The collection was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The small pitcher is banded or annular ware decorated by an applied slip of bands of varying width below a curving band. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and house.


Bowl with James Edwards Registry Mark from the Baker House, 14MO701

Bowl with James Edwards Registry Mark from the Baker House, 14MO701
Date: 1862
This partial serving bowl was recovered during excavations in 1972 by the Kansas State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archaeological field school. Some of the sherds of the octagonal shaped shallow bowl were burned while others are stained. The back of the bowl shows the Registry mark for James Edwards of Burslem, England. Dish shapes were registered to prevent copying. It was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker house and nearby store were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and house.


Buttons from the Baker House and Store, 14MO701

Buttons from the Baker House and Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These five buttons were among the many collected during excavations in 1972-1973 by the Kansas State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University). Shown are two white four-hole piecrusts china buttons, a black and gold fancy button, a white two-hole prosser button and a four-hole dish button. The collection was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and house.


Buttons from the Baker Store, 14MO701

Buttons from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These glass buttons were recovered from the Baker store in Morris County by the Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school in 1973. From left to right: a blue 4-hole dish button, a calico button, a 2-hole button with blue around the edge, and a gold and white 4-hole piecrust button. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and house.


Ceramic Pipe Fragments from the Baker House, 14MO701

Ceramic Pipe Fragments from the Baker House, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These four pipe fragments were recovered during excavations in 1972-1973 by the Kansas State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University). Two are pipe bowls decorated in a series of vertical flutes, Another is a pipe stem manufactured from a mold with two rings encircling the edge. The final artifact is a pipe stem and bowl fragments with traces of dottle, tobacco residue, in the bowl and a brass band as a connector. The collection was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and house.


China Buttons from the Baker Store, 14MO701

China Buttons from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These five china buttons were recovered from the Baker store in Morris County by the Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school in 1973. Shown is a single 2-hole sew through button with a raised center and four plain 4-hole sew through buttons. The orange peel-like textures on the back of the buttons indicated they were made using the Prosser manufacturing process and post date the 1840s. The artifact collection was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and nearby house.


Crank Mechanism from the Baker Store, 14MO701

Crank Mechanism from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
This crank mechanism was recovered from the Baker store in Morris County by the Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school in 1973. After showing the artifact to numerous archeologists they agreed it was part of a crank, but were unable to agree what it might have cranked: a flour sifter, a coffee grinder, a meat grinder, a window, or other machinery. What do you think? The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and house.


Crockery from the Baker Store, 14MO701

Crockery from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
This crock, which was reconstructed in the Archeology lab at the Kansas Historical Society, is made of glazed stoneware and was used for storing food. It is labeled as a three-gallon crock and has a leaf decoration. The crock fragments were recovered from the Baker Store in Morris County by the Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school in 1973. The artifact collection was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and nearby house.


Cuff Link Stud from the Baker Store, 14MO701

Cuff Link Stud from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
This cuff link stud was recovered during excavations in 1973 by the Kansas State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school at the Baker Store in Morris County. The cuff link, decorated with ruby colored glass, was slightly damaged during the fire. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and house.


Decorated Bottle and Jar Fragments from the Baker Store, 14MO701

Decorated Bottle and Jar Fragments from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These three decorated bottle and jar fragments were recovered from the Baker Store in Morris County by an Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school in 1973. Two fragments that may have been from jars are decorated with molded swirls. The third fragment is from a bottle that once held hot sauce. The molded decorative style is called Cathedral, as the bottle panels resemble cathedral windows. The Baker Store artifact collection was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker store and nearby house, situated along the Santa Fe trail, were burned in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered at that time.


Decorated Buttons from the Baker Store, 14MO701

Decorated Buttons from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These three china buttons were recovered from the Baker Store in Morris County by the Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) in 1973. Shown is a black and white calico button in a daisy pattern and two dish buttons with different shades of brown trim. All are 4-hole sew through type buttons. The artifact collection was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and nearby house.


Decorated Jars from the Baker Store, 14MO701

Decorated Jars from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These jar fragments were recovered from the Baker Store in Morris County by an Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school in 1973. The jars may have been used for canning. Though some show melting from a fire, the pentagon or five-pointed star decorations are still visible. The Baker Store artifact collection was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker store and nearby house, situated along the Santa Fe trail, were burned in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered at that time.


Decorative Horse Figure From the Baker House, 14MO701

Decorative Horse Figure From the Baker House, 14MO701
Date: 1862
This decorative piece was recovered during excavations in 1972 or 1973 by the Kansas State Teacher's College, now Emporia State University. The piece represents a horse-like figure, possibly a unicorn or a sea horse, and may have decorated a trunk. The artifact collection was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and nearby house.


Dish Fragments from the Baker House and Store, 14MO701

Dish Fragments from the Baker House and Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These three dish sherds were recovered during excavations in 1972-1973 by the Kansas State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University). They were donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. Many of the dishes recovered from the excavations were burned so as to make patterns and decorations unrecognizable, but these three survived in a better condition. Shown, from left to right, is a spongeware dinner plate sherd, where the glaze is applied by a cut sponge, a coffee cup sherd with a popular transferware pattern of red and green flowers with a blue line, and a fancy molded sherd that may have had a blue or purple glaze. The archeological site, along the Santa Fe Trail in Morris County, was the location of the Baker house and store, which burned in 1862, along with the nearby store, during the murder of A.I. Baker. The molded sherd was recovered from the house area while the other two were recovered from the area of the store.


Dress Buttons from the Baker Store, 14MO701

Dress Buttons from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These black glass buttons were recovered during excavations in 1973 by the Kansas State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school at the Baker Store in Morris County. The decorated buttons have shank style attachments and may have been made for ladies clothing. The Baker Store artifact collection was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and a nearby house.


Dress Buttons from the Baker Store, 14MO701

Dress Buttons from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
These three black glass buttons were recovered during excavations in 1973 by the Kansas State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) archeological field school at the Baker Store in Morris County. The decorated buttons have loop style attachments and may have been made for ladies clothing. The artifact collection was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The Baker store and nearby house were situated along the Santa Fe trail. The owner, A. I. Baker, was murdered in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts, who also burned the store and nearby house.


Drought reports, Kansas Territory

Drought reports, Kansas Territory
Date: 1860
This document contains additional reports of conditions in various Kansas Territory counties during the drought of 1860. It consists of letters that W. F. M. Arny copied and sent to Thaddeus Hyatt, president of the National Kansas Committee. The reports were submitted by Josiah G. Fuller, James Whary, and Henry Brock, Eureka, Greenwood County; W. A. Harris and A. L Williams, Cottonwood Falls, Chase County; H. H. George, W. Wendell, and R. W. Cloud, Waterloo, Breckenridge County; I. P. Herrick, Iowa Township, Doniphan County; G. S. Northrup, J. H. Spicey, and A. G. Carpenter, Geneva Township, Allen County; and Charles P. Twiss, Cofachique Township, Allen County. The reports describe prospects for crops and other conditions resulting from the prolonged drought.


Excavations at the Baker House, 14MO701

Excavations at the Baker House, 14MO701
Date: 1972
Shown are seven views and a drawing from 1972 of the excavations at 14MO701. The collection, along with these photographs was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. Shown here are students uncovering excavation units, the excavations in progress, artifacts in situ, students slogging to work after a rain, the site with standing water, the finished north end of the house, and a floor plan map of the Baker house. The excavations at the Baker House in Morris County were undertaken by Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University). The house was burned in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts.


Excavations at the Baker Store, 14MO701

Excavations at the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1973
These slides were taken during an archaeological excavation at the Baker Store, 14MO701. Shown are progress shots of the excavations, cellar walls visible after excavation, and artifacts in place (in situ) prior to their removal. The excavation at the Baker house and store, in Morris County, was undertaken by Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) in 1972 and 1973. The house and store were burned in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts. The collection, along with these slides, was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993.


Excavations at the Baker Store, 14MO701

Excavations at the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1973
Shown are views of the excavation at the Baker Store and an artist's rendition of a map of the area. Shown are progress shots of the excavations, cellar walls visible after excavation, a group shot of the students, and a map of the house and store that was drawn based on an 1910 interview of a local man. The excavation at the Baker House and Store, in Morris County, was undertaken by Emporia State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University) in 1972 and 1973. The house and store were burned in 1862 by "Bloody Bill" Anderson and his cohorts. The collection, along with these photographs was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993.


Exemption Roll, Kansas Militia for Precinct of Columbia, Madison County, 7th Brigade

Exemption Roll, Kansas Militia for Precinct of Columbia, Madison County, 7th Brigade
This undated document identified eight men from the Columbia precinct of Madison County, Kansas Territory, who were exempt from serving in the Kansas Militia. Four were exempted due to age (46 through 70 years old), one was a physician, and one was crippled. Exemption causes were not listed for two men. John W. Whistler was the commander of the 7th Brigade.


Farmers Brace Suspender Clip from the Baker Store, 14MO701

Farmers Brace Suspender Clip from the Baker Store, 14MO701
Date: 1862
This suspender adjustable clip was recovered during excavations in 1973 by the Kansas State Teacher's College (now Emporia State University). Suspenders, called braces outside North America, were used to hold up trousers. It was donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 1993. The archeological site, along the Santa Fe Trail in Morris County, was the location of the Baker Store, which burned in 1862, along with the nearby house, during the murder of A.I. Baker.


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