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A New Home in an Old Settlement:  Come  and see the "New Land in an Old Country"

A New Home in an Old Settlement: Come and see the "New Land in an Old Country"
Date: May 1, 1876
This paper advertises for sale land, formerly owned by the Pottawatomie Nation, from 1837 to 1868, and then purchased by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Rail Road Company. On the reverse side of the paper is a sectional map showing the area and identifying those lands that were still for sale by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Company. The text gives brief descriptions of the cities and towns in the area; the railroads available; fuel and lumber that are native to the area; and, descriptions and prices of the land.


Address to the Voters of Kansas

Address to the Voters of Kansas
Creator: Pomeroy, S. C. (Samuel Clarke), 1816-1891
Date: September 25, 1867
The numerous authors of this pamphlet (Republicans) support the constitutional amendments to approve voting rights for blacks, for women, and to restrict voting rights to "loyal persons." They offer arguments for their position as well as criticizing the Democratic Party in Kansas for their opposition to these amendments. Forty five men signed the document, which was the result of a meeting in Lawrence. The following signed the document S. C. Pomeroy, Atchison; E. G. Ross, Lawrence; S. J. Crawford, Topeka; N. Green, Manhattan; Chas. Robinson, Lawrence; Geo T. Anthony, Leavenworth; Lewis Bodwell, Topeka; R. B. Taylor, editor Wyandotte Gazette; J. P. Root, Whandotte; James Rogers, Burlingame; S. Weaver, Editor Lecompton New Era; L. R. Elliott, Editor Atchison Daily Free Press; W. A. Starrett, Lawrence; Wm. Larimer, Jr., Leavenworth; John Ritchie, Topeka; John Ekin, Topeka; Sol. Miller, Editor White Cloud Chief; A. H. Foote, Lawrence; C. B. Lines, Wabaunsee; R. G. Elliott, Jefferson county; G. A. Crawford, Bourbon county; John Speer, Kansas Tribune; A. Low, Doniphan; R. W. Jenkins, Pottawatomie county; Ed. Russell, Leavenworth; J. H. Pillsbury, Editor Manhattan Independent; S. D. Houston, Manhattan; W. K. Marshall, Atchison; F. G. Adams, Kennekuk; P. L. Hubbard, Atchison; A. Hunting, Manhattan; J. B. Abbott, De Soto; Joseph Denison, Manhattan; T. H. Baker, Manhattan, H. W. Farnsworth, Topeka; I. H. Smith, Topeka; D. R. Anthony, Leavenworth; G. W. Higginbotham, Manhattan; John Pipher, Manhattan, R. L. Harford, Manhattan; Jas. Humphrey, Manhattan; Wm McKay, Manhattan; R. P. Duvall, Manhattan; Pardee Butler, Pardee; and L. F. Green, Baldwin City. Only the language restricting voting to "loyal" persons was passed in the election on November 5, 1867. Blacks and women were not given voting rights as a result of the 1867 election.


Anton T. Boisen papers

Anton T. Boisen papers
Creator: Boisen, Anton T. (Anton Theophilus), 1876-1965
Date: 1915 - 1965 (bulk 1930s-1940s)
These papers include correspondence with Professor Seward Hiltner of Princeton Theological School, hand-illustrated poetry written by various individuals, newsletters from the Elgin State Hospital, manuscripts, and course lectures. Boisen spent time in Wabaunsee, Kansas while surveying rural churches, including the Congregational Church. Boisen was secretary of the Wabaunsee Neighborhood Association and wrote about the "Health Conditions in the Wabaunsee Community." Also included are annual reports (1933-1935) to the directors of the Chicago Council for the Clinical Training of Theological Students which include several photographs of students at the Elgin State Hospital, where Boisen was the chaplain from 1932-1954.


Atlas of Wabaunsee County, Kansas

Atlas of Wabaunsee County, Kansas
Creator: Gillen & Davy
Date: 1885
This atlas includes plats of the villages, cities and townships of the county with names of landowners, and a patron's directory by township.


Ava Maude Enlow

Ava Maude Enlow
Date: Between 1880 and 1882
Two photographs of Ava Maude Enlow. She was the daughter of Robert Enlow and Myra Abbott Enlow of Wabaunsee, Kansas. The other two girls in the photographs are identified as second cousins and the daughters of Will and Lou Davis, all of Wabaunsee.


Beecher Bible and Rifle Church, Wabaunsee County, Kansas

Beecher Bible and Rifle Church, Wabaunsee County, Kansas
Date: Between 1862 and 1880
The Beecher Bible and Rifle Church is the oldest community building in the Wabaunsee County. After two years of fundraising, construction began on a stone church that still stands today in Wabaunsee. The stone was hauled from nearby hilltop quarries. Women helped mix the mortar by hand, and the original shake shingles were made with crude hand tools. The church was dedicated in May 1862.


Beecher Bible and Rifle Church, Wabaunsee, Kansas

Beecher Bible and Rifle Church, Wabaunsee, Kansas
Date: 1862-1980
Six photographs of the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church in Wabaunsee, Kansas.


Blanche Smith

Blanche Smith
Date: 1912
This is a studio portrait of Blanche Smith dressed in costume. She was the daughter of Lena and Simeon Smith of Wabaunsee, Kansas.


C. B. Lines house in Wabaunsee, Kansas

C. B. Lines house in Wabaunsee, Kansas
Date: 1892
Photograph of two unidentified women standing outside the house once owned by Charles Burrill Lines in Wabaunsee, Kansas. Lines was a leader of the Connecticut Colony which settled Wabaunsee in 1856.


Charles Burrill Lines

Charles Burrill Lines
Date: Between 1880 and 1889
This is a studio portrait of Charles Burrill Lines, one of the leaders of the Connecticut colony who came to Wabaunsee, Kansas in March 1856.


Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad sign board, Wabaunsee, Kansas

Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad sign board, Wabaunsee, Kansas
Creator: Killam, H.
Date: April 27, 1958
This photograph shows the Chicago, Rock Island & Pacific Railroad sign board in Wabaunsee, Kansas. The sign and tracks were once part of the Western Division, Sub. Division 37 (Clay Center Line), at milepost 131.0


Connecticut Kansas Colony map

Connecticut Kansas Colony map
Date: 1856-1857
A map showing the town site of the Connecticut Kansas Colony, 65 miles west from Lawrence on the Kansas River. A letter written by Charles B. Lines covers the back of the map. In 1856, after Kansas became a territory, Lines was one of the men who joined the Connecticut Kansas Colony, also known as the Beecher Bible and Rifle Company, a group of individuals who wanted Kansas to become a free state of the Union. The colony located in Wabaunsee, Wabaunsee County, Kansas. Lines spent the rest of his life in Kansas with his family and died at the age of 82 on March 31, 1889.


Connecticut Kansas Colony record book, 1856-1857

Connecticut Kansas Colony record book, 1856-1857
Creator: Connecticut Kansas Colony. Secretary
Date: February 18, 1856 through June 26, 1857
The Connecticut Kansas Colony, sometimes referred to as the Beecher Bible and Rifle Colony, was formed in New Haven, Connecticut, with the intent that its members would migrate to Kansas Territory in the spring of 1856. This book identifies members of the colony. It also contains meeting minutes that record information about the activities of the colony (formation, the trip to Kansas, selecting a town site, etc.) through its decision to dissolve in favor of the Wabaunsee Company, which was charged with organizing the town of Wabaunsee, Kansas Territory. The record book's content, while not including information about the discussions of issues, contains a great deal of information about the formal actions of the colony. The early minutes contain mentions of the purchase of arms.


Cornelia Lines

Cornelia Lines
Date: Between 1865 and 1870
This is a photograph of Cornelia Lines of Wabaunsee, Kansas, riding side saddle on the back fo a horse named "Poor Nellie". Lines married Silas Thomas on December 23, 1857.


Dan Blasing at Camp Doniphan

Dan Blasing at Camp Doniphan
Date: 1918
Two photographs showing Dan Blasing of Wabaunsee, Kansas, at Camp Doniphan. Blasing was a private in Company E of the 11th Ammunition Train during World War I.


Diagram of occupied and unoccupied claims in the vicinity of Wabaunsa, Kansas Territory

Diagram of occupied and unoccupied claims in the vicinity of Wabaunsa, Kansas Territory
Creator: Hartley, Wm. Jr.
Date: Between 1854 and 1860
This map shows claims near Wabaunsa [Wabaunsee], Kansas Territory. The names of claim owners identify each claim. Wm. Hartley, Jr., civil engineer for Wabaunsa, drew the map which also shows the Kansas River and its tributaries including Deep Creek, Emmons Creek, and Antelope Creek.


Dugout, Riley County, Kansas

Dugout, Riley County, Kansas
Date: Between 1870s and 1880s
This black and white photograph shows a family gathered in front of a dugout located somewhere between Manhattan, Kansas, and Wabaunsee, Kansas. Dugouts such as this one were common dwellings on the plains of Kansas due to the lack of wood and other natural resources.


Dwight H. and Luther H. Platt correspondence

Dwight H. and Luther H. Platt correspondence
Date: 1863-1896
This is correspondence of Luther H. Platt and Dwight Henry Platt, missionary son and grandson of Jireh Platt, an abolitionist from Mendon, Illinois. Luther Platt's papers include letters from his wife Nettie, correspondence with religious groups, and correspondence with military officials in the South after the Civil War particularly regarding individuals still being held as slaves. The papers of Dwight Henry Platt include letters to his parents (Luther and Nettie) while he was at Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas, in the early 1880s; letters from friends; and correspondence from other individuals for business and professional purposes. Dwight served as pastor for the Congregational church in northwest Kansas, centered in Goodland.


Elizabeth Enlow

Elizabeth Enlow
Date: 1880
This is a studio portrait of Elizabeth Enlow, daughter of Robert and Myra Abbott Enlow of Wabaunsee, Kansas.


First Church of Christ, Wabaunsee, Kansas, Wabaunsee County

First Church of Christ, Wabaunsee, Kansas, Wabaunsee County
Date: Between 1857 and 1880
This two-story structure has a woman and two children on the bench in front. They were members of the A. J. Bowman family. In June 1857, Beecher Rifle Colony members met here to organize the First Church of Christ in Wabaunsee, Kansas. This temporary church was one of the first structures in the county to be built with milled lumber. This structure was used for religious services and community events until the present stone church was completed in 1862.


First Church of Christ in Wabaunsee

First Church of Christ in Wabaunsee
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: 1956
The First Church of Christ in Wabaunsee is also known as the Beecher Bible & Rifle Church, Wabaunsee, Kansas. It was built in 1862. The church was organized by members of the Connecticut Kansas Colony made up of free-state settlers. The famous abolitionist preacher Henry Ward Beecher and his congregation in the East contributed Sharps carbines and Bibles to the group.


Harvey Jones to Samuel L. Adair

Harvey Jones to Samuel L. Adair
Creator: Jones, Harvey
Date: December 14, 1859
Jones, a Congregational minister who lived in Wabaunsee, Kansas Territory, wrote to Samuel L. Adair after John Brown's attack at Harpers Ferry, Virginia. Jones asked Adair to write to him about John Brown's character, and to indicate whether Brown was associated with a church.


Historical Sketch, Confession of Faith and Covenant, and Standing Rules

Historical Sketch, Confession of Faith and Covenant, and Standing Rules
Creator: First Church of Christ, Wabaunsee
Date: April 1, 1858
This printed pamphlet contained all of the items listed in the title for the First Church of Christ in Wabaunsee, Wabaunsee County, Kansas Territory. The church was also known as the Beecher Bible and Rifle Church.


John L. Schepp and his mother

John L. Schepp and his mother
Creator: Palenske, Louis F., 1858-1943
Date: Between 1885 and 1890
This is a studio portrait of John L. Schepp and his mother. Schepp was a prominent rancher in Washington Township, Wabaunsee County, Kansas.


John Smith, Wabaunsee, Kansas

John Smith, Wabaunsee, Kansas
Date: Between 1865 and 1875
This is a studio portrait of John Smith who came to Wabaunsee, Kansas in 1855, before the Beecher Colony. He was a conductor on the Underground Railroad and fought in the Civil War. He lived in Wabaunsee until his death in 1915.


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