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C. M. Ricker to Charles Morris

C. M. Ricker to Charles Morris
Creator: Ricker, C. M.
Date: November 6, 1874
Captain C. R. Ricker of the Kansas State Militia, Medicine Lodge, Kansas, writes to Adjutant General Charles Morris of Topeka concerning a band of Pawnee Indians. Ricker notes that the Indians are just east of Medicine Lodge and believes they intend to fight a band of Osage Indians. Though this band had not disturbed any person or property, they were burning the prairie. Ricker suggests that the burning is an attempt by the Indians to further destroy settler's rangeland already devastated by drought and grasshoppers. Ricker asks for instructions on dealing with this "friendly" band of Pawnee. The threat of an Indian uprising on Kansas' southern boarder in 1873 led Governor Thomas Osborn to employ the state militia and appeal to President Ulysses S. Grant for federal troops and arms.


Crime and criminals: the bender case

Crime and criminals: the bender case
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873 - 1876
This series of letters are pulled from the correspondence files of Kansas Governor Thomas Andrew Osborn. They are about the murder case in Labette County, Kansas involving the Bender Family, sometimes referred to as the Bloody Benders. The family consisted of John Bender; his wife, Elvira Bender; son, John, Jr.; and daughter, Kate.


Governor's Proclamation

Governor's Proclamation
Date: August 22, 1873
This is a Governor's Proclamation issued by Governor Thomas A. Osborn for the arrest of William Thompson who murdered C. B. Whitney, Sheriff of Ellsworth County, Kansas. A $500.00 reward was offered for the arrest and conviction of Thompson.


Governor Thomas Osborn Indian affairs received correspondence

Governor Thomas Osborn Indian affairs received correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873-1876
Governor Osborn complied this series of correspondence on Indian Affairs from letters received while in office from 1873-1877.


Governor Thomas Osborn immigration received correspondence

Governor Thomas Osborn immigration received correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1873-1876
Governor Thomas Osborn compiled this series of correspondence on immigration issues from letters received while in office from 1873-1877. The letters address many aspects of immigration including the appointment of commissioners; immigration promotion; foreign immigration from Scotland, France, Wales, Europe in general, the Scandinavian countries (Sweden, Norway, Denmark), and Germany. Domestic immigration is also addressed concerning immigrants from New England, Louisiana, and Tennessee (early Exodusters); and Indian lands.


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