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Augusta Bruchmiller memorandum book

Augusta Bruchmiller memorandum book
Creator: Bruchmiller, Augusta
Date: Between January 1890 and March 1896
Augusta Bruchmiller recorded income and expenditures for the family farm from 1890 through 1896 in this ledger book. Otto (husband) and Carl (son) may also have made entries. Expenditures are very detailed and illustrate the types of products and supplies purchased by this farm family. Items purchased include fabric, furniture, magazines, shoes, toothpicks, photographs, soap, starch, and numerous other items. Food supplies that were purchased include baking powder, soda, cranberries, coffee, tea, chocolate, etc. According to the donor, in November 1895, daughter Vera died of "inflammation of the stomach" and entries in the book reflect expenses for a doctor and the graveyard. Income came from the sale of butter, eggs, and other items grown on the farm as well as money earned by the children. The family lived in Sarcoxie Township, Jefferson County, ten miles north of Lawrence, Kansas. Brookmiller was an alternate form of the surname Bruchmiller. This book was loaned for copying by family members.


Bert Floyd Rathbun journal

Bert Floyd Rathbun journal
Creator: Rathbun, Bert Floyd
Date: 1909-1910
Bert Floyd Rathbun documented a trip he and his family made by covered wagon to Wyoming to visit his brother Martin Oliver Rathbun. Rathbun's father, John Russell Rathbun, suffered from asthma, and his doctor suggested he try living in a drier climate. The Rathbuns left Simpson, Kansas, on August 14, 1909, and traveled to St. Francis, Kansas, where they wintered. On May 5, 1910, they started their trip west. He kept the journal in a "Farmers Pocket Ledger" provided by the Deere & Mansur Company of Moline, Illinois. There is information about the company's products and agricultural information in the ledger.


Crossing the Plains, the journal of Harriett Bidwell Shaw

Crossing the Plains, the journal of Harriett Bidwell Shaw
Creator: Shaw, Harriet Bidwell
Date: 1851
Harriett Bidwell Shaw started a journal in September 18,1851, when she and her husband, Reverend James Milton Shaw traveled in a wagon train via the Santa Fe Trail to New Mexico. Harriett was the only woman to accompany the wagon train. She documented their daily activities, the weather conditions, hardships on the trail, encounters with Indians, and buffalo hunting. When the Shaws passed through Kansas they stayed at Shawnee Baptist Mission, Council Grove, and Pawnee Rock and stopped near Fort Mackey on the Arkansas river. They reached Santa Fe on November 14, 1851, where the journal ends. The Shaws eventually went to Albuquerque and then Socorro to establish Baptist missions among the Spanish people. In sum, Shaws journal presents a remarkable picture of the difficulties and rewards of travel to the American West prior to the American Civil War.


Daily journal of Elisabeth S. Morse, teacher at Delaware Baptist Mission

Daily journal of Elisabeth S. Morse, teacher at Delaware Baptist Mission
Creator: Morse, Elizabeth Stevens
Date: February 13, 1866-July 14, 1866
This item is the 1866 daily journal for Elisabeth S. Morse who taught at the Delaware Baptist Mission near Edwardsville, Kansas. While a number of entries are fairly brief, the journal contains interesting information on Morse's daily activities at the Mission.


Economy Used Clothing Company, Topeka, Kansas

Economy Used Clothing Company, Topeka, Kansas
Date: 1935
This is a general business journal for the Economy Used Clothing Company, 308 Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas. The business was owned by the Einstein family.


Frank Volney Burroughs journal

Frank Volney Burroughs journal
Creator: Burroughs, Frank Volney, b. 1878
Date: February 24, 1899 to December 1901
A journal kept by Frank Volney Burroughs. It chronicles his participation in the Spanish-American War, his return to civilian life, and his struggles with an injury and illnesses contracted during the war. Burroughs came to Kansas in September, 1894 and lived on a farm in Cowley County. He enlisted in the 32nd Infantry Regiment at Fort Leavenworth on August 8, 1899 and fought in the Philippines. After leaving the infantry, Burroughs enlisted in the 4th U. S. Cavalry. A complete transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Franklin Loomis Crane Journal

Franklin Loomis Crane Journal
Creator: Crane, Franklin L.
Date: January 16, 1856 - March 29, 1857
This journal, compiled by Franklin Loomis Crane, chairman and member of the Topeka Association, described the activities of the Topeka Association during 1856 and 1857. Some entries consisted of the minutes from town association meetings, while others identified those settlers who applied for town lots. Crane also wrote of his daily work for the association, including comments about the weather.


George Cutter, Kansas experience

George Cutter, Kansas experience
Date: January 1, 1857
This reminiscence is presumably from the Journal of Investigations in Kansas, which was compiled by the National Kansas Committee under the leadership of Thaddeus Hyatt. George Cutter was with Frederick Brown shortly before the Battle of Osawatomie and, like Brown, he was wounded during an altercation with border ruffians from Missouri. While Cutter was not directly involved in this battle, this reminiscence is still a rather fascinating account of it.


James H. Holmes, testimony

James H. Holmes, testimony
Creator: Hyatt, Thaddeus
Date: December 8, 1856
This testimony of James Holmes is a portion of the Journal of Investigations in Kansas, a collection of personal stories recorded by Thaddeus Hyatt, president of the National Kansas Committee. Mr. Holmes had studied agricultural chemistry before entering Kansas Territory, and his initial reason for emigrating was his desire to undertake agricultural experiments. He had also intended to join with Clubbs Vegetarian Settlement, which was located on the Neosho River near the north line of the Osage Reserve. He goes into detail about the Neosho valley and its vegetation, mineral deposits, etc. The rest of his account deals with his involvement in the free state militia and his role in defending Osawatomie.


Johnston Lykins' Shawnee verb conjugations

Johnston Lykins' Shawnee verb conjugations
Creator: Lykins, Johnston, 1800?-1876
Date: 1842
In his journal Johnston Lykins, a missionary to the Shawnee Indians in Kansas Territory, jotted down verb conjugations for the Shawnee alphabet he had developed while working at the Shawnee Mission. The notes include both singular and plural forms of the verb "to strike" in English and in Shawnee.


Johnston Lykins Journal Entries

Johnston Lykins Journal Entries
Creator: Lykins, Johnston, 1800?-1876
Date: February 23, 1842-March 5, 1842
Dr. Johnston Lykins, a Baptist missionary to the Shawnee Indians in Indian Territory (present-day Kansas), edited the Shawnee Sun, a newspaper printed in the Shawnee language. In these journal entries from 1842, Lykins wrote about his efforts to teach Shawnee pupils how to read under this alphabet (the Shawnee language had no written system). Lykins also spent some time traveling to visit and treat the sick.


Johnston Lykins journal entry, July 18, 1831

Johnston Lykins journal entry, July 18, 1831
Creator: Lykins, Johnston, 1800?-1876
Date: July 18, 1831
In his journal, Dr. Johnston Lykins, a Baptist missionary to the Shawnee Indians in northeast Kansas, recorded that many of the Shawnee villages were alarmed about an outbreak of smallpox. Lykins offered his assistance by vaccinating the natives.


Johnston Lykins journal entry, October 27, 1832

Johnston Lykins journal entry, October 27, 1832
Creator: Lykins, Johnston, 1800?-1876
Date: October 27, 1832
According to this journal entry, Johnston Lykins and his fellow missionaries at the Shawnee Mission in Indian Territory (now northeast Kansas) had written to the school board requesting permission to provide meals for the students. Their request was denied, and the missionaries feared that their students would no longer attend classes.


Johnston Lykins journal entry, undated

Johnston Lykins journal entry, undated
Creator: Lykins, Johnston, 1800?-1876
Date: Between 1826 and 1842
In this undated journal entry, Johnston Lykins, a Baptist missionary to the Shawnee of northeast Kansas, gives his perspective on how the U.S. government and Indian agents have treated emigrant Indians in Kansas. He also discusses how many of these Indian tribes are suffering from starvation.


Josephine Blakely Martin material

Josephine Blakely Martin material
Date: Between 1858 and 1881
Material relating to Josephine Blakely Martin and William S. Blakely. Included in this folder are journals, letters, appointments, and a diploma. Several pages of the journal have been skipped or cut out. Some of the letters discuss the Civil War, one noting a fight between troops of the Second Kansas Calvary and William Quantrill's men at David Tate's farm on March 22, 1862.


Jotham Meeker journals

Jotham Meeker journals
Creator: Meeker, Jotham, 1804-1855
Date: September 10, 1832-January 4, 1855
The journals of Jotham Meeker, in three volumes, describe his daily activities as an Indian missionary, printer, and minister in Michigan and Kansas territories. In 1825 Meeker served as a teacher and preacher among the Pottawatomis, the Ottawas, and later the Chippewas in Michigan. The Board of Baptist Missions sent Meeker to Indian Territory in 1833 in an area that would later become Kansas. Due in part to the Indian Removal Act of 1830, the U.S. government was relocating many Eastern tribes west of the Mississippi River. Meeker was assigned to the Shawnee tribe as a printer-missionary. By February 1834 he had set up his printing press at the Shawnee Baptist Mission in present Johnson County, Kansas. In May 1837 Meeker began his own mission among the Ottawas near present Ottawa, Kansas. Meeker died at the Ottawa mission in January 1855. A full transcription (PDF) is available below under "External Links." Images of the original journals are followed by images of the typescript copies. Funding to digitize these journals was donated by Dr. A. Allan Schmid.


Marshall's Band journal

Marshall's Band journal
Creator: Marshall's Band
Date: 1884 - 1903 (bulk 1884-1887)
This journal contains Marshall's Band meeting minutes, membership lists, officers, concerts and rehearsals, newspaper articles, financial reports, constitution, and by-laws. Marshall's Band was organized in the summer of 1884, at Topeka, Kansas, under the name of "The Republican Flambeaux Band," and played throughout the state during the presidential campaign of that year. After the election, it was reorganized and given its present name, in honor of its director, Mr. John B. Marshall. Also included in this journal is an agreement between Marshall's Band and E. W. Wilson, Pekin, Illinois, dated July 1903. The agreement committed the band to one concert on each Sunday at Vinewood Park. In turn, the band was paid $50.00 for each concert. For a complete, searchable transcript of the journal, click "Text Version" below.


Mary Magdalene Bellport journal

Mary Magdalene Bellport journal
Creator: Bellport, Mary Magdalene Bower, 1849-1935
Date: Between 1877 and 1879
This journal was written by Mary Madgalene (Bower) Bellport, who was born in 1849 in Germany. After her family moved to Ohio, Mary met and married Augustine Bellport in 1877, the same year that she began this journal. Augustine had changed his last name, from Brulport to Bellport, when he moved to Kansas in 1865. Most of the entries in the journal deal with her travels through Kansas and Colorado. She also relates valuable information about frontier life in Kansas, including the near-fatal injury suffered by her brother-in-law, Steve, harsh summer heat, and a prairie fire that threatened to destroy their homestead.


Notes by the Way

Notes by the Way
Creator: Goodnow, Isaac T. (Isaac Tichenor), 1814-1894
Date: July 3, 1851 - July 18, 1851
Three small notebooks kept by Isaac Tichenor Goodnow while on summer vacation from teaching at the Providence Seminary in Rhode Island. A searchable transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Robert F. Shreffler job search in Chicago, Illinois

Robert F. Shreffler job search in Chicago, Illinois
Date: April 1928 - October 1928
The journal of Robert F. Shreffler records his search for employment in Chicago, Illinois. Shreffler was born in 1908 in Joliet, Illinois. He obtained his degree in drafting, and eventually gained work with the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company between the years 1930-1951. During this time, he lived in Topeka, Kansas. Pages 31-36 of the journal were omitted at the request of the lender.


S.H. Moore, reminiscences

S.H. Moore, reminiscences
Creator: Hyatt, Thaddeus
Date: November 28, 1856
This testimony made up a portion of the Journal of Investigations in Kansas, a collection of personal reminiscences that was apparently recorded by Thaddeus Hyatt, president of the National Kansas Committee. This particular account relates the experience of S. H. Moore, a resident of Ottawa, Kansas Territory. Mr. Moore describes the land, vegetation, etc. around Ottawa and mentions various settlers from the area.


S.P. Hand, testimony

S.P. Hand, testimony
Creator: Hyatt, Thaddeus
Date: December 2, 1856
This testimony, a part of the Journal of Investigations in Kansas, was apparently collected by the president of the National Kansas Committee, Thaddeus Hyatt. It relates the tale of S. P. Hand, a soldier in the free state militia who took part in the battle of Fort Titus and was captured at the battle of Hickory Point. His account provides a great deal of information regarding troop movements and the workings of the free state militia.


S.T. Shore, testimony

S.T. Shore, testimony
Date: December 2, 1856
This testimony, a portion of the Journal of Investigations in Kansas, was collected by the National Kansas Committee under the leadership of Thaddeus Hyatt. Although Captain Shore was a free state militia captain and was active during the border warfare of 1856, this account focuses on his personal life and his perceptions of the Kansas Territory rather than upon his political or military experiences. The testimony begins with general information about his family, claim, etc., and then proceeds to his personal opinion of the land and vegetation in Kansas.


Samuel Reader's diary, volume 10

Samuel Reader's diary, volume 10
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: May 1, 1880-June 30, 1885
Volume ten of Samuel J. Reader's diary. During this period, several deaths in his family occurred, including his brother-in-law, his father, who died on April 20, 1884, and his daughter, who died on April 29, 1885. In addition to English, Reader writes the diary in shorthand. Reader also attached newspaper clippings of personal interest to some pages of his diary and doodled illustrations on several pages.


Samuel Reader's diary, volume 11

Samuel Reader's diary, volume 11
Creator: Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914
Date: July 1, 1885-August 20, 1887
Volume eleven of Samuel James Reader's diary. Inside the front cover is a photograph of Reader at the age of fifty. In addition to English, Reader writes the diary in shorthand. Newspaper clippings, commencement programs, election tickets and illustrations are found in the diary. During the period charted by this volume, Reader's public duties expanded to clerk of the new School District No. 93, his daughter enrolled in the Topeka Business and Normal College, and Reader bought a typewriter.


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