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Alfred Gray miscellaneous writings and certificates

Alfred Gray miscellaneous writings and certificates
Creator: Gray, Alfred, 1830-1880
Date: Between 1870 and 1879
Miscellaneous writings and certificates from the Alfred Gray collection. Alfred was an early settler of Quindaro, in present-day Kansas City, Kansas. Quindaro was established by the New England Emigrant Aid Company in order to bring to Kansas abolitionists and others who wanted Kansas to become a free state. Gray remained in Kansas throughout his life. A resident of Wyandotte and Topeka, he served as the first Secretary to the Board of Agriculture. Gray County in southwest Kansas was named for him.


All-State Player semi-pro baseball certificates

All-State Player semi-pro baseball certificates
Creator: National Baseball Congress of America
Date: July 01, 1947-July 31, 1956
These All-State Player certificates were issued to Topekan Harland Coffman for his performance during the state semi-pro baseball tournaments held in Wichita in 1947, 1954, and 1956. Each year, 16 players who competed in the state semi-pro tournament were honored by being named to the all-state team. Coffman was a member of the Topeka Decker Oilers, a perennial contender for the state semi-pro baseball title in the 1940s and 1950s. Harland's father 'Pooch' (also known as Al and Vern) was the long-time manager of the Decker Oilers. Other family members who played with the team were Harland's brother Burton, and his uncles Ed and Junior Coffman. Between 1948 and 1953, Harland Coffman pitched for several minor league teams. In the 158 minor league games for which his statistics are available, he achieved an overall record of 62-46, with an ERA of 3.19. The National Baseball Congress of America was also the National Semi-Pro Baseball Congress. Digital reproduction of the photograph was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


All-State team semi-pro baseball certificate

All-State team semi-pro baseball certificate
Date: 1948
This certificate was presented to Charles (Chick) Gordon in recognition of his selection to the 1948 All-State Baseball Team at the state semi-pro baseball tournament in Wichita, Kansas. Gordon participated in the tournament as the starting right-fielder for the Topeka Decker Oilers, the team that won the state championship that year. He was one of 16 players named to the All-State team by the National Baseball Congress of America, the tournament sponsor. Digital reproduction of the certificate was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


Andrew Jackson Huntoon correspondence

Andrew Jackson Huntoon correspondence
Creator: Huntoon, Andrew Jackson, d. 1902
Date: 1860-1863
Andrew Jackson Huntoon was a physician who came to Kansas in 1857, settling south of Topeka in Williamsport, Shawnee County. In 1861 he enlisted with the 5th Kansas Cavalry volunteer regiment, serving as assistant surgeon and surgeon of that group, seeing service along the Missouri border and in Arkansas. After mustering out he settled in Topeka, where he died in 1902. This collection consists primarily of letters to or from Lizzie, Huntoon's friend and later wife. Some of the content describes Indian affairs and military matters. A complete transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Appointment of William H. Bush to postmaster at Pond Creek, Wallace County, Kansas

Appointment of William H. Bush to postmaster at Pond Creek, Wallace County, Kansas
Creator: Post Office Department
Date: February 02, 1869
These are appointment papers for William H. Bush from the Post Office Department. He was named the Post Master at Pond Creek, Wallace County, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Company stock certificate

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Company stock certificate
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad Company
Date: 1883
This is an Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad Company stock certificate. At the monthly director's meeting held, August 7, 1883, in Boston, MA, they approved issuing certificates of stock from number A.1 issued August 1, 1883, forward. The directors decided that certificates would be signed by the Assistant Secretary, countersigned by the Assistant Treasurer, and certified across the left end by the Comptroller. The shares were valued at $100 each and they were issued in the State of Kansas.


Big Harvey Oil and Gas Company stock certificate #854

Big Harvey Oil and Gas Company stock certificate #854
Creator: Big Harvey Oil & Gas Company
Date: Aug. 1, 1917
This is stock certificate #854 for Big Harvey Oil and Gas Company in Newton, Kansas. It was issued to William Hutchinson.


Big Harvey Oil and Gas Company stock certificate #861

Big Harvey Oil and Gas Company stock certificate #861
Creator: Big Harvey Oil & Gas Company
Date: Aug. 1, 1917
This is stock certificate #861 for Big Harvey Oil and Gas Company in Newton, Kansas. It was issued to B. E. Eatinger.


Birth record for Beatrice Ramos, born in San Francisco del Rincon, Mexico on May 29, 1929

Birth record for Beatrice Ramos, born in San Francisco del Rincon, Mexico on May 29, 1929
Date: 1929
This is a birth record for Beatrice Ramos, who was born in San Francisco del Rincon, Mexico on May 29, 1929. Her family immigrated to the United States in July of that year. Beatrice married Vincent Escobar in Topeka, Kansas, on October 30, 1948. (The couple's wedding portrait is Kansas Memory record no. 89850). She was active in Topeka's Our Lady of Guadalupe Church, and Fiesta Mexicana. Beatrice Escobar died in Topeka on October 13, 2013.


Bluemont Central College records

Bluemont Central College records
Date: 1855-1869
Series of records in the Isaac T. Goodnow collection relating to Bluemont Central College and its successor, the Kansas State Agricultural College, in Manhattan, Kansas. Goodnow was a land agent for the college from 1867-1873.


Boston Corbett's personal documents

Boston Corbett's personal documents
Date: 1855-1886
Personal documents belonging to Thomas P. "Boston" Corbett, the man who killed John Wilkes Booth following President Lincoln's assassination. Corbett moved to Kansas in 1878 and lived in a dugout near Concordia, Kansas. In 1887, Corbett was given the position of assistant doorkeeper for the Kansas House of Representatives in Topeka. However, when he brandished his pistol during a session of the legislative that same year, he was arrested and sent to an insane asylum. In 1888, he escaped and his whereabouts remained unknown until his presumed death. Documents include his Y.M.C.A. membership cards, signed checks, baptism certificate, a hatmaker's traveling card, and his naturalization certificate dated June 19, 1855.


Brown's Rotary Shuttle Sewing Machine Company stock certificate

Brown's Rotary Shuttle Sewing Machine Company stock certificate
Date: February 13, 1875
This stock certificate entitles H. B. Cullum, receiver for the First National Bank in Topeka, Kansas, to 165 shares in capital stock of Brown's Rotary Shuttle Sewing Machine Company in Indianapolis, Indiana.


Capitol building bond purchased by Samuel Johnson Crawford

Capitol building bond purchased by Samuel Johnson Crawford
Date: July 01, 1867
This is a $1,000 capitol building bond offered by the State of Kansas to aid in the completion of the east wing of the state capitol building in Topeka, Kansas. The $1,000 bond was purchased and signed by Governor Samuel Johnson Crawford.


Certificate of Incorporation for the Singleton colony

Certificate of Incorporation for the Singleton colony
Creator: Singleton Town Company
Date: June 24, 1879
This certificate of incorporation laid out the details of the Singleton Colony's town company, including its purpose, term of duration, and number of directors. The document was signed by Benjamin Singleton, William Sizemore, A. D. DeFrantz, Fuel Williamson, George Wade, George Moon, John Elliott, Austin Dozier, John Davis, William Shrout, and John Wade. It was also notarized by Thomas Archer and certified by James Smith, Kansas Secretary of State.


Certificate of Service, Franklin L. Crane, Jr.

Certificate of Service, Franklin L. Crane, Jr.
Creator: Kansas Volunteers for the Protection of the Ballot Box
Date: December 11, 1855
Franklin L. Crane, Jr., son of a prominent citizen in Topeka, Kansas Territory, served as a private from November 27 to December 11, 1855, in defense of Lawrence. This certificate of service was signed by several people active in the free state cause, including James H. Lane and Charles Robinson.


Certificate of appreciation for Harry Colmery

Certificate of appreciation for Harry Colmery
Date: 1934
This large, hand-crafted certificate was presented to Harry Colmery in appreciation for his efforts as executive director of the 1934 Western Sectional Tournament sponsored by the national American Legion organization and hosted by Topeka's Capitol Post 1. In the tournament held August 23-25, 1934, six American Legion Junior Baseball teams from the western half of the country competed to determine which of them would vie against the Eastern Sectional winner for the national championship. It was the second straight year that Topeka hosted the tournament. Teams from the following cities participated in the Western Sectional in 1934: New Orleans, LA; Milwaukee, WI; Oakland, CA; Seattle, WA; Wichita, KS; and, Neligh, NE. New Orleans defeated Seattle in the tournament final by a score of 10-6, but the team ultimately lost to Cumberland, MD in the national title series played in Chicago. The certificate of appreciation was signed by members of all six Western Sectional teams, plus the following officials: Senator Arthur Capper; Governor Alf Landon; Topeka Mayor Omar Ketchum; Frank Ripley, President of the Topeka Chamber of Commerce; and, Russell Cook, National Director of the American Legion's Americanism Commission. Topekan Harry Colmery was a long-time local, state, and national leader in the American Legion, as well as a prominent national advocate for veterans' rights. He is widely credited for his role in drafting the G.I. Bill of Rights legislation, and for his advocacy in securing the bill's passage in 1944.


Certificate of recommendation for Sutomoni

Certificate of recommendation for Sutomoni
Creator: Hatterscheidt, John G.
Date: July 1854
This item, which contains the original document and a more-legible copy of the original, is a certificate written by John P. Hatterscheidt that vouches for the character of Indian Chief Sutomoni, who was recommended to Hatterscheidt by W. Quicke.


Certificate presented to Judge Richard Dean Rogers

Certificate presented to Judge Richard Dean Rogers
Creator: Shriners Hospitals For Children
Date: November 13, 2010
A certificate presented to Judge Richard Rogers for his contributions to the Shriners Hospitals For Children.


Charles Tucker's residence, Delaware District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory

Charles Tucker's residence, Delaware District, Cherokee Nation, Indian Territory
Creator: Cornatzer, Samuel M.
Date: April 10, 1876
This item concerns the legal heirs of the estate of Wah-na-se. In council, the Shawnee leaders decided that the land owned by Wah-na-se would be given to her sole heir, Mary Rodgers. The item is signed by Head Chief Charles Tucker, Assistant Chief Dudley Tucker, and Shawnee "Councillors" James Kyser, Hiram Johnson, and Charles Tucker, Jr.


Colonel Don Estevan Miro to the Ioway Indians

Colonel Don Estevan Miro to the Ioway Indians
Date: March 15, 1784
This document was presented to Antoine Burada by his uncle, George Campbell. George Campbell was the "half-breed" son of Vance Murray Campbell, a fur trader and U. S. treaty interpreter, who fathered several children by the daughter of No Heart, an Ioway chief. Their daughter Emily (sister of George) married Michael T. Barada. Their son Antoine Barada (1863-1924) of White Cloud, Kansas, was one of several by that name in the Ioway and Omaha tribes, so he is not to be confused with his first cousin Antoine Barada (1807-1885) of Barada, Nebraska, a celebrated figure in that state's folklore. This is the Antoine Barada who signed the treaty between the United States and the Kansas Nation, at St. Louis, in 1815. The document is addressed to "de la Nacion Ayoas" - the Ioway nation - and was signed by Colonel Don Estevan Miro, who was the Spanish governor of Louisiana during the period when it was secretly deeded by the French to the Spanish. It was presented to the Iowa Nation at the Spanish Office of the Province of Louisiana, at New Orleans, March 15, 1784. This document was donated to the Kansas Historical Society circa 1905 according to the Transactions of KSHS, vol. 9 (1905-1906), p. 251, note 55.


Colonel James Montgomery appointment

Colonel James Montgomery appointment
Date: June 24, 1861
This document officially appoints and commissions James Montgomery as a Colonel of the Third Regiment of Volunteers, State of Kansas--part of General Lane's Brigade. Montgomery was an obvious choice for such a post due to his experience as a Jayhawker during the Bleeding Kansas period that followed the passage of the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, as well as his ardent support of the Union at the eve of the Civil War.


Croweburg mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas

Croweburg mining camp, Crawford County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1940
Photographs of Croweburg, a small unincorporated community in Crawford County located halfway between Arma and Mulberry. Croweburg was made up of four separate mining camps: #14 Croweburg Camp, #15 Croweburg Camp, #16 Croweburg Camp, and New Camp. Being about a half mile apart from one another, the community unified as Croweburg. The town took its name from the Crowe Coal Co., the principal employer of the miners. Croweburg had its own post office from 1908 until 1972. The community still exists. Photographs include images of a church, community hall, a local lake, street scenes, a school, and a meeting hall.


Die unterzeichnete Vorstand giebt sich die Ehre

Die unterzeichnete Vorstand giebt sich die Ehre
Creator: Hunnius, Ado, 1842-1923
Date: October 21, 1874
This item is a certificate from the Museum fur Volkerkunde (Anthropological and Ethnological Museum) in Leipzig, Germany. It was issued to Carl Julius Adolph "Ado" Hunnius by the Museum's executive committee on October 21, 1874, to certify that Hunnius would be "making collections and receiving donations for said institute" as their authorized agent. Shortly after receiving this certificate, Hunnius began gathering the data for his article "Die Indianer in der Vereinigten Staaten," which provides information on the Native American tribes in the United States of America.


Geneseo Town Company stock certificate

Geneseo Town Company stock certificate
Creator: Crihfield, Samuel Arthur, 1849-1919
Date: 1889
This Geneseo Town Company stock certificate issued to Samuel Arthur Crihfield by himself as he served as secretary of company. The town was located on the Missouri Pacific and Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe railroad lines.


George W. Martin certificate of appointment

George W. Martin certificate of appointment
Creator: United States. President (1861-1865 : Lincoln)
Date: March 08, 1865
This certificate appointing George W. Martin, Register of the Land Office at Junction City, Kansas. The certificate is signed by Abraham Lincoln, President of the United States, and John Palmer Usher, Secretary of the Interior.


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