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Beckman grocery store, Randolph, Kansas

Beckman grocery store, Randolph, Kansas
Date: Early 1950s
An interior view showing Jere Marchett, from Topeka, Kansas, working in his grandfather's store, H. C. Beckman Grocery Store, Randolph, Kansas. Matchett spent part of his summer vacation working in the store.


Business directory, Coronado, Kansas

Business directory, Coronado, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1889
This image shows a photographic business directory titled, "Coronado, the Railroad Town of Wichita County, Kansas." There are 25 photographs of business buildings with a list of the businesses below the pictures. Business number 2 (pictured on the top row, second from the left) is listed as "A. J. Wright Drugs, Stationery, Perfumes, Holiday articles." Other businesses listed include a bank, hardware stores, grocery stores, general merchandise stores, a church, livery barns, a contractor, a barber shop, lumber yards, a law office, a hotel, a meat market, and a blacksmith.


Charles Boswell

Charles Boswell
Date: Between 1880 and 1884
This black and white illustration shows Charles Boswell, (1802-1884), benefactor for Washburn University. Boswell was born in 1802 in Norwich, Connecticut, where he made his fortune as a wholesale grocer and banker. In the latter part of his life he was also associated with the Hartford Fire Insurance Company. When Boswell moved to West Hartford, Connecticut, in 1860, his interest turned to education and helping struggling colleges in the west. One of the many colleges that benefited from his financial assistance was Washburn College in Topeka, Kansas. In 1884, Boswell gave the college ten thousand dollars toward the building of a library with the stipulation that five thousand additional dollars were to be raised. The challenge was meet and when the native limestone structure was completed, in 1886, the building was dedicated the Boswell Library. Boswell also established a $10,000.00 endowment at Washburn in memory of his only son who died during his junior year at Yale University. When Boswell passed away in October of 1884, he left provisions in his will that established a trust fund for Washburn and made the college a one-third residuary legatee of his estate.


Dr. H. C. Perdue's Neosho County Advertiser, Erie, Kansas

Dr. H. C. Perdue's Neosho County Advertiser, Erie, Kansas
Date: Between 1887 and 1889
This pamphlet titled The Neosho County Advertiser was published by Dr. H. C. Perdue, M. D., in Erie, Kansas. It contains approximately 50 pages of descriptions of medical cures and other advertising. Descriptions of Dr. Perdue's Ague Cure and other medical treatments are on pages 2-28, and other advertisements are on pages 29-49, plus the inside and outside of the back cover. Besides information on Dr. Perdue's medical practice, there are numerous advertisements for drug stores. Drug stores listed in the advertisements (and their town locations, all in Kansas) include: Palace Drug Store, Erie; Ira Steinberger Drug Store, Erie; New City Drug Store, Erie; Dr. C. E. Steadman, Druggist, Osage Mission; I. N. Wherrett General Merchandise and Drugs, Vietsburg; M. Devine, Druggist, Osage Mission; Baldwin House Drug Store, Thayer; W. R. Kramer, Druggist, Chanute; John McCarthy, Druggist, Galesburg; and Mrs. Samuel Whelpley, Druggist, Morehead. Druggists listed as references for Dr. Perdue include Charles H. Eaton and J. T. Brown, both of Erie. Other businesses and professions advertised include attorneys, real estate agents, merchants, banks, doctors, clothing stores, millinery and dress making stores, grocery stores, jewelry stores, candy stores, cigar stores, meat markets, bakeries, livery stables, abstracters, tree nurseries, buggy harness stores, carpenters, hardware stores, fur dealers, barber shops, lumber companies, monument dealers, dry goods, dentists, hotels, and furniture stores.


Drug stores on Main Street, Ottawa, Kansas

Drug stores on Main Street, Ottawa, Kansas
Date: 1898
These photographs show four drug stores on Main Street in Ottawa, Kansas. The first photograph shows two drug stores right next to each other: C. L. Cowdery's Drug Store on the left, and the J. E. Youngberg Drug Company in the middle. An ice cream and soda shop is on the right. The second photograph shows the C. L. Becker Drug Store in the building second from the right. Other businesses visible include the C. B. Jones Shoe Store on the right, and the Dress Cutting Academy and The Up to Date store to the left of the drug store. The third photograph shows the S. H. Lucas Drug Store in the third building from the left. Other businesses visible on the block include The Racket; Mitchell Wagons; Topping Hardware Company; Davenport, Lathrop and Company; and J. D. Chamberlain Groceries, Bakery, and Feed. Several people are visible in front of the stores, and several horse-drawn buggies and carriages are visible on the street.


Esther Wehner, Rossville, Kansas

Esther Wehner, Rossville, Kansas
Date: 1957
Esther Wehner is pictured working behind the counter at Wehner's IGA, located on Main Street in Rossville, Kansas. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


George Parker Whiteker

George Parker Whiteker
Date: 1929
This photograph is of George Parker Whiteker (1860-1929). He moved to Topeka in 1882. Along with his brother, T.C. Whiteker, the two formed the Whiteker Brothers Wholesale Fruit and Produce company in 1901. George was a member of the Orient Lodge No. 51, A.F.& A.M., the Scottish Rite, Eastern Star and Toltec Rite.


George Parker Whiteker

George Parker Whiteker
Date: 1915
This photograph is of George Parker Whiteker (1860-1929). He moved to Topeka in 1882. Along with his brother, T.C. Whiteker, the two formed the Whiteker Brothers Wholesale Fruit and Produce company in 1901. George was a member of the Orient Lodge No. 51, A.F.& A.M., the Scottish Rite, Eastern Star and Toltec Rite.


Grocers and Butchers Picnic, Garfield Park, Topeka, Kansas

Grocers and Butchers Picnic, Garfield Park, Topeka, Kansas
Date: August 18, 1920
This black and white photograph shows a group of men at the annual Grocers and Butchers Picnic at Garfield Park in Topeka, Kansas. Standing to the far right is Thomas Sneed who barbecued about 2,000 pounds of meat for the event.


Grocery delivery wagon in Maple Hill, Kansas

Grocery delivery wagon in Maple Hill, Kansas
Date: 1909
Photograph of Tony Peterson delivering groceries and picking up cream by wagon in Maple Hill, Kansas.


Harlow W. Baker

Harlow W. Baker
Date: Between 1900 and 1904
A portrait of Harlow W. Baker, a resident and merchant in Lawrence, Kansas. He and Peter D. Ridenour were partners in a grocery business.


Ira T. Hopkins' delivery truck with Orbie Binney, Rossville, Kansas

Ira T. Hopkins' delivery truck with Orbie Binney, Rossville, Kansas
Date: Between 1925 and 1931
Around 1925, Ira T. Hopkins started his grocery business in Rossville, Kansas. He sold it in 1931, later buying it back and then selling it again in 1945. Orbie Binney is in the delivery truck. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


J. Bishop Dry Goods store, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas

J. Bishop Dry Goods store, Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas
Date: 1911
These two photographs show groups of men standing in front of the J. Bishop Dry Goods store in Neosho Falls, Woodson County, Kansas. In the first photo, some of the men are identified as Joseph Bishop, James Linn, the Chief Clerk, and Mr. Tiedeman, a salesman.


John Wehner, Rossville, Kansas

John Wehner, Rossville, Kansas
Date: 1957
John Wehner stocking the shelves in his Wehner's IGA store located on Main Street in Rossville, Kansas. This photograph is provided through a pilot project to host unique cultural heritage materials from local libraries on Kansas Memory and was accomplished by mutual agreement between the Northeast Kansas Library System, the Rossville Community Library, and the Kansas Historical Society.


P. J. McBride to Roy Hennigh

P. J. McBride to Roy Hennigh
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: December 12, 1917
This letter was written in response to Roy Hennigh's earlier letter (dated November 21) to Gov. Arthur Capper, which had been referred to P. J. McBride, the Commissioner of Labor and Industry. In it, McBride responds to Hennigh's complaint that a welfare inspector prevented Hennigh from employing his two daughters in his grocery store. McBride referred him to the child labor law that "prohibited the employment of any child under 14 years of age in mercantile establishments." No one could make any exception to this law because, according to McBride, some of the worst cases of abuse had occurred at the hands of parents. This law did not affect children's work within the home, but it did mandate that children under 14 could not be assigned regular duties for a specific period of time in a place of business. McBride emphasized that "it is not the purpose of this department to split hairs," but that his inspectors were bound to ensure that the law was applied fairly and equally to all.


Part 12: Exodusters, in first annual report of the Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics

Part 12: Exodusters, in first annual report of the Bureau of Labor and Industrial Statistics
Creator: Kansas Bureau of Labor
Date: 1886
This excerpt of the Kansas Bureau of Labor report includes only Part 12, the portion of the report focusing on the Exodusters in Wyandotte, Kansas. The report includes transcribed testimonies of Exodusters as well as a detailed table showing statistics compiled from seventeen families, including their location, ages, health, and occupations. The report also includes a few references to Exodusters in Topeka.


Peter D. Ridenour

Peter D. Ridenour
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
A portrait of Peter D. Ridenour. In 1858, he and Harlow Baker founded Ridenour-Baker Grocery Company in Lawrence, Kansas. On August 21,1863, Quantrill's raiders destroyed the company's entire stock of goods valued at $40,000, and Mr. Baker was seriously wounded. The company moved from its Lawrence downtown location to Kansas City, Missouri in 1878 and began operating as the Kansas City Terminal Warehouse Company.


Produce men waiting for produce to arrive by train, Topeka, Kansas

Produce men waiting for produce to arrive by train, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1905
This is a photograph of produce men waiting for produce to arrive by train in Topeka, Kansas. Samuel E. Lux is at left of the pole.


Produce men waiting for produce to arrive by train, Topeka, Kansas

Produce men waiting for produce to arrive by train, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1905
This photograph shows produce men waiting for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe train to arrive, bringing strawberries from Doniphan and Atchison counties by way of Atchison. The express office at the Santa Fe depot is in the background. Tom Whiteker, of Whiteker Bros. Wholesale Fruit & Produce company, is at the far right of the photograph.


Robert Dawson Lykins

Robert Dawson Lykins
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
A photograph of Robert (Bob) Dawson Lykins in his grocery store located at 526 North 2nd in Atchison, Kansas. In 1938, he started working at Arnsberg's grocery store located at 10th and Main in Atchison, Kansas. In 1945, Lykins became the manager of Arensberg's store at 9th and Parallel. Three years later in 1948, he went into business for himself opening the store at 526 North 2nd. Lykins worked hard keeping the store open from 8 am to 10 pm each day for the first 15 years. He closed the business in 1975 after it became economically difficult to compete with larger stores. In addition to owning and operating a grocery store, he served as an Atchison County commissioner.


Robert Dawson Lykins

Robert Dawson Lykins
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
Advertisements and a photograph of Robert (Bob) Dawson Lykins who owned a grocery store at 526 North 2nd in Atchison, Kansas. In 1938, he started working at Arnsberg's grocery store located at 10th and Main in Atchison, Kansas. In 1945, Lykins became the manager of Arensberg's store at 9th and Parallel. Three years later in 1948, he went into business for himself opening the store at 526 North 2nd. Lykins worked hard keeping the store open from 10 am to 10 pm each day for the first 15 years. He closed the business in 1975 after it became economically difficult to compete with larger stores. In addition to owning and operating a grocery store, he served as an Atchison County commissioner.


Roy Hennigh to Arthur Capper

Roy Hennigh to Arthur Capper
Creator: Hennigh, Roy
Date: November 21, 1917
Roy Hennigh, owner of a grocery store in Sabetha, Nemaha County, wrote this letter to the governor concerning a recent visit to his store by a female deputy factory inspector. According to Hennigh, this inspector informed him that his two teenage daughters could not work in his store on the weekends according to the child labor laws. Hennigh argues that he does not officially employ his children, or any other children, because "they help me just as anybody's children should." He believes it is "very poor judgement to enact a law which forbids parents to use the help of their own children." He also takes issue with the fact that a female inspector evaluated his business. P. J. McBride, Commissioner of Labor and Industry, replied to this letter on December 12, 1917.


Settlers on Little Sugar Creek

Settlers on Little Sugar Creek
Creator: Stewart, John E.
Date: c. 1856 or 1857
This listing of the settlers along Little Sugar Creek includes information about each settler, the resources in the area, and local buildings. It also includes an account of an attack by the Missouri ruffians in which a number of men were carried off to Westport, Missouri. It was most likely compiled by John E. Stewart at the request of Thaddeus Hyatt, president of the National Kansas Committee.


Souvenir of Larned and Pawnee County, Kansas

Souvenir of Larned and Pawnee County, Kansas
Creator: Larned Chronoscope
Date: 1908 ?
This souvenir history of Larned and Pawnee County, Kansas, includes brief historical sketches with many photos of farms, homes, and businesses.


Victims of Quantrill's raid

Victims of Quantrill's raid
Creator: Cordley, Richard
Date: Between 1861 and 1864
A composite of portraits showing Dr. J. F. Griswold, Harlow W. Baker, Josiah Trask, and Simeon Montgomery Thorp. These men were victims of Quantrill's raid in Lawrence, Kansas. It was copied from A History of Lawrence, Kansas, by Richard Cordley who himself experienced and survived Quantrill's raid.


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