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A Story of Real Life on The Plains

A Story of Real Life on The Plains
Creator: Van Sickle, S.S.
Date: 1875
A story written by Captain S.S. Van Sickel, in which he recounts his time on the Plains, his experiences with the Indians, and his narrow escape from death during the winter of 1874-75. He was a citizen of Bull City, Kansas (now known as Alton) for several years and also spent time in Dodge City, Great Bend, and Russell.


Abraham Eitzen farm, Marion County, Kansas

Abraham Eitzen farm, Marion County, Kansas
Date: 1904
This is a photograph of the Abraham Eitzen farm located 2 miles east and 2 1/2 miles south of Hillsboro, Kansas. It shows the home, farm buildings and a windmill. It is a snow scene and there is a horse drawn sled in the image.


A memory of old Fort Harker

A memory of old Fort Harker
Creator: The Club Member
Date: February 1908
This reminiscence by Mrs. Henry Inman, published in The Club Member, describes her experiences as a Kansas pioneer. She moved to Fort Harker in January 1868 after a difficult journey in severe winter weather. She details various aspects of frontier life, including the U.S. military's conflicts with Native Americans and the daily struggle for survival. She also mentions how she met "Mother" Bickerdyke, and that her husband served in the Seventh Cavalry under General George Armstrong Custer.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway engine 1080, Holyrood, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway engine 1080, Holyrood, Kansas
Creator: Goebel, Charles, 1898-1987
Date: January 09, 1932
This photograph shows Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's steam engine #1080 taking on water at Holyrood, Kansas. The front of the engine is covered with snow.


Blizzard, Oakley, Kansas

Blizzard, Oakley, Kansas
Date: 1912
These men are clearing the railroad tracks after a blizzard in Oakley, Kansas.


Blizzard in Ford County, Kansas

Blizzard in Ford County, Kansas
Date: 1886
View of steam locomotives trying to cut through large drifts of snow. People are standing in snow next to the tracks. The photograph was taken east of Dodge City, Kansas.


Blizzard in Oakley, Kansas

Blizzard in Oakley, Kansas
Date: March 14, 1912
This black and white photograph shows a street scene in Oakley, Kansas, with snow drifts reported to be six to seven feet deep. In the background two people are shoveling the snow from the city sidewalks.


Cattle in a blizzard on the plains

Cattle in a blizzard on the plains
Date: 1886
This is a photo of a drawing of a herd of cattle in a blizzard drawn by Charles Graham from a sketch by Henry Worrall.


Child's harmonica

Child's harmonica
Creator: Beaver
Date: between 1920 and 1931
This Diatonic harmonica with silver cover-plates, brass reed-plates, and a black and orange wood comb belonged to Dean Thomas of Dighton, Kansas. Dean came down with appendicitis on the first day of a major two-day blizzard and was unable to reach a hospital until after his appendix had ruptured. Dean Thomas died at age 10 on March 31, 1931. After his death, his mother kept many of Dean's belongings, including this harmonica, in a trunk.


Child's overalls

Child's overalls
Date: between 1929 and 1931
This pair of child's blue denim overalls belonged to Dean Thomas of Dighton, Kansas. Dean came down with appendicitis on the first day of a major two-day blizzard and was unable to reach a hospital until after his appendix had ruptured. Dean Thomas died at age 10 on March 31, 1931. After his death, his mother kept many of Dean's belongings, including these overalls, in a trunk.


Children, Sheridan County, Kansas

Children, Sheridan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1920 and 1955
These are three photographs of children in Sheridan County, Kansas. The first one is a toddler in a white overdress with a large white lace collar sitting on rocking chair that has sewn flowers on the head support. The second photograph shows two girls and a boy viewing a large snowman. The third photograph shows three boys with guns with an outbuilding in the background.


Children sledding in the snow, Russell, Kansas

Children sledding in the snow, Russell, Kansas
Date: Between 1905 and 1915
This photograph was produced from a dry plate glass negative showing, possibly, Wentworth children sledding in Russell, Kansas.


Clearing snow from the railroad tracks at Grainfield, Kansas

Clearing snow from the railroad tracks at Grainfield, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1915
This is a photograph showing a Union Pacific train clearing snow from the tracks at Grainfield, Kansas.


Famine in Kansas

Famine in Kansas
Creator: New York Illustrated News
Date: February 23, 1861
An illustration copied from the New York Illustrated News showing people and a covered wagon pulled by oxen struggling through the snow in search of provisions. Kansas experienced a long period of drought from June, 1859 until November, 1860 and as a result settlers suffered particularly in the rural areas. With failed crops and limited supplies, thousands of people packed up and went back East.


Greeley County High School in the snow, Tribune, Kansas

Greeley County High School in the snow, Tribune, Kansas
Date: 1931
A view of the Greeley County High School building in the snow, March 1931. Both automobiles and a horse-drawn wagon are parked outside the school.


J. R. Fisher's residence, Cimarron, Kansas

J. R. Fisher's residence, Cimarron, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1915
This is a photograph of J. R. Fisher's residence in Cimarron, Kansas. The trees and bushes are covered with snow and ice.


John Hamon family members and farm, Jefferson County, Kansas

John Hamon family members and farm, Jefferson County, Kansas
Date: Between 1910 and 1920
Eighteen glass plate negatives showing scenes on John Hamon's farm located north of Valley Falls in the Coal Creek community and unidentified groups in Jefferson County, Kansas.


John Wesley McManigal photographs

John Wesley McManigal photographs
Creator: McManigal, John Wesley
Date: Between 1934 and 1949
This is a collection of agricultural photographs taken in northeast Kansas by photographer John Wesley McManigal.


Kansas capitol grounds after a snow fall in Topeka, Kansas

Kansas capitol grounds after a snow fall in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This is a photograph showing snow covering the Kansas capitol grounds. The Pioneer Woman statue is visible on the left.


L. W. Halbe collection

L. W. Halbe collection
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: 1908-1912
The L. W. (Leslie Winfield) Halbe photo collection consists of 1500 glass plate negatives produced by Halbe during his teenage years. Halbe lived in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas, and began taking photographs of the region with an inexpensive Sears and Roebuck camera when he was fifteen years old.


Lincoln Avenue in Liberal, Kansas

Lincoln Avenue in Liberal, Kansas
Date: Between 1895 and 1899
This postcard shows people shoveling snow on Lincoln Avenue in Liberal, Kansas. A church, a number of houses, and utility poles are in the image.


Locomotive plowing through a snow storm between Morrill and Sabetha, Kansas

Locomotive plowing through a snow storm between Morrill and Sabetha, Kansas
Date: March 15, 1912
This is a photo of several men trying to remove snow off of a locomotive and railroad tracks between Morrill and Sabetha, Ks.


Locomotive plowing through heavy snow in western Kansas

Locomotive plowing through heavy snow in western Kansas
Date: February 26, 1912
This is a photo of a locomotive plowing heavy snow off of the railroad tracks in western Kansas.


Mary Kallaus interview, Kinsley, Kansas

Mary Kallaus interview, Kinsley, Kansas
Creator: Kallaus, Mary Todd (Steele)
Date: April 04, 2011
This transcript of an interview with Mary Kallaus is part of an oral history project entitled "Patterns of Change, Edwards County, Kansas 1950-1970" conducted by the Kinsley Public Library. The project was supported by a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant. Kallaus talks of her family, education, and her memories of the Edwards County community. An interview with her husband Robert Kallaus is also available.


Oil derricks in Russell County, Kansas

Oil derricks in Russell County, Kansas
Date: Between 1945 and 1949
Here are two slides showing oil derricks after a snow and ice storm in Russell County, Kansas.


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