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 Ambulance, Topeka, Kansas

Ambulance, Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Harrison, Paul
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This black and white photograph shows an ambulance belonging to the Penwell Funeral Home at 511 Quincy Street in Topeka, Kansas. In the background, a nurse can be seen standing.


Baker & Co. funeral home and unidentified barber shop, De Soto, Kansas

Baker & Co. funeral home and unidentified barber shop, De Soto, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
This photograph shows several people standing outside the Baker & Co. funeral home and barber shop in De Soto, Kansas. The town is located in Johnson County on the south bank of the Kansas River and along the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.


Citizens Funeral Home in Wichita, Kansas

Citizens Funeral Home in Wichita, Kansas
Creator: Hughes, Leon K.
Date: Between 1945 and 1950
This photograph shows the interior of the Citizens Funeral Home in Wichita, Kansas. The business was originally purchased and owned by Victoria Murdoch-Hightower who was the first African-American funeral director in Kansas. She also owned the Hightower Funeral Home in Coffeyville, Kansas. Later her daughter, Xavia Earline Hightower-Howard, entered the business. She was the first female African-American licensed funeral director and embalmer. Xavia was active in the community, serving on many committees and boards. She retired from the funeral business in 1998.


Doerr's Big Store in Larned, Kansas

Doerr's Big Store in Larned, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
Thirteen stereographs and one postcard showing exterior and interior views of the Albert A. Doerr Mercantile Company located in Larned, Kansas. The Doeerr's Big Store was a combination general/department store selling furniture, hardware, clothing and bedding, buggies, harnesses, and farm implements. It even had an undertaking department with caskets.


Frank and Xavia Hightower Howard

Frank and Xavia Hightower Howard
Date: Between 1998 and 2000
A portrait of Frank and Xavia Hightower Howard. They were married in 1942 and lived in Wichita, Kansas. Her mother Victoria Murdoch-Hightower owned and operated Citizens Funeral Home. After her mother's death in 1942, Xavia became the proprietor. She was the first female African-American licensed funeral director and embalmer in Kansas. Xavia was active in the community serving on many committees and boards. She retired from the funeral business in 1998.


Funeral procession of William Schroeder, Alma, Ks

Funeral procession of William Schroeder, Alma, Ks
Date: 1892
This is a photo of the funeral procession for William Schroeder as it was leaving his home on East Fourth Street in Alma. Herman Richter was a the funeral director when in this photograph from February 19, 1892. It was common in the 19th century for wakes and funerals to be held at the home of the departed. In small towns, undertakers were usually the furniture makers who also manufactured coffins. In Alma, both Richter and Hasenbank undertakers operated furniture stores. The procession is lead by a man carrying the U.S. flag, a drummer, possibly pallbearers walking, a horse-drawn glass sided hearse, and followed by horses pulling buggies. A few houses are along the street, including a stone two-story house in the background.


Furniture store and undertaking parlor

Furniture store and undertaking parlor
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
The building on the left is a furniture store and undertaking parlor in Sedan, Kansas. At one time this building served as post-office. It is now Warring Furniture Store. The second building from the left housed the Sherman House Hotel, which occupied the upstairs or 2nd floor and a meat market on the first floor. Kings Shoe Shop now occupies this building. The building on the right was the O.C. Bricker Clothing Store and is now the Don Kellers Men's Store.


H. G. Richter Furniture Store,  Alma, Kansas

H. G. Richter Furniture Store, Alma, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1890
This is a photo of Herman Richter in front of his H. B. Richter Furniture Store and undertaking business. It was located at 312 Missouri Street in Alma, Kansas. Richter lived in the stone house in what is today's Alma City Park (2009), and he was a prominent early businessman in Alma. Chairs and benches are displayed outside the store. The sidewalk is built of wooden planks. "Furniture" is the sign at the top of the store and "Coffins" is the sign down the upper left side of the store. "H. G. Richter." is below the furniture sign. The frame building burned on February 4, 1896.


Jack's barber shop and J.D. Chambers undertaker, De Soto, Kansas

Jack's barber shop and J.D. Chambers undertaker, De Soto, Kansas
Date: 1911
This black and white photograph shows a view of Jack's barber shop, Chambers furniture, hardware, and undertaker in De Soto, Kansas. The town is located in Johnson County along the south bank of the Kansas river and the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railroad.


 John Hasenbank driving a team of oxen on Missouri Street, Alma, 1910

John Hasenbank driving a team of oxen on Missouri Street, Alma, 1910
Date: 1910
This photograph shows John Hasenbank driving a team of oxen down Missouri Street, Alma, Kansas, in this 1910. Dick Thoes, W. C. Hasenbank, and several other men stand in the doorway of Hasenbank's furniture and undertaking business at 204 Missouri Street, far right. Several other people are riding in the wagon pulled by the oxen. The only other identifiable business in the photograph is a bank.


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.


M. H. Bates Drug Store, Emporia, Kansas

M. H. Bates Drug Store, Emporia, Kansas
Date: Between 1870 and 1879
This photograph shows the M. H. Bates Drug Store in Emporia, Kansas. Moses Bates is identified as the first druggist in Emporia. Other businesses visible on the block include a dry goods store, the Holmes and Holden Land Office, and C. A. Wolf Undertaking. Several people are visible standing on the sidewalks, and a horse-drawn carriage and a wagon are visible.


Main Street, Lyndon, Kansas

Main Street, Lyndon, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1909
This photograph shows a view of the west side of Main Street looking north in Lyndon, Kansas. A drug store and several businesses are visible. A woman standing next to a horse and carriage can be seen near the drug store. Other businesses in the picture include R. M. Kelly Furniture and Undertaking, Nealan Brothers Clothing, The Herald, and Gardner and Son Hack Barn.


Main Street, Ottawa, Kansas

Main Street, Ottawa, Kansas
Date: 1898
This photograph shows the store of Brown the Live Druggist on Main Street, between 1st and 2nd streets in Ottawa, Kansas. Signs on the drug store advertise wall paper, cigars, school book exchange, picture framing, Tarrant's Aperient Seltzer, and Garfield Tea Fig Syrup. Other businesses visible include Peter Schuttler Wagons, a store, a restaurant, and E. W. Dowd Furniture and Undertaking. A few horse-drawn wagons and carriages are visible along the street.


Moulton and Rose Rochford Kleckner photographs

Moulton and Rose Rochford Kleckner photographs
Creator: Kleckner, M. A.
Date: 1910-1914
Here are photographs of Osborne, Kansas taken by Moulton A. and Rose (Rochford) Kleckner.


Palace Drug Store, Junction City, Kansas

Palace Drug Store, Junction City, Kansas
Date: Between 1887 and 1897
This photograph shows an exterior view of business buildings, including the Palace Drug Store, in Junction City, Kansas. A few men are visible standing in front of the buildings. Signs for other businesses pictured include the Tribune Printing Office; K. P. Railroad Land Office; A. C. Pierce Gent. Real Estate and Insurance Agent; Loans, Lands, and Abstracts; Furniture and Undertaking, and W. B. Teitzel and Company. Another sign above the entrance to the drug store reads, "Drugs, Chemicals, and Patent Medicines." This photograph is from the album "Views of Junction City" by Wheeler and Teitzel.


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.


Victoria Murdoch-Hightower

Victoria Murdoch-Hightower
Creator: Robinson Studio
Date: Between 1930 and 1935
A portrait of Victoria Murdoch-Hightower. Victoria was born in 1888 and later married Rufus Hightower, a police officer, in the 1920s. He died in the line of duty, and after his death, Victoria found work as a probation officer. Later, she went to Madam C. J. Walker's School of Cosmetology in Kansas City, Kansas and after graduation, she worked at Newt Bower's funeral home in Coffeyville, Kansas. When Newt decided to sell the business, she purchased it and changed the name to Hightower Funeral Home. She became the first female African-American funeral director in Kansas. Victoria expanded her business when she purchased Citizens Funeral Home in Wichita, Kansas. She later sold the funeral home in Coffeyville. Victoria died in 1942. Her daughter Xavia Earline Hightower, obtained her funeral director's and embalmer's licenses and began operating the funeral home. Xavia sold the business in 1998.


Victoria Murdoch-Hightower

Victoria Murdoch-Hightower
Date: Between 1915 and 1920
A portrait of Victoria Murdoch-Hightower who was born in 1888. She married Rufus Hightower, a police officer, in the 1920s. He died in the line of duty, and after his death, Victoria found work as a probation officer. Later she went to Madam C. J. Walker's School of Cosmetology in Kansas City, Kansas and after graduation, she worked at Newt Bower's funeral home in Coffeyville, Kansas. When he decided to sell the business, she purchased it and changed the name to the Hightower Funeral Home. She became the first female African-American funeral director in Kansas. Victoria expanded her business when she purchased the Citizens Funeral Home in Wichita, Kansas. She later sold the funeral home in Coffeyville. Victoria died in 1942, and her daughter Xavia Earline Hightower obtained her funeral director's and embalmer's licenses and began operating the funeral home. Xavia sold the business in 1998.


William H. Bower to Governor John St. John

William H. Bower to Governor John St. John
Creator: Bower, W. H.
Date: May 14, 1880
In this letter, Manhattan undertaker William Bower requests Kansas Governor St. John pay a visit to the cities of Ogden and Randolf, where a population of German and Swedish people are divided on the temperance amendment issue.


Williams Institute of Embalming and Sanitary Science graduating class

Williams Institute of Embalming and Sanitary Science graduating class
Date: 1914
Photograph of students graduating from the Williams Institute of Embalming and Sanitary Science. The photograph includes W. C. Hasenbank, a long-time Alma, Kansas undertaker, and Otto Wolgast who operated a mortuary in Alta Vista, Kansas.


Xavia Hightower Howard

Xavia Hightower Howard
Date: 1941
A photograph of Xavia Hightower Howard possibly taken when she graduated from Williams Institute of Mortuary Science, Kansas City, Kansas. Her mother Victoria Murdoch-Hightower owned and operated Citizens Funeral Home in Wichita, Kansas. After her mother's death in 1942, Xavia became the proprietor. She was the first female African-American licensed funeral director and embalmer in Kansas. Xavia was active in the community serving on many committees and boards. She retired from the funeral business in 1998.


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