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1906 Kansas University basketball team

1906 Kansas University basketball team
Creator: Squires, C. F.
Date: 1906
This is a photograph of the 1905-06 Kansas University basketball team. The player on the floor is Phog Allen and the player in the second row, second from left is Chester Alexander Smith. The photograph was taken in 1906.


Agricultural College - $2.50 Activity Fee

Agricultural College - $2.50 Activity Fee
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: February 6, 1915
This letter from Manhattan, Kansas to Governor Capper addresses a proposed compulsory student activity fee at Kansas State Agricultural College. Support and opposition for the bill is divided at the school between athletes, fraternity and sorority members, and "well-to-do students"; and those who are working their way through college. The student asks Governor Capper to give them an opportunity to address their opposition to the compulsory fee. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Albe Burge Whiting

Albe Burge Whiting
Creator: Leonard, J. H.
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This cabinet card shows Albe Burge Whiting, (1835-1928). Whiting a native of Johnson, Vermont migrated to the Kansas territory in 1856 and settled near Fort Riley. He founded the town of Milford and was instrumental in operating a saw mill, general store, and flour mill before moving, in 1877, to Topeka, Kansas. In the capital city, Whiting engaged in a number of business ventures from a partnership in a drug store to owning and operating a paint and glass business. His company also held the contract to supply the windows for the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company building at Ninth and Jackson Streets in Topeka. Whiting's success in business gave him the means to give back to the community. In 1907, Whiting and his wife Kate purchased 160 acres of land which established the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Topeka as a 1,000 year endowment trust for Washburn University, the Topeka Y.W.C.A. and the Topeka Y. M. C. A. In addition to the endowment, Whiting served fifty-one years as a Washburn trustee and was a member of the executive committee. To honor his years of service to the college, in June of 1930, the field house at Washburn was named the Whiting Field House. The dedication came two years after the building's completion in December of 1928 and the passing of Albe Burge Whiting.


Albe Burge Whiting

Albe Burge Whiting
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This cabinet card shows Albe Burge Whiting,(1835-1928). Whiting a native of Johnson, Vermont migrated to the Kansas territory, in 1856, and settled near Fort Riley. He founded the town of Milford and was instrumental in operating a saw mill, general store, and flour mill before moving, in 1877, to Topeka, Kansas. In the capital city, Whiting engaged in a number of business ventures from a partnership in a drug store to owning and operating a paint and glass business. His company also held the contract to supply the windows for the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company building at Ninth and Jackson Streets in Topeka. Whiting's success in business gave him the means to give back to the community. In 1907, Whiting and his wife Kate purchased 160 acres of land which established the Mt. Hope Cemetery in Topeka, as a 1,000 year endowment trust for Washburn University, and the Topeka Y.W.C.A. and Y. M. C. A. In addition to the endowment, Whiting served fifty-one years as a Washburn trustee and was a member of the executive committee. To honor his years of service to the college, the field house at Washburn was named the Whiting Field House in June of 1930. The dedication came two years after the building's completion in December of 1928 and the passing of Albe Burge Whiting.


Baseball game, State Normal School, Emporia, Kansas

Baseball game, State Normal School, Emporia, Kansas
Date: Between 1905 and 1915
This color postcard, entitled "Athletic Field, State Normal School, Emporia, Kansas," depicts a birds-eye view of a baseball game in progress at the school. The image includes the baseball field and players, fans in the grandstand and bleachers, and the surrounding neighborhood. The State Normal School was the predecessor of Emporia State University.


Basketball players, Cimarron, Kansas

Basketball players, Cimarron, Kansas
Date: 1916-1918
This is a photograph of the Cimarron, Kansas, high school basketball players and their coach, Lloyd Stewart. The players are (l to r): John Immroth, Arthur Hochstater (class of 1918), Fulton Emery (class of 1916), Dallas Egbert (class of 1916), unidentified, Clive Dillman (class of 1917).


Bethany College football team, Lindsborg, Kansas

Bethany College football team, Lindsborg, Kansas
Creator: Bethany College (Lindsborg, Kan.)
Date: 1904
This is a studio portrait of the members of the Bethany College football team, known as the "Terrible Swedes," of Lindsborg, Kansas. This photograph was copied from an issue of the Bethany College "Bulletin."


Bethany College football team, Lindsborg, Kansas

Bethany College football team, Lindsborg, Kansas
Date: 1902
This is a studio portrait of the members of the Bethany College football team, known as the "Terrible Swedes," of Lindsborg, Kansas. This photograph was copied from an issue of the Bethany College "Bulletin." The players in the photograph are identified as: Top row: Anton Peterson, E.A. Sodergren, Karl Slatt, Harry Larson, Prof. V.A.C. Henmon, manager; Second row: Karl "Kacie" Swenson, Winfred Bunbury, Frank Bush, Coach Bennie Owen, Dave Petterson, Fred Troutman, Alfred Petterson; Third row: Evan Pugh, John Turner, Howard "Bill" Bailey, Captain Lesley Petterson, Leonard Haggman, Elmer Wiley; Bottom row: Andrew Petterson and Quincy Banbury.


Charles Gordon scrapbook

Charles Gordon scrapbook
Date: 1945-1991 (bulk 1945-1956)
This scrapbook documents the athletic activities of Topekan Charles (Chick) Gordon, primarily during the period 1945-1951. During that time, Gordon was a standout athlete first at Topeka High School, then at Washburn University. He excelled at both basketball and baseball. In basketball, he lettered twice at Topeka High, and was on Washburn's varsity team all four of his college years. At both schools, Gordon was captain of the basketball team his senior year. In his final season at Washburn (1950-51), he led the team in scoring with 319 points, and played a key role in helping the Ichabods secure the Central Intercollegiate Conference league championship. In baseball, he lettered twice at Topeka High and pitched a no-hitter to win the state baseball championship with the Trojans in 1947. He was on the Washburn squad the three years in which the school fielded a baseball team while he was a student. Gordon also was a member of two state championship American Legion baseball teams (1945 and 1946), as well as the pennant-winning Abilene Ikes of the Amateur Baseball League of America (1949). In 1950, he was named the MVP of the state semi-pro baseball tournament in Wichita after recording four tourney wins pitching for the Topeka Decker Oilers. Upon graduating from college, Gordon taught and coached in Topeka schools until 1968, when the family relocated to Tampa, Florida. He pursued a career in educational counseling and worked 23 years as the coordinator of undergraduate advising for the University of South Florida. Digital reproduction of the scrapbook was accomplished through a joint project sponsored by the Kansas Historical Society and the Shawnee County Baseball Hall of Fame.


Chick Gordon, Topeka, Kansas

Chick Gordon, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1945 and 1951
These photographs show Topekan Charles (Chick) Gordon in three different basketball poses. Gordon was a standout athlete at Topeka High and Washburn University, excelling at both basketball and baseball. He lettered in basketball two years in high school (1945-46 and 1946-47) and was on Washburn's varsity basketball team all four of his college years. At both schools, Gordon was captain of the basketball team his senior year. In his final season at Washburn (1950-51), he led the team in scoring with 319 points and played a key role in helping the Ichabods secure the Central Intercollegiate Conference league championship. The photograph in which Gordon wears number 21 was taken while he was a member of the Topeka High Trojans varsity squad; this photo was published on page 66 of the 1947 Sunflower, the Topeka High yearbook. The other two photos were taken while Gordon was on the Washburn Ichabods team. Of those, the shooting pose appears on page 108 of the 1948 Washburn yearbook.


Chick Gordon in Topeka, Kansas

Chick Gordon in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1945 and 1951
This photograph shows Topekan Charles (Chick) Gordon being tended to by a basketball team trainer. Gordon was a standout athlete at Topeka High and Washburn University, excelling at both basketball and baseball. He lettered in basketball two years in high school (1945-46 and 1946-47) and was on Washburn's varsity basketball team all four of his college years. At both schools, Gordon was captain of the basketball team his senior year. In his final season at Washburn (1950-51), he led the team in scoring with 319 points and played a key role in helping the Ichabods secure the Central Intercollegiate Conference league championship.


Coach Richard "Dick" Hanley

Coach Richard "Dick" Hanley
Date: 1922
This black and white photograph taken from a glass plate negative shows Coach Richard " Dick" Hanley. A graduate of Washington State and a United States Marine he played football for both institutions before accepting the position as head football coach, on September 1, 1922, at the Haskell Institute in Lawrence, Kansas. During his first year as coach, he introduced the team to a new system of football and football training which resulted in a season record of eight wins and two losses.


Cooper Memorial College football team in Sterling, Kansas

Cooper Memorial College football team in Sterling, Kansas
Date: Between 1894 and 1896
This is a photograph showing 14 football players and one coach at Cooper Memorial College (Sterling College) in Sterling, Kansas. Josiah McCracken is seated in the front row, far right. He later played at the University of Kansas and University of Pennsylvania. While attending Pennsylvania University, McCracken was an all around student athlete, playing varsity football four years, track four years (captain his senior year) and was a member of the gymnastics team. On May 31, 1898, Joe set a World Record in the hammer throw with a distance of 46.83m (153ft 8in) at a meet in New Jersey. At the 1900 Paris Olympics, he won a silver and bronze medal.


Dedication of the Council Grove reservoir

Dedication of the Council Grove reservoir
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society
Date: May 15, 1966
These photographs show several views of the dedication ceremony of the Council Grove reservoir.


Fairmount College football team in Wichita, Kansas

Fairmount College football team in Wichita, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A photograph showing members of the Fairmount College football team seated on the steps of Fairmount Hall in Wichita, Kansas. Fairmount College would later become Wichita State University.


Football game, Memorial Stadium, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Football game, Memorial Stadium, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: 1921
This black and white photograph shows a football game between the University of Kansas and Missouri at Memorial Stadium in Lawrence, Kansas. The stadium, named in memory of the students who fought and died during World War I, is located at the north base of Mt. Oread on the campus of the University of Kansas. When the facility opened on October 29, 1921, seating consisted of only an east and west section of bleachers. In 1925, a section of seats were expanded southward. Two years later in 1927, a north section of bleachers were added to create a horseshoe shape to the stadium.


Football game, Memorial Stadium, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Football game, Memorial Stadium, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas
Creator: Unviersity of Kansas News Bureau
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
This black and white photograph shows a view of Memorial Stadium at the University of Kansas in Lawrence. The stadium, named in memory of the students who fought and died during World War I, is located at the north base of Mt. Oread on the campus of the University of Kansas. When the facility opened on October 29, 1921, seating consisted of only an east and west section of bleachers. In 1925, a section of seats were expanded southward. Two years later in 1927, a north section of bleachers were added to create a horseshoe shape to the stadium.


Football games

Football games
Date: Between 1940 and 1944
A silent motion picture showing football games at Kansas State University, Emporia State University and University of Kansas during the 1940s.


Football team at Cooper Memorial College in Sterling, Kansas

Football team at Cooper Memorial College in Sterling, Kansas
Date: 1894
This is a photograph showing the 1894 football team at Cooper Memorial College (now Sterling College) in Sterling, Kansas. The man holding the football is Josiah C. McCracken. Josiah later played at the University of Kansas and the University of Pennsylvania. While attending the University of Pennsylvania, McCracken was an all around student athlete, playing varsity football four years, track four years (captain his senior year) and was a member of the gymnastics team. On May 31, 1898, Josiah set a World Record in the hammer throw with a distance of 46.83m (153.64 ft) at a meet in New Jersey. At the 1900 Paris Olympics, he won a silver and bronze medal.


Frank Rostetter, World War I soldier

Frank Rostetter, World War I soldier
Creator: Rostetter, Madge
Date: 1918
Around 1919, the Kansas State Historical Society and the American Legion solicited biographical information from returning veterans (primarily members of the 35th and 89th infantry divisions) and the families of those who died in service, notably from the Gold Star Mothers. Each veteran or family member was asked to provide letters, photographs, a biography, and military records. This file contains information on Frank Rostetter, written by his widow, Madge. Frank died overseas on September 12, 1918, after being shot in the abdomen.


Friends University Girls Soft Ball Team

Friends University Girls Soft Ball Team
Date: Unknown
Friends University girls soft ball team


Friends University football team

Friends University football team
Date: Unknown
This photograph depicts the Friends University football team. Friends University is located in Wichita, Sedgwick County.


Glenn Cunningham

Glenn Cunningham
Creator: D'Ambra, Duke
Date: Between 1930 and 1935
Glenn V. Cunningham, 1909-1988, one of the premiere milers in the 1930s, is shown running as a member of the University of Kansas track team. Born in Atlanta, Kansas, seven year old Cunningham and his thirteen year old brother, Floyd, received severe burns in a schoolhouse fire in 1917. Floyd died of his injuries two weeks later. Although Glenn's physician said he would never walk again, with rehabilitation and personal determination he recovered to become one of the nation's greatest milers. Between 1932 and 1934, Glenn won the Big Six indoor track titles and participated in the 1932 and 1936 Olympics. In 1938, Cunningham became the world's fastest miler as he set a new indoor record at Dartmouth College. In 1978, he was named the outstanding track performer in the 100-year history of Madison Square Garden, and, in 1979, he was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.


Glenn Cunningham and Archie San Romani, Lawrence, Kansas

Glenn Cunningham and Archie San Romani, Lawrence, Kansas
Creator: D'Ambra, Duke
Date: 1938
A portrait of famed Kansas milers Glenn Cunningham, 1909-1988, and Archie San Romani, 1912-1994, crossing the finish line at the Kansas Relays at the University of Kansas in Lawrence, Kansas. San Romani beat Cunningham in this race. Throughout San Romani's track career, he beat Cunningham 11 times. Up until 1930, the time barrier for the mile was considered to be four minutes and ten seconds. During the period from 1930 to 1940, that barrier was broken 18 times, and 11 of those new records were set by Kansans Glenn Cunningham with eight and Archie San Romani with three.


Glenn Cunningham and Bill Hargiss

Glenn Cunningham and Bill Hargiss
Creator: D'Ambra, Duke
Date: Between 1930 and 1933
This is a photograph showing Glenn Cunningham and University of Kansas track coach Bill Hargiss. Cunningham who grew up in Elkhart, Kansas, had several nicknames the Kansas Flyer, Elkhart Express and Iron Horse of Kansas. He earned the nicknames when he set world records for the mile. While attending school, his legs were very badly burned in a schoolhouse explosion which was caused when someone accidentally put gasoline instead of kerosene in a heating stove. Cunningham was eight and his brother Floyd was thirteen. Floyd died in the fire. When the doctors recommended amputating Glenn's legs, his parents would not allow the surgery. The doctors predicted he might never walk normally again; however, coupled with hours of a new type of therapy he gradually regained the ability to walk and to run. He attended the University of Kansas and ran on the track team. He competed in both the 1932 Summer Olympics as well as the 1936 Summer Olympics. While on the ship traveling from the U.S. to Germany, he was voted "Most Popular Athlete" by his fellow Olympians. Cunningham won the Sullivan medal in 1933 for his various running achievements in middle distance. In the 1932 Olympics he took 4th place in the 1500 meters, and in the 1936 Berlin Olympics, he took silver in the 1500 meters. Cunningham won the Sullivan medal in 1933 for his various running achievements in middle distance. In 1934, he set the world record for the mile run at 4:06.8, which stood for three years. In 1936, he set the world record in the 800 meter run. In 1938, he set a world record in the indoor mile run of 4:04.4. He retired from competition in 1940.


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