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April 1887

April 1887
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: April 1887
These letters, dated April 1887, are from various individuals regarding Kansas issues to Kansas Governor John Martin. The issues include promotions in military offices, War Department services during the Civil War, State Veterinarian, recommendations, railroads, laws, census, and land. Kansas Governor John Martin succeeded G. W. Glick in 1885. In 1885, the state of affairs was persistent in prosperous economic growth, and city and town expansion. But all that boom and extravagance changed in Martin's last year of office, 1889, when conditions gave way to severe drought and an economic recession.


Attorney General

Attorney General
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1887
These letters, spanning 1887, are from the Attorney General, S. B. Bradford, to Kansas Governor John Martin. The topics of the letters include laws, declaring new cities and counties, warrants, land, census, probate judge, and elections. There are also official signed petitions.


Cities, 2nd class

Cities, 2nd class
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1886
These letters are from various individuals regarding the establishment of second class cities, based on population, to Kansas Governor John Martin. The second class cities with signed petitions for incorporation include Dodge City, Great Bend, Hutchison, Larned, and South Topeka. There are also Governor's Proclamations for the declaration of second class city to Great Bend, Hutchison, and Larned. See "Cities, 1st Class" (Item number: 454842) for a list of first and second class cities along with their dates of incorporation.


Cities, 2nd class

Cities, 2nd class
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1888
These letters are from various individuals regarding the establishment of second class cities, based on population, to Kansas Governor John Martin. The second class cities with signed petitions for incorporation include Fort Scott, Galena, Greensburg, Holton, Lyons, Marion, and Marysville. There are also Governor's Proclamations for the declaration of second class city to Holton and Marion. While most cities are asking for incorporation for the first time, some cities are asking for a change from 3rd class to 2nd or from 2nd class to 1st. See "Cities, 1st Class" (Item number: 454842) for a list of first and second class cities along with their dates of incorporation.


Cities, 2nd Class

Cities, 2nd Class
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1887
These letters are from various individuals regarding the establishment of second class cities, based on population, to Kansas Governor John Martin. These letters also include oversize maps important for the city's incorporation. The second class cities with signed petitions for incorporation include Coffeyville, Belleville, Caldwell, Washington, Nickerson, Kingman, Concordia, Council Grove, Garden City, Garnett, Harper, and Horton. There are Ordinances and Governor's Proclamations for the declaration of second class cities to Belleville, Caldwell, Nickerson, Osborne, Kingman, Council Grove, Concordia, and Garden City. See "Cities, 1st Class" (Item number: 454842) for a list of first and second class cities along with their dates of incorporation.


Cities, organization of 2nd Class

Cities, organization of 2nd Class
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters are from various individuals regarding the establishment of second class cities, based on population, to Kansas Governor John Martin. The second class cities with signed petitions for incorporation include Abilene, Anthony, Cherryvale, Concordia, El Dorado, Eureka, Minneapolis, Seneca, and Weir. There are also Governor's Proclamations for the declaration of second class cities to Abilene, Anthony, Cherryvale, El Dorado, Eureka, Minneapolis, Seneca, and Weir. See "Cities, 1st Class" (Item number: 454842) for a list of first and second class cities along with their dates of incorporation.


Counties, Pratt: Petition for the appointment of Guy Hamilton as census taker

Counties, Pratt: Petition for the appointment of Guy Hamilton as census taker
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877 - 1878
A petition from legal voters of Pratt County to Governor Anthony asks that Guy Hamilton be appointed as Census Taker of their county.


Counties : Sumner

Counties : Sumner
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879
A letter from E. F. Henderson writes to Kansas Governor St. John to ask who has the power to appoint Census Taker for the County of Sumner. In the letter Henderson requests to be appointed the position. In the late 19th century it was the responsibility of each census taker also referred to as enumerator to personally visit each dwelling in their subdivision to obtain the correct number of each member or person occupying the dwelling.


County Affairs, Cheyenne County

County Affairs, Cheyenne County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885 to 1887, are from the residents and offices of Cheyenne County, Kansas regarding county affairs to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters discuss the organization of the county. There are multiple signed petitions requesting reorganization with the claim that their population meets the requirements for the number of electors. Affidavits about reorganization and a long list of names of the land owners in the county are the topic of various letters as well. Letters discuss other county issues like the appointment of a census taker. Organized March 20, 1873, a permanent county seat was established in St. Francis in 1889.


County Affairs, Clark County

County Affairs, Clark County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885, are from the residents and offices of Clark County, Kansas regarding county affairs to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters discuss the organization of the county. There are multiple signed petitions requesting organization and verifying the inhabitants as well as the population number. Affidavits about organization and individual householders are the topic of various letters as well. Letters discuss other county issues like the appointment of a census taker, the county clerk, and commissioner of the District Court. Clark County was organized on May 5, 1885 and named for Charles F. Clarke, a captain in the 6th Kansas Cavalry, who was commissioned Adjutant-General on June 12, 1862.


County Affairs, Garfield County

County Affairs, Garfield County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1887 to 1888, are from the residents and offices of Garfield County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements are met for the county's organization. A Governor's Proclamation appoints an official to verify that the county meets requirements. Other letters request the appointment of the county seat and county officials like the commissioners, sheriff, clerk, and census taker. There are also multiple affidavits in regards to organization. Garfield County was organized on March 23, 1887 and named for President James Garfield. In 1892, the Kansas Supreme Court decided Garfield County was illegally organized, having less than the 432 square miles required by the state constitution. It was annexed to Finney County the following year.


County Affairs, Gove County

County Affairs, Gove County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1886, are from the residents and offices of Gove County, Kansas regarding the county's organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. A majority of the letters are signed petitions confirming that the population requirements are met to make Gove City a temporary county seat. There are also newspaper clippings regarding the organization of Gove County. A Governor's Proclamation appoints a census taker for Gove County. Lastly, a letter from the Kansas State Executive Department makes the organization of Gove County official. Gove county was organized on September 2, 1886 and named for Union soldier Grenville L. Gove, Company F, 11th Kansas Cavalry.


County Affairs, Gray County

County Affairs, Gray County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1886 to 1887, are from the residents and offices of Gray County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements are met for the county's organization. A Governor's Proclamation appoints an official to verify that the county meets requirements. Other letters request the appointment of the county seat and county officials like the commissioners, sheriff, clerk, and census taker. There is also a newspaper clipping about the county commissioners. Gray County was organized on July 20, 1887 and named for Alfred Gray, Secretary, Kansas Board of Agriculture.


County Affairs, Greeley County

County Affairs, Greeley County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1887 to 1888, are from the residents and offices of Greeley County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many letters are preparing for the official organization of the county by appointing county officials like the census taker, clerk, sheriff, and commissioners. Other letters from the Governor's office appoint an official to verify that the county meets requirements. Greeley County was organized on July 6, 1888 and named for Horace Greeley, editor of the New York Tribune.


County affairs : McPherson County

County affairs : McPherson County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1870
An affidavit stating that a census of McPherson County has been recorded, and three special County Commissioners have been appointed based on the resident's requests from petitions sent to Governor Harvey.


County Affairs, Wichita County

County Affairs, Wichita County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1886 to 1887, are from the residents and offices of Wichita County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming that the population requirements are met for its organization. A Governor's Proclamation appoints an official to verify the population requirements. There are also affidavits, from the Notary Public, signed by residents verifying the population requirements. Other letters and signed petitions request the appointment of a temporary county seat and census taker. Wichita County was organized on December 24, 1886 and named for the Wichita Indians.


Kansas territorial census, 1855. District 17

Kansas territorial census, 1855. District 17
Creator: Johnson, Alex S.
Date: January-February, 1855
This census was taken in order to determine eligible voters for elections to be held as proclaimed by Governor Andrew Reeder on November 10, 1854. The categories for information in the census were name, occupation, age, male, female, emigrated from, native of United States, naturalized citizen, declarant (intention to become a citizen), Negro, slave, and voter. Only white males over 21 were eligible to vote. The districts used for the census were the same as the election districts. A statistical summary of the census follows the enumeration pages. For District 17, the place of election was the house of B. F. Robinson. The boundaries of each district were described in Governor Reeder's proclamation and it is difficult to determine what counties were in each district. The 17th Dist was organized by a supplemental proclamation of the governor, Nov. 25, 1854. He declared that it seemed expedient that the first district should be divided to form the 17th district, which was located in the east part of the present Johnson county, quoted as to bounds as follows, (from the ex minutes, 1854, p. 24.) "beginning at the mouth of the Kansas river; thence up said river to the mouth of Cedar creek; thence up said creek to the Santa Fe Road; thence by said road and the Missouri State Line to the place of beginning."


Request for Jobs

Request for Jobs
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1884 to 1887, are from government officials and other individuals requesting jobs to Kansas Governor John Martin. They wrote asking for the appointment to such jobs as Adjutant General, superintendents of various institutions, clerks of various institutions, army officer, state geologist, railroad blacksmith, census taker, small business owner, police/guard, and copyist. There are letters that ask for any available positions in the state as well.


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