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Alva Wycoff at the Logan County sheriff's office, Logan County, Kansas

Alva Wycoff at the Logan County sheriff's office, Logan County, Kansas
Date: 1916
Alva Wycoff, born 1881 in Indiana, sits in the Logan County, Kansas sheriff's office in the county courthouse.


Attorney General

Attorney General
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1888
These letters, spanning 1888, are from the Attorney General, S. B. Bradford, to Kansas Governor John Martin. The topics of the letters include warrants, sheriff, requisitions, pardons, and various cases. There are also official signed documents.


Center-fire revolver

Center-fire revolver
Creator: Colt Patent Firearms Manufacturing Company
Date: 1884
Colt Single Action nickel-plated Army Revolver with ivory handle. 45 caliber. Ornately engraved throughout. Presented to Patrick F. Sughrue by the citizens of Dodge City on December 18, 1884. Sughrue served as Constable of Dodge City from 1877 to 1879 and then as Sherriff of Ford County from 1884 to 1888. Sughrue gave the pistol to his son in 1904 after his son suffered a severe injury. His son later had the pistol engraved to commemorate its initial presentation to his father.


Chalkey McCarty Beeson

Chalkey McCarty Beeson
Date: Between 1895 and 1900
A photograph showing Chalkey McCarty Beeson seated on his horse. He came to Dodge City from Colorado in 1875. During his life, he owned the Long Branch Saloon and a cattle ranch, organized the Cowboy Band, served as sheriff and was a state legislator representing District 101 Dodge City and Ford County for the sessions 1903, SS1903, 1905, 1907, SS1908.


Charles F. Morse to Governor George T. Anthony

Charles F. Morse to Governor George T. Anthony
Creator: Morse, Charles F. (Charles Fessenden), 1839-1926
Date: May 21, 1878
Charles Fessenden Morse, general superintendent of the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Rail Road Company (AT&SF) of Topeka, Kansas, writes to Governor George Tobey Anthony, also of Topeka, concerning a strike of railroad employees occurring in the company's Eastern Division. The report describes the activities of the striking engineers and firemen and Morse's response during a five day period from April 3 through April 8, 1878. Organized strikes occurred on several AT&SF lines in Kansas east of Newton. Morse primarily discusses the actions of striking workers at Emporia and Topeka. The report further discusses the inadequate response by local law enforcement and the eventual use of the State Militia to restore law and order. This strike followed the Great Railroad Strike of 1877 which began in West Virginia but spread quickly across the country.


Chauncey Belden Whitney

Chauncey Belden Whitney
Date: Between 1868 and 1873
A portrait of Chauncey Belden Whitney, an early Ellsworth County settler and law enforcement officer. He served as Ellsworth County Sheriff 1871-1873; Under Sheriff, 1870; Ellsworth Township Constable, 1867-1873; and Ellsworth Marshall 1871-1872. On August 15, 1873, Whitney was killed in the line of duty by Bill Thompson. In addition to his law enforcement duties, Chauncey Whitney served as a civilian scout during the Indian Wars and was involved in the Battle of Beecher's Island. In July, 1869, he was a first lieutenant of Company A, Second battalion, Kansas State Militia, and provided settlers' protection against hostile Indians.


Counties : Brown

Counties : Brown
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879
This folder on Counties, Brown comes from the Correspondence series of the Governor St. John Papers. A letter from the Sherriff of Brown County, Kiawatha, Kansas asking Kansas Governor St. John asking to send him a [Blank?] to have framed.


Counties : Jewell

Counties : Jewell
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1883
The documents in this file contain petitions to have Miles W. George appointed as Sheriff of Jewell County. There is a letter informing Kansas Governor St. John the current Sheriff of Jewel County will be handing in his resignation soon. Other letters are from citizens of Jewel County either supporting or protesting against having Miles W. George being appointed as Sheriff of Jewel County.


Counties, Labette - Montgomery

Counties, Labette - Montgomery
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877 - 1878
A report from the Board of County Commissioners, certify that Wade H. Pritchard, County Surveyor of Labette County, Kansas died on November 26, 1877, creating a vacancy in the office of Surveyor. In the report by the Board of County Commissioners, they recommend George Thornton as the successor. A letter of resignation from H. A. Parmelee as County Surveyor on November 12, 1878. A letter on January 25, 1877, from Carry Oaks regarding the abolishment of the Fiscal Agency of New York. A letter on January 31, 1877, in relation to a comprise contract between County Commissioners and the holders of the County Railroad Bonds. A petition for the appointment of Jonathan Harris as Sheriff of Marion County. A letter on August 9, 1877, from H. D. Morgan, requests a copy of the petitions from Marion County asking for the appointments of Howe and Harris as Sheriff. The following documents pertain to similar matters of resignation, appointments, and concerns relating to counties in and around Labette and Montgomery, Kansas.


Counties : McPherson

Counties : McPherson
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879-1883
This file contains letters to Kansas Governor St. John that pertain to matters in McPherson, Kansas. There is a letter asking the Governor what the delay is for appointing a Sheriff in McPherson, Kansas. There is a resignation letter for Jackson County Surveyor from G. D. Jackson, enclosed in this letter is a petition for Joshua Leonard to be appointed the newly vacant position. Additional letters are from recommendation writers and individuals applying for the position as Sheriff of McPherson County. A separate letter from W. Gleason withdraws his resignation as Sheriff of McPherson County.


Counties : Ottawa

Counties : Ottawa
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1882
An affidavit from the County Clerk of Ottawa County certifies to Kansas Governor St. John in an election held in their county that John J. Brown was elected to the Office of Sheriff of Ottawa County and did file his bond. A separate letter from C. L. Botsford informs the Governor John J. Brown failed to qualify to hold office within twenty days after the canvass, in the letter he requests the Governor appoint a different person to fill the position.


Counties : Saline

Counties : Saline
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1879
The letters in this file pertain to the appointment of Sheriff for Saline County, Kansas. There are letters that request certain people be appointed for said position. A letter from C. E. Faulkner, a Representative of the Kansas State Legislature, asks Kansas Governor St. John to inform him of the facts regarding recent misunderstanding among citizens of Saline County caused by his appointing of Captain H. D. Baker as Sheriff.


Counties : Shawnee

Counties : Shawnee
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1879-1883 : St. John)
Date: 1882
A letter from C. L. Vanderpool requests that Kansas Governor St. John allow him the opportunity to make a recommendation of a person to fill the Sheriff Office of Shawnee County.


County affairs: Allen

County affairs: Allen
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1865-1868 : Crawford)
Date: 1865-1868
These letters, spanning 1865 to 1868, are from county officials regarding Allen County Kansas affairs to Kansas Governor Samuel Crawford. The county officials wrote resignations from the sheriff and probate judge offices. Most individuals recommended others to fill their vacancy. Allen County was organized in 1856.


County Affairs, Allen County

County Affairs, Allen County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters are from residents of Allen County, Kansas regarding the vacancy of their sheriff position to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many recommend candidates including D. D. Britton and E. D. Cain. D. D. Britton was elected sheriff. Britton succeeded John L. Brown who died unexpectedly. One of 33 original counties established in 1855, Allen County was named after William Allen, who was an Ohio senator and governor.


County Affairs, Cloud County

County Affairs, Cloud County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1885 to 1889, are from the residents and offices of Cloud County, Kansas regarding county affairs to Kansas Governor John Martin. Many letters discuss the unexpected death of the current sheriff, John D. Wilson, and filling the vacancy. Daniel C. Wilson, the under sheriff of John D. Wilson, is the only candidate and has multiple recommendations as well as signed petitions for his appointment. Other letters discuss the vacancy of the county coroner due to the resignation of E. Howel, which is included among the letters. S. C. Pigman is recommended for the appointment and includes his application. Cloud County was organized on September 6, 1866 and named in honor of Colonel William F. Cloud, a Civil War hero.


County affairs : Coffey County

County affairs : Coffey County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1871 - 1872
A petition from citizens of Coffey County, Kansas, request Governor Harvey appoints Martin B. Hoover to the office of Sheriff. A letter from William A. Allison informs the Governor that the person selected as Sheriff of Coffey County was done so in fraud. Additional documents are concerning the recent passing of the Sheriff elected, John Chess. Many of the correspondent's requests the Governor fill the vacancy by appointing Martin B. Hoover as the Sheriff for their county.


County affairs: Davis

County affairs: Davis
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1865-1868 : Crawford)
Date: 1865-1868
These letters, spanning 1865 to 1868, are from county officials regarding Davis County Kansas affairs to Kansas Governor Samuel Crawford. Some county officials tendered their resignation as either sheriff or probate judge, while others discussed the appointment of a sheriff. Davis County was renamed to Geary County and was one of the first 33 counties organized by the Territorial Legislature in 1855.


County affairs : Ellis County

County affairs : Ellis County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1872
A petition on July 8, 1869, from citizens of Hays City, requests Kansas Governor Harvey appoint R. A. Eccles as Sheriff of Ellis county. The following documents are also related to the appointment of Sheriff for the County of Ellis.


County affairs : Ellsworth County

County affairs : Ellsworth County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1869 - 1871
A petition from citizens of Ellsworth County request Kansas Governor Harvey appoint C. B. Whitney as Sheriff. A letter from George Geiger informs the Governor that there is a petition to have him appointed as Probate Judge but that he does not desire the position. A petition to have John H. Edwards appointed as Probate Judge of Ellsworth County. A letter from M. W. Henry, County Clerk, notifies the Governor there are vacancies in the Office of Sheriff and Coroner for Ellsworth County. In Henry's letter, he states the Board of County Commissioners recommends C. B. Whitney as Sheriff and Hugh Tulity for Coroner. Additional documents are related to vacancies in Ellsworth, Kansas.


County Affairs, Finney County

County Affairs, Finney County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning the month of June 1885, are from the residents and offices of Finney County, Kansas regarding the sheriff to Kansas Governor John Martin. The vacancy of the county sheriff was due to the death of the current sheriff, James R. Fulton. William D. Fulton and C. D. Wentworth were two candidates that had recommendation letters and signed petitions. There is also a newspaper clipping telling of deputy sheriff Wentworth's arrest of the Terrills. William D. Fulton was appointed. Finney County was organized on October 1, 1884 and named to honor Kansas Lieutenant Governor Finney of Woodson County.


County affairs: Greenwood

County affairs: Greenwood
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1865-1868 : Crawford)
Date: 1865
This letter, dated August 1, 1865, is from a Greenwood County Kansas official regarding the county's affairs to Kansas Governor Samuel Crawford. The letter lists the recommended individuals for sheriff and Justices of the Peace. Greenwood County was one of the original 33 counties organized by the Territorial Legislature in 1855, but because of an oversight and reorganization of county lines, Greenwood County was not officially organized until March 14, 1862.


County affairs : Howard County

County affairs : Howard County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1871 - 1872
A letter from E. W. Fay asks the Governor if he knows whether the charter sent to the Kansas Secretary of State was granted for the company in Howard County and to provide a reason if the charter was not granted. The following two letters are related to the appointment of Alfred Davis as the Sheriff of Howard County.


County affairs : Leavenworth County

County affairs : Leavenworth County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1869-1873 : Harvey)
Date: 1870
The following letters pertain to the vacancy in the Office of Sheriff for Leavenworth County, Kansas. A letter from W. S. Jenkins notifies Governor Harvey that Sheriff McFarland has recently passed away should he be called upon to file a vacancy. A letter of recommendation from D. R. Anthony for H. A. Robertson for the appointment of Sheriff.


County Affairs, Logan County

County Affairs, Logan County
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1885-1889 : Martin)
Date: 1885-1889
These letters, spanning 1887, are from the residents and offices of Logan County, Kansas regarding its organization to Kansas Governor John Martin. A Governor's Proclamation appoints an official to verify that the county meets requirements. Many of the letters are signed petitions confirming the population requirements are met for the county's organization. Other letters request the appointment of the county seat and county officials like sheriff, commissioners, clerk, and census taker. Logan County was named for Civil War General John A. Logan of Illinois and organized on September 17, 1887.


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