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Anniversary Ball

Anniversary Ball
Date: May 20, 1859
The citizens of Lawrence, Kansas Territory, were giving this ball to benefit the fire department but the event was to be held on the anniversary of the destruction of the Free State Hotel on May 20, 1856. The event was to be held at the Eldridge House and music was provided by the Lawrence Quadrille Band.


Colored directory:  information, history, facts, also buyer's guide of the best business places appreciating your patronage

Colored directory: information, history, facts, also buyer's guide of the best business places appreciating your patronage
Date: April 1928
This directory primarily deals with African Americans living in Topeka, Kansas, but it also contains listing for Alma, Burlingame, Council Grove, Dunlap, Eskridge, Osage City, Oskaloosa, Paxico, Perry and rural Shawnee County. Listings of the residents of the smaller communities include name and occupation. The address is included only if it is rural with the RFD numbers. The listings for Topeka include name, occupation or place of employment, and home address. The Topeka portion includes a listing of churches with some sketches, colored schools, lodges, biographical sketches of some community members, article about the police and fire departments, the Kansas Vocational School in Topeka, and "Some Topeka Institutions" (African American organizations and businesses). The publication includes a listing of call letters for radio stations, driving distances in Kansas, and railroad rates from Topeka to various locations for the railroad lines through Topeka. The directory also includes a number of advertisements.


Denison Fire Department track team in Denison, Kansas

Denison Fire Department track team in Denison, Kansas
Date: 1908
This is a photograph showing the Denison Fire Department track team in Denison, Kansas.


Fire bucket

Fire bucket
Date: between 1880 and 1889
Tall narrow black leather fireman's bucket used on a horse-drawn fire wagon. The donor, George Luty, was the fire chief of Kiowa, Kansas.


Fire department in Seneca, Kansas

Fire department in Seneca, Kansas
Date: Between 1895 and 1899
Here are three photographs showing the fire department with their equipment in Seneca, Kansas.


Fire engine, Iola, Kansas

Fire engine, Iola, Kansas
Date: 1925
This black and white photograph shows a fire engine parked on the streets of Iola, Kansas. In the background, water is being sprayed into the air as a group of men test the water pressure from a nearby fire hydrant.


Fire engine, Marysville, Kansas

Fire engine, Marysville, Kansas
Creator: Hawkins, Omar F. (Omar Finlay), 1890-1967
Date: August 18, 1930
This is a black and white photograph of people gathered around a fire eninge on the streets of Marysville, Kansas. The Citizen's State Bank building is in the background.


Fire engine, Marysville, Kansas

Fire engine, Marysville, Kansas
Creator: Hawkins, Omar F. (Omar Finlay), 1890-1967
Date: August 18, 1930
This black and white photograph shows a group of men and children gathered around a fire engine in Marysville, Kansas. In the background, a fire hydrant is spraying water into the air.


Fire engine, Marysville, Kansas

Fire engine, Marysville, Kansas
Creator: Hawkins, Omar F. (Omar Finlay), 1890-1967
Date: August 18, 1930
This black and white photograph shows a group of people gathered around a fire engine in Marysville, Kansas. In the background, several fire hoses are visible spraying water into the air.


Fire hose wagon photograph

Fire hose wagon photograph
Date: Between 1890 and 1910
This is a photograph of a Camac horse-drawn fire hose wagon used by the Neodesha Fire Department in Wilson County, Kansas.


Fireman's Badge

Fireman's Badge
Date: between 1886 and 1901
Badge for E.L. Skelton, Assistant Fire Chief of Parsons, Kansas. Gold. In three sections linked by small chains. Edward Lincoln Skelton (1854-1915) had become First Assistant Chief by at least 1898. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Chief he served as Foreman of Hook and Ladder Company Number 1.


Fireman's cap

Fireman's cap
Date: between 1890 and 1899
Navy blue felt fireman's cap with oval crown sides and flat top. Belonged to Edward Lincoln Skelton (1854-1915) of the Parsons, Kansas Fire Department. Skelton had become First Assistant Chief by at least 1898. Prior to his appointment as Assistant Chief he served as Foreman of Hook and Ladder Company Number 1.


Firemen, Abilene, Kansas

Firemen, Abilene, Kansas
Date: Between 1890s and 1900s
This photograph shows two men seated in a horse-drawn wagon equipped with ladders and hoses in Abilene, Kansas.


Firemen, Caldwell, Kansas

Firemen, Caldwell, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1895
This photograph shows members from the Caldwell, Kansas fire department standing in front of an unidentified building.


Firemen in Ellsworth, Kansas

Firemen in Ellsworth, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1909
This is a photograph showing firemen with a piece of horse-drawn fire equipment in downtown Ellsworth, Kansas.


Firemen, Kingman, Kansas

Firemen, Kingman, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This photograph shows members from the Kingman, Kansas fire department gathered with their equipment in front of the Mead Automobile Company and REO dealership. On the left-hand side of the image the guns, bicycles & sewing machine repair building is visible.


Firemen, Solomon, Kansas

Firemen, Solomon, Kansas
Date: 1914
This sepia colored photograph shows members of the volunteer fire department from Solomon, Kansas. The men have been identified by row. Front: Jack McKleskie, Frank Henderson, Bill Higgins, Jerry Sullivan, and William Fugatt. Middle: Charles Whitley, Clair Sundahl, L.Z Castor, Tim Mahoney, Bov Havener, and Ernest Comstock. Back: Ed Carby, Bill Deweese, Geo.T. Stevens, Clyde Neal, Rueben Vanderwilt, and Sam Knight.


Firemen, Solomon, Kansas

Firemen, Solomon, Kansas
Date: 1914
This photograph shows members of the volunteer fire department during a Fourth of July parade in Solomon, Kansas. Some of the men can also be seen in Kansas Memory item number 224844.


Fire Station no. 4, Topeka,  Kansas

Fire Station no. 4, Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1890 and 1899
This black and white photograph shows a horse drawn fire wagon in front of Fire Station No., 4 located near 8th and Clay in Topeka, Kansas. The men gathered around the wagon have been identified from left to right as: Will Hall, C. McCabe, Captain A.M. Robinson and E.L. Robinson.


Leavenworth City Directory, and Business Mirror for 1859-60

Leavenworth City Directory, and Business Mirror for 1859-60
Creator: Sutherland & McEvoy
Date: 1859
In addition to advertisements, and information about various civic institutions in Leavenworth, this city directory also contained an historical sketch of the city attributed to H. Miles Moore, one of Leavenworth's early settlers. Some women are listed in the directory if they operated a business such as a boarding house, if they had a job, or, apparently, if they were widowed or unmarried. The "business mirror" section listed individual businesses grouped by the type of business or profession. The appendix included a listing of city and county officials and community institutions. The volume contained a number of ads for businesses in St. Louis, Missouri. The item referenced a map that was supposed to serve as a street guide but it was not contained in the KSHS copy of this item.


Members of the Neodesha Fire Department number 1 standing on their hose and ladder truck, Wilson County, Kansas

Members of the Neodesha Fire Department number 1 standing on their hose and ladder truck, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1914
This is a photograph of the members of the Neodesha Fire Department number 1 standing on their hose and ladder truck, Wilson County, Kansas. Pictured in front from left to right are: W. S. Pettit, an unidentified driver, Dr. C. O. Pingrey, and Fred Williams; standing in the rear are Ray Johnson and Robert Shipley. Dr. C. O. Pingrey is also Mrs. William J. Wertz's father.


Neodesha Fire Department and truck, Wilson County, Kansas

Neodesha Fire Department and truck, Wilson County, Kansas
Date: 1908
Nine members of the Neodesha Fire Department Number One posing in and around a Webb hose and ladder truck, Wilson County, Kansas


Osborne Fire Department, Osborne, Kansas

Osborne Fire Department, Osborne, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1919
This black and white photograph shows a group of firemen in their uniforms standing beside or seated behind the wheel of a fire truck in Osborne, Kansas. The second image is just the fire truck. Both images are, probably, in front of the town's fire station.


Perry Fire Department in Perry, Kansas

Perry Fire Department in Perry, Kansas
Date: Between 1958 and 1960
A photograph showing fire trucks at the Perry Fire Department in Perry, Kansas. Both trucks are Chevrolets. The older truck is dated 1929 and the newer one is 1958. The people in the photograph are: front (left to right) Bert Seyler, Sid Sheperd, LeRoy Hurd; and back _______, Glenn Camblin, Cliff Reusch, and Charles Copeland.


Ribbon

Ribbon
Creator: Dodge City Fire Department
Date: between 1892 and 1902
Double-sided ribbon for the Dodge City Fire Department. Front is red, white, and blue. Back is black for mourning. Made by Whitehead & Hoag of Newark and marked with an 1894 patent.


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