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A man holding a milking machine

A man holding a milking machine
Date: Between 1910 and 1950
This is a photograph showing a man holding a milking machine in Allen County, Kansas.


A wilderness Family

A wilderness Family
Creator: Albert D. Richardson
Date: 1867
This is a sketch of a "Wilderness Family" from Albert D. Richardson from "Beyond the Mississippi" (German edition).


Davenport Ranch in Wabaunsee County, Kansas

Davenport Ranch in Wabaunsee County, Kansas
Date: 1912-1915
Seven photographs showing sheep and cattle on the Byron Davenport Ranch in Wabaunsee County, Kansas.


Dorothy Robbins Wick and Jessie Robbins Akers

Dorothy Robbins Wick and Jessie Robbins Akers
Date: Between 1888 and 1892
Photograph of Dorothy Robbins Wick and Jessie Robbins Akers carrying milk cans at their farm near Topeka, Kansas.


James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing

James Griffing to J. Augusta Goodrich Griffing
Creator: Griffing, James S. (James Sayre), 1822-1882
Date: July 28, 1859
James Griffing wrote from Topeka, Kansas Territory, to his wife J. Augusta (Goodrich) Griffing. Mrs. Griffing was visiting her family in New York for the first time since her arrival in the Kansas Territory in 1855. Griffing described his efforts to perform household chores in his wife's absence, including cooking, milking the cow, churning butter, doing the laundry, butchering chickens, and gardening.


Man milking a cow, Greeley County, Kansas

Man milking a cow, Greeley County, Kansas
Date: Between 1940 and 1950
An unidentified man milks a Holstein cow in a pasture near a barbed wire fence, Greeley County, Kansas.


Milk bottles

Milk bottles
Creator: Kansas. State Board of Health
Date: Between 1900 and 1920
This poster issued by the Kansas State Board of Health shows important factors for ensuring safe milk for children.


Milking cows on a farm in Riley County, Kansas

Milking cows on a farm in Riley County, Kansas
Date: 1903
A photograph showing Nellie Zimmerman White milking a cow while her daughter, Flora White, watches. The dairy farm was located east of the Kaw River bridge across from Manhattan.


Milk maids at the Kansas Women's Industrial Farm, Lansing, Kansas

Milk maids at the Kansas Women's Industrial Farm, Lansing, Kansas
Date: 1936
This photograph shows the dairy barn and milk maids at the Kansas Women's Industrial Farm in Lansing, Kansas. In 1916, this facility was established, and, for a year, it was a branch of the men's prison at the Kansas State Penitentiary in Leavenworth County. In 1917, it began operating as a separate, satellite unit. The Industrial Farm was under the supervision of the State Board of Administration before coming under the control of the Board of Penal Institutions, which was eventually reorganized as the Department of Corrections. It housed women who had committed crimes against the state. In 1980, the facility became co-correctional and the name was changed to the Kansas Correctional Institution at Lansing in 1983.


Veselik-Gannon photograph collection

Veselik-Gannon photograph collection
Creator: Gannon, Richard
Date: Between 1900 and 1920; 1953
The Veselik-Gannon photograph collection documents farming and ranching activities in Sherman County, Kansas, in the early twentieth century. The photographs include images of sod houses and other residences, barns and outbuildings, many children and farm and ranching families, tractors and other farm machinery, horses and cattle, people doing farm chores, cowboys, and early automobiles and motorcycles. The John L. and Mary Veselik residence near Ruleton appears in many of the photographs. The photographer is unknown. Richard Gannon donated copies of the photographs to the Kansas Historical Society in 1983 after discovering them in a building on his property.


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