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A study made of 719 rural rehabilitation families relative to their standard of living

A study made of 719 rural rehabilitation families relative to their standard of living
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: 1935
This study was compiled by Conie Foote, supervisor of home economics, and her county home advisers. The report includes an introductory note from Foote, who states that the goal of this study is to provide the rural rehabilitation program with essential information about the needs of relief clients during the Dust Bowl years. The study addresses several questions, including: "What is the present standard of living of the families making application for rural rehabilitation loans? Is there a standard below which a family cannot live and maintain health and efficiency?" To answer these questions, the report includes statistics, such as charts documenting housing conditions, the number of applicants in each household, the items of household equipment required by relief families, and the number of persons needing medical care.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's Scout dining car

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's Scout dining car
Creator: Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railway Company
Date: Between 1950 and 1959
A photograph showing china used on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway's Scout dining car.


Baking rolls and pies

Baking rolls and pies
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
Women baking dinner rolls and pies using a gas stove. This activity was part of the Works Progress Administration's domestic science and foods program.


Basket Impressed Pottery from the County Club Site, 14CO3

Basket Impressed Pottery from the County Club Site, 14CO3
Date: 1400-1725 CE
This small pottery body sherd has an interesting story to tell. This sherd was impressed with basketry, either as a decorative technique or to serve as a basket liner. The sherd was excavated from a Great Bend aspect (ancestral Wichita) village in Cowley County during Phase IV archeological investigations in 1995. The site had been much impacted by a water line, golf greens, roads, and highways. Excavations had been occurring at the site since 1916.


Belle Jones Dresher

Belle Jones Dresher
Creator: Dresher, G. C.
Date: August, 1907
An informal portrait of Belle Jones Dresher, kneeling before the open oven of her new stove. Also visible are two pie pans, a match holder on the door frame behind the stove, the stove's flue and gas line, a teakettle, a throw rug, patterned wallpaper and linoleum, and a pair of slippers that have been placed along the baseboard to the right of the stove.


Better Homes and Gardens

Better Homes and Gardens
Date: 1955
This is the cover from Better Homes and Gardens magazine, February 1955.


Butter Paddle from Fort Scott, 14BO302

Butter Paddle from Fort Scott, 14BO302
Date: 1842-1853
Butter paddles, also known as butter hands or Scotch hands, were used to press butter against the side of the butter tub, forcing excess buttermilk out and stiffening the butter. This curved wooden butter paddle was recovered from the Fort Scott National Historic Site during excavations conducted there between 1968 through 1972 by Kansas Historical Society Archeologists. When Fort Scott was built it was on the western military frontier, but is now located within the city limits of Fort Scott.


Charles Robinson territorial loss claim

Charles Robinson territorial loss claim
Creator: Strickler, Hiram Jackson
Date: 1859
Report of H.L. Strickler, Commissioner to Audit Claims of Citizens of the Territory of Kansas, contained in the U.S. Congressional Serial Set of congressional and executive documents. Charles Robinson presented this claim (# 61) for losses suffered at the hands of the "territorial militia and marshal's posse" on May 21, 1856. His list of losses included a frame house, barn, medical library and surgical instruments. He also claimed $10,000 for false imprisonment that was not approved. Each claimant had to submit an itemized list and have two witnesses attest to the losses claimed. Even though many of these claims were approved for payment, no funds were ever appropriated or distributed.


Churning butter

Churning butter
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
A woman seated in a kitchen churning butter. This activity was part of the Works Progress Administration's adult and worker education program. Visible in the background is a stove.


Coleman Gasoline Iron from the Plowboy Site, 14SH372

Coleman Gasoline Iron from the Plowboy Site, 14SH372
Date: 1929-1948
This Iron was collected from the Plowboy site in Shawnee County and donated to the Kansas Historical Society in 2017. The Plowboy site was home to the Kansa, the Potawatomi, and Euro-Americans. At various times, the site contained a farm, a trading post, and a post office with nearby military trails, Mormon routes, a railroad and the California-Oregon trail. This iron, manufactured by the Coleman Company, dates to a later occupation of the site. It is similar to Coleman's Instant-Lite Model 4A, with a blue enamel body, a blue wooden handle and a clean-out lever in the fuel valve. Irons such as this one could run on gasoline, alcohol, carbide-acetylene, kerosene, or natural gas, making ironing a dangerous job!


Containers from 14JW311

Containers from 14JW311
Date: 1000-1500 CE
These three sherds were collected from an archeological site in Jewell County that had materials from the Middle Ceramic period, such as the two ceramic sherds with cord marked surface treatment shown here, and a small scattering of historic artifacts from the surface, like the amethyst cut glass sherd. All three artifacts served as containers in their time and illustrate that styles may change, but functions do not always do so!


Diagram of boiling stones and pot used to cook soup by American Indians

Diagram of boiling stones and pot used to cook soup by American Indians
Date: 1800-1869
Diagram of pot and stone materials used to cook soup by American Indians, including the heating stones and transport stick used to boil the soup in the buffalo stomach pouch during the cooking process. The diagram was prepared by authors, Reginald and Gladys Laubin, in their book entitled "The Indian Tipi" first published in 1957.


Ed Marling furniture and appliances store in Topeka, Kansas

Ed Marling furniture and appliances store in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1957 and 1960
This is a photograph of the Ed Marling appliances, televisions, and furniture store in Holiday Square Shopping Center, 29th and South Topeka Boulevard, in Topeka, Kansas. In 1956-1957, Charles Marling and John Dibble developed the Holliday Square shopping center.


Ed Marling furniture and appliances store in Topeka, Kansas

Ed Marling furniture and appliances store in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1952
This is a photograph of the Ed Marling furniture and appliances store at 901 N. Kansas Avenue in Topeka, Kansas. The Marling family opened a hardware business in this building in 1950. A year later, the store's inventory was destroyed by a flood. The family cleaned up the store, reopened, and offered free storage and cleaning of appliances to flood victims.


Ed Marling furniture and appliance store in Lawrence, Kansas

Ed Marling furniture and appliance store in Lawrence, Kansas
Date: Between 1972 and 1975
This is a photograph of the Ed Marling furniture, television, and appliance store located at 825 Massachusetts in Lawrence, Kansas.


Ed Marling super value store in Topeka, Kansas

Ed Marling super value store in Topeka, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1952
This is a photograph of the Ed Marling super value store at 901 N. Kansas Avenue in Topeka, Kansas. The Marling family opened a hardware business in this building in 1950. A year later, the store's inventory was destroyed by a flood. The family cleaned up the store, reopened, and offered free storage and cleaning of appliances to flood victims.


Elias Clark to Samuel N. Wood

Elias Clark to Samuel N. Wood
Creator: Clark, Elias
Date: May 4, 1860
Perhaps in response to a question by Wood about an advertisement for agents, Elias Clark of St. Louis, Missouri, writes that a prospective agent could buy a machine for $35 retail and test it out before trying to represent the product to others. He states his confidence in the "Raymond Double Threaded Family Sewing Machine," and reports it had been getting good reports from agents in Illinois. Clark's letter to Wood was written on the back of printed "rules for agents" and additional information about the sewing machine business.


Excerpts from taped interviews with John Stadler

Excerpts from taped interviews with John Stadler
Creator: Stadler, John
Date: 1979
This oral history interview with John Stadler, Stevens County, describes his experiences during the dust bowl of the 1930s. He devotes much of the interview to reminiscing about how these dust storms interrupted the daily routines of those living in western Kansas. Stadler worked for the local gas company, and he also supervised the drilling of 443 wells near Hugoton. Copied from Dust Storms as Remembered by Hugoton Citizens.


Family on the front porch of their home in Kansas, 1880

Family on the front porch of their home in Kansas, 1880
Date: 1880
A family of five has their photograph taken on their front porch, probably around the year 1880. One woman is using a large spinning wheel, another woman has a baby on her lap and is using a small one. A little boy is shelling out popcorn into the wire mesh popper.


Family picnic, Gray County, Kansas

Family picnic, Gray County, Kansas
Date: Between 1905 and 1910
This photograph shows a family picnicking while on a camping trip, Gray County, Kansas. Several jars of canned foods are visible on the table. Tents are visible in the background as well.


F. J. Birdsall's parlor in Custer, Oklahoma Territory

F. J. Birdsall's parlor in Custer, Oklahoma Territory
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: 1897
View of an unidentified man and woman seated in the parlor of F. J. Birdsall's sod house in Custer, Beaver County, Oklahoma Territory. This photograph was taken using a flash light.


Flatware from the Hollenberg Pony Express Station, 14WH316

Flatware from the Hollenberg Pony Express Station, 14WH316
Date: 1857-1941
This knife and fork were recovered from the Hollenberg Pony Express Station in Washington County in 1991. They were found below the station and may have been lost anytime during the buildings use as a home or station. The knife has lost all of its wooden handle, but the fork still retains traces of its wooden handle. The Hollenberg Pony Express Station was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1966, and earlier, as a National Historic Landmark in 1961.


Flywheels or Spindle Whorls from the Leary Site, 25RH1

Flywheels or Spindle Whorls from the Leary Site, 25RH1
Date: 1194-1477 CE
These two flywheels or spindle whorls were recovered from the Leary Site and donated to the Kansas Historical Society. The artifacts were likely used for spinning yarn or to help in drilling holes. They were made from broken pottery sherds and reshaped and repurposed for a new function. The Leary site was a large Oneota village that likely was periodically occupied by other groups. The site straddles the state line between Kansas and Nebraska, with a large portion on the Richardson County, Nebraska side and a smaller portion on the Brown County, Kansas side. The site was primarily occupied during the Late Prehistoric period, with a few radiocarbon dates suggesting 1194 to 1477 CE.


Helen Whiting at the family home in Mount Hope, Kansas

Helen Whiting at the family home in Mount Hope, Kansas
Date: Between 1904 and 1905
This is a photograph of Helen Whiting at the family home in Mount Hope, Kansas. There is a barrel churn on the porch.


Hiram Hill to W. & W.E. Thayer, expense list

Hiram Hill to W. & W.E. Thayer, expense list
Creator: Hill, Hiram, 1804-
Date: From 1853 through 1856
Hill listed expenses from 1853-1856. Recorded items are primarily household items, and include itemized prices.


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