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Recollections of early days in Kansas

Baker, Orinda S.

This reminiscence, published in two parts, details the experiences of Orinda S. Baker and her family, who moved to Centralia, Nemaha County, in 1860. The Bakers, like other Kansas families, suffered from hunger and sickness during the severe drought that struck Kansas that same year. Included at the end of Part I there are two letters regarding the drought and the aid received from the East. Part II begins with a letter from Phil C. Day regarding relief goods sent to Kansas; Baker had written to out-of-state friends about the suffering of Kansans and acted as coordinator of relief supplies. In January 1862 Baker and her family moved to Topeka when her husband, Floyd P. Baker, was elected to the State House of Representatives. The rest of her reminiscence relates her experiences while living in Topeka, with the exception of a selection discussing a particularly fierce snow storm that hit on January 18, 1861.

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H. J. Williams to Florella Brown Adair

Williams, H. J. (Mrs. John)

Mrs. Williams had been a member of one of Rev. Samuel L. Adair's churches in Lafayette, Ohio. She writes Mrs. Adair about her concern for the Adair family during all of the troubles in Kansas Territory. She and her husband also sent some cheese and cloth to the Adairs. The letter has references to various family members and demonstrates the support women settlers in Kansas Territory received from friends in the East.

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