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Reb Russell photo collection

Lafayette H. Russell was born May 31, 1905, in Osawatomie and died March 16, 1978, in Coffeyville. He later changed his name to Reb Russell. Russell was an All American football player for Northwestern and was one of the original Philadelphia Eagles in the team's first year of existence. In 1932, Russell went to Hollywood to appear in "The All-American" where he met Tom Mix. In 1933, Reb Russell made a string of movies. After his short film career he joined the Russell Brothers Circus and later (1937) he performed with the Downie Brothers Circus. He later purchased a ranch which extended from southeast Kansas into northeast Oklahoma. Russell is remembered for his innovative Hi-Goal Agriculture, a plan to help small farmers increase productivity and profits without government aid. Russell also ran against Joe Skubitz for the Fifth Congressional District.

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Fred Stone

This is a photograph of Fred Stone as the Scarecrow in the Broadway show 'The Wizard of Oz', which is always associated with Kansas. He gained notoriety with this role and went on to become a popular actor on Broadway and in feature films. This photograph was copied from Fred Stone's autobiography Rolling Stone.

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Charles "Buddy" Rogers

A portrait of Charles "Buddy" Rogers, 1904-1999, actor and jazz musician. Rogers was born in Olathe, Kansas and began his acting career in the mid-1920s. In his most remembered film, he starred opposite Clara Bow in the 1927 Academy Award winning picture "Wings." The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Rogers in 1985 with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

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Georgia Neese Clark Gray

A formal portrait of Georgia Neese Clark Gray, 1900-1995, of Richland, Kansas. Gray was National Committeewoman for the Democratic Party, 1936-1964, and was appointed by President Harry S. Truman on June 9, 1949 as the first woman to serve as the U. S. Treasurer, 1949-1953.

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Charles "Buddy" Rogers

A portrait of Charles "Buddy" Rogers, 1904-1999, actor and jazz musician. Rogers was born in Olathe, Kansas and began his acting career in the mid-1920s. In his most remembered film, he starred opposite Clara Bow in the 1927 Academy Award winning picture "Wings." The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Rogers in 1985 with the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award.

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Senator Arthur Capper and Charles "Buddy" Rogers

An informal portrait of Kansas Senator Arthur Capper, 1865-1951, a native of Garnett, Kansas, and actor Charles "Buddy" Rogers, 1904-1999, a native of Olathe, Kansas, at the White House in Washington, D.C. Capper, 1865-1951, served Kansas as Governor, 1915-1919, and U. S. Senator, 1919-1949.

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Willard, Jess

A portrait of Jess Willard, (1888-1968), native of Pottawatomie County, Kansas, who became the world heavyweight boxing champion, on April 5, 1915, when he defeated defending champion Jack Johnson in a twenty-six round match in Havana, Cuba. The "Pottawatomie Giant" as Willard was know in the boxing world, had a career of twenty-five wins but was unable to defend his title to challenger Jack Dempsey on July 4, 1919 in Toledo, Ohio. After the lost, Willard's boxing career came to a close and he pursued a new profession in movies and vaudeville shows. On December 15, 1968, Willard passed away at the age of eighty-six in Los Angeles, California.

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