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Alfred Gray

Leonard & Martin

A photograph of Alfred Gray, who was born in Evans, New York. In March 1857 Gray made the decision to immigrate to Kansas, where, at the age of 26, he settled in Quindaro, opening a law and real estate office. Soon, however, Gray chose to return to the occupation of his father, and he ultimately built one of the best farms in Wyandotte County. Gray was chief clerk of the territorial legislature and was elected to the first state legislature; in April 1862 he entered the army and served as a regimental quartermaster with the Fifth Kansas Cavalry and the 10th Kansas Infantry regiments. Gray is best known for his post-Civil War activities. He served as director of the State Agricultural Society from 1866 to 1870 and was elected secretary of the State Board of Agriculture in 1872, serving in this capacity until his death in 1880.

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Samuel J. Reader

Reader, Samuel James, 1836-1914

This is a cabinet card showing Samuel J. Reader (1836-1914), who was born in Pennsylvania. He began a diary at the age of 13 and continued it until his death in 1914 at the age of 78. The diary--and the autobiography he wrote from it--describes his move to Kansas Territory in 1855, his claim near Topeka, his military experiences, farming, and his later service as Soldier Township trustee and school district clerk. He liberally illustrated his diary and recorded these events on canvas. His best known works are his drawings and paintings of territorial and Civil War experiences including the Battle of the Blue, which he is working on in this photograph. Although rather na´ve in style, Reader's illustrations provide a valuable record of early Kansas history, its social and political events.

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Allen Williams

A tintype showing Allen Williams who lived and farmed near Auburn, Shawnee County, Kansas. He appears in the 1865 Kansas State census, age 20, born about 1841 (other censuses lists his birth year as 1838), and he was born in Tennessee. Between 1875 and 1880 Allen Williams married Armilda C. Benning. According to the national and state censuses, Allen and Armilda lived most of their lives in Auburn, Kansas.

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After the great war is over

This promotional brochure argues that the construction of good roads in the United States will enhance agricultural productivity and economic development in the aftermath of World War I.

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Cattle in a fenced pasture

Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936

This is a view of cattle in a fenced pasture, next to a barn, on an unidentified farm presumed to be in Haskell County, Kansas. Also visible in the photograph are a man afoot, a horse-drawn carriage, a farmhouse and outlying farm buildings, and a man and boys astride horses.

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Canton, Kansas

Lomax, Hugh

This film presents silent footage of Canton, Kansas. Beginning with a steam engine pulling into a railroad depot, the film features many street scenes, people, schools and other small town scenes. It shows many people entering and leaving the post office or general store. It also shows many school children playing games on the playground and mothers with infants.

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The Catron Family arriving by covered wagon in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas, from Greeley, Nebraska

This photograph shows the Catron Family from Greeley, Nebraska, arriving by covered wagon and other wagons, on West 10th Street in Topeka, Shawnee County, Kansas. Don Catron is standing in the center of the picture.

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Matilda and Junius Groves

This is a portrait of Matilda and Junius Groves, who were potato farmers near Edwardsville in Wyandotte County, Kansas. They farmed over 1,000 acres, and he was known as the "Potato King." The Groves shipped their produce all over the United States by railroad. Because of the quantity shipped, the Union Pacific placed a spur on the Groves' farm to load its produce. Junius Groves served as trustee for Western University in Quindaro, Kansas.

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Seeding Hubbard squash, M.G. Lee's farm, Finney County, Kansas

Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924

The photograph shows men and children seeding Hubbard squash on M.G. Lee's farm in Finney County, Kansas.

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Richard West to John P. St. John

Richard West, a resident of Barton Station, Alabama, wrote this letter to Kansas governor St. John requesting information about available land in Kansas. West was a farmer who described in some detail many of the concerns facing emigrants, including transportation and other expenses. In addition to his role as governor of Kansas, St. John also served on the Board of Directors of the Kansas Freedmen?s Relief Association.

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