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Jonathan Crews to Thomas Nesbit Stinson

Crews, Jonathan

Jonathan Crews, writing from LaPorte, Indiana, expressed strong proslavery views on the situation in Kansas. Crews described his trip home to Indiana from Kansas and discussed several Indiana court cases involving his business interests.

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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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Kansas Territory citizens to the Senate and House of Representatives of the United States of America

This unsigned statement was written to protest "the practice of taxing the people of the Territories for the support of a Government in which they are not represented." The residents of Kansas Territory complained that they had had no voice in how these tax dollars were appropriated, and they asked this "honorable body" to remit to them these taxes. Since this was during the drought of 1860, they declared that they would use these funds for famine relief.

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John James Ingalls to Elias T. Ingalls

Ingalls, John James, 1833-1900

Much of this interesting letter, dated November 21, 1858, from Sumner, Kansas Territory, describes the Ingalls law practice and the nature of a "frontier" court proceedings that often attracted "nearly all the population." According to Ingalls, "the chief difficulty arising [in the courts came] from the conflict of the two Codes, adopted by two hostile legislatures, each of which had adherents who call the other 'bogus.'" Ingalls also discussed the business of land sales, as something many others successfully combined with the practice of law.

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Samuel Lyle Adair to John Brown

Adair, Samuel Lyle, 1811-1898

Samuel Adair wrote his brother-in-law John Brown from Osawatomie on October 2, 1857, to explain why he could not come see Brown in Iowa. Much of letter describes the general poor state of health in his locale, but he also comments on the political and especially the prospects for free state success in the upcoming election--Adair was not optimistic.

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Rev. Lewis Bodwell

Smith, C.T. ; Topeka, KS

View of Rev. Lewis Bodwell, first pastor of the First Congregational Church in Topeka, Kansas.

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S. L. Adair to the friends of Christ

Adair, Samuel Lyle

This letter reported on the current religious situation in Osawatomie, Kansas Territory. According to the author, a missionary with the American Missionary Association, the residents had begun the preliminary steps for organizing a church. In Osawatomie there were a number of Baptists, Congregationalists, and Wesleyans, along with a large group who "make no profession of religion." Adair also wrote about the sickness that prevented more formal organization.

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Heading wheat in Kiowa County, Kansas

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

View of farmers heading wheat in Kiowa County, Kansas. Horse-drawn harvesting equipment, and a couple seated in a horse-drawn carriage, are also visible in the photograph.

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Forest Savage

This black and white photograph shows Forest Savage, (1826-1915), copied from the book "A History of Lawrence, Kansas: From the First Settlement to the Close of the Rebellion" by Richard Cordley. Savage, a musician and member of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, migrated, on August 29, 1854, to Lawrence, Kansas with brother John. After their arrival to the Kansas Territory on September 11, 1854, the men founded the first musical band in Kansas. The newly formed band grew in membership and became instrumental in entertaining settlers and troops in the days leading up to the start of the Civil War. In October of 1864, during Price's Raid, the band went into battle and served as a militia band for nearly two weeks before returning home. Their military career's were short lived but their musical careers would live on. In 1867, the musicians would play for the first commencement at the University of Kansas. On September 15, 1879, the remaining members of the band, including Forest Savage, gathered one last time to performed for the twenty-fifth anniversary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company's arrival to Lawrence, Kansas. Forest Savage lived his remaining years in the town he migrated to as a young man. On August 17, 1915 at the age of eighty-nine, he passed away quietly in his home. Burial was conducted in Oak Hill Cemetery in Lawrence, Kansas.

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Marshall's Band, Topeka, Kansas

Boeger Studio

Members of Marshall's Band of Topeka, Kansas, seated on the Kansas State Capitol building's steps.

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