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Accession Number: 2012.78.42

Physical Description: Print of a political cartoon by Myron A. Waterman. Edward "Fog Horn" Funston stands in a field surrounded by farm animals. He is wearing tattered clothes and blowing into a trumpet. A text box telling of Funston announcing his candidacy for Governor is in the top left. The print has a signature in the lower right. Paper is white and glossy on obverse, tan and mat on reverse. Layout notes in pen on obverse reverse.

History of Object: The cartoon appeared on the front page of Topeka's The Advocate and News on March 30, 1898 with the caption "From 'Way Down Yonder in de Co'n Fiel'." Myron A. Waterman (1855-1937) was born in Westville, New York. He had relocated to Kansas by 1886, when he was married to Ella Pearle Campbell (1861-1895), originally of Pulaski, New York and the principal of the Fort Scott high school. The couple then lived in Mapleton, where he was a druggist and was also involved with the Mapleton Dispatch. They returned to Fort Scott in 1890. About that time he established and edited the Mapleton Lantern, which eventually became the Fort Scott Lantern. It was during the political campaigns of 1892 that he first began to receive wider recognition as political cartoonist and illustrator, a profession he continued alongside his other jobs throughout the remainder of his professional career. The Couple moved to Topeka in 1893 when Waterman was appointed Assistant Bank Commissioner, a position he held until 1901. Ella died from a cerebreal hemorrhage in December of 1895. Waterman was a staunch prohibitionist and a member of Topeka's First Congregational Church, and in 1897 he married Alice Gertrude Sheldon (1862-1925), a sister of the Rev. Charles M. Sheldon (1857-1946). He partnered with J.F. Jarrell in April of 1900 to publish the quarterly The Kansas Knocker: A Journal for Cranks (sometimes cited as The Topeka Knocker). Although the Knocker only ran for six issues, it published essays by many notable contributers including William Allen White and John J. Ingalls. In 1901 or 1902 Myron and Alice moved to Kansas City, Kansas where he established the Citizens State Savings Bank. In addition to his illustrations in newspapers and The Kansas Knocker, Waterman also co-illustrated Albert Bigelow Paine and William Allen White's 1893 "Rhymes by Two Friends." He also published the 16 page booklet "A wolf in sheep's clothing: A pictorial expose of the Taxpayers' Protective Association and Citizens' Defense Committee" in 1912.

Date: 1898

Dimensions (in cm): 18.00 (H) 12.80 (W)

Marks/Inscriptions: [text box] FUNSTON FOR GOVERNOR. / Allen County Statesman Formal-ly Announces His Candidacy. / Special to the Capitol. / Iola, Kan., Feb. 23.--In response to num-/erous petitions which have been circulat-/ing here among Allen county Republicans, Honorable E.H. Funston today announced him/-self as a a candidate for the Republican / nomination for Governor. // [in pen, with an arrow pointing to the text box] OVER // [in pen, on reverse] If you don't like that / clipping in the corner we / can easily cut it out. / BT //

Index Terms

Associations and Subjects

    Origin, Place of: Shawnee County (Kan.)
    Theme/topic: Iola (Kan.)
    Origin, Place of: Topeka (Kan.)
    Theme/topic: Allen County (Kan.)
    Business / Organization: Republican Party (Kan.)
    Individual: Waterman, Myron A.
    Individual: Funston, E. H. (Edward Hogue), 1836-1911
    Theme/topic: Governors-Kansas
    Theme/topic: Political cartoons
    Theme/topic: Governors--Election
    Business / Organization: Advocate and News (Topeka, Kan.)

Creators and Contributors

    Waterman, Myron A.

Status: Cataloged

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