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Rees, Wustefeld, and Wildgen family collection

Call Number: RH MS 1309


This collection includes papers and photographs from the Rees, Wustefeld, and Wildgen families of Kansas.


  • Creation: 1807 - 2013


Conditions Governing Access

Audio visual materials are stored in the KU Annex off-site storage area.

All researchers interested in reviewing this material must consult Spencer Research Library Public Services staff (785-864-4334 or, 9-5 M-F CST) before a planned visit; staff will respond within three days, though materials may not be available in that timeframe. Access to audio visual materials may require digitization first. Be advised that drop-in requests for this material cannot be accommodated.

Conditions Governing Use

Spencer Library staff may determine use restrictions dependent on the physical condition of manuscript materials.

History of the Rees, Wustefeld, and Wildgen families

Jacob Griffin Rees moved to Kansas in 1857, settling near Lane in Franklin County, after growing up in Ohio. He had volunteered to serve in the Mexican War, but returned to Ohio in 1847 to publish the Greenville Journal. In 1858 he was a member of the Leavenworth Constitutional Convention, and in 1861 he was elected to the State Legislature, serving as senator from Franklin, Anderson, and Allen counties.

In 1862 Rees was commissioned a captain in the 11th Kansas. He then recruited and commanded Company F. Rees' military activities included service at battles of Prairie Grove, Arkansas (1862) and Fort Wayne, Indian Territory (1862), commandant and provost marshal of Independence, Missouri, and Inspector-General on the staff of General McKean.

Rees resigned from the service in 1865 for health reasons. Later that year he was elected to the House of Representatives of the State Legislature. In 1879 Rees was a director of the Paola and Fall River Railroad.

Jacob Rees' granddaughter, Mariee Rees, was born in Greeley, KS in 1891. She spent her life in Greeley and married Chris Wustefeld in 1914.

One of Chris and Mariee's daughters, Marjorie Wustefeld, was born in 1915. She taught at Greeley High School and St. John the Evangelist Catholic School. Marjorie married Henry Wildgen in Greeley, KS in 1945. Henry was a soldier, manager of the former Wildgen Lumber Co., and took up various positions in Kansas government.

One of Marjorie and Henry Wildgen's sons, Mike, was born in 1947 in Great Bend, KS and held many political positions throughout his life, including city manager of Lawrence, KS.


3.75 Linear Feet (5 boxes + 4 oversize boxes, 1 oversize folder)

Language of Materials


Scope and Contents

This collection includes tax papers, military certificates, political documents, business documents, correspondence, and photographs relating to the Rees, Wustefeld, and Wildgen families. The primary family members represented are Jacob Griffin Rees (1825-1912), his brother Corwin Pottenger Rees (1847-1924), Jacob Rees' son Lloyd Osman Rees (1852-1918), Lloyd Rees' daughter Mariee Rees Wustefeld (1891-1976), Mariee Wustefeld's husband Chris Wustefeld (1891-1982), Mariee and Chris Wustefeld's daughters LoRees (b. 1922) and Marjorie Wustefeld (1915-2006), Marjorie Wustefeld's husband Henry Wildgen (1914-1970), and Marjorie and Henry Wildgen's son Mike Wildgen (1947- ).

Physical Location

RH MS 1309

Physical Location

RH MS 1500

Physical Location

RH MS-P 1309, RH MS-P 1309(f)

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RH MS Q381, RH MS Q464

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RH MS R380

Physical Location

KC AV 113

Physical Location

A/V items at Annex (Contact Spencer Library Public Services)

Immediate Source of Acquisition

Gift, Mrs. C. E. Wustefield, 1975. Gift, Mike Wildgen, 2005, 2010, 2013, 2014, 2021.

Processing Information

Formerly RH MS P275 with title: Jacob Griffin Rees Collection. RH PH 24 and material formerly at RH MS Q343 incorporated into this collection.



Guide to the Rees, Wustefeld, and Wildgen Family Collection
Rees, Wustefeld, and Wildgen family collection
Finding aid compiled by lgg, 5 January 1975. Finding aid encoded by mg, 2004. Finding aid revised by mg, 2004; hc, 2013; mes, 2016; bnd, 2019; mwh, 2021; eje, 2023.
Description rules
Describing Archives: A Content Standard
Language of description
Finding aid written in English.
Finding aid permalink
Preferred citation
Rees, Wustefeld, and Wildgen family papers, RH MS 1309, Kenneth Spencer Research Library, University of Kansas.

Repository Details

Part of the University of Kansas. Kenneth Spencer Research Library Repository

1450 Poplar Lane
Lawrence KS 66045-7616 United States