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Allen Dunmire diary

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: RH MS A37

Diary entries are made in ink and pencil. Each entry mentions the weather conditions and is followed by the daily activities. There are diary entries for each day of the year 1879. In addition, there are notes on expenditures and receipts during the year as well as accounts received and paid.

Dates: 1879

Anna G. (Smith) Irvin's memories of early days in Kansas

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P68

Reminiscences of early days near Blue Mound. Recounts family's departure from England and trip West. Describes pioneer life in Douglas County, raids during the civil War, and Indians in the area. A 4-page "Excerpt" and map is included with the account.

Dates: 1935

Anne E. Bingham reminiscences

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P56

Reminiscences of life on a farm near Junction City following migration west in 1869. Sixteen years on a Kansas farm, 1870-1886.

Dates: 1869, 1870-1886, 1921

Buggy Tracks by Bess Harrison

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P355

Buggy Tracks; A personal narrative of life in a small western Kansas town in the early 1900's, together with family photographs. Ft. Morgan, Colorado? 197-

Dates: Between 1970 and 1978

Clark family papers

Call Number: RH MS P213

This collection consists of letters that discuss family affairs, droughts and crops. J. S. Clark mentions carrying mail, "following" cotton, and Mormons. Lizzie mentions raising chickens and pigs. It also contains a marriage certificate for J. S. Clark and Mary Ann Pedigrew from Kansas in 1873.

Dates: 1873 - 1900

Ella J. Chase journal

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: RH MS B44
Overview Journal, dated December 31, 1869 to January 1, 1884, with miscellaneous recipes, poems, and notes. According to a letter of transmittal accompanying this journal, Ella Chase began the journal in Iowa and continued it during her family's move to Emporia, Kansas. The last entry in the journal is dated Wilson, Colfax County, Nebraska, January 1, 1884. Miscellany in the journal include brief accounting notes regarding the sale of butter and eggs, income from laundry service, occasional...
Dates: December 31, 1869 - January 1, 1884

Emily Isabelle Combes letters

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P460

A typed transcription of letters written by Emily Isabelle Combes in 1871 to her fiance in Ohio. Combes moved to Rice County, Kansas, with her father where they homesteaded. Her letters describe pioneer life on the prairie, relations between white settlers and Native Americans, buffalo hunts, prairie fires, and other experiences she had in Kansas.

Dates: April 21, 1871 to December 17, 1871

George W. Packard letters

Call Number: RH MS P109

Hall Family Correspondence

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P413
Overview Photocopies of handwritten letters and of typed transcriptions of correspondence between members of the Hezekiah Hall family of Illinois and Kansas. The letters discuss the Civil War (several of the brothers were Union soldiers), farming in Illinois and Kansas, homesteading in Kansas, and family members and friends. Also included is a list of the family members with a short biography of each, a note by James B. Martin, the transcriber, and a list of letters sent and received by Susan Hall in...
Dates: 1863 - 1866

Joel Grover diary

Call Number: RH VLT MS A2

Grover was born in Springfield, Livingston Co., New York, August 5, 1825; died in Lawrence, Kansas, July 28, 1879. This collection consist of a diary kept during the years 1857 and 1858 by Joel Grover, an early resident of Lawrence, Kansas. A transcription of the diary was completed in 1981.

Dates: 1857 - 1858

John Henry Vansickle papers

Call Number: RH MS P170

This collection consists of letters describing incidents of the border raids during the Kansas Territory-Missouri border wars just before the United States' Civil War in detail, including references to John Brown, William Quantrill, Jim Montgomery, and Fort Scott. The collection also includes a deed to land in McLean County, Illinois owned by Vansickle.

Dates: 1858 - 1863

Joseph A. Cody correspondence

Call Number: RH MS 8

This collection consists of Joseph Cody's letters to his wife, Elvira (Cable) Cody, and those received from other friends, arranged chronologically from 1854-1885. It also includes letters written by Elvira and those she received from friends prior to her marriage to Joseph, arranged chronologically from 1847-1853. Letters written by Elvira's father, Eleazer Cable, a nurseryman in Ohio concerned with the maintenance of the Cable nursery, are dated from 1837-1869.

Dates: 1837 - 1884

Joseph F. Smith letters

Call Number: RH MS P788

These three family letters were written by Franklin County, Kansas settler Joseph F. Smith in the first year of his arrival in Kansas Territory and in the first two years of Kansas statehood. An emigrant from Iowa, Smith writes to his brother Alvin Smith of Ohio regarding the local weather, crops, prices of provisions, the threat of secessionists, and his hopes for purchase of land from the Indian reserve on which he works in winter months.

Dates: 1860 - 1862

Joseph M. Reed letters

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: RH MS D206

This collection consist of eight letters of Joseph M. Reed dated from 1858 to 1863, and compiled by Evelyn L. Harmon and Glenn E. L. Slining in 1977.

Dates: 1858 - 1863

Journal of a Kansas farmer

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: RH MS E62

Journal of a Kansas farmer, October, 1873-October, 1876; recorded in the People's comprehensive diary. .. for the use of farmers and others. (Mitchell County, Kansas, 1876.)

Dates: October, 1873-October, 1876

Kate Warthen Searcy papers

Call Number: RH MS 34

Kate (Warthen) Searcy was an early homesteader in western Kansas, in addition to being a schoolteacher, author, and newspaper editor. This collection includes her family correspondence and some records related to her career, as well as photographs and other personal materials.

Dates: 1853-1953 (bulk 1882-1926)

Letter to Michael Brodhead. Garden City, Kansas.

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P100
Scope and Contents

Reminiscences of early days in Nicodemus and Graham County, Kansas.

Dates: November 19, 1965

Letter to Mr. Taft in Coldwater, Kansas

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P74

Letter addressed to Mr. Taft includes manuscript of an article about the history of Comanche County: the early success of the farmers, the take-over by the cow men and the return of the farmer. Covers the period 1873-1905. Folder includes both the handwritten original letter and a typed transcript.

Dates: May 3, 1954

Mabel Amrine reminiscences

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P369

The collection consists of a typescript of a newspaper article from 1955 and photocopy of a magazine article from 1956 written by Mabel Chilcott Amrine; and photocopies of a three-part newspaper article from 1957 written by M. F. Amrine. There is also a photocopy of Mrs. Amrine's magazine article which also appeared in a Topeka newspaper in 1957.

Dates: 1955 - 1957

Minutes of the Session of the Presbyterian Church, Burlingame, Kansas

 Collection — Volume: 1
Call Number: RH MS D21

Minutes of the Session of the Presbyterian Church, together with the Church Register, 1874-1904. Philadelphia, Presbyterian Board of Publication, 1869.

Dates: 1874-1904; 1869

My Own Experience

Call Number: RH MS 1060

In this memoir, written on 304 numbered leaves, Rosa B. "Rose" Garrison Hawkins, born in 1870, recalls her early years on her parents' farm in McLean County, Illinois, her elopement and marriage at age fifteen, her life as a homesteader in western Kansas and southeastern Colorado, and her return to Illinois in 1890. Her account, extending from early childhood to 1896, details the many harrowing hardships which she and her husband endured as homesteaders and overland travelers.

Dates: approximately 1896

Peterson family reminiscences

 Collection — Folder: 1
Call Number: RH MS P473

Typewritten copies of speeches given by members of the Peterson family concerning life in the 1870s in Brantford (Washington County), Kansas, a Swedish community in the north central region of the state.

Dates: June 24, 1919, November 2, 1941

Pioneer life in Kansas

 Collection — folders: 1-2
Call Number: RH MS P114

This collection consists of a single, three-page typescript reminiscence by Caroline Updegraff Parker, relating the experiences of her brother William W. Updegraff and her own family in Osawatomie, Kansas from 1855 to 1869, as well as a photograph of her brother William later in his life.

Dates: [between 1875-1910]

Pioneer stories. Abilene

Call Number: RH MS P45
Scope and Contents

Describes frontier life in Kansas 1866-1869 while Gorden worked as a telegraph operator for the Kansas Pacific Railroad.

Dates: undated

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Hall (Family : 1860-1869 : Ill.) 1
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Heed, Susanna Mercy, 1846- 1
Heed, T. D. (Thomas Dougherty), 1832- 1
Hickok, Wild Bill, 1837-1876 1
Horton, Numan N., 1838-1892 1
Irvin, Anna G., 1860- 1
Ise , John, 1885-1969 1
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Jones, Nannie Peterson 1
Kansas Pacific Railway Company 1
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