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Authors: Kickapoo City Association
Date: August 28, 1854 - October 1, 1858
This minute book documented the founding of the Kickapoo City Association in Leavenworth County and its transactions through October 1, 1858. It contained the association's by-laws. It was a fairly complete example of how a town association conducted business, including surveying the proposed site, acquiring title to the land involved, sale of shares, and efforts to make the town attractive to prospective settlers. Meetings were held on the town site or in Weston, Missouri.
Keywords: Kickapoo City Association; Kickapoo, Kansas Territory; Land titles; Leavenworth County, Kansas Territory; Minutes; Town companies; Town development; Town promotion; Town shares; Town site speculation
Journal of Franklin Loomis Crane
Authors: Crane, Franklin L.
Date: January 16, 1856 - March 29, 1857
This journal, compiled by Franklin Loomis Crane, details the workings of the Topeka Association during 1856 and 1857. The trustees of the association appointed him chairman and businessman of the association. Some entries are mainly composed of the minutes from town association meetings, while others are listings of those settlers who applied for town lots. Crane also writes of his daily work for the association, including tidbits about the weather, etc.
Keywords: Account books; Business enterprises; Crane, Franklin Loomis; Dickey, Milton C.; Farnsworth, Loring; Streets; Topeka Association; Topeka, Kansas; Town associations; Town lots; Town promotion
Letter, C. K. Holliday to Dear Dr.
Authors: Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900
Date: December 28, 1856
Writing from Meadville, Pennsylvania, Cyrus Holliday wrote to Franklin Crane concerning the need to make a lithograph of Topeka that could help attract emigrants during the upcoming season. He also felt that Crane was an important asset for the Topeka Association. The rest of the letter dealt with other association business.
Keywords: Bridges; Crane, Franklin Loomis; Emigration and immigration; Holliday, Cyrus Kurtz, 1826-1900; Meadville, Pennsylvania; Migration, internal; Shawnee County, Kansas Territory; Topeka Association; Topeka bridge; Topeka, Kansas Territory; Town promotion
Advertisement, Wyandott City, The Gateway Into Kansas Territory
Authors: F. A. Hunt and Company
F. A. Hunt & Co., steamboat and land agents, promoted Wyandott City as a destination for potential emigrants to Kansas Territory.
Keywords: Advertisements; Emigration and immigration; F. A. Hunt & Co.; Migration, internal; Town promotion; Wyandotte County, Kansas Territory; Wyandotte, Kansas Territory
Letter, Edw. [Edward] Hoogland to Thos. N. Stinson
Authors: Hoogland, Edward
Date: January 21, 1857
Edward Hoogland, writing from Dundee, Yates County, New York, expressed his views on how to turn Tecumseh, Kansas Territory into a "flourishing" town. He suggested to Thomas N. Stinson, a Tecumseh resident that the town, if properly advertised, would be attractive to settlers not comfortable residing in free state towns like Topeka or Lawrence.
Keywords: Hoogland, Edward; Proslavery; Shawnee County, Kansas Territory; Stinson, Thomas N.; Tecumseh, Kansas Territory; Town development; Town promotion
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