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People's Store!! Palermo, Kansas
November 14, 1859
Broadside announcing opening of a new dry goods grocery store.

Keywords: Advertisements; Business enterprises; Clothing and dress; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Food; Palermo, Kansas Territory; Retail businesses; Swendson, Sevest

Authors: Swendson, Sevest

Letter, Ed Russell to Dr. [Franklin] Crane
July 2, 1857
The letter was a follow up to Crane's presentation in St. Joseph, Missouri, about efforts to build the St. Joseph and Topeka Railroad. Crane had made a commitment to raise money for building the railroad and Russell was inquiring about his progress. Russell lived in Elwood, Doniphan County, and was lobbying for the railroad to go through that community.

Keywords: Crane, Franklin Loomis; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Elwood, Kansas Territory; Railroads design and construction; Russell, Edward; Shawnee County, Kansas Territory; St. Joseph and Topeka Railroad; St. Joseph, Missouri; Topeka, Kansas Territory

Authors: Russell, Ed

Photograph, Wolf River Ford, Kansas Territory
1859
A view of Wolf River Ford, Kansas Territory, 1859. Photographed by Bierstadt Bros., Photographers, N. Bedford, Mass.

Keywords: Bierstadt Bros., Photographers; Bierstadt, Albert; Fords (stream crossings); Horses; Photographs and Illustrations; Stereographs; Wolf River, Kansas Territory

Authors: Bierstadt Bros., Photographers, N. Bedford, Mass.

Letter, Ed Russell to Friend [Franklin] Crane
June 1, 1859
This letter, sent by Ed Russell to Franklin Crane, a prominent Topeka citizen, concerned the proposed St. Joseph and Topeka Railroad. Russell was convinced that the people of Topeka had not acted in "good faith" by choosing to route the railroad through Doniphan rather than Elwood. Russell wanted the railroad to go through his hometown of Elwood, which had been the initial plan. This letter illustrates how various communities competed for railroads, even if these railroads were never built.

Keywords: Crane, Franklin Loomis; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Doniphan, Kansas Territory; Elwood, Kansas Territory; Palermo, Kansas Territory; Railroad promotion; Railroads; Russell, Edward; Shawnee County, Kansas Territory; St. Joseph and Topeka Railroad; Topeka, Kansas Territory

Authors: Russell, Ed

Election Results, Geary City, Doniphan County
August 3, 1857
One example of several official statements of the results of the "State Election," held under the authority of the Topeka Constitution. This one--Geary City, Doniphan County-- is certified by election judges R. J. Porter, John M. Curtis, and Alexander Paterson, and, among the offices tallied, recorded 55 votes for the "State Constitution."

Keywords: Curtis, John M.; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Election, Topeka Constitution, August 1857; Elections; Free state; Geary City, Kansas Territory; Geary County, Kansas Territory; Paterson, Alexander; Porter, R. J.; Topeka Constitution

Authors: Porter, R. J.

Tally List of Voters, Geary City, Doniphan County
August 3, 1857
An example of numerous like documents collected here, this "tally list" accompanied the official record of voting in the "state election," August 3, 1857, at Geary City in Doniphan County. The 57 voters on the sheets also had the opportunity to vote on the Topeka Constitution.

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Election, Topeka Constitution, August 1857; Elections; Geary City, Kansas Territory; Porter, R. J.; Topeka Constitution

Authors: Porter, R. J.

Town Share Certificate, Highland Town Company
ca. 1856
This blank certificate for one share of stock in the Highland Town Company of Kansas Territory, was signed by John Bayless, President of the Company, and J.P. Johnson, Secretary. Bayless would become the first Superintendent of Schools in Doniphan County.

Keywords: Bayless, John; Highland Town Company; Johnson, John P.; Kansas Territory; Town companies; Town shares

Authors: Highland Town Company

Certificate, Buffalo City, Kansas Territory, One Town Share
February 21, 1857
This printed form was made out to Charles Blakely, illustrated and completed by hand. Several towns were named Buffalo or Buffalo City during and after the territorial period. This particular Buffalo City was planned in Doniphan County near Eagle Springs. On February 11, 1857, John W. Geary, Kansas territorial governor, approved an act incorporating the "Buffalo Town Association of Kansas Territory" into Davis County. Neither town has survived.

Keywords: Blakely, Charles; Buffalo City Town Association; Buffalo City, Kansas Territory; Chadduck, G.B.; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Frazer, B.B.; Land acquisition; Town development; Town settlement; Town shares

Authors: Buffalo City Town Association

Contract, plat ownership in Highland, Kansas Territory
April 4, 1855
This contract proposed the annexation of more land to the township of Highland, Kansas Territory, which would cause it to share a boundary with Iowa Indian Reserve lands. The remainder of the document described the conditions of land ownership within the plat, dividing it among seven men, and prohibiting the sale or production of "intoxicating drinks" on all named lands. The contract includes a hand-drawn map of the area discussed.

Keywords: Bayless, John; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Doolittle, William; Highland, Kansas Territory; Irvin, James M.; Irvin, Samuel M.; Johnson, John P.; Land titles; Prohibition; Real estate investment; Rohrer, Upton; Temperance movement

Authors: Buffalo City Town Association

Letter, S. M. Irvin to Dear Sir [Gen. John Bayless]
October 26, 1857
S. M. Irvin, a member of the Highland Town Company, wrote from Highland, Kansas Territory to John Bayless, President of the Company and future Superintendent of Schools in Doniphan County. Irvin discussed different options regarding the development of an "educational company" and seminarian schools. Irvin also looked ahead to other aspects of town development, and stated that it would be advantageous to find a mechanic to buy and run the local mill.

Keywords: Bayless, George; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Education; Highland, Kansas Territory; Irvin, Samuel M.; Presbyterian Church; School buildings; Town development; Town shares

Authors: Irvin, S.M.

Contract, D.S. Chapson commissioned by John Bayless
July 23, 1857
This document outlined the terms of agreement between John Bayless, President of the Highland Town Company, and D.S. Chapson, whom Bayless commissioned the construction of a brick hotel. The contract described the specifications of the building, including its size and materials used, and designated the following March as the hotel's completion date.

Keywords: Bayless, John; Chapson, D.S.; Construction; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Highland, Kansas Territory; Hotels; Legal documents; Real estate investment; Town development

Authors: Bayless, John ; Chapson, D.S.

Contract, Highland Hotel leased to Elliot Irvin
January 14, 1859
This contract documented the lease agreement between John Bayless, owner of the Highland Hotel, and Elliot Irvin, lessee. The lease was valid for one year, under the condition that Irvin keep the hotel, barn, and outbuilding in good repair. Bayless agreed to use a portion of Irvin's rent to provide maintenance for the grounds.

Keywords: Bayless, John; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Highland, Kansas Territory; Hotels; Irvin, Elliot; Legal documents; Real estate investment

Authors: Bayless, John

Receipt, sale of Hotel share
July 1, 1859
This receipt documented the decision of the Secretary of the Highland Town Company, John P. Johnson, to sell his interest in the Highland Hotel, and other hotel lots in Highland, Kansas Territory, to Samuel M. Irvin. The owner of the Hotel, John Bayless, was instructed to deed Johnson's shares to Irvin.

Keywords: Bayless, John; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Highland, Kansas Territory; Hotels; Irvin, Samuel M.; Johnson, John P.; Real estate investment; Receipts

Authors: Johnson, John P.

Certificate of Appointment, William Bayless to Road Commissioner
August 29, 1859/September 12, 1859
This handwritten document appointed William Bayless to the office of Road Commissioner in Iowa Township, Doniphan County.

Keywords: Bayless, William; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Roads; Taylor, A.

Authors: Bayless, William H. ; Taylor, A.

Map, Doniphan County
ca. 1860
"Map of Doniphan County Kansas, showing the location of Highland." The map is not dated.

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Highland, Kansas Territory; Maps; Missouri River

Authors: Bayless, William H. ; Taylor, A.

Resolution, Democratic Party
1857
This resolution seems to be responding to the history of accusations of election fraud on the part of the proslavery voters, claiming that the recent Democratic election loss was due to the "importation of Abolitionists, many of who perjured themselves by falsely swearing that they were legal voters". Also resolved was that Governor Walker's collaboration with the Abolitionists and free soilers be rebuked, and that men from the Southern states have equal property rights with those of the North. The Democrats also documented their support for the Lecompton Constitution.

Keywords: Abolitionists; Democratic Party (U.S.); Free soil; Kansas Territory; Proslavery activities; Proslavery support; Walker, Robert J. (Robert John), 1801-1869

Authors: Bayless, William H. ; Taylor, A.

Legal document, trading license for John W. Forman
ca. 1859
This document, an unsigned copy drafted by Daniel Vanderslice, outlines the conditions of a $5000 loan taken from the U.S. government by Harvey W. and John W. Forman and John Pemberton. These men had already purchased land in what had become northern Doniphan County, founded the city of Iowa Point in 1854 on lands previously owned by Iowa Indians. The document also describes the conditions of a one-year trading license issued to John W. Forman, which stipulated that Forman must limit his trading to only certain areas and specific Indian tribes.

Keywords: Business enterprises; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Forman, Harvey W.; Forman, John W.; Indian agents; Indian traders; Iowa Indians; Native Americans; Pemberton, John; Sac and Fox Indians; Vanderslice, Daniel

Authors: Vanderslice, Daniel

Freight bill for Daniel Vanderslice
April 19, 1860
This freight bill gave notice to Daniel Vanderslice, Indian Agent in Doniphan County, Kansas Territory, of the arrival of a shipment of building materials at the Port of St. Joseph, Missouri.

Keywords: Construction; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Freight and freightage; Indian agents; St. Joseph, Missouri; Steamboats; Vanderslice, Daniel; White Cloud, Kansas Territory

Authors: Vanderslice, Daniel

Construction plans, Specifications and plan of school house
c. 1860
These extensive plans describe in detail specifications for the construction of a school house in School District No. 62 in Doniphan County, Kansas. This school house was most likely intended to serve the residents of the Iowa Indian Reservation, near White Cloud, Kansas Territory

Keywords: Construction; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Education; Indian agents; Native Americans; School buildings; Vanderslice, Daniel

Authors: Vanderslice, Daniel

Letter, D. Vanderslice to Builders
May 11, 1860
Daniel Vanderslice, an Indian Agent, solicited builders with which he could contract in order to erect a school house and teacher's dwellings on the Iowa Indian Reservation near White Cloud, Kansas Territory. Vanderslice already had drawn up prospective plans and specifications for a school building, but welcomed other suggestions from independent contractors, just as long as the total cost of those suggested were at or under his set budget.

Keywords: Construction; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Education; Indian agents; Iowa Indians; Native Americans; School buildings; Vanderslice, Daniel; White Cloud, Kansas Territory

Authors: Vanderslice, Daniel

Construction plans, scale drawings of proposed schoolhouse
ca.1860
These scale drawings show Daniel Vanderslice's envisioned schoolhouse, which was to be erected on the Iowa Indian Reservation, near White Cloud, Kansas Territory. Vanderslice was an Indian Agent committed to fulfilling the terms of treaties between various Indian tribes and the U.S. Government.

Keywords: Construction; Education; Indian agents; Iowa Indians; Native Americans; School buildings; Speculation; Vanderslice, Daniel

Authors: Vanderslice, Daniel

Investment Share Certificate, Iowa Point Hotel Company Share
ca. 1855
This certificate documented the investment of William Patten into the Iowa Point Hotel Company of Kansas Territory. It was signed by William Word, President of the Company, and Thomas J. Vanderslice, Secretary. When Kansas Territory was opened, in 1854, the Iowa Indians were the possessors of the greater part of northern Doniphan County. After the passage of the Kansas- Nebraska bill a treaty was made between the Government and the Indians, by which the latter sold a large share of their lands and accepted the diminished reserve which they still occupy. The land thus released to the Government was known as the "Iowa Trust lands," and was, with the exception of 480 acres, sold to the highest bidder. Iowa Point was founded on these lands.

Keywords: Indian lands; Iowa Indians; Iowa Point Hotel Company, Kansas Territory; Town companies; Town shares; Vanderslice, Thomas J.

Authors: Vanderslice, Daniel

Ambrotype [Photograph], Sarah T.D. Robinson
c. 1850s
Ambrotype portrait of Sarah T.D. Robinson, wife of Free State activist and first governor of the state of Kansas, Charles Robinson.

Keywords: Ambrotypes; Robinson, Sara T. L. (Sara Tappan Lawrence), 1827-1911; Women

Authors: Mettner Studios of Lawrence

Writing Case
1854
A writing case used to hold business papers, used by Charles E. Fox. Fox settled in Doniphan County in the 1850s.

Keywords: Business; Businessmen; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Fox, Charles E.; Objects

Authors: Mettner Studios of Lawrence

Territorial Census, 1855, District 14
February-March, 1855
This census was taken in order to determine eligible voters for elections to be held as proclaimed by Governor Andrew Reeder on November 10, 1854. The categories for information in the census were name, occupation, age, male, female, emigrated from, native of United States, naturalized citizen, declarant (intention to become a citizen), Negro, slave, and voter. Only white males over 21 were eligible to vote. The districts used for the census were the same as the election districts. The assessor indexed the census entries and these pages appear before the enumeration pages. There is a statistical summary of the census that follows the enumeration pages. For District 14, the place of election was not stated. The boundaries of each district were described in Governor Reeder's proclamation and it is difficult to determine what counties were in each district. The description of the Fourteenth District follows: "Commencing at the mouth of Independence Creek; thence up said creek to the head of the main branch, and thence due west to the line of the late Kickapoo reservation; thence north along said line and the line of the late Sac and Fox reservation to the north line of the Territory, thence along said line eastwardly to the Missouri River, and down said river to the place of beginning."

Keywords: Census; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Heed, Albert

Authors: Heed, Albert

Prospectus of the "White Cloud Chief."
Spring 1857
Born at Lafayette, Indiana, on January 22, 1831, and raised in Ohio, Sol Miller "indentured" in the Germantown Gazette office in Germantown, Ohio, and in 1854 purchased half interest in that newspaper. Three years later he removed to White Cloud, Doniphan County and published the first issue of the White Cloud Kansas Chief on June 4, 1857. This printed "Prospectus" is signed by at least twenty "subscribers" who proposed "to commence the publication of paper bearing the above title [White Cloud Chief], early in the Spring of 1857" and describes the nature of the size, scope, etc., of the proposed newspaper to be edited and published by Miller.

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Kansas Chief; Miller, Solomon (Sol); Newspaper publishing; Newspapers; Newspapers - Free State; White Cloud, Kansas Territory

Authors: Miller, Solomon

Letter, Sol Miller to Gov. [Charles] Robinson
February 28, 1861
Written less than a month after Kansas became a state, Miller comments on the developing political situation as a carry over from the territorial period, reflecting, for example, on the conflict between the governor and James H. Lane and the selection of U.S. senators for Kansas. Miller had supported Robinson in the past and was now seeking appointment to a particular "Agency," but he refused "sell" his support to anyone for such a position.

Keywords: Ewing, Thomas, 1829-1896; Lane, James Henry, 1814-1866; Miller, Solomon (Sol); Parrott, Marcus J., 1828-1879; Patronage, political; Political corruption; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Senate (see Unites States. Congress. Senate); Smith, Samuel C.; Stanton, Frederick Perry, 1814-1894; United States. Congress. Senate

Authors: Miller, Solomon

Account ledger, William Patton in Acct. with Leach & Bro.
December 1859
This document listed names and prices of items purchased by William Patton, presumably from the Leach & Bro. Store in Iowa Point, Kansas Territory. Patton himself was a slave owner.

Keywords: Account books; Domestics; Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Iowa Point, Kansas Territory; Merchandise; Patton, William; Prices; Settlement

Authors: Miller, Solomon

Photograph, Edward Russell
c. 1865
Portrait of Edward Russell, a newspaperman and politician. He came to Kansas in 1856, where he located at Elwood, in Doniphan county. Shortly after moving to Kansas, Russell started a newspaper that espoused the free-state side. In August, 1858, he lobbied Doniphan county citizens against the Lecompton Constitution. In that same year, Russell, D. W. Wilder and others founded a free-state paper. He later served in the Kansas legislature and held several state offices.

Keywords: Cabinet photographs; Hamilton, A. C.; Photographs and Illustrations; Russell, Edward

Authors: Miller, Solomon

Legal document, sale of land to William Patton
September 6, 1856
This Indenture documented the sale of several lots in Iowa Point, Kansas Territory, to William Patton. The land was purchased from the founders of Iowa Point, Kansas Territory, John and Harvey Forman, and John Pemberton, who had bought the land through the U.S. Government after it was opened to white settlers. Iowa Point was settle on former Iowa Indian lands.

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Forman, Harvey W.; Forman, John W.; Iowa Point, Kansas Territory; Land acquisition; Land sales; Patton, William; Pemberton, John

Authors: Miller, Solomon

Town share certificate, Iowa Point, Kansas Territory
July 17, 1856
This town share certificate documented the $200 investment of William Patton into Iowa Point, Kansas Territory.

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Forman, Harvey W.; Forman, John W.; Iowa Point, Kansas Territory; Patton, William; Town companies; Town shares

Authors: Miller, Solomon

Certificate, receipt for purchase of Iowa Trust Lands
June 8, 1857
When the Territory was opened in 1854, the Iowa Indians inhabited most of northern Doniphan County. Shortly after the passage of the Kansas- Nebraska bill a treaty was made between the U.S. Government and the Indians, by which the Indians sold a most of their lands and accepted the diminished reserve which they still occupy. The land that was then released to the Government was known as the "Iowa Trust lands," and was, with the exception of 480 acres, sold to the highest bidder (adapted from William G. Cutler's "History of the State of Kansas").

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Indian lands; Iowa Indians; Iowa Point, Kansas Territory; Land acquisition; Settlement

Authors: Miller, Solomon

Receipt, purchase of town lot in Iowa Point, Kansas Territory
July 29, 1856
This handwritten receipt documents William Patton's purchase of one town lot in Iowa Point, Kansas Territory, from Harvey Forman, founder of the town. 1858 was the culminating point of the town's history. At that time it was the second largest city in Kansas and was a business rival to Leavenworth. Also in 1858, a ferry company was organized, with Forman as president, and a steam ferry-boat put in operation on the Missouri. The town built up rapidly, a brick-yard was started by Joseph Selecman, and this material was substituted for wood in almost all buildings erected from that time on (adapted from William G. Cutler's "History of the State of Kansas").

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Forman, Harvey W.; Iowa Point, Kansas Territory; Land acquisition; Land sales; Patton, William; Town lots

Authors: Forman, Harvey W.

Receipt, William Patton's purchase of a slave
September 29, 1856
This handwritten receipt documents William Patton's purchase of a young slave girl, for which he paid $650.

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Iowa Point, Kansas Territory; Patton, William; Prices; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves in Kansas Territory

Authors: Thornton, C.A.

Photograph, Alfred Larzalere

Alfred Larsalere of Doniphan County was active in free state politics including serving as speaker of the Kansas House in 1859 and a a delegate to the Leavenworth constitutional convention. He also was a member of the Free State Central committee.

Keywords: Doniphan County, Kansas Territory; Free state supporters; Kansas Territory. Legislature; Larzalere, Alfred; Leavenworth Constitution; Photographs and Illustrations

Authors: Thornton, C.A.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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