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Letter, John N. Dyer to Gov. A. H. Reeder
November 7, 1854
John N. Dyer, Pawnee, KT, wrote Reeder to say that the Pawnee Town Association, which had been formed in November 1854 and of which Dyer was secretary, had voted to admit the governor "as a member with equal rights, and responsibilities, as the original members." The letter was written on the 7th about a meeting on the 6th of November; perhaps this was the association's first meeting, since they reportedly organized sometime in November.

Keywords: Dyer, John N.; Pawnee Town Association; Pawnee, Kansas Territory; Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864; Town companies

Authors: Dyer, John N.

Certificate, Pawnee Association, one share
December 20, 1854
This printed certificate for "one share" in the Pawnee Association is made out to Thomas Sherwood and signed by W. R. Montgomery, president, and William A. Hammond, secretary. William R. Montgomery was a colonel in the U.S. Army in command at Fort Riley at the time; Hammond was the post surgeon. The area that was Pawnee is now on Fort Riley.

Keywords: Certificates; Fort Riley, Kansas Territory; Hammond, William A.; Montgomery, William R.; Pawnee Town Association; Sherwood, Thomas; Speculation; Town shares; United States. Army

Authors: Pawnee Town Association

Letter, Geery & Butterfield to S. N. Wood
April 14, 1860
This letter from Junction City addressed the issue of preemption and the method of protesting a claim. It is not entirely clear, but Margaret Wood, Sam Wood's wife, was a party in this legal matter.

Keywords: Junction City, Kansas Territory; Land claim disputes; Land claims; Preemption law United States; United States. General Land Office; Wood, Margaret

Authors: Geery & Butterfield

Town Share Certificate, Pawnee Association
July 21, 1855
The Pawnee Association issued this certificate for "one share of the town property" to Thomas Sherwood, a business associate of Gov. Reeder's. Sherwood was involved in many of Reeder's land and town share transactions. This printed certificate is more elaborate than the ones issued earlier in the year.

Keywords: Certificates; Pawnee Town Association; Pawnee, Kansas Territory; Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864; Sherwood, Thomas; Speculation; Town development; Town shares

Authors: Pawnee Town Association

Certificate, Riley City Town Share
February 19, 1856
A typical, printed town share certificate, these two documents certified that "Dr. Chas Robinson" had two shares each of which was for "one share of six lots in the City of Riley, Kansas Territory." They were signed by John Westover and Robert Klotz at Riley City, February 19, 1856.

Keywords: Davis County, Kansas Territory; Geary County, Kansas; Riley City, Kansas Territory; Robinson, Charles, 1818-1894; Town companies; Town shares

Authors: Riley City Town Company

Letter, J. B. Woodward to S. N. Wood
December 2, [1860]
From Junction City, Woodward wrote to inform Wood that he (Woodward) was "elated with the idea" that Wood might move his newspaper to Junction City and promised to do all he could to support the paper if the relocation came about. According to Woodward his town needed "a Press just as rabid and saucy as yours" that could effectively counter opposition. Reference was made to a "Geery," apparently H. T. Geery, who switched to the Democratic Party and started a Junction City newspaper. This may have been the Kansas Frontier, which was published by H.N. Short and H.T. Geery at least by the spring of 1861. (Only two extant copies exist; the first is vol. 1, no. 8, May 25, 1861.)

Keywords: Davis County, Kansas Territory; Democratic Party (U.S.); Geary County, Kansas; Geery, H. T.; Junction City, Kansas Territory; Kansas Frontier; Newspapers; Partisan press; Republican Party (U.S.: 1854- )

Authors: Woodward, J. B.

Letter, Warren Beckwith to M. H. Moore [Henry Miles]
March 9, 1855
Beckwith wrote from Pawnee, K. T., to Henry Miles Moore of Weston, Missouri. Beckwith described building construction in Pawnee, reporting that a warehouse would be completed in time for the first session of the Territorial Legislature and that Catholic and Episcopal churches were being built.

Keywords: Beckwith, Warren; Churches; Construction; Davis County, Kansas Territory; Geary County, Kansas; Kansas Territory. Legislature; Moore, H. Miles (Henry Miles), b. 1826; Pawnee, Kansas Territory; Town development; Town sites

Authors: Beckwith, Warren

Letter, Findley Patterson to John A. Halderman
April 4, 1860
Patterson, the land office receiver at Junction City, May 1858 to April 1861, wrote with regard to problems within the Kansas Democratic Party. Recent differences between members over participation in the party's national convention at Charleston, S.C., had been aired in the press, and Patterson thought this unfortunate since "the future prosperity of our country depends upon the success of that party. Democrats should, he contended, not let relatively small policy issues overshadow the fundamental principles they share. Patterson pledged his support for the nominee of the convention, whomever it was, but favored "Judge Douglass [Stephen Douglas] . . .as we have been intimate personal, as well as political friends for several years."

Keywords: Davis County, Kansas Territory; Democratic National Convention (1860 : Charleston, S.C.); Democratic Party (U.S.); Douglas, Stephen Arnold, 1813-1861; Election, Presidential, 1860; Geary County, Kansas; Halderman, John Adams; Junction City, Kansas Territory; Newspapers; Patterson, Findlay; United States. General Land Office

Authors: Patterson, Findlay

Letter, Thomas H. Webb to M. F. Conway
April 30, 1859
Thomas H. Webb, secretary of the New England Emigrant Aid Company, wrote from Boston, Massachusetts to Martin F. Conway, general agent for the New England Emigrant Aid Company in Kansas Territory. Webb informed Conway that the Company's Executive Committee had approved a proposal to sell mill equipment to the Batcheller Town Company.

Keywords: Batcheller Town Association; Batcheller, Kansas Territory; Conway, Martin Franklin; Davis County, Kansas Territory; Geary County, Kansas; Mills and mill-work; New England Emigrant Aid Company; Town companies; Town development; Webb, Thomas H. (Thomas Hopkins), 1801-1866

Authors: Webb, Thomas H. (Hopkins), 1801-1866

Territorial Census, 1855, District 9
January-February, 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. A statistical summary of the census follows the enumeration pages. For District 9, the place of election was the house of Mr. Reynolds, near the crossing of Seven-Mile Creek. 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 Ninth District follows: "Commencing on the Smoky Hill Fork, beyond the most westerly settlements; thence down the same and to the Kansas River to the Kansas river to the mouth of Wild Cat Creek; thence up said creek to the head-waters thereof; thence due north to the Independence emigrant road; thence up said road to the north line of the Territory; thence west along the same to the most westerly settlements; and thence due south to the place of beginning." This census includes "civilians at Fort Riley and settlers around."

Keywords: Census; Conway, Martin Franklin; Davis County, Kansas Territory; Fort Riley, Kansas Territory

Authors: Conway, Martin Franklin

Letter, W. H. Mackey to George
March 26, 1902
The letter describes two incidents involving female slaves. One involved a trade of a female slave owned by Fox Booth to someone named Reynolds for a white horse in 1855. Mr. Mackey, writing from Junction City, Kansas, described an incident were two slave women were accused of poisoning an ordinance Sergeant from Fort Riley and how they ultimately were released from punishment. Several other slave owners were mentioned. This information seems to be a follow up to the Historical Society's effort to collect information about slaves in 1895.

Keywords: African Americans; Booth, Fox; Davis County, Kansas Territory; Geary County, Kansas; Mackey, W. H.; Slaveholders; Slavery; Slaves; Slaves in Kansas Territory

Authors: Mackey, W. H.

Receipt, Handwritten, William A. Hammond to A. H. Reeder
November 16, 1854
William A. Hammond, secretary of the Pawnee Town Association, wrote: "Received Fort Leavenworth K. T. November 16th of A. H. Reeder one hundred dollars ($100.00) in full of a payment on his interest in the stock of Pawnee Town Association." This was the first of several such receipts and documents pertaining to transactions in town shares, etc. Shares had been selling for $120 each, with 10 shares equal to an "interest." The contents of several additional receipts are included in the text version of the item.

Keywords: Hammond, William A.; Pawnee Town Association; Receipts; Reeder, Andrew H. (Andrew Horatio), 1807-1864; Town shares

Authors: Hammond, William A.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 

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