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Bootleggers Beware! The Untold Story of Ordinances and Their Effect on Bootleggers and Local Law Enforcement in Kansas from 1915-1925

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This project analyzes the role of local Kansas ordinances in enforcing larger, national laws; it also makes connections between ordinances and community values, showing that different geographic regions in the state had different levels of ordinance…

Bourassa's Mill, Wabaunsee County

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Author uses historic documents, genealogical inquiry, and filed work to document the community of Bourassa's Mill. This was not a traditional town but was an important stopping place for travelers on the Oregon Trail. It also supplies the surrounding…

Bradford, Wabaunsee County

The District 27 class of 1938. Source: Wabaunsee County Historical Society
Bradford, located in Section 23 of Wilmington Township, Wabaunsee County, Kansas, was a small community that tells a unique story of racial coexistence and rural population decline. Black and white residents both called the area home and coexisted in…

Chalk, Wabaunsee County

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This paper will tell the story of Chalk, Kansas, from the initial settlement in the 1850s to the last business closing in 1956. It will focus on the story of blacksmiths in Chalk and specifically John Crisp, the blacksmith in business there for fifty…

Desperate Times Call for Desperate Measures: Crime in Wabaunsee Township,
Wabaunsee County, Kansas 1858-1921

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This study uses two Justice of the Peace record books to correlate patterns in early Wabaunsee Co., crime rates with major regional and national events. The results of this study show spikes in crime rates following events that put strain on the…

Early Paxico, Wabaunsee County

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Allana Saenger finds connections between the modern day Paxico Blues Festival and the African American population of early Wabaunsee County. She describes the tradition of church singing in black congregations with vivid a capella hymns and homemade…

Faith in Transformation: Eskridge Covenanter Church and the Reformed Presbyterian Church of North America, Eskridge, Kansas, 1884-1964

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This is an exploration of the Covenanter Church in Eskridge, Wilmington Township, Wabaunsee County. The Eskridge Covenanter Church belongs to the Reformed Presbyterian Church, which was from the Reformed Presbyterian Church of Scotland. This study of…

Harveyville, Wabaunsee County

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Even though Harveyville is considered a “Lost Town,” the community keeps the town going. Without the citizens taking pride and trying to promote the town, Harveyville would probably be a ghost town after the schools were consolidated. Harveyville is…

Keene, Wabaunsee County

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Contrary to appearances, Keene, KS is not just a small grouping of houses and an inconspicuous highway sign. It was once a booming little town with a rich history that deserves its own page in the history books. The history of Keene is like that of…

Lasting Relationships Out of Unwarranted Fear:
The POW Camp at Lake Wabaunsee, Kansas 1944-1945

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The fear held between German POWs at Lake Wabaunsee Kansas and the local population was quickly eroded through professional and casual interactions. Shared culture and mutual respect laid a strong foundation for unlikely relationships that often…