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This is the Williams Family. Most people living in Nicodemus are descendants or related to this original settler's family. The caption is left to right. Charles, Henry(first baby born in Nicodemus), Clara, bottom row Charles Sr., Emma, Neal.
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Angela Bates family / Courtesy
Jesse Sturm was a Civil War veteran who came from West Virginia to Caldwell, Kan., to homestead in 1871.
Sturm family / Courtesy
Jesse Sturm was a Civil War veteran who came from West Virginia to Caldwell, Kansas to homestead in 1871. He died in 1920.
Early Kansas settler Anton Wasinger, far right, with other Volga Germans.
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Leavenworth, Lawrence & Galveston Railroad bridge across the Kansas River in Lawrence. 1867
Alexander Gardner / Kansas State Historical Society
Railroad promotions boasted the bountiful land and opportunities that awaited in Kansas. Courtesy of Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries
Special Collections and University Archives, Wichita State University Libraries
Building of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Damar, Kan. Franklin Antone Rothenberger-Contractor
Rothenberger Family / Courtesy Photo
Poster advertising for black settlers to move to the Nicodemus area in north-central Kansas, at the African American History Museum.
Mike Hutmacher / The Wichita Eagle
Building of St. Joseph Catholic Church, Damar, Kan. Franklin Antone Rothenberger, contractor. 1912-1913. Iva Claytor Rothenberger (in doorway), Viola Mark-Rothenberger with Paul LaVerne Rothenberger
Franklin Antone, Franklin LaVerne and Victor Donnel Rothenberger at the Bill Gillette house, First and Adams, Osborne, Kan.
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