A group of women suffrage supporters at the Douglas County Fair, Lawrence, Kansas. Group members include the following: Mary A. Brooks, Mary Evelyn Ransom Strong, and Florence M. Payne. All were active members in the League of Women Voters. Date: 1912 Courtesy Photos
A black and white photo depicting World War I troops standing in military formation on the streets of Iola, Kansas. The men are
dressed in the traditional military clothing that was typical of American soliders during World War I. Date: Between 1914 and 1919 Courtesy Photos
A black and white photo depicting the United States Navy Recruiting station at 913 Kansas Avenue, Topeka, Kansas, during World War I. Standing infront of the station from left to right are William H. Province U.S. Naval Recruiting Officer and George P. Morehouse Chairman for the Membership Commitee of the Topeka Navy League. To the left of the gentleman, a car has been decorated with flags and banners for a patriotic parade in Topeka, Kansas. Date: June 5, 1917 Courtesy Photos
View of a group of German-American farmers standing before a very large steam tractor and threshing machine in Marion County, Kansas. An American flag is displayed, suspended between the two machines. Date: 1918 Courtesy Photos
Gusher in the El Dorado Oil Field Courtesy Photo
A.A. Hyde, inventor of Mentholatum.
Air Force Medal of Honor Recipient World War I 2nd Lt. Edwin R. Bleckley
** FILE ** Influenza victims crowd into an emergency hospital near Fort Riley, Kansas in this 1918 file photo. The 1918 Spanish flu pandemic killed at least 20 million people worldwide and officials say that if the next pandemic resemblers the birdlike 1918 Spanish flu, to 1.9 million Americans could die. (AP Photo/National Museum of Health) AP
2nd Lt. Erwin Bleckley, a native Wichitan who in WWI helped deliver supplies by air to battalions in France. He was killed in one of the missions in 1918.
Irwin Bleckley and family
Binarville, France, October 6, 1918
Only four Army Air Service aviators received the Medal of Honor during World War I, half of them for one of the most famous episodes of that terrible conflict, the rescue of the famous "Lost Battalion." Second Lieutenant Erwin R. Bleckley, a field artilleryman from the Kansas National Guard, was an aerial observer attached to the Air Service's 50th Aero Squadron. Bleckley and other Guardsmen had volunteered as individuals for aviation duty during the war. He and other members of the 50th Aero Squadron had been assigned to locate and resupply the 1st Battalion, 308th Infantry, 77th Division. That "Lost Battalion" had been completely cut off and pinned down in a deep ravine by German forces on October 3, 1918, while advancing in the Argonne Forest as part of General John J. Pershing's Meuse-Argonne offensive with 600,000 troops of the American Expeditionary Force. Having failed to locate the "doughboys" on their first mission of the day, Bleckley and his pilot, First Lieutenant Harold E. Goettler, had vounteered for a second. Flying barely above the treetops and steep ravines, they drew intense enemy fire while making serval passes over the area where they expected to find the American troops. German machine gunners fired down at the flyers from the ridges above their fragile aircraft as well as from below it. Badly wounded and with their De Havilland aircraft severely damaged with at least 40 bullet holes in it, they made a forced landing near a French outpost. Goettler was dead when the French troops reached him. Bleckley died before the French could evacuate him to a medical aid station. However, his notes from the mission narrowed the search area where the trapped soldiers might be found. Each aviator received the Medal of Honor posthumously for his courage and sacrifice. Their mission underscored the critical importance of observation aviation to allied ground forces during World War I.
A black and white photograph showing one of three Buick cars, used during the 300 mile race over the new Santa Fe Trail, in front of the Kansas City Star newspaper office. The three automobiles left from the Hutchinson News office at 5:01 a.m. and arrived at the Kansas City Star office at 4:24 p.m to prove that a 300 mile automobile trip could be made on Kansas dirt highways in twelve hours. The only stop during the race was for lunch in Emporia, Kansas. Seated in the Buick are the following individuals from left to right: M.P. Newton, O.M. Wilhite, Ralph Faxton, in the middle, Kansas Governor George H. Hodges, and Fred Trigg.
Date: May 26, 1913 Courtesy
A photograph showing members of a men's baseball team in Iola, Kansas.
Date: Between 1910 and 1920 Courtesy