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Book Condition: Very Good
Staple-bound wraps, 8.8 by 14.9 cm, 27  pp. Faint wear to the wraps, the name J.S. McDanield in pen in the upper margin of the front cover (McDanield was a long-time personal friend of the author), and a single pencil pa. This scarce booklet features “an address delivered by William Elsey Connelley before the Kansas City, Kansas, High School, on Tuesday, the 12th day of November” which focuses on the pre-territorial days of Wyandotte County. Connelley (1855-1930) was born in Kentucky but spent his adult life in Kansas as a teacher, county clerk, businessman and banker. In the 1890s, Connelley began researching and writing historical and biographical volumes that many believe “constitute the most authentic and comprehensive record of Wyandotte County” in north-eastern Kansas, on the Missouri border. Connelley authored fourteen major books on Kansas and Wyandotte history, as well as numerous magazine and newspaper articles. From 1914 till his death in 1930, he was Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society, who now hold the majority of his papers.