Books Relating to Sumner County, Kansas

Mayfield Then and Now

by Elaine Clark and Sherry Kline.

540 pages of Mayfield and family history, stories, memories, and 752 one-of-a-kind photographs. For more information and ordering:

The Sumner County Story

by Gwendoline and Paul Sanders. North Newton: Mennonite Press, 1966.

A historical account of the various communities, features, and some people in Sumner Co. It is a “comfortable” book to read–not too heady as some histories can be–but contains little in the way of strictly genealogical data. It does, however, give the reader a feel of life in the various communities and county in general. Click here for the table of contents.

The WPA Guide to 1930s Kansas

The WPA Guide, the first and only guidebook ever devoted to Kansas, was published in 1939. After six decades and more, its pages still provide a wealth of reliable historic, geographic, and cultural information on Kansas, as well as some intriguing lore that many modern-day readers will find new. Not the least of its contributions is the accurate picture it gives of Kansas between the Great Depression and World War II—of its industrial, agricultural, and natural resources.

The book is divided into three sections: seventeen topical essays covering subjects such as Indians, folklore, religion, and architecture; touring information of the eighteen largest Kansas cities and towns; and twelve automobile tours spanning Kansas and border states. Included are eighty photographs, four maps, and an essay on the “contemporary scene” by William Allen White.

Lawrence: University Press of Kansas, 1984 Reprint, p. 574

Midnight and Noonday, or, The Incidental History of Southern Kansas and the Indian Territory, 1871-1890

G.D. Freeman ; Caldwell, Kan. 1892.

The History of Sumner County, Kansas

The Caldwell Messenger. Dallas, Tex. : Curtis Media Corp., 1987.

Portrait and Biographical Album of Sumner County, Kansas

Containing full page portraits and biographical sketches of prominent and representative citizens of the county, together with portraits & biographies of all the governors of the state and the presidents of the United States

Publication info: Chicago : Chapman bros., 1890.

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