Kansas Geography by Anne M. Goebel, John B. Heffelfinger, and Delore Gammon
2008.0006

Summary Information

Repository
Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Creator
Bogan, Mary E.
Title
Kansas Geography by Anne M. Goebel, John B. Heffelfinger, and Delore Gammon
ID
2008.0006
Date
1948
Extent
1.0 Linear feet
Language
English
Abstract
The single volume of the high school textbook Kansas Geography.

Preferred Citation note

Kansas Geography by Anne M. Goebel, John B. Heffelfinger, and Delore Gammon, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

Mary E. Bogan

Mary E. Bogan graduated from the College of Mount Saint Vincent in New York in 1962. She completed her Master of Science degree at the University of Wisconsin in Stout in 1975. In 1976 she became an instructor of library science at Emporia State University in Emporia, Kansas. She has worked as a reference librarian and as the head of special collections at Emporia State University’s William Allen White Library. Her other professional activities include serving on the American Library Association Genealogy Committee, working as a bibliographer for the Children’s Literature section of the Modern Language Association International Bibliography, and serving as executive secretary of the William Allen White Children’s Book Award program.

Anne Matilda Goebel

Anne Matilda Goebel was born March 24, 1893, in Jetmore, Kansas, to Nicholas and Mary Goebel. She attended Kansas State Normal School in Emporia, which changed its name to Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia during the time she was a student there. While in college she majored in geography with a minor in history. She was a member and an officer of several student organizations: she was the historian for Xi Phi honorary leadership fraternity, the president of the Alice Freeman Palmer Society, the vice-president of the Newman Club, and a member of Entre Nous, Geography Club, History Club, Latin Club, and Zeta Kappa Psi national honorary women’s forensic fraternity. She graduated from Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia in 1924 with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree. Goebel became a professor of education at Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia in 1924 and continued teaching there until her retirement in 1957. She completed a Master of Science degree from the University of Chicago in 1931. Goebel took a leave of absence from the college in 1944 to work as a geographic aide in the Army Map Service in Washington, D.C. She co-authored with John B. Heffelfinger and Delore Gammon the high school textbook Kansas Geography, which was published in 1948. The same three co-authors also wrote  Kansas . . . Our State: A Geography of Kansas in 1952. Goebel traveled extensively and also initiated the first of the educational tours sponsored by Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia. Anne Matilda Goebel died on December 24, 1962, in Jetmore, Kansas. The Anne Goebel Scholarship at Emporia State University is named in her honor.

John B. Heffelfinger

John B. Heffelfinger was born July 25, 1882, in Newburg, Pennsylvania, to William P. Heffelfinger and Elizabeth Ann Byers Heffelfinger. His family moved to Kansas when he was a child. Heffelfinger graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree from Baker University in 1907. He married Lucile Parmenter in 1909, and their children were Betty Heffelfinger Morris and John B. (Jack) Heffelfinger. Heffelfinger tught for a year in Cottonwood Falls, Kansas, then became the principal of the high school in El Dorado, Kansas. He became Superintendent of Schools in El Dorado, then in 1915 he was elected superintendent of the school system in Arkansas City, Kansas. In 1923 he became Superintendent of Schools in Newton, Kansas, and served in that position until his retirement in 1951. During the time that Heffelfinger was superintendent in Newton he completed a master’s degree in education from the University of Wisconsin. He co-authored with Anne Matilda Goebel and Delore Gammon the high school textbook Kansas Geography, which was published in 1948. The same three co-authors also wrote  Kansas . . . Our State: A Geography of Kansas in 1952. Heffelfinger was active in educational, civic, and social organizations, including the State Board of Education, the Newton Chamber of Commerce, the Rotary Club, the Newton Teachers Club, the Schoolmasters Club, the Newton Library Board, Kappa Sigma social fraternity, and the Kansas State Tuberculosis Association. He taught the Men’s Bible Class at the First Methodist Church for 33 years. His interest in genealogy led him to establish a notable collection of genealogy materials at the Newton Public Library. John B. Heffelfinger died on March 15, 1960, in Newton, Kansas.

Delore Gammon

Delore Opal Gammon was born December 18, 1899, in Anderson County, Kansas, to Charles Stewart Gammon and his wife. She grew up in Iola, Kansas. She attended Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia where she majored in education with a minor in English. She was president of the Primary-Kindergarten Club, and a member of the Young Women’s Christian Association, the Alice Freeman Palmer Society, the Art Club, and the Kappa Delta Pi national scholastic fraternity. She graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Education degree in 1929. She worked as an elementary educator in Emporia schools. Gammon attended summer classes and completed a Master’s Degree at Columbia University in New York in 1937. She became an education administrator in Emporia, then moved to Wichita, Kansas, in 1943, where she continued working as an education administrator and became the Director of Elementary Education. She co-authored with Anne Matilda Goebel and John B. Heffelfinger the high school textbook Kansas Geography, which was published in 1948. The same three co-authors also wrote  Kansas . . . Our State: A Geography of Kansas in 1952. Gammon also taught education courses at Friends University in Wichita, Kansas, and at Wichita State University. She retired as Wichita’s Director of Elementary Education in 1966. Delore Gammon died on September 30, 1981, in Miami, Oklahoma.

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Scope and Contents note

The collection consists of the single volume of the high school textbook Kansas Geography, which was co-authored by Anne Matilda Goebel, John B. Heffelfinger, and Delore Gammon, and published by the State of Kansas under authorization of the State Board of Education in 1948. The pagination is numbered up to page vii, and then to page 136. There are illustrations, tables, graphs, and maps. The contents are arranged in 11 parts: Across Kansas on Highway 50, Climate, Water Supply, Transportation, Agriculture, Mineral Resources, Manufacturing, Kansas Woodlands, Scenic Kansas, Cities, and Of Interest to Kansans. Other features include a List of Pictures, List of Maps, List of Tables, List of Graphs, and an Index.

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Arrangement note

Single item.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives March 2009

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431
archives@emporia.edu

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

The Sunflower yearbooks contain photographs of Anne Matilda Goebel in 1922, 1923, and 1924, and photographs of Delore Gammon in 1927 and 1929. The Faculty Index has notes on Anne Matilda Goebel’s career at Kansas State Teachers College of Emporia, and other notes on her career are in record group Nb:1G.  Kansas . . . Our State: A Geography of Kansas is available in record group ESU003.004.010 and in the circulating collections of Emporia State University’s William Allen White Library. An obituary for Anne Matilda Goebel appears in the  Emporia Gazette on December 27, 1962.

Separated Materials note

None.

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Controlled Access Headings

Geographic Name(s)

  • Kansas -- Description and travel.
  • Kansas -- Geography.

Personal Name(s)

  • Gammon, Delore, 1899-1981.
  • Goebel, Anne Matilda, 1893- .
  • Heffelfinger, John B., 1882-1960.

Subject(s)

  • Geography -- Study and teaching (Secondary)
  • Geography -- Textbooks.

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Collection Inventory

Book - Kansas Geography, co-authored by Anne Matilda Goebel, John B. Heffelfinger, and Delore Gammon, and published by the State of Kansas under authorization of the State Board of Education,  1948.