Mary S. Taylor Gantz Papers

Summary Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives
Gantz, Mary S. Taylor, 1870-1971.
Mary S. Taylor Gantz Papers
Circa 1895-1971 (Bulk 1895, 1948, 1971)
0.25 Linear feet
Photographs, a Kansas State Normal School commencement booklet, postcard, and letter.

Preferred Citation note

Mary S. Taylor Gantz Papers, Emporia State University Archives, Emporia State University.

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Biographical/Historical note

Mary S. Taylor Gantz

Mary Gantz was born on September 15, 1870, and passed away in October, 1971. As a student at Kansas State Normal College, she earned an elementary degree in 1894 and a Latin degree in 1900. Mary was a member of the Kansas State Normal School faculty from 1897-1906; she resigned to become a faculty member at the New York Training School for Teachers. Later she taught in Leonia, New Jersey. At the time of her death, Mary lived in Newtown, Pennsylvania.

Joseph Henry Hill

Joseph H. Hill graduated from Kansas State Normal School in 1876, from Northwestern University in 1886, earned a D.D. from Baker University and an LL.D. from Kansas State Agricultural College. He joined the faculty of Kansas State Normal School in 1887 and over the next 19 years served as professor and head of the Latin department, education instructor, and Vice-President of the school. He was President of Kansas State Normal School from 1906-1913. Joseph Hill passed away on February 13, 1927.

Jasper N. Wilkinson

Jasper N. Wilkinson was raised in Danville, Illinois, and a graduate of the Illinois State Teachers College. He moved to Emporia, Kansas, in 1884 to accept a teaching position at the Kansas State Normal School and became Vice-President in 1898. He served as President of Kansas State Normal School from 1901-1906. Jasper Wilkinson passed away on January 11, 1933.

William L. Huggins

William Lloyd Huggins was born on May 14, 1865, raised on a farm in Ohio, and moved to Kansas when he was 19 years old. In 1897 he moved to Emporia and became a student of the Kansas State Normal School. He became principal of the Kansas Avenue school and in 1892 and 1894 won election as superintendent of Lyon county schools. He privately studied law and in 1897 was admitted to the state bar. In 1920 he became presiding judge of the Court of Industrial Relations and in 1923 was a special attorney for the nation-wide League of Industrial Rights. He returned to private practice in Emporia in 1926. William married Emma Spohr of Manhattan, Kansas, in 1896. William Huggins passed away on May 23, 1941.

F. A. Trader

F. A. Trader operated a photography studio at 518 Commercial Street, Emporia, Kansas. H. D. Stowe

H. D. Stowe was born March 19, 1941, in Colchester, Connecticut. He married Mary E. Tuttle in Louisville, Kentucky, on January 4, 1870. They were the parents of two children. The Stowe family moved to Emporia, Kansas, in 1883, where H. D. continued his lifelong interest in photography. H. D. Stowe passed away on July 23, 1896.

S. H. Waite

Stephen H. Waite was born circa 1936 in Concord, Massachusetts, and spent the last twenty-five years of his life in Emporia, Kansas. He worked as a photographer for all but the last few years of his life, having retired from the profession approximately four years before his death on March 3, 1906.

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Scope and Contents note

This collection consists primarily of professional photographs. Included are Kansas State Normal School professors: Thomas H. Dinsmore Jr., Physics and Chemistry, 1885-1897; M’Louise Jones, English, 1890-1911; Middlesex A. Bailey, Mathematics, 1885-1898. Two Kansas State Normal School presidents, Joseph H. Hill and Jasper N. Wilkinson, are also represented, as is an Emporia lawyer, William L. Huggins. The 1895 commencement booklet features the signatures of the graduating students. Also included is the letter written by Mary S. Taylor Gantz when donating the collection to Kansas State Teacher’s College. At the time she was 100 years old and expresses fond memories of her years as a student, even signing the letter “Class of 1894.”

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Arrangement note

Chronological. Photographs organized by photographer.

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Administrative Information

Publication Information

Emporia State University Special Collections and Archives January-February 2006

1200 Commercial St
Campus Box 4051
Emporia, KS, 66801
(620) 341-6431

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Related Materials

Related Archival Materials note

Information about Kansas State Normal School professors is available from the faculty card file and Sunflower yearbooks. Additional information for Joseph H. Hill and Jasper N. Wilkinson can be found in the University President’s record group (ESU001). Joseph Hill, Jasper Wilkinson, and Middlesex Bailey also authored a book:   A History of the State Normal School of Kansas, for the First Twenty-Five Years. City directories provide locations of photography studios. Obituaries for some individuals are available via microfilm copies of   The Emporia Gazette.

Separated Materials note


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Controlled Access Headings

Corporate Name(s)

  • Kansas State Normal School -- Faculty.
  • Kansas State Normal School -- Students.

Personal Name(s)

  • Bailey, Middlesex Alfred, 1856- .
  • Dinsmore, Thomas H., Jr.
  • Hill, Joseph H.
  • Huggins, William L.
  • Jones, M’Louise.
  • Stowe, H. D.
  • Waite, S. H.
  • Wilkinson, Jasper Newton, 1851-1933.


  • Commencement ceremonies -- Kansas -- Emporia.

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Collection Inventory

Box Folder

Photograph by Trader, undated. 

1 1

Photograph by H. D. Stowe, undated. 

1 2

Photographs by S. H. Waite, undated. 

1 3

Invitation booklet to commencement exercises, Kansas State Normal School, 1895. 

1 4

Postcard from Anna A. Milligan to Mrs. Wm. O. Gantz, October 2, 1948. 

1 5

Letter from Mary S. Taylor Gantz to Kansas State Teachers College, March 30, 1971. 

1 6