Eskridge Branch Library Digitizes Photos

The Eskridge Branch of the Pottawatomie-Wabaunsee Regional Library system recently partnered with Kansas writer and historian, Greg Hoots to digitize their historic photo collection. The library had a small but significant collection of historic photographs of Eskridge as well as a group of Eskridge school class photos that had been donated to the organization.

Security State Bank, Eskridge, Kansas

This real photo postcard of the Security State Bank in Eskridge, Kansas dates from about 1910. The Eskridge Post Office was located on the south side of the building.

Hoots completed the digitization project by making 71 high-resolution scans of photos in the library’s collection. In addition to scanning fifty-three photographs, Hoots also scanned the reverse of any photo that had writing or printing on the back of the image. In the case of one group of photos from Dover, Kansas, there was a two-page handwritten note from the photographer which was also scanned.

Slim Sargent at Dover

Edgar “Slim” Sargent sits at his home at Dover, Kansas in the summer of 1984.

The library’s collection included twenty class and sports team photographs, ten photographs of the lumber company at Eskridge, five photos of Edgar “Slim” Sargent’s home at Dover, and seventeen miscellaneous views of Eskridge.

The library’s photos can now be viewed online here on the WCHS website, and they can be viewed on computer terminals at the Eskridge Branch Library.

Eskridge Lumber Co., circa 1960

Floyd Clark, left, and Leland Lucky stand in front of a wood stove at the Clinton Scott Lumber Company in Eskridge in this view, circa 1960.

When Hoots organized the library’s digital collection on an external hard drive, he also included two other noteworthy collections of historic Eskridge photos which can be viewed on the library’s computers. The first is the collection of lifelong Eskridge resident and businessman, Dean Dunn. Hoots provided scans of 121 photos belonging to the Dunn collection, courtesy Dean and Inez Dunn’s children. Also included on the library’s computers is Greg Hoots’ personal collection of Eskridge digitized photos which he has accumulated in the last twenty years.  Hoots’ Eskridge collection includes 120 images, making a total of 294 digitized historic photos of Eskridge in the group.

Eskridge Rural High School Football team, 1926

Eskridge Rural High School football team, “fall of 1926.”

Click on any image below to view the Eskridge Branch Library’s collection of historic photos in a gallery format or as a full-screen image.


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