Virginia Gatch Markham Family Collection
Scope and Contents
Box List Box 1- Flat Clamshell Box • O. G. Markham eyeglasses • O. G. Markham name badges • Virginia Gatch Markham name badges • American Methodist Bicentennial coin • Scrapbook, Baker University Program Record, 1897-1904 Box 2- Flat Clamshell Box • Scrapbook, Baker University 1887-1897 • Program, Dedicatory Exercises of the Methodist Book Concern Building EDIT: I added an old (c.1800) latin grammar textbook with O.G. Markham's name written on the front flap to this collection on 9/10/2022-SD. Box 3- O. G. Markham, Flat Box • O. G. Markham, Scrapbook Box 4- Flat Box with Hinged Cover (Large) • O. G. Markham, Briefcase • W. C. Markham, Scrapbook • V. G. Markham, Certificate • O. G. Markham, two photographic portraits Box 5- Document Case • L. A. Markham • Sarah Wirt Markham (Mrs. L. A.), ephemera and obituary • O. G. Markham • Socia (Mrs. O. G.) Markham • Mrs. O. G. Markham, 1896 Hymnal • Virginia Gatch Markham • Photographs and Postcards • Virginia Gatch Markham and M. Toburen (Possibly Marshall Toburen), Oral Interview Compact Discs • V. G. Markham, Oral Interview Transcript • 1823 letter to Miss Boyd, Hawley Square, Margate from Theodore Campbell (found in correspondence) Box 6- O. G. Markham, Document Case • Laymen’s Association • Letter from Lury Ann (Gould) Baldwin, 1909 • Kansas Methodist Historical Society • Correspondence • College essays [1882-1888] • University Club of Chicago annual dinner, 1931 • Scrapbook, Baker Club of Chicago Annual dinner, 1931 • Memorial Service Box 7- W. C. Markham, Document Case • Lecture notes from Johns Hopkins University with Professor Woodrow Wilson, 1893 Box 8- W. C. Markham, Document Case • Photographs • American Highways [1941-1945] • Commemorative Musical service [1961-1962] • Correspondence Box 9- W. C. Markham, Document Case • News clippings • “You May Find It Here” columns • Pamphlets, columns, poems- three folders • Plays- two folders • Miscellaneous Box 10- Virginia Gatch Markham, Document Case • Correspondence- two folders • Correspondence, Peter Pelham diaries • Personal papers/brochures • Personal papers • Family land abstracts- two folders • Manuscript, Virgil’s Use of Italian Material in the Aeneid to Enhance the Glory of Rome  Box 11- Virginia Gatch Markham, Document Case • Accession and research records • Notes from the World Methodist Historical Society Regional Conference 1974 • Personal papers, Bicentennial of Methodism • Photographs • Gatch Memorial United Methodist Church booklet with sermon preached by Alpheus W. Potts • Music, “Golden Kansas” Box 12- Virginia Gatch Markham, Document Case • John Baldwin research, publication, and correspondence- 17 folders Box 13- Virginia Gatch Markham, Document Case • Manuscript, John Baldwin and Son Milton Come to Kansas: An Early History of Baldwin City, Baker University and Methodism in Kansas, Package I- 10 folders in original order • Manuscript, John Baldwin and Son Milton Come to Kansas: An Early History of Baldwin City, Baker University and Methodism in Kansas, Package II- 17 folders in original order Box 14- Virginia Gatch Markham, Document Case • Manuscript, John Baldwin and Son Milton Come to Kansas: An Early History of Baldwin City, Baker University and Methodism in Kansas, Package III- 15 folders in original order • Manuscript, John Baldwin and Son Milton Come to Kansas: An Early History of Baldwin City, Baker University and Methodism in Kansas, Package IV- 13 folders in original order • Manuscript, John Baldwin and Son Milton Come to Kansas: An Early History of Baldwin City, Baker University and Methodism in Kansas, Package VI- 9 folders in original order Note: There was no package labeled V Box 15- Virginia Gatch Markham, Document Case • Two envelopes, book engravings • Documents, book engraving sheets • John Baldwin Materials labeled Folder II • Manuscript, John Baldwin and Son Milton Come to Kansas: An Early History of Baldwin City, Baker University and Methodism in Kansas, No Package- 11 folders • Promotional materials for publications
- Created: 1865-1999
- Other: Date acquired: 11/17/1965
- Markham, Virginia Gatch (Person)
Biographical or Historical Information
Dr. L. A. (Lewis Augustus) Markham(1832-1893) was a successful physician who changed careers and became a Methodist Episcopal pastor. He served churches in Ohio, Missouri, and Kansas. He and his wife, Sarah Wirt Markham were the parents of seven children, five of whom lived to adulthood.
O. G (Osmon Grant) Markham (1865-1943) was born in Loudenville, Ohio. An 1886 graduate of Baldwin University in Berea, Ohio, Professor Markham first moved to Missouri as a teacher, then moved to Baldwin City Kansas in 1887, where he became a professor of Latin, Dean of students, and Acting University President (1921-22) at Baker University. He married Presocia Buckingham on August 23, 1894. They had one daughter, Virginia Gatch Markham. In 1909 he received an honorary D. Lit. from Baldwin University.
Socia (Presocia) Agnes Buckingham (1864-1955) was born in Ohio. She moved to Kansas with her family in 1868, where they settled in Leavenworth. Socia married O. G. Markham in 1894. They had one child together, Virginia Gatch Markham. Mrs. Markham was the superintendent of the Junior League at First Methodist Episcopal Church in Baldwin City, Kansas.
W. C. (William Colfax) Markham (1868-1961) was born in Bolivar, Ohio on September 10, 1868. He earned a B. A. degree from Baker University in 1891. He then attended Johns Hopkins University where he studied under Woodrow Wilson and earned his M.A. in 1893. He married Carrie M. Hoover in 1896. Together they had three children. He was a newspaperman, the longtime owner and editor of The Baldwin Ledger. In addition to being Baldwin City Postmaster from 1908-1915, he was the Secretary of the Kansas Highway Commission from 1917-1920, Executive Secretary of the Association of State Highway Officials, and an author and playwright.
Virginia Gatch Markham (1898-1999) was a teacher, historian, author, and longtime volunteer for the Kansas United Methodist Historical Society. Miss Markham was born in Baldwin City, Kansas where she graduated from Baldwin City High School in 1915 and Baker University in 1919. She began teaching Latin in Florence, Kansas, then continued her teaching career in Indiana and Ohio. She earned a master's degree from the University of Chicago in 1925, and also did graduate work at Columbia University and Western Reserve University. She enjoyed travel, and visited many Methodist points of interest in her lifetime. Miss Markham retired from teaching in 1963 and returned to Kansas, where she lived in Baldwin, then later Topeka, until her death in 1999 at the age of 100.
Note written by Melinda Rittgers
Language of Materials
This collection, compiled by Virginia Gatch Markham, contains papers spanning three generations of the Markham family. Papers included in the collection were authored by Virginia Gatch Markham's grandfather L. A. (Lewis Augustus) Markham; her parents O. G. (Osmon Grant) and Socia (Presocia) Markham; and uncle W. C. (William Colfax) Markham. The collection also contains the personal papers of Virginia Gatch Markham herself, including the notes and manuscript for her book, John Baldwin and Son Milton Come to Kansas: An Early History of Baldwin City, Baker University and Methodism in Kansas. Baldwin City, Kan. : The University, c1982
Physical Access Requirements
Some documents have crumbling edges. Care should be taken when handling.
Source of Acquisition
Virginia Gatch Markham
Method of Acquisition
Donation to the Kansas Methodist Historical Society Donation to the Kansas East Conference Commission on Archives and History and its successor institutions.
This collection was partially processed at some time in the past. Attempts were made to maintain items in original order, although it is unknown how it was previously processed and arranged.
- Virginia Gatch Markham Family Collection
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