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The George W. Reilly digital collection consists of letters, a diary, financial records, ephemera, and photographs documenting Reilly’s life in Wichita, then in Caldwell, Kansas, and on the road as a commercial traveler. Reilly lived in Wichita in the 1870s and from the late 1890s until his death in 1919. During this time he operated a wholesale and retail grocery store. He lived in Caldwell from 1879 until sometime in the 1890s, and worked in the general supply industry, real estate, and sales, and served as mayor from c. 1887-89. Reilly was an influential local figure when Indian Territory in Oklahoma, south of Caldwell, was open to settlers, and his papers include letters referring to this event in 1889.
Finding Aid to George W. Reilly Collection