Goodrich to present Curtis program at MCHS meeting
BELOIT – Charles Curtis will be the presented program for the Mitchell County Historical Society Annual meeting at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 26.
Curtis was born January 25, 1860, on the north side of the Kaw River, Topeka, Kansas Territory. His father was white, pioneers from Indiana. His mother was from French, Kaw, and Osage ancestry. When his mother passed away, Charley was only three years old. His father joined the Union Army and the future vice president would be raised by his grandmothers. He lived on the reservation at Council Grove and in Topeka, with his father absent much of his life.
He read the law and was elected county attorney for Shawnee County beginning a career that took him to Washington as a congressman, senator, and eventually as vice president.
For his entire life he credited his maternal grandmother, Julie Pappan, with any success he had achieved.
Deb Goodrich has been researching Charles Curtis' life for twenty years and enjoys sharing the life story of this remarkable Kansan. Her powerpoint presentation will put his life in the context of the times he lived.
Goodrich is the host of Around Kansas TV Show and the Garvey Foundation Historian in Residence at the Fort Wallace Museum, Wallace, Kansas. She chairs the bicentennial of the Santa Fe Trial in 2021.
Goodrich has appeared in numerous documentaries including the Gunslinger Series on AHC and Jesse James on American Experience. She an Dr. Jake Bauer make there home in Oakley.
The MCHS will hold their annual meeting following the presentation.