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The chairman of the Sheridan County Republican Central Committee, C. C. Evans, of Allison (Decatur County), writes Governor Edmund Morrill to inform him of the desperate circumstances facing farmers in western Kansas and to ask the state to furnish seed grain to the farmers. Several years of drought and low crop yields left many farmers without sufficient seed grain for the next season's crops. Evans asks the governor to rally Republican legislators to quickly pass an appropriation for farm relief. The letter claims that Populists have thwarted local efforts to address the problem and that effective actions by Republicans at this time would attract more people in western Kansas to the Republican Party.
Creator: Evans, C. C.
Date: December 24, 1894
This source illustrates the dire situation of farmers in western Kansas, provides a critique of Populist efforts, and elaborates on the politically contentious relationship between the Populists and the Republicans.
Item Number: 207950
Call Number: Governor's Records, Morrill, Correspondence Received, Box 7, Folder 17
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 207950
Agriculture - Crops - Wheat
Agriculture - Environment - Weather - Droughts
Agriculture - Government farm programs - Relief
Collections - State Archives - Governor's Records - Morrill, Edmond Needham
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1880s to 1920s (Benchmark 4) - Populism (Indicator 2) - High debts and low prices for farmers
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1880s to 1920s (Benchmark 4) - Populism (Indicator 2) - Republican perspective on Populism
Date - 1890s - 1897
Environment - Weather - Droughts
Government and Politics - Local Government - County - Attorney
Government and Politics - Political Parties - Populist
Government and Politics - Political Parties - Republican
Government and Politics - Reform and Protest - Populism
Government and Politics - State Government - Governors - Morrill, Edmund Needham
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
People - Notable Kansans - Morrill, Edmund Needham, 1834-1909
Places - Cities and towns - Allison
Places - Cities and towns - Topeka
Places - Counties - Decatur
Places - Counties - Shawnee
Places - Counties - Sheridan
Thematic Time Period - Age of Reform, 1880 - 1917 - Populism, 1890-1900
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters