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This letter from Harry Umberger, the Director of Extension at Kansas State College (now Kansas State University), was addressed to Willard Mayberry, secretary to Gov. Alf Landon. The letter discusses the reduction of railroad transportation rates for livestock feed, because the depression, combined with the droughts of the 1930s, had made it difficult for farmers to feed their livestock. Umberger recommended that the rates be reduced for at least thirty days (preferably sixty days) in order to keep stock alive during the winter. The letter is accompanied by a state map labeling the counties who needed these rates, with the red shaded section indicating which counties were in the greatest need.

Creator: Umberger, Harry
Date: December 23, 1933

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This source is useful in large part because of the map. It will demonstrate for students which counties were in the greatest need for livestock feed, and it can work with a number of other documents to demonstrate the consequences of mismanagement. It has been selected for both the 7th and the 11th grade Dust Bowl standards.

KS:11th:2.1:Dust Bowl experiences (2005)

Item Number: 210643
Call Number: Governor's Records, Landon, Correspondence Received, Box 3, Folder 11
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210643

Agriculture - Education - Colleges and universities - Kansas State University - Research and Extension
Agriculture - Environment - Weather - Droughts
Agriculture - Government farm programs - Education - Kansas State University Research and Extension
Agriculture - Government farm programs - Relief
Agriculture - Livestock
Business and Industry - Railroad - Freight trains
Collections - State Archives - Governor's Records - Landon, Alfred
Curriculum - 11th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1930-1945 (Kansas_Benchmark 2) - Dust Bowl experiences (Indicator 1) - Agricultural losses
Curriculum - 11th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1930-1945 (Kansas_Benchmark 2) - Dust Bowl experiences (Indicator 1) - Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Curriculum - 7th Grade Standards - Kansas History Standards - 1930s to 1940s (Benchmark 5) - Agriculture and the Dust Bowl (Indicator 1) - Drought and dust storms
Date - 1930s - 1933
Education - Higher education - Institutions - Kansas State Agricultural College
Education - Higher education - Institutions - Kansas State University
Government and Politics - State Government - Governors - Landon, Alfred Mossman
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Letter
Objects and Artifacts - Communication Artifacts - Documentary Artifact - Map
People - Notable Kansans - Landon, Alfred M (Alfred Mossman), 1887-1987
Places - Cities and towns - Manhattan
Places - Counties - Comanche
Places - Counties - Gove
Places - Counties - Kearny
Places - Counties - Riley
Places - Counties - Rooks
Places - Counties - Scott
Places - Counties - Seward
Places - Counties - Sheridan
Places - Counties - Trego
Places - Counties - Wichita
Thematic Time Period - Great Depression and Dust Bowl, 1929 - 1941
Transportation - Railroads - Freight trains
Type of Material - Maps
Type of Material - Unpublished documents - Letters

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