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John William Gardiner was born in or near Platte City, Missouri, in 1851. In March 1855, Gardiner and his family moved to the future site of Winchester, Jefferson County, in the newly opened Kansas Territory. During 1875, he taught school and simultaneously took classes in Leavenworth to obtain his teaching certificate. Many of the diary entries describe his teaching, weather, the grasshopper plague, and extracurricular activities such as singing and visiting friends.

Creator: Gardiner, John William, 1851-1917
Date: Between May 6, 1875 and June 25, 1875

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This source presents a great deal of detail about daily life in Kansas, but for the purposes of this standard is most useful as a description of the grasshopper plague of 1875, which wiped out many farmers' crops and destroyed other vegetation across the state.

KS:7th:3.7:Challenges of Settlement (2005)

Item Number: 210871
Call Number: Miscellaneous Gardiner, J. W.
KSHS Identifier: DaRT ID: 210871

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