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A flock of chickens

A flock of chickens
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1912
This photograph shows a flock of chickens, a man, chicken coops, farm buildings, and a windmill on an unidentified farm, presumed to be in Haskell County, Kansas. Poultry was a very important food source before refrigeration was commonplace in rural households on the prairie. Chickens and turkeys also provided a much-needed source of income through the sale of live birds and eggs.

Arnold Schmitz farm and residence, Wabaunsee County, Kansas

Arnold Schmitz farm and residence, Wabaunsee County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A photograph showing the barn, chicken house, and residence on Arnold Schmitz's farm located west of Alma on old highway 10, Wabaunsee County, Kansas.

Davenport Ranch in Wabaunsee County, Kansas

Davenport Ranch in Wabaunsee County, Kansas
Date: 1912-1913
Three photographs taken at Byron Davenport's ranch in Wabaunsee County, Kansas.

L. W. Halbe collection

L. W. Halbe collection
Creator: Halbe, L. W. (Leslie Winfield), 1893-1981
Date: 1908-1912
The L. W. (Leslie Winfield) Halbe photo collection consists of 1500 glass plate negatives produced by Halbe during his teenage years. Halbe lived in Dorrance, Russell County, Kansas, and began taking photographs of the region with an inexpensive Sears and Roebuck camera when he was fifteen years old.

William Jolitz farm near Talmage, Kansas

William Jolitz farm near Talmage, Kansas
Date: 1953
This is an aerial photograph showing William Jolitz's farm located near Talmage in Dickinson County, Kansas. The road in the upper left portion of the photograph passes by the pasture, potato patch, windbreak, and a lane enters the property. To the right of the house, is the granary, windmill, barn, chicken coop, brooder house and wash house. A tornado destroyed all the buildings except the chicken coop.

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