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A. W. Johnson and Isabella Johnson to Robert S. Wickizer

A. W. Johnson and Isabella Johnson to Robert S. Wickizer
Creator: Johnson, A. W.
Date: March 24, 1875
In this letter to his cousin, A. W. Johnson relates news from his homestead near Osage Mission, Neosho County. Johnson describes the grasshopper plague in vivid terms, and also mentions how the recent hard times in Kansas should not discourage emigration into the state. In fact, he goes so far as to state that now is the time to come, since land is cheap and the spring weather is "deliteful[sic]." Johnson also states, however, that the price of corn is high, and that high prices on goods make it difficult for him to support his family.


Agricultural scenes, Finney County, Kansas.

Agricultural scenes, Finney County, Kansas.
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows different agricultural scenes on R. J. Mefford's farm west of Garden City in Finney County, Kansas.


Alfalfa hay field, Logan County, Kansas

Alfalfa hay field, Logan County, Kansas
Date: 1915
This photograph represents a field of alfalfa hay in Logan County, Kansas.


Alfalfa hay on Miles Bros' Ranch, Finney County, Kansas

Alfalfa hay on Miles Bros' Ranch, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: 1897
This photograph shows large stacks of alfalfa hay on Miles Bros' Ranch in Finney County, Kansas.


Big bluestem at Rogler ranch

Big bluestem at Rogler ranch
Date: 1938
This black and white photograph shows an unidentified gentleman during the harvesting of big bluestem on the Henry Rogler ranch. The homestead, known as "Pioneer Bluffs", is located on 160 acres of land along the South Fork of the Cottonwood River basin, in Bazaar Township of Chase County, Kansas. The Rogler family owned and operated the ranch from 1859 to 2006. In October of 2006 the historic property, which included the home and 4,081 acres of land, was auction off at 6.9 million dollars Today, "Pioneer Bluffs" is a non-profit educational center that is dedicated to teaching the history of ranching and the diversity of the tall grass prairie.


Complaint of Colony Hay Shippers, Farmers & Land Owners

Complaint of Colony Hay Shippers, Farmers & Land Owners
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: 1915
This file includes general correspondence relating to the complaint of Colony Hay Shippers, Farmers and Land Owners. Topics included, but not limited to, in the correspondence is actions by the Kansas City Hay Dealers Association, newspapers clippings discussing price regulation, and the Kansas City stock yards. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Deputyship in the Grain Inspection Dept.

Deputyship in the Grain Inspection Dept.
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1915-1919: Capper)
Date: 1915
This file includes correspondence relating to the deputy's role in the Grain Inspection Department. Correspondence included in the file is an application and questions about the position from L. A. Bailey of Girard, Kansas. This is part of a bigger collection of Governor Arthur Capper correspondence.


Drought report to Governor Landon

Drought report to Governor Landon
Creator: Kansas. State Board of Agriculture. Division of Water Resources
Date: August 28, 1936
This report by Ogden Jones, a geologist for the State Board of Agriculture, includes detailed information about the effects of the drought that struck Kansas during the 1930s and spawned the Dust Bowl. Jones cites precise figures about water levels in major rivers and wells, in addition to information about crops such as winter wheat, sorghum, oats, hay, rye, and fruits (apples, grapes, etc?). The report also contains maps.


E.H. Claar and J.L. Trowbridge to unknown

E.H. Claar and J.L. Trowbridge to unknown
Creator: Claar, E.H.
Date: July 30, 1885
This is a letter from E.H. Claar and J.L Trowbridge, Decatur County, Kansas, to an unknown recipient. In the letter, the authors tell of camping in the outdoors, several possible Indian scares, the railroad coming through New Kiowa, and the condition of the crops. The letter is on letterhead for the Kiowa Town Company of Kiowa, Barber County, Kansas. There is printed information about New Kiowa on the back of the letter. NOTE: It is not clear why this item was associated with Decatur County for collection storage purposes.


Guide thru Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas Showing the Township lines of the United States Surveys

Guide thru Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska and Kansas Showing the Township lines of the United States Surveys
Creator: J. H. Colton & Co.
Date: 1857
Map showing the township lines of the United States surveys by John Calvin Smith in Ohio, Michigan, Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Wisconsin, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, and Kansas. The map has an inset table of census statistics for 1850, including population, number of livestock, principal crops, products, and state finances. This map is provided through a co-operative project between the Lecompton Historical Society and the Kansas Historical Society. Partial funding was provided by the Ross and Margaret Wulfkuhle Charitable Trust and the Freedom's Frontier National Heritage Area.


Hand book for the Kansas Pacific Railway

Hand book for the Kansas Pacific Railway
Creator: Kansas Pacific Railway Company
Date: 1870
This Kansas Pacific Railroad publication advertises good abundant and cheap land readily available on its rail line between Kansas City, Missouri, and Denver, Colorado. The booklet contains descriptions of the country and cities and towns along the Kansas Pacific Railroad and its branches.


Harvesting Crew, Edwards County, Kansas

Harvesting Crew, Edwards County, Kansas
Date: 1913
These two black and white photographs show a harvesting crew with horse-drawn equipment and a McCormick header in a field in Edwards County, Kansas.


Harvesting, Larned, Kansas

Harvesting, Larned, Kansas
Date: Between 1880 and 1900
Two postcards showing farmers harvesting hay near Larned, Kansas. Harvesters are shown using horse-drawn equipment.


Harvesting at the Lindner farm, Finney County, Kansas

Harvesting at the Lindner farm, Finney County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1909
The photograph shows two men posing with dogs on the Linder farm in Finney County, Kansas. It also shows a hay press, some horses, and another man standing in the background. P.A. Linder is the man on the right side of the photograph.


Harvesting bluestem at Rogler Ranch

Harvesting bluestem at Rogler Ranch
Date: 1938
This black and white photograph shows bluestem being harvested on the Rogler ranch. The men have been identified as Henry Rogler, Kam Golden, and Joe King.


Harvesting hay in Sheridan County, Kansas

Harvesting hay in Sheridan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900-1920
This photograph is of a haying scene using a Jayhawk haystacker invented by Wyatt of Hoxie, Kansas. The view shows a man on the haystack, another running the horse-drawn haystacker, and another man running a horse-drawn hay pusher/stacker, and a dump rake.


Harvesting hay in Sheridan County, Kansas

Harvesting hay in Sheridan County, Kansas
Date: Between 1900 and 1915
This photograph depicts haying time on Walker Ranch, possibly 1910, Sheridan County. Shown in the photo are a horse-drawn haystacker, dump rake, a man on top of the haystack, and a man on a horse.


Harvesting scene, Preston, Kansas

Harvesting scene, Preston, Kansas
Date: Between 1905 and 1906
These three photographs show farmers using horse drawn equipment to harvest hay and wheat on the N.M Stead farm three miles west of Preston, Kansas.


Harvest scene, hay stacks, Finney County, Kansas

Harvest scene, hay stacks, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
Photograph showing a harvest scene in Finney County, Kansas, with hay stacks in the background.


Hay barn, Garden City, Finney County, Kansas

Hay barn, Garden City, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows two men standing inside of a hay barn in Garden City, Finney County, Kansas.


Haying on Richter farm, Finney County, Kansas

Haying on Richter farm, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows men haying on the Richter farm in Finney County, Kansas. Several men are using a horse-powered lift to build a hay stack.


Hay stacks, Finney County, Kansas

Hay stacks, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows a row of hay stacks on the horizon in Finney County, Kansas.


Hostetter's ranch south of Coats, Kansas

Hostetter's ranch south of Coats, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1903
Hereford heifers on the Hostetter's ranch (owned by Harris and Crane of Ottawa, Kansas) south of Coats, Kansas. A wagon, hay mounds, wooden fences, and out-buildings are also visible in the photograph.


Irrigation canal, Finney County, Kansas

Irrigation canal, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A photograph of an irrigation canal in the foreground and in the background a field with hay equipment in Finney County, Kansas.


John Christoph photograph album

John Christoph photograph album
Date: 1891-1895
This album contains photographs of Ellinwood and Barton County, Kansas, taken by John Christoph. On June 18, 1891, he opened a photography gallery in the north room of a furniture store and continued in the business until February 14, 1919. Christoph also served as the Ellinwood police judge for twenty years.


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