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A Dust Cloud Rolling Over the Prairies (near Hugoton, Kansas)

A Dust Cloud Rolling Over the Prairies (near Hugoton, Kansas)
Creator: Stovall Studio
Date: April 14, 1935
This is a photograph of a dust cloud rolling over the prairie near Hugoton, Kansas. Southwest Kansas was among the hardest hit areas during the Dust Bowl. Dust storms, such as the one depicted here, could blow for a full day, coating everything in their path with a layer of dirt. It was taken by the Stovall Studio in Dodge City, Kansas on Sunday April 14, 1935. It is labeled #3.


Approaching Dust Storm 5 mi Away - Western Kansas

Approaching Dust Storm 5 mi Away - Western Kansas
Creator: Stovall Studio
Date: April 14, 1935
This approaching dust storm is five miles away. The photograph was taken near Hugoton, Kansas, on April 14, 1935, by the Stovall Studio, Dodge City, Kansas. It is labeled #1.


Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Moscow, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Moscow, Kansas
Date: 1970
This black and white photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe Railway Company's passenger depot in Moscow, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Elkhart, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Elkhart, Kansas
Creator: Kelley, F.O.
Date: 1972
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, in Elkhart, Kansas. The one-story structure was moved to Hugoton, Kansas.


Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Hugoton, Kansas

Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company depot, Hugoton, Kansas
Date: 1970
This photograph shows the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway Company's freight depot in Hugoton, Kansas.


Barbecue, Hugoton, Kansas

Barbecue, Hugoton, Kansas
Date: 1913
This photograph shows a group of men standing before an open barbecue pit as slabs of meat are being cooked for a celebration in Hugoton, Kansas. The event celebrated the completion of the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad Company branch from Dodge City, Kansas, to Elkhart, Kansas.


Black Friday meets its master

Black Friday meets its master
Creator: Garden City Daily Telegram
Date: April 10, 1935
Several articles about life in the Dust Bowl can be found on the front page of this newspaper from Garden City. Articles of particular interest include two articles on "raging dusters," one on the winter wheat crop, and a brief article discussing the postponement of community meetings to distribute aid under the soil erosion program. The newspaper also includes articles about other newsworthy events occurring in Garden City and around the state of Kansas.


Camp of the 2nd Regiment, Kansas National Guard near Hugoton, Stevens County, Kansas

Camp of the 2nd Regiment, Kansas National Guard near Hugoton, Stevens County, Kansas
Date: August 1888
This is a photograph of Camp Tim McCarthy, with Kansas National Guard troops camped outside Hugoton, Stevens County, Kansas. The 2nd Regiment of the Kansas National Guard tried to prevent violence during the county seat fight between Hugoton and Woodsdale in Stevens County, Kansas in August, 1888.


Clara Frost to Joseph Snell

Clara Frost to Joseph Snell
Creator: Frost, Clara
Date: May 05, 1978
This is a letter from Clara Frost, Seattle, Washington, to Joseph Snell, Kansas Historical Society, Topeka, Kansas. In the letter, Frost recounts what her childhood was like growing up in the late nineteenth century in Hugoton, Kansas. NOTE: In the letter, Frost refers to the election of David Overmeyer as Governor of Kansas but that is incorrect. He was a candidate for that office several times.


Council of National Defense Woman's Committee correspondence

Council of National Defense Woman's Committee correspondence
Date: 1918
This collection consists of correspondence between individuals and committee members to the state chair of the Woman's Committee of the Kansas Council of National Defense. The Council of National Defense was established at the federal level in 1916 as an emergency agency under the Army Appropriation Act and abolished in 1921. It was created in reaction to World War I to coordinate resources and industries for national defense and improve civilian morale. The Woman's Committee of the Kansas Council of National Defense performed the same functions at the state and local levels, coordinating women's activities for national defense. The materials are organized alphabetically by county. The digitization of this collection was paid for through the Margot R. Swovelan Endowment Fund.


Dress parade, 2nd Regiment, Kansas National Guard near Hugoton, Stevens County, Kansas

Dress parade, 2nd Regiment, Kansas National Guard near Hugoton, Stevens County, Kansas
Date: August 1888
The 2nd regiment of the Kansas State National Guard on dress parade during the county seat fight between Hugoton and Woodsdale.


Drifts of dust, Hugoton, Kansas

Drifts of dust, Hugoton, Kansas
Creator: Stovall Studio
Date: April 14, 1935
This black and white postcard shows drifts of dust near the town of Hugoton, Kansas. In the background a windmill is visible among the trees.


Drifts of dust around a western Kansas farm

Drifts of dust around a western Kansas farm
Creator: Stovall Studio
Date: 1935
This postcard shows drifts of dust around a farm located near Hugoton, Kansas. It was taken by Stovall Studio, Dodge City, Kansas, and is labeled #13.


Drilling wheat, Stevens County, Kansas

Drilling wheat, Stevens County, Kansas
Date: Between 1950 and 1956
This black and white photograph shows three men, possibly drilling wheat, in Stevens County, Kansas.


Dust clouds rolling over the prairies, Hugoton, Kansas

Dust clouds rolling over the prairies, Hugoton, Kansas
Creator: Stovall Studio
Date: April 14, 1935
This is a postcard view of a dust storm rolling over Hugoton, Kansas, on Sunday, April 14, 1935. Southwest Kansas was among the hardest hit areas during the Dust Bowl. Dust storms, such as this one, rolled over the southern Great Plains from 1932-1936, removing top soil from agricultural lands and prompting important changes in agricultural practice. The photograph was taken by Stovall Studio, Dodge City, Kansas, and is labeled #5.


Eighth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1891-1892

Eighth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1891-1892
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1893
This biennial report from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture contains two parts and the page numbering starts over at the beginning of Part II. The volume contains a section on each county, providing summary information about the history of the county, a description of the landscape, crops, livestock, schools, and churches. A large number of tables with statistics about Kansas residents and crop yields, broken down by county, are also included. Other chapters are devoted to interesting subjects such as apiculture, artificial forests, loco weeds, and chinch bugs.


Eleventh biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1897-98

Eleventh biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1897-98
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1899
This biennial report from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture includes information on beef and pork production, farm poultry, Kansas mineral products, livestock, and other agricultural topics. Also covered are county statistics for population, acreages, productions, livestock, assessed valuation of property, and a listing of churches for each county. Proceedings and other activities of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture are included.


Excerpts from taped interviews with John Stadler

Excerpts from taped interviews with John Stadler
Creator: Stadler, John
Date: 1979
This oral history interview with John Stadler, Stevens County, describes his experiences during the dust bowl of the 1930s. He devotes much of the interview to reminiscing about how these dust storms interrupted the daily routines of those living in western Kansas. Stadler worked for the local gas company, and he also supervised the drilling of 443 wells near Hugoton. Copied from Dust Storms as Remembered by Hugoton Citizens.


Excursion trains, Hugoton, Kansas

Excursion trains, Hugoton, Kansas
Date: May 1913
These two black and white photographs show groups of people gathered around two excursion trains at the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe depot in Hugoton, Kansas in celebration of the ATSF line from Dodge City, Kansas to Elkhart, Kansas. Activities from that day can also be seen in Kansas Memory item 214562.


Fifteenth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1905-1906

Fifteenth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1905-1906
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1907
This biennial report from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture includes information on the selection, cultivation, and harvesting of Indian corn, ideas for improving the conditions of farm life, and information on commercial fertilizers. There are various kinds of statistics for each county that include population, acreages, livestock, and assessed valuation of property. There are also a number of tables listing statistics for all counties. The proceedings and activities of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture are included beginning on page 977. Please see the table of contents on image 8 to determine appropriate page numbers. Page numbering starts over after page 1264. This section contains compiled statistics from the 1905 Kansas decennial census but individuals are not listed. A general index starts on page 61 of the Decennial Census section at the back of the volume.


Floyd and Glenn Cunningham burned in schoolhouse fire, Stevens County

Floyd and Glenn Cunningham burned in schoolhouse fire, Stevens County
Creator: Hugoton Hermes
Date: February 16, 1917
This is a newspaper article in the "Hugoton Hermes" describing the Stevens County, Kansas, schoolhouse fire that destroyed the school and severely burned brothers Floyd and Glenn Cunningham. Thirteen year old Floyd, 1903-1917, died from his injuries two weeks later. The physician treating seven year old Glenn, 1909-1988, told him that he would never walk again; but with rehabilitation and personal determination, he recovered to become one of the nation's greatest milers. Between 1932 and 1936, Glenn won Big Six indoor mile titles and participated in the 1932 and 1936 Olympics. In 1938, Cunningham became the world's fastest miler as he set a new indoor mile record at Dartmouth College. In 1978, he was named the outstanding track performer in the 100-year history of Madison Square Garden and, in 1979, he was inducted into the National Track and Field Hall of Fame.


Hamby Hotel in Hugoton, Kansas

Hamby Hotel in Hugoton, Kansas
Date: June 19, 1915
This is a postcard showing the Hamby Hotel in Hugoton, Kansas.


History of Kansas newspapers

History of Kansas newspapers
Creator: Kansas State Historical Society. Department of Archives
Date: 1916
The subtitle of this publication is "A History of the Newspapers and Magazines Published in Kansas From the Organization of Kansas Territory, 1854, to January 1, 1916." This history includes biographical sketches and some portraits of prominent editors. The bulk of the book contains listings of all of the newspapers published in the state, organized by county and then towns within that county. This listing begins on page 137. Newspapers that were being published in 1916 include the name of the editor/publisher, the frequency, how long it had been published, and notes about any predecessor papers. The information for each county also includes a list of all discontinued newspapers from that county. Each county listing begins with the date it was organized, the origin of the name, and some basic statistics. This volume is an excellent source on the early newspaper history of Kansas. A detailed index begins on page 323. The Kansas State Historical Society was founded by Kansas newspaper editors and its newspaper holdings represent an almost comprehensive collection of the newspapers published in all parts of Kansas, most of which are available on microfilm through interlibrary loan.


Hugoton industry, Hugoton, Kansas

Hugoton industry, Hugoton, Kansas
Date: Between 1930 and 1949
This black and white photograph shows four men kneeling on the ground holding a white shirt that reads "Gascapade! Hugoton". In the background, three workers are examining the operations of a gas or oil derrick.


Interview with Gus Kramer

Interview with Gus Kramer
Creator: Kramer, Gus
Date: 1979
This oral history interview with Gus Kramer of Hugoton, Stevens County, describes his experiences during the dust storms of the 1930s. In it he recounts how difficult it was to make a living, and how the drifting soil clung to everything, clogging engines and seeping through cracks in buildings. He also compares living during the Dust Bowl and Depression to his early childhood, when the area around Hugoton was covered with healthy, green grass. This interview was printed in Dust Storms as Remembered by Hugoton Citizens, a collection of interviews collected by the Hugoton High School Social Studies Club.


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