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Edna Heim to Miss Clarice Snoddy

Edna Heim to Miss Clarice Snoddy
Creator: Heim, Edna
Date: July 4, 1938
Tenant farmers Bill and Edna Heim of Kensington, Kansas, wrote to the farm owner, Clarice Snoddy of Topeka, regarding a hail storm that destroyed most of their crop. The letter discusses the insurance claim to be filed for the damage and the tenants' feelings, economic condition, and related problems. The letter illustrates the considerable vulnerability of farming to unfavorable environmental and economic conditions. Farms on the plains had been ravaged by drought and wind in what is commonly known as the Dust Bowl.


Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, hail insurance deduction

Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence, hail insurance deduction
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1929-1931 : Reed)
Date: 1929-1931
This file includes subject correspondence relating to insurance rates from hail damage to farms and homes in Western Kansas. Correspondence included in the file reflects campaign financial support by constituents depending on the outcome of the Governor's reponse to their cases. This file is part of a bigger collection of Governor Clyde M. Reed correspondence.


Susan Orcutt to Governor Lorenzo Dow Lewelling

Susan Orcutt to Governor Lorenzo Dow Lewelling
Creator: Orcutt, Susan
Date: June 29, 1894
A letter written to Kansas Governor Lorenzo Dow Lewelling of Topeka by Susan Orcutt of Mendota, Kansas, telling him about their depressed situation in Trego County. Orcutt tells Lewelling that she and her husband are starving because hail ruined their crops and garden and her husband could not find work.


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