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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.

Curbing the wind

Curbing the wind
Creator: Aicher, L. C.
Date: 1935
The twenty-ninth biennial report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture includes this short article by L. C. Aicher, superintendent of the Fort Hays Experiment Station in Hays, Kansas. In the article ("Curbing the Wind" in Twenty-Ninth Biennial Report of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture for the Years 1933 to 1934"), Aicher describes the most effective techniques for preventing wind erosion, stating that "the secret in preventing soil from blowing is to keep the surface in a roughened condition." He also gives directions about the best methods for listing land and caring for fallow fields.

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.

Family in covered wagon during a wind storm

Family in covered wagon during a wind storm
Date: May 30, 1874
Photo of an illustration of a single family in covered wagon during a wind storm on the prairie, copied from "Harper's Weekly," May 30, 1874.

Ladie's day at the ranch

Ladie's day at the ranch
Creator: Harpers New Monthly Magazine
Date: June 1885
An account of one family's journey from New York to Kansas. Descriptions of sheep shearing, grasshopper swarms, tornadoes, and prairie fires, are described in the article.

Mabel Holmes diary entries

Mabel Holmes diary entries
Creator: Holmes, Mabel
Date: March 15, 1935-March 22, 1935
Mabel Holmes, a resident of Topeka during the Dust Bowl years, kept this diary of her daily activities. During the week of March 15-22, 1935, Holmes mentions two dust storms and complains about the layers of dust deposited in and around her house. The storm of March 20th was so intense that, even during the day, she needed a light to see her way around the house. The diary, which covers the period from 1935 to 1939, includes entries from several years on a single page and describes church activities, health problems, housework, and world events.

Southwest is not lost

Southwest is not lost
Creator: Kansas City Times
Date: February 25, 1937
In this brief article, Harry Umberger, chairman of the Kansas wind erosion committee, contradicts reports circulating in New York City that the Southwest will never be able to produce wheat again. He goes on to describe the reasons for blowing soil and the steps that must be taken to make farming the Dust Bowl a profitable -- yet environmentally stable -- enterprise.

Storm damage on Menninger Clinic East Campus, Topeka

Storm damage on Menninger Clinic East Campus, Topeka
Date: July 11, 1958
A wind storm hit Topeka, Kansas in July 1958. These three black and white photographs show the damage to the Menninger East Campus and Roy Leonard of the maintenance crew clearing up the debris.

Storm scene at reservoir No. 5 in Finney County, Kansas

Storm scene at reservoir No. 5 in Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1900 and 1910
A photograph showing waves caused by a storm at reservoir No. 5 in Finney County, Kansas.

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