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Clearing a field of grasshoppers

Clearing a field of grasshoppers
Creator: Harpers Weekly
Date: 1875
An illustration showing people clearing a field of grasshoppers, copied from Harper's Weekly, July 3, 1875.


D. C. Haskell to Governor Thomas Osborne

D. C. Haskell to Governor Thomas Osborne
Creator: Haskell, D. C. (Dudley Chase), 1842-1883
Date: November 11, 1874
A letter written by D. [Dudley] C. [Chase] Haskell introducing Governor Thomas Osborne to Rev. W. M. Wellman. Wellman was appointed to the Kansas Relief Committee and worked on behalf of The Smith County Aid Society to obtain funds to help settlers effected by the grasshopper plague.


Governor George Anthony grasshoppers received correspondence

Governor George Anthony grasshoppers received correspondence
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877
Governor George Anthony compiled this series of correspondence on grasshoppers from letters received while in office from 1877-1879. A complete transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Grangers versus hoppers

Grangers versus hoppers
Creator: Henry Worrall, 1825-1902
Date: 1874-1875
This is a copy of a cartoon by Kansas artist Henry Worrall showing Kansas farmers (Grangers) battling grasshoppers. The National Grange of the Patrons of Husbandry was originally founded with the idea of educating and connecting farmers within America. The first Grange was set up in Fredonia, New York. From there granges spread across the U.S., providing classes and social events to farmers. The first Kansas Grange was organized in 1872 at Hiawatha. Within a few years, more than 1,000 Granges claiming more than 30,000 members had been established across the state. Read more about the Grange in Kansapedia.


Grasshopper concert ticket

Grasshopper concert ticket
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1875
A concert ticket for a "grasshopper concert" stamped January 1, 1875 in Chicago, Illinois. The illustration on one side depicts an audience and orchestra of grasshoppers playing the "March through Kansas by G. Hopper." Kansas experienced the Grasshopper Plague of 1874 and received money and supplies from across the country to help aid farmers.


Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers
Creator: Root, George Allen, 1867-1949
Date: 1936
This account of grasshopper activity in Kansas, was compiled by George A. Root using information from Wilder's Annals and the Kansas Historical Collections, July 1936.


Grasshopper sweep, Finney County, Kansas

Grasshopper sweep, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows a man sweeping a field crop for grasshoppers on a farm in Finney County, Kansas. This appears to be an alfalfa field. Metal teeth went through the crop making the grasshoppers jump up, hit the back wall and drop into a container of some type.


Grasshopper sweep, Finney County, Kansas

Grasshopper sweep, Finney County, Kansas
Creator: Wolf, Henry L. 1850-1924
Date: Between 1890 and 1900
This photograph shows a man sweeping a field crop for grasshoppers on a farm in Finney County, Kansas. This appears to be an alfalfa field. Metal teeth went through the crop making the grasshoppers jump up, hit the back wall and drop into a container of some type.


J.W. Honey to George W. Martin

J.W. Honey to George W. Martin
Creator: Honey, J.W.
Date: February 03, 1910
This is a letter from J.W. Honey to George W. Martin, Secretary of the Kansas State Historical Society. Honey writes of his experiences during the grasshopper invasion of 1874, focusing mostly on bringing corn in from the field before it was fully consumed by the insects.


Kansas Free Lecture by Jas. H. Lathrop

Kansas Free Lecture by Jas. H. Lathrop
Date: 1874
A poster announcing a free lecture by Jas. H. Lathrop, Morgan City, Clay County, Kansas, at Union Hall, Cortland, New York. Lathrop was to speak of the suffering and depressed conditions caused by the grasshopper plague.


My experiences with the grasshoppers in 1866-1867

My experiences with the grasshoppers in 1866-1867
Creator: Brown, Mary F.
Date: December 05, 1908
Reminiscences of Mary Brown during the grasshopper invasion for the years 1866 and1867. Mary writes of the grasshoppers devouring almost every bit of green vegetation in sight and her attempts to save her shrubs and flowers from being destroyed. She also writes of the grasshoppers laying eggs, the eggs hatching, and the young eating as much as the adults. This cycle happened several times that year. Once the grasshoppers left, the Brown's replanted with the help of seed sent by Senator Pomeroy.


Relief!

Relief!
Date: 1874
This poster announces Rev. W. M. Wellman's visit to Goshen, Indiana, and his work on behalf of the Kansas Relief Committee and the Smith County Aid Society. Wellman worked to obtain financial donations for settlers impacted by the grasshopper plague.


Results of operating a hopperdoser in Chase County, Kansas

Results of operating a hopperdoser in Chase County, Kansas
Creator: Chase County Extension Office
Date: 1937
A photograph showing the results after one hour's work with a hopperdoser on A. J. McCabe's five acre farm in Chase County, Kansas. The pile contained nearly two bushels of grasshoppers. The photograph was copied from the Chase County Extension's annual report.


Transactions of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1875

Transactions of the Kansas State Board of Agriculture, 1875
Creator: Kansas State Board of Agriculture
Date: 1875
This annual report from the Kansas State Board of Agriculture includes information on livestock and other agricultural topics. A subject of note is a report on the Rocky Mountain locust invasion. Also covered are county statistics for population, acreages, productions, live stock, industry,and assessed valuation of property. State statistics, crop and livestock statistics are also included.


You Can't Stop Me Big Boy postcard

You Can't Stop Me Big Boy postcard
Creator: Conard, Frank Durnell, 1884-1966
Date: April 10, 1943
This is an exaggerated postcard showing a gigantic grasshopper stopping a car. It is titled You Can't Stop Me Big Boy #78.


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