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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.


Edward Scheufler interview, WWII oral history, Belpre, Kansas

Edward Scheufler interview, WWII oral history, Belpre, Kansas
Creator: Scheufler, Edward E.
Date: March 20, 2009
This is an interview with Edward Scheufler, part of an oral history project entitled "Patchwork of Dependency: The Effects of WWII on Edwards County, Kansas" conducted by the Kinsley Public Library. The project was supported by a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant. Edward talks of his family, education, military career, and the home front during WWII.


Gilbert Herrman interview, WWII oral history, Kinsley, Kansas

Gilbert Herrman interview, WWII oral history, Kinsley, Kansas
Creator: Herrman, Gilbert
Date: December 15, 2009
This is an interview with Gilbert Herrman, part of an oral history project entitled "Patchwork of Dependency: The Effects of WWII on Edwards County, Kansas" conducted by the Kinsley Public Library. The project was supported by a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant. Gilbert talks of his family, education, military career, and the home front during WWII.


Gordon Lee Coats interview, WWII oral history, Kinsley, Kansas

Gordon Lee Coats interview, WWII oral history, Kinsley, Kansas
Creator: Coats, Gordon Lee
Date: December 29, 2009
This is an interview with Gordon Coats, part of an oral history project entitled "Patchwork of Dependency: The Effects of WWII on Edwards County, Kansas" conducted by the Kinsley Public Library. The project was supported by a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant. Gordon talks of his family, education, military career, and the home front during WWII.


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 carte-de-visite published by the Downing Gallery in Topeka, Kansas. It depicts 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.


Grasshopper invasion, Omaha conference on

Grasshopper invasion, Omaha conference on
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: 1876
A letter on October 5, 1876, from W. H. Wood, asks Governor Osborn the names of the Governors who he will meet at Omaha, Nebraska, and the time of the meeting. A letter from C. O. Riley, November 4, 1876, requests the Governor to write to Professor F. V. Hayden of Washington. In the letter, Riley also asks that the Governor of Omaha adopt Professor Hayden's plan for destroying grasshoppers. A letter on November 18, 1876, from C. O. Riley, states the pamphlet embodying the proceedings of the conference of the Governors at Omaha, Nebraska, is prepared and will be ready for distribution in about two weeks. In mid-1874, millions of grasshoppers, or Rocky Mountain locusts, appeared on the prairies from the Dakotas to Texas. Kansas Governor Osborn called a special meeting of the legislature, which assembled on September 15, 1874, to think of ways to help Kansans survive the destruction and relieve the hardship left by the grasshoppers.


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.


Grasshoppers

Grasshoppers
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1877-1879: Anthony)
Date: 1877
The following documents in this file pertain to matters related to Grasshoppers in Kansas. This description does not cover all the documents, only a few of them. A letter on March 13, 1877, from David D. Hoag, encloses a letter from two Reverends asking Governor Anthony to set aside a day of fasting in prayer because of the grasshopper disaster. A letter on March 4, 1877, from C. V. Riley, states that the locust or grasshopper commission needs to be made up of men that are practical and have scientific knowledge. A copy of a Joint Resolution from the State Department of Nebraska to appoint a commission to investigate the locality, origin, and habits, and natural history of the Grasshopper. A letter on January 6, 1877, from VanTronk of Philadelphia, sends a vial containing insect fluid that claims to destroy insects. The invasion of grasshoppers or Rocky Mountain locusts began in 1874 and 1877 an Act entitled, "An act to provide for the destruction of grasshoppers, etc.".


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.


Kenneth Dupree interview, WWII oral history, Kinsley, Kansas

Kenneth Dupree interview, WWII oral history, Kinsley, Kansas
Creator: Dupree, Kenneth
Date: January 28, 2010
This is an interview with Kenneth Dupree, part of an oral history project entitled "Patchwork of Dependency: The Effects of WWII on Edwards County, Kansas" conducted by the Kinsley Public Library. The project was supported by a Kansas Humanities Council Heritage Grant. Kenneth talks of his family, education, military career, and the home front during WWII.


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
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: January-February 1875
The documents in this file pertain to the subject of relief aid in Kansas caused by drought and the grasshopper invasion. This description does not cover all documents in this file. A report on January 4, 1875, discusses an investigation of the destitute occurring from the drought and ravages of the grasshoppers in the North-Western portion of Kansas. A letter on January 11, 1875, from M. S. Caplice of St. Mary, Kansas, about the destitute people in his vicinity and requests relief. A copy of a list of clothing issued to the destitute in Kansas in January 1875. A letter from Whitelaw Reid writes to Kansas Governor Osborn concerning the relief fund.


Relief

Relief
Creator: Kansas. Governor (1873-1877 : Osborn)
Date: April 1875 - September 1876
The following letters to Kansas Governor Osborn are regarding relief aid provided to the destitute in Kansas from the government as a result of the drought and grasshopper invasion. In several of the letters, citizens in counties across Kansas inform the Governor the aid package provided to them is not enough and request more provisions. A letter on May 10, 1875, from residents of Crawford County, ask Governor Osborn if there is something he can do to provide more assistance in their township as there is no work or employment available. A letter from Sam Walker of Lawrence, Kansas, states there is a large number of men who are not able to get work to support their families and have requested him to ask for aid from the state as they have no money. Additional letters from citizens of Kansas address the situation of the families in their town or county to the Governor.


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.


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