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Beulah Mongold to Governor Payne Ratner

Beulah Mongold to Governor Payne Ratner
Creator: Mongold, Beulah
Date: January 23, 1942
In this letter to Governor Payne Ratner, Beulah Mongold of Topeka, Kansas, proposes that all vacant lots in town be utilized as Victory Gardens because "every foot of ground should be at work." A complete transcription is available by clicking "Text Version" below.


Cabbage patch vegetable garden

Cabbage patch vegetable garden
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1891 and 1912
This is a view of a cabbage patch vegetable garden in Haskell County, Kansas. Farm buildings and part of a windmill are visible in the background.


Cabbages on a Haskell County, Kansas homestead

Cabbages on a Haskell County, Kansas homestead
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: 1912
This is a view of a cabbage patch vegetable garden on an unidentified farm in Haskell County, Kansas, in 1912. The early settlers experimented by trial and error with many different kinds of crops. Also visible, in the background, are a corral, farm buildings, windmill, farmhouse, and someone seated in a horse-drawn carriage.


Community gardens at Cimarron, Kansas

Community gardens at Cimarron, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: August 10, 1935
Here are two photographs showing the community gardens in Cimarron, Kansas. The county leased the land and provided irrigation. These photographs were removed from the Relief Garden Program of 1935 portion of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee collection.


Community gardens at Norton, Kansas

Community gardens at Norton, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: August 20, 1935
This is a photograph showing the community gardens in Norton, Kansas. Water for irrigation was pumped from a nearby creek. The photograph was removed from the Relief Garden Program of 1935 portion of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee collection.


Community gardens in Dodge City, Kansas

Community gardens in Dodge City, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: August 07, 1935
Here are two photographs showing the community gardens in Dodge City, Kansas. According to the Dodge City Daily Globe, these plots yielded an average of $50.00 worth of vegetables. The photographs were removed from the Relief Garden Program of 1935 portion of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee collection.


Community gardens in Ulysses, Kansas

Community gardens in Ulysses, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: August 09, 1935
This is a photograph showing the community gardens in Ulysses, Kansas. Water for irrigation was supplied by the city pumping plant. The photograph was removed from the Relief Garden Program of 1935 portion of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee collection.


Garden grown by Roy Phelps in Sheridan County, Kansas

Garden grown by Roy Phelps in Sheridan County, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: August 21, 1935
This is a photograph showing a garden grown by Roy Phelps in Sheridan County, Kansas. The dam which forms the farm pond is shown in the background. Water was conveyed from the pond to the garden through the pipe across the dam. The photograph was removed from the Relief Garden Program of 1935 portion of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee collection.


Garden grown by relief clients in Lewis, Kansas

Garden grown by relief clients in Lewis, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: August 13, 1935
This is a photograph showing community gardens grown by relief clients in Lewis, Kansas. The city of Lewis furnished water from a fire hydrant to irrigate the gardens. The photograph was removed from the Relief Garden Program of 1935 portion of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee collection.


Garden grown by the Wiebe family in Meade County, Kansas

Garden grown by the Wiebe family in Meade County, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: 1935
This is a photograph of the Wiebe family and their garden in Meade, Kansas. Visible in the photograph are people with various garden tools and a child with a bicycle. The windmill in the background was built of old automobile frames costing less than $2.00 and made the irrigation of the garden possible. The photograph was removed from the Relief Garden Program of 1935 portion of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee collection.


Garden grown in Elk County, Kansas

Garden grown in Elk County, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: April 1935
This is a photograph showing a man working in one of the gardens grown in Elk County, Kansas. The photograph was removed from the Relief Garden Program of 1935 portion of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee collection.


Gathering corn in our country

Gathering corn in our country
Creator: Martin, William H., 1865-1940
Date: 1909
This photomontage or exaggerated postcard shows a gentleman sawing off a giant ear of corn.


Grant N. Dunn's garden in Haskell County, Kansas

Grant N. Dunn's garden in Haskell County, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: August 10, 1935
This is a photograph showing Grant N. Dunn's garden in Haskell County, Kansas. It was watered by a sub-irrigation system. Visible in the background is a house and windmill. The photograph was removed from the Relief Garden Program of 1935 portion of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee collection.


Harvesting turnips

Harvesting turnips
Date: March 10, 1945
This photograph shows a group of people harvesting turnips at an unidentified location.


Haskell Institute garden, Lawrence, Kansas

Haskell Institute garden, Lawrence, Kansas
Date: 1943
This is a photograph showing students planting a garden at Haskell Institute during World War II.


Henry E. Wilson's family garden in Hamilton County, Kansas

Henry E. Wilson's family garden in Hamilton County, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: August 08, 1935
This is a photograph showing Henry E. Wilson's family garden in Hamilton County, Kansas. It was irrigated from a garden pond constructed entirely by hand. The photograph was removed from the Relief Garden Program of 1935 portion of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee collection.


Kansas cabbage

Kansas cabbage
Creator: Rodebaugh, J.J
Date: 1905
This photograph shows two stalks of cabbage grown by C.A. Graham near Logan, Kansas.


Kansas state fair, Wichita, Kansas

Kansas state fair, Wichita, Kansas
Creator: Kansas State Fair Association
Date: October 1-5, 1895
A poster promoting the Kansas State Fair to be held at Wichita, Kansas. The poster includes a color illustration of fruits and vegetables.


Men tilling a garden in Wichita, Kansas

Men tilling a garden in Wichita, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
This is a photograph showing men tilling and spraying a garden in Wichita, Kansas, as part of the Works Progress Administration gardening project. The men are using hand and motorized plows.


Men tilling a garden in Wichita, Kansas

Men tilling a garden in Wichita, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
This is a photograph showing men using hand plows and hoes to till a garden in Wichita, Kansas. The activity was part of the Works Progress Administration's gardening project.


Men tilling a garden in Wichita, Kansas

Men tilling a garden in Wichita, Kansas
Creator: United States. Works Progress Administration
Date: Between 1935 and 1943
This is a photograph showing men using hand plows to till a garden in Wichita, Kansas, as part of the Works Progress Administration gardening project.


Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Severin's garden in Seward County, Kansas

Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Severin's garden in Seward County, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: August 12, 1935
This is a photograph showing Mrs. F. J. Severin standing in her family garden in Seward County, Kansas. Mr. and Mrs. F. J. Severin grew this garden using water from a garden pond. The photograph was removed from the Relief Garden Program of 1935 portion of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee collection.


Onion field possibly in Comanche County, Kansas

Onion field possibly in Comanche County, Kansas
Creator: Steele, F. M. (Francis Marion), 1866-1936
Date: Between 1895 and 1912
This photograph shows people standing in an onion field, possibly in Comanche County, Kansas.


Rhubarb grown by Henry F. Seidelman in Kearny County, Kansas

Rhubarb grown by Henry F. Seidelman in Kearny County, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: August 08, 1935
This is a photograph showing rhubarb grown by Henry F. Seidelman in Kearny County, Kansas. Water to irrigate the garden was taken from a garden pond. The photograph was removed from the Relief Garden Program of 1935 portion of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee collection.


Sear's family garden in Graham County, Kansas

Sear's family garden in Graham County, Kansas
Creator: Kansas Emergency Relief Committee
Date: August 21, 1935
This is a photograph showing the Sear's family garden in Graham County, Kansas. A portion of the garden was sub-irrigated with water from the windmill. The photograph was removed from the Relief Garden Program of 1935 portion of the Kansas Emergency Relief Committee collection.


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