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Anna Hittle correspondence

Anna Hittle correspondence
Date: August 27, 1948
This correspondence is from W.H. Imes to Anna Hittle Rings asking her to be his housekeeper.


Carpet sweeper

Carpet sweeper
Date: between 1885 and 1900
Bissell wooden carpet sweeper. "Furniture Protector" stenciled in gold on front and back. Faint "Bissell" stencil visible on top.


Excerpts from taped interviews with John Stadler

Excerpts from taped interviews with John Stadler
Creator: Stadler, John
Date: 1979
This oral history interview with John Stadler, Stevens County, describes his experiences during the dust bowl of the 1930s. He devotes much of the interview to reminiscing about how these dust storms interrupted the daily routines of those living in western Kansas. Stadler worked for the local gas company, and he also supervised the drilling of 443 wells near Hugoton. Copied from Dust Storms as Remembered by Hugoton Citizens.


Flood clean up in Topeka, Kansas

Flood clean up in Topeka, Kansas
Creator: Wolfe's Camera and Photo Shop
Date: July 19, 1951
A photograph showing a man and woman cleaning up a residence after the 1951 flood in Topeka, Kansas.


Interview with Mrs. Gus (Olive) Kramer

Interview with Mrs. Gus (Olive) Kramer
Creator: Kramer, Olive
Date: 1979
This oral history interview with Olive Kramer of Hugoton, Stevens County, describes her experiences during the dust bowl of the 1930s. She devotes much of her interview to reminiscing about how these dust storms interrupted the daily routines of those living in western Kansas. She also mentions government programs -- such as the cattle purchase program -- that provided relief for citizens suffering from unemployment. During a particularly bad spell, her husband (who also gave an interview) sent her and their children east to Kansas City (it is not clear for how long). Kramer talks also about the emergency hospital set up in the basement of the Methodist Church to care for the residents dealing with dust pneumonia. Copied from Dust Storms as Remembered by Hugoton Citizens.


Kansas Girls Industrial School. Graduating into society

Kansas Girls Industrial School. Graduating into society
Date: 1938
This silent film documents the State Industrial School for Girls in Beloit, Kansas, and depicts every aspect of the school's educational, vocational, and boarding programs. The Women's Christian Temperance Union established the school in 1889 and it was later acquired by the state. The purpose of the school was to reform economically or socially disadvantaged girls between twelve and sixteen years old. The school taught sewing, weaving, cooking, gardening and horticulture, wood carving, clay modeling, and the general duties of the household. The film showcases the following programs and activities: healthcare and hospital, housework, laundry, sewing, bakery, cooking, religious instruction, student government, dancing, table tennis, roller skating, Independence Day parade, flag drill, folk dance, track and field, and patriotic instruction. At the time the film was made the school included seven housing units (or cottages), a schoolhouse and farm buildings on 200 acres. Directed by Grace A. Miles. Photographed by Joseph A. Thompson.


Kansas dust in layers

Kansas dust in layers
Creator: Kansas City Times
Date: March 20, 1935
This brief article describes the difficulties farm women faced when trying to keep a clean house in the Dust Bowl. No matter how well families tried to prevent dust from blowing into their houses, the persistent, fine dust worked its way into every nook and cranny.


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.


Mexican Relief Camp in Lane County, Kansas

Mexican Relief Camp in Lane County, Kansas
Date: Between 1880s and 1900s
This black and white photograph shows a group of men and women washing clothes at a Mexican Relief Camp in Lane County, Kansas.


Pillow shams

Pillow shams
Date: between 1880 and 1910
Pair of white cotton pillow shams embroidered in fushia-red. The first features a female figure in repose and reads "I slept and dreamed that life was beauty." On the second sham the female figure is standing with a broom in her hands and reads "I woke and found that life was duty." Used in a sod house in Decatur County.


Transcript of interview with Sherman Brollier

Transcript of interview with Sherman Brollier
Creator: Brollier, Sherman
Date: 1979
This oral history interview with Sherman Brollier, a lawyer in Hugoton, Stevens County, describes his experiences during the dust storms of the "dirty thirties." He focuses particularly on the ways that these storms disrupted his family's day to day existence. To protect his wife Ruth and his daugther Nadine, who both had breathing problems, Brollier took them to Red River, New Mexico to live during the summer. He would often go down to visit them, driving the 330 miles early in the morning or late at night. Brollier had contemplated moving his family away from Hugoton, and in 1937 he traveled west to see if the depression was as severe in the far West. He discovered that the depression had hit those states just as hard, although they did not have to contend with the blowing dust. So, he and his family remained in Hugoton.


Vacuum cleaner

Vacuum cleaner
Creator: Feeny Manufacturing Company
Date: between 1910 and 1915
Feeny Vacuum Cleaner made by the Feeny Manufacturing Company of Muncie, Indiana. The upper cylinder houses a plunger and is pumped up and down by hand to create suction, drawing dirt into the lower body.


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