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ISSN: 1936-0479

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Fall 2008 Issue

Riley County

Memoirs of John W Bartleson: Chapter Three, Part One: Farming, Mules and Loss

After returning from the war, I went to make my home [Caladonia or Caledonia, Ill.] on the old homestead with my sister, Mary Bristow. After visiting for a few weeks I tired of loafing and secured a job at Brother Gus’s. He was getting out timbers for a large frame barn to be 40 x 50 feet. Heavy hewn square timbers were needed for two stories.

G. W. Bristow had charge of framing the timbers and my part was to assist in cutting and scoring the oak trees for he hewers with broad axes to square them, the afterwards I assisted in mortising so all could be framed together. After all was ready, I was put on a horse to ride over the country and invite all men within four or five miles to come and help raise the barn.

Graham County

Nicodemus farming Deep Roots

Kansas farmers seek a market niche with Ethiopian crop

The town of Nicodemus is—like many rural communities throughout Kansas—struggling. The freed-slave settlers who established the black township in the mid-1800s faced harsh living conditions, hostile climate and lack of adequate supplies to build Nicodemus into a thriving town. Generations later, the remaining descendents of those settlers are facing challenges of their own – intensive drought, unstable commodity prices and increasing operating costs. The farmers of Nicodemus, however, are looking for opportunity through a cultural crop connection.

Seward County

Air Museum in Stewart County

From Da Vinci to Quilts, Largest Air Museum in Kansas Keeps Growing

Follow US 54 a short distance northwest of Liberal, and you come upon a large warehouse building with white columns. Colorful flowers bloom warmly invite you inside. Located in a former Beechcraft plant, the Mid-America Air Museum is more than just displays of aircraft. It is an aviation experience that is dedicated to appealing to a broad population.

Hamilton County

Sod House in Syracuse Now Part of History

Sod House in SewardLast May, as the City of Syracuse tore down an old RV Park on Highway 50, a small storage shed was found behind the office. It had been covered with stucco, and, over time, some of the outside wall covering had fallen off revealing the sod construction.

McPherson County

The Hamiltons

Friends, Photos and Peace and Quiet

Successful business couple relocate to Kansas to enjoy rural pleasures

I first met Phil and Rochelle Hamilton upon their move to Kansas three years ago. It was obvious they were not local. Her striking fashion and singularly refined style stood in start contrast to his more conservative dress. Yet after meeting the couple it was clear this was not a case of opposites attract, but a stronger sense that they simply compliment one another as a whole. “Best friends” as they later refer to one another.

Traveler's Tales

Traveler's Tales

Reflections of a Quiet Countryside

The photos were taken in the countryside near Hillsboro, at the farm we rent and at the barn of a dairy nearby (above). Sometimes the best photos are unexpected surprises--I couldn't see the sunset reflected in the barn window until I saw the photo on my computer.

Jefferson County

McLouth Threshing Bee: Historical Farm Equipment on Parade

McLouth Threshing BeeOn a wide-open stretch of land situated in the small town of McLouth, Kansas people like to gather for  what is known as the annual Threshing Bee. It is a time for celebrating farming as it was long ago and a time for bringing together the community for this summer celebration. It is a place where antique steam engines and gas-powered tractors bring a powerful presence to the countryside.  Individuals and families gather with lawn chairs, blankets and an excitement about seeing these rare and majestic beasts.

 

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