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Free Historical Newspaper Archives

The availability of searchable historic newspapers has exploded in the last several years–and has opened up our knowledge of the personal stories of our ancestors and their families in profound ways.   Some of the things we have learned about our … Continue reading

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Historical Baseball Books (free as eBooks)

Baseball books (non-fiction) from around 100 years ago, available as free eBooks (collected for my nephew): 

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2013 Yesteryear Museum Antique Steam Engine & Tractor Show, Salina, Kansas, October 12

Link here for the official flyer and website for the 2013 Yesteryear Museum Antique Steam Engine & Tractor Show, Salina, Kansas. This year’s show features Ford and Caterpillar. We have been informed that the tractor pull will be at 1 … Continue reading

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The Kansas October

The cheeriness and charm Of forest and of farm Are merging into colors sad and sober; The hectic frondage drapes The nut trees and the grapes September yields to opulent October. The cottonwoods that fringe The streamlets take the tinge; … Continue reading

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2012 Yesteryear Museum Antique Steam Engine & Tractor Show, Salina, Kansas, October 13 & 14

General Events run Saturday and Sunday, October 13 and 14, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person, children under 12 free. Saturday features tractor-powered agricultural demonstrations and the Tractor Parade, this year featuring “oddball tractor” makes such … Continue reading

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The IcyBall – Crosley Radio Corporation’s Refrigerator for Non-Electrified Rural America

“For Farms!  For homes where ice supply is uncertain!  For camps!  For roadside stores!. . . For anyone who wants the pleasure, safety, convenience of a constant ice supply for 2 cents a day.”  — Advertisement, Farm Mechanics, September 1928[2] … Continue reading

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We Get Back to that Hoe with New Strength

At age 86, Pearl Wilborn recalled her days as a wife and mother on the farm in Missouri, about 1915 into the 1950’s: “I have told many things about my growing up on a farm the first 19 years of … Continue reading

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