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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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Compiling a History Database of Rural Schools

Tracking down information on rural schools that have long disappeared from the local landscape can sometimes be a difficult task. The Quincy Herald Whig (19 Nov 2011) reports on the efforts of the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County, … Continue reading

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