The following articles were taken
from the Wednesday, October 15, 1997 issue of the Hill City Times
The above picture was submitted by Oscar Cook, a long time Graham County
resident of rural Wakeeney, to the Midwest Cooperative's Co-op Month 1977
"Remember When?" contest. The picture, which includes Oscar's father, George
Cook, at the far left on the header, shows a crew cutting and stacking
wheat in preparation for the arrival of the threshing machines in Pawnee
County in 1916.
This picture of George Cook, shows a "Sandusky" tractor pulling four wagon
loads of wheat (approximately 310 bushels) from Ash Valley to the elevator
in Larned in 1916. The horses near the back of the wagon train were taken
along to pull the wagons through for dumping as the tractor was much too
heavy to go across the pit grating.
An "Avery" tractor pulling three sod cutters on a farm near Larned, Kansas
around 1916 is shown in above picture submitted by Oscar Cook, a Graham
County resident of rural Wakeeney to the "Remember When?" contest
sponsored during Co-op month by the Midwest Cooperative.
The following articles were taken
from the Wednesday, October 22, 1997 issue of the Hill City Times
Robert A Starkley of Wichita provided the above picture for the Midwest
Cooperative's "Co-op Month - Remember When" event. The picture was taken
on August 19, 1920 on a farm two miles south and about one-half mile east
of the present Quinter Sale Barn, in a field on the north side of the road,
on land known as "Samson land" and farmed by John and Charles Starkley.
The threshing outfit was a partnership operation owned by Mat Raskop, Will
Crook, Len Croop, Charles Williams, Charles Starkley and John Starkley
as they threshed for themselves and nine of their neighbors. Threshing
began July 28 and was completed on October 18. The seperator was an Advance
Rusley wood seperator and the engine was a 20-40 Rumley Oil Pull.
Marjoie Abell of Grinnell submitted the above picture into the "Remember
When" event of the Midwest Cooperative's "Co-op Month" observance. It shows
her brother Robert, grandpa Henry, brother Calvin, grandma Anna, Marjoie
and uncle John Holmberg as they were apparently all dressed up and ready
for church. The machinery in the background of the picture taken in the
Clyde, Kansas area in 1930, was owned by the Nelson Brothers, who worked
with all the neighbors for miles around. Neighborhood fellowship (an early
form of cooperative action) ws shown through group meals and the actual
threshing by the Aultman-Taylor threshing machine, which was described
by Marjorie as the "men's social event of the year!"
The following articles were
taken from the Wednesday, November 19, 1997 issue of the Hill City Times
Five LYND Brothers
Five Lynd Brothers, the sons of Honora Lynd and Charles A. Lynd, Sr.,
are shown above in an early day picture provided recently by Mrs. Gertude
Hobbbs of rural Penokee. From the left to the right are Miles Lynd, William
Lynd, Daniel Lynd, Mrs Hobbs' father Charles A. Lynd, Jr adn Frank Lynd.
A Harvest Scene!
A picture provided by a Graham County woman, Mrs. Gertrude Hobbs, shows
members of the Lynd Family as they threshed wheat with a coal burning steam
engine after World War II. The late Charley Lynd is shown in the center
holding his daughter, who is now Mrs Hobbs. The white building in the background
us the cookshack, where the men ate their meals in the harvest field.
The Blues Brothers!
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