Samuel J. Sackett Folklore Collection
 

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Lona Bower

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Identifier

RT398_F666m_1960_03

Publication Date

7-23-1960

Description

An interview with Charlie I. Griffith, Lena Cox, and John B. & Lula M. Ray all of Norton, KS regarding their experiences growing up as homesteaders on the Kansas plains.
00:00:32 - John B. Ray, coming to Edmond, KS by railroad in 1885.
00:01:51 - Father's purchase of the Edmond general store and amusing anecdotes
00:05:19 - Sod houses in Norton County
00:06:07 - Prairie fires
00:07:06 - Trading in the country store
00:07:40 - Lula Ray introduction and family's homesteading in Jewell County
00:09:15 - Grasshopper plague in 1872
00:10:57 - Charlie Griffith, mosquitoes in a buffalo wallow
00:13:02 - Planting potatoes in a buffalo wallow
00:13:39 - Father's civil war service
00:16:15 - Family history
00:18:06 - Lena Cox, father's civil war service
00:19:55 - C.H. Griffith on medical remedies
00:21:23 - Availability of foods and dietary habits
00:22:58 - Cure for hiccups
00:23:22 - Breaking sod
00:24:06 - More on food availability and dietary habits
00:27:00 - Wedding customs
00:31:55 - Midwives
00:34:32 - Housing, building customs, dances, and music
00:36:32 - School experiences
00:38:14 - Box suppers
00:39:48 - Poem: My little sod shanty on the plains
00:41:35 - Rug weaving, bedding, and clothing
00:44:55 - Horse riding
00:48:25 - School experience
00:50:14 - Winters and blizzards
00:52:18 - Walker family in Edmond, KS in 1886
00:54:01 - Auntie Winnie Lanear, former African American slave
00:56:12 - Murder of John Landis
00:57:41 - Dust bowl

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reel-to-reel audio and accompanying documentation

Subject

Frontier and pioneer life, Edmond (Kan.), Jewell County (Kan.), Locusts, Traditional medicine, United States Civil War, Rural Schools, Sod houses, Weddings, Sleighs, Shooting, African Americans, Slavery

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© University Archives Fort Hays State University

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Digitized by Forsyth Digital Collections

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Language

eng

Interview with Charlie I. Griffith, Lena Cox, and John B.  & Lula M. Ray.

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