Farm and Home

Practical advice for the farm and home. Household solutions, outdoor living, pets, poultry, livestock, outbuildings, and crops.

Used Farm Implements Lost in River Crossing

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Panicked ferryman shoves team and wagon filled with used farm implements and household goods into river.

Streams Difficult to Cross in Covered Wagons

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Lead team of horses pulls out team and covered wagon floundering in stream.

Grasshopper Swarms Defeat Attempt to Save Lilac Bushes

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While grasshopper swarms eat bushes and covers, the lilacs survived to bloom the next year.

Grasshopper Plague Hits Weeks After Settler Arrives

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New Kansas homestead wiped clean after grasshopper plague strikes in summer of 1874.


Grasshopper Plague Destroys Corn Crop

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Grasshopper plague in 1874 descended as a black cloud blocking out the sun.

Bears and Wolves Killed Livestock in Wild Wisconsin

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Couple leaves Wisconsin where bears and wolves killed livestock; traveled to South Dakota and endured blizzards.

Woman Remembers Exciting Covered Wagon Days

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Ox team and covered wagon days were exciting, says one who lived through them.

Grandmother's Pioneer Stories Kept Children Spellbound

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Being chased by a panther was among grandmother's pioneer stories.