Panicked ferryman shoves team and wagon filled with used farm implements and household goods into river.
Lead team of horses pulls out team and covered wagon floundering in stream.
While grasshopper swarms eat bushes and covers, the lilacs survived to bloom the next year.
New Kansas homestead wiped clean after grasshopper plague strikes in summer of 1874.
Grasshopper plague in 1874 descended as a black cloud blocking out the sun.
Couple leaves Wisconsin where bears and wolves killed livestock; traveled to South Dakota and endured blizzards.
Ox team and covered wagon days were exciting, says one who lived through them.
Being chased by a panther was among grandmother's pioneer stories.
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