Stories From the Farm and Ranch

New to the collection—a big handful of colorful stories from "Dawson, Holenbeck, and Hund."

The number of stories available from each person is indicated in parenthesis. Click on the individual's name to hear more.

Martin Gnadt: Sonny Boy (4)
Alma, Kansas, 2017

Bill Brethour: Milk Fever (6)
Alma, Kansas, 2018

* Gene Barr: Bachelors and Burning (3)
Morris County, Kansas, 2019

* Jackie Hett: Pulling Calves (4)
Marion County, Kansas, 2019

* Kenny Stahl: Cowboyin' and Stuff (8)
Strong City, Kansas, 2019

* Pat Sauble: Open Range (1)
Newton, Kansas, 2019

Bill Schwalm: Moving Cattle (1)
Alma, Kansas, 2018

* Tom Burton: Five and a Half Days (4)
Matfield Green, Kansas, 2019

* Tony Meseke: Go Devil (8)
Volland, Kansas, 2019

* Gary Schultz: Sale Barn Wisdom (5)
Alma, Kansas, 2019

* Evelyn Zeckser and Mary Schultz: Laundry Day (5)
Alma, Kansas, 2019

* Louis Surber: Broken Strings (3)
Eureka, Kansas, 2019

* Paul Seeley: Seventy-five Miles (4)
Eureka, Kansas, 2019

* Marcia and Wayne Bailey: Rancher/Cowboy (4)
Matfield Green, Kansas, 2019

* Annie Wilson: The Dog that Stood in the Gate (1)
More from Annie coming soon!

* Dennis Hague and Piper Hayes: A Good Hand (3)
Matfield Green, Kansas, 2019

* Bev Walker Hedrick: Bib Overalls (2)
Matfield Green, Kansas, 2019

Jim Hoy: Buckshot (9)
Cassoday, Kansas, 2020

Clint Huntington: Twenty-five Minutes (4)
Eureka, Kansas, 2021

Cleo Schultz: Rodeo Tales (3)
Alma, Kansas, 2021

Bobby Meseke: Piss and Vinegar (3)
Alma, Kansas, 2021

Pandemic Followup Series
Created in partnership with the Smithsonian Center for Folklife and Cultural Heritage.

Josh, Gwen, and Josie Hoy  •  Jim Hoy  •  Bill Brethour
Evelyn Zeckser and John Hund  •  Dennis Hague and Piper Hayes

** Donita Rogers: The Mailbox Man (7)
Strong City, Kansas, 2021

** Irlene Huntington: Old Dan (3)
Greenwood County, Kansas, 2021

** Carol Feyh and Carol Michaelis: Just What You Did (5)
McFarland, Kansas, 2021

** Irene Thoes: Had to be Done (5)
Wamego, Kansas, 2021

** Eula Barrett: Shorty (6)
Chase County, Kansas, 2021

** Jackie Seeley: My Inspiration (4)
Eureka, Kansas, 2021

** Pat Surber: Cowboy Beans (7)
Eureka, Kansas, 2021

Wayne Bailey and Clint Huntington: It's Wayne!
It is fun to hear the same story from different perspectives.

Betty Brungardt: The Dirty Thirties (1)
Catharine, Kansas, 1985

Ivan and Jeanie Seele: No One Was Bored (16)
Alma, Kansas, 2022

Dawson, Holenbeck, and Hund: Dusty (15)
Alma, Kansas, 2023

Lanny Ellis: The Picture (6)
Alma, Kansas, 2023

Lesline and Bowen: Big as a Bedsheet (14)
Alma, Kansas, 2022



A Conversation with Bill Haw
Filmed for the Pioneer Bluffs Center for Flint Hills Ranching Heritage.

"The Trusler Twenty." In partnership with Pioneer Bluffs Center for Flinthills Ranching Heritage, we have been awarded a generous grant from the Trusler Foundation of Emporia, Kansas. This gift, in combination with support from the Wabaunsee County Historical Society and Museum, and the Volland Foundation, funds 20 more interviews and two related events! Filming will take place over the next few months. When we have all of these squares filled, we'll host two screening events and then make the collection public.

Our list is coming together nicely, but we still have a few open slots. We are looking for older Flint Hills area farmers and ranchers who might have a few good stories to share. If you know of someone who should be part of this project, please let me know: Mark@MarkFeiden.com

Glenn and Virginia Czirr
Alma, Kansas, 2023

John Wilson
Matfield Green, Kansas, 2023

Bobby Hammond
Emporia, Kansas, 2023

Bill Browning
Matfield Green, Kansas, 2023

Sylvia Brethour
Maple Hill, Kansas, 2023

Jimmy Craig
Overland Park, Kansas, 2023

Harry Whitney
Alma, Kansas, 2023

Dick Poovey
Alma, Kansas, 2023

Charlie White
Wamego, Kansas, 2023

Dan Nurnberg
Saffordville, Kansas, 2023

Rich Porter
Reading, Kansas, 2023

Frank and Margaret Mary Buckman
Alma, Kansas, 2023

Verne Claussen
Alma, Kansas, 2023

Mel Stout
Alma, Kansas, 2023

Bill Hatcher
Strong City, Kansas, 2023

Gary Rieck
Burlingame, Kansas, 2023

Jim Mertz
Alma, Kansas, 2023




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* These 14 interviews (representing more than 50 individual stories) are part of Tallgrass Tales—a 2019 pilot project possible by a grant
from Humanities Kansas, and in partnership with Pioneer Bluffs and the Wabaunsee County Historical Society and Museum.

** These 7 (soon to be 8) interviews (representing more than 40 individual stories) are part of Women of the Ranch—a 2021 project made possible by a grant
from Humanities Kansas, and in partnership with Pioneer Bluffs and the Wabaunsee County Historical Society and Museum.

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