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Farming is the foundation of Glen Elder's heritage. Nearly everyone native to the Glen Elder area has some form of association to farming. When the first pioneers, many of community's great, great grandfathers, began to settle this area in the late 1860's to early 1870's. Their sole existence centered on what they could raise from the land. Many others who chose to make their home in Glen Elder, but who did not farm themselves, relied on farmers to keep their businesses and families flourishing.
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Today, everyone, including visitors and new-comers, sense and experience the rising and falling of seasonal emotions, a rhythm of tasks associated to farming. ...emotions that dwindle and become fidgety in the late winter months build with excited anticipation of fresh soil and spring planting. Then, suddenly, a celebrated, frenzied rush of summer heat and wheat harvest. Work and more work batters the nerves and bodies of everyone in the late dog-days of summer. Then, there is new found energy, a growing sense of finality as the cool of autumn settles over the dust of fall harvest and the sewing of next year's wheat crop. Winter arrives, again, and the cycle continues.
View Now! The Solomon Valley Highway 24 Heritage Alliance has added 10 new pages to their website featuring "Veteran Memorials" located along the WW II Veterans Memorial Highway (US 24 from Riley to Colby, KS)
Memoir Lane... True Stories from Around Glen Elder
...A collection of personal recollections (PDF format)
1. A Brief History of Glen Elder Schools -- From, Weaving Common Threads
2. A Child's Life, 1950's Glen Elder -- by Jim Humes
3. A Christmas Adventure with Ernie Norris -- by X Miller
4. A Day With My Grandfather -- by Warren Inskeep
5. A History of Glen Elder Churches -- From: Weaving Common Threads...
6. Adventures on the Solomon River -- by Wallace Taylor
7. Biographical Sketches of GE Citizens c.1871-1883 -- Contributed by Lee Mick
8. Christmas Past...Caroling in Glen Elder -- by Linda Clover
9. Early School Days -- by Phyllis Porter
10. Fun 0n the Farm 50 Years Ago -- by Erma Luckey
11. GEHS -- H.S. Comet c.1913 Volume 1, Issue 3 – excerpts
12. GEHS -- H.S. Comet c.1913 Volume 1, Issue 4 & 7 – excerpts
13. Glen Elder Dust Storm, c. 1935 -- by X Miller
14. Going to the Circus, 1933 -- by Marjorie Kresin
15. Journal Entry -- by Robert Harrison Miller
16. Map of Walnut Creek Township -- copy of orginal
17. Mitchell County, Kansas Population by Townships, c. 1881,'82 & 2000
18. Public Sale! - at Tom Gilbert Farm - October, 1917 -- Contributed by Bob Phillips
19. Running Off to Join the Gypsies -- by X Miller
20. Third Biennial Report, State Board of Agriculture -- Mitchell County – 1882
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