Glen Elder, Kansas
History & Heritage
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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.
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.