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Kansas Farming during WWII
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Beatrice    Posted 05-06-2001 at 17:09:50       [Reply]  [Send Email]
I'm very interested in learning about what life was like on a Kansas Farm during WWII. Any memories, including what a typical day was like, or what kinds of challenges/problems were presented, would be very appreciated. Also, any ideas of where to find further information. Thank you!

lililililili    Posted 10-15-2003 at 09:17:25       [Reply]  [No Email]

Murphy    Posted 05-08-2001 at 07:54:32       [Reply]  [No Email]
If I can get my grandfather to talk more about it I could give you some stories. He did tell me once about the time he was supervising a POW detail. There was a POW camp in Lawrence, Kansas housing German and Japanese prisoners. On one of the work details, the prisoners had to go out to a field in the Kansas River Valley and pick up square bales in the field after a flood. The bales probably weighed 150#+ with the water and mud in them. (He never did tell what they did with bales afterwards. I'll have to ask him about that.) Anyway, one of the German prisoners was an ox and had obviously spent some time on a farm. He took one of the pitch forks and bent the two outer prongs so they were perpendicular to the others. He'd stab the bale with the two straight ones and then pick up the bale and hoist it up to the top rows. He out worked most everyone else out there and earned the respect of the guards and my grandfather.

A lot of interesting stories about that time. I'll try to get more the next time I talk to him.

Beatrice    Posted 05-08-2001 at 15:18:45       [Reply]  [Send Email]

This is so incredible and exciting. It is precisely about German POWs working on farms in Kansas that I'm interested! I'd be fascinated to hear as many anecdotes/stories as your grandfather would be willing to share! I am so thrilled to have connected, after searching for such memories for so long. Thanks so much for responding!

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