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Tradition Farms Material

Questionnaires and Supplemental Material, 1986-

Ms. Collection 216



The farming tradition is an important component found in Kansas. Families are proud of their heritage. They want to share their endeavors with others.

In July, 1986, the Kansas Tradition Farms program began when Governor John Carlin formed a committee to plan for Kansas’ one hundred twenty-fifth statehood anniversary. The main criteria stipulated that the farms must have been obtained by an ancestor of the current owner’s family one hundred or more years ago. It must either have been farmed or resided upon by a descendant of that founder today. The recipients have received a certificate presented by the Kansas secretary of agriculture and signed by the Kansas governor. The Kansas Tradition Farms program has not changed since its inception in 1986.

Included in the collection are four boxes of questionnaires with supplemental material. The additional material is comprised of correspondence, notes, and photocopied pictures and clippings, from 1986 to the present. Many of the Kansas Tradition Farms’ families sent in original pictures of their farms and family members. The Kansas Historical Society's photographs staff has made copies of those originals for the photo collection. The originals were sent back to the participants.

The collection is composed mainly of questionnaires sent by the Kansas Department of Agriculture. In addition, historical and modern photograph copies are included in the files. Both the Kansas Department of Agriculture and the Kansas Historical Society’s manuscripts collection have the farm history records.


From its inception in July, 1986, the Tradition Farms project has recognized farm families’ contributions to Kansas. A certificate is given to the farm recipients upon complying with the requirements. Carole A. Jordan, public information officer for the Kansas Department of Agriculture, felt gratified at the response of the people to the project. “People love to talk about their families and farms. It makes you feel good to talk with them.” (Carole A. Jordan, “Program Honors Old Family Farms,” Hutchinson News, July 27, 1986.)

Scope and Content

The Tradition Farms collection contains questionnaires and supplemental material of farms held by family members for one hundred or more years. Beginning in 1986 to the present, the program has continued to flourish in Kansas. The collection is composed of completed questionnaires, correspondence, and photocopied pictures and notes.

Two significant aspects of the collection pertain to the willingness of the farm families to share their experiences and the pride they have in being Kansas Tradition Farms members. A researcher wishing to pursue the subject would find substantial material relating to the “families’ times on the farm.”

Numerous situations seem to come to life from the papers. Droughts, grasshoppers, blizzards, and rattlesnakes seemed to be present in many of the scenarios. Yet, the Kansas farmers not only survived, but seemed to become more resilient from the experience. One example involved a young lady who was scalped by the Indians, survived the harrowing encounter, married, and had children.

Kansans have a special pride in their heritage. One farm family is a cousin to Jean Stratton Porter, the writer. Another farm family was a cousin to the late Walt Disney.

The questionnaires and supplemental material are arranged in alphabetical order with A-G in box 1, H-K in box 2, L-R in box 3, and S-Z in box 4. (There is a newspaper clipping pertaining to the project in box 1, folder 1.)


Contents List

Box List

  Folder List  
Box No.
No. of Folders
Newspaper Clippings
Questionnaires and Supplemental Material, A-G
Questionnaires and Supplemental Material, H-K
Questionnaires and Supplemental Material, L-R
Questionnaires and Supplemental Material, S-Z

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Appendix A: Alphabetical Listing of Owners of Tradition Farms Where County Is Unknown

Abrahamson, Roy

Allen, Duane and Sharon

Bartholomew, Kenneth

Beggs, Eugene V.

Bell, Phyllis

Bloomberg, Elton Edstal

Bortz, Mrs. Walter (Nellie)

Bourne, Mrs. B. A. (Dorothy R.)

Brownback, Judith West

Burns, Gene

Christiansen, Mrs. Arthur (Pauline Kubler)

Cole, Robert and Geraldine

Cooper, Lowell E.

Dettmer, Paul F.

DeVault, E. N.

Dodson, Carl E.

Dooley, Donald and Louise (Hyde)

Dresher, Howard S.

Ellis, Ray H. and Helen

Ellison, Elwyn D.

Farris, Eldon Eugene

Fisher, Fred R.

Forssberg, Keith Eugene and Patricia Ann Scollin

Freace, Charlotte

Gaines, Ada

Gilstrap, Alva Grace

Goebel, Emma

Gustafson, Carl M.

Hageman, Lewis

Hager, Mina Snook

Hain, Henry

Hancks, Elizabeth Howell

Harper, C. Wayne

Hathaway, Ralph and Beth

Hazen, Sterling Wyatt

Hemme, David Joseph

Hetzke, Susanne K.

Hill, Frances Shellito

Hommertzheim, Gerhard J.

Horchem, Chloe Scott

Horn, Robert L.

Hoskinson, Mrs. Cecil L.

Hoskinson, Lorene E.

Hulstine, Ivan E.

Humberg, Thomas and Carolyn Joan (Dirks)

Jenista, J. R.

Johnson, Mildred A.

Johnson, Lawrence W.

Johnson, Mrs. L. P.

Jory, Carol A.

Kaufman, Lorraine

Kilgore, Theron C.

Kinnamon, Wilbur

Kirkpatrick, Edward L.

Kirkwood, Arlyn

Koch, Joseph C.

Kolbeck, Ivan

Kolling, Henry M. and Phyllis I. (Long)

Kubin, Dale

Landgren, Marvin

Landis, Mrs. Samuel D.

Lanham, Edna G.

Leis, Norma

Lewis, Dorothy Ann

Loring, Glenn R.

Lucas, Daisy A.

Marken, Harland L.

Marte, P. Junior

Mast, Fred and Katie

Meseke, Arthur H.

Mueller, John and Nell

Mueller, Fay A. and Edith

Nelson, Mel

Newman, Sara Marie (Stielow)

Nichols, Wilma M. (Fuller)

Nikkel, Theodore P. and Helen

Norris, Dolores Louise (Klink)

Osborn, Neal

Ostberg, Ted A.

Peterson, Arden D.

Powers, Mrs. Aca (Hazel)

Raup, Rowland S.

Ricker, Mrs. Faye Edith (Corwin)

Riordan, Vincent J.

Sandberg, Mrs. T. W.

Sanders, John L. and Zelma G. (Tarr)

Schlochtermeier, Mrs. Pete (Susanne Dikes)

Schmidt, Mrs. Marion C.

Schmidt, Norman D.

Scott, Harold B.

Shields, Fred and Virginia

Skolout, Frank

Smith, William T. and Nellie E. (Cottrell)

Smith, Ronald and Marge

Soodsma, Vernon Dale

Sorem, James R., Jr., and Mary Joanne

Stadler, David G. and Phyllis B.

Steele, Dale

Stoughton, Ellis and Mary E.

Ten Eyck, Ralph and Juanita

Timberlake, Helen and Harry

Toothaker, Willis

Turner, William Leonard

Weihe, Genevieve M.

Wheaton, Dorothy L.

Wheeler, Norris E.

White, Ernest A.

Wiebe, Leland and Anna Lee

Wight, Albert

Wise, Norman Keith

Woodrow, Tyrell

Wright, Bill R.

Appendix B: Tradition Farms Listing by County

Allen Gerken, Grimas H.
Anderson Anderson, Ed C.
  McDonald, Harold J.
  Weatherman, Robert Paul
Atchison Drimmel, Richard
  Hargrove, Richard D.
  Sprang, Rick and Susan
Barton Birzer, James
  Bowman, Mildred Grizzell
  Davidson, Charles F.
  Davidson, LaVerne
  Hammer, Denis G.
  Hofmeister, Frederick
  Neuforth, Mr. & Mrs. Glenn
  Nicolet, Neuell
  Praeger, Kenneth and Brian
  Pundsack, Otto S. and Hattie
  Riemann, Albert E.
  Spreier, Lillian
  Wright, Isom V.
Brown King, Frank, Jr. (Doodle) and Arlene
  Klinefelter, John Michael and Gloria Plamann
Butler Balzer, Raymond and Pauline
  Bodecker, Blaine
  Harder, Edgar and Agnes
  Van Buskirk, Janet L.
Chautauqua Beazer, G. Cecil and Alice E.
Cherokee Archer, John T.
Cheyenne Deyle, Caroline L.
Clark Aldridge, Gary L. and C. Jane
  Baldwin, Joe
  Bare, Robert
  Inlow, Ven V.
  McKinney, Charles R.
  McMinimy, Mrs. Wendell A. (Madeline)
  Randall, Paul F.
  Scott, Carl E.
  Weikal, Willis
  Wilson, Matthew L.
Clay Blake, Kenneth and Marie
  Case, Horace and Fern Engel
  Hofmann, Rodney
  Jurey, Orcena (Michelson)
Cloud Anderson, John Edward
  Cool, Dorothy Brock
  Decker, Lois Gladys and Ruth Angeline
  Fraser, Gary and Julie (nee Begnoche) Pounds
  Halderson, Roy H.
  Hall, Otto G.
  Keil, W. Benson
Coffey Combes, Gale and Christine
  Ingwersen, James William
  McMullen, William Henry and Helen L.
  Payer, Wayne
  Thomas, Clara Rosenquist
  Williams, Cynthia Ann and William D.
Commanche Crowe, Mike and Linda (Oller)
Cowley Gatton, David R.
  Gray, Dorothy (Branson)
Crawford Anderson, Nelson T.
  Jagels, Mrs. Paul (Esther)
  Zimmerman, Betty and Ray
Decatur May, Mr. And Mrs. Walter H.
Dickinson Barten, Mrs. William (Clara C.)
  Charles, Donald Evans
  Chase, Wendell and Ruby (Ward)
  Cregan, Cyril J.
  Fry, Howard L. and Dessie C.
  Gfeller, Frank W.
  Hassler, Elaine R.
  Henricks, Mrs. Mabel
  Long, Chester A.
  Pagenkoph, Lillian
  Schumacker, Richard H.
  Staatz, Wesley S. and Alma
  Taylor, Paul E.
  Tyrell, Benjamin R. and Margaret E.
  Underhill, Dean
  Whitehair, Robert J. and Mae
Doniphan Anderson, Donald E. and Fern
Douglas Altenbernd, Elvin C.
  Buchheim, Harry K.
  Butell, George H.
  Fawl, Vivian E.
  Featherston, Lloyd
  Hornberger, Julius H.
  Jardon, Buddy C.
  Maichel, Albert W.
  Meairs, William, Jr.
  Wulfkuhle, Ross E. and Margaret (Colman)
Edwards Britton, David
  Burcher, Robert, Jr.
  Crockett, Floyd D. and C. O. Fisher
  Cross, Brian Andrew & Jill (McHenry)
  Fisher, C. O. and Floyd D. Crockett
  Froetschner, Ernest
  Hattrup, Dennis
  Heitt, Mrs. Paul (Marcella nee Wortmann)
  Herrmann, Norman and Pauline
  Herrmann, Frank J. and Mamie
  Lancaster, Wilma (Kurth)
  McClaren, David E.
  McLean, Douglas
  Parker, Welton
  Riisoe, John T.
  Schultz, Doris M.
  Schwarz, Edward F.
  Wetzel, Leroy
  Wetzel, Steve and LaVerne
Elk Osborn, Neal
Ellis Brull, Charles & Marlene
  Burns, Ralph and Viola (Kutina)
  Denning, Titus
  Disney, Richard M.
  Johnson, Dan
  Krause, John W.
  Krause, Wilfred J.
  Sander, Robert J.
  Walz, Leroy H.
Ellsworth Homeier, Marie Frances (Prachar)
  Peterman, Ronald E.
  Ward, Cherilee J. (Shiroky)
  Weinhold, Ivan H.
Ford Andra, Vincent J. and Esther M. (Indick)
  Archer, B. B.
  Bell, Gary H.
  Berger, Kenneth and Wilma
  Burns, Beverlee Patterson
  Converth, Joe D.
  Cook, Mrs. Paul A.
  Downey, William J. & Clara (Riedlinger)
  Droste, Leonard
  Duesing, Phillip
  Ellis, Duane and Marilyn
  Feikert, Larry and Kathy (Berger)
  Fischer, Russell and Cleo (Taylor)
  Froetschner, William
  Giessel, Paul
  Goff, Walter David
  Gulick, Juanita (Jones)
  Hampton, Floris Jean (Snyder) and Marvin
  Hawes, Lee
  Heeke, Alfred
  Heiland, Irvia
  Heiland, Earl and Ethel
  Helfrich, Cletus and Wilfred
  Helfrich, Wilfred and Cletus
  Herman, Mrs. Gertrude
  Hescamp, George
  Hessman, Lucian A.
  Hink, Fredrick G.
  Hornung, Fred
  Imel, Charles V. and Yuvonne
  Indick, John and Phyllis
  Interman, John H.
  Issinghoff, Giles and Teresa
  Issinghoff, Robert and Emma
  Kasselman, Douglas and Tina
  Klenke, Urban
  Knoeber, Bernard and Zelma
  Konda, Virgil M.
  Lane, Russell T.
  Lane, Sylvan L.
  Malone, Albert H.
  Melia, John L., John E., and Douglas W.
  Molitor, C. E.
  Nau, Mary M. (Slattery)
  Patterson, Marguerite (Snook)
  Phillips, Eileen K.
  Powers, Grant, Jr. and Alice
  Quasenbarth, Harold
  Rueb, Keneth
  Schaffer, Mary B. (Carmichael)
  Scheib, Deloris (Sutton) and Todd Edward (son)
  Seacat, Max E.
  Shean, Verl
  Snook, Arnold
  Snyder, Raymond L.
  Steele, Alan K.
  Steele, Robert
  Tematt, Leonard
  Tieben, Kevin
  Tieben, Monica and Elizabeth and Anthony Heiland
  Warner, Jack
  Warner, John J.
  Warner, Willis B.
  Wetzel, Alan L.
  Wetzel, Helen J.
  Wetzel, Louis R.
  Wetzel, Robert W.
  Williams, Marilee (Snook)
Franklin Keith, Clarence E.
  Ransom, Willard G., Jr. and Anne (Washington)
  Rubick, Faye A.
Graham Jamison, Dean
  Olson, Mrs. D. Lane
Grant Kepley, Ralph D.
Gray Davis, Catherine T.
  Jacques, Edwin D.
  Renick, Bob
  Renick, Don
  Renick, W. Frank
  Sutton, Katherine
Greenwood McCollum, John Andrew
Harper Coleman, Frederic W.
Harvey Cave, Lillian (Smith) and Ray A.
  Fast, Orlando and Maxine (Ruth)
Haskell Davis, Richard
Hodgeman Billings, Wayne
  Bradshaw, Paul
  Clifton, Joe and Idabelle M. (Jackman)
  Dvorak, Derrol Richard
  Dvorak, Richard J.
  Frusher, Larry
  Goebel, Vera
  Hann, Duane
  Houseman, Charles R.
  MacNair, Jack
  Nilhas, Merle Wesley
  Querback, Albert E.
  Querback, Maxine (Brumfield)
  Regnier, Kenneth F.
  Rucker, Marc C.
  Schlereth, Raymond and Margaret Ann (Gooney)
Jackson Banaka, James L.
  Venneberg, Lloyd and Marjorie
Jefferson Hoffman, Robert J.
Jewell Durham, Neil
  Shute, Mrs. Edward
  Tyler, Beth (Ferguson)
Johnson DeVault, E. H.
  Smith, Ernest S. and Mary
Kiowa Clark, Lou Ann
  Cobb, William Thomas
  Cullins, Marjore June
  Kendall, Dean W.
  Long, Kelly Ann (Parkin)
  Parkin, Cleon
  Rose, John A.
  Schward, Leonard
Labette Butts, Letha
  Nelson, Andy J.
  Tower, Marvin D., Sr., and Gertrude (Wright)
Lane Ehmke, Vance
Leavenworth Roach, Elmer M. and Helen M.
  Smith, Richard M. and Nancy L.
Lincoln Howell, Art
  Mettlen, J. Jean
  Schultz, Margaret
Linn Campbell, James Hazen
  Ross, Lester D.
  Smith, W. Lee and Essie (McBride)
Lyon Edmiston, Mrs. Mabel
  Scheel, Dale
Marion Brandt, Grace
  Kaiser, Mrs. Louis (Johnson)
Marshall Harries, William H.
  McCoy, Florence E.
  Naaf, Irvin O.
  Reb, Everett L.
  Winter, Donald
McPherson Bransted, Mrs. Ernest C. (Betty Aurell)
  Davisson, Wilbur R.
  Larson, Craig and Jackie
  Neufeld, Lester and Marlene (Esau)
  Peterson, Milford J.
  Poulseen, LeRoy C.
  Sandahl, Virgil
  Wachholtz, Florence (Dresher)
Meade Bolan, William C.
  Brinckman, Anne
  Bunyan, Gret (Mrs. W. P. Bunyan, W. P. Bunyan III)
  Clay, Walter
  Dufield, Jack M.
  Elliott, Otis R.
  Fruechting, Duane L.
  Painter, William J.
  Shinogle, F. Earl
  Shinogle, Terrance J.
  Verell, Ellen L. by Richard W. Verell
  Zortman, Dale
Miami Crawford, C. James
  Prothe, Vernon and Donna L. (Cole) Prothe
  Ranney, Winifred
  Rogers, Edward V.
Mitchell Coffield, Duane Elmer
Ness Giess, Robert R.
  Schreiber, Clarence
  Walker, Dove
Norton Bieber, John M.
Osage Kaufman, Lorraine
  Towne, Jean
Osborne Brent, Ross Earl
  Dibble, Everette A.
Ottawa Fleming, Margaret
  Hubbard, Darrel
  Jagger, Joe
  Neaderhiser, Verle E. and Mable
  Schur, John Loren
  Schur, Dorothy (Pitts)
  Zuker, Melvin Eugene
Pawnee Haun, Eugene E.
  Smith, Clinton R.
Phillips Grau, Loren H.
  Parker, Harold O.
  Sargent, Lucille
Phillips Suhr, Sumner T. and Esther L. (Albright)
  Tien, Marion
Pottawatomie Henneberg, Milton Otto
  Ladner, Leo L.
  Lieb, Mrs. Henry (Mary Clark)
  May, Ernest P.
  Peddicord, Leo
Pratt Beck, Wilma M. and Opal M. Hemphill
Rawlins Chleborad, Clarence, Jr.
  Denny, Lucille (Mrs. Ralph Denny)
  Niemeth, Paul H.
Reno Buckley, Ruby
  Butler, Mrs. Merle
  Farney, Robert L.
  French, Mrs. Marson H. (Lillian Crotts) and
  Mrs. William F. Peterson (Malinda Crotts)
  Hill, Grant and Betty Lou (Morris)
  Matlock, Larry & William
  Nunemaker, Wesley and Twila Virl (Reece)
  Peirce, Walter C., Jr.
  Snay, Max
  Zieike, John L. and June
Republic Anderson, Mary Lou
  Carlgren, Mrs. Ivan (Aileen Nelson)
  Eickmann, Erskine R. and Wilda L. Novotny
  Houghton, Charles Lester
  Johnson, Irwin E. and Carol
  Mikesell, Ernest J.
  Plowman, Mrs. Calvin
Rice Boldt, Harold L.
  Nickel, Marvin
  Reynolds, Mrs. Rex A. (Bertha L. Carlson)
  Smyres, Mrs. Albert L. (Jane)
  Whiteman, Lillie L.
Riley Henry, Mrs. Walter (Bernice)
Rush Witt, Arthur
Russell Koetkemeyer, Vernon and Irene
  Strecker, Ernest
  Ward, Cherilee J. (Shiroky)
  Willson, Eunice V. (Sellens) and Verne E.
Saline Pasek, Mildred Cecilia (Schneider)
  Schneider, Charles A. and Christina
  Sundquist, Alma
Sedgwick Womer, Mrs. S. H. (Esther J. Whitman)
Shawnee Hromada, Marjorie I.
  McRoberts, Wilbur E.
  Moore, Bessie
  Taylor, Dianne (Priddy)
Sheridan Launchbaugh, George Steven and Kathy (Wasserman)
Sherman Chatfield, Eddie and Virginia
Smith Poore, Emery
Stafford Buckle, William R. H.
  Garner, Pauline
  Roe, May Valettia Allen
  Smith, Charles, Jr., and Gladys R.
Sumner Holomek, Barbara (Wencl)
  Parsons, JoAnn (Paton)
  Patterson, Sandra (Riggs)
  Reitz, Louis P.
  Spainhour, Bill E.
  Subera, Paul A.
Thomas Saddler, Twila (Howard)
Trego Beason, Mace V. and Caroline (Hearting)
  Rhoades, Monte and Lois
  Ridgway, Lu Verne
  Tidball, Robert Newton
Wabaunsee Clothier, William E.
  Hutley, John and Douglas Hiegert
  Miller, Paul M. and Nancy (Crenshaw)
  Weisser, John Stover
Washington Doebele, Urban
  Koehler, Carl and Maxine
  Meier, Michael
  Thompson, Mary Luella Graham (Meyer)
Waubaunsee Hess, Oliver J.
Wyandotte Schubert, Karl F.

Additional Information for Researchers



Suggested Citation

The suggested citation form for this collection is:

[name of document], [date of document], [series, if applicable], Tradition Farms ms. collection, no. 216, State Archives & Library, Kansas Historical Society.

Series and folder designations are not necessary but often can help archivists locate materials more quickly.

An example of a specific citation:

Baldwin, Joe. File, box 1, Questionnaires and Supplemental Material, Tradition Farms ms. collection, no. 216, State Archives & Library, Kansas Historical Society.

Processed by

Patty Emmerich, Lela Barnes Intern, 1991

Related material

Kansas Farm Bureau has a similar program called "Century Farms." The farms they have recognized are listed on their website.