Manuscripts/Mixed Material [Ed Grantham]
FORM C Text of Interview (Unedited)
I came from [Tecumsch?], Nebraska, where I was born 56 years ago.
The first rural mail route in the United States was established in [Tecumsch?], Nebraska about 1896. The carrier drove an old pony road cart behind the pony and carried the mail-sack between his legs. The first route went out five miles west of [Tecumsch?].
I have seen some terrible prairie fires. The fires would start way down in Kansas and come clear up to Nebraska. The fires would go faster than any horse could run. Small game, such as rabbits, [snakes?] would be burned alive. The fires would be so hot that you could see the grass sink 30 yards ahead of the flames. You could hear a great roar and the fires were terrible to behold.
In the earlier days of our childhood we had a terrible time to keep warm. We never knew when a great storm would come up and just how the next day would be. My mother would send me out to pick up buffalo chips, sunflower stalks, and big weeds and sticks which we piled up for fuel.
I have seen frost in Nebraska in July. Seen the leaves freeze off and all of our corn would be ruined. Then again I have seen the corn freeze in June and we would use the corn then for hog-food but even then it wasn't much good for that. I have never seen it frost in August in Nebraska but have seen a killing frost on September 10. 1917. The frost would kill the wild prairie hay which hurt us considerably. In 1903, 1906 and 1907 we plowed twelve months of the year and in these three years there wasn't any snow at all.
In the early days of Nebraska, game used to be very plentiful. Wild