Kansas in 1860 was not as dry as people would have one believe, according torecords of Federal Meteorologist S. D. Flora printed in the Topeka StateJournal, January 15, 1944. Leavenworth and Manhattan had rain. Therefore thestatement that "not a shower fell" for sixteen months is misleading. "Maybe itjust `seemed that way' to them," wrote Mr. Flora.
Articles of historical interest to Kansans in Victor Murdock's column in theWichita (Evening) Eagle, include: "Ventures by pioneers [in Allen County] inFeeding of Cattle Had Promise of profit . . . Seventy Years Ago," February 1,1944; "Growth of Gun in the First Century of the Country's History as It Was Seenin the Days of Wichita's Youth," February 2; "Evidence in Wichita in the FirstDays Here of Railroad Evolution," February 3; "Providing Dining Room For TheirPassengers Once Task of Railroads," February 4; "Horse That Drew Overland ConcordInto Interior Was a Herald To Communities Announcing the Coming of His IronCompetitor," February 5; "Bringing Track Gauge of Initial Railroads To a SingleStandard," February 7 ; "Three Good Rifle Shots Fired From a Spencer by JohnHelms, Pioneer . . . in Southern Kansas in 1871," February 8; "Fixation of theGauge of the Railroad Track at Prevailing Standard . . . of FourFeet Eight and One-Half Inches," February 9 ; "First Locomotive Here in FormSeeming Fixed, Subject To Big Changes," February 10; "Development in the UnitedStates Preceding the Conception of This City Which Made Its Growth Possible,"February 11; "People in This Area Were Quick To Abandon the Old-Fashioned CoveredWooden Bridge Which Looked Like an Elongated Barn," February 12; "One Traveler,Who Was a Mathematician, Left an Account of the Operation of Chuck-a-Luck WhichHe Witnessed," February 14; "Echo Here in Wichita of Early Day Struggle ofLocomotive Vs. Horse," February 15; "First Two Railroads To Make an Entrance IntoIndian Territory," February 16; "Wichitans Had a Choice in Pronouncing Name ofNeighbor-Oklahoma," February 17; "One Mining Excitement [San Juan in Colorado]Came at the Same Time With Start of Wichita," February 18; "Picturesque FigurePresented by the Scout of .the Prairie Country Who Pursued His Profession Beforethe Rail. roads Arrived," February 19; "Part Played Around Wichita by the
Absence Here of the Need of Tile Drainage and Commercial Fertilization,"February 21; "Travelers [Isaac McCoy and Maj. Clifton Wharton] Easily Lost byTheir Companions on Early Day Prairies," February 22; "Black Bear Cub Market HereBut Not Impressive in Wichita's First Days," February 23; "Husband and Wife WentTo Church Ahorseback For Protracted Period," February 24; "Lines First ProposedFor [Rail]Roads Southbound Into Oklahoma Country," February 25; "Passenger CarChanges Seen on the Railroads Through Course of Years," February 26; "How Goodthe Grasses Looked To the Pioneers Whose Ancestors Had Struggled To Keep CattleAlive Through the Winter," February 29; "Railroad War on Weeds as Early Stages ofIt Were Seen in Wichita," March 1; "Quotations of Food Products Found in theRecords of the First Period in Populating the Prairies Reveal Struggle of FarmersTo Survive Economically," March 2; "City of Wichita's Experience With CertainExpressions Used in Conversation From Its Earliest Frontier Days," March 3;"Impressions of Animals Gathered by the Youth in Former Times Here," March 4;"Switch in This Region in Production of Wheat Feature of Early Days," March 6;"Memory of Wichitans of the Territorial Days at Start of Oklahoma," March 7;"Chapter in the History of Wheat Production and Harvesting Which EngrossedAttention of Country and City," March 8; "Events Before Opening of OriginalOklahoma Found Wichitans Alert," March 9; "Points That Appeared in theProclamation That Opened Oklahoma," March 10; "Reluctance That Arose inPresidential Mind in Opening Oklahoma," March 11; "One Holiday [Centennial onApril 30, 1889, of the Formal Organization of the Republic] That Came DuringWichita's Youth and History It Marked," March 13; "Advent of Soda Water inWichita's First Days Part of Big Development," March 18; "Name [Samuel Colt] ThatWas Familiar To the Frontier Here Was Found on Gun Barrel," March 20; "StruggleWichita Made When Community Neared Its Twentieth Year," March 21; "Three Openingsof Land That Rang Up Curtain on the Oklahoma Drama," March 24; "Last of the BigRuns, That of Cherokee Outlet, and Its Wide Publicity," March 25; "Rise, Declineand Fall of the Osage Orange Nurseries Which Used To Distinguish the PrairiesHereabout," March 27; "Appearance of `Pacific' in Names of Railroads With`Central' on Wane," March 28, and "Arrival of Barbed Wire a Simultaneous EventWith Birth of Wichita," March 29.