SOUTHWEST TRAIL LIST
1 4-H Design is found on the 4H Building at the Fairgrounds The design represents the motto of 4-H. "I pledge my Head to clearer thinking, my Heart to greater loyalty, my Hands to larger service, and my Health to better living, for my club, my community, my country and my world."
4 This International Harvester Tractor resembles those in the 1950s era. This farm family has six generations of farmers in their family. The tractor is in honor of the 2% farm population that feeds the U.S. population. Farm Bureau states that each farmer is capable of feeding 155 people worldwide. Paul Harvey's farmer tribute is the best!!!!!!!! Listen to:
5 Chevron Flag This flag is dedicated to all the military men and women that have fought to defend our freedom. Click this link to listen to Lee Greenwood’s “God Bless the USA!”
6 On Sept 30, 1878 Cheyenne Indians raided Decatur County. One Indian and 17 settlers were killed in the raid SW of Oberlin. A monument and settler graves can be observed at the Oberlin cemetery to this day. Buffalo was a prime source of food for the Cheyenne Indians. Speculation is that the Indians were upset because they were pushed off their land and the white man had killed off the buffalo to the brink of extinction.
10 Our art which is located on the south peak of the shed is representative of our interest in horses. This small acreage was developed from "waste land" starting in the spring of 2009 and is part of a larger acreage. We were honored to be included in the initial phase of the Barn Art Trail. Our piece was done by Teresa Reeves.
Larry and Karen Thompson
2 Mariner’s Compass The heritage of the land began with John Wilson who homesteaded in 1888. The land was then acquired by Garrett Rezner in 1895 and has been kept in the Family for over a 100 years. Walter Rezner was born 1895 in the sod house whose remnants are still visible today. Lois, daughter of Walter, and husband Elder Carlson resided on the farm caring for the land. Today, their grandson resides on the land continuing the family tradition.
3 This design was uniquely picked by the Anderson’s as Richard comes from a multi-generational family of farmers. Kansas has always been called the wheat state or the bread basket of the world. The history of the farm starts with the Chilson and Brown families who made their home on this land in the early 1900's. They built the larger home, which we live in now, around 1920. Richard’s grandparents, Gilbert and Opal bought this homestead in 1959. Richard
purchased it in 1975.
7 Lund Covenant Church was organized as a mission church in 1892.
8 Home Based Switchboard Operators In the early days before the big companies had lines for telephones all across the country, many independent home generated switchboard operators were established in rural areas to bring communications to all. Two of those operators were Bessie Hjalmers, Summit Township and Clara Carlisle, Traer. These operators, who established their own small companies, would have long hours at the switchboard, linking the wire plugs in the board to allow conversation between the party lines. Due to many subscribers on the line, the time had to be shared on the line. To be able to identify each line, the different parties had their own number of “rings” that the operator gave when the call was connected. Many times the calls were not very private as anyone could listen in. In some cases too many listeners weakened the signal. In case of emergencies, the system came in handy to notify the whole parties on the line of fires, storms, etc
9 The Gail and Kay Marcuson Family roots began in the 1880’s when his paternal grandparents, Svante and Augusta, migrated to Kansas from Sweden, homesteading in Summit township on the SW1/4 of Section 34. Gail parents were born in Decatur County. Gail and his youngest son formed a partnership in the 70’s, where Brad Marcuson continues the farming tradition. Kay picked this design for the geometric look which seems to jump out at you. Also these are some of her favorite colors.