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Stories From the Farm and Ranch


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Martin Gnadt

Martin Gnadt grew up on the family farm east of McFarland, Kansas—the fourth of five children. The family raised row crop and livestock: cattle, sheep, and horses. Until he was a teenager, much farm labor and transportation depended on the use of horses. Like Will Rogers, Martin "never met a horse he didn't like."

The day before his eighteenth birthday, Martin enlisted in the Air Force (during World War II). He served for four and a half years. The war ended the day before he was to be shipped to the Pacific. When he returned home, many farmers were changing to motorized machinery abd many horses were sold—often to slaughter houses. Horses were then used mainly to check on and work cattle. Martin can still tell you the name of almost every horse he owned.

These stories were collected on December 5th, 2017, by Mark Feiden, John Hund and David Claflin. Martin was 94 at the time.





Fences and Lightning
Alma, Kansas, 2017




Sonny Boy
Alma, Kansas, 2017




Grass Fed Beef
Alma, Kansas, 2017




A Good Horse
Alma, Kansas, 2017



There are several more stories from Martin that will be added as time allows.

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