The Prairie Tales

FRONTIER FOLKLORE AND PIONEER PROSE FROM THE PRAIRIE

These are real stories from the area, which are compiled and re-worded from several sources.

Eulogy For A Cow

Wrong Place, Wrong Time It was a normal Thursday morning, a routine summer day in 1891. The good folk of Walton were just sitting down...

A Story of Love: Frank & Viola Barnes

"MARRIED. BARNES-MOURN. - At the residence of and by Justice Baughman, on Dec. 31st, 1881, Mr. Frank Barnes to Miss Viola M. Mourn, all...

The $2.00 Cowboy Deal

  In 1910 you could become a fully trained Cowboy and obtain work on the great Rincon Ranch in San Antonio, Texas ā€“ all it...

Baseball In The Old West

Burrton vs Newton ā€“ Again A strong and consistent rivalry existed for many years between the various communities of Harvey County, and in 1886...

Caring For The Children

An 1886 Neighborhood Watch In 1886, a woman punished her little daughter in what was described simply as being "in a brutal manner" while...

How To Rouse A Town

Burrton, Kansas in 1885 One warm summer day, there were five boys arrested for serial damages done to Burrtonā€™s grist mill, aged from 5...

The Lassell Diptheria Cure

A Sad Testimony from Ike & Lucy Elder Everything was going wonderfully for Ike S. & Lucy Elder early in 1884. Since January 17, 1872,...