The 7th Grade English Class at Kinsley-Offerle Schools worked with musician/songwriter That Beach to create characters from the 1930s. They designed postcards and wrote 3 messages describing a dust storm, Black Sunday, and when the rains returned. The original artwork and messages are on display at the library. An electronic exhibit of their cards and one message is below.
I am 16 years old and live on a farm with my Grandpa and Grandma in the country outside of Kinsley. I have a dog named Dingo. I work on the family farm. I help milk the cows and get the eggs from the chickens.
I am 25 years old and live in a farmhouse on the prairie. I live with my husband Jhon, my 2 kids, Merisa and Lucy, and my grandma and grandpa, Lean and Bob. I cook for my husband while he farms and my grandpa helps. I am a teacher. It is really hard to get back and forth. My grandma is sick, and I have to take care of her.
I am 21 years old and live in the little town called Kinsley, Kansas. I live with my best friend. My parents live about 2 miles from where I live. I am a doctor at the hospital. One of my patients is my sister-in-law. She got into an accident heading to work. I am not married but I am watching and taking care of my brother’s 2 kids. My other brother went to work on the railroad at Dodge City. My sister-on-law is Mary. The day that she got into the accident was the day of her birthday.
I am 22 years old. I live in the country near Kinsley, not on a farm but near one. My neighbor uses my barn for his horses. My wife is Jenna and we have two kids, Gentry who is 3 and Kyle who is 13 years old. I am a barber and I often help out my neighbor by feeding and brushing the horses. My daughter loves it. I also have to get eggs from his chickens. I broke my hand between gates a few weeks ago feeding the horses. Most of my family lives in town. I don’t visit often because the road is bad. My dog, stump ran away a few days ago, and I don’t think it worked out for him.
I am 28 years old and live in Kinsley. It is a great town once you know everybody. I live in my own house just 2 blocks from work. I am a nurse and I work at the hospital close to town. Sometimes I go visit my sick little brother and my mom. My brother is 10 and he has dust pneumonia. When I don’t work, I am usually with my little brother and my mom. My mom works at the diner and makes fair money. Sometimes I take care of my brother and sometimes my mom does.
I am 21 years old and live in the country, about 10 miles northwest of Kinsley in Edwards County, Jackson Township. People call me Matt. I have 10-20 cows and raise crops. On the downtime I work at Popp’s Market. I go help my relatives when they get sick. I am getting sick of this dust. It is getting old. I hate how it is always getting into my food.
I am 15 and live on a farm in Kinsley. I live with my father, 2 older brothers and 2 younger sisters. Momma used to live with us but she died of dust pneumonia. I help my father farm and sometimes I work at Edith Weyrich Children’s store in town for some extra money. My 16th birthday is coming up in 2 days and I hope my cake does not get buried in dust.
I am 18 years old and live in the country outside Kinsley with my mom, dad, 14 year old brother and 9 year old sister. I work on my parents’ farm and help with livestock and gather eggs and feed horses. My grandfather went on a trip to Scott City and was buried by the dust and he passed away.
I am 14 years old and live 18 miles out of Kinsley on the farm with my dad and uncle. I live with my mom, dad, uncle, and 3 brothers. They are 18, 12, and 7. Me and my younger brothers help my dad and uncle on the farm. My older brother works for the WPA and lives with a friend in Dodge City.
I am 15 and live out in the country by Lewis with mom, dad, and my younger brother Billy who is 9. I work on the farm. I have a friend named echo.
I am 35 years old and live 2 miles southwest of Kinsley. I live with my wife Marcy and my 2 sons which are both 11, and one new born daughter. I work for the railroad in Dodge City. I have been taking care of my wife because she got lost outside on Black Sunday and has developed dust pneumonia. I have an aunt in Missouri.
Character: Clary Fray
I am 19 years old and I live on the edge of Kinsley with my aunt and mother. I have a job at the Palace Theatre. I also have to balance time so I can take care of my mother who has dust pneumonia. She isn’t doing well. The doctors say she has only one month to live. It helps a lot as my Aunt came. She takes care of my mother and keeps her company. My father is gone to work at the railroad. I’m afraid if he doesn’t come home soon he won’t see mother again. I also take care of the chickens. They are annoying. I am afraid of what is going to happen, but they give us food.
I am 22 years old and live on a farm in the country between Kinsley and Offerle. I have a wife, 1 son, and 1 daughter. I work on the farm. My sob feeds the cattle, 8 hogs and also helps me doing harvest. My mom and dad live about 1 ½ miles down the road.
I am 14 years old. I live near Kinsley about 7 miles out of town on a farm. I take care of all the chickens, the horses, our 3 dogs, 1 barn cat and her kittens. I milk the cow twice a day and do the dishes and wash the clothes. I also have to clean the house and take care of my 6 year old brother and 4 year old sister. Just a out 5 months ago we moved here and I go to school in the winter. I had a very special friend named Mary. That’s where we came from. My father stayed behind to sell our feed store. He should be heading this way soon. We all miss him so much especially our mother.
I am 26 years old and live 3 miles outside of Kinsley where I work in my garage. I am a mechanic and work on cars, tractors, trucks, and anything that runs. I have a wife and 1 child. We live in a big white house. I am an only child and I’m taking care of my parents.
I am 18 years old and live with my mom and dad and my 4 younger brothers on a farm in Edwards County. I work at the Drug Store. I help my parents out on the farm during the evening. It is hard doing the chores outside but we never give up.
I am 20 years old and live oust in the country in Scott County, Kansas. I live with my grandparents and brother. I milk the cow, gather the eggs, and feed the horses. I also work at the general store and I take care of my brother because he caught dust pneumonia.
I’m 12 years old. I live in Kinsley. I help my dad with all the horses. He trains the best horses in town. I help my mom cook in the evenings as well. I also have to do the laundry. I live with my 14 year old sister, 9 year old brother, my other 7 year old brother, my 4 year old sister, and my 1 year old brother. My dad doesn’t have an exact job but selling his horses which is doing OK. But my mom and my older sister work at the tailor’s two days a week.
I am 14 years old and live with my mom, father, and brother on a farm outside of Offerle. I help my dad with the horses. I help my mother around the house and me and my brother get up every morning to collect eggs and milk. When we go to collect the eggs and milk we have to hold onto a rope get to the barn.
Character: Jake Brake
I am 13 years old and life in Kinsley with my mom Jane, my dad John, sister May and brother, Billy. My dad works at the general store and my mom is a housewife. My family is away. It is just my sister, grandpa and grandpa here now.
I am 13 years old and live on a farm in the country outside of Scott City. I live with my mother and father. I have one older sister who is 16 and 2 younger brother who are 6 and 7. I help my mother and father on the farm. I also help with my younger siblings. I help my mother with chores around the house. I plan on becoming a cosmetologist. I will start trying to become one when I am 16.
I am 25 years old. I live with my wife and my two kids in town next to Popp’s Market. I work at the hospital as a doctor. I do a lot more than try to cure dust pneumonia. I try to cure and work the dust situation at home.
I am 19 years old and live in the country outside Junction City. I recently got a job with the military. I live with my mom and leave when I go to work. I am an only child. I use the money to help with the medical expenses for my dad because he has lung cancer. He got it from breathing in all the dust.
I am 13 years old. I live with five brothers, my mom and dad in Wayne Township in the country outside of Lewis. I help my father by cooking meals and bringing them to the field. Their favorite meal is fried chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy. I also help by cleaning my brothers’ clothes from working all day in the dust. Every Sunday we make homemade ice cream for a treat after all the week’s hard work. My older brother has his own hay business putting up alfalfa and hay in Scott city with his wife, son, and daughter.