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Copyright © 2013
by LaRayne M Topp
Arcadia Books

When European settlers first came to Cuming County, they saw only what the Omaha, Pawnee, Otoe, and Ponca, and a few early trappers and traders had always seen: grass. They found acres of big bluestem, little bluestem, switchgrass, and sideoats grama. With slough grass growing as tall as a man on horseback, landmarksa lone tree or a bend in the riverhelped them find their way home to families burrowed into their dugouts like gophers on a mound-dotted prairie. Beginning in the 1860s, railroad tracks crisscrossed the state, bringing Germans, Bohemians, Scandinavians, Irish, and more. Eventually, a network of dirt roads, graveled county roads, and paved highways replaced the deer paths and Indian trails. So has run the winding path of Cuming Countys continual transformation into a patchwork quilt of farm fields, cattle yards, homes, and businesses, stitched together with the firm threads that make a county strong. — from the publisher

Women at the Reins
Copyright © 2009
by LaRayne M Topp
Heritage Books

History books generally ignore or minimize the contribution of women in the development of agriculture; however, many farms and ranches would have gone belly-up without the strong faith, undying spirit and stubborn determination of the women. — from the publisher

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