By Luna Kellie
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Extra resources for A prairie populist: the memoirs of Luna Kellie
They include Kellie's manuscripts, papers, photographs, and letters, as well as issues of Kellie's Prairie Home newspaper on microfilm. In their original form, Kellie's political and personal memoirs were one document, beginning with her account of her "stewardship" of the Farmers' Alliance records and followed by her reminiscences of family life addressed to one of her daughters, Lois Peterson. The 160-page manuscript was handwritten, and I was fascinated to find that the pages are actually old Nebraska Farmers' Alliance certificates.
Both were old soldiers. In fact I think Old Man Higgins and Charles Buss were the only men present who were not. The Higgins[es] came with an ox team I remember and the Page 21 old lady and 2 or 3 girls might have stepped from bandboxes, so freshly starched were their clothes and so terribly stiff and white their collars and cuffs. And they always seemed to keep that way. B. which was what brought them to Nebraska. There were many present I do not remember for there was a large crowd. All the sod town folks the Halcombs Crones and Swinfords 3 families of Spindlers.
Yes I am afraid it will rain hoppers" said John. " "Come here" he said. " As I did so I exclaimed "Oh John it is going to snow. The air up there is full of snow, big white flakes of snow. " "Yes" said John "they are starting to light. What can we do, what can we save? Let us go to the garden and get what we can. " And off he ran for [a] box or sack to gather something in. I was slower as I did not see the need to gather green and perishable garden stuff until something was destroying it but by the time I could get out the things were already gray with locusts and the air full of more coming down.
A prairie populist: the memoirs of Luna Kellie by Luna Kellie