Velma Wancura en Velma On... <p></p><p>As my time with Velma Wancura draws to a close, Velma and I talked about some of life's nuggets.&nbsp; These are some of her thoughts about:</p> Wed, 01 May 2013 20:22:21 +0000 Cindee Talley 15433 at Velma On... Prejudice and Pride <p>It was hard to be German during World War I.&nbsp; Velma Wancura's father hired extra help during harvest time.&nbsp; She said you had to be careful not to hire a German sympathizer or a spy.&nbsp; Wed, 24 Apr 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 15019 at Prejudice and Pride The Root Cause of Stingy <p></p><p>Go back to May, 1935.&nbsp; Velma and Ted Wancura have a young son.&nbsp; They haven't had a wheat crop in years, or rain for that matter.&nbsp; Most of their cattle herd has been lost in the dust storms.&nbsp; A tornado took their house.&nbsp; The Wancuras moved a vacant house in to replace it. Wed, 17 Apr 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 14740 at The Root Cause of Stingy Dark Cloud on the Horizon <p></p><p>The mid 1930's were the dry years on the high plains.&nbsp; The drought has taken so much, a tornado took their home, but one young couple continue to persevere.&nbsp; Velma and Ted Wancura were creative problem solvers.&nbsp; They had 150 head of cattle, but no grass in the pasture. so&nbsp;&nbsp; Ted and his brother harvested the cactus that remained for feed.&nbsp; After burning the spines off with a blow torch, the cactus were placed in a cattle tank where the were well received.&nbsp; When they were gone, Ted fabricated a truck bed to haul beet tops from the Garden City sugar factory, approximately 50 miles away, where the farm land was irrigated.&nbsp; That solution worked until weather conditions worsened.&nbsp; Wed, 10 Apr 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 14441 at Dark Cloud on the Horizon No Home to Go To <p></p><p> In 1935, there had been no rain and no wheat crop for the Wancuras.&nbsp; One day, Velma and Ted decided to drive to Beehler to a farm sale about 14 miles north.&nbsp; On the way home, they stopped at her parent's home in Beehler to say hello.&nbsp; The weather turned.&nbsp; Velma's dad told them to stay for the night.&nbsp;</p><p>The next day they started out for home.&nbsp; They met a neighbor on the road, who told them there was no reason to travel any further, a tornado had destroyed their home.&nbsp; It was scattered for miles. &nbsp;</p> Wed, 03 Apr 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 14233 at No Home to Go To The Dry Years <p></p><p> The hard times began long before the dust storms that inspired movies, documentaries, and books.&nbsp; There was no rain, no crops, wheat was .25 cents a bushel, which would have been something if there was any wheat to harvest.&nbsp; For Velma Wancura, the dry years meant going back to work as a teacher.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; That wage supported her family.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 27 Mar 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 13835 at The Dry Years Back When Horse Power Meant Barney and Joe <p></p><p> Velma Wancura's dad wanted to be a farmer, so he traded a house in McCracken, Kansas for a quarter of land south of Beeler.&nbsp; He was a good farmer, and it took the whole family to make it successful.&nbsp; The kids helped&nbsp; milk eight to twelve cows twice a day, separated the milk, and sold the cream.&nbsp; Velma also remembered the horses.&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp; She recalled two by name, Joe and Barney.&nbsp; When Velma was six or seven, she started driving the team.&nbsp; Looking back, she said, "The horse looks so tall and big, I don't know how I did it."&nbsp;&nbsp;&nbsp;</p> Wed, 20 Mar 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 13700 at Back When Horse Power Meant Barney and Joe Life is What You Paint It <p>Can you imagine living over 100 years and only having two regrets?&nbsp; I can't.&nbsp;&nbsp; It is one of the things that amazed me about Velma Wancura.&nbsp; Wed, 13 Mar 2013 05:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 13282 at Life is What You Paint It A Leaf Should Know Its Tree <p>I met Velma Whipple Wancura two years ago.&nbsp; Her grandson, Dan Wancura contacted me, telling me I needed to meet his grandmother.&nbsp; He said the story of her life was simply amazing.&nbsp; He was right.&nbsp;</p> Wed, 06 Mar 2013 06:01:00 +0000 Cindee Talley 13115 at A Leaf Should Know Its Tree