1930s http://hppr.org en The Root Cause of Stingy http://hppr.org/post/root-cause-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 http://hppr.org The Root Cause of Stingy Dark Cloud on the Horizon http://hppr.org/post/dark-cloud-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 http://hppr.org Dark Cloud on the Horizon No Home to Go To http://hppr.org/post/no-home-go <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 http://hppr.org No Home to Go To The Dry Years http://hppr.org/post/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 http://hppr.org The Dry Years