The mid 1930's were the dry years on the high plains. The drought has taken so much, a tornado took their home, but one young couple continue to persevere. Velma and Ted Wancura were creative problem solvers. They had 150 head of cattle, but no grass in the pasture. so Ted and his brother harvested the cactus that remained for feed. After burning the spines off with a blow torch, the cactus were placed in a cattle tank where the were well received. 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. That solution worked until weather conditions worsened.