"Boy we had dust here. And you couldn't keep a house clean or anything. Dust all the time. We had a sprinkle - I don't know it was April or May, and I happened to be in Seward. And just the way the drops fell down on the sidewalk, they was all scattered around there, and it just leave a little puddle of mud right around just that drop. It was just – Everything was covered with dust. That's the way that '34 [was]. To me, '34 was probably the worst drought year that we had in the whole bunch. The other years seemed like in the spring you would get just a rain or two. It would make the first crop of hay and get corn and everything started. And even a few years it was a little bit wet. And then the corn did get up. It was starting to tassel. I remember we was coming home in the combine. We'd just got through combining. Our corn was up over our heads and it looked good. And about three, four days [after] it was – we already knew that we lost it. It just got hot and the corn just dried right off."

LeRoy Hankel on the Dust and Rain


Other Excerpts from LeRoy Hankel's Interview:

Starting the Tractor
Rubber Tractor Tires
Horses to Tractors
Buying Equipment
Stock Market Crash
Falling Prices
Selling Hogs
Living on a Dollar a Day
Affording the Light Bill
The Power of the Wind
Drought in the 30s
Participating in the AAA
Decline in Farms