The experience of Robert Groendycke, of Nippewalla township, shows what one man can do in Barber county if he is endowed with a fair quantity of get-up-and-hustle. Mr. Groendycke owns 300 acres in the Medicine River valley, ten miles south of Medicine Lodge. The land lies on the slope and a year ago was practically unimproved. Mr. Groendycke last year built a new house, new barn, three miles of fencing, corrals, outbuildings, raised 2500 bushels of corn, 59 acres of kaffir corn, some other truck, and did all the work himself. In Iowa it would take four or five ordinary men to do what he did.
Mr. Groendycke keeps the post-office at Roundup for the accommodation of his neighbors, but he is perfectly willing to turn loose of the public teat if some one else will take hold.
Mr. Groendycke owns one of the best farms in Nippewalla township. He has not yet devoted very much attention to cattle raising, but expects to branch out in that line from now on. A few weeks ago he purchased a registered Galloway bull, and he expects to add about 50 cows in his herd. It was our intention to print in this edition a photograph of his place, but it got lost somewhere in the ______ [illegible].
Thanks to Ellen (Knowles) Bisson for finding, transcribing and contributing the above Medicine Lodge Cresset article to this web site!
It is one of a series of articles published together on 2 March 1900 under the title of Barber County Profiles: Men Who Have Taken a Prominent Part in Developing the Stock Industry in Barber County.
It was transcribed from Kansas State Historical Society microfilm reel #M 870. If a photo is indicated in the above text, the microfilm itself has a photo of the individual or property.
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