"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." -- "Barber County Profiles", Medicine Lodge Cresset, March 2, 1900.
The Roundup School and Post Office
The first few years in Barber County Bob Groendycke saw some pretty hard times. One winter Kaffir corn meal was a main food source. Bob came here in 1887. He first stayed with the Harbaughs until he later moved to his own farm further west. He taught "Lick Skillet" School (later Sunflower). The next winter he taught Round-Up. He was engaged in farming and stock raising.
A star route brought mail every other day to their home from Medicine Lodge. People picked it up from "Round-up Postoffice". Everyone traveled by lumber wagon or on horseback to attend community square dances, literary, spelling bees, or singing schools. A few young fellows brought their girls in their buggys. Families filled wagons with straw and children snuggled into this, with comforters they were snug and warm.
-- Clara Groendycke, excerpt from her biography in Barber County, Kansas: The Chosen Land, page 208.
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