March 27

Early Grain Elevators

This clip is from “South of the Parallel – Part Two”, A Living History of the Trousdale, Fellsburg and Centerview communities. Today’s concrete grain elevators have been dubbed Kansas Skyscrapers and can be seen across the state. They store wheat, corn, milo, sunflowers, barley and many other grains grown by Kansas farmers.

Grain elevators used to be constructed of wood and they were a lot smaller that those you see across Kansas today. In this clip from “South of the Parallel – Part Two”, Jake Roenbaugh remembers skunks in the old Fellsburg elevator.

Due to declining population, recording the history and memories of the Trousdale, Fellsburg and Centerview communities, located in southeastern Edwards County, became a priority for the members of the Franklin and Trousdale Family and Community Education Units.

“South of the Parallel” was released in December 2010 and “South of the Parallel – Part Two” was released in December 2013.   These videos are a living history of these communities and the history is shared by the descendants of the original pioneers.  Since these videos were released, several community residents have passed away.

“South of the Parallel” received the Award of Distinction in the 2012 Videographer Awards competition.

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