The large family of William Rall in Sheridan County, Kansas were prepared for the winter in 1939 – great pics

Sheridan County, named for General Philip Sheridan, was organized by William Stevens; W. M. Rogers; W. C. Hausafus; and K. A. Ellithorpe, on June 2, 1880. Sheridan County contains the towns of Hoxie and Selden. Local legends in Sheridan County states that Sam Morgan was believed to be the earliest settler in the county, and is said to have hunted buffalo with Buffalo Bill Cody

Russell Lee, an American photographer and photojournalist, was best known for his work for the Farm Security Administration (FSA).  He visited Sheridan County, Kansas and in the photographs below, he documented the lives of the William Rall family and other farmers in the area.

Family of William Rall, FSA (Farm Security Administration – Library of Congress) client in Sheridan County, KansasFamily of William Rall, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client in Sheridan County, Kansas

William Rall, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client standing amidst kaffir corn on his farm in Sheridan County, KansasWilliam Rall, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client standing amidst kaffir corn on his farm in Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939William Rall and his wife FSA (Farm Security Administration – Library of Congress) clients standing amidst kaffir corn on his farm in Sheridan County, KansasWilliam Rall and his wife Sheridan Kansas

Farmstead of William Rall, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client, in Sheridan County, KansasFarmstead of William Rall, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client, in Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

Kaffir corn is used as a windbreak for gardens in Sheridan County, KansasKaffir corn is used as a windbreak for gardens in Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

William Rall, wife and baby, FSA (Farm Security Administration) clients in Sheridan County, KansasWilliam Rall, wife and baby, FSA (Farm Security Administration) clients in Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

Family of William Rall, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client, in Sheridan County, KansasFamily of William Rall, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client, in Sheridan County, Kansas

Windmill on farm of William Rall, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client in Sheridan County, KansasWindmill on farm of William Rall, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client in Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

William Rall, tractor farmer and FSA (Farm Security Administration) client. Sheridan County, KansasWilliam Rall, tractor farmer and FSA (Farm Security Administration) client. Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

FSA (Farm Security Administration) supervisor explaining plans to clients. Sheridan County, Kansas FSA (Farm Security Administration) supervisor explaining plans to clients. Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

FSA (Farm Security Administration) home supervisor explaining home plan to clients. Sheridan County, Kansas 1939FSA (Farm Security Administration) home supervisor explaining home plan to clients. Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

FSA (Farm Security Administration) supervisor conferring with client about farm plan. Sheridan County, Kansas 1939FSA (Farm Security Administration) supervisor conferring with client about farm plan. Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

Conference of wives of FSA (Farm Security Administration) clients with home supervisor. Sheridan County, Kansas 1939Conference of wives of FSA (Farm Security Administration) clients with home supervisor. Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

Wife of FSA (Farm Security Administration) client with her two daughters in garden. Kaffir corn in background is used as windbreak. Sheridan County, KansasWife of FSA (Farm Security Administration) client with her two daughters in garden. Kaffir corn in background is used as windbreak. Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

William Rall, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client, against background of feed of which he has plenty for the coming winter. Sheridan County, KansasWilliam Rall, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client, against background of feed of which he has plenty for the coming winter. Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

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