Sheridan County, Kansas in 1939 was dry and hot – great photographs!

Sheridan County, Kansas was organized in 1880 and named after General Phillip H. Sheridan of Civil War notoriety. Sheridan County is well known for its state fishing lake, suppling some of the best fishing in Kansas.

Russell Lee (July 21, 1903, Ottawa, Illinois – August 28, 1986, Austin, Texas) was an American photographer and photojournalist for the Farm Security Administration (FSA). His excellent images documented the ethnography of various American classes and cultures.

He visited Sheridan County, Kansas and in the photographs below, he captured a little of the lives of some Sheridan County citizens.

Farm children, Sheridan County, Kansas Russell Lee August 1939

Farm children, Sheridan County, Kansas Russell Lee August 1939

Farm children, Sheridan County, Kansas Russell Lee August 19392

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Sheridan County, Kansas, farmer digging in the dirt to see how deep the moisture isSheridan County, Kansas, farmer digging in the dirt to see how deep the moisture is Russell Lee 1939

Water bottle on side of farm truck. This is a common sight in western Kansas. Sheridan County, KansasWater bottle on side of farm truck. This is a common sight in western Kansas. Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee, 1939

FSA (Farm Security Administration) supervisor and farmer-client examining quality of silage from trench silo. Sheridan County, KansasFSA (Farm Security Administration) supervisor and farmer-client examining quality of silage from trench silo. Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

Trench silo. Sheridan County, KansasTrench silo. Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

Hay wagons on farm in Sheridan County, Kansas Hay wagons on farm in Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

Four-horse team cutting corn for fodder, Sheridan County, Kansas

Four-horse team cutting corn for fodder, Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

Corn cut for fodder, Sheridan County, KansasCorn cut for fodder, Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

Loading corn cut for fodder, Sheridan County, Kansas Loading corn cut for fodder, Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939Loading corn cut for fodder, Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 21939

Mr. Germeroth, Farm Security Administration client sitting on tractor which was bought by means of FSA loan, Sheridan County, KansasMr. Germeroth, Farm Security Administration client sitting on tractor which was bought by means of FSA loan, Sheridan County, Kansas russell Lee 1939

Mr. Germeroth, Farm Security Administration client sitting on tractor which was bought by means of FSA loan, Sheridan County, KansasMr. Germeroth, Farm Security Administration client sitting on tractor which was bought by means of FSA loan, Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee2 1939

Son of Mr. Germeroth, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client in Sheridan County, KansasSon of Mr. Germeroth, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client in Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

Son of Mr. Germeroth, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client in Sheridan County, KansasSon of Mr. Germeroth, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client in Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee3 1939

Son of Mr. Germeroth, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client, getting ready to cut off chicken’s head, Sheridan County, Kansas Son of Mr. Germeroth, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client, getting ready to cut off chicken's head, Sheridan County, Kansas russell Lee 1939

Mr. Germeroth, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client, at wheel of tractor

which he bought with FSA loan. Sheridan County, KansasMr. Germeroth, FSA (Farm Security Administration) client, at wheel of tractor which he bought with FSA loan. Sheridan County, Kansas

Woodpile on farmstead in Sheridan County, KansasWoodpile on farmstead in Sheridan County, Kansas Russell Lee 1939

Prickly pears. A growth of these threatens to cover pastures of Sheridan County, Kansas. The FSA (Farm Security Administration) is allowing farmers to work off their grants by removal of these prickly pearsPrickly pears. A growth of these threatens to cover pastures of Sheridan County, Kansas. The FSA is allowing farmers to work off their grants by removal of these prickly pears

 County school and church. Sheridan County, Kansas August 1939

County school and church. Sheridan County, Kansas August 1939

Hired man of Sheridan County, Kansas, farmer by Russell Lee August 1939Hired man of Sheridan County, Kansas, farmer by Russell Lee August 1939

Weather vanes, Sheridan County, Kansas Russell Lee August 1939 Weather vane. Sheridan County, Kansas russell lee 1939

Weather vanes, Sheridan County, Kansas Russell Lee August 1939

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