Teply Lifestyle – Farm and Work – 1890-1917

Let’s continue our look at the Teply’s lifestyle by focusing on their farm and work.

Since this is from the old newspapers, we will find more farming related stories, and not the work of domestic life.

Spoiler alert: The photos are not Teplys. They are scenes of Washington and Marshall Counties during the same time period, from the collection of photographer O.F. Hawkins of Marysville.

Before marriage and farming

The earliest reference to Frank’s work is 1891, before he married. He and John Brychta drove cattle by horseback from Hanover to Omaha.

Corn

Frank and Anna raised corn as their main crop. And it seems like they were very good at it.

Wheat, Oats, Alfalfa

Besides corn, they raised wheat, oats and alfalfa.

Livestock

Frank and Anna also raised and marketed hogs. Not just a few, but enough that there are several instances where they shipped a rail car of hogs to St. Joseph market. They also raised cattle, turkeys and chickens.

And they kept horses for work and transportation.

Apples

Apples? Yes, apples. Apparently there was an orchard on the farm the Teplys bought in 1909.

Lots of other work

If all that wasn’t enough, there was still plenty of other work to do. Neighbors helped each other with projects and farm work. And Frank was the road overseer for Little Blue Township.

And the boys worked too

The Teply boys helped Frank at the farm. As they got older, they got their own jobs.

Ben went to South Dakota to help on harvest. John began working for the railroad. Albert had various jobs in Hanover and Marysville. Will worked fore farmers and began trucking.


Sources

  • All news articles are from The Hanover Democrat, The Hanover Herald, The Marysville Advocate, Washington Register. All are available on Newpapers.com and are free for Kansas residents – Kansas State Historical Society – https://www.kshs.org/ancestry/drivers/dlverify
  • All old photos are from Omar Finley Hawkins Collection of Marshall and Washington County Photographs – Kansas State Historical Society – https://www.kansasmemory.org/

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