Eyes of the Great Depression 143

Lange, Dorothea, photographer. Mennonite farmer, formerly wheat farmer in Kansas, now developing stump ranch in Boundary County, Idaho. Oct, 1939.

Lange, Dorothea, photographer. Mennonite farmer, formerly wheat farmer in Kansas, now developing stump ranch in Boundary County, Idaho. Oct, 1939.

Mennonite farmer, formerly wheat farmer in Kansas, now developing stump ranch in Boundary County, Idaho.1


  1. Lange, Dorothea, photographer. Oct, 1939. Image retrieved from the Library of Congress, www.loc.gov/pictures/item/fsa2000005323/PP/. (Accessed October 25, 2016.)
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  • Hilary Dec 9, 2016

    Hi Mike – very evocative … so many for us to see today too … devastating times then and now – Hilary
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    • Mike Dec 9, 2016

      Ironically, many of those farms and ranches carved out of the forest are long gone and forests have reclaimed the lands. We’ve never been to that part of the state, even though we lived in Idaho fro almost 4 years. It is very heavily forested up there. Boundary County’s northern edge is the boundary between the U.S. and Canada.
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  • Nick Rogers Dec 14, 2016

    I think that barn on the right needs some serious work. It looks as if it’s about to collapse! I must say I do admire farmers, doing very hard work in all weathers and all seasons, often for a very modest income. Where would we be without them?
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  • Opal Mar 13, 2017

    A stump ranch? That’s my first time hearing that term and so I had to look up the definition.

    stump ranch or stump farm
    (Agriculture) informal Canadian (in British Columbia) an undeveloped ranch in the bush where animals graze among the stumps of felled trees

    Now I’m curious. I wonder if he had any goats. They are great at cleaning property. My parents had a few when my brother and I were children. 🙂
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    • Mike Mar 13, 2017

      My understanding is that west coast 1930s stump ranches came about in the wake of the logging companies clear cutting virgin forests. Settlers tried to wrest a living from formerly forested land. Most of the Pacific Northwest stump ranches eventually returned to heavily forested conditions.
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