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Friday, November 16, 2012 8:52 PM

Photo courtesy of Franklin County Historical Society


ABOVE: A dust storm approaches a Western Kansas town Sunday, April 14, 1935. Better known as Black Sunday, it was the worst of the decade-long dust storms that descended on the Southern Plains. The aftermath of the storms could be felt across the country, including Franklin County. The Ottawa Herald mentioned the dusty conditions in the weather report the following day. “Late Sunday afternoon a shift of wind to northwest brought a drastic drop in temperature, and clouds of dust.”

Dirty Decade: Dust bowl memories cling to residents’ minds

By MATT BRISTOW, Herald Photographer

“It was so dusty you couldn’t see beyond the road, and that was 25 feet from our house,” Martha Christian said about her childhood years growing up on farms in Waverly and Williamsburg.

“In east Lawrence, I‘d look up at the sun and it was just a haze,” Jack Christian said. “The dust was blotting out the sun, but there was a yellow haze.”

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