4/12/1879 The Kansas Tribune Lawrence KS
Mr. Stephen Studebaker, Of Willow Springs, spent a few minutes in the Tribune sanctum this morning, having just returned from a visit to his old home at North Manchester, Indiana. Mr. Studebaker has been twenty-one years in Kansas, and so being "out of his time" he oan speak from certain knowledge. Coming here in 1S53, he says he used, for several years, to come into town with-an ox team, and at noon he would hitch his oxen to the wagon wheel and give them a few nubbin3 of corn for dinner,. while he made his own din ner on a piece of corn bread. But the times have changed for the better with him, and now he drives in once a week, or so, with a good span of horses, and goes to a hotel for dinner for 6elf and team. He has a good farm of 250 acres, and enough of everything for comfort. He comes back from his Eastern trip better pleased with Kansas than ever be fore. He don't like the looks of the stumps and "nigger heads," and the small fields of In diana, where the plow must be turned out every few rod3 on account of obstructions. Here at home he can draw a straight furrow for half a mile with no botherationfrom rocks or stumps. His son, 14 years old, plowed fifty acres of corn with a riding plow while the father work ed at the wheat harvest. In Indiana this would have been impossible. Mr. Studebaker laughs at the antiquated old plows in use among his old neighbors ; so heavy and clumsy that it takes one yoke of oxen to drag the weight ,of the plow alone, and several yoke to plow with them. Farmers back there are just beginning to plow for oats and will keep at it till May, while here all that work was done with weeks ago. There the trees are just beginning to bud, while here peach, pear and cherry trees are in full blossom, and apple trees soon will be so. Mr. Studebaker's experience agrees with that of every man who returns to Kansas after an Eastern visit. He comes back satisfied.