“Landing” – Moundridge, Kansas (1907)

Gerhard Vogt lived in Moundridge, a small city in central Kansas

(Between 1874 and 1880, thousands of Russian Mennonites fled Crimea and settled in this area.

The new settlers introduced methods of dry-land farming, flour-milling, and the planting of winter wheat that they had practiced in Crimea.

Until the end of World War II, the area still had a significant German-speaking population.)


In March of 1907, Gerhard received a postcard from Newton, Kansas, a city about 16 miles southeast of Moundridge.


Unfortunately, the signature of the sender cannot be deciphered by me.

The face of the postcard is an illustration of a long-skirted gal alighting from a kayak.

She is wearing a jaunty sailing outfit that would appear ridiculous to contemporary kayakers.


Titled, “Landing”, the artwork was copyright in 1906.

One hopes that Gerhard was amused by the postcard and that he enjoyed a wonderful Spring in 1907.

On-line, one can find a Gerhardt O. Vogt, born in Kansas in 1891.

If this is “our” Gerhard Vogt, the young man would have been about 16 years old when he received the postcard.


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