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Being Memorial Day Week, I had read an experience by author Lynne Hartke. I want to share it with you as I think it is pretty amazing. Lynne was attending a Memorial Day ceremony at a nearby military cemetery. In the crowd of red, white, and blue outfits she noticed a woman standing in a khaki uniform.

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American Farmers & Ranchers held their annual membership meeting here at our activity center. Ffor several years it was held at the Durham Community Building. Looking over the journals and some of Howard’s writings we find that as early as 1902 and 1903 the Farmers Union sponsored picnics on the Metcalfe property.

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Since things are slow this late in the afternoon (5:10 pm) I picked up Augusta’s December 1907 Western Field magazine. There are some interesting articles but it is mostly advertisements and some are quite unusual.

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As part of our nation seems to be at a stand-still, we are seeing activity in places that may be questionable. Although we are closed,we still put in our hours here at the Break O’Day Farm and Metcalfe Museum. We have a lot of repairs that have to be taken care of and since we had such a cold winter, some of the outside work is just now being done. Roger is pleased to have someone come to help him with that whenever it is possible. Tack is with us today weed-eating and Roger has been mowing for several days now.

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This week I am going to continue with Suzanne Kelly’s writings. I thought perhaps I would find all the entries in the journal myself. I realized that Suzanne had grouped all pf Augusta’s writings into one story. So…I will continue quoting her on the “Spanish Flu” epidemic.

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Since I have permission from Suzzanne Kelly to reprint information from her thesis Augusta Metcalfe: “Prairie Painter” of Memory Art, I will use her words as she went through our journals dated in late 1918. “Although Augusta could not have been aware of the statistics, by 21 October 1918 there were more than 70,000 reports of the “Spanish Flu” in Oklahoma.

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As I signed in today, I realized I had nothing that I absolutely wanted to write about. We have a new computer and as of yet I am not familiar with all the ends and outs of getting in touch with all I want to do. I looked at the journal and still want to find anything Augusta wrote about the Spanish Flu. As of yet I have seen no entries. I pulled a file on Mary Corson and found several interesting stories she had written. I wish she had dated them. I know she sent some back to the newspaper in Philadelphia.

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My intentions for this week is to write a little sentence or small description of local people who came and went here on the Corson farm. Mary Corson wrote very…

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I have been going through the Corson/Metcalfe journals to see if I could find any entries from Augusta that may have mentioned the out-break of Spanish Flu that took place in 1917-1920.

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After a long cold winter, we are again writing to say “Hello” to all our friends who have been our loyal readers for so many years. The Cheyenne Star is still in print so we will try to have a few words of encouragement for our readers. Our Board of Directors had to make the decision on Saturday to close the museum for a while.

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