Horses delight children at History Day

History Day-Valley Falls

Louie and Sue Mitchell let the children greet their team, Fran and Dixie


by Clarke Davis
The Valley Falls Saddle Club played a large role in the school’s History Day Friday.
Rolling time back a century or more, children might have been told that a horse, given oats and hay, was the main mode of transportation and did most of the work on the farm.
On History Day the children got an up-close look at these living, breathing animals and most—for the first time in their life—got to ride one.
Joining the saddle club in sharing their love for horses were Louie and Sue Mitchell and Dr. Stan Farr who brought teams of horses that provided transportation about the town as well.
The Mitchell’s team, Fran and Dixie, came from an Amish community around Jamestown, Mo. Louie said these horses didn’t meet the speed test for their owners but they were plenty fast enough for him.
Dr. Farr’s team, Smokey and the Bandit, are mustangs acquired from the Bureau of Land Management.
Saddle club members who brought their horses to town for the children were Marshal and Angie Stephens, Ellen Hug, and Denise Herrman. They were assisted by a number of high school students who led the horses around the parking lot to give the children a ride.
The day-long event included high school students posing as presidents to tell their  history, children given the opportunity to dress up in Civil War clothing, and pioneer women doing laundry on a washboard.
Civil War and World War II re-enactors brought the flavor of those eras and were joined by the Grahem-Herbers Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3084 members and the Kansas National Guard Museum.
The Valley Falls Historical Society was represented by Rosalind Jackson, Frank Shrimplin, Dodie Bolz, and Betty Jane Wilson who brought an array of items from the museum that included sadirons, a typewriter, stereoscope, and an antique scooter.
The sophomore history class led by Deb Spade provided 11 displays touching on America’s past. These stations varied from learning what it was like to be accused of being a witch in Salem, Mass., to a display of telephones in which viewers could try to place them in order of invention.
The sophomore stations included talks on the national parks to the history of goats with a live display outside.
Kansas furs, woodcarving, model trains, storytelling, prairie foods, and games rounded out the events of the day.

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