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Jolly Rancher: 1941

Jolly Rancher: 1941

September 1941. "Frank E. Hagemeister, treasurer of the cooperative association on Scottsbluff Farmsteads, Farm Security Administration project. He has been here since 1937. He came from around Crawford, Nebraska, an extremely dry section with no irrigation." Photo by Marion Post Wolcott. View full size.


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Facts about Scottsbluff farmsteads

A small publication Facts about Scottsbluff farmsteads learns that:

Scottsbluff Farmsteads was initiated by the F.E.R.A. in
March, 1935, in conjunction with the Nebraska Rural Rehabilitation Corporation. The latter agency assumed control until October 1, 1935 when the management of the project was transferred to the Resettlement Administration and is now under the jurisdiction of the Farm Security Administration.

The Federal Emergency Relief Administration (FERA) was active from 1933 till 1935, the Resettlement Administration (RA) was formed in 1935 and reformed to the Farm Security Administration (FSA). The FSA is famous for its small but highly influential photography program, 1935–44, that portrayed the challenges of rural poverty.

What's in a name?

Before the Jolly Rancher, there was "The Happy Farmer" by Robert Schumann, which is an uplifting little ditty that is taught to beginning musical students in piano, violin, etc. I must have listened to it 'til I was blue in the face when my kids were taking piano lessons. This man is the personification of the happy farmer with the sweet disposition I imagined.

Frank E. Hagemeister

Frank was born in Syracuse NE on November 14 1896, the son of German-born Carl 1866-1927 and Illinois born Rachel Rambat 1872-1929. He married Georgia Frances Fuller on December 7th 1917. The appear to have been childless; Georgia died on her wedding anniversary in 1970 and Frank lived until September 1979. The couple are buried in Crawford Cemetery:

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