Author Archives: Lone Tree Farm on Kanaranzi Creek

About Lone Tree Farm on Kanaranzi Creek

Recovering academic, earth scientist in phased retirement, farm manager by default, son, husband, father, grandfather.

Red Grass and Rock Art

This is the season when many native prairie grasses take on a red or purple color along the stems and out onto the leaves. There are several species that turn red, but big bluestem and little bluestem are two of … Continue reading

Posted in Earth Science, Life Science | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Civil War Connections

When the homesteaders came to the Farm, the Civil War had been over for about six years. Although there was no direct involvement by family members who lived here on the Farm, one of the sons (Grandpa George) married the … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Rock That Hides

The water level in the Creek after the rain last week was about 1 foot higher than a couple of days before that and 2 feet higher than several weeks ago. It hasn’t been this high since the spring of … Continue reading

Posted in Earth Science, Family History | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Sustainable Agriculture

The first four generations of our farming history were reviewed in a post back in July, but this current one will concentrate on just the last two generations. The “environment” was not really a factor in the subsistence farming done … Continue reading

Posted in Farm History | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

The Hunt for More Homesteaders’ Art

The post back in May describing Great-grandma Hattie Shurr’s artwork was followed up by one in July that featured more of her pictures. That second post also includes paintings done by two sisters-in-law in Murray County. This current post is … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Midsummer Birds

At midsummer we’re seeing some of the same birds that we saw last spring. But, we’re also seeing some that we haven’t seen since last year at about this time. And, we’re seeing one that we haven’t seen in a … Continue reading

Posted in Life Science | Tagged , , , | 1 Comment

Mourning the Loss of a Tree

Early in the evening last Thursday, a thunderstorm blew through….literally. You could see the gust front on the National Weather Service radar before the rain in the main cell even got to us. It dropped about a half inch that … Continue reading

Posted in Family History, Farm History | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Images of the Lone Tree

The Lone Tree that gave this Farm its name was supposedly a landmark for travelers and possibly a boundary marker between Native American territories. Located about a quarter mile north of the state line between Minnesota and Iowa, it probably … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Four Generations on the Farm

There were people living here long before our family farm was established. The homesteaders encountered Dakota Indians from the north and west who routinely traveled along the Creek. There are also local landmarks that suggest there were Native Americans in … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments

The Hunt for Art Treasures

Several months ago I did a post on Great-grandma Hattie Shurr who homesteaded here on the Farm. After retirement around 1900 she had more free time and started to paint. She shared many of those pictures with friends and family, … Continue reading

Posted in Family History | Tagged , , , | 3 Comments