"Pratt Kansas"

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Pratt Kansas,

Helo a sut da chi heddiw,

Wel os da chi wedi cael glaw yna dydio ddim byd i be gafon ni neithiwr mae’n siwr ei fod yn beth gosa i dornado wel mi roedd y gwynt ddigon i fy nhaflu i o'r gwely beth bynnag a dwi yn cofio edrych allan tua tri o gloch bora a gweld yffach o storm o fellt a thrannau wedyn ddoth y glaw mawr mi fwriodd hi tua 3 modfadd mewn hannar awr a phan aethon ni yn ol i'r cae bora ma mi roedd y pridd fel toes peiriannau yn sincio a lorris yn mynd yn sownd felly roedd y diwrnod inni neud be lecia ni!! wel dwi am fynd rwan dwi yn sgwennu'r nodyn yma o Pratt...!! y dre fwyaf agosaf i Kiowa

Hwyl am y tro,

Guto.  

 

Os hoffach chi gysylltu yn unigyrchol a fi mae croeso ichi fy ebostio ar gutothomas@hotmail.com

Hello and how are you today.

Well if you’ve had rain there lately, it’s nothing compared to what we experienced last night, I reckon it must have been the closest thing to a tornado, well the wind was certainly strong enough to throw me out of my bunk!!! And I can remember looking out about three in the morning and there was one hell of a storm thunder and lightning followed by torrential rain, three inches fell in about half an hour. When we went to the field in the morning the soil was real soggy and the machinery just sank in it and the lorries were all bogged down, consequently we had the rest of the day to ourselves to do whatever we wanted!!! Well I’m off now, I’m writing this email from Pratt…!! The largest town close to Kiowa.

 Cheers for now,

Guto.  

 

If you would like to contact me directly you’re welcome to e.mail me at gutothomas@hotmail.com

 

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"Pratt Kansas"

What began as a practical joke is now one of Pratt's most unique features.  Pratt's hot and cold water towers have appeared in nationwide publications and many visitors are seen stopping for a humorous double-take or photograph.

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"Pratt History"

The  birth year of Pratt County is recognized as 1876, although it had been organized and bonds sold to unsuspecting buyers in 1873.

The county was named after Caleb S. Pratt, a Bostonian and 2nd Lieutenant for the Union during the Civil War. The State Legislature of Kansas, at a loss for names for some 105 counties, chose to use those of officers of the Union side, bearing no connection between the counties and the men they were named for.

There were in the beginning, three contenders for the county seat. Saratoga, located three miles to the east, Iuka, which held the seat until a redistricting of the area and Pratt, the most centrally located.

Pratt was founded in 1884 on a site that was once the hunting grounds of the Kiowa Indians.

When one town seemed to have the advantage, the other two would join forces creating an obstacle. In 1885, a horseman rode through the main street of Pratt shouting, "Indians! Indians!". While some inhabitants had been warned of the scare, others fled to town buildings for a day or two until the event proved to be unfounded.

January 6, 1886, proved to be the worst blizzard know to this county before or since. An estimated 80 percent of the cattle froze to death along with a large number of residents of the county.

An election finally established Pratt as the bearer of the crown and the home of the county offices in 1888. It was so well accepted as the county seat near the end of the first decade that the citizens elected in 1909 to assume the debt of building a new courthouse.

One of the most colorful elements of Pratt history is the tale of "Skunk" Johnson, an early fur trapper who had built a cave near the Ninnescah River as his home. "Skunk" inherited his name when he was forced by the Indians to live in his cave . . . and ate skunk oil to survive.

Pratt is located on the Rock Island (Southern Pacific) Railroad.

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Diolch yn fawr i Guto.

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