Osborne County Roadside Marker

Sod and Stubble

The Ise School and Family Homestead


Two miles west and a mile north, on level ground between Dry and Twelve Mile Creeks, is the site of the 1871 homestead of Henry Ise. In 1873, Henry married seventeen year old Rosa Haag of Holton, Kansas and brought her west to live. Twelve children (five girls and seven boys) were born on this homestead in the 27 years preceding Henry's death in 1900. Nine years later, Rosa moved with her family to Lawrence, Kansas where she died in 1947. One son, John, published his parent's story in 1936 in a book called Sod and Stubble. His classic tale of homesteading on the Great Plains recounts the years of struggle and hardships the family and there neighbors endured to transform the virgin sod into productive farms of corn and wheat.

The Ise farm served as the location of the New Arcadia Post Office (1874-1879) and the Ise School, District 37. Near here on the north side of highway 24 (approx. one mile west) is the Downs Cemetery where members of the Ise family and other early settlers are buried.

This monument was made possible by the
efforts of The Downs Historical Society
and the generosity of its friends.
Erected 1996

Roadside Markers Marker in roadside park beside US-24 in Downs in Osborne County Osborne County

July23, 2001 / Bob Walter / Wichita, Kansas / history@kslib.info

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