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MONDAIN (1883-1912)


This was the best horse that my Great-Great-Grandfather George Thomas Galloway ever had. MONDAIN (pronounce mon-don) was a Percheron stallion that was on my family farm more than 100 years ago. The horse was purchased by my pioneering great great grandfather sometime between 1886 and 1891, at which time he started to advertise the horse as ‘for hire’ for breeding in western Kansas. “Old Dain” was an important part of daily life for George, Lew and their families for more than 20 years.  The significance and importance of the animal to these men is evident by reading the diary entries of Lew H. Galloway, especially the entries from March 1912.

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Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming (1941)

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This is my Great Granduncle George (center). For 3 weeks in the summer of 1941, he and two other men rode 2 motorcycles from WaKeeney, Kansas to Yellowstone National Park WY and back in 2 weeks. They drove almost 2000 miles on Harley Davidson motorcycles, mostly on sand or dirt roads. George was a photographer (amongst other things) and chronicled the journey in images, notes penciled notes on the back of each print, and stories told for years afterward.

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