After taking the summer off, the Suffield Township Historical Society's Speak Series returned tonight, Monday September 18th, as Dan Duma and Matt Moulton, gave a presentation on last spring's sensational relief effort by local farmers to help fellow farmers in southwestern Kansas. These Kansas and Oklahoma farmers had been plagued by wild fires that had destroyed many farms and burned about 700,000 acres of grasslands. The crowd of about 60 sat mesmerized as Duma and Moulton told of the high levels of emotion that played out during the daunting three day trip. Thirty-seven trucks from the Suffield area, loaded with hay, made the trip. Duma said that there were lots to flat tires and two accidents on the trip. What some didn't realize was that the original trip on March 22nd was just the first of two trips to Kansas. A second trip took place about a month later, and this trip involved about 50 trucks. Some of the drivers stayed in Kansas for up to two weeks helping to restore fence lines.
Gino Calcei, creator of the Speaker Series, said that he hoped someone would memorialize the event as an important part of Suffield's history by creating a notebook for the Historical Society to include an explanation of why the trip was made, the names of the participants and photos. All residents can be proud of these men, and women, that undertook this important rescue mission.