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Near Studley in Sheridan County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

The Pratt Family

Cottonwood Ranch State Historic Site

 
 
The Pratt Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 6, 2017
1. The Pratt Family Marker
Inscription.  Abraham Pratt and his sons prospered as successful businessmen, farmers, and ranchers. Fent married Yorkshire native Jennie Elizabeth Place in 1888. Life on the High Plains was very different from middle class England. At first Jennie did not like living in Kansas, but Fent worked hard to make a nice home for her. The couple had two daughters, Hilda, born in 1889, and Elsie, born in 1894. Tom married Elizabeth Mosier and they had eight children. Abraham, the patriarch of the family, died in August 1901.

(photo caption)
Sisters Hilda and Elsie Pratt with their pets
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & SettlersWomen.
 
Location. 39° 21.298′ N, 100° 10.368′ W. Marker is near Studley, Kansas, in Sheridan County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 24 east of Road 140E, on the left when traveling east. Marker is located on the Cottonwood Ranch State Historic Site grounds, overlooking the southeast corner of the ranch house. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 14432 East US Highway 24, Hoxie KS 67740, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance
Marker detail: Hilda Pratt image. Click for full size.
2. Marker detail: Hilda Pratt
of this marker. Stained Glass Windows (here, next to this marker); Washhouse and Yard Fence (a few steps from this marker); Windmill and Water Cistern (a few steps from this marker); Pratt Home & Cottonwood Ranch (a few steps from this marker); Yorkshire Ranching on the High Plains (within shouting distance of this marker); The Story of the Stones (within shouting distance of this marker); Working and Living Spaces (within shouting distance of this marker); After the Pratts (within shouting distance of this marker). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Studley.
 
Related markers. Click here for a list of markers that are related to this marker. Cottonwood Ranch State Historic Site
 
Also see . . .
1. The Pratt Family. The Studley community in eastern Sheridan County grew up around the claim of Abraham Pratt who came to the area from Ripon, Yorkshire, England, in 1878. In 1880 Abraham Pratt persuaded his son, John Fenton or "Fent," to join him. Two years later another son, Tom, came over from England. Both sons took up adjoining 160-acre claims. (Submitted on September 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 

2. Cottonwood Ranch. Fenton Pratt sold all of his sheep and most of his land in 1904 and pursued his other business interests in Sheridan and Graham counties. He died
Marker detail: Elsie Pratt image. Click for full size.
3. Marker detail: Elsie Pratt
in 1937. Hilda never married and remained on the home place with her mother. After the death of Jennie Pratt in 1959, Hilda lived alone at the ranch until 1978. She died in 1980. (Submitted on September 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.) 
 
The Pratt Family Marker image. Click for full size.
By Cosmos Mariner, September 6, 2017
4. The Pratt Family Marker
(southeast corner of ranch house in background)
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on September 14, 2020. It was originally submitted on September 13, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida. This page has been viewed 43 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 14, 2020, by Cosmos Mariner of Cape Canaveral, Florida.
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