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  •  volga Germans (2+ / 0-)
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    I think it is interesting that tumbleweed (Russian Sage) ws brought to America in 1882, in the barrels of hard winter wheat seed that the Volga Germans brought from their homeland to Kansas and Missouri.
    Unintended consequence, indeed.

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    by old mule on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 03:47:14 PM PDT

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    •  Well say what you will about Germans, you still (0+ / 0-)

      cannot swear properly w/o German.

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      by 88kathy on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 06:32:22 PM PDT

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    •  Actually the tumbleweed coat of arms does fit. (0+ / 0-)

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      by 88kathy on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 06:35:54 PM PDT

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    •  I will look into it but I seriously doubt anyone (0+ / 0-)

      related to me drug a shipment of flax seed through Ellis Island. They were just tired, poor and hungry.

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      by 88kathy on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 06:45:50 PM PDT

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      •  plants (1+ / 0-)
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        It was common for immigrants to bring plants, seed, and potted fruit trees to America--sometimes in big quantities, too.

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        by old mule on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 08:08:06 PM PDT

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        •  Also tumbleweeds grow best in disturbed ground. (1+ / 0-)
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          The farmers did disturb the ground. From what I found out the origin was narrowed to a county in South Dakota and a flax seed shipment from the Ukraine. From the 1900's on much ground was disturbed and that did allow the tumbleweeds to flourish. Blaming the immigrants is always a favorite pastime.

          Here is the article in Wikipedia about Bonn County. The resulting Dust Bowl from drought and archaic farming techniques was mitigated by tumbleweeds which did save the beef industry and were eaten by some people to avoid starvation. There are no family stories about eating tumbleweeds. So we weren't that tired, poor or hungry. But we weren't in the middle of the Dust Bowl just on the edge. Turns out the tumbleweeds loved the Dust Bowl. Here

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          by 88kathy on Mon Aug 05, 2013 at 08:26:45 PM PDT

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