Thank you for your speedy reply!
I forgot to mention that the Truman Library has a huge collection, too -- and you just never know what might be archived away there -- for instance, I know that cattle raising, cattle ranching, breeds & brands are a BIG topic of interest in Oklahoma historical societies -- so maybe if you explore what kinds of records that state has, it might give you some clues to follow.
If you're having difficulty tracing your John HUFF, then definitely search the archives of the HUFF-L mailing list at rootsweb.com, and post questions at the HUFF forum here at Genweb - who knows who may have some information.
Have you checked Find A Grave for John HUFF? It's over at http://www.findagrave.com -- and don't give up if your first searches are fruitless because they are adding 1000s upon 1000s of new records every day.
ALSO........ contact your.... I think it's referred to as the County Extension Division (?) -- the university AGRICULTURAL colleges may have all sorts of collections, particularly of the historical nature you're interested in.
ALSO, I would definitely keep an eye on websites featuring OLD postcards -- they were SO popular at that time, and so many people collected them, and the Olde West - meaning cowboys, horses, cattle drives were a Big Interest. Ditto for checking on Americana -- who knows what might show up?
Also, I've read very nice accounts of people who personally travelled to the historical society in Warrensburg, Missouri, and they adored their trip there -- that's how I found out that there are many file cases filled with old newspaper clippings. If I find out more, I'll post again.
ALSO --- have you checked all the places where there are volunteers who will do FREE lookups? Usually each of the counties on USGenWeb have a link to a page listing their volunteers -- surely some of them have access to the old city directories in Warrensburg & surrounding environs.
Also, there is a website called something like "Books We Own" - I don't know whether it's http://www.booksweown.com OR http://www.booksweown.org/ -- but it's a great site -- very well organized. People list the books they own that they will do look ups in for others via email.
Also, have you go to NARA - the National Archives and checked on John HUFF's military records? Is there any pension application from service in the Civil War or the Spanish American War?
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