I read the Salina Journal article: "Cotton remains strong as weather delays harvest" (Nov 16). It is quite amazing that Kansas — a state known mostly for wheat, milo, corn, soybeans, sunflowers, cattle and crude oil — is also making inroads raising cotton as a cash crop.

My late dad, John William Marples, was born and raised 5 miles east of Phillipsburg. He told me several times that as a young boy (he was born in 1910), he would correspond by mail with his maternal grandmother's sister. Dad's grandmother was Clarissa Jane (Williams) White and she resided mainly at Gretna, Kansas, and near Franklin, Nebraska.

One of her 13 siblings was named Ida Belle Williams, (my dad's great-aunt), and to phrase it in today's politically correct terminology: Ida Belle Williams was 'mentally challenged' in some areas; yet she was quite intelligent in other areas.

She gave my dad a 1928 "genuine silver dollar" the year my dad graduated from Agra High School, along with a bag of cotton-seeds Ida's father, Freeman Williams, had collected from relatives near Nashville, Tennessee.

Freeman Williams himself, lived and died in Grant County, Wisconsin, near the towns of Platteville and Ellenboro. My dad's father had his doubts whether the cotton seed would grow in the colder climate of northern Kansas; plus, the cotton seeds reputedly dated from the Civil War era, making them quite old.

That didn't deter my dad. He planted the seeds and they germinated and he "harvested" several cotton plants with a quite a few cotton bolls on each plant.

I wish for a bountiful harvest to all Kansas cotton producers. It's one more crop that expands the importance of Kansas' agricultural base.