Photo is of settlers clearing land in 1880. The man looks to be clearing the land with a plow attached to a horse while a woman (standing to the left of the man) seems to be holding a stick (perhaps a rake or hoe) with pigs besides her. On the right of the photograph is a seated child playing with a black and white dog. With any new settlement, clearing the land was a priority in order to plant crops and earn both food for the table and an income. It was not an easy task. Removal of trees, trunks and weeds was nothing short of back-breaking work.
There is no information given about this particular family but, in 1880, about 49% of the labor force consisted of farmers. An increase in settlement on the Great Plains began as immigrants from southern and eastern Europe arrived in the United States. There were an estimated 4,009,000 farms in the country with 134 being the average in acreage.