Elam Bartholomew was a busy man.
In the late 19th century, he became a well-known botanist and horticulturist and over the next half-century worked for the Kansas State Agricultural College as well as the U.S. Department of Agriculture.
All told, Bartholomew would collect not only snakeroot but more than 290,000 plants, donating much of that collection to the Sternberg Museum of Natural History in Hays. But other specimens from his collections are housed at Harvard University in the Farlow Herbarium and the New York Botanical Garden.
Bartholomew learned, for example, that snakeroot — also known as echinacea — grows wild on the prairie. Parts of the plant were first used by American Indians in treating snakebites. Other parts of the plant could be used in boosting the immune system, helping with earaches, toothaches and sore throats.
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More than a century after Bartholomew roamed the Kansas prairie, the plant is still a popular treatment for people seeking relief from colds.
Bartholomew also became internationally known in the field of mycology, the study of fungus.
Question: What county did he live in?
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