SEGMENT: NON-FARM WORK & FARMING METHODS

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SEGMENT: NON-FARM WORK & FARMING METHODS,

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NON-FARM WORK
Worked on the Bates Experimental Road in the spring until April. Foreman allowed him to work on the road again later. Used a wheelbarrow and then helped haul brick, sand, and road materials from the Bates railroad depot. Dumped sand from wheelbarrow into mixer. The roads were 14' wide and had areas of varying environmental conditions and different road constructs to test the roads' strengths. The roads were different combinations of layers of cement and different sizes of brick. Mixer would spread concrete and a gasoline-engine leveler would smooth the road. Used small trucks, steel-wheeled tractors to haul materials. Used a road grader pulled by four horses because they would pack down the road instead of tearing it up. Drag would be 7-8' wide and 3-3.5' on the side.
FARMING METHODS
Lived with brother on farm while working on the Bates Road. Walked to work. Worked with brother until the corn was "laid by," cultivation was finished. Worked on the road until October-November in 1919. Before starting to work on the road a mile of it was already done, when he stopped working they were close to 3 miles. "Laying by" was the term after the corn was plowed three times, and it was not used until it was shucking corn, although now corn is put through a corn sheller and then taken to the elevator.