SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, TRANSPORTATION, & FARM EQUIPMENT

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SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, TRANSPORTATION, & FARM EQUIPMENT,

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FARM BUSINESS
Farm was 166 acres next to the railroad and Route 121. Grew corn and soybeans. Originally grew oats for horses. Milked cows and sold the cream after separating it with a cream separator.
TRANSPORTATION
Took cream to market with a Ford touring car with curtains in the windows and no heater, around 1921-1923. Men rode in back under a blanket to stay warm. Then got a Mercury, then a Chevrolet. Bought cars in Mt. Pulaski. Bought a Plymouth and often needed a tractor to start it, even though everyone else liked their Plymouths.
FARM EQUIPMENT
Bought a new tractor when they started farming, and always waited until they could pay for something fully. First tractor they had was steel-wheeled. Bought a tractor after neighbors, and bought television last in the neighborhood. Also bought their own combine and disc. Rode on the four horse-drawn disc herself. Recalls talking to a young boy who was riding equipment by the second grade. Recalls two boys who were killed in accidents on a neighbor's farm near Salt Creek, one of whom was killed by a tractor.