SEGMENT: FARMING DURING GREAT DEPRESSION, WEATHER, & FARM EQUIPMENT
Ray (Bud) Nuckols>UIS Collection N-R>UIS Collection N-R, Segment 2
- Discussed ice storm of 1977. Power off for ten days. Brought some people together. Had a party to use up their freezer goods. Gas heat counter-flow furnaces worked, 3 minutes at a time without power. Used gas grill in garage to cook. Some had generators. Date was Easter Sunday, April 26.
- FARMING DURING GREAT DEPRESSION
- Asked about subsidies. First, mentions Depression era when government called for decreased production because their was no market and little cash, even though people were hungry. Downtown Auburn had soup lines, which were subsidized by the government. Banks were closed for a year. Method of commerce locally was that he took 50 bushels of corn to the mine and pick up a load of coal instead of selling the corn at the elevator for $4, then buying the coal. Subsidizing by the government is okay for emergencies, but not as continual policy.
- FARM EQUIPMENT
- First tractor he remembered was a Case oil burner that pulled a nine bottom plow. So big it started in the middle of the field and went round and round to the edges. They used it for several years then junked it for a smaller, more versatile, easier to use one.