SEGMENT: FOOD & MEALS, FARM WORK, & FARMHOUSE

Ray Ackerman>ISM Interviews A-L>ISM Interviews A-L, Segment 2

SEGMENT: FOOD & MEALS, FARM WORK, & FARMHOUSE,

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CROPS
Discussion on the different crops he had, such as corn, oats and wheat. Frost didn't bother them.
FARMING METHODS
Mentions disking and harrowing and a roller, which they used with the horses, to break up the ground more. Didn't have any soybeans back in the 1930's.
FARM WORK
Remembers being on the farm until he was out of high school, started in college in 1939. Remembers when working on the farm, a water boy would bring water to the workers. Would fill jugs with water and bring them out to the field.
FARM EQUIPMENT
Talks about thrashers, binders, pitchers and haulers. Says an implement dealer would come by. Corn cribs and grain bins were used.
NEIGHBORS
When selling corn, the man that had the threshing machine would help with getting the corn situated, along with friends.
FARMHOUSE
Could use the cob pile for heating the furnace. Talks about using natural gas to heat the house. Used willow logs to use in the furnace to supplement heating.
FOOD & MEALS
Had cherry trees, would can the cherries. Also had an apple orchard. Made cider; & vinegar. Had a garden that had grapes. Never starved during the Depression because of food grown on the farm. Had canned beef or pork from butchered cow.