SEGMENT: FAMILY BACKGROUND & LAND

Lloyd Johnson>ISM Interviews A-L>ISM Interviews A-L, Segment 23

SEGMENT: FAMILY BACKGROUND & LAND,

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FAMILY BACKGROUND
Great-grandfather came out of hardships of African Americans. Grandfather's ledger reveals his entrepreneurial abilities as well as details of daily life and budget. Bought land, sheep, etc. and re-sold it to other farms. Diversified before his time. Honest and very frugal. No government benefits. Bought a little house to retire in.
LAND
Land is half bottomland and half hilly. About twelve acres that are suitable only for pasture. Other hills are tillable and cropped in hay. Raspberries on one hill, one hill in part was in sugarcane when they made molasses. Hay crops also prevent erosion. Tiling created catch-basins sending water underground instead of into ditches (1990-2000). Had wells as source of water until city water became available (1987).