SEGMENT: FARMING DURING WWII & FARM EQUIPMENT

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SEGMENT: FARMING DURING WWII & FARM EQUIPMENT,

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FARMING DURING WWII
Was in high school during WWII. Gas rationed, but farmers got more than townspeople. Some sports cancelled. Had paper drives, iron drives. Social life toned down. Graduated May 1945. Drafted & inducted in December. Sent him to Ft. Sheridan & shipped to Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Kansas. Wanted to go to Germany to see his roots. They picked him and another to help out at the hospital which needed an x-ray technician. Worked night and day. Learned about electricity, anatomy.
FARM EQUIPMENT
Farmers built bins. His electricity knowledge led him to install electricity for those. Supplemented farm income as an electrician. First tractor was 1937 Farm-All (shows model tractor). Used it through the war. Got a C-Allis Chalmers tractor in 1949. This did away with the need for horses. In 1948, he bought a Massey-Harris 44 tractor for $1900.00. Waiting list after the war. Traded in 1953 for Allis-Chalmers WD-45. Used it till 1959. Bought into A-C dealership.