SEGMENT: LAND ACQUISITION & FARMING DURING GREAT DEPRESSION
Chris Eckert>LPL Interviews A-M>LPL Interviews A-J, Segment 6
- LAND ACQUISITION
- Johann's son Michael Eckert bought farms to give his sons. He was given a farm outside of Fayetteville, Drum Hill Farm in 1840. Michael had son Henry; moved to current farm, married Mary Miller of Miller Farm, 100 acres. Son Alvin and wife Ella Heinrich farmed same land; also bought 100 acres nearby. Added more fruit and marketing; had travelling rodeo show that went bust. Owns Turkey Hill Grange. Ella was driving force for children. Three sons went to University of Illinois in Agriculture in 1920s. They came back to work on the farm. Alvin created partnership.
- FARMING DURING GREAT DEPRESSION
- Prospered during Depression. Added farm in Millstadt, one two miles east, and two ten miles east. Tripled acreage. Direct marketing in retail helped them survive.