SEGMENT: FAMILY BACKGROUND & FARMING METHODS

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SEGMENT: FAMILY BACKGROUND & FARMING METHODS,

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FAMILY BACKGROUND
George Howe was 82 years old January 23, 1952. He was born in Logan County and lived 81 years in Piatt County. Judge Hullbaker conducts most of the interview. George's father came from Ireland in 1857. He served three years in the army. Moved back to Logan County and was a tenant farmer for five years, then moved to Piatt in 1871. The town of Mansfield was established the same year George was born. George had five brothers and four sisters. George's dad and uncle Joe bought land for farming in 1870. One of his sisters live in CA. His brother Burt lives on the family farm. George was married in 1894 and had four children, three survived. Clayton runs the bank after George retired. Roscoe is in Mayfield, KY. Joesphine practices law and lives at home.
FARMING METHODS
The first plow he ever handled was John T. Morton 14 inch plow. They would walk behind almost all the implements. They would look at the sun to tell what time it was, and stay in the fields from sun up to sun down. The oats were shucked and handled by hand until they got to the separator. In the 1880s they got a wire binder. At this time they raised wheat, oats, and corn.