SEGMENT: FARMING DURING WWII, NEIGHBORS, & FARM BUSINESS

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SEGMENT: FARMING DURING WWII, NEIGHBORS, & FARM BUSINESS,

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FAMILY BACKGROUND
Bill born in 1916. Wife born in southern IN. Father moved here in 1908. Always rented land.
FARMING DURING WWII
There was a production increase. Didn't mind the government intervention/help (difficult to hear). Discusses ration stamps, rationed products during WWII. Had livestock. Now just have cats.
FAMILY
Martha cared for the children, tells birth years.
HIRED HELP
No hired help during war. Needed labor for size of farm. Not like today where farm equipment reduces need for labor. Not as big or sophisticated back then.
NEIGHBORS
During harvest time and threshing everyone would help on everyone's farm.
FARMING DURING WWII
Mixed feelings about those friends/hands who were drafted, understood they had to go though, brother in the Service, Martha
FARM BUSINESS
Martha helped with some, Bill consulted with Martha. She used to do more of the bookkeeping, he does more now, it needs to be sent to Washington (DC or WA?).
ACTIVITIES
They travel now, but during WWII would have parties with nearby neighbors, picnics, church activities, school activities.