SEGMENT: FAMILY, LAND, & WOMEN'S WORK

Bill Clausen>NIU Collection>NIU Collection, Segment 6

SEGMENT: FAMILY, LAND, & WOMEN'S WORK,

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FAMILY
He was 24, wife was 26 when they got married. Lived in a small house on their current property. Wife was a nurse, worked until first daughter was born. Wife worked hard on farm and on the house. After second daughter was born, wife went back to work part-time. Clausen discusses family's interest in medicine, daughters' careers
LAND
Won't pass farm onto them. Discusses farm in terms of inheritance and taxes & how the farm came to him through the family. Details family's life course and their deaths. Bought sister out.
WOMEN'S WORK
Discusses roles of wife and daughters. His family was atypical. Not involved in farm youth organizations. Clausen didn't want his daughters to do rough or dirty outdoor work. Reflects on whether that was a good decision. Women supported him by maintaining the home. Wife was understanding, supportive.
FARM BUSINESS
Financial decisions were shared between them, joint decisions. Tells where wife worked. Clausen comments on finances, especially in light of raising the livestock.
ACTIVITIES
Wife brings them (Clausen & interviewer) in a snack, Clausen says that's emblematic of her life-long support. Wife's church, PTA, Farm Bureau activities.