SEGMENT:FAMILY BACKGROUND, FARMING DURING GREAT DEPRESSION, & CHANGES IN FARM EQUIPMENT

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SEGMENT:FAMILY BACKGROUND, FARMING DURING GREAT DEPRESSION, & CHANGES IN FARM EQUIPMENT,

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FAMILY BACKGROUND
Places Lived, Education
FARMING DURING GREAT DEPRESSION
Began farming in Depression; father, brother, & Luke farmed 400 acres by hand & with horses. 250 acres of corn picked by hand. Hired 3 men for $1/day plus dinner. Some corn went into corn cribs & some hauled to cattle yards in Kirkland & sold for 16 cents bushel. Started with inventory of $2100 to farm 400 acres.
CHANGES IN FARM EQUIPMENT
Bought 1st new tractor when in partnership with brother for $700 (International) in 1933. As machinery accumulated stopped using horses. In 1942 still had 1 team of horses for feeding cattle & chores. Equipment was smaller than now.