SEGMENT: FARM EQUIPMENT, ENVIRONMENT, & LIVESTOCK

Bert Aikman>UIS Collection A's>UIS Collection, Segment 7

SEGMENT: FARM EQUIPMENT, ENVIRONMENT, & LIVESTOCK,

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FARM EQUIPMENT
Early on sowing done "just like in Bible times." Later a "windmill" like machine would whirl seeds. It was carried on neck with seed bag around waist. Later they developed a "tin-horn" device to sow seeds. Describes "tin-horn" device. Wheat drill later developed. Describes harvesting of wheat, timothy, alfalfa. Discusses mowers used for alfalfa and hay. Describes his father talking about running scythe. Scythe used around home & to cut brush at edge of timber.
WILD PLANTS
Mentions hazelnut cutting. Compares hazelnut to philbert.
ENVIRONMENT
Ground where hazelnut grew was valuable, as was hickory. People would buy ground where hazelnut & hickory grew. Farmers would not buy ground covered in post-oak, because it wasn't much good. Recalls farmer in OK plowing through timber with 1 plow blade drawn by oxen.
LIVESTOCK
Does not recall much use of oxen, except for wagons heading west. Oxen good for hauling wood in timber.