SEGMENT: FARM EQUIPMENT, LIVESTOCK, & FAMILY ACTIVITIES

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SEGMENT: FARM EQUIPMENT, LIVESTOCK, & FAMILY ACTIVITIES,

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FARM EQUIPMENT
Did 175 acres of corn planting with two-horse planter. Kept corn for next year's planting and picked out live kernels in the winter for seed. Describes planting corn with the planter. Describes plowing corn. Began plowing and planting at 14 or 15 years old. Had two hired men and his brother to help.
LIVESTOCK
Had 12-14 horses on the farm, including the horse they drove to school who was afraid of automobiles. Work horses were draft horses, and had 1-2 teams of driving horses. Drove to Springfield once every two weeks, a 2 hour drive. Took a top carriage with two seats to Springfield. Horses could be stabled in Springfield.
FAMILY ACTIVITIES
Whole family went to Springfield. Would leave for home at 4
WOMEN'S WORK
Women mostly made their own clothes, but did not make men's work clothes. Mother patched gloves and mittens.
FARMHOUSE
Spent 20 years farming with his father. At 18 years old father bought uncle's farm and they moved there. New house was very different. Moved things to new house on sleds in wintertime. Did not sell old farm, but let a hired man and his family live there.
FARMING METHODS
Farmed both properties, about 600 acres total. Was mostly responsible for planting corn. Used to pick corn one row at a time, haul it to the crib, then pick another row.