SEGMENT: LIVESTOCK, ACTIVITIES, & LAND ACQUISITION

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SEGMENT: LIVESTOCK, ACTIVITIES, & LAND ACQUISITION,

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LIVESTOCK
Took cattle to Chicago. Monday and Wednesday were the big days. In the 1970's had slaughter and packing plants come to farm to buy cattle rather than farmer trucking them to market.
ACTIVITIES
Recollects story of teacher coming to house inviting them to the schoolhouse for a Christmas play. Describes how he met his neighbors and activities that they did together, cards. Cloverdale church had more social activities then his current church St. Mary's. Card Club with neighbors for 30 years. Met some members through farming and other friends. Played Canasta and 500. Card Clubs were about 10 couples with refreshments. Couples play together. Children did not come to card club but did go visiting with them. Ball room dancing with wife. Large family meant many weddings to attend.
FAMILY
Wife, Ruth Karner (maiden). First son born 1940. 21 years difference between oldest and youngest children. Has 6 children, 2 boys 4 girls. Also 21 years difference between him and his youngest sister.
WEATHER
Recalls the winter his sister was born- 3 weeks when temp. was below zero.
ELECTRIFICATION
Had electricity in DeKalb in mid-1930's.
LAND ACQUISITION
Father bought land in 1941. Paid $128 per acre. Now its about $1,500 but did rise to $3,000 in early 1980's.