SEGMENT: WEATHER, CROPS, & TENANT FARMING
Marie Burch>UIS Collection B's>UIS Collection B's, Segment 8
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- HIRED HELP
- Son, brother, and hired man worked the farm post-war. Hired man lived in the tenant house.
- Several houses on the farm including a tenant house. Parents died & she lived in farmhouse. Son lived in her current house. Inherited Uncle David's house in 1940.
- 113-degree day in 1954 caused all her chickens to die of heat. Were in loft with fans, but too hot. She had to pitchfork them into truck to dispose of them. Saved the hogs by soaking down the barn floor. Started new chicks in January, 1955, but in 1956 the chicken house burned down.
- David quit farming the year of the drought. Corn was tassling and burned out. Soybeans survived. Little erosion problems on level land. Used grass waterways to control flooding.
- TENANT FARMING
- Needed tenants to run chickens and hogs after David left. Mentions moving & renovating a house.