SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS & FARMHOUSE
Archibald Dunn>UIS Collection C-G>UIS Collection C-G, Segment 9
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- FARM BUSINESS
- Men sometimes took wheat to St. Louis on the river ice, because it was shallow and flowed slowly. Thinks they probably brought back salt on the ice for the packing plants. Farmed with ten horses. Horses were worth $125, corn planters were $45, and cultivators were $30. Father bought farm in 1889 from the Dunns. Dunns bought the property in 1957. The property's boundaries are not straight. Bought first tractor in 1919 but kept horses until after WWII when his horses were sold. Recalls a hired man who could drive 6 horses to a gang plow. Mother planted corn with aunt on a sled after marking the field both ways.
- Uncle's house was built in 1902 when interviewer's father finished school. Tore first house down except for front rooms and added on more rooms. Women stayed in the house and boys stayed in upstairs rooms. Recalls knocking the bed over once. Hired men stayed in the barn, including bricklayers.