SEGMENT: NEIGHBORS, TRANSPORTATION, & FARMING METHODS
Archibald Dunn>UIS Collection C-G>UIS Collection C-G, Segment 9
- Discusses neighbors' families. One family would visit Illiopolis in a covered wagon with a neighbor's horse with their own driving a surrey. Discusses families in the cemetery. Used a wagon and mules to draw the coffin. Discusses families in the area. Aunt used to play organ in church, and died at 94 years old and still washed her own windows.
- FAMILY FINANCES
- Father and neighbor were working for the telephone company and the mail route when father died. Father had about $7,000 in life insurance when he died, which saved the farm.
- Describes the use of an over rein. Horses with an over rein were easier to handle. Neighbor used over reins on his mules. Neighbor's hired man was a hard worker until he got rheumatism. "George Cline was never a yes man to anybody except his wife."
- FARMING METHODS
- Bert was working when threshers did not have blowers and bands were cut by hand. Only sacked corn once. Buried sacked wheat in a straw stack to keep rain off. Had 18 canvas sacks per load and 2 bushels per sack. Rented sacks from the mill. One small worker could carry a 120 lb sack easily. Had 2.5 bushels per sack of clover. Took his Ford truck to Rushville in 1929 to buy 50 bushels of clover seed for father-in-law. Recalls carrying the sacks to the basement.