SEGMENT: LIVESTOCK, NON-FARM WORK, & FARM WORK
Hal Ringland>UIS Collection N-R>UIS Collection N-R, Segment 14
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- Discusses love for horses & farming with them longer than most farmers, even though he had 2 tractors. Hal used to buy & break horses & then sell them. Story about breaking a particularly difficult mule. It had been scared by a motorcycle & went crazy, but Hal broke it. "…it was worse than any bronco that had never been worked." Turned out to be a really good mule. Description of the process of breaking horses.
- NON-FARM WORK
- "When times was hard we always managed to meet our obligations." Worked for 3 yrs hauling coal with horse-drawn wagon (got $0.50 per bushel) & saving money to buy 20 acres.
- FARM WORK
- Hal worked for Mr. Dloomingore hauling hay bales & loading them on train. Mentions railroad company would charge the farmer for the amount of time the cars were on the sidetrack being loaded. Story of being good at loading cars. Earned $0.03/bale loaded. "I did not make much money, but I was glad to make any money."