SEGMENT: FOOD & MEALS, FARM WORK, & FARMHOUSE
Ray Ackerman>ISM Interviews A-L>ISM Interviews A-L, Segment 2
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- Discussion on the different crops he had, such as corn, oats and wheat. Frost didn't bother them.
- FARMING METHODS
- Mentions disking and harrowing and a roller, which they used with the horses, to break up the ground more. Didn't have any soybeans back in the 1930's.
- FARM WORK
- Remembers being on the farm until he was out of high school, started in college in 1939. Remembers when working on the farm, a water boy would bring water to the workers. Would fill jugs with water and bring them out to the field.
- FARM EQUIPMENT
- Talks about thrashers, binders, pitchers and haulers. Says an implement dealer would come by. Corn cribs and grain bins were used.
- When selling corn, the man that had the threshing machine would help with getting the corn situated, along with friends.
- Could use the cob pile for heating the furnace. Talks about using natural gas to heat the house. Used willow logs to use in the furnace to supplement heating.
- FOOD & MEALS
- Had cherry trees, would can the cherries. Also had an apple orchard. Made cider; & vinegar. Had a garden that had grapes. Never starved during the Depression because of food grown on the farm. Had canned beef or pork from butchered cow.