SEGMENT: FARMING DURING WWII & FARM EQUIPMENT
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- FARMING DURING WWII
- Was in high school during WWII. Gas rationed, but farmers got more than townspeople. Some sports cancelled. Had paper drives, iron drives. Social life toned down. Graduated May 1945. Drafted & inducted in December. Sent him to Ft. Sheridan & shipped to Aberdeen Proving Grounds in Kansas. Wanted to go to Germany to see his roots. They picked him and another to help out at the hospital which needed an x-ray technician. Worked night and day. Learned about electricity, anatomy.
- FARM EQUIPMENT
- Farmers built bins. His electricity knowledge led him to install electricity for those. Supplemented farm income as an electrician. First tractor was 1937 Farm-All (shows model tractor). Used it through the war. Got a C-Allis Chalmers tractor in 1949. This did away with the need for horses. In 1948, he bought a Massey-Harris 44 tractor for $1900.00. Waiting list after the war. Traded in 1953 for Allis-Chalmers WD-45. Used it till 1959. Bought into A-C dealership.