SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS & FARMING DURING WWII
Larry Smith>UIS Collection S>UIS Collection S, Segment 20
- FARM BUSINESS
- Prior to WWII farm did not raise much soybeans. Also in dairy business. Father grew hemp before & during the war. Hemp harvested by hand. Mentions note from US Department of Agriculture warning farmers not to ingest hemp. Father then smoked hemp, as did son in 1960's. Contracted with Stokely Food Company to grow food for human consumption. Company would send out people to harvest their crop. Really only leasing land to the food company. More soybeans after the war.
- FARMING DURING WWII
- Some communication between mother & her brother during WWII. Does not recall V-mail. Rationing was only drawback to farming during WWII that Mr. Smith remembers. Farm was self-sufficient. Just had to worry about gas & sugar. Kayro syrup on corn flakes. Mention of margarine really being lard. Remembers frightened by conversations about war & blackouts. Recalls mother removing piano books because they were by German composers.