SEGMENT: WOMEN'S WORK, NEIGHBORS, & FAMILY
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- WOMEN'S WORK
- Farm was smaller in early days, wife worked in town to supplement income. Mentions farm size when they started out. Wouldn't have been able to afford groceries if it weren't for wife's income that first year.
- FARM ORGANIZATIONS
- Belongs to Farm Bureau. They have insurance programs, sell equipment, seeds, etc. Co-op style, they split the profits. Milton has been an active member since he's been farming.
- CHURCH ACTIVITIES
- Goes to church in DeKalb. Tries to do his part in the congregation.
- Relied on each other, very helpful. It's not like that anymore, no one helps each other, keep to themselves. The change happened when people were successful and farms got larger, got self-involved, land greed.
- 1 son, 2 daughters. Son is oldest, not interested in farming, is an engineer, has 2 children. Oldest daughter has 2 children. Youngest daughter has 2 children - that daughter helps on the farm today.
- CHILDHOOD ACTIVITIES
- Played with neighbor children. Didn't go to movies in town really. Made their own fun growing up - played. In high school, times were improving, access to vehicles, youth group.
- Went to town for school. Milton's folks would go in town to buy groceries.
- FAMILY ACTIVITIES
- Aunts, uncles, cousins were around. They'd visit on Sundays.
- LAND ACQUISITION
- Bought farm in 1958, 160 acres. Rented 240 acres nearby. Farmed 400 acres for many years.