SEGMENT: FARM WORK, FARM EQUIPMENT, & NEIGHBORS
Orrin Pauling>NIU Collection>NIU Collection, Segment 16
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- FARM WORK
- Orrin and brother worked on the farm. Talks about harvest time and the decision to move so to avoid driving and staying overnight away from wife.
- FARM EQUIPMENT
- Machinery they had then was not as good as today, had rubber tire tractors, 1937 bought an F12 tractor. Bought more tractors in 1941 and 1942. Had a corn-picker and a small combine, moved those back and forth.
- Had cattle and hogs, corn, soy beans, oats. When wife came out they raised a few chickens, not very profitable.
- GOVERNMENT PROGRAMS
- Orrin talks about the farm program of 1932 (he thinks), recalls corn prices, turning corn over to government. Was down low in the 1930s.
- FOOD & MEALS
- Farming was difficult, but always had enough food. Brief anecdote about mother's homemade bread.
- Talks about the farmland itself.
- Threshed and filled silos with neighbors, changed help when they made hay. Talks about kids and visitors to the farm.
- FARM BUSINESS
- Went into DeKalb for trading. No farmers' co-ops back then. Mentions current co-op elevators.
- FARM ORGANIZATIONS
- Farm Bureau member, for insurance, government extension program, meetings. Local FB had stock in DeKalb Ag. Had livestock adviser. Discusses role of livestock advisor. Notes where he learned about commodity prices.