SEGMENT: FARM BUSINESS, LIVESTOCK, & NEIGHBORS
Warren Scholl>NIU Collection>NIU Collection, Segment 18
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- CHILDHOOD WORK
- Warren discusses how he got his start in farming. Worked with Father after high school. Graduated in 1939. Chores morning and night as child. Was paid a wage as revenue increased after WWII.
- FARM BUSINESS
- Family was in hog and dairy business. Did custom work for neighbors, harvesting corn on neighboring farms. Mentions small grain custom harvest. Combine, 2-row equipment. Equipment was good, but it was still work, not like using new equipment today. In 1955 left dairy business.
- Everyone liked playing with pigs. Warren's children were given a "pig project", they raise hogs, buy feed, and sell them to share profits with family. Share crop 50/50 with his father. Livestock has faded on many farms.
- WOMEN'S WORK
- Wife's jobs; housework, occasionally drove tractor. Kids learned at 12 to drive, enjoyed driving tractor. Story of son getting tractor stuck.
- Custom work for neighbors mostly through exchange of services like corn shelling, emptying corn cribs, etc. Socialization with neighbors included hunting, visiting, & talking. "I've seen people come & go."
- When someone takes over his farm he will pass on the ins and outs of the soil.