SEGMENT: FARM EQUIPMENT, CROPS, & TRANSPORTATION
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- Raised oats, wheat, and corn. Oats were mostly used for the horses.
- FARM EQUIPMENT
- In 1936 wife convinced Mr. Cline to buy tractor, pair of cultivators, plow, and disc-harrow with her money for $1350. Everything was John Deere brand and bought at Zorn in Chandlerville except the tractor, which was Oliver and bought at the Philadelphia Elevator. One farmer in the community owned a thresher and threshed the community's wheat.
- Stacked wheat when it was wheat so the seed would not sprout, let the wheat "sweat," let it dry, and then thresh it in the fall. Could not buy seed, but collected own and shared with the community.
- Average farm had 27 horses. Horses had own stalls in the barn with harnesses hanging nearby. Collars were custom-made by a harness-maker. Oiled harnesses once a year by "dipping" in heated water and Neat's foot oil. A few horses were not worked but were only used for transportation. Describes the rigs for the buggies. Stopped using buggy when they bought automobile. Women could harness own horses. Discusses differences between runabout, storm, and spring wagons. Used spring wagons to go to town and bring home groceries.