SEGMENT: LAND, HEALTH, & RECOLLECTIONS
Bert Aikman>UIS Collection A's>UIS Collection, Segment 17
- Bert adds to previous discussion & description of using horse-pulled scraper to dig drainage ditches on farm.
- Discussion of change in life-expectancy. Man in his 60's was considered old.
- Bert give detailed discussion of draining land including digging ditches, & installing tile. Mentions cost for having dredge-boat clean out a ditch on his land. Needed ditches to make tile work. Mentions tile-district & tiling a big ditch to connect to many fields of tiled fields owned by many farmers. Mentions hauling water out of ditch for threshing. Tile was either concrete or burned clay. Bottoms of clay tile will eventually develop holes & stop working. Mentions Doug Price setting up concrete tile-factory in Waggoner on rail line where he could get the gravel & material for concrete. Discusses manufacturing of concrete tile. Many farms tiled with concrete tile. Clay tile factory at Harvel ran out of the clay they had been using. Big pond where Harvel clay-tile factory dug out its clay. Pond (owned by Stanley Fix) has many fish, ducks, pheasants, geese.
- Bert tells story of workers putting snakes on his house & getting into fight.