SEGMENT: CROPS, HEALTH, & FARM WORK
Bert Aikman>UIS Collection A's>UIS Collection, Segment 17
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- Bert describes size of Hessian-Fly, fly eggs weighing down stalk, destruction of wheat, & law stating wheat could not be harvested before a certain date (usually after frost killed fly) to prevent spread of fly.
- Discussion of Mr. Richardson having rheumatic fever at corn-planting & telling Bert the crops were up to him that spring.
- FARM WORK
- Discussion of working for Sam Richardson who had rheumatic fever. Mentions hired-help Sam Coughlin who did not care for horses the way Richardson wanted. Care of horses & feeding of horses discussed. Mentions using walking plow. Horses ate stalk while pulling wagon in which shucked corn was thrown. Mentions how many bushels could be shucked by a man in a day. Mentions corn-shucking contests held in Iowa.