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Recreation in 1946

Saturday, August 11, 2012 17:11 | Deleted user

Milking 100 cows each morning and evening, Bailing hay, Feeding the cattle and slopping the hogs was all part of daily activity on the farm.

However there was always time for fun per the photo attached.

Left to right is brother Chuck riding Barney our shetland pony. Next is Carol in the saddle on her beloved spotted Indian pony Ginger. Standing on the ground is brother Bob. To his left is his spotted Indian pony Smokey. A friend on the saddle.

The building in the rear that looks like a house is the country school we attended with all 8 grades in one room. I was the only student in my class until the 8th grade when joined by a boy that was held back to repeat his 8th grade studies again.



  • Saturday, August 11, 2012 15:12 | Jeffrey Backus
    Hi Carol... Hmmm great idea. A picture is worth a thousand words!!
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    • Saturday, August 11, 2012 15:50 | Deleted user
      A friend said to me in an email "Did you really have a pony while you were growing up?" So I got out my photo albumin from way back and found that photo. Scaned it and sent it to her. Then decided "What the heck, why not send it to others". Guess who thought I should post it on my blog? I wonder how many people actually know what it's like to be raised on a farm. Yes! I know how to milk a cow by hand but we were modern for that time frame and had milking machines. However once during a snow storm we were without electricity and had to milk all those 100 cows by hand. That's when my father purchased a generater. I actually learned how to drive at age 12 on a tractor. Looking back it was fun even if hard work. I think that is what gave me my good work ethics. High producing cows had to be milked on time or they would start dropping their milk on the floor. Our barn was spotless as we sold Grade A milk to the Army Air Base in Lincoln, Nebraska during WWII and had Army inspectors once a month.
      Thank you for your comment.
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      • Saturday, August 11, 2012 23:10 | Jeffrey Backus
        I tried to milk a female calf once... I get the tar kicked out of me.. my Gammy thought it was funny, and told me to quit messing with it.

        I also slipped off the fender of my Gampy's tractor, he had me by the back of my shirt, while those big knobby tires wore the inside of my legs raw... it took a few seconds for him to get that machine stopped.. Gammy laughed again...

        I also accidentally burned down the out house... I got away with it because I was asked if I burned it down.. I responded with something like, "no, why would I burn down the out house?" I remembered several years later that I had been playing with matches the day before... apparently, the fire smoldered a bit before it caught.
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    • Tuesday, November 18, 2014 17:37 | Jeffrey Backus
      Rest In Peace my friend.
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