The Good Farm Wife


| 2/4/2011 2:35:12 PM


Tags: valentine's day, farm wife, 1955,
 Sam Moore 
Sam Moore

In a 1955 issue of a farm magazine in my collection is an article by R.J. McGinnis titled, "The Farmer Takes a Wife," from which I quote:

"When a farmer buys a cow he looks at her long and carefully, goes over her point by point and weighs his pocketbook against her virtues and her faults. He should be no less
calculating when he takes a wife. A young farmer should keep in mind that he will rise or fall on his choice of a wife.

"This flint-hearted approach to choosing a wife will appear to many, especially the female sex, as saying that a wife should be regarded as a piece of farm equipment. That is quite right. We're going to be realistic about this and not let love or sentiment becloud the issue. Few farmers can afford love these days.

"Most farmers use very slipshod methods in picking a wife. The (young) farmer falls victim to a moonlit night, or a dulcet voice, or a sniff of perfume, never (thinking) whether the creature in his arms can strip a cow dry or lift the back end of a wagon. Farmers don't usually fall in love with the deep bosomed, wide hipped, somewhat unimaginative women who make the best farm wives; instead they fall for the perfumed butterfly, marry her, and slowly repent.

"If the farmer should happen to marry the right kind of girl, love will likely come along, in the field while she is pitching hay up to him, or in the barn when she whacks Daisy for stepping on her foot. If love doesn't come along, so much the better; his life will be much simpler without it. He'll have companionship and a helpmate, and what more could a serious farmer want?

"Here are the qualifications for the wife of an ambitious young farmer:

sam moore
2/8/2011 1:41:56 PM

You're a good husband, Gene, not every man would be so thoughtful. After all, roses wilt and must be thrown out in a week, and candy is soon gone (except for what remains on the hips), but a Farmall 300 lives forever. Good luck.


eugene smith
2/4/2011 4:59:25 PM

well i hate to say this, but after reading sam moore`s article about what makes a good farm wife. i went out and bought my wife a 300 farmall tractor for valentines day! hope she likes it ( better than a box of chocolates )