Farm Life

Life on the land, farm shows, lessons from the past and more

Harvesting Oats the Old-Fashioned Way

By Dan R. Manning

The traditional way of harvesting oats was a strenuous, labor-intensive process.


Over the Back Fence

By Sam Moore

Sam Moore shares some tongue-in-cheek stories and poems from old farm books and magazines.


A Night to Remember: Straw Pile Fire

By Clyde Eide

A straw pile fire sparked by a lightning strike threatens a farm family's barn.


1938 Fiat Emerges for Second Time in 64 Years

By Clell G. Ballard

A little 1938 Fiat sees the light of day again after being stashed away in 1990.


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Whitewall Tires

By Sam Moore

Sam Moore looks back on whitewall tires, which fell in and out of favor with car owners throughout the decades.


Tidbits from the National Stockman & Farmer

By Sam Moore

Letters sent in to the National Stockman & Farmer magazine provide a glimpse into the lives of Americans living in 1918.


Portable Blacksmith Shop Brings Old Trade to Shows

By Larry F. Whitesell

A mobile blacksmith shop made from parts from a hog-moving trailer and lumber from an old barn helps preserve an old craft at a nearby show.


Montgomery Ward & Co. Catalogs Brought Marketplace to American Farmsteads

By George Wanamaker

Early retailer focused on rural residents by mailing Montgomery Ward catalogs, which offered thousands of items.



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