Farm Life

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

Life on Small Farm Was Worth It

By Leonard Rue III

Life was rough on the small farm in the 1930s

Trade Cards Used as Promotional Pieces for Farm Equipment

By John Cole

Moline Plow Co. trade card a standout

William Deering Impresses at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition

By George Wanamaker

William Deering & Co. made quite a splash at the 1893 World’s Columbian Exposition.

Radio Sets Brought News Faster Than Ever To Rural America

By Clell G. Ballard

Radio sets were rural America’s connection to the world.


The Ohio Farmer in August 1858

by Sam Moore

Sam Moore shares tidbits from the August 14, 1858 issue of The Ohio Farmer paper.

Dust Bowl Broadcast: Harvesting the High Plains

By Jerry Schleicher

Harvesting the High Plains tells the story of man vs. nature in the Dust Bowl years

A Day in the Life of a Country Postmistress

by Sam Moore

Sam Moore shares an excerpt from the memoirs of Erma Dickey Wonstetler, a small-town postmistress in the early 20th century.

The Tale of the Piasa Bird

By Sam Moore

The legend of the Piasa bird, which was believed to devour men.