Farm Life

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

The Lazy Farmer and Spring

By Sam Moore

Since it’s April and officially spring, here are a couple of the Lazy Farmer’s musings on the subject to help you forget the long winter most of the country has experienced.


Childhood Memories of Farm Outbuildings

By Leslie C. McManus

Farm outbuildings house more than just equipment collections: they house lasting memories.


Remembering the Outhouse

By Leonard Lee Rue III

Fond, and not so fond, memories of the outhouse on the farm.


The Many Uses of Farm Buildings

By George Wanamaker

Lumberyards offered plans, advice for farm buildings.


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Jeremiah M. Rusk's Ag Prediction from 1893

Sam Moore

Jeremiah M. Rusk of Wisconsin was Secretary of Agriculture in President Benjamin Harrison's cabinet. As his term ended in 1893, Rusk took a look at what he expected the state of farming to be 100 years hence.


Michigan Railroads in the Gilded Age

By Graydon Meints

The history of Michigan railroads is not complete without mention of the massive wealth and power gained during the Gilded Age.


At the Livery Barn

By Sam Moore

The livery barn was the place to be in 1899.


Finding Gold Ain’t All Good

By Sam Moore

I recently came across a story in an old American Thresherman magazine titled Gold Ruined This Thresherman, about Captain John A. Sutter, owner of Sutter’s Mill where gold was found on January 24, 1848, triggering the California gold rush.



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