One of the things I recall about farm life was that we never took pictures of anything except people! It was called a 'waste' of film to make a picture of animals or machinery. That is a shame, as I look at it now.
I am looking forward to the first edition of Farm Collector, and I hope to contribute some of my stories. I might even find a picture or two!
Opal C. Blylock, Bartlett, Tenn.
THE SOUND OF THE WINDMILL
I'm 52 years old now, and have always lived in the city -- well, small towns -- but my heart has always been in the country. Special times in my life were when my Grandpa (William Luehring) would take me and my cousin to his farm just south of Washington, Kan.
Grandpa had two workhorses named Bill and Sugar. I'll never forget how big and beautiful those two great horses were, and Grandpa loved them both.
I can still hear the sound of the windmill running in the wind; there's no sound quite like it. Grandpa always wore his farming overalls, and kept a plug of Horseshoe tobacco in his pocket. And right under that pocket was a warm heart. Even though you could tell he had seen some hard times, he always wore a smile on his face.
Bill Ray, Hickman, Neb.
HARD TIMES, GOOD TIMES
I am so pleased to learn that the GRIT family is increasing. When I saw that the new 'baby' will be about the farm, I thought 'Great! That is right up my alley!'' We lived on the farm for 21 years and I have many, many stories about that. We had some rough times in our early farm days - but many funny incidents.
My husband is from the era when farming was done with horses, and people are always trying to stump him on some kind of tool or implement. He usually knows what it is. He started working as a hired man on the farm when he was just 14 years old.
Best regards, and good luck with Farm Collector.
Winnie Schuetz, Tilden, IL
Editor's note: Farm Collector is the newest addition to the Ogden Publications family. Ogden also publishes GRIT and CAPPER'S, both from offices in Topeka, Kan., where Farm Collector also originates. For information on GRIT and CAPPER'S, contact Ogden Publications customer service, 1 (800) 678-5779.
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