Wheat Harvest In The Twenties, ILLINOIS STYLE


| November/December 1990



Franklin

Sr. 17424 Rock Creek Road Nevada City, California 95959

From time to time, I have been asked the old question, 'What was it like living on the farm when you were a boy?'

Considering the current estimate that only one person in five remembers World War II, how can I relate in any way to the folks of this generation how it was on the farm in the 1920's? However I will do my best.

Although the tractor was rapidly becoming an important farm tool, we were still basically horse and mule dirt farmers, and would continue to be so well into the 30's.

I will not bore my readers with all the hardship stuff. Instead, I would like to picture that one big event, the culmination of our year's work, the grain harvest.

Traditionally the hard-core Midwest states, Iowa, Illinois and Indiana, were best known as the corn producers. However it was the harvest time for our wheat, oats, and barley that seemed to bring out the best in us as a working community and left us with so many wonderful memories.