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Homestead Survivor

The purpose of the Homestead Act of 1862 was to make it possible for settlers with few resources but a strong work ethic to claim land in the West. Almost every adult today knows about the Homestead Act but most have no understanding of its basic components. The law granted 160 acres of land ...

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Consider the Unimaginable

In these pages, we often drop back for a look at early tractors, steam traction engines or stationary gas engines. We think about what it would be like to try to farm with such comparatively primitive machines. Sometimes we look at windmills and reflect on the challenges of a stretch of time ...

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Farming Vignettes From 1840

These scribblings are offered under the heading, “Looking Back,” and this month we’ll look back as far as 1840. As June is “National Dairy Month,” the first story is about a pretty milk maid. I have bound volumes for the years 1840 and 1841 of a farm paper titled “The ...

Farm Collector Magazine

Dedicated to the Preservation of Vintage Farm Equipment