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Author Larson, Olaf F.

Title When horses pulled the plow : life of a Wisconsin farm boy, 1910-1929 / Olaf F. Larson
Published Madison, Wis. : University of Wisconsin Press, [2011]
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Description 1 online resource (xxv, 176 pages) : illustrations
Series Wisconsin land and life
Wisconsin land and life.
Contents Machine generated contents note: 1. Setting: Family, Farm, and Locality -- 2. Farmstead and Farmhouse -- 3. Crops -- 4. Livestock -- 5. Equipment -- 6. Hired Men -- 7. Patterns of Work and Farm Life -- 8. Transportation and Communication -- 9. Country School and High School -- 10. Health and Medical Care -- 11. Playtime, Pets, and Projects -- 12. Other Memories of My Life on the Farm
Summary In 1910, when Olaf F. Larson was born to tenant livestock and tobacco farmers in Rock County, Wisconsin, the original barn still stood on the property. It was filled with artifacts of an earlier time: an ox yoke, a grain cradle, a scythe used to cut hay by hand. But Larson came of age in a brave new world of modern invention, tractors, trucks, combines, airplanes, that would change farming and rural life forever. "When horses pulled the plow" is Larson's account of that rural life in the early twentieth century. He weaves invaluable historical details, including descriptions of farm equipment, crops, and livestock, with wry tales about his family, neighbors, and the one-room schoolhouse he attended, revealing the texture of everyday life in the rural Midwest almost a century ago. This memoir, written by Larson in his ninth decade, provides a wealth of details recalled from an earlier era and an illuminating read for anyone with their own memories of growing up on a farm
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages 175-176)
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Subject Larson, Olaf F. -- Childhood and youth.
Farm life -- Wisconsin -- Edgerton -- History -- 20th century.
Farmers -- Wisconsin -- Edgerton -- Biography.
Tobacco farmers -- Wisconsin -- Edgerton -- Biography.
Tobacco farms -- Wisconsin -- Edgerton -- History -- 20th century.
Edgerton (Wis.) -- Rural conditions -- 20th century.
Genre/Form Biography.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2010041463
ISBN 0299282031 (electronic bk.)
9780299282035 (electronic bk.)