When Horses Pulled the Plow: Life of a Wisconsin Farm Boy, 1910-1929

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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 inventions?tractors, trucks, combines, airplanes?that would change farming and rural life forever.
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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 inventions—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.
 
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“Though artifacts from this era remain, we will lose our ability to understand and interpret them unless we preserve these sorts of complementary narrative accounts. The experience of life on a family farm is becoming distant today, but has been remarkably preserved in Olaf Larson’s memory.”—Robert J. Gough, University of Wisconsin–Eau Claire, author of Farming the Cutover

“Larson’s memory is excellent, his description is detailed—and throughout the book his love of farming is constantly being expressed.”—Agri-View

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780299282042
  • Publisher: University of Wisconsin Press
  • Publication date: 6/1/2011
  • Series: Wisconsin Land and Life Series
  • Edition description: 1
  • Pages: 168
  • Sales rank: 954,107
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 7.25 (h) x 0.70 (d)

Meet the Author

Olaf F. Larson was born and raised on a tobacco farm in Edgerton, Wisconsin, and now lives in Florida. He is professor emeritus of rural sociology at Cornell University and coauthor of Sociology in Government: The Galpin-Taylor Years in the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 1919–1953.

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Table of Contents

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Foreword        

    Jerry Apps

Preface        

1. The Setting: Family, Farm, and Locality    

2. The 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. Our Health and Medical Care    

11. Playtime, Pets, and Projects    

12. Other Memories of My Life on the Farm    

Epilogue: Back to the Farm, 1943–1944      

Works Cited     

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 30, 2012

    Great Read

    I purchased this book for my 99 year old grandfather who lives in Wisconsin. He can't put the book down. He said the book is excellent and a realistic portrayal of the times.

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