Raymond worked the eighty acre farm with his father, and later alone, until his retirement in 1990. In his childhood, and young adulthood, all their farming tools, plows, cultivators, manure spreaders, were pulled by horses. By the time Raymond retired, and for several decades before that, he was farming exclusively with tractors and combines.
Barefoot Boy is Raymond's recollections of one year of his childhood, the year he was ten years old. Though the way of life he experienced then has long since disappeared, Raymond's stories vividly evoke the richness of that time in the Midwestern United States.