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ISBN-13: 9780801475986
Publisher: Cornell University Press
Publication date: 10/29/2010
Pages: 300
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.90(d)
Age Range: 18 Years

About the Author

Jared Van Wagenen, Jr., (1871–1960) was born and raised on a farm in Lawyersville, New York. He received a bachelor's degree from Cornell University's Department of Agriculture in 1891 and then returned to work on his family's farm, which remained the central occupation of his life. In addition to farming, he taught agricultural skills part-time at Cornell (where he subsequently received a master's degree), was elected to the New York state assembly in 1920 for one term, served as an assessor for various state and federal land-use projects, and was a trustee of the Farmers' Museum in Cooperstown. His autobiography, Days of My Years, was published in 1962 by the New York State Historical Association.

Table of Contents

Foreword Louis C. Jones vii

Preface ix

I The Homespun Age 1

II The Setting of the Stage 15

III The Pioneer Goes Forward 23

IV The Clearing of the Land 26

V The Glorious Ox Team 34

VI The Log Home in the Clearing 49

VII The Story of a Farm 56

VIII What Crops Did the Pioneer Grow? 65

IX The Crops of the Homespun Age 76

X Meadows and Pastures in Bygone Days 83

XI Living off the Wilderness 90

XII The Wooden Age 103

XIII Joiners and Cabinetmakers 112

XIV The Old Millstream 122

XV Shingle Shaving and Other Handicrafts in Wood 141

XVI Wooden Age Occupations 161

XVII The Sad Story of Silk Production and the Success of Tanning 180

XVIII Workers in Leather 192

XIX Some Minor Crafts 204

XX The Farm Implements of the Homespun Age 220

XXI The Ways by Which Our Fathers Threshed 239

XXII The Household Handicrafts 249

XXIII The Golden Fleece 257

Postscript 269

Index 271

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