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Crunching Gravel: A Wisconsin Boyhood in the Thirties

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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 timeandmdash;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 inventionsandmdash;tractors, trucks, combines, airplanesandmdash;that would change farming and rural life forever.
and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160;and#160; When Horses Pulled the Plow is Larsonandrsquo;s account of that rural life in the early twentieth century. He weaves invaluable historical detailsandmdash;including descriptions of farm equipment, crops, and livestockandmdash;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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As he turns 100 years old, Olaf Larson looks back at his farm boyhood, weaving invaluable historical details of farming and rural life with wry tales about his family, neighbors, and one-room schoolhouse in the American Midwest.
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About 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, 1919andndash;1953.

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Forewordand#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;

and#160;and#160; and#160;Jerry Apps

Prefaceand#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;and#160; and#160;

1. The Setting: Family, Farm, and Localityand#160;and#160; and#160;

2. The Farmstead and Farmhouseand#160;and#160; and#160;

3. Cropsand#160;and#160; and#160;

4. Livestockand#160;and#160; and#160;

5. Equipmentand#160;and#160; and#160;

6. Hired Menand#160;and#160; and#160;

7. Patterns of Work and Farm Lifeand#160;and#160; and#160;

8. Transportation and Communicationand#160;and#160; and#160;

9. Country School and High Schooland#160;and#160; and#160;

10. Our Health and Medical Careand#160;and#160; and#160;

11. Playtime, Pets, and Projectsand#160;and#160; and#160;

12. Other Memories of My Life on the Farmand#160;and#160; and#160;

Epilogue: Back to the Farm, 1943andndash;1944and#160;and#160; and#160; and#160;

Works Citedand#160;and#160; and#160;and#160;

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299141042
Author:
Peters, Robert
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Author:
Peters, Robert Louis
Author:
Apps, Jerry
Author:
Peters, Robert L.
Author:
Larson, Olaf F.
Location:
Madison, Wis. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
American
Subject:
Farm life
Subject:
Customs & Traditions
Subject:
Poets
Subject:
Wisconsin
Subject:
Poets, American
Subject:
Farm life -- Wisconsin.
Subject:
General Biography
Subject:
Wisconsin Social life and customs.
Subject:
Poets, American -- 20th century -- Biography.
Subject:
Biography - General
Edition Description:
Trade Paper
Series:
Wisconsin Land and Life
Series Volume:
9361
Publication Date:
19930931
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
20 b/w photos
Pages:
202
Dimensions:
8.5 x 5.5 in

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