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  • A field of oats
    A field of oats
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  • Working Pets
    Working Pets
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  • Combining on the farm
    Combining on the farm
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    Combining on the farm

    by Redlats Written Aug 24, 2005

    In this picture we are combining wheat. The combine gathers up the grain laying on the ground, splits the kernals from the rest of the wheat plant, and stores the wheat kernals in a bin.

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    Think there is enough here?

    by Redlats Updated Aug 14, 2005

    My wife's grandfather heated his house with wood. He cut it down for most of the fall, and burned it the whole winter. It was always too hot in his house.

    By the way, this fellow immigrated from Sweden, married a Canadian lady (who died early), worked a farm, raised five kids and lived til his late 90's.

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    Swathing

    by Redlats Written Aug 14, 2005

    My father-in-law is swathing (cutting down) his field of wheat in 1973. I can't remember one year from another, but it looks like a bumper crop.

    Farming is a not a safe occupation. Four years later (almost to the day of this photo), Grandpa J died of cancer - most likely caused by his exposure to chemicals and dust from farming.

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    Skidoo travel

    by Redlats Updated Aug 25, 2005

    On a mixed farm, skidoos took over from horses as the transportation to get around the farm in winter -- to travel to the barn, to the cow pasture, to the hayfield, etc.

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    Jingle bells

    by Redlats Written Aug 24, 2005

    On special occasions, the sleigh was hitched up to the horses for a ride in winter.

    Now when I look back at these photos, it is with a lot of fondness, but farming is a difficult life which claimed one life early, and caused a couple of families to leave the business owing the banks money as the farm just didn't pay all the bills.

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    Working Pets

    by Redlats Written Aug 24, 2005

    The pets on a farm have the job of eating the rodents on the farm. These two seemed to be doing a good job on the mice and rats.

    Note they do not get the run of the house. They stay out with the boots.

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