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Farming - The Good Life

A dear old gentleman who I grew up knowing had farmed all his life. He was very succesful at it. His intelligent attitude about farming surpassed most of his neighbors in thought and action. For years he succesfully raised a couple hundred acres of cotton and soybeans with a few grade cows grazing on some of his wooded land. He had a 970 Case with cab and air long before cabs became popular: because he suffered from allergy attacks. But he also had a 560 Farmall on LP gas as well as a C Farmall. He used equipment dating from the early fifties and sixties right on up to his retirement in the 80's. I always admired him and his crop-making abilities, but I really admired his business sense of farming. I guess everyone has to start somewhere. He got his lucky break in 1943. He told me, 'I received my draft notice but when I went to catch the bus to the induction center they called and said, 'don't send anymore men: our facility is full. ' So he says, 'I went home and applied for an agriculture defferment and got it. ' Then he says' Hogs were worth more than corn so I turned my hogs in on my corn and sold them that fall along with my cotton crop. I cleared almost 3000 dollars that year. That was more than both of my school-teaching-sisters made together that year. So I bought me an Allis Chalmers tractor and from that year to this I've never had to borrow money to make a crop with. ' Now folks he was NOT bragging. He was very aware of how blessed he was. And he knew many boys that went on to the war and never had the opportunity that he had. I've often thought about that story and how some people truely are in the right place at the right time.

Monty Bradley, LA, entered 2003-01-30
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