When Horses Pulled the Plow: Life Of A Wisconsin Farm Boy, 1910?1929 by Olaf F. LarsonWhen Horses Pulled the Plow: Life Of A Wisconsin Farm Boy, 1910?1929 by Olaf F. Larson

When Horses Pulled the Plow: Life Of A Wisconsin Farm Boy, 1910?1929

byOlaf F. LarsonForeword byJerry Apps

Paperback | June 1, 2011

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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 time—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 inventions—tractors, trucks, combines, airplanes—that would change farming and rural life forever.
            When Horses Pulled the Plow is Larson’s account of that rural life in the early twentieth century. He weaves invaluable historical details—including descriptions of farm equipment, crops, and livestock—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.
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, 1919–1953.
Title:When Horses Pulled the Plow: Life Of A Wisconsin Farm Boy, 1910?1929Format:PaperbackDimensions:202 pages, 7.25 × 5.5 × 0.7 inPublished:June 1, 2011Publisher:University Of Wisconsin PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:029928204X

ISBN - 13:9780299282042

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Table of Contents

List of Illustrations


    Jerry Apps


1. The Setting: Family, Farm, and Locality    

2. The Farmstead and Farmhouse    

3. Crops    

4. Livestock    

5. Equipment    

6. Hired Men    

7. Patterns of Work and Farm Life    

8. Transportation and Communication    

9. Country School and High School    

10. Our Health and Medical Care    

11. Playtime, Pets, and Projects    

12. Other Memories of My Life on the Farm    

Epilogue: Back to the Farm, 1943–1944      

Works Cited     

Editorial Reviews

“Larson’s memory is excellent, his description is detailed—and throughout the book his love of farming is constantly being expressed.”—Agri-View