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Kountry Life Memories

Red Blooded's story about his Dad prompts me to write about my Dad. I started driving a JD B when I was 7. Before that I would ride with him and he would describe to me what he was doing and how and why he did it. I learned basically how to farm from him. A month after I turned 13 he had a heart attack and was in the hospital for a month. That was 1957 so you can imagine how the medical profession was back then. Everything was two row stuff back then and we still had 60 acres of corn to pick and two hog houses full of feeder pigs. A neighbor who was a close friend helped me every day but I still had lots of chores to do before and after school. A couple of neighbors would come and pick our corn most every day but I think they figured they were fighting a losing battle by themselves. One day 5 more corn pickers arrived plus 3 more grain elevators and numerous tractors and wagons to haul in the corn. Over 40 acres of corn was picked that day and everyone had a great time working with each other. My mother and sister fixed a big dinner for everyone and our family was so appreciative of what those neighbors did for us. I still have the 8 MM movies of the operation which I transfered to video. My Dad lived nine years after that before another heart attack killed him. That next spring when we were doing field work I would watch him go out of sight over a hill and wonder if I would see him come back. I did a lot of growing up that year and will always remember that day of corn picking. Having 100 acres of corn doesn't sound like much now but was a lot of work back then. We had a 2-14 plow so you have to remember you made a 28' swath to plow 100 acres. That took a long time. It was a big relief to my Dad when we had that last kernel of corn planted in the spring and I could tell he was much happier when we finished.

Ron Busse(Fudd), from CO, entered 2000-01-15

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