Duroc Pigs Gave Oklahoma Homesteaders a Start

Two young bred Duroc pigs was all it took to get one pork operation off the ground.

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As a gift to my sister, June, our uncle in Iowa sent two young Duroc pigs, bred sows. They started us in the hog business on the farm near Elmwood, Oklahoma, which Papa had bought as a relinquishment in 1907.

Papa raised lots of maize and kaffir corn as grain for the hogs, and they bought many things needed for the farm.

I remember the day June sold a pig to a neighbor lady for five dollars. When Papa came home, he was horrified that she had charged such a price, and he sent her to return three dollars to the buyer.

Fern Pounds
Elmwood, Oklahoma


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