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Humor And Nostalgia

Family Farm

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80 Fun Facts About Farm Animals

Photo courtesy of Getty Images/FooTToo Twenty things you ought to know about cowsCows love each other . . . at least some do.Cows babysit for each other.Cows nurse grudges.Cows invent games.Cows take umbrage.Cows can communicate with people.Cows can solve problems.Cows make friends for life.Cows have food preferences.Cows can be unpredictable.Cows can be good company.Cows can be ...

Rosamund Young | Jan 8, 2019

Heart Of The Home

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Heart of the Home: Chores on the Family Farm

Grandma Shares Memories of Farm Chores With GranddaughterStacie – York, PennsylvaniaAbout five years ago, my then-96-year-old grandmother told me many stories about growing up in a large farming family. She has since passed away, but I worked with her for a year putting her stories to paper for future generations, and would like to share some of them with you.Following are ...

Stacie &Ndash; York, Pennsylvania | Jun 7, 2018

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Nebraska Pioneer Recipes

Nebraska Pioneer Cookbook(University of Nebraska Press, 1974) compiled by Kay Graber explores the dining patterns of Nebraska's pioneers. In addition to sharing recipes compiled from vintage sources, Graber narrates and interprets the evolution of pioneer food from early days on the prairie and brought to the heart of America by immigrants to the elegant meals at the turn of the ...

Kay Graber | May 22, 2018

American Dream

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Remembering Daddy

Fall has arrived, and another school year is beginning. I saw the bus go by this morning and it brought back memories of my daddy, Arvil Roberts.As I've said before, Daddy was born on Old Home Farm in 1920. He went to school at Bruno, which is the first agricultural school in the state, and graduated in 1938. He joined the WPA and helped to build the agri building and shop, not ...

Leah | Aug 21, 2017

One Room School

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An Old Schoolhouse

Way off in a large field of scrubby bushes a herd of pronghorn antelope are grazing. One looks up suddenly at the sound of children playing. It's a rag tag bunch of boys with bowl cut hair and girls in pigtails. Some are very young and some are almost teenagers.There's a woman standing on the porch ringing a bell for the children to come in. Her hair is pulled back in a severe bun ...

Renee-Lucie Benoit | Mar 23, 2018

Everyday Life

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Life Before Air Conditioning

I live in the Central Valley of California and it’s been over 100 degrees for days now. Yesterday the high was 106. I went outside at 9 a.m. and it was already 90 degrees so when I came back from my errand I went inside and stayed there until 8 p.m. that night. Sometimes I feel like I’m living on Tatooine with Luke Skywalker and his aunt and uncle! Thankfully the high is only ...

Renee-Lucie Benoit | Jul 8, 2020


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History of the Old Outhouse

As people settled on the Great Plains, a need for sanitary facilities arose. In order to meet this need, outhouses were constructed using lumber or bricks. Outhouses were a type of “folk architecture” and soon became commonplace.Contrary to need, some people didn't like outhouses and considered them indecent and an affront to the sensibilities of civilized ...

Dorothy Rieke | Jul 10, 2017

World War II

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Veteran’s Day – A Family Affair

Have you ever noticed how certain jobs are often "passed down" through generations of a family? Even if the coming generation doesn't intend to follow, somehow they find for reasons they never expected, to be employed in the same way as the older generations of their family. My grandfather was a blacksmith, and my father became a mechanic — the next logical step from ...

Leah | Nov 9, 2017

Great Depression

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A Family Thanksgiving Celebration in the Ozarks

In the Ozarks of my childhood, Thanksgiving marked the beginning of the cozy season. After long, hot days spent planting, cultivating, harvesting and canning, the holiday was the beginning of a winter rest.My mother used to say, “When nights begin to lengthen, cold begins to strengthen.” She looked forward to the colder days of the year, knowing there would be ...

Marie Elledge | Sep 30, 2014

Capper's Farmer - Your Hub for All Things Handmade

Get step-by-step instructions, DIY projects, upcycling tutorials, and more!