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Modern vs. Vintage Farming
Ear Corn Cribs have all but disappeared. Combines are bigger and service more acres. Tractors are air-conditioned and have GPS. Lets look at those modern marvels and contrast them to Grandpa’s equipment and economic circumstances. This section is not for farmer information because they know all this stuff. It’s for farmers to educate people on “where we came from”.
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The Meanings of Rural — A Third of Our Nation, 1970
by James Copp, Economic Research Service, USDA
CONTAINS: Wonderful, quick read for all Americans. Author gives us a philosophy which goes deep into the meanings of rural: as a state of mind rather than a place . . . with advantages and with problems. Find what has changed in governing systems and with personal attitudes since this was written in 1970.


The Changing Rural-Urban Relationship, Pre 1970
by Warren Bailey, USDA, Economic Research Service
CONTAINS: Warm, down home, personalized descriptions of the gradually changing interaction between urban, suburban, small town and country folk; lifestyles, interaction and institutions. Author also discusses the urbanization of country folk made easy by modern transportation and communication.


Our Dying Small Towns (1970): Why?
by Lynn M. Daft, Economist, Office of the Secretary of Agriculture.
CONTAINS: Interesting look at the causes for the 1950’s/1960’s decreasing population in small town America. Author goes beyond simple economics and explains the losses in term of many changes of methods in agriculture, mining and transportation. While author is sympathetic to small town people who are unable to adjust, he ends the article with criticism of the overview and administration of the mushrooming domestic programs.


Changing Philosophies of Rural Life
by Walter Slocum, Professor of Sociology, Washington State University
CONTAINS: Quick but provocative read. You be the judge. Our 1970 author seems to play down differences between urban and rural life while keeping key phrases such as self-reliance, fear of dependence and individual freedom vs. conformity in discussion. Still, the author compares the modern farmer to a modern businessman and discounts differences in rural vs. urban attitudes.


Our Government Adds a Department . . . Agriculture, 1862
by Wayne Rasmussen, Gladys Baker and USDA Staff
CONTAINS: Quick read gives nice background to the beginning and development of the United States Department of Agriculture. The first administrator's gives a dreamy and poetic picture of American agriculture. The section of the USDA's growth reveals additions to its original charge of research and assistance.


Faces On Our Farms, 1976, Part 5: Harvest
CONTAINS: While harvest figures are given in dollars for major crops, a wide variety of foods we harvest are shown in this nice picture-book presentation. We harvest foods like carrots, potatoes, apples, cranberries, pumpkins, cabbage, pineapples, grapes, catfishand Maple sap. We harvest items like cotton, timber, sod, tobacco and worms.


Faces On Our Farms, 1976, Part 4: Business of Farming
CONTAINS: Different ways the conduct of business takes form. Article shows the business of farming from people, technology, equipment, banking, markets and coop infrastructure points of view. As the picture-book article progresses, facts and figures will show the dominant state of American Agriculture.


Faces On Our Farms, 1976, Part 4: Raising Livestock
CONTAINS: Pictures of animals make us all feel happy but when reading the descriptions you'll also feel the hard work that goes into raising livestock. Much information is given on how we improved weight and quality of meat producing animals as well as astonishing figures on milk production.


Faces On Our Farms, 1976, Part 3: The Farm Life
CONTAINS: Picture presentation of work, relaxation and play shows farm life as a family project. Kids have chores and Mom can fill in rugged jobs besides the normal raising the family and livestock. The free farm life makes up for the hardships in work and when Thanksgiving comes there is real meaning to the holiday.


Faces On Our Farms, 1976, Part 2: Rural and Agricultural Events
CONTAINS: Pictures that will put smiles on your face. Picture-book presentation of people enjoying a variety of activities from State Fair events to local celebrations. Harvest festivals, tractor (and horse) pulls, town parades dances and rodeos are presented in such way that people are the makers and enjoyers of rural events.


Faces On Our Farms, 1976, Part 1: A Variety of Farm People
CONTAINS: Wonderful picture-book presentation of the faces in the field of United States agriculture. Commentaries illustrate diversity in the people yet show that they carry the same devotion. The photography captures a warm feeling which we see in the faces.


You Also Raised Horses, Hogs, Sheep and Jack Asses, Missouri 1904
by Walter Williams
CONTAINS: Nice illustration that Americans raised quite a variety of livestock for food and work. Nice pictures of all plus some of the less common animals of today … Jacks and Mules.


Cattle, the King of Your Missouri Livestock, 1904
by Walter Williams
CONTAINS: Cows, cows and more cows; Shorthorn, Herefords, Angus, Galloways, Jerseys, etc. The variety of cows we raised is well illustrated. Guess those farmers bought the new Kodak cameras because the article contains gobs of interesting pictures.


Bragging Rights if You are a Missouri Livestock Producer, 1904
by Walter Williams
CONTAINS: Author gloats about the quantity, variety and revenues from Missouri livestock but explains the farmers situation with interesting quantity and revenue figures plus climatic conditions. Our nation’s food system was becoming dependent on the large livestock farm.


You Grew a Big Variety of Crops, Missouri Farming 1904 Part 2
by Walter Williams
CONTAINS: We became smart farmers growing the big dollar crop of corn and letting the land recover with cover and grazable crops like kafir, soybeans, cowpeas, sorghum, clovers, rape and many more. Prices and yield figures give an interesting contrast to today’s productivity and markets.


Homestead and Cheap Acres Still Available, Missouri Farming 1904 Part 1
by Walter Williams
CONTAINS: A sensationalized description of the “superiority of Missouri farms” in terms of production and profits. Given low land prices and homestead acres still available, you will want to move to Missouri and farm. Crude, but great photos.


Making the Plains Bloom Again
by ROBERT E. WILLIAMS, Soil Conservation Service
CONTAINS: Pleasant, quick reading and informative alternate look at restoring the plains from practices of cattle [over]grazing, crude farming, the 1930s and the 1950s droughts. Natural grasses are replanted.


Your Indiana Farming Methods Change from Crude to Refined, 1850’s and 1860’s
by Logan Esarey, Professor, Indiana University
CONTAINS: If you lived in Indiana there was a 75% chance that you were a farmer. The state began to develop information resources to improve this major resource. The new state fairs were entertaining as well as informative.


Change on the Range, a 1960 Livestock Pictorial
by Robert O. Gilden and F. G. Renner
CONTAINS: Pictures from all over the country, many of which will grab your heart. Between 1940 and 1960 we had big changes in structures, equipment and methods used to raise livestock.


Raising Cattle and Sheep Becomes a Science, 1960
by Robert O. Gilden and F. G. Renner
CONTAINS: Authors are in a teaching mode but highlight the accepted (1960) way of feeding, watering, routing and de-bugging livestock. Contains many construction diagrams of chutes, gates and corrals.


Early Farmers Learn Care and Rejuvenation of Soil
by Clarence Roberts
CONTAINS: Another interesting section from a 1924 Oklahoma farming book. Early farmers let their soil loose fertility and humus. Now we and the farmer learn how to restore the soil and prevent erosion.


Manure, Crop Rotation, Commercial Fertilizer and Lime … What the Oklahoma Farmer Knew in 1924.
by Clarence Roberts
CONTAINS: You all know not to waist your manure but back in the day, they really knew more about its use. Crop rotations were also a “must” and the rotations given are interesting. Commercial fertilizer and lime was just coming into use.


Your Family’s Job of Farming in the Early Days … Sidney Illinois’ Story
by Virginia McElroy
CONTAINS: Great pictures and article. Your family’s work became less labor intensive with equipment like the steam thresher. Mom cooked for big threshing parties.


Our Farms Change Rapidly, 1920
by Preston William Slosson
CONTAINS: Great view of changing US agriculture. World War One increased demand, farm machinery made farming profitable, farmers over-invested then lost their shirts.


How to Care For Your Soil … 1947 Farming Methods
by H. R. Herndon
CONTAINS: Farming has changed (no more manure) but this old article is easy, fun and educational for all to read.


A 1972 USDA Primer on Garden and Farm Insects … How Many Still Exist Today?
author not stated
CONTAINS: There are bad bugs … but there are good bugs too! A simple primer which may hold true today?


A 1977 USDA Article on Starting an Orchard
by Harold Fogle and Mildos Faust
CONTAINS: Motivating information on growing fruit trees even if you want only a couple of trees.


Raising Profitable Milk Cows … a 1924 Oklahoma Primer
by Clarence Roberts
CONTAINS: I assume all of you want a basic milk cow in your yard. Here’s how to raise them.


Raising Cattle for Beef or Milk … A 1947 Primer
by H. R. Herndon
CONTAINS: This writer has character … makes it fun for all of us to understand the farmer’s task of raising cattle.


Evils of Farm Finance, 1924 Style … also, Benefits of Good Marketing
by Clarence Roberts
CONTAINS: Financial Lessons of the 1920’s … Living off tomorrow's income. Do they apply to all of us today?


Why Mow? Raise Sheep
by H. R. Herndon
CONTAINS: A 1947 Primer on Choosing, Care and Market Timing.


Raising Chickens and Why You Should Raise Chickens, A 1924 Tutorial
by Clarence Roberts
CONTAINS: Entertaining but really educational … even thought it was written way before you were born.


$2000 of Farm Equipment You Need, Whether You Use Horses or Tractors.
by H. R. Herndon
CONTAINS: A real primer on 1947 corn-belt farm equipment plus some humorous put-downs of early combines.


Grow Your Own Groceries: 1924 Guide to Oklahoma Gardening
by Clarence Roberts
CONTAINS: How they did it. Common sense approach to successful gardening.


Don Day Autobiography: From Oklahoma Farm Kid before Electricity, through Cold War Air Force, to Agriculture Professor.
by Donald L. Day
CONTAINS: Must Reading! 1930’s rural Oklahoma, daily chores, washing clothes, making soap.


Villa Grove Illinois, Ag Days Antique/Vintage Tractor Show 2011: Photo Gallery
by Stu Moment


Intriguing Structure and Function of a Small Private Grain Elevator
by Stu Moment


Dad’s First Tractor, 1939 Allis-Chalmers
by Charlie Hughes Narrating to Stu Moment