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"Buttered Bread with Brown Sugar"


Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Monday, August, 2001

The Art of Farming is a project of the Collaborative for Watershed Sustainability to gather stories about farm life in southeastern Minnesota before World War II. Stories have been gathered from individuals near Harmony, Lake City and Wells Creek near Red Wing.

"Buttered Bread with Brown Sugar" on farming with livestock

You didnt sell milk, you sold cream. Everybody had a separator. So you only hauled a few cans of cream to town once a week or so. Skim milk went to the pigs. Now we drink the skim milk and I dont know where the cream goes. Did you call skim milk, "Blue John?" My folks always called it blue john. It was blue.

Nowadays not so many farmers drink their own raw milk. They say its easier. I know a guy my age married a city gal, she wouldnt drink the raw milk. I can really tell the difference between the two kinds of pasteurization; the one thats slow is better.

Oh, I remember the days when my mother made homemade bread and shed take cream out of the can (Dad hated that but she was the boss of the house.) Then she would put raw cream in flat pans, like a cake pan, and youd dip the homemade bread in the cream and then spread on the brown sugar. Ah yes, our big treat was buttered bread with brown sugar on it.

Every farm had at least 10-15 dairy cows. If you went from our place to the nearest big town, there wasnt one farm that didnt have at least 10-15 cows. We had fifteen cows. (Should have probably had 20, wed of lived a little better.) The vet out here said he used to have fourteen stops, now he has one. Weve lost our livestock base. If we lose the livestock base, we lose the culture.

There were so many creative ways to house pigs. Blow some hay inside the barn for them to nest in. Four or five acres of rape (crucifer, crop like cabbage almost) and barley. Blow a little straw pile in there too. Those pigs would be kept in the barn until the crops were up. Then I remember the slop barrel, a 55 gallon barrel. And everything from the house wasnt waste, it went in there to feed the pigs.

In the 1960s near here there were marvelously prosperous farms. Then when the little combines came, and they started to make good money, everybody got independent and the farmers became like little boys. (I think the men were worse than the women.) They all started competing against each other. There was a Harvesters Club, that was top dog, an elite club. You were l .....
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Butterflies through Binoculars

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Monday, August 6, 2001

What creature flies; makes no sounds; does not bite, sting or carry disease; is bright orange with dark bands on its upperparts and silver spots below; and is common in meadows, fields and along roadsides in Fillmore Cou ..... 
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The Run Has Begun

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Weaver Dunes Field Report Early Summer 2001By John LevellMonday, July 23, 2001

As Spring 2001 draws to a close, the season's exceedingly wet and cool weather is still cause for concern to those of us working on the Blandi ..... 
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Highlights From the Fair

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Virginia CooperMonday, August 6, 2001

This years Fillmore County Fair was a complete success. Local master gardeners staffed our booth and answered many questions regarding landscaping, flower and vegetable gardening. The next two columns will ..... 
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Antiques and Classics

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Monday, July 30, 2001

There was an antique and classic tractor pull in town last Sunday. As I drove into the field where it was being held, I thought there must be some mistake. These tractors are like the ones my father made his living with a ..... 
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Jerry Laumb

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Mr. Laumb, 51, of Rushford, died Saturday (July 21, 2001) at his home of cancer.

He was born Jan. 27, 1950, in LaCrosse, Wis. He married Barbara Carrier on March 16, 1968. He worked at Farmer's Elevator in Rushford for nine years and at Cene ..... 
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Louis Peterson

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Louis Peterson, age 91, of Preston, MN, died August 1, 2001, at the Preston Good Samaritan Center.

Louie was born June 20, 1910, in Zumbrota, MN, the son of Paul and Olive Peterson. He was raised in Zumbrota, MN, and did carpentry and insula ..... 
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Joseph Clarence Gildner

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Joseph Clarence Gildner, 81, of Preston, a retired farmer, died Aug. 1, 2001 at the Harmony Nursing Home, where he had lived since June 1999.

Born March 29, 1920, in Hubbard, IA, the son of Robert and Margaret (Butler) Gildner, he grew up in ..... 
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Olympic Games With Chinese Tendencies

Fri, Aug 3rd, 2001
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Monday, July 23, 2001

If you havent heard by now, China will host the 2008 Summer Olympics in Beijing. The country has been working for the last 10 years to get the games believing that the international spectacle will give China the prestige ..... 
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