I was going through some old photo albums and found a few I forgot I had. Besides the 240 acres of farm land my grandparents owned, Dad also helped farm several thousand acres of land spread out across southwest Ohio and into southeast Indiana.
These are all shots of Dads hired help working on the Lawrence Lake farm in 1949.
Here is one of Dad's hired hands on one of Dad's Farmalls
Same guy, same tractor, actually the same picture, but showing the wagon he was pulling to load corn.
Another one of Da'd's wagons being unloaded.
Here are the guys who made up Dad's regular crew.
I probably will always remember Rueben (second from left). He worked for Dad for many years and always kept an eye on me when I was allowed to tag along to the fields, which was almost always. Mom always said he was one of the nicest guys she ever met and was one of the best workers Dad had. The guy second from the end is Mom's youngest brother who I was named after. He was everybody's favorite uncle. He helped Dad now and then while working Mom's family farm also. He finally bought that farm and spent full time working it. Dad would always go to the high school and hire some of the guys to help out. Probably the best known of the high school guys was Russ Nixon who was a catcher for the Cleveland Indians, Boston Red Sox and Minnesota Twins in the 50's and 60's.
Dad, on the left, and Mr. Lake.
You can see I get my great smile from Dad. Mr. Lake had a huge farm several miles from us and Dad was the only one he would let work it. Mom said he tried to get Dad to move us off the family farm into one of his houses and work full time for him. Dad never would want to let his family down and had to politely refuse the offer. Most of that big old farm is county park land now and will probably never see crops again. The remainder will probably be a subdivision if the older family members ever sell it.
Here is one of Dad's truck getting a load of lime in 1940. He was just about the only one around who spread lime for the other farmers.
A closer shot of his truck
He had a couple of these as well as some smaller grain trucks, his pick up, and the big ol' '51(?) Buick. I remember seeing a photo of one of the bigger trucks with a couple tractors on it getting ready to head home from a job. That photo as well as many others have been lost and no family members seem to know where they went.
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