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Corn Planting on the Scheckel Farm

Dad had a John Deere 999 corn planter, a cross-checked rows machine that planted corn in a checkerboard pattern with a hill of corn at the intersection of each line. This method allowed the farmer to cultivate the rows in … Continue reading

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Jello

QUESTION Is Jell-O really make from horse hoofs? ANSWER Well, that’s we thought on the farm. If one of our 3 horses, Dolly, Prince, or Lightning, was not moving fast enough, that equine would receive the warning “we’ll send you … Continue reading

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The Grain Drill

We sowed the oats seeds into the prepared soil with a grain drill. The grain drill was a magnificent piece of machinery that every farmer owned. Couldn’t farm without one! My family owned a seven-foot Van Brunt drill with grass … Continue reading

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What is a Jackalope?

A jackalope is an imaginary animal that is supposed to be a cross between a jack rabbit and a pronghorn antelope. Where did this good-hearted foolishness start? A 1930’s hunting trip for jackrabbits near Douglas, Wyoming. Douglas Herrick and his … Continue reading

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Preparing the Field

The Scheckels operated a 9 ½-foot Moline tandem disc. Four rows of disc blades were angled so that the rounded discs met the soil sideways. Each blade was about a foot in diameter. There were troughs on top of the … Continue reading

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Eye Color

QUESTION: Why does the iris in your eye have color? ANSWER: The iris is that thin circular colored structure of the eye responsible for controlling the diameter and size of the pupil. The iris manages the amount of light entering … Continue reading

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Getting In the Fields

Dad was one of the first farmers on Oak Grove Ridge to get in the fields in the springtime. The frost was not quite out of the ground when my dad started plowing. Seems he was the first to plow … Continue reading

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