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Before we had moved in we had remodeled the home and built on ten feet to the west adding a bedroom and extending the living room. The attic was also finished with two bedrooms. Ralph slept out in the bunk house until we finished his bedroom.

This proved to be a good farm. We raised hay, grain and potatoes. We raised sugar beets one year. Ralph did all the hoeing and thinning and decided he didn't want to raise any more of them.

The second summer we built the potato cellar. The kids all helped skinning off the poles. Bill, George and Clyde, our sons-in-law, helped, too.

The potatoes were harvested and picked by hand the first two years. Then I bought a one row combine. It hooked behind the digger and someone sat on a bench over the combine right there and pulled off the vines. The potatoes were sacked on the end of the combine and

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set off in the row. Then one man with a wagon and team of horses came along and set the sacks up on the wagon, bucking them by hand. They were taken over to the cellar. Then I finally bought a Hallway combine, a large one which loaded directly into a truck. It sure saved on the back work and hard labor.

I bought 87 head of ewes off a man from Menan. Then with Norman Harker and Wesley Curtis I went in on 3,500 acres of range land for summer pasture. I bought 200 head of yearling ewes and kept replacing them each year with new ewes.

We three took turns taking the food up to the herder and moving camp. We would take the ewes up in the spring after they had finished lambing and leave them all summer. This was done on foot. We would truck the fat lambs down in about July to sell. In the fall we would drive the ewes back down again - about 30 miles distance.

One spring, Wesley Curtis, Norman Harker and I were taking the sheep to spring range. We were supposed to get the sheep to Ozone by nightfall where Paul was to meet us with the pickup. The sheep would not move because of the storm which came up. We came home with an outfit and Paul wasn't there. So Wesley and I went back after we ate to try and find him. We got up east of Ammon 4 or 5 miles from Ozone and got stuck. We had to walk the rest of the way to Ozone. We did not find him at the house so we walked back to the car and came home. Next morning we went back and started driving the sheep toward Ozone. We had gone 2 or 3 miles when I saw Paul walking toward us. I was so happy to see him I jumped off the horse and threw my arms around him and bawled.

I had the sheep for four years. I did enjoy them but they really had to be watched especially at lambing time. We had problems in the partnership so I finally sold the sheep.

I milked some ten to fifteen milk cows all of the time the kids were growing up. They all learned to milk by hand and with the milker later on. We used a derrick much of the time to stack our hay. Today (1982) you hardly ever see one of these. Most of the children

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had the experience of riding the horse on the derrick, of stomping hay and of picking up potatoes in the fall of year by hand behind a digger. Picking potatoes was done to earn spending money for school.

Millie and I have tried to teach each of our children to work hard, to be honest and to serve the Lord and His church. We have stressed since their early age for them to have respect for the Lord's house. We expected them to behave in meetings. From the first we gave them to understand that we would not take them out of meeting unless for an emergency. If one had to be taken out for other reasons then he or she could expect the consequences. I don't remember the children ever giving us much disturbance in church. We never took things for them to play with or to eat. We expected good be havior and that was the general rule. I feel parents today are too lenient with their children in church when they are permitted to run back and forth, in and out of meetings at their own whim.

After moving to Jameston I was a counselor to Lyle Hillman in the Sunday School, and then Sunday School superintendent for a few years with Cliff Crooks and Don Wright as counselors.