My Early Days in Arkansas and Illinois

My grandfather stands by the irrigation pump

My grandfather stands by the irrigation pump that the Bessemer operates.

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On this page are some pictures from my early days in Arkansas and Illinois. I was born in 1926, so I have relied on what my family told me and the photos they left.

Approaching 1930, my parents went broke like many others. They had a sale of everything they couldn't get on the 1 /2 ton model T truck. My mother saved two of the sale bills and wrote down what price items brought, for example: cream separator $6.00; steam engine $10.00; water wagon $7.00; Fordson tractor $62.00; Wallis tractor $33.00; and kitchen range $2.25.

They gathered all the kids (seven) and my dog. My mother was pregnant with my youngest sister. I was the only boy, so we had our ups and downs. It took us five days to make the trip to Dallas City, Illinois. My mother waited until we got to Dallas City before my sister was born, healthy. My dog ran off on the way.

The old truck sat in a barn or two until 1941, when my father sold it to a friend.

I am sure my parents had a gas engine, as I have seen a picture of an open gear pump and jack off the back porch. One of my sisters has an ugly upper arm from when she got caught in the gears.