The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on January 11, 1944 · Page 13
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January 11, 1944

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 13

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MASON CITY, IOWA, TUESDAY, JANUARY 11, 1944 1 s . No. 37 in Series on North Iowa Farms Women Farm 80A The sight of women working in North Iowa's fields, : elping grow the food to win the, war, has become commonplace. But only one instance has come to our.atten- ion where women alone are operating a farm. · Miss Louise Tuecke and Miss Lydia Ubben, 2 young vomen born and reared on farms east of Sheffield, are iperating an 80 acre farm, liles northwest of Nora Springs. And, as the pictures show, they on't need help from any man. 5»th run the tractor although Miss Tuecke specializes on the utdoor work and Miss Ubben n the housework and chickens. Vliss Tuecke is perfectly capable-of doing a man's work outdoors, too, as.the picture shows, only can she shoulder a mshel .of corn,- she can even overhaul the tractor w h e n necessary. The 2 girls have been farm? ng together for 3 years and the partnership is going to last at east one year more, God willing, for they .have already paid their rent for 1944--which also would indicate that they are doing all right financially. Miss Ubben is the daughter of William Ubben, a retired farmer now living in Sheffield. She was born and reared on a farm G miles east of Sheffield and moved to Sheffield with her father 5 years ago, after her mother passed away. She stayed at home until her younger sister, Wilma, had finished her education. Then she and Miss Tuecke rented 40 acres on the east edge of Sheffield from Otto Storck and started . farming together. LOOK INSIDE FOR-2 Girls Operate 80 Acre Farm {Features on Ubben - Tuecke partnership by Thor J. Jensen; pictures by Safford W. Lock.) She Sold Horse --With Saddle--Page 5 --v--. \ Louise Tuecke Gan "· Handle the Job--Page 8 Their Hayrack Is Painted White--Page \\ --v-Mrs. Bishop Works on Defense Job--Page 12 --V-Hunting Is Just Job to Her--Page 16 Miss Tuecke is the daughter Miss Louise Tuecke (left) and Miss Lydia Ubben of Mr. and Mrs. John Tuecke, · also retired and living in Sheffield. The Tuecke home place- was 3 miles east o£ Sheffield and there Louise learned how '..'· to farm from her father. "I couldn't stand it inside," she admits. So she worked outside. . The Tueckes had their farm sale in the fall of 1940. The next March Louise and Lydia rented the Storck farm. But they didn't have too good luck there so the next year they moved to the Glenn Bishop farm, northwest of Nora Springs. Lydia's sister and brother-in- ·· law lived in the neighborhood and rented the farm for the 2 girls. "The next year MrsJ Bishop was ready to rent to us," one of the girls said. If there was a note of pride in her voice, it certainly was justifiable. Strangely enough the girls ' couldn't answer the question::. "How did you happen to start farming, together?" . It took some consideration for 1 . them to decide that: "Guess we just didn't want to go back to working but." So the . answer was exactly the same one which hired men give when they start fanning for themselves. The girls were not acquainted during childhood; they met while working as waitresses in Sheffield. After that they-t6ok..,v*"- cation trips -together--4he' Washington, p. C., and California trips are evident from pictures and pennants in the house and their coupe. They do practically all the work connected with running the 80 acre farm. "We hired the oats cut but we shocked it ourselves," Lydia admitted, and some of the corn xvas picked by machine this year. "It seemed as if everyone else, pretty near, was through so \yc had a machine in to pick it." There are really only 74 acres in the farm, the girls pointed out when . asked what their crop acreages were. They planted 8 acres of oats, 7 of soybeans, 11 of hay and 19 of corn. There are 5. acres ot permanent woodlot which can be used for pasture and the remaining 24 acres arc permanent pasture and farmyard. The hogs Louise is feeding in the picture are part of the herd

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