The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on January 11, 1944 · Page 23
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January 11, 1944

The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 23

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F A R M , J a n u a r y , 1 9 4 4 I I FAMM .North Iowa and Southern Minnesota Farms. The Other Half Miss Ubben Keeps House Lydia Ubben and Louise Tuecke work like men much of t!ic time so it isn't too surprising that they eat like men, too. They had just butchered a yearling calf weighing more than 600 pounds and a 275 pound hog. That's a piece o£ fresh beef Lvdia i« cutting in the picture. "We eat lots of meat," Lydia admitted. She canned 88 pints of the beef The rest went into their locker. It's only about 2 miles to Nora Springs to the locker and one of the few bits of recreation the 2 girls have in the wintertime is drivine to town when the weather is fit. Lydia is the housekeeper of the partnership although she helps with the work out- oors and Louise helps some inside. Lydia canned about oOO pints of food .she estimated. There were about 125 pints of f r u i t ' w h i c h they bought. There were also t VillVnfil*l'7(*(2 !'·) ^VlKfil'l'i (it- ·in/1 .*·*'.-.*·, n.- A » * 1 4.1. . grapes. And there were corn, peas, tomatoes and doors mated. strawberries, raspberries and carrots. They also had plenty of potatoes to store. "There's a young orchard down there which has to be kept clean, so we planted potatoes between the trees" I vdi-i ex plained. They planted about 150 pounds of seed and raised approximately 20 bushels of Cmppewiis. ^ Louise laughed about that, too. A year ago they had not nearly so many potatoes and Lydia s brother-in-law plowed them up-at harvest time. "The ground was so hard he could hardly hold the plow in it," she recalled. - , ?, And lhls year whcn we had so mtl1l ' Potatoes, we had to dig them all with a loi-K, continued Lydia. QI ^ S ^n ,m"? e % ep f r ' Ly , dla fiai "t'Ij' enough takes over tiie care of the chickens. She has oO White Rocks and 320 Hampshire Reds, -she reported. * ^ ,. But T . n) jjoing to n a v e ;1 j] W)l j tc R 0t .]. s nex (. vea ,. ( " she declared. It seems that the hens wei'o sick and didn't ay too well when the price of eggs was up in the early winter. Lydia didn't claim that the breed had anything to do with the hens getting sick. She just likes 'White Rocks. She is getting-about 100 eggs a day now, she said. When the FARM editor suggested that wasn't a bad average she fairly exploded: "They've got to do better than that. I got 115 a day a year ago." "We fixed the henhouse up this fall, too," added Louise. "We put in a straw loft and tarpaper and corn fodder around the outside to make if warm. It stands right out where the north wind hits it so it isn't too easy to keep the hens warm in bad weather." Lydia was feeding the hens when the picture was taken. They get nothing but pellets. "It's no waste or bother and we know they're getting a balanced ration," she pointed out.' The botlom picture shows the buildings as,they look from the road where the driveway enters the farmyard. The girls do some chores differently from a man's way. Notice that hayrack freshly painted white! We can't remember that we ever before saw a white hayrack. Not that we object to it--but a man just doesn't paint a hayrack as a rule and when we have seen one painted it has been with some of (he red paint left from the barn. The house isn't what it looks like. It has been plastered with cement and marked off to look like building blocks. Actually it is one of Cerro Gordo county's old stone houses, with walls a foot thick and more. J. D. Pribbcnow, the harnessmaker at Nora Springs who has done business at the same place for 52 years, told Louise that the house stood there before his lime. The wing out to the left in the picture has been built on since and isn't of stone. It isn't warm like the rest o£ the house, either, the girls declared.

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