The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa on February 8, 1944 · Page 23
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The Mason City Globe-Gazette from Mason City, Iowa · Page 23

Mason City, Iowa
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Tuesday, February 8, 1944
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F A R M , F e b r u a r y FARM I North Iowa, Southern Minnesota Farms DISTAFF Side Report WIVES today, have a much thfteient view of their work than the farm women of yesteryear according to Mrs. Hairy Bisgrove, the distaff side of the Bisgrove household on Indianhead Farm No. 1 of nearly 700 acres east of Mason City. " Although it's up at G a. m., breakfast, cleaning milking machines, dinners and suppers and canning and chickens, much the same as^ yesteryear, today's farm wife- also is the general agent^ so to speak, between the farm and the eity^or the world*she contacts in dispensing--with the produce of the farm. And Mrs. Bisgrove watches the points for her family, and others as well, by spending much of her time working at the Mason City rationing offices, as well as watching the points still on the hoot in the farmyard of this nearly 700 acre enterprise. Besides taking care of their 9 room house and preparing 3 Bisgroves M EET the Bisgroves of. Indian- head Farm No. 1---they are Mr. and Mrs. Harry . Bisgrove, ' and they have 2 daughters. Miss Dorothy Bisgrove (shown . nbove) i s employed in the office o£ the Northwestern States Portland Cement company, one of the MacNider industrial interests o'E Mason City, where ste is studying to be a purchasing agent. She lives at the home of her parents on Indianhead Farm No. i. Mrs. Ben Currati (shown center with her mother, Mrs. Harry Bisgrove, and her daughter, Karen Dee, 3 weeks old Saturday) is the other daughter of the Bisgi-ovcs " wto resides in the first farmhouse west oE the entrance to the estate of Brig. General Hanford MacNider and on the western part ot Indianhead Farm No. 1. Another family, Mr. and Mrs. Art Mosiman, resides on the southern part of Indianhead No. 1 about half a mile south oE the Bisgrove home and almost to the village of Portland. This com- ,prises Indianhead Farm No.- I, the 550 acres on ; the home place, 40 acres at the Ben Curran home, 60 acres of alfalfa-by the rendering plant,_ and T 40_hcre5 of new land which will be broken this year. ; ; : ; .-.; -' ·'..·' '· _. . -.' I - The· Bisgroves have .been on Indianhead Farm No. 1 now" for 5 years, having moved there -from Indianhead No. 13; where they farmed G years previous to the change. Mr. Bisgrove was manager o£ No. :i3 farm, but went into a 50-50 partnership when he moved the No. 1 farm, which supports 3 families and a hired 'man at the home place. Before going on to Indian- head Farms, Mr. Bisgrove was on the Lindon ranch of 3,200 acres south of Clear Lake. This year he plans to plant 247 acres o£ corn for feed, 80 acres of alfalfa, 15 acres o£ timothy and 125 acres of oats. He raises purebred Berkshires and his son-in-law. Ben Curran, is starting a herd of purebred Holsteins. Curran t o o k the herdsman's short course ot Iowa State college, Ames. Mrs. Bisgrove has a rigid schedule the .year around. In the summer she operates a regular chuck wagon for the men in the fields by taking them hot dinners right in her electric oven which she puts in the back of her car. She is up -early, takes her daughter to the office of the North Western States Portland Cement company and goes alter her again at night. It's a year around business-- meals a day for her husband and hired manr she worked, on the local rationing board for the first sugar registration at Harding school, the first gasoline registration, for fuel in the fall and at the main office ot the federal building, on the No. 4 ration book. Throughout the summer this was the day's work for Mrs" Bisgrove, but she found time inTfhe evenings to can some 1,200 cans of fruit and vegetables for two families -- her own and her daughter's. Of this amount 550 pints of vegetables were placed in tin cans and the fruit w a s canned in glass jars. With the exception of 50 quarts ot beans, the entire canning was in pints. Mrs. Bisgrove explained that with a "sealer" the job goes faster and that-she doesn't mind canning, as long as she doesn't have to do any milking or some of the things the farm women of other days had to take care of. Besides watching the points at home and on the rationing board, Mrs. Bisgrove also has a watchful eye on the fields as well and is off to town for repairs when- ever'a machine breaks clown or' there is an errand to do, for Mrs. Bisgrove knows where to take the part to be repaired and what' to do to get it back again without too much lost time for the men in the fields. "If Harry has to do it, it takes too much time away from his work," said Mrs. Bisgrove. ' So I always run the errands and bring back the repairs." This year she plans to h a y e more chickens than she did last year. They have on an average about 150 hens. When the girls were in school, Mrs. Bisgrove raised White Rocks and Leghorn roosters for dressing for the market. She s.aid they went into this quite extensively for the. girls helped to market them. After the girls finished school they gave up this end of the chicken business and she now keeps only a small flock. ABOVE -- Understudy for Industry. Miss Dorothy Bisgrove is shown at the office of the . Northwestern Portland : Cement company, where she is studying to b« a purchasing agent. General MacNider, owner of Indianhead Farms, is the president and general manager of the Northwestern States company. CENTER--New Interest at the Biseroves. Mrs. Harry Bis- gTW,c at the left is looking at little Karen Dee, 3 weeks old daughter of Mrs. Ben Curran, the other daughter of the Bis- groves. . BELOW--She Watches the Points on and off the Farm. Mrs. Bisgrove is shown at the office of the Mason City rationing board, in the federal building. this business of farming on a large-scale on Indianhead Farm No. 1--and the Bisgroves are at it from morning until night. With 30 head of milk cows, 26 feeders, 54 brood sows and 150 fattening pigs, and spring coming on, there are chores to do at the Bisgroves and they are doing their part on - rhe home front to keep the wheels of industry and agricultural production rolling.

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