Farming by Insight... * The story of a blind Missouri farmer H e was sitting in an old wooden rocker in the living room of his home listening to a radio when I arrived. The day was boiling hot and I surmised the 71-year-old farmer might be dreading his regular 4 o'clock milking date. We chatted a few moments in the customary get-acquainted fashion before he announced it time for his chores. "I built every fence on this place," he began, "sawed the boards and drove the nails in those two buildings over there to the right. I'm told my apples won't be too good, my wheat feels very thin and four of my cows are dry at the present time. But I imagine 111 make it again this year," he said proudly.. A much lesser man would have given up long ago. This aging farmer has never seen his small 40 acres of land, the rocking chair he sits in or the paint on the farm buildings he built. Since 1923 Ernest Rees of Neosho, Mo., lias been blind. 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"A salesman had guaranteed those tubes against breakage," Rees recalled, "and I had purchased several for use in the school lab." But a verbal agreement becomes pretty worthless to a man who has just lost his vision and vocation. A suit against the test tube company was settled out of court for $20,000, but attorney fees stripped Rees of half that amount. "I know $10,000 sounds like a lot of money," Rees continued, "but it wouldn't support a family for a lifetime. Be like trying to Keep an elephant alive on peanuts," he joked good-naturedly. "I had to find some means of support and decided the only dung for me was fanning. I raised poultry for about 13 years and then bought this farm shortly after the depression." I was curious as to how a blind man could determine land value. As my eyes glanced over his spread I thought a man with normal eyesight would have had reservations about purchasing a small acreage that had never "made its taxes" and consisted of little more than rocky, sloping hillsides. What prompted him to think he could survive on this? And I wondered how he could have possibly kept the bill collectors away-when he had only 40 acres — especially in the inflationary years since the War. And even after two days of observing Rees, I almost became unimpressed by the endless number of daily chores he does so naturally. His hands are as sure and as skilled as a factory craftsman. With an ax he chopped the end of a wooden fence post to a sharp point; he repaired a 100- yard-long fence, a chore that included renail- ing many new steeples, fastening a fence stretcher and pulling the wires taut; poured, milk from his automatic milker into cooling cans without spilling a drop — all of these things he performed as easily as I switched the lens settings on my camera. He delighted in telling me about his system of braille fanning — how he overcame his handicap and "sees" his way around his farm, determining direction and location by the breeze on his face and the slope of die ground. With his hands and sense of smell he evaluates the quality of his pasture or grain. And he does dungs that seem strange to a person depending upon eyesight for everyday living. If diere's no nighttime broadcast of the St. Louis Cardinals —he's an avid fan — he's apt to stroll into his garden and start weeding potato plants at 0 p.m. A sighted person does such chores in die heat of die hot sun. He "sees" this job by feeling his way on his hands and knees. What difference does it make if die sun's gone under?
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