The Hume homestead was 165 acres, and Andys was 160 acres. The old chicken house was knocked off the foundation by a runaway team of horses. Fence lines were taken out and all the sloughs have been tiled & drained making nice long fields. The old frame house built by Thomas Hume was torn down in 1960. Things were modern now, with pipeline milkers, milking parlors, and bulk tanks to cool and store the milk.
Times were very tough during the dry years and depression of the 30s. hauled cattle to northern Minnesota where there was pasture to save them. Bud discontinued raising sheep in 1975, but increased in hog raising.
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Nevertheless, this writer would publicly suggest that Marjorie deserves the thanks of those to whom the word family has special meaning Without her efforts, these volumes would be void of many details of the family.
And the concept, warmth and meaningfulness of family was important to both Bertha and Chester.
The publisher is Marjories first born and the first-born grandchild of Bertha and Chester.
Marjorie, like her mother, Bertha, will demurely deny any due of accolades for the work involved in the two volumes.
Chester and Bertha moved to the Hume homestead after Robert Bennetts first wife was killed in Lowry in a train accident, and Bob quit farming. The tester came once a month and stayed overnight He weighed each cows milk, and tested the milk for butterfat. H s herd was the first in the county to get a 500X butterfat average. H was also one of the organizers of the Villard Breeders Association. started to use artificial insemination in the early 40s. Also hatching eggs were sold to the Rykus Hatchery in Lowry. The barn didnt have a big capacity for hay, so it would have to be filled up during the winter from stacks in the fields. They had what they called tractor fuel, which was 1/2 gas and 1/2 fuel oil. Bertha would always want to know what the men had to eat at someones place. Times were better now, and hogs were sold to pay for the farm. The house on the Oberg was torn down and some of the materials were used to build the shop and garage on the home farm. Clarence Hanson and Mike Carter were some of the hired men.