History on the Move to discuss farming

The Sheboygan County Historical Research Center in Sheboygan Falls will present History of Farming in Sheboygan County, Tuesday, Nov. 14, at the Cedar Grove Public Library.

Agriculture as practiced by the early settlers was a haphazard and primitive process.

Land clearing was accomplished by chopping away the underbrush and small trees with ax, mattock, brush-hook and grub-hoe.

Early farm work was done by oxen and horses. They pulled crude wooden plows, all sowing was done by hand, cultivating by hoe, hay and grain cutting with sickle and threshing with flail.

Corn was planted by dropping the kernels, a hill at a time, into regularly spaced holes made with a hoe. Grain was broadcast by hand, some using the one-hand, but the more expert the two-hand method.

This informative program, which runs from 6-7:30 p.m. in the library’s meeting room, is open to the public and free of charge.


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