We Took Care Of The Farm. Dad pretty much gave us three boys the keys to a farm to work.
Located on Quick’s Run Road was a 500-acre piece of land that I grew up on.
While dad still had his public job he trusted us three boys barely into our teens to operate the farm.
He would basically leave some instructions with me before he left for work. I really liked having that responsibility at such a young age.
I am sure that is why I never needed any help from anyone once I went to work later on in my life. Not even 18 years old and we had more responsibilities than most adults.
There was 100 head of beef cattle and 500 head of hogs to take care of seven days a week. We didn’t have to worry with chickens so we had to buy the egg from the store.
Plus we raised tobacco and hay so we had to take care of that too. Corn was cheaper to buy than it was to raise.
We Took Care Of The Farm
Every year there was a farm machinery sale at the Kentucky Duke Tobacco Wharehouse in Maysville, KY. If you needed a piece of farm equipment used then this was a good place to look for it.
I mentioned before in another story that we had raised hogs but had to end up selling them. We didn’t need the equipment we had for the hogs anymore, so we sold it.
Dad gave us three boys all that equipment as a bonus to what we had been doing for him. That is just how my Dad is he would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. And never ask anything in return.
He even gave us an old manure spreader that we had not used in years to sell. We made several trips to Maysville hauling all that machinery down there before the sale.
The day of the sale all of us was up early and headed down to the sale. We spent all day down at that tobacco warehouse.
If you have never experienced a tobacco warehouse in the winter time then you are lucky. I swear I think it is 30 degrees colder inside the warehouses than outside.
All that concrete floors and the side of the warehouse open in some places it was just plain cold.
Our stuff finally came upon the auction block. And just before the manure spreader was set to be auctioned a neighbor bought it. So we pulled it from the auction block.
We made out pretty good on the stuff we sold. I made enough that I bought myself a brand new Remington 270 caliber semi-automatic deer rifle with a new scope and sling and several boxes of Winchester ammo.