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Mr. Mambert: 1941

Mr. Mambert: 1941

October 1941. "Mr. Mambert, Hudson River farmer near Coxsackie, New York." Photo by John Collier for the Resettlement Administration. View full size.

 

Successful Chicken Farmer

My father established a Chicken Farm in Barnegat, New Jersey in 1922 and had an average of 4,000 white leghorns for the next 34 years. He also raised vegetables and sold them at a farm stand in the front yard of the house, ending in fall of 1987. He came to America in 1911, from northern Italy, and soon thereafter his mother and five sisters came too, all passing through Ellis Island and all of their immigration activity was possible because of a cousin that had come to New York City years before and established a successful store. My father lived to be almost 98, so I know that the chicken business and farming was and still can be a successful way of life. I spent hundreds of hours working at the farm, starting around 1945 at the age of 5, until September, 1958. It would be nice to see more postings of all types of farms in America during the past 100 years and read about their success and in many cases their continuation with younger generations.

'A Scared

Mal,

I think all the other Shorpyites were too chicken to post here.

Three Days Have Passed

After three days, not a Shorpy soul has stopped by to pay their respects to Mr. Mambert. Well, I'll do it Mr. Mambert, you worked too hard in life to go with no comment being made.

 
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