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VINTAGRAPH • WPA • WWII • AUSTRALIA: GREAT BARRIER CORAL REEF

We Were Farmers Once…

We Were Farmers Once…

…and Young. My grandfather working (left with rake) at a neighbor's farm – I'm guessing the 1920s. He'd work his farm then also hire himself out to work others in the area as here.

The family homesteaded in Dakota Territory in the 1870s in what is now Union County in SE South Dakota a few miles from Akron Iowa. The homestead was on Bruele Creek, which is mentioned in, and the area is the setting, for the novel "Giants in the Earth" by Rølvaag. Most of the families in the area were Nordic and still reflected that when I'd visit as a child.

Can anyone ID the year for the John Deere tractor to help place the time frame? View full size.

John Deere

The tractor appears to be a John Deere model GP, or possible a model C, which was the same tractor before the name change. The C was produced in 1927-28, the name changed to GP, and the production run continued to 1935.

So the pic has to be 1927 or later.

Notice how they did not stop the tractor engine for the picture? The exposed flywheel in front of the rear wheel is blurred.

 
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