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The Farmer's Daughter

The Farmer's Daughter

October 1938. Farm girl in Seward County, Nebraska. View full size. 35mm nitrate negative by John Vachon for the Farm Security Administration.

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Farmer's Daughter

This is Joe Manning. The link to my story of this girl has been changed. It is now:

Farmer's Daughter

This is Joe Manning. I have completed my work on Claudine Abele, the so-called farmer's daughter. I have posted considerable information on my site, including more than a dozen photos of her, 20 pages from her childhood diary about growing up on the farm, the text of an interview with her, now 79 years old, and even a 5-minute audio excerpt of the interview that you can listen to. She is a remarkable woman who has faced life with faith and perserverence. Go to:

Farmer's Daughter

Joe Manning again. I interviewed this lovely girl today, now 79 years old. She was born Eunice Claudine Abele. She was a delight to talk to, a charming woman who had many wonderful stories to tell about growing up on the farm, and later taking it over when her parents retired. I hope to post some of that interview soon.

Farmer's Daughter

This is Joe Manning, of the Lewis Hine Project. I have started researching some of the FSA photos, and couldn't resist this one. I contacted John Vachon's daughter, but she said he didn't keep any records of who she was. So I was able to get the Seward County Independent newspaper to publish the photo to see if anyone recognized her. Within hours after the article appeared, I got an email from the girl's son, and she is still alive! She is 79 years old and still lives in Seward County. She has an enlarged copy of the photo on her dresser. I will be interviewing her. I will post some information about this on my website soon. See


I was taking the train across the country a few years ago. A woman got on in western Nebraska and, as will sometimes happen between strangers on a train, she and the older woman sitting next to her just hit it off. And I admit that I eavesdropped and listened for several hours to this young woman just tell all about her life living out there on a farm in Nebraska. These pictures are like that...


*absolutely beautiful*

Looks like "Christina's

Looks like "Christina's World" from the front.

I think…

…I heard a joke about her once...

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