Note: The following reader submission, inspired by the photograph at right and based on real life events, provides a glimpse of winter life on an Iowa farm in another era.
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A middle-aged lady looks through an old photo album and reflects on a bygone era. Her father was a full-time hired man for a farmer who had four farms within a five-mile radius. She recalls that the whole family was expected to help out at different times of the year.
When Catherine, called Kat, was three or four years of age, she had to help water and feed the baby chickens. They were kept in the house for several weeks in a big metal tub. Newspapers were put in the bottom and had to be changed often.
Her two brothers, older by 10 and 12 years, helped with the chores and other jobs. Their biggest job was pulling volunteer corn from the soybean fields and putting up the square bales of hay.