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"When I was five years old, that's the first time I remember being down to Omaha at the market. We'd ship them by rail, and load them at Lushton and ship them to Omaha. They had 30, 40 acres of yards and a commission house and, oh, I don't remember how many commission companies there were. But they may sell them for you the next day at market… You'd just consign them to this commission company, and they would sell them… The company had yards, small pens they'd put them in. And then the packer buyers would come around riding on a horse, and they'd bid on them. They'd go all over the yards bidding, and the commission man would either take their bid or he wouldn't. But there was a half a dozen or more packer buyers that would come around and bid on them. And they would sell them to the highest bidder after a while."

Kenneth Jackson - How stockyards work

   

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Picking corn
Riding ponies to school
A day at school
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How stockyards work
A kid at the stockyards

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