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"In those days, when they got ready to plant in the spring on a corn field, they'd cut the cornstalks, and then they'd take a rake and rake them into a row and set them afire… They had more fires in those days than they do now. And of course, if they had a fire [that got out of control] it was usually final because nobody could get to you fast enough to help you. So we had to be awfully, awfully careful… I can remember helping as a young kid, fight fires in the pastures."

Hollis Miller - Fires on the farm

   

Other Excerpts from Hollis Miller's Interview:

Saturday night at the movies
Fires on the farm
What is checked corn?
Getting flour from the mill
Getting seeds for next year
Windmills
Spring preparations
Helping with threshing
Daily Chores

Entire Interview with Hollis Miller