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"In those days, to get your seed for your next year's planting, they went out in the field and they would go through and pick out quality ears, that they felt were quality. They'd bring them in, and they would put them in the wagon and bring them in. And then we had racks that they would hang in the granary, and they put those ears of corn in there, and that's where they'd stay. And then sometime in the wintertime they would take those ears of corn down and they would, what they called, butted them. They took the round kernels off of the butt of the ear, and the fine kernels off the end of the ear. Then the rest of the ear they would run it through a hand sheller. And then they would try, if they had a little, if they didn't have a cleaner then they would try to drop it from one basket to the other and let the wind blow it. And that's what they used for their seed in the spring of the year. Before they started, even to buy – and they done that, they used to do that even into the early '30s. But they did that all during the '20s, prettynear everybody did… The seed oats business was that they'd clean it and tried to get all the chaff and everything out of it. And they'd run it over a little mill that we hand cranked. I sat there and cranked that cleaner many a day. Cleaned the oats and the same way with the wheat. And, of course, they tried to get the good-looking quality seed."

Hollis Miller - Getting seeds for next year

   

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

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