"Then one year, we had – Our corn didn't get very tall, and then what we had would bend over, or, I mean, break off. So, we had to call all the time to pick that corn. But we had to get it because that was the only feed we had. And then, what little corn we had, we'd get, if we owed a doctor bill, they wanted the money, so they wanted to take corn for that… Anyway, the doctor wanted money. So, for 10-cents a bushel, [that's] what we got, and then they put it in a crib up to town and they got 50-cents a bushel for it. Same way with the lumberyard. We bought coal, and they wanted their money, so they took corn for, to pay [for] the coal. And he saved it, too and got 50 - cents a bushel. So, they made a good profit."

Helen Bolton on Bartering


Other Excerpts from Helen Bolton's Interview:

Being a Democrat
Farmers Today
Moving to California
Red Dirt