"I went to Ag college in Lincoln, and I learned welding. We call it forge welding. Two pieces of iron – if you get them both the same heat on them, melting point, and put them together and tap them a little bit, they'll stick together. They'll weld together. I learned that. I came home and about a year later they had electric welding. And that's where that electricity came in handy was these electric welders. A farmer, almost every farmer has an electric welder. That was unheard of years ago. And it's a time saving for the farmer. He don't have to go to town, to a blacksmith. He can do the welding. We had many conveniences with that electricity.
     "We had warm water for the chickens. It was ice water before. Where we'd put in warm water, but it would cool. But with electricity we had heaters, thermoses, things underneath to keep the water warm. They laid better. They ate more feed and laid better. Also with curing meat, that saved us a lot of bread and things. If you had leftovers you could put them in the deep freeze. When we were threshing [harvesting wheat] and it would rain and we couldn't thresh and all of those men, we had the food for them. What could we do with the food if we couldn't thresh? Well, we divided it up sometimes with neighbors; we didn't have no deep freezes at that time. Electricity did wonders and it's cheap for what it does."

Albert Friesen on Electricity & Welding


Other Excerpts from Birdie Farr's Interview:

What's for lunch?
Smoking Ham
Cutting and storing ice
Choosing crops to plant