"I know her father had farm sale right at that time. And the auctioneer says, 'Merle, they sold you out. How much did you owe the bank?'
     "He said, 'I owed them $400, and I couldn't pay them.' So they sold him out. It didn't take much. Four-hundred dollars then was quite a little money."
     "If I remember right, I owed $400 on it [the tractor] and just across the street over here is the man that I bought it from. I come into this bank here [Cornerstone Bank] and they had an old boy that was working for them. And he looked at my note that'd come due, and he said, 'You aren't worth this, what's on this note.' He says, 'I can't loan you any money. You've got to figure some way, we'll have to sell you out or something.'
     "Well, it didn't make me happy. I said, 'Well, I don't know about that. The only thing I know, I'm honest and I'll pay it.'
     "And I went to leave the bank, and the man that owned this bank [Elijah Leavitt] for many years before the owners [who] have it now, he met me at the door. And he said, 'Harvey, you are mad. What's the matter?' And I told him. He took me back in and he read the pedigree to this old boy. He said, 'Don't you realize this is our business of tomorrow? You're running [him] away.' He said, 'You take care of these young boys like this.' So, I got my note renewed. But, I had to go and get the old man at the implement store. He come over and signed it with me in order to get my money or get it renewed. But things were tough in them years. It didn't turn around right away."

Harvey Pickrel on Foreclosures

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Other Excerpts from Harvey Pickrel's Interview:

Penny Auctions
Digging Out a Go-Dig
Harvey's daily chores
Picking corn
Tractors were a big change
Wild horses
Threshing machines
Killing grasshoppers
Planting corn

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