"We went down, I think it was Great Bend, Kansas, and the man says, 'I'll sell you a four wheel Go-Dig, but it's out in that field out there.' And he said, 'About all you can see is the top of it.' He says, 'The rest is drifted under dirt.' We had to dig that out. He sold it to us for almost nothing, but we had to dig that thing out of the dirt because it had drifted in around it. And he said, 'We don't use it anymore, we can't raise corn. It's too dry.'
     "But, the man told us about him coming home from town one day and he said, 'The dust blew so bad I couldn't see my own driveway and all at once I heard something under the car. I got out to see what it was and I'd run over my own mailbox.' He says, 'You just couldn't see a thing.' Well, those that stayed, many of them left the country of course. From here, seems like a lot of people from here went to Oregon. But those that stayed, why they done pretty well, some of them.
     "I remember I was out working the field one day, and we had these tumbleweeds that you'd call them. You probably know what those are. Well, they were rolled up against my north fence. And I was working, and all at once – the posts evidently were rotten and it had woven wire up against it – and here that whole fence just come turning over, over, over, over, winding up. It blew that fence a quarter of a mile with those weeds against it. It was an awful job to pick it up. All you could do was put it in a dump some place because it was not usable any more."

Harvey Pickrel on Digging Out a Go-Dig


Other Excerpts from Harvey Pickrel's Interview:

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

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