"I forget how many farmers we had down in Saline County. And we did not have digging machines then. We dug them by hand – the holes by hand. And when we left at night, we'd come back, and the farmers asked us to leave the shovels there. Banjo and spoons, is what they called them. And they proceeded to dig holes until dark. So, when we came back the next day, that just meant that they would have their electrical service sooner. So, it's things like that – And there was always lunch twice a day. And they were just so grateful. And some of the land down there was – Well, they say that used to be nothing but a big buffalo wallow. And it was just harder than – you can't imagine how hard it was. And when you had to dig by hand, it just turned out about pea size [clods]. So, we had to put water in those holes and let it turn a little softer, and then dig it out the next day. But, they helped us. You can't imagine how much they helped us."

Don Geery – Digging Holes for REA by Hand


Other Excerpts from Don Geery's Interview:

Pearl Harbor
Enlisting Before his 18th Birthday
Don's War Experience
Rural Nebraska's Contribution
America's Industrial War Machine
Rounding Up Japanese-Americans
The GI Bill
Drive-In Movie Theaters
Hooking Up Electricity on Christmas Eve
A Young Boy's Love of Baseball
Baseball on Tinian Island
Semi-Pro Baseball Back Home

Feeding the World