Question: "With all this trouble, why didn't you just leave the farm?"
     "That is a good question. In common sense, you should have. But the land is like your family. You have walked that land. And since it was my home, I walked the land. I ran on it barefoot. I helped shock wheat when I was 10 years old. It was my Dad's life. I dearly loved my Dad. And I could not do it. I had to hang on because – Maybe now it wouldn't have been quite – I would have had a little different perspective. But at that time, it was like taking away family members. And I'm glad it's worked for my son because it was so much his dream. It's just a part of your faith. The weather, the storms, the clouds, it always keeps reminding you that you're not alone out there. It's your faith.
     "I've lived in the cities, and I had no problem while I was there. But when I came back to the land I was just like, 'Okay, this is where you belong.' And that's still there. I'm still out there in the barn helping him take care of all the sheep when I'm 77 years old. I should be in a retirement home."

Beulah Gocke – Why Not Leave Farming?


Other Excerpts from Beulah Gocke’s Interview:

Baby Boomers
Cold War Close to Home
Rural Hicks on TV
Adopting New Technology
Truck Farming
Raising Sheep
Keeping Up with Chemistry
Droughts in the 50s
Omaha Stockyards