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Oral History with Herlache, Harold (1976)

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Tape 1, side 2

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0:03 Introduction.

Introduction.

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0:33 Youngest son usually...

Youngest son usually got farm in Belgian community. When older, the son had to pay bond of support or whatever. Describes how his father equalized his support of the three children in their family.

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1:07 Never worked off the...

Never worked off the farm except to occasionally help fishermen.

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1:26 His father one of...

His father one of first dairy farmers in area. Originally sold to stores in Sturgeon Bay, then people came to the farm. Cheese factory opened after others in area also began dairying.

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2:21 Cheese balls.

Cheese balls. Mother stored in basement.

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3:39 House frame with...

House frame with brick veneer. Thinks bricks came from Marinette across the ice.

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4:07 Hauling across the...

Hauling across the ice. Father bought bales from local farmers and hauled to Marinette Flour and Feed, and Goodman Lumber Company. He recalls his first trip when 11 years old, his last at 17. Stopped when channel made.

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4:47 Materials for house.

Materials for house. Only bought bricks and shingles and possibly windows and doors. Used logs which drifted to the bay shore for lumber; stacked and hauled to mills to make into lumber.

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6:20 Remodeled house in 1954.

Remodeled house in 1954.

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7:31 Silo one of first in...

Silo one of first in Door County.| [Part 10] was recorded while drawing the farm map and is therefore confusing to the listener. The information has been transferred to the map in the collection; sections which were difficult to do so with or which reveal attitudes, etc. are listed below.

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9:15 Materials.

Materials. All concrete mixed by hand. Stones for gravel from bay shore. Fine gravel from gravel pit 1 mile from farm.| [Part 11] was recorded while drawing the farm map and is therefore confusing to the listener. The information has been transferred to the map in the collection; sections which were difficult to do so with or which reveal attitudes, etc. are listed below.

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9:37 Father expanded...

Father expanded buildings as he went further into dairying.| [Part 12] was recorded while drawing the farm map and is therefore confusing to the listener. The information has been transferred to the map in the collection; sections which were difficult to do so with or which reveal attitudes, etc. are listed below.

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10:20 Amusing incident with...

Amusing incident with milk inspector and relocation of outhouse!| [Part 13] was recorded while drawing the farm map and is therefore confusing to the listener. The information has been transferred to the map in the collection; sections which were difficult to do so with or which reveal attitudes, etc. are listed below.

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13:12 Present barn built...

Present barn built as cow stable 40' by 60'. Rest used for grain storage.| [Part 14] was recorded while drawing the farm map and is therefore confusing to the listener. The information has been transferred to the map in the collection; sections which were difficult to do so with or which reveal attitudes, etc. are listed below.

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14:44 Blacksmith shop.

Blacksmith shop. He and neighbor shared equipment.| [Part 15] was recorded while drawing the farm map and is therefore confusing to the listener. The information has been transferred to the map in the collection; sections which were difficult to do so with or which reveal attitudes, etc. are listed below.

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23:24 Obtaining water on...

Obtaining water on the farm. Why wells located where they are.| [Part 16] was recorded while drawing the farm map and is therefore confusing to the listener. The information has been transferred to the map in the collection; sections which were difficult to do so with or which reveal attitudes, etc. are listed below.

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29:20 He learned to bake...

He learned to bake bread when his mother and sister sick. Amusing incident about his first try.| [Part 17] was recorded while drawing the farm map and is therefore confusing to the listener. The information has been transferred to the map in the collection; sections which were difficult to do so with or which reveal attitudes, etc. are listed below.

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30:53 The following was...

The following was related to me by Mr. Herlache after the taped interview was completed. Sugar Creek was once a part of their property. When they sold it to the county, it was suggested that the name become "Herlache Park." The Herlaches refused, feeling that they didn't want the recognition; besides, it had been known as Sugar Creek for so long it would be a shame to change it. The story of how the Creek originally got its name was told to Mr. Herlache by his grandfather. Flat beds used to come a ways into the creek, and there was one time when a load of sugar was accidentally dumped there, giving the creek its name. Colts were once raised on the farm. Sugar beets were raised for 3-4 years, but depleted the soil too quickly. Mr. Herlache told of hauling other products into Green Bay and stopping one day at the beet factory. The owner proposed to him that he try raising beets, but a very wet year in which the beets could not be taken out of the soil discouraged Mr. Herlache from continuing with the crop.

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