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Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes / Wisconsin Farmers' Institutes : a hand-book of agriculture
Bulletin No. 11 (1897)

Pickford, W. H.
Home building-- a plea for better homes for farmers,   pp. 254-257 PDF (1.1 MB)

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264             WISCONSIN FARM UR     INSTITUTE.
W. H. Pickford, Xonticello, Wis.
Read at Farmers' Institute at New Glarus, Feb. U-17, 1897.
When a friend comes to visit you, building possibilities of our.occupa-
have you not noticed that there are tion. I can readily see how a person
different degrees of visiting? During living in a city can occupy a dozen
the day time you take him around different houses and become attached
with you as you go to your work, to none. He buys his house room
and you talk about your stock, your just as he buys his groceries, and he
crops, your buildings and such corm- gets as much as he can for his money.
mon place things; but when evening So when he finds he can get better
comes and the work is done, supper accommodations for less money, off
is eaten, and the children put to bed, he goes, with as little regret for
then you draw your chairs up to the house that he leaves as I have when
fire and talk of those things which I throw aside an old pair of shoes.
are nearest to your hearts, and which But I cannot see how anyone can be-
for some reason you could not bring gin with a piece of raw prairie or
yourself to speak of during the day. timber land, and through years of
It is in some such spirit as this that toil and care, convert it into a home,
I have chosen to speak to you on a without growing into it, taking root
subject which I believe is dear to in it, as Oliver Wendell Holmes says:
most of us, and should lie at the very "What a sense of ownership
core of our lives.                a man who has seen trees, planted by
I do not wish to underrate the im- him, grow  from  twigs to giants."
portance of those subjects which re- What man or woman is there that
late to the raising of revenue on a does not become attached to a place
farm, but I will leave them to others where every building, tree, bush and
who have been successful in some flower represents so much of their
special line, and will ask your atten- thought and effort. What a compan-
tion to one which I think is of the ion is an apple tree that one has
greatest importance to us. I refer planted and pruned and guarded un-
to the subject of home building. You til it begins to return fruit to him
may have heard of the farmer who his care! Shall we smile at a man
wanted to buy more land, to raise who says he has some affection for
more corn, to feed more hogs, and so trees and buildings? It is a good
on. There are many such men, but sign when a man begins to take root;
many of us would stop that rotation and happy is he whose roots strike
and put in the phrase-to build a deep and wide, for he is anchored
home. I did not say house, because from many an evil. There has been
house and home are not synonymous. too little of this taking root in this
A house is only part of a home.  busy western country.
Ever since I have been a farmer I  But the change is coming. I know
have been impressed with the home many men to whom the market price

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