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Gard, Robert Edward / My land, my home, my Wisconsin : the epic story of the Wisconsin farm and farm family from settlement days to the present
(1978)

Of wheat the golden, and the new machines,   pp. 19-36 PDF (11.0 MB)


Page 36


older wells in Wisconsin were located by witchers,
and they were considered indispensable.
    But if Wisconsin farmers believed in witchers,
they believed in other things as well. Thomas D.
Wage, who moved to Wisconsin from Pennsylvania
in 1856, would never have his hair cut during the
month of March-to do so would cause him to have a
year-long headache. He also said that a good farmer
had to watch the direction of the wind on March
and 22. If in the south, southeast, or southwest,
would be a good corn year. This appears to have be
a common belief among old settlers. Mr. Wage, a
many of his neighbors, always carried in an ext
load of wood on New Year's Day-that indicated ti,
there would be plenty to carry into the home duri
the year.
It took a lot of doing to develop a dairy industry in Wisconsin.
York Staters had the know-how, and Europeans brought per-
sistence and stability.
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