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I remember my Grandpa teaching me to milk a cow . Now this is not as easy as it looks it takes lots of practice and then when you finally get milk it misses bucket and the cats all hung nearby to get spilling of it . Now he convinved me to drink some milk in a cup from pail . That is awful . I was dumb for a moment but he got a laugh . Many fond memories and at time we had 200 plus milking cows .


  1. BeauxPurdy BeauxPurdy, 3 years ago
    HOLY COW!!! I see the photos you have posted and from your comments, I can't help but to keep thinking that life on a farm is as foreign as the moon is to me. I am fascinated. Thank-You.
  2. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Glad I have shown what a bit of farm life is like for you Beaux and hope you have enjoyed them . A Great part of history that is disappearing
    Thank you for the love and Thank you Vintagemad for the love !
  3. vanskyock24 vanskyock24, 3 years ago
    had a few of the milking stools nice pic
  4. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Thank you Vanskyock for the love . I wonder where our milking stool went to ? I sat on it a lot . With that many cows to milk it was all hands on deck and we have more than one in barn . The history of those stools and the back breaking work for the people who sat on them at 5am on a winter snowy day and again at 5pm at night . Very dedicated and hard workers . For not much pay .
  5. EJW-54 EJW-54, 3 years ago
    One day, as a child, I was in the neighbors barn learning to milk the cow when my sister walked in and Harry the farmer shot her with milk, squirt, squirt, it was so funny. LOL Thanks for sharing your photo's.
  6. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    EJW We could find fun in simple things back then . I am sure your neighbor still remembers that with fondness :-) Everytime I smell hot stainless steel I am back in the milk house on farm where we cleaned the huge tubs that stored the milk before the truck came to take it . Glad you enjoyed going back to your farm memories with some of these photo's :-)
  7. officialfuel officialfuel, 3 years ago
    Manikin when I was young my parents lost there home. There was a farmer in town that rented them a house on his farm. I was 13 at the time and will never forget that time in my life. After school I would clean out the hog pins and hold the pigs while the vet would cut them. Learned how to plow, disk, plant, side dress corn, bale hay, fill silos. I loved driving the tractors and the trucks. I got paid $1.00 an hour. I will never forget that time in my life growing up, I love doing all those things, what a great memory of the farm and something I will remember always!
  8. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Official wow you got 1 dollar and Hr ! That was good pay . I loved the years on farm , Hiding in hayloft and swinging on pullies from one side of barn to other , danger !! crawling in silo :-) Danger . I did not care to much for cleaning up pigs that had a nasty smell , but I did swim or shall I say wade in the cows water trough while they were drinking . The things I would never venture to do today . Amazing and we all lived and worked hard . No PC's or cell phones, video gameswe made are own games up . We did not shall we say cut the pigs (hogs ) as we only kept one male always and he had work to do :-) Busy guy
  9. officialfuel officialfuel, 3 years ago
    My grandpa was a farm hand most of his life. The farmer had a house that they lived in for part of his pay. The farmer raised hogs. My grandpa and him would always say who could pick the best hog, well one year the farmer pick a hog and my grandpa pick one and they went to the State Fair and my grandpa won. The farmer would always let my grandpa pick the hogs from then on. Every Sunday we would go and grandma would make the best fried chicken in an iron skillet, I've only had chicken that good only a couple of times since then. That iron skillet was the secert. After eating supper we all watch Bonanza or Walt Disney. What a great way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Your picture has brought back some great memories. I could go on and on. Thanks again for sharing!
  10. EJW-54 EJW-54, 3 years ago
    Not all memories are great, I remember being in the loft as those bails came up the conveyor, it must have been 100 up there,me and my neighbor swinging those bail hooks, grabing the bails but we both went for the same bail and he stuck that hook in my arm! ouch! Mom had to take me in for a tetnas? shot
  11. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    Yes it was dangerous at least your Mom took you to a real Dr. I was kicked in head by a cow and my Dad took me to a Vet !!!!!!!! He figured a cow did it I quess so go to animal Dr and vet treated me :-)
  12. EJW-54 EJW-54, 3 years ago
    A Vet!! you make me laugh!! Did you Mooo at the Vet?
  13. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    LOL I think at time I thought my Dad knew more than me . The cow kicked me near eye and I still have scar . I guess a Vet is not who you want to stitch you up . Since animals don't care if they have a scar . I did get even I quess with him my Dad as one day I was passing car and was carrying a hammer when I saw something emerge from under car. I hit it with hammer . Oops it was my DAD ! He saw a real Dr . Farm life :-)
  14. hotkitties, 3 years ago
    We never knew milk was sold in the stores. We thought everyone must have a cow. Always had a tin to fill for the kittens ;)
  15. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    That was a lot of cows to milk by hand, & nobody complained of carpel tunnel problems. I remember my grandmother squirting milk at the cats, they would be dripping in milk and they would help clean each other to get every last drop. We worked hard on the farm as kids but we always found time for fun. We made our own fun, & sometimes got hurt. Our city cousins always came out to the farm every summer and Dad would always put them to work. They must have enjoyed working for free as they kept coming back year after year. Mom always tells the story of having to make two trips to town in one day for kids to get tetanus shots.
  16. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    So true Walksoft ! yes we would squirt milk at the cats too :-) I did survive some injuries including a 3 story fall but I would never trade the days on farm . I sure do miss it . I will post a photo of my farm not my grandparents but one we bought but had to leave it it was to hard to pay bills and I was working as a nurse fulltime to boot at VA
  17. walksoftly walksoftly, 3 years ago
    I had to quit farming in 2003 due to health problems, but we still live on the farm. The farm has been in the family since 1942, the house we live in was built in 1898, my Grandfather put a full basement under it in 1950 (I will post pics of that some day). We added on to it in 1985 to make room for our growing family.
  18. Manikin Manikin, 3 years ago
    My health is not good enough to farm anymore either :-(
    I have a photo of my Grandma's farm house I will post that is in PC now .
  19. nldionne nldionne, 2 years ago
    Love this Manikin. My uncle had a dairy farm when we were kids and we used to help him milk. When he went to automatic milkers he still had us hand milk to finish the job. We had fun on his farm during the summer. Now that I am older I realize we worked our butts off for him.

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