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Nelvin Sloman - Modern Era

Nelvin Sloman was born in 1930 in Fayette County, Illinois. He grew up on his step-father's farm in southwest Christian County. Nelvin describes life on the farm in a time before electricity and when draft animals were used for tillage, planting, cultivating and harvesting. Nelvin recalls helping farm at age eleven by harrowing with a team of horses and plowing the garden with a one bottom plow pulled by a white horse. Crops grown on their farm at that time included corn, wheat, oats and clover. Nelvin reminisces about a simpler time on the farm, where the farms were smaller, and where neighbors lived close by and helped each other cope with the hard depression years.

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Sod House

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Ida’s parents, Orris and Stella Garrett in front of their soddie (sod house) three miles south of Capa, South Dakota in 1912.

Where:

Capa, South Dakota

When:

1912

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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House and farmstead where Nelvin lived from ages 3-19 years old. The house is on the left, with an attached summer kitchen. The family garden is in front, center.

Where:

Capa, South Dakota

When:

Circa 1930s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Nelvin used this single bottom plow to work the family’s garden and potato patch on their farm in southwest Christian County in the 1930s and ‘40s.

Where:

Christian County

When:

Circa 1930s and '40s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo

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Nelvin and Ida’s first home in southwest Christian County.

Where:

Christian County

When:

Circa 1950s

Ownership:

Narrator’s photo



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