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#1 JD DANNELS OFFLINE  

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Posted March 26, 2013 - 06:59 PM

I was reading up on lister plows. I am a history buff. Not so much about memorizing dates as in learning how tasks were acomplished before men had the mechanical tools we take for granted .  This is a very interesting read about digging a large ditch in NEBRASKA with oxen and a huge lister plow.

http://www.oocities....heBullDitch.htm


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 07:12 PM

That was interesting. And to think that was only just over 100 years ago! It is amazing how much everything has changed in a short period of time. We sure are spoiled in this day and age. Thanks for sharing :thumbs:


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 07:14 PM

That is pretty cool! I have seen versions of that before, maybe it was on modern marvels one time?


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 07:15 PM

Interesting read. Thanks.

They sure worked hard back then.


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 07:15 PM

Thanks for sharing, it was interesting.


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 07:28 PM

Great article JD. I too like old history and as many pics' as i can find. Alot of people don't realize how far we have come. :)
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Posted March 26, 2013 - 07:43 PM

Thanks for sharing that.  Worked with oxen some when I was young, but never dreamed they would hook up that many.


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 07:51 PM

Maybe I need to let the wife get some oxen so I can put a ditch in my yard.


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 08:04 PM

Great story . Very interesting .


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 08:09 PM

It's amazing how they accomplished some of the things they did without modern technology.
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Posted March 26, 2013 - 08:09 PM

Yes Will I suspect that is why the average man did not live nearly as long as we do in our age. They simply wore out their bodies.

 

 I may have told this before, but that was true even a generation ago. My favorite uncle had a farm and he would get up at 5:00 am and milk his cows and feed the hogs get back to the house around 7;00 eat breakfast and go to the field. Around 10:00 Aunt Helen would bring a full meal to the field(Coffee Time) work till Noon and go to the house for Dinner. Back to the field and about 2:00 Helen would bring out another full Meal(Coffee Time) work till 4:00 and back to the barn for milking. Supper around  6::00 and evening snack around 9:00. Bob never in his life weighed over 160 lbs, he burnt all those calories.

Interesting read. Thanks.

They sure worked hard back then.


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 08:13 PM

I have to think 6-8 men driving 48 Oxen would have taken some top notch teamsters.

Thanks for sharing that.  Worked with oxen some when I was young, but never dreamed they would hook up that many.


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 08:57 PM

Great story !   Amazing how things were done , thanks for posting


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Posted March 26, 2013 - 09:14 PM

Very interesting  read, we are so spoiled these days.



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Posted March 26, 2013 - 09:16 PM

If you get a chance read about building the Erie Canal. It was the first great Civil Engineering project in the United States. They had monstorous wheels and axles setup to pull stumps and many ingenius other animal pulled machines.


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