9780810151017

Stories from the Round Barn

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  • ISBN13:

    9780810151017

  • ISBN10:

    0810151014

  • Format: Paperback
  • Copyright: 2000-05-16
  • Publisher: Northwestern Univ Pr
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Summary

In 1911, W. J. Dougan founded a farm near Beloit, Wisconsin, and working with the University of Wisconsin built on it an unusual round barn. Using anecdotes, stories, and vivid description, Jacqueline Dougan Jackson recalls the hardships and satisfactions of farm life and the struggles -- both communal and personal -- to build a life worth living.

On the Dougan farm, that goal demands hard work but also leaves room enough for good humor and the colorful lives (and troubles) of the cast. Not least among the characters are the cows, such as the notorious M-12, an animal infamous for attacking children. Dairy cows are the lifeblood of the farm and as such in need of constant care, whether through the curative powers of gin or the more modern techniques of artificial insemination.

And though the stories revolve around the farm, they are also of a time. The Depression nearly drags the farm under. The situation is so desperate that when Jackson's father finds a mouse in the butter churn, he grapples with whether or not to destroy the precious butter. As a thirtee

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix
Prologue: The Round Barn
1(5)
Preacher Fellow
6(1)
The First Milk Route
7(7)
Fools' Names
14(4)
Boots
18(3)
Income Tax
21(4)
The No-Legged Farmer
25(5)
Barefoot
30(2)
Agnes
32(4)
Good for Something
36(3)
Dan Kelley
39(3)
Grampa's Blue Memo
42(12)
Ronald's Courtship
54(4)
Sleep, Little Baby
58(10)
Jim Howard
68(8)
Naming Cows
76(3)
Circumcision
79(2)
Grampa Dresses
81(2)
S.O.B.
83(2)
Daddy Churns
85(3)
Grampa Bandages
88(2)
Fernwood Scrimshaw
90(3)
The Show
93(4)
Chez Nous
97(4)
God's Footstool
101(4)
Hallelujah, I'm a Bum
105(8)
Dehorning
113(2)
Seeds
115(4)
An Educated Man
119(2)
The Facts of Life
121(10)
4-H Project
131(9)
Why a Round Barn?
140(9)
Billy Beadle
149(6)
Unbutton
155(4)
Miss Glenn
159(10)
Jackie's Milk Route
169(16)
Birthing Paralysis
185(4)
Detasseling Corn
189(7)
Snakes
196(9)
Catching a Cud
205(15)
Craig's Minutes
220(2)
Musical Beds
222(3)
Stuart Peterson
225(6)
Grampa's and Grama's Intimate Life
231(7)
Grampa's Glorious Day
238(1)
P.C.
239(4)
A Sower Went Forth
243

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