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How to go broke farming

Our History: November 1927

The Delco-Light generator advertised in the November 1927 issue of The Scoop Shovel would provide “brilliant, safe evening light which makes reading a pleasure — enables the children to study better.”

The unnamed writer of “The Pool Woman” column reflected on media reports that a national church assembly in Spain had met to discuss the “deplorable” morals of the day’s youth. “It seems to be the widespread belief that youth of today — and especially feminine youth — has thrown all the precepts of civilization into the discard and is rapidly going to the dogs. Magazines and newspapers carry stories of this ‘revolt of modern youth’ and the dress, conduct and morals of ‘the rampant flapper’ are being discussed, criticized and condemned.” But the writer went on to quote two similar examples of despair over modern youth, one written 59 years and the other 800 years earlier.

She also reflected on the ninth anniversary of the 1918 Armistice Day. “And yet the world is as much an armed camp as it was in 1914… For a certainty all the sorrow and the sacrifice, the misery and the terror of war will be repeated in the next 50 years if men and women do not set themselves determinedly to prevent it.”

Among the ideas quoted from a Tennessee College of Agriculture list on “how to go broke farming” were “Grow only one crop,” “Don’t plan farm operations, trust to luck,” and “Mortgage your farm for every dollar it will stand to buy things you would have cash to buy if you followed a good system of farming.”

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