FARMERS: Par Excellence

The world has known many famed farmers, but there has probably been only one man who made himself famed by farming. He died last week. He was born on a farm — in Wisconsin, 1846. He fought in the Civil War, and then, stepping westward, he crossed the Missouri River on the ice. On the far side was Kansas. There he got a job at $12 a month, as a farmhand. Four years later he had a farm of his own. There he stayed for twelve years, making things grow. Then he undertook...

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