AGRICULTURE: Northward Bound

Across the level fields of Comanche County, as far as the eye could see, the wheat nodded under the Oklahoma sun. When a breeze stirred the golden grain swayed in long waves. A breeze was welcome; sweat, running down the back, made an itchy paste of the chaff blowing from the two self-propelled combines that were cutting and threshing the wheat on Farmer Wilbur Morrison's 400 acres.

As they worked, Farmer Morrison, short, fat and overalled, wore a worried look. The harvest of his months-long labor was in the hands of an outsider: Thomas L. Dupree, a big (6 ft. 2...

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