Religion: Farm Work for Parsons

Farmer Wilber Cochel, 73, tall and bone-thin, and the manager of 410 rich Missouri acres near Kansas City, was breaking in 15 new hands this week. They did not know much about farming; they were all Episcopal divinity students. "They're as green as can be," said he. "They don't know a manure fork from a hay fork . . . That doesn't do the farm profits any good." But Farmer Cochel is not primarily interested in the profits. His most important crop these days is well-rounded clergymen.

Wilber Andrew Cochel was a pioneer in animal husbandry, and by 1918 he was field...

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