Oklahoma Farmer (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 24, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 17, 1909 Page: 1 of 16
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GUTHRIE OKLAHOMA, WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 1 7, 190 9.
THE MAN Writ)
EXTRA TOUCHES" , N CROPS OR STOCK MEANS A
ON THE FARM
IS THE NAN
Just let me give it one more round
That'll make it all right!"
"Oiip that's good enough!. Come on'
You wop t get a cent's worth more corn
for yoni extra work!"
Oi the two men who said this, whl«h
would you like best to hire to work on
your place? Which do y> u think w u'«l
be the mo>-:t profitable man to have on
the farm' Who cannot guess what your
answer would be to a question like this?
It is the man who is ready to give one
streams ul milk we gtt from a cow, e\ ^
if those streams arc email ami gained a.
the expeux of a lttle time and strength
the richest 1 any we take. Few men
are so rich that they can afford this
waste. Still, the men who have the pa
tience to just sit slid and strip the cows
i>ut envui are few and lar between. U
stems like such small business. Tnere
nre larger things awaiting out on th
farm. Ijtt tiie last streams of milk so'
Who cares. We can make mort money
some other way
But the man who says that is not very
,>t to do llis other v.ork thoroughly, if
hi- will slight the milking, he will slight
the plowing' and the harrowing and all
So, the man who has it in him to give
tilings the last extra touch is the man
we like to get hold of on the farm, if
we are fat ourselves disposed to '*xer-
i ise tnU are, sn mueii the more reason
why wt need conscientious men to help
us. And when we find such nv n. W"
ought to slick to them as long as they
will stick to us. To do this will be. dol-
lars in our pockets, it is a poor policy
to be ad the time changing help.
It is not always possible to set a close
it her man know
Perhaps he t
orr. to the ac
it part of the
not even that.
• vortli of th •
and he gives it to hi* corn
illy he push's his w ay
rows with the horse culti-
vato.-. l'erhaps he goe
that with a hand hoe
(Very hill, so that the
ind brushes u,>
stalks all Flnnd
tip prim and straight, all weeds -cl■ atv I
,, 1_ and the corn t-iirl 1.111^111114 up
into the face of th'- sky.* With any kin I
of a season that man will harvest a
hundred bushels of corn to the aire. He
has earned it fairly and he will reap th
reward nature owes him.
Volt can tell !*y the looks of some
men's horses that they are lovers ot the
horse. More than that. the> are lovers
ot good farming in all IIs branches.
Every hair on the horse's ba-k lies don 11
just sc. N'o dust, t.i 1 droppings no 11
the stables clinging to legs and
And those horses" apprei l ite sir
mont. They are in good I
they come from the stable
l.ook at the other fe tow, w'
will take i
it last till'1
will7 It is a
eiy thing is
will be iv« ;,t
he nroperlv la
Do you know that one man
threshing machine and make
j times as long as another
1 fat t. He w ill s- e that ev •
in order and running
the time. The bearln-.s
well oiled. The belts wHi
I. The Machine will be
teeth will not
In short, the
on the alert
It'sh and wh.
set level. The cylinder
b' clicking all the time.
man will be all the tin
against the thousand and
things whieli mean wear anil
:<nd destruction. So lie will it
anu save his machine.
The farm is one of the gf atest ma-
chines in this world. It needs just as
careful attention In Its operation as the
most delicately constructed engine. The
man who goes en a farm must have his
< yes anil ears open all the time for the
grinding and the clicking which means
that something is out of place and not
doing its work property. If lie
a man, other things being equal, h
bound to succeed. Things will
his way," because he will make
If they had slept
come that way. Farming Isn't the re-
sult of chance work,—good farming. 1
mean, ft depends on the will and the
mi fa wwwx-Mdi
ft,,, 1 LITTLE 6!ANT -104316
\U 1/ " ■ SUPEH.FJNE CHisr
THE LIVESTOCK OF THE FARM THE "EXTRA TOUCH" ALWAYS SHOWS.
more touch to the work he has to do
that brings the profit out of farming.
One of the most s*rlous drawbacks
tliere Is to the farming of the present
day is the disposition to s'lght work.
How many men that you know do nil
their work upon honor? Is it not a fact
that almost every job that Is undertaken
might be done a little hit b<tter than It
Is? And do you doubt that If all we have
to do were done carefully and conscien-
tiously, there would be far less complaint
that farming is not a paying business?
It is the clean milker who puts th •
money into the pall of his employer. You
know and I know that the last few
money value 011 the extra touch in do-
ing farm work However, it may be
done approximately, llere are two fields
of corn side by side. One man cares for
his on the "good enough" plan, lie has
rot the time to do his work as it should
be done. Other work presses hard. He
is under the harrow all the time. His
work crowds him, instead of his crowd-
ing his work. It is one of the most
wearing and disastrous ways of doing
any Kind ef work. It brings gray hairs
and premature old age. .Tust when this
man's field of corn needs one more
"brushing over" with the cultivator, he
is racing after some other job in a dls-
the dunghfap last night! llair full of
dust. Shaggy. Bits of straw and ma-
nure simply dropping from side and leg.
Deliver us from the man who keeps hl-i
horses that way! He never will do any-
thing 011 the farm. He might as well
quit now, flr t as last, lie will always
be in debt, always behind hand with his
work, always complaining that "luck is
against him." He Is against himself!
That is the truth of it. No one treats
him half as badly as he treats hlmsc'f.
Give us the man who will put the e>:-
tra touch to his work. This does not
mean puttering. It means good, square,
honest attention to details. That is
vVfiV -i :. v
disposition to do ever
ought to be done and
ythlng when it
in just the best
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Greer, Frank H. Oklahoma Farmer (Guthrie, Okla.), Vol. 18, No. 24, Ed. 1 Wednesday, November 17, 1909, newspaper, November 17, 1909; Guthrie, Oklahoma. (https://gateway.okhistory.org/ark:/67531/metadc88262/m1/1/?rotate=180: accessed June 24, 2022), The Gateway to Oklahoma History, https://gateway.okhistory.org; crediting Oklahoma Historical Society.