"HORSE-DRAWN DAYS" EXPLORES AN ERA WHEN HORSES POWERED RURAL LIFE
"Jerry once again gives his readers a fencerow view of farming practices in the early half of the 20th century. . . . A wonderful history lesson that goes beyond the 'seasons' of working the soil and tending livestock." — Joan Sanstadt, News Editor, "Agri-View"
Before tractors or steam engines arrived on the farm, horses did all the heavy work. From spring plowing to the fall harvest, the mighty draft horse powered farms across the Midwest. Relied upon to complete a multitude of tasks, including towing threshing machines and plows, hauling milk to the local cheese factory, and pulling the family buggy to church each Sunday, these animals were at the center of farm life, cementing the bond between human and horse.
"Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses" (ISBN: 978-0-87020-445-6, Paperback: $24.95) captures stories of rural life at a time when a team of horses was a vital part of the farm family. Author Jerry Apps pairs lively historic narrative with reminiscences about his boyhood on the family farm in Wisconsin to paint a vivid picture of a bygone time. Featuring fascinating historic photos, ads, and posters, plus contemporary color photos of working horses today, "Horse-Drawn Days" evokes the majesty of these animals and illuminates the horse's role in our country's early history and our rural heritage.
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