Pleasant Grove Township
Our land in the rolling hills of Pleasant Grove Township was not as fertile as the dark top-soil on the flat prairie found just ten miles north of our farm. Seventy-five percent of our land was tillable; the rest was timber. Harvest varied greatly from one part of our farm to another depending on the clay and loam in a particular field. We compensated by using more fertilizer in the less fertile areas. Nevertheless the lack of rain could virtually wipe out any growth in some areas without the loam to protect the moisture.
Farming was definitely a career dependent on faith. Crop insurance did not exist in those days, so drought or an untimely freeze could seriously lower the income of a given farmer in any year. I don’t remember a single year that we didn’t have a decent harvest, but very dry summers sent farmers to church more frequently and to their knees to pray fervently.