Norwegian Farmer’s Son…December 11th

December 11th…“WHAT METHODS DID YOUR FATHER USE TO MANAGE THE FAMILY FARM NEAR KIESTER, MINNESOTA?”

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Happy farming was easy when cuddling with Russell Noorlun’s  firstborn son; Elliott’s elder brother, Lowell.  Circa 1945-46

POEM – “Dad’s Handheld Device”   by N. Elliott Noorlun

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Russell’s “handheld” device. 😉

My Norwegian father, Had a “handheld device”,

To manage our family farm.

It worked quite well, I’m here to tell,

And it didn’t cost leg or arm.

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Russell’s jalopy could help run him around in his farm work, but it also was tons of fun to give rides to Elliott’s big sister, Rosemary, big brother Lowell and others.

Back in the day, When farmers grew hay,

Computers were not to be seen.

Dad used his noggin’ and kept on sloggin’,

On a paper notepad, Really keen!!

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Elliott’s father anticipated potential future costs for running their farm.

That wire-bound tablet, That fit in his pocket,

Was “device” enough for my dad,

With pencil point keen, On the tractor he’d lean,

Musing on numbers to add.

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Planned income from our farming operation

Dad could track his income, From crops to hogs,

All “data” was in his “device”.

His “gadget” did fine, On plain paper line,

And all for a very small price! 😉

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In the mid 1960’s, the only “software” that was needed by Elliott’s dad was a soft, wire-bound notebook that he carried in his bib overall pocket.

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