A Family Farm Album

Farm and Land

A Family Farm Album: Frank Sadorus' Photographs : Farm and Land

Frank Harvesting Corn

Self-portrait of Frank Sadorus harvesting corn

Mid- to late-August the crop cycle paused. This was the period of county fairs, when farmers displayed their finest crops, livestock, needlework, and preserves. Corn harvest began in September and, in early October, winter wheat would be sown.

Labor demands from early May through late September were intense, and all hands -- men, women, and children -- pitched in. During the winter months, farmers took care of the livestock, cut firewood, and did maintenance.

Jan Adams, Associate Professor of History, Southern Illinois University.

Collection of the Illinois State Museum
ISM Accession #: 1987.001.061

Frank Harvesting Corn

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