The following sample account is given as a specimen of how many people raised a crop in olden times. It was a slow way to plow, but people were not in a rush in those days like they are now and were not prepared to farm on a large scale like farmers of the present day.
Wiley Morris son of Berry Morris who lived on Big Creek opposite the old Charley Mill Place. The land is just over the line in Ozark County, Mo. - used a large frosty gray colored steer he called Buck to plow his crop with. He plowed this oxen single. The land where Wiley plowed the steer in is on the left bank of the creek from where the old mill stood. Wiley had a brother named Joe who also plowed old Buck. Both of these boys used the old steer to carry their corn to mill on.
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