Thursday, January 17, 2013

Family Farm Journal: January 1958

This picture is of Mom and Pop (my grandparents) and their five children. The youngest child is my mom. This picture was taken in the early 1950's.  I am guessing '53 or '54.

 
Both of my grandparents were raised on depression era farms and then later raised their children on a farm.   Mom keep record books of their income and expenses and I am fortunate to have one of the journals. 
 
 
January Income 1958                                                                 
 
 
1-04-58  48 dozen eggs @ .55      26.40                               
1-04-58  Cream 27.0                      12.96                   
1-11-58  51 dozen eggs @ .55      28.05                   
1-18-58  59 dozen eggs @ .55      32.45                   
1-18-58  12 dozen eggs @ .48        5.26                   
1-25-58  48 dozen eggs @ .48      12.44                 
1-25-58  54 dozen eggs @ .55      29.70     
1-25-58    6 dozen eggs @ .50        3.00            

January Expenses 1958
1-04-58 200# Laying Mash                 8.80
1-07-58 200# Dairy Feed                    8.00
1-07-58 1 box Terramycin for Hens    3.75
1-09-58 200# Laying Mash                 8.80
1-09-58 Bishops Service Station      19.90
1-14-58 200# Laying Mash                 8.80
1-18-58 200# Laying Mash                 8.80
1-21-58 200# Laying Mash                 8.80
             Terramycin for Hens                6.90
             80# Oyster Shell                      1.50
1-22-58 200# Dairy Feed                    8.00
1-27-58 500# Egg Mash                    22.00
              Salt                                          1.50

Telephone                                             4.13
R.E.A. Electric                                    14.61

                                                                                    
278 dozen eggs  137.10 + Cream 12.96 = 150.06 - Expenses 94.15 = 55.91 - Utilities $18.74 = 37.17 - Car Service 19.90 = 17.27 - Salt 1.50 = 15.77 profit 
 
 

You might think I am crazy, but I find things like this very interesting.   That is a lot of eggs that were sold.  I wonder how big the flock was.  Can you imagine being able to get a large portion of your income from selling eggs?  I am not sure you could do that in this day and age.  So many regulations to sell things and the mega farms tend to make it hard for a mom and pop operation to make it.   You can tell how times have really changed by the simplicity of the expenses. 
 
May your day be filled with joy and contentment!

6 comments:

  1. very interesting! my grandparents were also farmers. Grandpa did the wheat and cattle. Grandma did the chickens. She also sold thier extra eggs and extra cream. Times have really changed, haven't they?

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  2. What a cool memory to hand down.

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  3. Ha! I have one of my grandparents' old farm journals, too! And I found it completely fascinating to read all of the notes that my grandma so painstakingly kept!

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  4. I love this! Very interesting. I was born in 1958. Funny how much has changed just in my lifetime. Thanks for sharing this. God bless.

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  5. This is very interesting. It's awesome that you have this.

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  6. I’m surprised with the amount of eggs sold too. Of course, you have to figure out how good the land was that time. But given how it was a family farm and the difference between farming technology then and now, your grandparents did a heck of a job!

    Bobbi Burtch

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