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"This picture here was taken in 1936, and this was practically the only wheat field that I know of that was harvested [in the county]. I just picked it up – The wheat was there, and I used that for just chicken feed. It was so dry that the ground started to blow, and it go real fine that it would extend over. And more land would blow."
   [Question:] "Do you remember how much you paid for that combine?"
   "Yes, it was about $1,785. Oh, they're around from, I imagine, $12,000 to $25,000 now [in 1979] for these combines. The prices are not in line, that's all I can see. That's the big trouble now."

Fritz Fredrick – Growing Wheat

   

Other Excerpts from Dust Bowl Descent Interviews:

Darrel Coble & Lois Houle
Florence Thompson Migrant Mother
Nettie Featherston, "If You Die…"
Lois Houle on "Relief"
William Huravitch & Chewing Tobacco
Vern Evans, Oregon or Bust
Walter Ballard, Riding the Rails
Walter Ballard, Tractored Out
Madge May on the FSA
Harvey Taft, FSA Farmsteads
May Ross Lincoln, School Programs
Woody Guthrie's "This Land is Your Land"