Farming

Title

Farming

Description

Interviewees discuss dairy farming; milk, cheese, and butter production; hops growing; transportation; farm technology; the distribution of goods; family; and community. Many of the recordings include reflections on the transformations in farming within the last seventy-five years. In particular, many interviewees discuss the transition from small farming to large-scale production. The materials in this collection paint a vivid portrait of farm life and provide a reminder that agriculture has played a key role in New York State history.

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Contributor

Cooperstown Graduate Program

Collection Items

Ernie Chase is a lifetime resident of the Cooperstown area. He was born at the Thanksgiving Home in Cooperstown in 1919 and has lived here since then. Having lived and worked around Otsego Lake for his whole life, Mr. Chase has been a witness to…

Marjorie Schellhammer was born Marjorie Schielto, in Burlington, New York in 1926. It was there that she grew up with her three siblings on her family's dairy farm. In the first part of the interview she recounts rural life during the Great…

David Petri, November 14, 2010
David Petri is a longtime resident of Cooperstown, NY and grew up visiting his grandparents’ dairy farm. Petri collects material culture from the surrounding Leatherstocking region and has actively gathered information about farming techniques from…

Lynn Green, Jr., November 13, 2010
Lynn Green, Jr., is an attorney in Cooperstown, New York. Green was born in Oneonta, New York on May 15, 1945 and grew up in Hartwick, New York, although he attended school in nearby Cooperstown. After graduating from Cooperstown High School, Green…

Carolyn Lindberg, November 7, 2010
Carolyn Lindberg, a long-time resident of Burlington Flats, New York, was born on August 29th, 1936, in her family home in Burlington Flats. Carolyn went to school, church, and attended social activities all within the local community. She married…

Carl Lindberg, November 16, 2010
Carl Lindberg was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1931. He spent the first seventeen years of his life growing up in the suburban area of Rosedale, in Queens County. His family then relocated to Burlington, New York, and began dairy farming. Carl helped his…

David Burch, November 16, 2011
David Burch was born on December 8, 1950 and grew up in Hartwick, NY. After attending SUNY Delhi for animal husbandry, he went to the University of Georgia to study dairy science. He spent much of his adult life working in the dairy industry…

Helen Shillieto, November 16, 2011
Helen Shillieto was born Helen Green in Huntington on Long Island, New York on September 28, 1928. Growing up the daughter of Danish immigrants, as a young girl she worked as her father’s assistant on the family’s two hundred acre farm on Clock Hill…

Oakley Whiteman, November 18, 2011
Oakley Whiteman, at age 85, looks back at his life with no regrets. He was born on his family’s farm in Westford, New York. Though he has moved around a bit, he has never strayed far from his hometown. As a young man, he had a few odd jobs, but…

Rex Shaw, November 22, 2013
Rex Shaw was born in Delhi, NY in 1944 and grew up in East Meredith, NY. Shaw’s father worked at the mill in East Meredith for a number of years when Shaw was young. The mill opened in 1846. In 1860, David Josiah Hanford bought it, and it was the…
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