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Rocks and More Rocks

By Col. Carlis B. Wilson

Living On The Farm In The Forties, there were many pleasures and few undesirable things to do. Much time was spent working in the fields, preparing them for planting, and sowing seeds for the various crops. Preparations included cleaning out briars, small saplings, and of course those undesirable rocks.

Rocks Array
Being a small boy, I thought the fields were growing rocks. Ever year there was a new crop of rocks. About five or six of us children would take the team and sled to the fields and pick up rocks, load them on the sled and haul them to the creek and unload them on the creek banks, some times in sink holes or by the country road. There were rocks of all sizes, shapes and forms. Some would be too big for us small children to handle even by two or three teaming up to load them.

Arrowheads and Tommy Hawks
Sometime we would find Arrowheads and Tommy Hawks in these fields. They were usually found in the fields near the creeks, where the Indians most likely lived or hunted. One of my cousins saved a good assortment of the Arrowheads and mounted them on a board.

Rocks As A Fun Thing
The boys liked the small rocks to throw, or use in a sling shot. There were some rocks that we called bomb shells. These were fun to bounce against a large rock and watch them burst into many peaces and make a blast sound. Some of the limestone rocks were big as houses. They were left in the field and worked around. I remember when we updated from a horse team to a tractor. The tractor had large steel wheels, and when the tractor was on these large rocks, the cleats made the tractor ride very rough, which give the driver a good shaking before getting off the rock.

Rocks Today
If I had some of those rocks today. I could use them in our flower garden or with the collection along the driveway, at the entrance to our property. Well at least our property doesnt grow rocks, just grass, trees and a few flowers.


This story was posted on 2003-10-02 11:33:22
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