Little Boy in the Big Woods
Farmer Boy has a chapter where Father Wilder and young Almanzo go to get wood out of their timber. As part of Almanzo’s plan to use his newly broken oxen and sled. Father Wilder had a big operation going, but Almanzo brought his own small sled along. We learn that empty sleds were supposed to get off the road in favor of loaded sleds. When Almanzo passes with a full load his oxen pull off the road and Father Wilder drives by with his empty sled. This was my grandmother’s least favorite part of the book. She never got over Father Wilder just going on by with his empty sled when Almanzo went in the ditch – she was a big believer in that taking care of kids is every adult’s number one duty. She never forgave him and still was kind of angry about it when she passed on.
Tiller’s International is an organazation with two main purposes. One is to preserve traditional practical living skills for farming and every day life. The other is to teach versions of these skills to people in undeveloped countries today to improve their quality of life. This video shows you the tools you use to move trees with hand tools and oxen.
Sarah S. Uthoff is a nationally known Laura Ingalls Wilder authority and has presented at five of the Wilder homesites, many times at the Herbert Hoover Presidential Library and Museum, many conferences and numerous libraries, museums, and events around the Midwest. She is the main force behind Trundlebed Tales fighting to bring the History, Mystery, Magic, and Imagination of Laura Ingalls Wilder and other greats of children’s literature and history to life for a new generation. How can you help? Attend one of her programs, schedule one yourself, watch her videos, listen to her podcast, look at her photos, and find her on Facebook , Twitter , LinkedIn , SlideShare, and Academia.edu . Professionally she is a reference librarian at Kirkwood Community College and former director of the Oxford (Iowa) Public Library.