By: Jerry Apps
Before tractors or steam engines arrived on the farm, horses did all the heavy work. From spring plowing to the fall harvest, the mighty draft horse powered farms across the Midwest. Relied upon to complete a multitude of tasks, including towing threshing machines and plows, hauling milk to the local cheese factory, and pulling the family buggy to church each Sunday, these animals were at the center of farm life, cementing the bond between human and horse.
Horse-Drawn Days: A Century of Farming with Horses
captures stories of rural life at a time when a team of horses was a vital part of the farm family. Author Jerry Apps pairs lively historic narrative with reminiscences about his boyhood on the family farm in Wisconsin to paint a vivid picture of a bygone time. Featuring fascinating historic photos, ads, and posters, plus contemporary color photos of working horses today, Horse-Drawn Days
evokes the majesty of these animals and illuminates the horse’s role in our country’s early history and our rural heritage.
Jerry Apps is professor emeritus at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and the author of many books on rural history and country life. His nonfiction books include Old Farm
, Every Farm Tells a Story
, and Living a Country Year
. He received the Council for Wisconsin Writers’ 2007 Major Achievement Award and the Wisconsin Library Association’s 2007 Notable Wisconsin Author Award. Jerry was born and raised on a small farm in Waushara County, Wisconsin, where he grew up driving horses.
Published by Wisconsin Historical Society Press
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