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Published on Jun 27, 2013
Author Jerry Apps remembers farm life in the 1930's and '40's when he was growing up on a small Midwestern dairy farm. He describes the party-line telephone and the neighbors who listened in on every conversation. But in addition to being a link to the outside world, the phone was also a lifeline when neighbors were in trouble and everyone rushed to their aid. In the days before mechanization and rural electrification, the help of neighbors was essential for farming. Jerry tells how his father insisted that their new neighbors be accepted and socialized with in spite of their rough ways, "because they are our Neighbors!"
Airing August 2013 on most PBS stations (check your local listings at pbs.org/tvschedules)
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