John 14:6

I am the Way, the Truth, and the

Life. No one come to the Father except

through me. (NIV)

CONTENTS

Acknowledgements
About the Author
Dedication
Introduction
Contents
     Part 1: How A City Boy Became A Farmer
A City Boy Longs for The Farm
The Menger – Guenther Sawmill
Grandma Jonas
Christmastime With Grandma Jonas
An Unlikely Couple
Dog Patch
Grandpa Jonas
Out Home
Uncle Eddie
The Cottage at Cedar Lake
Family Heritage
Grandma and Grandpa Cooper
My Second Home, The Mertz Farm
Threshing Oats
The Next Generation Farm Owners
My Many Illnesses
Wimpy’s Hired Hand Dusty
Smokey’s Hat
The Contraption
Joan Out at The Farm
Brother Butch on The Farm
Paper Route, Pigeons, and Rabbits
The Move to North Carolina
The Restaurant Business
My Freshman Year in High School
Summer on the Farm
A Full-Time Farmhand
Back to High School
Next Summer on the Farm
Building That Fence
Edgar Miske, A Good Neighbor
High School Graduation
     Part 2: A City Boy’s Rocky Road to Farm Ownership
High School Graduation
My Last Visit with Grandma Jonas
My Last Year on the Mertz Farm
Excavating Job
My First and Last Deer Hunt
An Unforgettable Christmas
Clover Lawn Farm
Back Home to Saukville
Curtis Candy Company Artificial Breeding Service
The Feed Mill
The Machine Shop Job
Milk Testing and Artificial Breeding
The Love of My Life
Our Wedding
Our Honeymoon
Bugs in Our Bed
A Home of Our Own
A Herd of Cows and our First Rented Farm
Our Second Rented Farm
Foster Boys
A Good Farm and a Great Start
Boys Will Be Boys?
Marketing Our Milk
Tornados
Farm Bureau
NFO
The Battle with Our Bull
Farm Finance
Search for a Farm to Purchase
The Purchase of a Farm of Our Own
The Poch Auction
The Overloaded Pickup
Moving Day
Our Lifelong Dream Fulfilled
Organizing Dairy Farmers
     Part 3: Dairy Farming: Our Way of Life
Dairy Farming: Our Way of Life
Our Daughter Jenny’s Open-Heart Surgery
4-H and the Sheboygan County Fair
Farm Politics / AMPI
Building Projects and Further Land Purchases
The Day Our Farm Burned
Out of Ashes – A New Barn
The Real Estate and Auction Business

 

 

John 15:12-13

My command is this; love each other as I have

loved you. Greater love has no one than this,

that he lay down his life for his friends. (NIV)

Mark 1:15

The time has come, He said. the kingdom of

God is near. Repent and believe the Good

News. (NIV)

Proverbs 3:5-6

Trust in the Lord with all your heart and

lean not on your own understanding; in all

your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make

your paths straight. (NIV)

Proverbs 31: 30-31

Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;

but a woman who fears the Lord is to be

praised. Give her the reward she has earned,

and let her works bring her praise at the city

gate. (NIV)

Dairy Farming:
A Way of Life

By: D. F. (Don) Cooper

Dairy Farming: A Way of Life

Dairy Farming: A Way of Life

A story about Don Cooper from infancy, born in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, his maternal ancestors emigrated from Germany in the 1850’s. They made their homesteads in Washington County, Wisconsin. Don visited their farms frequently as a youth, and eventually was employed as a farm hand on his mom’s cousin’s farm. Those many visits convinced him that he would become a farmer some day. His Mom’s cousin, Armand (Wimpy) Mertz, became his mentor. Don worked full time for him after graduating from high school. He loved the cows, calves, pigs, chickens, wildlife, and especially the horses. Wimpy knew the names of the trees, weeds, other plants, bugs and all of God’s creation. Don admired his vast knowledge and was thankful for having such a wonderful teacher. I soon realized that my chances of purchasing a farm of our own where pretty slim. I worked on several agricultural related jobs. My friends Paul and Elvira Brunnquell convinced me to go on a blind date with them. Ruth Nienow, was my date; I fell madly in love with her, and prayed that God would convince her to be my beautiful bride. One year later we were married. Her Dad was a farmer, and we decided that we would try to purchase a farm.We saw an ad in the paper, “Farm for rent.” Another ad, “Purebred herd of Holstein cows for sale.” We purchased the cows and rented the farm. It was a nightmare. There was too much work and not enough income. Our landlord died six months later. The next farm was also bad news. The third rented farm was an excellent farm that provided us with the income needed to purchase our own farm. “Dairy Farming A Way of Life’’ describes the many trials and tribulations we endured. The Lord was with us every step of the way. Without His ever presence and guidance, we would not have not have been able to continue farming.

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