Causing Us to Glow Every Once in a While

Man has been the dominating creature over women ever since a Creator was supposed to have performed the first chest surgery on man when he took out one of his ribs and made him a partner or playmate. In those days women were held in low esteem. Still are, to some extent, or there wouldn’t be such a struggle to get the ERA to become law. Our mates do a lot of other stuff besides causing us to glow every once in awhile. 

I can’t help but wonder how many of us guys would have become successful wheat farmers if it hadn’t been for our better halves propping us up and making us feel that we are not such bad eggs. A lot of employed young wives are making it possible for their mates to keep their heads above water ’til good prices and bountiful yields can outsmart this darned expensive way of farming. 

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Walt Kik
Title: "Mrs. Schrock takes good care of her family. Yakima Valley, Washington (near Wapato)"
Dorothea Lange, photographer / Library of Congress 1939 

(Photograph above is probably of Mrs. Schrock's daughter, Verl, about 15 years old. -PK)

Description from Library of Congress: [Untitled photo, possibly related to: Washington, Yakima Valley, near Wapato. One tenant purchase program (Farm Security Administration) client, Jacob N. Schrock. This family with eight children had lived for twenty-five years on a rocky, rented farm in this valley. They now own forty eight acres of good land, this good house, price six thousand seventy hundred and seventy dollars. They raise hay, grain, dairy and hogs. Mrs. Schrock says "Quite a lot of difference between that old rock pile, and around here."]


Verl Elizabeth Moe, 83, of Buckner passed away on Friday at the family farm. She was born November 11, 1925, in Wapato, Washington, one of ten children born to the late Jacob and Rhoda Shrock. She graduated from Wapato High School in 1944 and a year later married Sgt. Robert G. Moe on June 27, 1945, at the R.L.D.S. church in Yakima, Washington. To this marriage were born five children, Jerry Moe and wife Lupe of Tulare, California; Gary Moe and wife Carole of Pasco, Washington; Vickey Azure and late husband Mike of Kennewick, Washington; Dennis Moe and wife Nancy of Buckner, Missouri; and Kristi Rhymes and husband Barry of Buckner, Missouri. The greatest joys in her life were her 21 grandchildren and her 27 great grandchildren. 

She was an active member of the Reorganized Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints and Zion's Hope Restoration Branch in Levasy. Verl and her husband were one of the first farmers in the Columbia Basin Irrigation Project near Pasco, Washington. They settled onto their farm in 1948, living in a tent with two children until moving into an Army hut the next year. They moved to Buckner in 1995, where she continued to live and work on the new family farm. Verl was an unselfish caregiver of her little sister's children and her mother during her later years. She constantly volunteered her time to the Block 1 farm community in Pasco. She was also a youth leader and a Sunday school teacher for over 30 years. She and her husband Bob were married 63 years. (The Examiner, Independence, Missouri, Nov. 09, 2009 and Kansas City Star, Nov. 8, 2009)


Walt Kik
Rosener, Ann, photographer, Office of War Information.
Library of Congress 1942

Walt Kik
"The Tolstoy Farm, Davenport, Washington, August" is part of Joel Sternfeld’s Sweet Earth: Experimental Utopias in America series from 2004