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  • okay.

  • And how would you describe your father?

  • What was he like?

  • And what kind of guy was he?

  • Um, it was independent.

  • Um, he was very active, and and he put a lot of time.

  • He didn't finish college, but he thought a lot about what he was doing.

  • And he asked a lot of people.

  • He learned a lot.

  • So he's always near the forefront of the farming technology and the best practices.

  • And he was always on top of the personnel.

  • It was very good with the people.

  • Most of people were native Americans, native Americans and Mexicans.

  • That and sometimes transients that came through.

  • But, uh, but there were a lot of, ah, variety of unskilled labor that he had they dealt with on a daily basis, and he was very good.

  • They thought he was really good leader.

  • What was his management style?

  • Um, connect with the person.

  • Teach him what he wanted to make it very clear how he wanted it done.

  • Check on him often.

  • There was always watching.

  • There was no There was no way for a little thing to get by.

  • And there was no barking.

  • There was no real punishment that went with that there was a penalty, Was was just not doing it right.

  • And the expectation was that you would and then was that that, uh, that held for all the staff, there was a tendency for them Thio.

  • And this is very old and primitive, and the Tennessee was it would be paid on on Friday night or Saturday morning.

  • All of that money would be spent by Sunday, maybe, usually by Saturday night.

  • So all of the all the the labor on the farm was paid on Saturday morning and had it all spent by Saturday night at the local stores.

  • And they either The women carried the groceries home on their heads on DNA, maybe the color right in the back of a pickup.

  • If there was one and all the other guys went to jail, wait for drinking and being rowdy eso they would, they would, they would they would go to jail and rounded up so they could.

  • So they sobered up and then, But I would go get him out of jail the next morning and give him a ride back to the ranch every week, pretty much every week.

  • At least my perception.

  • It was pretty often it was pretty much a routine.

  • Wow.

  • But no barking.

  • I never saw Grandpa E wasn't a style or he wasn't a style.

  • He would expect you to get it right.

  • And if you did it wrong, he would go out and explain again what you were doing wrong and what his standard was and one of very common things we would do when we were really young.

  • We got to operate heavy equipment when we're young.

  • So I was driving.

  • I would be driving the pickup truck down the down the farm road while he walked to check the check the irrigation system.

  • And I would be he would put it in first gear and idle the engine.

  • All my job was to not let it get off of the ditch, get into the ditch, Mr keeping the road and he would just walk alongside of it.

  • And then he would come over and jump on the last minute and take over.

  • He was doing that when I was like I under 10 and I was actually driving and shifting to pick up trucks and other stuff when I was 11 and I had my first dollar accident.

  • When I was 11, I peeled just chrome off of the hired performance, his car with my other car, my dad's car.

  • So scrape that off.

  • Nobody.

  • I didn't get hardly a word.

  • Except, boy, that's really bad driving kid.

  • And so it was really about empowering people.

  • I think so.

  • I think I think he let he let the rope really far out for you.

  • And he expected you to be able to do stuff because he was able to do.

  • That's what his dad did.

  • Him hey was always doing stuff he was.

  • He was farming on his own account when he was 18.

  • Um, you know, on the hook for the for the For the rampant and equipment.

  • And that's why I worked all lying.

  • So he presumed that That's just what you do.

  • Okay?

  • Yeah, absolutely.

  • There's never any chance where where he would be sitting and not being involved in what's going to be showing people would be.

  • If there were shovels being used, he'd have won.

  • So, yeah, it was definitely by example.

  • And there was no there was no ball back on mistakes.

  • Even fairly big ones.

  • Okay, because I got to see him as a farmer when I was a kid because we would go.

  • You would go to the go to Colorado, Colorado, where he moved later, farming something else so I would see him always watching the weather.

  • He was constantly watching the weather and getting up early and go.

  • We'd go out and check potatoes with him and check barley and just I just got a sense.

  • So So the farm is living things and they don't tend themselves.

  • And if you want, if you're going to grow a plant, you can't have a brown thumb.

  • You have to know, because otherwise it's typically the crops or annual.

  • So you have a year and then you get to cash the crop at the end, and if you screw up during the year, you don't cash the crop, so you have to be careful every single day.

  • So he would get up in the morning, he would go and look at every single thing going on, and he would see that it wasn't going wrong.

  • If the water was leaking or if somebody had failed to do something off.

  • A piece of equipment was broken or maintained or the or if somebody didn't show up for work.

  • All those things had to be dealt with every day.

  • And then he would have to have to also tend to the the banking in the monitor and the marketing of the crops.

  • He also spent a lot of time with the other farmers in the area because they all had, um, kind of group contribution to what what worked and what Didn't they all have their own ideas because they were doing a lot of time, so he kept very close social touch.

  • There was always a social aspect, so I would go with him in the morning.

  • When I was working in the summer, I would I would I would be driving a tractor or something and he'd come out.

  • He said, Let's go get a Popsicle and we would get the truck, take a break and we'll drive through four miles Teoh Little teeny Diner Cafe kind of place in a wall.

  • And then there would be a whole row of farmers just chatting it up about what's going on.

  • And if he needed a new tractor driver, somebody say, Hey, I got a guy that you know that's looking for work.

  • So they just swap.

  • It's like a big swap meet.

  • And they do that pretty much every day.

  • My, my, why stop my wife?

okay.

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BRIAN'S GRANDFATHER: Getting To Know Who My Grandfather Was As A Person - Brian Rose's Father

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