The Round Barn, A Biography of an American Farm, Volume Four
Corn Marketing, The American Breeders Service, State, Nation, and the World
Jacqueline Dougan Jackson
The final installment in the story of an influential, innovative farm family, from the early 1900s to 1972
Rounding out the story of the Dougan farm’s influence on the world and the world’s influence on the farm is volume four. Grampa Dougan is honored as a Master Farmer, gives radio talks heard throughout the Midwest, and travels Wisconsin with a university professor, encouraging farm record-keeping. Grampa and Grama Dougan are the first couple with portraits in the University of Wisconsin Agricultural Hall of Fame.
Ron Dougan develops new corn breeds and markets Dougan Hybrids in Wisconsin and neighboring states. On the livestock side, he joins the board of the Wisconsin Scientific Breeders Institute, which evolves to American Breeders Service (ABS), the largest artificial insemination company in the world. And in 1961 the farm hosts Wisconsin Farm Progress Days, where Jackie eats with the governor. For twenty-five years after World War II the family welcomes two Scandinavians a year in a farm exchange program, and continues close ties with Beloit College and the University of Wisconsin. Eventually Interstate 90 slices through the property, presaging the death of the farm.
Readers will be entertained as well as educated by the lively, involved, inventive Dougan community, which always remembers Grampa’s motto painted on the farm’s silo: “Life as well as a living.”
Jacqueline Dougan Jackson is the author of fourteen books, including Stories from the Round Barn, More Stories from the Round Barn, and the first two volumes of The Round Barn, A Biography of an American Farm. She is a founding faculty member of Sangamon State University, now the University of Illinois–Springfield, and her books have been featured on Wisconsin Public Radio.
“There is nothing so much at the root of American thought as the farm and the family. In The Round Barn, Jackie Jackson honors both with her storytelling. Daddy Dougan is clearly someone we all wish we knew.”
—Jim Fleming, host of PRI’s “To the Best of Our Knowledge” and Wisconsin Public Radio’s “Chapter A Day”
“[Jackson’s] … accounts of long-ago events, people, and experiences are amusing, poignant, and factual stories of farming and family, of hard times and good times, of growing up and learning, of work and play.”
—William Behling, Beloit Daily News
“This is a splendid and essentially American story—great history because it is both human stories and a wealth of narrative about the transformative changes in American farming itself. There has been nothing like it before and there will not be again.”
—John Knoepfle, winner of the Mark Twain Award for Distinguished Contributions to Midwestern Literature
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528 pp. 6 x 9
162 b/w photos
7 b/w illus.