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  • rdietsche34 rdietsche34 Feb 4, 2010 7:00 PM Flag

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    You asked me to tell you why I think I worked harder than most of this board. I will gladly tell you. I started milking cows by hand when I was eight years old. My brothers and sister and I walked 2.25 miles to grade school. We had to get up at 4:45 every morning, milk a herd of 30 cows, feed the cows. clean the barn, throw down silage and hay and walk a quarter of a mile to the school bus by 6:45. After school the work started all over again. After high school I worked in a factory for 3 months and then went back home to help my father on the farm; we had 200 acres. He was over 60 years old at the time. I took a job in a feed mill and worked 9 to 10 hours a day for 6 days a week. I still got up at 4:45 and milked cows before going to work. I went into the Army for 2 years. During the time I was in the Army I was promoted to Corporal and for the last 10 months I was the assistant Mess Sgt. I also played baseball on the batallion team and made the all star team. Then I went to College after I put my two years of Service in. While in College I worked on a farm for my room and board and was paid $5.00 a week for one year. Then for the next 3 years I worked almost every weeked doing odd jobs like drenching sheep, castrating sheep, digging postholes and building fence. I washed windows on the hospital, unloaded coal cars and raked leaves. I also joined the Army Active Reserves for three years. I was promoted to Sgt. and was discharged with a permanent rank of Sgt. Incidently, I was asked to go to OCS but declined because I had other goals in life.
    After graduation I taught High School Voc. Agriculture for 31 years. I taught students how to dehorn cattle, castrate male bovine animals, give vaccination injection, how to fit animals for showing at Fairs, and many other skills. After retiring from High School teaching, I worked for a farmer that needed help for 3 summers for $5.50 an hour putting in 10 to 12 hours a day. There were weeks, that from Friday after the school week was done, I put in 30 hours on school work before I reported for work on Monday morning. I worked full time, part time in a Technical College for 7 years teaching Plant Morphology and Physiology, Soils and Fertilizers, Agri-Business Careers and headed up the Intern Program. I wrote the Curriculum for Plant Morphology and Physiology which is used in the Tech Colleges. I also did one year of working for the Farmers Home Administration doing year end reports.
    I also worked 2 years for the Census Bureau as a job recruiter and a tester. I was given an award for being the top recruiter and tester. One further note; my wife and two sons and I had 1.25 acres of cucumbers that we hoed, pulled the weeds and picked for 3 summers. I doubt if any of you on this board have ever done back breaking work like picking cucumbers in the hot sun. We never ate the evening meal until after 9:00 P.M. from the middle of July until the middle of Sept. Yes, school started at the end of August so that meant we picked early in the morning and after school was out. And, by the way, I had 6 different high school preps, plus a study hall and also was the Vocational Coordinator for the District.
    In fall and winter, I referred football, basketball and umpired baseball for 3 years. What do I do now? I probably put in 10 to 20 hours a weeks as a volunteer for 4 organizations. One other item, I received two awards from my Company Commander for exemplary work. Is that busy enough for you?

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