AgDay Daily Recap - May 29, 2017

May 29, 2017 02:57 AM
 
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TODAY ON AGDAY
MAY 29, 2017


HEADLINES
ON THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY ... THE MAN WHO WAS PRESIDENT FOR A DAY... AND WHAT EVER HAPPENS TO THE PRESIDENTIAL HOPEFULS WHO NEVER  BECOME PRESIDENT?  TAKE A TOUR OF A THRONE ROOM WITH A VIEW...IN ILLINOIS. AND THERE'S A MYSTERY BREWING UNDER THIS MUCK. DISAPPEARING WORMS  AGDAY-BROUGHT TO YOU BY THE DEPENDABLE, LONG LASTING CHEVY  SILVERADO.

HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY
ON THIS MEMORIAL DAY WE WANT TO PAUSE FROM OUR NORMAL ROUTINE ON  FARMS ACROSS AMERICA TO SAY THANK YOU TO THE MEN AND WOMEN WHO  HAVE SERVED AND CONTINUE TO SERVE OUR COUNTRY IN THE ARMED FORCES. WE CAN NEVER FULLY EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO THOSE WHO PAID THE  ULTIMATE SACRIFICE - GIVING THEIR LIVES TO PRESERVE OUR FREEDOMS AND  TO DEFEND THOSE WHO CAN'T DEFEND THEMSELVES.  FOR THAT, WE SALUTE  YOU.

PRESIDENT FOR A DAY
GOOD MORNING I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. SERVICE COMES IN MANY FORMS AND IN  MANY LOCATIONS. DURING THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY YOU'LL MEET SOME  PEOPLE PLAYING UNIQUE ROLES IN OUR LIVES. WE START WITH ANDREW MCCREA-- AND A STORY ABOUT A MISSOURI STATESMEN  WHO BECAME PRESIDENT....FOR A DAY. FOR THOSE WHO LIVE OUTSIDE OF CLINTON COUNTY MISSOURI, THE STATUE IN FRONT OF THE COUNTY  COURTHOUSE WOULD SEEM TO BE SIMILAR TO OTHERS THAT HONOR LOCAL HEROES.  HOWEVER, THE STORY  BEHIND DAVID RICE ATCHISON, AND IN PARTICULAR, ONE DAY BACK IN 1849, MAKE THIS ANYTHING BUT  ORDINARY. HE WAS WELL RESPECTED.  HE WAS OBVIOUSLY BRIGHT - SOMEBODY WHO WENT TO COLLEGE AND  FOURTEEN YEARS OLD AND GRADUATED AT EIGHTEEN.  HE WAS INCREDIBLY BRIGHT GUY AND STUFF LIKE  THAT.  AND HE WAS WELL RESPECTED BY HIS FELLOW SENATORS :12) 1:33 CLIP 7931  [NOTES:CG:/ STEVE TINNEN KNOWS THE  STORY WELL.  HIS NEWSPAPER OFFICE SITS JUST ACROSS THE STREET FROM THE  STATUE.  ATCHISON STUDIED LAW, CAME TO MISSOURI AND BECAME ONE OF THE STATE'S SENATORS.  BY  1849 HE WAS SERVING AS THE NATION'S SENATOR PRO TEM WHEN ZACHARY TAYLOR WAS ELECTED TO  BECOME PRESIDENT AFTER THE TERM OF JAMES POLK. ZACHARY TAYLOR HAD WON THE PRESIDENCY AND SO WHAT HAD HAPPENED WAS HE WAS A VERY  RELIGIOUS MAN AND   HE WAS NOT GOING TO TAKE OFFICE ON A SUNDAY. IN 1849 INAUGURATION DAY FELL ON A SUNDAY, AND TAYLOR WAITED TO SWORN IN UNTIL MONDAY.  BY  LAW, PRESIDENT POLK'S TERM HAD ENDED AS WELL AS THAT OF VICE PRESIDENT DALLAS.  AND SO,  SUNDAY MARCH 4, 1849 BECAME A DAY WITHOUT A PRESIDENT AND SOME SAID IT WAS ATCHISON, AS  SENATOR PRO TEM, WHO WOULD SERVE IN THAT ROLE FOR ONE DAY. [NOTES:MAYBE USE A HISTORICAL PIC OF TAYLOR, POLK AND ATCHISON AT THIS POINT - COULD EVE N SHOW A CALENDAR WITH SUNDAY MARCH 4TH ON IT.] HE WAS ALMOST CHIDED ABOUT THAT BECAUSE THE GUYS WERE TEASING HIM BECAUSE OF THE FACT  HE WAS BASED ON THE WAY THAT IT WORKED THAT AS PRESIDENT PRO TEM SO HE WAS NEXT IN LINE TO  BE PRESIDENT. SOME SENATORS ASKED FOR ONE DAY APPOINTMENTS TO ATCHISON'S CABINET.  HE NEVER MADE A  CLAIM TO THE OFFICE, AND HE NEVER TOOK THE OATH.  ONE NEWSPAPER ACCOUNT RECORDS ATCHISON  WAS PAID ONE DAY'S WAGES FOR SERVING AS PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES.  IT WAS A MATTER  DISCUSSED AT THE TIME, WHETHER ATCHISON WAS IN FACT PRESIDENT, BUT A MATTER ATCHSION HIMSELF  SEEMED TO DISMISS.  AFTER ALL, HE HAD MUCH WEIGHTIER ISSUES TO HANDLE AS A CONGRESSIONAL  LEADER.  BUT THAT DAY TOOK ON A LIFE OF ITS OWN.  A TRIP TO THE CEMETERY HERE PROVES THAT. [NOTES:GO TO SHOTS OF NEWSPAPER ACCOUNTS AND CLIPPINGS ABOUT ATCHSION - THEN TRANSITION TO THE TWO OF US WALKING IN THE CEMETERY.HE'S BURIED HERE AND THEY JUST UPDATED THE MARKER SO THAT PEOPLE CAN COME AND SEE IT.  BUT ATCHISON'S WORK, OUTSIDE OF THAT ONE DAY, IS WHAT LED COUNTIES, TOWNS AND A RAILROAD TO BE  NAMED AFTER HIM.  HE WAS A SUCCESSFUL SENATOR, AND HE GOT THE LIVE THE DREAM MANY HAVE - TO BE PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES FOR A  DAY.   TODAY, A HANDFUL OF VISITORS CONTINUE TO MAKE THEIR WAY TO THE LOCAL CEMETERY AND OVER TO THE  COURTHOUSE TO LEARN ABOUT A PRESIDENT MOST NEVER KNEW THEY HAD…OR WAS HE PRESIDENT?   THE FOLKS HERE SAY HE WAS, AND THAT PIECE OF HISTORY KEEPS PEOPLE COMING TO THIS SQUARE. TOURISTS COME THROUGH AND TRAVELERS AND STUFF LIKE THAT THEY'LL STOP AND READ THE SIGN OVER  HERE THAT WE HAVE AND THEN THEY'LL GET THEIR PICTURE TAKEN BECAUSE IT IS A VERY UNIQUE  THING.TO REMEMBER DAVID RICE AITCHISON FOR JUST ONE DAY IS TO MISS THE BREATH OF ALL HE  ACCOMPLISHED AS A SENATOR AND STATESMAN. YES IT IS ONE DAY , A DAY SOME SAY HE SERVED AS  PRESIDENT THAT STILL BRINGS PEOPLE TO THIS SMALL TOWN. TRAVELING THE COUNTRYSIDE IN PLATTSBURGH MISSOURI. I'M ANDREW MCCREA.

THEY ALSO RAN MUSEUM
WHILE ATCHISON BECAME PRESIDENT THRU THE CONSTITUTION...USUALLY IT'S A  LONG, HARD CAMPAIGN TO REACH THE WHITE HOUSE. BUT WHAT HAPPENS IF YOU FALL SHORT?   ANDREW TELLS US HOW THOSE "ALSO-RANS" ARE REMEMBERED. EVERY FOUR YEARS PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES WILL CRISS  CROSS THIS NATION…TO BIG CITIES AND SMALL TOWNS TO TRY TO EARN  PEOPLES VOTES. BUT NO PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE WANTS TO SEE THEIR  HOPES END HERE… IN NORTON KANSAS. NORTON, KANSAS IS A TOWN OF JUST UNDER 3000 PEOPLE IN THE NORTHWEST  PART OF THE SUNFLOWER STATE.  IT'S HOME TO THE FIRST STATE BANK,  CHARTERED IN 1902.  BESIDES SERVING THE COMMUNITY'S BANKING NEEDS, THE   CENTURY OLD BUSINESS ALSO HOUSES A VERY UNIQUE MUSEUM OF SORTS. THIS GALLERY WAS CREATED IN 1965 BY FORMER OWNER AND PRESIDENT BILL  ROUSE.  HE PUT IN 54 YEARS OF SERVE AT THE BANK AND HE HAD THIS IDEA  AFTER READING THE BOOK THEY ALSO RAN BY IRVING STONE.ON SCREEN: LEE ANN SHEARER, CURATOR, "THEY ALSO RAN GALLERY", NORTON,  KS.THAT BOOK SHARED THE STORY OF THOSE WHO RAN FOR PRESIDENT AND WERE  DEFEATED.  ONE OF THOSE UNSUCCESSFUL CANDIDATES WAS HORACE  GREELEY, FOUNDER OF THE NEW YORK TRIBUNE, WHO LOST THE 1872 ELECTION  TO ULYSSES GRANT.  GREELEY ONCE PASSED THROUGH NORTON ON THE STAGE  COACH LINE AND THAT PERKED THE INTERESTED OF ROUSE, THE BANK PRESIDENT. AND WHEN HE READ THE BOOK AND READ ABOUT HORACE GREELEY BEING ONE  OF THOSE WHO RAN FOR PRESIDENT, UPON FINISH THE BOOK HE BEGAN  COLLECTING THE PORTRAITS FROM THE LIBRARY OF CONGRESS AND ITS BEEN  HERE FOR 51 YEARS.ROUSE CREATED THE GALLERY, NOT TO MOCK, BUT HONOR THOSE WHO'S  CONTRIBUTIONS MIGHT EASILY BE FORGOTTEN.  IN SOME CASES YOU'LL FIND  PICTURES OF THOSE WHO WERE PRESIDENT BUT WERE THEN DEFEATED IN A REELECTION BID, AT LEAST ONE PICTURE FOR EVERY PRESIDENTIAL CONTEST IN  OUR NATION'S HISTORY.  MOST OF THE PICTURES ARE OF PEOPLE WHOSE  NAMES, WHILE NOT LOST TO HISTORY, ARE NOT WELL KNOWN. WE HAVE HENRY CLAY HE IS CALLED OUR CONSISTENT LOSER.  FOR 24 YEARS  HE VIED FOR THE OFFICE OR PRESIDENT.  HE CHANGED HIS POLITICAL  AFFILIATION THREE TIMES BUT WE ONLY HAVE ONE PICTURE OF HIM ON THE  WALL. EVERY FOUR YEARS LEE ANN SHEARER PAYS SPECIAL ATTENTION TO THE  PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION.  THE OUTCOME OF THAT RACE DETERMINES THE  UPDATES SHE NEEDS TO MAKE TO THE GALLERY. WHEN WE FIND OUT ON ELECTION DAY WHO BECOMES OUR PRESIDENT I'M  GOING TO TAKE THE FIRST RUNNERS UP AND I NEED TO SECURE A 16 X 20 BLACK  AND WHITE PORTRAIT AND I ALSO NEED TO WRITE THE NEWEST BIOGRAPHY.THERE'S NO CHARGE TO SEE THE GALLERY.  IT'S OPEN DURING BANKING HOURS  AND SEVERAL FOLKS DO FIND THEIR WAY TO WESTERN KANSAS TO SEE THE  ONLY SUCH PLACE OF ITS KIND MY VISITORS ARE QUALITY VISITORS.  IF I DON'T HAVE THE QUANTITY THE  PEOPLE THAT COME HERE REALLY WANT TO BE HERE.  THEY DRIVE FROM ALL  OVER THE COUNTRY.AND EVERY FOUR YEARS ON INAUGURATION DAY, THE GALLERY WILL HOST ITS  OWN EVENT.WE HAVE OUR OWN INAUGURATION.  SO ON JANUARY 20TH AT 10:30 OF THE  MORNING, WE'LL HAVE OUR INAUGURATION WE'LL READ THE NEWEST BIOGRAPHY  AND HAVE THE HANGING ON THE WALL.WHILE THE NEW PRESIDENT WILL GET A PARADE DOWN PENNSYLVANIA AVE, THE  RUNNER-UP GETS THE SMALL CEREMONY IN NORTON, KS…ATTENDED BY 30 OR  SO FOLKS…BUT A PLACE, NONETHELESS, TO RECORD AND HONOR THEIR RUN  FOR THE WHITE HOUSE THAT CAME UP A LITTLE SHORT.  TO DATE, NO ONE  ENSHRINED HERE HAS EVER COME TO VISIT…ALTHOUGH LEE ANN HOPES THEY  VIEW IT AS AN HONOR TO BE INCLUDED HERE.   :AS YOU LOOK AT THE WALL OF THIS GALLERY IT'S  INTERESTING TO THINK… WHAT IF DEWEY HAD IN FACT DEFEATED TRUMAN, OF IF  WENDELL L. WILLKIE OR ALF LANDON HAD BECOME PRESIDENT. ITS CALLED THE  ALSO RAN GALLERY BUT ITS IMPORTANT TO REMEMBER THEY ALSO GAVE MUCH  TO OUR COUNTRY, FOR THAT REASON IT'S GOOD TO COME AND VISIT. TRAVELING  THE COUNTRYSIDE IN NORTON KANSAS … I'M ANDREW MCCREA.

TEASE
WHEN THIS SPECIAL EDITION OF AGDAY CONTINUES - ANDREW MCCREA SAMPLES  THE SWEET SUCCESS OF A TEXAS CHOCOLATE MAKER. PLUS WHEN NATURE CALLS...SOME FOLKS IN ILLINOIS HAVE A CHOICE IN THIS  DOUBLE DECKER OUTHOUSE!

WIESMAN HOUSE CHOCOLATES
IF YOU'RE IN SEARCH FOR SOME OF THE FINEST CHOCOLATE IN THE WORLD.. IT  MAY BE CLOSER THAN YOU THINK. ANDREW MCCREA HEADS TO TEXAS TO MEET THIS CANDY MAN. KEVIN WSIEMAN GREW UP ABOUT AN HOUR AND A HALF OUTSIDE OF DALLAS, TX.  LIFE IN THE COUNTRY  WAS SIMILAR TO OTHERS IN HIS RURAL AREA …RAISING HOGS, CHICKENS AND CATTLE. WE WERE IN 4-H AND I WAS ONE OF THE ONLY GUYS IN THE 4-H FOOD CLUB.BUT HE LONGED TO GET BACK TO HIS ROOTS, SO HE CAME BACK TO HICO, TX TO WORK IN ART AND  DESIGN…AND HE  PICKED UP OTHER JOB THAT HE FIGURED WOULD BE JUST A PASTIME. AND I STARTED MAKING CHOCOLATES AND IT WAS THE CHOCOLATES THAT TOOK OFF AND WAS PAYING THE  BILLS AND I FOUND IT WAS MY NEW MEDIUM.   INSTEAD OF CANVAS AND PAINT IT WAS CHOCOLATE .KEVIN'S FOOD WAS ART AND THE ART WAS…VERY GOOD TO EAT!  EACH NEW CREATION SPECIALLY  HANDCRAFTED, NEVER USING LARGE MACHINES OR MAKING HUGE BATCHES THAT WOULD NEED TO BE  FROZEN.  HE ALSO USED FRESH, LOCAL INGREDIENTS …PEANUTS, PECANS, APRICOTS AND PEACHES FROM  THE AREA.  AND EVEN THOUGH HICO IS MILES AND MILES FROM A METROPOLITAN POPULATION, PEOPLE  BEGAN COMING HERE TO TASTE HIS PRODUCT. A LOT OF PEOPLE SAY WE RUIN THEM TO SNICKERS.  I LIKE SNICKERS BUT THIS IS ALL ABOUT FRESH.    SO IT'S QUALITY INGREDIENTS.  IT'S FRESH INGREDIENTS AND ALSO A FRESH PRODUCT.  AND IF IT'S FRESH YOU  CAN TASTE IT YOU KNOW.KEVIN AND HIS STAFF ARE ALWAYS BUSY HERE IN THE KITCHEN… POURING… SMOOTHING… CUTTING…AND  MUCH MORE…THERE'S A LOT TO DO TO CREATE A CHOCOLATE MASTERPIECE BOTH VISUALLY AND  TASTEFULLY.  BUSINESS IS STEADY, BUT A COUPLE POINTS IN THE YEAR ARE VERY IMPORTANT. CHRISTMAS IS WONDERFUL BECAUSE WE CAN GET PREPARED FOR IT.  VALENTINES WE CAN GET  PREPARED BUT YOU NEVER KNOW BECAUSE IT'S GUYS WHO BUY VALENTINES AND GUYS ALWAYS WAIT  UNTIL THE LAST MINUTE. SO MY JOB IS TO HAVE PLENTY AT THE LAST MINUTE .WE REFOCUS THE CAMERA AT THE END OF THIS CUT SO WE WILL NEED TO  BREAK-AWAY TO ANOTHER SCENE - MAYBE GO TO SOME OF THE SHOTS OF ALL  THE DIFFERENT KINDS OF CHOCOLATES THAT HE HAS AT THE STORE SINCE HE  SAYS IT'S HIS JOB TO HAVE PLENTY KEVIN IS HUMBLED BY THE HIGH PRAISE HIS WORK RECEIVES.  HE'S THOUGHT ABOUT OPENING A  LOCATION IN A LARGER CITY…BUT HIS CUSTOMERS SAY… OH DON'T DO THAT PART OF THE FUN IS COMING TO YOU.   I'VE ACTUALLY HAD PEOPLE COME TO US FROM  HOUSTON ON THE WAY TO DALLAS AND THEY'LL TAKE A TWO HOUR DETOUR AND COME TO HICO BECAUSE  THEY WANT COME TO SEE AND HAVE CHOCOLATES. SOME MAY  SAY THAT YOOU NEED TO GO TO THE COAST OR EVEN TRAVE;  AROUND THE WORLD TO FIND THE BEST CHOCOLATE. BUT MORE PEOPLE ARE FINDING YOU CAN COME TO  ONE OF TEXAS SMALL TOWNS TO FIND SOME OF THE BEST CONFECTIONS IN THE WORLD. TRAVELING THE  COUNTRYSIDE IN HICO TEXAS I'M ANDREW MCCREA. THANKS ANDREW.

TEASE
ANDREW WILL RETURN LATER WITH A LOOK AT A UNIQUE  COMMODE THAT'S PULLING DOUBLE DUTY, SO TO SPEAK. NEXT - IT'S TIME TO STOP BY YOUR FAVORITE FISHING HOLE. BUT FOR SOME  SPORTSMEN, FINDING THE RIGHT BAIT IS PROVING TO BE NEARLY AS  CHALLENGING AS HOOKING THE FISH ITSELF.

FISHING HOLE
FOR MANY MEMORIAL WEEKEND INCLUDES A TRIP TO THE LAKE. RECENTLY,  A MYSTERIOUS DROP IN THE HARVEST OF TWO OF THE MOST  POPULAR WORMS FOR SPORT FISHERMEN IS PROVING EXPENSIVE FOR ANGLERS  AND THREATENING A WAY OF LIFE IN MAINE.  TERRY CHEA IS FISHING FOR ANSWERS. ON THE COASTAL MUDFLATS OF MAINE, DAN HARRINGTON MAKES HIS LIVING  DIGGING FOR WORMS. BUT HE'S NOT LOOKING FOR JUST ANY WORMS. HE'S  SEARCHING FOR THE BLOOD WORMS AND SAND WORMS FAVORED BY SPORT  FISHERMEN AROUND THE WORLD. DAN HARRINGTON, WORM HARVESTER: "IT'S  THE PRIZE. THIS IS HUNTER GATHERING. WHEN YOU GO HUNTING, YOU'RE NOT  HUNTING FOR JUST OK, YOU'RE HUNTING FOR THE BEST YOU CAN FIND." MAINE IS  BEST KNOWN FOR LOBSTERS, BUT IT'S ALSO THE LARGEST SUPPLIER OF MARINE  WORMS IN THE UNITED STATES. BUT HARRINGTON AND HIS FELLOW WORMERS  HAVEN'T BEEN FINDING AS MANY WORMS AS THEY USED TO. SINCE 2004, MAINE'S  CATCH OF BLOOD WORMS HAS DROPPED BY MORE THAN HALF. AND SAND  WORMS, ALSO KNOWN AS PILE WORMS, HAVE DROPPED BY TWO-THIRDS.  SCIENTISTS SAY A NUMBER OF FACTORS COULD EXPLAIN THE DECLINE,  INCLUDING POLLUTION, INVASIVE CRABS EATING THE WORMS OR CHANGES IN  THE MARINE ENVIRONMENT. WILLIAM AMBROSE, PROFESSOR OF MARINE  ECOLOGY, BATES COLLEGE: "THIS DECLINE IS WORTH WATCHING BECAUSE IF IT  CONTINUES AND THERE'S BEEN NO CHANGE IN EFFORT BY FISHERMEN, THEN  THIS INDICATES THAT THERE IS SOMETHING GOING ON, WHICH IS DIFFERENT IN  THE PAST, AND WE SHOULD BE CONCERNED ABOUT THAT." THE SHRINKING WORM  HARVEST IS BEING FELT ACROSS THE COUNTRY. GLENN CHADARIS BUYS MARINE  WORMS FROM MAINE AND SELLS THEM TO BAIT SHOPS ACROSS NORTHERN  CALIFORNIA. BUT HE CAN'T GET ENOUGH TO SATISFY HIS CUSTOMERS. GLENN  CHADARIS, CO-OWNER OF BIG RED WORM COMPANY: "AT THE END OF THE DAY, IF  I HAD MORE BLOOD WORMS OR PILE WORMS, I COULD MEET THE DEMANDS OF  ALL OF MY CUSTOMERS. THAT WOULD BE GREAT FOR US, BUT RIGHT NOW WE'LL  JUST KEEP BRINGING IN WHAT WE CAN AND WE'LL SPLIT IT UP AS FAIR AS WE  CAN." CHRIS FULSTER IS ONE OF THOSE CUSTOMERS WHOSE BAIT SHOP IS  FEELING THE SHORTAGE, ESPECIALLY NOW AT THE PEAK OF STRIPED BASS  FISHING SEASON. CHRIS FULSTER, OWNER OF BROADWAY BAIT ROD AND GUN: "IF  YOU DON'T HAVE PILE WORMS, YOU DON'T HAVE THE BAIT EVERYBODY WANTS.  IT'S THE NO. 1 BAIT FOR STRIPERS AT THE MOMENT. WE SELL A LOT OF BLOOD  WORMS TOO ... IF CUSTOMERS COME IN AND WE DON'T HAVE THEM, THEY LEAVE."  AS SCIENTISTS TRY TO UNEARTH THE REASONS BEHIND THE DECLINE, MAINE  HARVESTERS WORRY THAT A TOUGH JOB COULD GET EVEN TOUGHER. TERRY  CHEA, ASSOCIATED PRESS. 

TEASE
UP NEXT A SEAT FOR A KING--A TWO STORY THRONE ROOM WITH PLENTY OF TALE  TO TELL. AND LATER, THESE WOMEN HELPED GROW AMERICAN AGRICULTURE. HONORING  THEIR FIELD WORK TODAY ON IN THE COUNTRY.

DOUBLE DECKER OUTHOUSE
LET ME JUST SAY...THANK GOODNESS FOR INDOOR PLUMBING! THERE ARE A FEW THINGS THAT PROBABLY SHOULD BE LEFT IN YESTERYEAR-- INCLUDING THE OUTHOUSE. BUT THESE THRONES OF THE PAST WEREN'T ALL FLUSHED INTO THE SANDS OF  TIME. ANDREW MACRAE FOUND ONE SPECTACULAR SEAT STILL STANDING IN CENTRAL  ILLINOIS. GAYS IS A TOWN OF UNDER 300 PEOPLE IN CENTRAL ILLINOIS. THERE ONCE WAS A RAIL LINE HERE AND  ONE OF THE BUSINESSES NEXT TO THE TRACKS WAS QUITE IMPORTANT, BOTH THEN AND NOW. IT WAS A GENERAL STORE WHERE THEY SOLD EVERYTHING BACK IN THOSE DAYS YOU KNOW KIND OF LIKE  A SMALL WALMART. AND ABOVE THAT GENERAL STORE WERE APARTMENTS AND A CONVENIENCE FOR PATRONS ON BOTH  LEVELS. BACK IN THE 1800S THEY HAD TWO STORY OUTHOUSES TO ACCOMMODATE THE APARTMENTS  UPSTAIRS. YES, THIS WAS AN UPSCALE PROPERTY WITH AN OUTHOUSE ON BOTH LEVELS. OUTHOUSE KEEPER NANCY  GOODWIN SAYS TODAY YOU HAVE TO IMAGINE THE BUILDING THAT ONCE WAS ATTACHED TO THE DOUBLE  DECKER PRIVY THAT REMAINS. THIS IS ON THE ORIGINAL SPOT. THE BUILDING WAS CONNECTED. THIS WHOLE SQUARE WAS A GENERAL  STORE. THE GENERAL STORE WENT OUT OF BUSINESS, BUT WHEN IT DID, RESIDENTS OF GAYS FOUND THAT THE  ATTACHED OUTHOUSE HAD BECOME A REAL RARITY IN THE NATION. SO YOU MAY BE THINKING A TWO-STORY OUTHOUSE SOUNDS GREAT BUT THERE COULD BE A BIG  PROBLEM. WHAT IF YOU'RE USING THE BOTTOM STORY AND SOMEONE GOES IN THE TOP STORY? THAT'S A  TRAGEDY. FORTUNATELY THEY HAD THOUGHT OF THAT.WE ALWAYS SAY THAT'S THE SECRET OF THE TOWN IN GAYS WE DON'T WANT TO TELL THE SECRET. BUT  THERE IS AN OFFSET WALL SO YOU ARE O.K. ON THE BOTTOM .IT'S ALL ORIGINAL ALTHOUGH THE SECOND STORY STAIRS HAVE BEEN REMOVED AND THE PIT FILLED FOR  SAFETY AND SERENITY. WE GOT A SPECIAL LOOK INSIDE THE HISTORIC OUTHOUSE. ONE HUNDRED AND FIFTY YEARS OLD. OH AND ANOTHER THING. THERE'S A MEN'S AND A WOMEN'S.  YOU CAN TAKE A PICTURE AND TELL WHICH ONE.BUT WHAT MAKES THIS SITE SO UNIQUE IS NANCY HERSELF. SHE LOOKS AFTER THE OUTHOUSE AND EVEN  HAS A SMALL BOX WHERE PEOPLE CAN LEAVE THEIR INFORMATION IF THEY COME AND VISIT. THERE'S CARDS IN HERE AND YOU FILL THIS OUT AND I'LL SEND THEM A POSTCARD. THEY HAVE TO GIVE  ME A FULL ADDRESS THOUGH.THERE'S NO CHARGE …SHE JUST DOES IT BECAUSE SHE ENJOYS SEEING PEOPLE COME HERE TO  GLIMPSE WHAT IS TODAY A UNIQUE PIECE OF HISTORY. AND IN HER HOME, A TREASURE TROVE OF  MEMORABILIA SURROUNDING AN OUTHOUSE THAT HAS LITERALLY DRAWN PEOPLE AND MAIL FROM ACROSS  THE NATION AND WORLD. AND THEY'LL SEND ME LETTERS, YOU KNOW, NICE TO KEEP IT, NICE TO KEEP THE HISTORY GOING. JUST  LOTS.IT IS A UNIQUE STRUCTURE WITH A DEDICATED CARETAKER. YOU KNOW YOU HAVE A SPECIAL OUTHOUSE  WHEN IT HAS ITS OWN ADDRESS. AND IF YOU THINK A DETOUR TO SEE AN OUTHOUSE IS A LITTLE BIZARRE,  JUST JOIN THE HUNDREDS OF OTHERS WHO STOP BY, WRITE NANCY A NOTE AND SNAP A PHOTO. IT'S JUST A FUN THING PEOPLE TALK ABOUT, THEY COME, THEY LAUGH THEY HAVE THEIR PICTURE TAKEN IN  IT. WE PUT THE SIGNS OUT. IT'S ON THE INTERNET. THEY SAY HEY LET'S GO LOOK AT IT .SO IT MAY SEEM QUIRKY BUT IT IS TRULY A UNIQUE PIECE OF HISTORY. THE DOUBLE  DECKER OUTHOUSE. MAN'S GIFT TO TOILET TECHNOLOGY. TRAVELING THE COUNTRYSIDE…IN GAYS, IL…I'M  ANDREW MCCREA.

TEASE
WHEN WE COME BACK, CELEBRATING THE WOMEN BEHIND THE PLOW--

IN THE COUNTRY
IN THE COUNTRY - SPONSORED BY KUBOTA.  TRACTORS, HAY TOOLS, UTILILTY VEHICLES, MOWERS AND  MORE.  VISIT KUBOTA.COM TODAY. A HUNDRED YEARS AGO, "WOMEN'S WORK" OFTEN INCLUDED HITCHING UP A TEAM OF HORSES AND MUSCLING A TWO-OR FOUR-BOTTOM PLOW ACROSS A  FIELD.  THE PIVOTAL ROLE FARM WIVES PLAYED IN AGRICULTURE AT THE TURN OF THE  CENTURY IS ILLUSTRATED IN A NEW BOOKED ENTITLED "WOMEN BEHIND THE  PLOW."  CLIFF NAYLOR TELLS US HOW PIONEER MOTHERS AND DAUGHTERS GOT THEIR  HANDS DIRTY AND CALLOUSED DURING PLANTING AND HARVEST SEASONS.   IT TOOK TEAM WORK TO PUT A CROP IN THE GROUND WHEN ANIMALS WERE USED TO DRAG PLOWS BACK  AND FORTH UNTOLD TIMES, TO SEED HUNDREDS OF ACRES OF WHEAT, BARLEY OR OATS.  "IT WASN'T EASY  BUT IT WORKED" VIOLET DIEGEL, WISHEK, ND.  VIOLET DIEGEL REMEMBERS HER SISTERS DIDN'T ENJOY TAKING TURNS HOLDING THE REIGNS WHEN IT CAME TO USING HORSEPOWER.  WHEN FRIEDA KETTERLING WAS TEN YEARS OLD, SHE WAS ASSIGNED THE TASK OF GETTING TEAMS OF HORSES READY TO DO A DAY'S  WORK.  "TAKE THE HARNESS AND PUT THE COLLAR ON FIRST AND PUT THE HARNESS ON THEIR BACKS, CLOSE  ALL THE BELTS AND HITCH THEM TO THE WAGON, OH YEAH, WE ALWAYS DID THAT." FRIEDA KETTERLING,  WISHEK, ND.  ALICE KRAMER SAYS HORSES, WERE USED EVERY DAY FOR A LOT MORE THAN JUST PLOWING.  "THEY CUT HAY WITH HORSES, WE USED TO RAKE WITH HORSES, WE HAULED ALL THE HAY  HOME WITH HORSES."  ALICE KRAMER, LINTON, ND  ALICE, FRIEDA AND VIOLET ARE THREE OF THE 20  FARM WIVES FEATURED IN A "WOMEN BEHIND THE PLOW." "THESE WOMEN CONTRIBUTED SO MUCH TO THE GROWTH OF THE STATE IN THE EARLY HOMESTEAD DAYS,  YET YOU NEVER REALLY HEARD ANYTHING ABOUT THEM, THEY DON'T BRAG ABOUT WHAT THEY DO, THEY  DON'T EVEN THINK THEIR CONTRIBUTIONS WERE WORTHWHILE, SO WE DECIDE TO GIVE THEM THE CREDIT  THEY DESERVE."  SUE BALCOM, AUTHOR.  IN ADDITION TO LENDING A HELPING HAND DURING PLANTING  AND HARVEST SEASONS, WOMEN WERE RESPONSIBLE FOR MANY OTHER DAILY CHORES LIKE COOKING AND  RAISING CHILDREN. "I REMEMBER I HAD A CHILD AND I'D HAVE TO RUN BACK AND FORTH TO THE HOUSE TO  CHECK ON HER, SHE WAS IN HER CRIB, AND I WAS OUT IN THE BARN MILKING COWS."  VIOLET DIEGEL.  WISHEK, ND.  "WOMEN BEHIND THE PLOW" TOOK THREE YEARS TO WRITE AND FEATURES MORE THAN  400 VINTAGE PHOTOGRAPHS THAT ILLUSTRATE WHAT LIFE WAS LIKE BEFORE ELECTRICITY AND TRACTORS  REDUCED THE WORK LOAD FOR FAMILIES LIVING ON A FARM.   I'M CLIFF NAYLOR, REPORTING FOR AGDAY. )

CLOSE
THAT'S ALL THE TIME WE HAVE THIS MORNING. WE'RE GLAD YOU TUNED IN.  FOR ALL OF US AT AGDAY. I'M CLINTON GRIFFITHS. HAVE A GREAT DAY. AGDAY IS POWERED BY RAM TRUCKS - AMERICA'S LONGEST LASTING PICKUPS.  

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