Henry Ford once commented, "Children know more about wars than about harrows, even though harrows did more to build this country than wars." The Wheeler farm has seen its share of harrows throughout the years with farmers numbering in the thousands. Most everyone who lived on or around the Wheeler farm planted or worked the land. Somewhere between 17 to 20 thousand acres were farmed from cotton to pecan orchards. Most, like my grandfather would grow his crop then sell it, giving half, or whatever agreement between the Wheeler Family a share of the money made off the crop. These People would become known as sharecroppers not only in Wheeler but throughout America. My father, at the age of 16, would also plant his first 14 acres in cotton with mule and plow for Miss Annie making enough money to buy a used 1948 Ford. The Wheeler's land was a big part of income for the county as well as the state. Today more land is farmed on the Wheeler Estate than ever before. Corn being the new cotton has taken over most acreage and has become king of the crop. Below are just a few of the photos from the 1800s and later of what life was like farming on Wheeler.

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