FM: I’ve got 278 here. I’ve got 250 rented in Spring Creek and 800 rented in Highland County.
MC: Where is Spring Creek?
FM: Spring Creek is just a mile west of here.
MC: Oh okay. Do you think that’s average for poultry farmers?
FM: That’s probably above average.
MC: What were your parents and grandparents farming?
FM: My grandfather started off truck patching vegetables. And then he went into the orchard business. And he had apples, peaches, cherries, and pears. He had a cider press. We used to have a big packing shed – we tore it down it got old. He used to sell apples. They used to actually load them on a rail car of steam engine in Spring Creek and the tracks aren’t even there anymore. That was, oh man, almost a 100 years ago?
MC: Where were they selling them to? Do you know?
FM: Chicago. Lot of the apples went to Chicago. The apples of course I think he liked to sell them local but at harvest I know they sent a lot to Chicago by rail. They’d truck them from here to Spring Creek and load them on an old steam engine and go to Chicago with them.
FM: That’d been a pretty neat trip (laughter).
MC: And that was your grandfather that did that?
FM: Excuse me?
MC: That was your grandfather?
FM: That was my grandfather. His name was Roy F. Miller.
MC:Okay, and what about your father?
FM: My father is Charles Miller and he, Charles, my dad and his brother started in the poultry business forty-seven years ago I believe. We actually started raising turkeys on