Those early settlers who broke ground and planted the first crops recognized the richness of the soil and the good growing seasons. Corn, beans and wheat were well adapted to the soils and climate and were a staple part of people’s daily diet. Corn, beans and wheat were essential to survival.
The work involved in planting a field was much more difficult in the 1800s because farming lacked the mechanization and technology of today. Ward and his family cleared fields, tilled the soil, and planted with little more than a hoe and shovel.