Robert, good philosophy! I think you probably hit the nail on the head. I know that most families were large (a shame that birth control didn't come in till several years later), and most families had to be farmers, whether they wanted to or not (out of desperation to eat)and needed the easiest land to buy or settle, with fertile land and plentiful water. I know my dad's people started out as farmers in Indiana then moved toMissouri then Kansas, (probably still farming), before some moving on west to Washington state to get into carpentry, logging & real estate. Sorry that you ended up, like me, without any harvest from their toil! Guess it was meant for us to be A LABORER FOR LIFE. Best regards, Dave.