The Cooley Farm of Randolph Center was a typical farm of its era. In 1910, when it was purchased by William and Anna Cooley, Vermonters still used the nineteenth-century farming methods of their great-grandparents. Over the next fifty years, tractors replaced horsepower. Modern equipment replaced hand tools. Farms got bigger and more specialized. Subsistence farming became a thing of the past. These changes, and their impact on farm life, are recorded in the memoirs of Anna and William's descendants. Harry Cooley, the eldest of Anna and William’s five sons, loved farming. Raised by parents who prized education, he was proud to be in the first class to graduate from the Vermont School of Agriculture. In addition to running a successful dairy farm, he also taught farming skills to veterans and debated farm policy with state legislators and Washington bureaucrats. In 1964, Vermonters elected Harry to the office of Secretary of State, making him the first Democratic Party candidate in the state's history to win that office. He served two terms under Philip Hoff, the first Vermont Democrat to be elected governor in one hundred years. Harry enjoyed his years as a public servant, but when he set down his memoirs at the end of his life, what he most wanted to write about was farming. The foreword to this edition was written by Daniel Cooley, Harry's grandson, a plant pathologist who teaches at the University of Massachusetts–Amherst.
Farming: An Autobiography, by Harry H. Cooley
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