"No more dallying was allowed, no more tentative assaultsthe seeding was begun. Mr. Stewart drove a load of wheat into the field and dispersed the white sacks across the land, like fence posts. The hired man followed with the broadcast seeder, while Lincoln moved ... behind the fifty-tooth harrow, with mingled feelings of exultation and dismay...
...The hired man never halted, except to put in seed. Lincoln could hear his sharp commands to the team, and the noise of the seeder, as he pushed his way from one side of the farm to the other..."
Hamlin Garland, 1899
Hamlin Garland, Boy Life on the Prairie (NY: Harper & Brothers, 1899).