Farming for the war effort
Despite arguing against entering the Great War, when the United States joined the fighting in 1917, C.A. stepped up food production on the farm to help. Charles took over running the farm. He was a senior in high school, but in order to support the war effort, students were able to work on farms and still earn academic credit.
Charles kept Guernsey cattle, Duroc-Jersey hogs, Shropshire sheep, Leghorn chickens, and Toulouse geese. Charles also did maintenance work around the farm, building a suspension bridge over Pike Creek, repairing fences, and keeping the buildings in good standing.
In the evenings, Charles spent much of his free time reading. He read books, newspapers, magazines, and farm publications. He was fond of stories of adventure and aviation, particularly "Tam o’ the Scoots," a 19-part magazine serial about a fictional Scottish pilot during the Great War. Lindbergh later recalled, "I think this story had considerable effect on my decision to enlist in the army when I was old enough and to become a fighter pilot myself."
Lindbergh joined the war effort but returned to the farm after the war ended. He farmed for two years before heading off to the University of Wisconsin in 1920. He attended college for three semesters then left to pursue a career in aviation. While Lindbergh returned to the farm for short visits over the next several years, he would never live in Little Falls again.