Frank “Wayne” Bushman, b. 13 May 1918, Lehi, Utah, d. 7 Jan 2016, Payson, Utah.
Dry Farming Memories by Wayne Bushman.
My dad was a dry farmer. He farmed ten miles west toward Cedar Fort. He would break up the ground from sage brush himself. He would hook up a group of horses to railroad ties. He would clear up the land and then planted it in the fall. You would plow the fields in the Springtime, keep the weeds out in the Summer, plant the fields in the fall and cut the grain in the Spring. That is how you did it.
Later Wayne was a dairy farmer, and moved the dairy farm from Lehi to Payson. When he grew up they also had a half dozen cows. Where the ball park was, on west Main Street, he always farmed that ten acres. He would raise hay for his cattle there. It was Bushman property. When his father died, LaVerde received the property.
Grandpa had the piece where Stan Lewis is. He had the Stan Lewis for the property. He kept the horses out to Cedar Fort. They would go out the first of the week and stay out in Cedar Fort and farm. They would then come home for the weekends. His mother would say she wasn’t going this week and then when they were leaving she would get in and say she was going. She couldn’t stand to be left home.
From Marilyn Bushman-Carlton, daughter:
It was my dad, Wayne Bushman, who was the dairy farmer who moved to Payson (in 1961). The rest is Wayne talking about growing up with his mom and dad, John and Effie Bushman, who were dry farmers.
There was a creek bed going through the farm. There was no water. There would only be water when it stormed and a flood would come. You could hear the flood coming for miles. They would warn him not to go by the creek. Their home was next to the creek but a lot higher so it wouldn’t flood. Out to Cedar Fort farming was where I spent my summers.