This tractor was among the farming equipment that the Byers moved from eastern Oregon.
"This was a job not many would tackle"
In their third year on the farm, Louise and Milton Byer dug a basement, spread a concrete floor, and -- with the help of workhorses Peggy and Bluebell -- moved the house to a new foundation.
Milton Byer stacks hay for the livestock
Atop the family's hay harvest, July 1948
Doris Byer displays hops from the neighbor's farm
The Miller family, across the river from the Byers, harvested an average of 1000 pounds a year from each of their 23 acres of hops.
Leona Byer with her father, Milton
Looking north, toward Grand Lodge
Working More than One Farm
In the early 1950s, the Byers expanded their bean farming to land they rented from the Moores, on South Birch St. Here, Leona Byer drives a tractor-load of beans home from the Moore farm, while Milton Byer leads the way in his 1949 Nash.
Milton and Louise Byer
Doris Byer in bean field
Decade later, Doris recalled, "Us kids became expert at twining bean fields and could twine a half a field in one day."