Nelvin Sloman was born in 1930 in Fayette County, Illinois. He grew up on his step-father's farm in southwest Christian County. Nelvin describes life on the farm in a time before electricity and when draft animals were used for tillage, planting, cultivating and harvesting. Nelvin recalls helping farm at age eleven by harrowing with a team of horses and plowing the garden with a one bottom plow pulled by a white horse. Crops grown on their farm at that time included corn, wheat, oats and clover. Nelvin reminisces about a simpler time on the farm, where the farms were smaller, and where neighbors lived close by and helped each other cope with the hard depression years.