Elmo Snelling has no plans to retire. This spring he’s working on his 67th crop and on a cold, blustery day in early April that promised but never quite delivered much-needed rainfall, he was making plans to go into nearby Plainview, Texas, to order fertilizer for his cotton.
His energy belies his 98 years. He’ll turn 99 July 27 and plans to drive a restored 1946 John Deere tractor in the Hale Center July 4th parade several weeks before that.
AT 98, Elmo Snelling remains active on his Hale County, Texas, farm. He’s preparing to put in his 67th crop. “I’ll plant cotton at least one more year,” he says.
ELMO SNELLING, 98, shows one of several John Deere ‘40s –era tractors he has restored. He plans to drive a 1946 John Deere tractor in the Hale Center, Texas, Fourth of July Parade.
POINTS OF INTEREST, in Elmo Snelling’s Hale County, Texas, yard include old farm implements he’s restored. At 98, Snelling has seen significant changes in farm equipment and technology. Better cotton varieties, he says, has been the most important change.
RECALLING nearly 7 decades of farm memories, Elmo Snelling remembers long droughts and “the amazing ingenuity of humanity.” Here, he chats with neighbor Weldon Melton.
RESTORED FARM IMPLEMENTS, including plows and tractors, provide points of interest in Elmo Snelling’s sheds and front yard.
THIS PLOW was the first turning plow Elmo Snelling ever owned. The 98-year old Hale County, Texas, farmer found it with tree roots growing through the wheels but cut it free and restored it to its present condition. Here, he shows neighbor Weldon Melton some of his restored pieces.