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Weighing Crops and Compensation

Weighing Crops and Compensation


Narrator: Like many others who were evicted
from their farms and ranches by the government, the compensation offered for their property
was minimal. Ludwig’s father was very upset and appealed
the amount of compensation offered for his 400 acres in court. Ludwig Bruggemann: They offered him, I don’t
know, something, and he couldn’t agree with that at all. And they went to court. My father was building a fruit ranch here
that was just in development. The first big crop that would have brought
a good profit was not in, say, even ’43. The judge asked him, “Well, Sir, show me
your profits and I’ll give you what you think is right.” My father said, “I don’t have any profits
yet.” Because my father was supported by his German
family, I think, for many years. He would have gone into a very good profit
situation, I think, but that takes time with a farm.

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