As background I moved to Westmorland in 1925 and have lived in various areas most of my life. I am really getting pissed off when I hear people attacking our farmers.
If it hadn't been for the farmers and dairymen there might not have been the great food-producing valley we have now. The hardships those early pioneers endured are almost beyond the imagination of many of the Valley residents of today.
I remember my dad talking about working on the Highline Canal. They had no ice water because the ice would melt before they could get it from Yuma to the construction site. At night they would scoop out a spot in the sand until they got the sand cool enough to sleep on and pray that no friendly rattlesnake decided to join them.
I can remember how the farmers and dairymen went out on a limb to get backing for Hoover Dam and the All-American Canal. I can remember how hard it was some years to raise enough money for the taxes. Many times we had to get a loan to pay them.