Larry's been pursuing this part of Henry's story for ages--ever since he found this listing on the National Archives website:
A Son of the Soil was filmed in the summer of 1920, and local farmers besides Henry Gau were featured. (In the clips we've seen of other Ford movies made around the country, they would stage tug-o-wars between a tractor and 50 local men, or plow next to a huge team of horses, etc. It was pretty entertaining ☺ and quite convincing).
Larry found these next clippings in issues of the Pierz Journal from Spring, 1921. How could they resist?
In fact, wouldn't it be fun to see A Son of the Soil along with the other two films shown at the Faust that weekend? In April, it'll be 93 years since the first showing--we think it would be amazing, and could possibly be a fantastic fundraiser, too.
Seeds of Vengeance and a Charlie Chaplin film?
We'll need popcorn....
Wow, another chance to see that tug-o-war two years later.
(Full page ad in the Pierz Journal).