Before The Harvest

"Before the Harvest " I know you will enjoy this story of three generations of farmers During the outbreak of WW2. Janice Villeverde and her friend Miriam Nixon are sent to Wildacre Farm in the New York Estate. it is there that they are put to work along with many others to help the war effort. it is there that they meet up with young Thomas Hogg who introduces the girls to his friend George Barrett. After a brief courtship Janice finds herself in trouble and George Barrett sends her away when she tells him. Forced to bring up a child on her own Janice swears revenge on the man who wronged her. Before the Harvest gives you an insight of how a farm worked during the war years; a story of love hate and revenge.


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On Chrismas day Cora invited all of Janice’s family over for dinner Gerry picked them all up in the van.

They converted the barn and fixed up extra seats so that everyone could sit at the table.

There was a whole roast beef Joint as well as Goose with all the trimmings.

The Corn Dodger’s played for them and they danced the night away.

“Noo that’s what I call a Christmas said Jack Villeverde as they gave and opened their presents. They sang carols until at 12:a.m. the snow started falling and it made Christmas complete. George and Jim were now married and living happily with their wives. In the January of 1950 George Barrett was found guilty of rape on three counts and he was sentenced to seven years in Durham jail. His girlfriend Anahi  left him when she found out and married a Spanish Matador called “Enrique Salvatore.

They now have two children.


On May 19th 1950 Brian Hogg was born weighing eight pounds and two ounces.

He was the double of Miriam. They all had another party to celebrate.

They all looked forward to a good harvest. Janice was still going out with Gerry who worshipped little Jackie.


As the years passed Jackie and Brian grew up together and were best of friends; Jackie being older looked after Brian. They both played and drove the tractors on Wildacre Farm by the time Brian was twelve. Janice married Gerry Leteve she moved to a cottage near the farm.

Thomas and Miriam didn’t have anymore children but were happy being blessed with an extended family.

Cora and William Hogg both died shortly after one another in 1965. They say William gave up after Cora died. They had been through two World Wars together and were inseparable. When Cora died something died inside of William too. Thomas just couldn’t shake him out of his depression. They found him lying dead beside Cora’s grave. Then in 1970 Miriam the love of Thomas’s life died from a heart attack.

He too was now alone. Faced with the same dilemma as his father Thomas decided that he had to carry on. There were still a lot of skills to pass onto his son and a lot he could learn from him.

All this new farming technology was certainly interesting and along with the new machinery Thomas and his son were now richer than they’d ever been.

 Thomas was now like his father before him. He rarely went out into the fields these days.

He took care of the dairy herd, and other live stock.

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