Grandpa Joe Pelsy, Jr., one of 12 children, and Father Ivan Pelsy, an only child, farmed the Indiana acreage first purchased by French immigrant Joe Pelsy, Sr. around 1900 (give or take a few years!), in Pulaski County, Francesville, IN. The land is still in the family. This photo, in their "work clothes", appears to have been taken about 1940.
The picture taken by the plane in 1954 was for the purpose of a "mystery farm" contest. Be the first to identify the farm photo published in the local newspaper and get a prize! The owner of the farm received a very nice large photo. My father recognized what the plane was doing, so you can see him standing and waving. The house looks much the same as it did when my great-grandparents and grandparents, parents, and I lived there, except possibly for the white siding added around 1947. The large barn on the left rear was for cattle, baled hay, and equipment. The large building on the right rear was for pigs and equipment and grain. The long building more in the center of the group was for equipment. The small square building in front of the house was for milk cooling.
Memories can become fuzzy, and hindsight seems more wonderful all the time. So a wise comment would be that although these 3 men surely weren't perfect, they were excellent and skilled farmers, they worked hard, and the provided for their families, even to the 4th generation.