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 fall 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 you resist?
Something Larry suggested was that possibly the Weyerhaeuser Museum could get a copy of the Gau film (it's not online) from the National Archives and show it again here in Morrison County, maybe at the next annual meeting? Then, it could be available at the museum, in perpetuity.
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 92 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'd need popcorn....