The President of Delaware History- A Story on Brent Carson

Brent Carson known as Mr. Carson to most, has been in Delaware his whole life. He grew up in Delaware, he taught 6th grade social studies at Willis for 31 years and has now been the President of The Delaware County Historical Society for 7 years.

Carson has always had an interest in history, his father was a farmer and his mother was a Woodward elementary school teacher who both had a deep interests for history.  ” Often times when you think of history its a story, of things that happen.” Carson said. “And if you’ve ever been around old people they have lots of I grew up with a lot of [them].”

Carson is known for telling stories. He tells about how Delaware first began, on the flood of 1913, but his favorite story is about a farmer that lived in the northern part of the county.

The family was friends with Carson’s aunt, and the husband of the family was a farmer who had cows, but never wanted to call a veterinarian seeing they where expensive. Finally his favorite cow had gotten sick one day, and he wanted to call a veterinarian seeing the cow would not stand up. The veterinarian came out gave the cow some medicine, and told the farmer to try to get the cow to stand up. So the farmer came up with an idea to get the cow to stand up.

The barn’s roof came to a point, and at the time hay way not placed like it was today. It was stacked on either side of the barn in a mound. They would put a hook attached to a pulley in the hay and attach a horse to the other end. “The horse then would walk right out and pull that hay into the barn. [the hay] would slide on a rail into the hay mound, so they did not have to do it by hand.” Carson said.

The farmer though he could tie a rope to the hook and then slide the rope under the cow and re-tie it to the hook. So he set up the cow and tied the horse to the other end. The farmer would watch and guide the cow while his wife would guide the horse.

So the family decided to try the idea, but there was a problem”That horse was trained to know where to go way out in the barn lot to stand” Carson said. “Because when he did that the horse knew the weight that the horse was pulling would no longer be there.” 

So the horse went to the spot which is when the hook is at the very top of the barn. So now the cow is kicking and kicking as he slid down the rail towards the hay mound. ” But this hay mound did not have any hay on it at the time.” Carson said.

Then the rail gave way seeing it had more weight then it could handle on it, and killed the cow!

If you want to learn more about Delaware’s history you can check out the Delaware County Historical Society located at 157 E. William St. or check out their website at for hours and more!

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