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Photographs3505 of 4489Photo oldA Few More Photographs From Behind The Old House Down The Road
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Posted 6 years ago

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First photo is of my Father on the right & his brother on the left, they are stooking sheaves. They are apx. 6 - 8 years old, my Dad is wearing a piece of rubber or leather on his arm to protect it. circa 1928
Second photo is my Dad's brother & sister taking a break from loading sheaves on the wagon. circa 1940


  1. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 years ago
    I all starts at harvest with the ripe grain being cut with a Binder that cut the stalks & tied it in a bundle called a sheaf. The next step was to stand these bundles up, heads up stalks down, it required three or more sheaves to form a pyramid shape. This allowed the grain to dry out, but also to shed water if it rained. These stayed in the field till dry or until it was time to thresh, when they would be loaded on a wagon & taken to the threshing machine.
    It was back breaking work, but everyone one helped regardless of age.
    link to a picture

    What is pooking?
  2. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 years ago
    Thanks for the L, bratjdd
  3. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 years ago
    Thanks for the Love, scandi & Mani (AKA "Little Dipper")
  4. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 years ago
    During threshing the straw (stalks/stems) was blown into a large pile, after harvest was over they would load it on to wagons & bring it back to the yard to be used as bedding for the livestock. If they had a straw stack in the yard, some farmers would let pigs use this as a winter home, as they would burrow deep into the pile. They quite often just went out & got loads of straw as they needed it.
    If they had more than they needed or it was too far to haul home they would burn the piles.
    I will post some pictures of the threshing & straw piles.
  5. michelleamieux michelleamieux, 6 years ago
    "...farm living is the life for me, land spreadin' out so far and wide, Keep manhattan , just give me that countryside".....LOVE IT, Mich
  6. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 years ago
    Thanks for stopping by & showin some love, Pack, Ron, Vans, & Marco.
    Thanks for the love & the comment Mich, glad you all enjoyed it.

    They will have to drag me kicking & screaming, to get me off of the farm!
  7. walksoftly walksoftly, 6 years ago
    Thanks for the L, Vans.
  8. walksoftly walksoftly, 4 years ago
    Thanks for stopping by & showin some love Tom Phil & Sis.

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