SEGMENT: CROPS & FARM WORK

Bert Aikman>UIS Collection A's>UIS Collection, Segment 21

SEGMENT: CROPS & FARM WORK,

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FARM WORK
Description of raking hay with horse-pulled rake. Description of hay-rake. Hay raked better in the morning when a bit wet, but baling work needed hay to be dry, so it was usually raked twice. "…wasn't anything easy about haying…" (addenda item# 68, see Aikman 7, Clip# 780)
CROPS
Hauling grain to market required "tight" wagons that did not leak. Long days hauling grain to Raymond, Farmersville, or Waggoner. Supper wouldn't be until as late as 9pm after a day of hauling grain. Discusses changes in grain processing at elevator & introduction of automatic scales. Most grain sold to commission house in St. Louis & most shipped down Mississippi on barge. Mentions Russia trying to corner wheat market & playing dirty. Bert Gunter kept mechanicals of elevator running properly & in spite of being a drinker, he never was a problem at work. (addenda item# 68, see Aikman 7, Clip# 780)