SEGMENT: FARMING METHODS
Bert Aikman>UIS Collection A's>UIS Collection, Segment 1
- FARMING METHODS
- Then threshing machine would come by in late August & thresh shocks of wheat. Roy & Frank Baker ran threshing crew. Then Bert went in with neighbors to buy threshing machine (formed a co-op).
- FARM EQUIPMENT
- Discusses horse & steam-powered threshing machine. Discusses existence of threshing crew territories & later organization of co-ops. Describes importance of maintenance of threshing machine & separator. First steam-engine Bert saw was hauled by 4 horses. Notes Sullivan brothers bought a self-powered thresher - "Wasn't that something!" Detailed description of how thresher worked with horsepower. Describes how a separator operated - "Just a combine without an engine." Describes how a bushel was measured & sacked. Notes that threshing machine pay was determined by number of bushels. Notes various jobs in threshing crew.
- All grain taken to granary in sacks on wagons. Tells story of neighbor who had granary of last yr's wheat that he had sacked & sold to pay off his debt. Discusses transport of this wheat to granary in town.
- AGRICULTURAL ACTIVITIES
- Women went to extremes. [There was so much food], "Wonder it didn't kill."
- FOOD & MEALS
- Ate eggs, bacon. They cured their own meat. Made sandwiches for lunch. Did not eat big dinner because Bert was too keen to go play ball. Liked custard. Describes evening meal of meat & potatoes & cabbage & largely what came out of the garden. Made lots of hominy, fried or boiled.