SEGMENT: TIMBER WORK, FARM WORK, HIRED HANDS, CLOTHES

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SEGMENT: TIMBER WORK, FARM WORK, HIRED HANDS, CLOTHES,

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FARM-RELATED WORK
Bert's dad kept all his earnings when they worked in the timber.
FARM FACILITIES
Discusses types of fences & new way to manufacture a new type of woven picket fences in the field. Describes hog fences. Three men could make a lot of fence in a day. Wire seemed to last longer in those days. Baling wire was not galvanized, but it lasted a long time. Had been making hog fences out of 6 inch planks nailed together.
FARM-RELATED WORK
Bert's dad was a "river". Describes job of river & equipment used (a froe) Discusses "work in timber". Wood needed for all of the new woven picket fences that were being put up. Describes making slats of wood, equipment used, & process. Hog fence slats were 30 inches long. Garden fence slats were about 40 inches. Wood blocks split along grain of wood, not sawed. Cannot recall number of slats made in a day. Describes stacking of slats. Worked on other people's timber not his dad's. Paid per picket. Worked in the timber all winter.
CHILDHOOD WORK
In spring they put in their crops on the 40 (15 acres in crops) & then hired themselves out to work on other's farms. Bert worked for .$50 a day from sun-up to sun-down. Neighbor needed help sowing oats & Bert was hired to run walking plow behind 2-horse team. Discusses work following a "walking plow" for a wk & got $3.
CLOTHES
He went to town to buy a suit with that $3. Bought suit from "Jew-store" in Raymond from Mr. Leemans. It was a cashmere suit.