SEGMENT: FARMING METHODS & FARM EQUIPMENT
Bert Aikman>UIS Collection A's>UIS Collection, Segment 3
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- FARMING METHODS
- "I hated fodder." Used team of horses & wagon. Used corn knife. Discusses shocking corn & making hills of corn for fodder for cows. Got $0.10 per shock. Bert could stack 16 hills per day; Bert's brother had different method & could make 24 hills. Heavy & hot work. "I detested fodder." Sometimes cut only half a row for cow's immediate needs. All hand-work. Really earned money.
- HIRED HELP
- Hard work for little money, but "a dollar is a dollar." Mentions cost of some clothing.
- WOMEN'S WORK
- Mother made cotton flannel mittens for work. Used in timber work too.
- FARM EQUIPMENT
- Dad put 20 acres in for hay. Most rented farms did not have barn & had to stack hay close to livestock. Did not see hay baler until he was much older. Early hay balers run by horse-power. Discusses horse-powered baler, raking hay, baling hay. Describes wrapping hay with rope & dragging it to the baler. Later developed hay forks & made windrows of hay. One man to feed baler & 2 men to wire bales. Never used self-powered baler or combine.